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      My favorite Sherlock Holmes story is a minor piece, The Sussex Vampire.  It kicks off with the receipt of a letter, which I found to be hysterically droll:

                                                   46, OLD JEWRY,
                                                    Nov. 19th.
      Re Vampires

          Our client, Mr. Robert Ferguson, of Ferguson and Muirhead, tea brokers, of Mincing Lane, has made some inquiry from us in a communication of even date concerning vampires. As our firm specializes entirely upon the assessment of machinery the matter hardly comes within our purview, and we have therefore recommended Mr. Ferguson to call upon you and lay the matter before you. We have not forgotten your successful action in the case of Matilda Briggs.

      We are, sir,
      Faithfully yours,
      per E. J. C.

      The reference to Matilda Briggs was expanded into the Firesign Theater spoof of Holmes in The Giant Rat of Sumatra which I can recommend whole heartedly and without reservation.

      Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies have nothing to lose but their chains -Marx (-8.75,-8.36)

      by alain2112 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 at 02:15:07 PM PDT

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