This Week in the Agony Columns….

He took down the great book in which, day by day, he filed the agony columns of the various London journals. “Dear me!” said he, turning over the pages, “what a chorus of groans, cries, and bleatings! What a rag-bag of singular happenings! But surely the most valuable hunting-ground that ever was given to a student of the unusual!”–The Adventure of the Red Circle

If Sherlock Holmes happened to be glancing through the agony columns on March 21-26, 1881 (and we have no reason to believe that he didn’t) here’s what he would have seen…..

The London Standard, March 21, 1881:

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The London Daily News, March 21, 1881:

Took her time, didn't she?
Took her time, didn’t she?

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The London Standard, March 22, 1881:

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The London Standard, March 24, 1881:

It really doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to decode "Harrowgate."
It really doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to decode “Harrowgate.”

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London Daily News, March 24, 1881:

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Mum? Is that you?
Mum? Is that you?

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London Standard, March 25, 1881:

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London Daily News March 25, 1881:

He's being very thorough.
He’s being very thorough.

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The London Standard, March 26, 1881:

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Still looking....
Still looking….

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That’s a wide time frame…and one of the more suspicious-sounding ads so far….

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London Daily News, March 26, 1881:

Sounds like a good idea, really.
Sounds like a good idea, really.
Let's hope Mlle. Doignon read the papers.
Let’s hope Mlle. Doignon read the papers.

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