Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1908

Publishing: ANSWERS WEEKLY begins a run of very short Sexton Blake adventures each following a similar pattern in which the detective works alone to solve singular mysteries. The author(s) is unknown, though R. H. Poole is believed to be behind at least some of the tales.

The debut of George Marsden Plummer introduces the concept of the super-villain to the Blake saga. This would eventually blossom into Blake's Golden Age. Tales of the younger Plummer's days in the police force would also appear at a later date in PLUCK. Plummer was introduced in the first Blake tale written by Ernest Sempill, a man who was far better known as Michael Storm. A large man with whiskers around his face and a rather wild lifestyle, Storm is thought to have been born around the late 1850s or early 1860s. He lived much of his life on the move in order to avoid creditors and seems to have died under somewhat mysterious circumstances around 1910-12, possibly in Australia.

This year also marked the debut of William J. Bayfield (aka Allan Blair). Born in Suffolk in 1871, his first story (non-Blake) was published in 1901. He wrote his last Sexton Blake tale in 1940 and was thought to have died during an air-raid. However, it later emerged that he was comfortably living out his twilight years in a rest home. He died in 1958 aged 87.

D. H. Parry also arrived on the scene. David Harold Parry was born in 1868 and belonged to a family of distinguished painters and was himself a talented artist. As a writer, he had a long association with CHUMS, and wrote many stories about Robin Hood. He was also an authority on the Napoleonic Wars. Parry died in 1950, aged 82.

Blake: One of the most incredible statements ever made about Sexton Blake appears in SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL part 1 (THE BOYS' HERALD issue 238). This story begins with Blake as an unnamed boy living in mysterious circumstances with his mentor, Dr. Lanchester. When the latter is murdered, the boy finds a letter that directs him to two of Lanchester's colleagues. As he waits to see them, they discuss him:

"There is one thing we have forgotten. As far as the world at large is concerned, up to the present he has no name, and the truth would be unsafe—impossible. We dare not let—"
"It is true, we had forgotten," interrupted the other. "He must certainly have a name." He tapped on the table thoughtfully with his amber holder. "We will call him Blake—Sexton Blake!"
"Capital!" exclaimed the other. "Sexton Blake; it gives a clue to the truth, yet conceals it."


In 1937, a revised version (the third) of this story appeared in PILOT issues 73 to 91. Added material reveals that Sexton Blake's real name is Ronald Blakeney and that he is of royal descent!

A CONFIDENTIAL REPORT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Vol. XLI Issue 1,059 · 12/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Personal Remarks; Death in the Mine; A Page of Storyettes; Roundabout Gossip; Will the Pensions be Ready? Bunny and 'is 'Ighness by Tom Gallon; Risks We Run; All Over the World; Making Old Drury's Drama by Arthur Collins; Harbottle's Bloodhound; The Corporal's Courtship; The Wizard of Wales by Rip; Answers' Boudoir; Domestic Details; Editors by Rip; My Chat by the Editor; A Woman Alone.

Notes: Sir Otto Trevalyan, of Mostyn Manor, has been robbed of a valuable document. His secretary, Percival, apparently surprised the thief and now lies unconscious. Trevalyan has a large financial interest in Peru, as does his rival, Picot, with whom he has feuded for many years. The missing document is crucial to both men's businesses, so Picot is the natural suspect. Sexton Blake is summoned. He follows a trail from Trevalyan's safe, out through the window, across the lawn to a gate where evidence is found that a horse was waiting. It had been there for up to an hour, chewing on the leaves of a yew tree while its owner waited for the thief to do his work. Next, Blake examines the secretary and deduces that, rather than being shot, he was actually struck by lightening on his way back from handing the document to his confederate. The local vet informs the detective that a horse belonging to Major Brett — one of Percival's friends — has been taken ill with yew poisoning. Brett has left for Paris. Blake catches up with him at Dover and shadows him all the way to Paris. He overhears Brett arranging to meet Picot to sell him the papers. Blake disguises himself as Picot and attends the meeting just minutes before the real Picot is due. Distracting Brett with ventriloquism, he snatches the documents and makes his getaway, returning them to Trevalyan.

Trivia: From the Editor: 'In all probability there is — with, perhaps, one exception — no more famous detective than Sexton Blake, and I think I am very fortunate indeed to have been able to obtain the records of his most famous cases. Whether Blake actually exists is, of course, a secret that I am not at liberty to divulge. It may be that the pseudonym covers the identity of a man who spends his life investigating the mysteries which, for some reason or other, never get into the hands of the police. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy; and it may be taken for granted that a good deal of fact is mixed up with the fiction — if, indeed, there be any of the latter.'

Rating: ★★★☆☆ These ANSWERS tales never fail to entertain and fulfil their function as brisk, ten minute reads. In this one, Sexton Blake tends towards rudeness and arrogance, much as in the early Harry Blyth and Norman Goddard stories.


THE SILVER CANDLESTICK
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Vol. XLI Issue 1,060 · 19/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Personal Peeps; Marie Corelli on the Nation's Curse; Storyettes; Fifteen Times a Widow; The All-Powerful Pimple; Mysteries Indeed; Mr Answers Helps a Bandit; 444's Four Years; World Whispers; The Little Grey Man by Rip; Mugged Hare; The Time of His Life; Answers' Boudoir; Baked Elephant - One!; How Do Sir Stanley Broke; Bunny and 'is 'Ighness by Tom Gallon; Editorial Chat; A Woman Alone.

Notes: Mr. Flower, who lives at Ugthorpe Lodge, is Lord Borrowby's agent. One evening, after collecting nearly six hundred pounds in cash from the various tenants on the estate, Mr. Flower retires, leaving the bag of cash locked in his desk. During the night, a noise rouses him from sleep. He goes down to the study but as he opens the door a rug is thrown over him and he falls over. After a moment, he regains his senses to find himself surrounded by his daughter and two female servants (the only other occupants of the house). In the study he finds that, by the light of a silver candlestick placed on the desk, the intruders — he had heard two voices — had raided the larder and eaten a meal. Evidently, when Mr. Flower had entered the room, the burglars had made off through the French windows. When he examines his desk, he finds the lock smashed and the money gone. The next morning, hearing that Sexton Blake is in the region, Mr. Flower commissions him to investigate. The detective immediately notices that only one set of crockery and cutlery was used during the nefarious meal. The windows had been opened from inside and, outside, only one set of footprints leads to and from the room. Blake notices that the candlestick is discoloured, tarnished by sulphur. This points the finger of suspicion at Miss Flower, who takes sulphur-based medicine for a skin complaint. However, matters aren't as obvious as they appear and soon Sexton Blake has uncovered a tale of a broken family and a temptation given in to ...

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


MY LORD THE BABY
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Vol. XLI Issue 1,061 · 26/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: A Page of Storyettes; Motors That Race Backwards; Pars About People; Capture of Mr Answers; Housemaid's Knee Esq., Stockbroker; Have You a Tobacco Nose?; The Meanest Mean Tricks; Chat From Across the Sea; Chrysanthemum Giganlicum; How the World World Wags; An Introductory Episode; Stronghearts For Success; Bunny and 'is 'Ighness; Editorial Chat; How to Catch a Millionaire; A Woman Alone; Great Discovery After 2000 Years.

Notes: When the Beaumont's baby son is kidnapped, Sexton Blake is called in to investigate. While he's talking to Mr. Beaumont, the doorbell rings and the baby is found left on the doorstep. Unfortunately, the child is dead. Blake measures the temperature of the corpse and discovers that death occurred twelve hours before the baby was snatched. Further examination reveals that the body has a scar where a surplus finger was removed shortly after birth ... something that never happened with the Beaumont's son. This, then, is not their baby. He interviews a number of local doctors until he finds the one who performed the post-natal surgery. This leads him to Lady Lingdale who had given birth shortly after the death of her husband. Her child had been born a Lord but should he die, the Lingfield estates would revert to a distant cousin and Lady Lingdale would lose her wealth and position. Thus, when that sad event did occur, she tried to cover it up by swapping her baby for the Beaumont's.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


WHO STOLE THE CUP?
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,062 · 3/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; New York 1d All the Way; Personal Peeps; Footballers at £50 a Week; 10A; Beautiful Tuesday; Carrots That Cure Crime; Our Private Seal; Mr Answers All-Alone; Gossip; My New Overcoat; Beauty and the Beast; High Jinks at the Varsity; Why Women Love Weddings; Editorial Chat; Bunny and 'is 'Ighness; A Woman Alone.

Notes: After a football team from Lancashire wins the English Cup, there is a public banquet in the local Masonic lodge. When the celebrations are over, the club President, Abel Sopwith, takes the cup to his home — known as The Grange — and locks it in his safe which has a combination letter-lock. At 2 o'clock in the morning, nervous and unable to sleep, he checks that the cup is still secure. Finding it still in the safe, he retires to bed. Four hours later he is awoken by his servants who have found the study broken into, the safe open, and the cup gone. Sopwith sends for Sexton Blake. The detective finds himself confronted with a seemingly impossible case — there is no possible way an intruder could have learned the six-letter combination of the safe. Yet, with incredible speed, Blake recovers the cup and identifies the burglar ... and it turns out to be the very last person Mr Sopwith would have suspected!

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


THE DIAMOND STAR
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,063 · 10/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Personally Speaking; On Strike; Storyettes; Writted; Many Marathons; Off the Track; Anonymous!; Soccer Without Socks; At Sunset; Hustlers of the Hedgerow; Gossip; Brown October; Ben Martin's Malady; On the Stage and Off; Editorial Chat; Fraulein or Miss; A Woman Alone.

Notes: A messenger boy is given a diamond to deliver and, after he goes missing, is suspected of stealing it. Sexton Blake is consulted. As he arrives on the scene, he is informed that the boy has been found unconscious with a bullet wound to his head. Detective-Inspector Wedlock postulates that the boy was attacked and robbed. However, Blake examines the clues and comes up with an alternative theory which proves true. The diamond is recovered and the boy, upon regaining consciousness, confirms every aspect of the Baker Street detective's theory.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


THE MIDNIGHT OPERATION
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,064 · 17/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Other Cotton Strikes; On Prominent People; Mutiny!; Royal Racing; Are You Harry Lauder?: Am I Really Civilised?; World Whispers; Gossip; Our Queer Clients; I Open Oysters; Getting Straight With Her; 'Stonishing Shootin'; Editorial Chat; How They Popped; Coughing Spreads Disease; Witness Beware; John Bull, Bugbear; A Woman Alone; Mixed Pickles.

Notes: A man calls upon Dr. Dyson late one night and asks him to perform an emergency operation on a friend whose finger has been badly damaged in an accident. Dyson follows the man into a brougham to be taken to the patient — and is not seen again. Three weeks later he turns up at Sexton Blake's Baker Street address. He tells the detective that, at gunpoint, he was told to amputate the perfectly healthy finger of a man ... a man who himself demanded the operation. Dyson was held prisoner until his patient was fully healed and was then set free. Blake investigates and discovers that the men behind this mystery are plotting to falsely claim the inheritance of a man whose finger was missing. Dyson had unwillingly aided the impostor but he is able to give Blake enough information for the detective to trace the men and foil the plot.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


THE MAN FROM YORK
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,065 · 24/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Personally Speaking; The Nelson Touch; Storyettes; Besting the Banks; Oh, the Difference; The Peerage Romance; Passing a Passport; Gossip; Anagrams; The Making of a Reputation; The Hard Side; From Everywhere; Editorial Chat; Entertaining Sassiety; A Woman Alone; Battles in the Skin; Bulgarian Brides; Flashlights.

Notes: Sexton Blake visits his old school friend, Fordham, who lives in a flat above the bank of which he is the manager. Fordham receives a second guest that night, a man from York, named Joyce Melville, who will stay overnight before making the bank company's annual inspection of books on the following morning. Later, Blake has to leave, ostensibly to catch the train back to London. However, on Fordham's doorstep he urgently whispers to his host that he should quietly let him back into the house after Melville has gone to bed. This Fordham does, though he is surprised to find that his friend is accompanied by a number of policemen who proceed to conceal themselves in a house across the road. Blake explains that he had spotted that Melville is an impostor. He believes the man will attempt to overpower Fordham during the night and will force him to open the vault of the bank. Accomplices will then arrive to help remove the contents. Blake tells Fordham to allow this to go ahead. He then hides under his friend's bed and watches as the criminal operation begins. Fordham is forced at gunpoint to take Melville downstairs into the bank where the villain is joined by two confederates. Blake then leads the police in an assault upon the gang, capturing them with barely any resistance.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


O. H. M. S.
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,067 · 7/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; When Airships are £20 apiece; Personal Snapshots; Building a Big Business; Shave, Sir?; Soccer Sprouts; Toffee Talk; World-Whispers; Gossip; Unemployed or Soldiers?; Harbottle vs. Nephew; One Good Turn; Bryan or Taft?; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Workers in Manacles; A Woman Alone.

Notes: At the British Legation in Tangier, Percival Fitzgerald finishes decoding important despatches and leaves the room. As he does so, he catches sight of an Arab entering through a French window and snatching the code book from the desk. Immediately, he chases after the thief, who jumps a fence and races along a dirt road. When Fitzgerald sees a man coming in the other direction, he yells for him to stop the fugitive. The man obliges but after a brief struggle the Arab manages to break free. The delay, however, is sufficient for Fitzgerald to catch up, and he captures the thief. The man — whose name is Hamed — pleads innocent and, indeed, when he is searched, the book is not found. He is, nevertheless, thrown into a prison cell. Sexton Blake, who happens to be in Gibraltar, is summoned and informed that it will be a disaster if the missing book is sold to any hostile government. He investigates and deduces that the stolen item must have been passed to the man who tackled Hamed. He arranges for a copy of the code book to be shown to the prisoner, who is informed that his cohort has sold it back to the British Legation. Hamed is then set free. He immediately rushes to the home of his cohort and accuses him of betrayal. Blake, in disguise, follows. He knocks the thieves unconscious and retrieves the stolen volume.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


THE MUMMER'S WIFE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,068 · 14/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Stealing in Prison; Personal Snapshots; The Ancient Artful Anagram; Sovereigns in the Slots; About My Lord Mayor; Acting Before the King; No Bath, 1d; Puzzles I Have Never Sold; Lancashire "Wm. Whiteleys"; Chat From Across the Seas; To Abolish Fog; Jack; Editorial Chat; Footer Etiquette; His Majesty's Mail; The Emergency Case; Trapped!; Greed!; Anvil-Sparks.

Notes: Blake is visited by an acquaintance, Doctor Burgin, who lives in an apartment building with a family of actors as his neighbours. He tells the criminologist that last night he and his wife went to watch the neighbour's daughter and her husband perform in a play. Later, in the very early hours of the morning, the young woman rang at his door and asked him to come and examine her father, who had been taken ill. Burgin obliged but, upon examining the apparently unconscious man, became convinced that he was shamming the illness. Working on the premise that the father was for some reason attempting to frighten his daughter, Burgin offered her assurances but little else before departing. Some hours later, the doctor received a note from the woman in which it was stated that the father had died and a death certificate was required. Burgin had then come to Blake and now asks him to accompany him to view the body, as he feels that to issue the certificate without doing so might make him complicit in an insurance swindle. The detective complies with the request and, upon scrutinising the corpse, finds a bullet hole in the skull. Using the temperature of the corpse as his guide, Blake asserts that the man was deceased before Burgin's earlier examination of him. In other words, the supposedly sick man was not the same person as this dead man. By considering the timing of events, he deduces that the woman's father had committed suicide and that her husband had masqueraded as him to make Burgin think he'd died later and of natural causes. In this way, the insurance claim would not have been opposed. The daughter objects that, in fact, she was simply trying to save her father's reputation. Blake accepts this motive and no further steps are taken.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE TATTOOED EYE
by Anon. (Unknown)
Sexton Blake

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,069 · 21/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; A Day with the Hunger Marchers; Blazing Indescretions; The King's Choristers; Lancashire's Time of Terror; Greed!; Horsiculture; The Last Chance; Gossip; T.M. at the Guildhall; Editorial Chat; Wombwell, the Wonderful, Will Crooks, Mascot!; Bellows to Mend; Known to the Police; The Dis-Pleasure's Mine; Jolly Jumbo; Paper Fever; Mrs. Shylock; Mark, Learn, and Digest.

Notes: Raymond Featherstone, a well-known South African magnate, says to Sexton Blake, "If I told you I was a murderer, would you be willing to help me, or would you betray me to the police?" The detective asserts that any information he receives from clients is confidential but he may refuse to help, depending on Featherstone's story. The millionaire informs him that, during his early days as a prospector, he argued with his partner — a man known as Snowflake on account of a white scar in his eye — and shot him dead. Fleeing the scene, he later became rich, moved the England, and married. Three months ago, while visiting his sick butler, he was seen by a shrivelled, brown-skinned patient named Crawshaw who later turned up on his doorstep and claimed to have witnessed the murder of Snowflake. The price for his silence, he said, was to be allowed to live with Featherstone until he recovered from his illness and to then to be given sufficient funds to travel back to South Africa, there to set up business as a diamond broker. Since then, Crawshaw has been resident in the Featherstone house and has treated his hosts abysmally. Blake agrees to meet the unwanted guest. Introduced as a doctor come to diagnose Crawshaw's ailment, Blake is given short shrift by the man. He departs but returns the next day with a police inspector. He had recognised Crawshaw's condition as Addison's disease, an affliction that causes a complete change in physical appearance. He'd also noticed that the blackmailer's eye had been tattooed to correct a peculiarity ... a white patch. Crawshaw is Snowflake! Featherstone's shot hadn't killed the man all those years ago, and Snowflake had subsequently been responsible for many villainies, which he'll now pay the price for.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


A KNOTTY PROBLEM
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,070 · 28/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Why Our Police Fail; Gossip; From Everywhere; A Wrestler's Recollections; Wun Li, Chief; Kaiser Stories; Mrs Suffragette M.P.; My Bloodhounds; Tantalus Tantalizer; Greed!; The Man Who Feared Money; A Society Lady's Experience at Court; Editorial Chat; Where Men Are Masters; Lessons in Love; Nips of Knowledge.

Notes: Retired master mariner Captain Ensor consults Blake on behalf of his neighbour, Mrs Drury, whose husband, Jonathan, has been robbed of eight hundred pounds. The money had been in a cash box that was locked in an oak chest in the bedroom. After Mrs Drury received a telegram to inform her that her sister was very ill, she'd set off to be with her, leaving her husband home by himself. During the night, an intruder attacked Jonathan, tied him to a chair, and departed with the money. Mrs Drury, finding that her sister was fine and knew nothing about the telegram, had stayed with her overnight and in the morning returned to find her husband bound and helpless. She'd cut him loose. Blake has an appointment at Scotland Yard but first visits the Drury house and is intrigued by the knots used to secure the victim. After examining the scene, he asks Captain Ensor to take a note to Scotland Yard in which it is explained that Blake has been detained by a case. The detective then examines the house's attic, crawls out through the skylight, crosses to Ensor's residence, enters it by the same means, and discovers the cash-box hidden beneath the Captain's bed. He returns to the Drury house and explains to the couple how the telegram had been a diversion, how their neighbour had committed the crime, and how his sailor's knots had given the game away. When Ensor comes back, the police are waiting for him.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


THE THREE LINKS
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,071 · 5/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Johnson or Burns; Queer tales from China; Are We getting Jumpy?; Contrasts; Jack Tar, P.C.; Sir John and Success; Are Footballers Honest; A Fireman's Fights; 'Arold's Anagram; A Hundred Years' Tunnel; Gossip; Harbottle Hero; Greed!; Their Pet Aversions; Justice is Justice; Editorial Chat; Royal Hobbies; The Songs I Love; Things You Didn't Know.

Notes: The assistant-superintendent of the General Post Office calls Sexton Blake when a mailbag from the sleepy Buckinghamshire town of Meadowfield is destroyed by a time-bomb. Among the debris, the detective finds a fragment of an envelope on which a portion of a crest can be seen along with the words "urgent and important." Blake travels by train to Meadowfield and there interviews the postmaster who identifies the crest as belonging to Sir Peter Teesdale of Meadowfield Hall. While the two men are conversing, a young man enters the post office, sees Blake, and reacts with terror, which he quickly suppresses. The postmaster introduces him as Dalling, Sir Peter's private secretary. When Dalling departs, Blake shadows him to the next village and to its railway station, where the man boards a train for Oxford. The detective does so, too, and notes when Dalling disembarks that he has made an effort to alter his appearance. Very quickly, it becomes apparent that the young man is preparing to flee the country. Blake sends a telegram to Sir Peter to ask whether he has sent any important mail recently ... and piece by piece the criminologist is able to link events together to expose Dalling's attempt to sell shares that rightfully belong to his employer and to destroy a letter that would have ruined his scheme. He is arrested on the brink of escape.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


MRS. LAMBERT'S LODGER
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,073 · 19/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Great Masked Man Hoax; Hope O'er the Seas; My Winter; How I Wrote Yellow Room; I'm the Plumber; Manners Most Magnificent; The Fight for the Standard; Gossip; Tree Tales; Mr. Answers Roller Skates; Sacked!; Never Again; The Mysteries Solved; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Mincemeat.

Notes: Herbert Franklin, mourning the recent death of his father, takes lodgings with Mrs Lambert. One evening, after receiving a letter, he goes out, and forty-five minutes later a telegram is delivered to his landlady. Franklin has been arrested on a false charge and requests that she come to Chesham police station to identify him. She does so, only to be informed that no arrests have been made that evening. It is also pointed out that Franklin couldn't possibly have travelled to Chesham, committed a crime, been arrested and written the telegram all in the space of forty-five minutes. Upon returning to her house, Mrs Lambert finds it empty but reeking of cigars and whisky. There are also muddy footprints on the floor. The next morning, with still no sign of her lodger, she consults Sexton Blake. He examines the footprints and asserts that three men had been present. He then reads the letter Franklin received and sees that it sets an appointment for the lodger to meet Sir William Franklin, the Liverpool shipowner, at the Hotel Metropole. Blake goes there but finds that Sir William has already departed. Mrs Lambert gets a message stating that her lodger is in hospital having been hit by a hansom cab. They go to see him and find that he is not badly injured, though very puzzled when he hears that three men had been at the Lambert house. He tells Blake that he is Sir William's grandson but until last night had no knowledge of the man due to his father and Sir William falling out many years ago when the latter adopted his nephew, John Sinclair, who Franklin's father despised. On his deathbed, his father had revealed Franklin's connection to the rich shipowner and asked him to mend the family feud. So Franklin had arranged to meet with Sir William ... but during that encounter had been rudely spurned. Blake goes to see the shipowner who confirms that the meeting with Franklin had been a bad one. However, he says it took place at Mrs Lambert's house rather than in the Metropole. The detective takes him to the hospital where it becomes clear that the shipowner and patient have never laid eyes on one another. Both, Blake reveals, met with impostors, victims of a scheme by John Sinclair to ruin any relationship they might have otherwise established, thereby ensuring that he would remain the sole heir. Disgraced, Sinclair is cast out and Franklin is set to inherit a fortune.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


A SLIP OF THE PEN
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,074 · 26/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Dickens Up-to-date; Modern Mysteries of Paris; How to Sweedle; At the Panto; Billiards Extraordinary; Should Santa Shave?; One Christmas Eve; Chat From Across the Sea; On Secret Service; The Crooked Sixpence; Robbing Henroosts; Labour M.P.'s and Their Salaries; Christmas Chat; Greed!; The Woman Who Did; Holly Berries.

Notes: One night, Dr. Banham receives a hastily-written note from one of his patients, Arkwright of Longstone's Farm, three or so miles away. Would the doctor come at once? Mrs Arkwright has been taken ill. Banham saddles his horse and sets off. The next morning, he hasn't returned, and in the afternoon, his horse is discovered grazing by the roadside. Furthermore, it emerges that the doctor had never arrived at the farm and the note was a forgery; nobody at the farm had sent it or was ill. The mystery deepens when the writing on the sheet of paper vanishes. Due to the distraction of a burglary at Birkendale Hall, the police give the doctor's disappearance little attention, so Mrs Banham wires for Sexton Blake. The criminologist treats the note with chemicals to reveal the writing and sees a clue in the date that helps him to identify the writer. Going to that man's residence, Blake climbs a tree to spy through a window. He sees four men. One, bound hand and foot, is the doctor. Of the other three, one appears to be unconscious on a bed. When a guard dog starts to bark at the base of the tree, Blake takes instant action, leaping to the windowsill and into the room, where he holds the men at bay with a pistol. They are, it turns out, the men who burgled Birkendale Hall, but one of them had afterwards suffered an apoplectic fit, so the doctor had been lured out to treat the stricken crook and then held prisoner until they could make their escape. Their only destination now, however, is prison.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


ONE MINUTE TO LIVE
by Anon. (Unknown)
ONE MINUTE TO LIVE

THE BOYS' FRIEND · Issue 392 · Date unknown · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE IN SIBERIA
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 39 · Feb. 1908 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: None

Notes: Count Borosky, the Russian Minister to the Court of St. James, commissions Sexton Blake to catch a Russian criminal currently loose in London. However, when the detective discovers that Paul Khaminoff is actually a political activist, he helps him to escape. A furious Borosky drops his disguise, revealing himself to be Loris Orloff — 'The White Terror' — chief of the Tsar's secret police. He vows revenge. Two years later, Blake and Tinker are on an espionage mission in Trieste and are forced by circumstances to split up. Tinker makes his way back to London. Blake, though, is captured by Orloff. When Tinker arrives home, he finds the newspapers reporting that, back in Trieste, Blake's dead body has been found and buried. The terrible shock leads to illness and Tinker is out of action for many weeks. Eventually, after making a full recovery, he returns to Baker Street where a Russian fugitive brings him amazing news: Sexton Blake is alive! The detective is being held in a Siberian prison; a state of affairs that Tinker vows to change. He travels across Europe to Moscow and books passage on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He makes allies during the journey and gains a new identity plus introductory letters to various prison officials. For a while, this ruse works and he soon sets eyes on Blake. But Orloff is onto him and Tinker ends up by his master's side, a prisoner. When a recently recaptured Paul Khaminoff is incarcerated with them, they make their first escape attempt but are caught and sent by barge to a prison island. En route, the vessel meets with an accident and the three men manage to free themselves. They now attempt to cross the bleak land to the safety of the port at Vladivostok, getting caught and escaping again many times along the way. Finally, in a flurry of wild coincidences, they gain their freedom and the White Terror gets his just desserts.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ This begins as a 'Romance' in the Victorian sense; imbued with sentiment, the workings of fate and psychic flashes. Of particular note are the heart-rending scenes where Tinker believes his guv'nor to be dead. Unfortunately, after the initial chapters, it settles into a rather repetitive series of escapes and recaptures that are too long-winded and lacking in invention.


THE SLEEP-WALKER
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 49 · Apr. 1908 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


TILLER AND TIDE-WAY; OR, SEXTON BLAKE — BARGEMASTER
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 54 · May 1908 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: None

Notes: Sexton Blake and Tinker arrive in the small industrial town of Creekside. When Pedro finds the body of a man named Captain Peascod in the river, the pair find themselves involved with Mr Tibblewit, the local grocer. He has two lodgers: Peascod's partner, Captain Fairlead, and the latter's daughter, Dorothy. Miss Peascod tells Tinker that she is afraid a man named Gregory Googe will steal some papers from Peascod's corpse. So Tinker follows Googe and sees him doing this very thing. The villain searches among the papers for a cheque which, according to his mutterings, he wants to tear up. Tinker causes a distraction and grabs the cheque but is pursued by the villain. He manages to hide the paper on the Rochester Bells, a barge that Peascod had owned. Meanwhile, at Mr Tibblewit's, the ill Fairlead insists that he will take charge of the barge to carry on its business transporting cement down the Thames. Blake reveals his true identity and arranges to impersonate Fairlead and take on the captaincy. Next morning, he and Tinker begin work. They make three discoveries: the cheque has vanished; their one crew member — Silas Croak — is in the pay of Gregory Googe; and there's a stowaway on board — 'Enery — a young lad who's also in thick with Googe. Blake tells Tinker that Googe has been plotting to kill his fellow members of an insurance syndicate so that he'll inherit the money. That night, the criminal smothers Pedro in wet blankets and throws him overboard. Croak then barricades Blake and Tinker in a cabin and steers the barge into a pier. He and 'Enery make their getaway in a dinghy but it is hit by a tugboat and Silas Croak is killed. The Baker Street duo manage to get free and swim for the shore where they are aided by a kindly night watchman and an urchin who has helped to rescue Pedro. The boy also reveals that he had seen Tinker hide the cheque and has recovered it — he hands it over to the detective. As far as Gregory Googe is aware, there is now just one man left in the syndicate: Mr Tibblewit. He goes to visit the grocer and is there confronted by Sexton Blake. The shock is so great that he dies of fear.

Trivia: This story features a rare early romance for Tinker!

Rating: ★★★★★ A wonderful tale with a real Dickensian touch.


SEXTON BLAKE, CLERK
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 57 · Jul. 1908 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE'S TRUST
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 68 · Dec. 1908 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: None

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 1)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 238 · 8/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The King of the Caravans by Sidney Drew; The Cliveden Sweepstake by Charles Hamilton; The Terror of the Remove by David Goodwin; A Boy O' Bristol by George Manville Fenn; Cornish Grit by Herbert Maxwell.

Notes: This story was announced in the editorial of issue 236: 'No character is so well known as Sexton Blake. He is famous wherever the sun sets. Against him the adventures of all other detectives — save, perhaps those of his friend Nelson Lee — pale into insignificance. He has travelled round the world not once but a dozen times. He has had more attempts made on his life than any man living. He has had hair-breadth escapes by the score, and is without doubt one of the greatest Britishers who ever trod the earth. Therefore the school-day life of so famous a character cannot fail to be most interesting and absorbing reading, and, therefore I predict a huge and instantaneous success for "Sexton Blake At School."'

This instalment of the serial contains one of the most incredible statements ever made about Sexton Blake (see the top of this page for full details. This statement was edited out when abridged versions of the story appeared in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 (1909) and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 (1933) (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 2)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 239 · 15/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The King of the Caravans by Sidney Drew; The Cliveden Valentines by Charles Hamilton; The Terror of the Remove by David Goodwin; Cornish Grit by Herbert Maxwell.

Notes: None at present.

This instalment of the serial contains one of the most incredible statements ever made about Sexton Blake (see the top of this page for full details. This statement was edited out when abridged versions of the story appeared in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 (1909) and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 (1933) (see the latter for review notes).

Trivia: This issue contains an advertisement for:
'A Real-life Drama of Sexton Blake, Detective'
Crown Theatre, Peckham.
Six nights and one matinee, commencing Monday, February 24th, 1908.
Sexton Blake, Detective
(Specially adapted from the celebrated stories of that name, including the most exciting incidents experienced by that wonderful character.)
Characters:
SEXTON BLAKE --- The Celebrated Detective.
TINKER --- Sexton Blake's Young Assistant.
PEDRO --- The Famous Bloodhound.
INSPECTOR WIDGEON --- A Scotland Yard Detective.
SQUIRE MARMADUKE LOVELL --- Owner of Cossington Hall.
JOHN BLACKBURN --- Farmer, The Squire's Tenant.
ROGER BLACKBURN --- His Son.
REVEREND EDWARD GREY --- A Clergyman.
SIMON FAGGUS --- A Professional Burglar.
MRS. BLACKBURN --- Roger Blackburn's Wife.
EUPHEMIA --- Maid of All Work. Afterwards a Music-hall Artiste.
MARJORIE LOVELL --- Roger Blackburn's Fiancee.
PHILADELPHIA KATE --- An Adventuress.
LOAFERS, VILLAGERS, POLICEMEN, ETC., ETC.
Synopsis of Scenery:
Act 1. (Scene 1.) Farmer Blackburn's Garden - Summer-time. (Scene 2.) A Lane at Cossington - Winter. (Scene 3.) The Library at Cossington Hall.
Act 2. (Scene 1.) In the London Slums. Five Years Later. (Scene 2.) The Mission Hall in the Slums.
Act 3. (Scene 1.) The Old Wharf at Rotherhithe. (Scene 2.) Sexton Blake's Rooms in Baker Street. (Scene 3.) The Library at Cossington Hall.
Act 4. (Scene 1.) Birdcage Walk, St. James's Park, by Night. (Scene 2.) Interior of a Church in the West End of London.
AN EVENING OF INTEREST, EXCITEMENT, AMUSEMENT.
This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 3)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 240 · 22/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Snowed up! by Charles Hamilton; The King of the Caravans by Sidney Drew; The Terror of the Remove by David Goodwin; Cornish Grit by Herbert Maxwell.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 4)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 241 · 29/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 5)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 242 · 7/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The King of the Caravans by Sidney Drew; The Cliveden Detectives by Charles Hamilton; Cornish Grit by Herbert Maxwell; The Terror of the Remove by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 6)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 243 · 14/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 7)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 244 · 21/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Clogland by David Goodwin; Cotton-mouth's Vengeance by T. C. Bridges; The Cliveden's Sports by Charles Hamilton; The King of the Caravans by Sidney Drew; Cornish Grit by Herbert Maxwell.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 8)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 245 · 28/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 9)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 246 · 4/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 10)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 247 · 11/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 11)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 248 · 18/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 12)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 249 · 25/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 13)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 250 · 2/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 14)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 251 · 9/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 15)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 252 · 16/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 16)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 253 · 23/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 17)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 254 · 30/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 18)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 255 · 6/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 19)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 256 · 13/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 20)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 257 · 20/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 21)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 5 Issue 258 · 27/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; The Wolf Patrol by John Finnemore; A New Boy at Cliveden by Charles Hamilton; A World at War by Andrew Grey; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 22)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 259 · 4/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 23)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 260 · 11/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 24)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 261 · 18/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; The Wolf Patrol by John Finnemore; The Rival Escort by Charles Hamilton; A World at War by Andrew Grey; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
(part 25)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 262 · 25/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 102 in 1909 and BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 in 1933 (see the latter for review notes).

Rating: ★★★★★


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 1)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 263 · 1/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The World at War by Andrew Gray; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; The Loot of the Liner by John Stanton; The Wolf Patrol by John Finnemore; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Trivia: As with other stories from this period, there's an insistence that Sexton Blake is real: 'Well, my chums, you now have the opening chapters of our new Sexton Blake story before you. I hope you will like them. The author, the famous detective, and myself did our level best to please you right through the long run of "Sexton Blake at School," and we succeeded far beyond our expectations. That we shall succeed again, with "Sexton Blake in the Sixth," I have not the slightest doubt.'

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 2)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 264 · 8/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The World at War by Andrew Gray; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; Price's Sister by Charles Hamilton; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 3)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 265 · 15/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 4)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 266 · 22/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 5)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 267 · 29/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 6)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 268 · 5/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); A World at War by Andrew Gray; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; Wentworth's Cricket Colours by Norman Collier; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 7)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 269 · 12/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: A Fight with Fate by W. Murray Graydon; Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Fight for the School by Ambrose Earle; A World at War by Andrew Gray; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 8)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 270 · 19/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Boys of the Brigade by Anon.; Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Rook Patrol by Anon.; A Fight with Fate by W. Murray Graydon; Clogland by David Goodwin; A World at War by Andrew Gray.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 9)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 271 · 26/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Boys of the Brigade by Anon.; Your Editor's Advice (ed.); A World at War by Andrew Gray; The Beaver-Poacher by Anon.; A Fight with Fate by W. Murray Graydon; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 10)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 272 · 3/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 11)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 273 · 10/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Boys of the Brigade by Anon.; A World at War by Andrew Gray; Expelled From the Patrol by Anon.; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 12)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 274 · 17/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Boys of the Brigade by Anon.; A World at War by Andrew Gray; The Cliveden Footballers by Charles Hamilton; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; Clogland by David Goodwin.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 13)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 275 · 24/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Through Blackfeet Country by Ambrose Earle; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; A World at War by Andrew Grey; Clogland by David Goodwin; Boys of the Brigade by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 14)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 276 · 31/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The War of the Mills by David Goodwin; A Fight With Fate by William Murray Graydon; Born to Lead by Arthur Steffens; A World at War by Andrew Grey; Clogland by David Goodwin; Boys of the Brigade by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 15)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 277 · 7/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH
(part 16)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
SEXTON BLAKE IN THE SIXTH

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 278 · 14/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This was reprinted in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 105 in 1909 and in BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 392 in 1933. See the latter issue for the review.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 1)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 279 · 21/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 2)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 280 · 28/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Road to Strength by Captain Hood; The Young Rifleman by Rifle Club Captain; Plucky Dick Denver by Reginald Wrey; The War of the Mills by David Goodwin; The Scourge of the Skies by Andrew Gray; Boys of the Brigade by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 3)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 281 · 5/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 4)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 282 · 12/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Scourge of the Skies by Anon.; The War of the Mills by David Goodwin; The Camp of the Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph; Boys of the Brigade by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 5)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 283 · 19/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Poindexter Musical Society by Charles Hamilton; The Scourge of the Skies by Anon.; The War of the Mills by David Goodwin; Boys of the Brigade by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 6)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 284 · 26/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Scourge of the Skies by Anon.; The War of the Mills by David Goodwin; The False Patrol by Richard Randolph; Boys of the Brigade by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE BROWNING CLAIMANT
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 449 · 4/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


IN DIRE STRAITS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 450 · 11/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake is called to St. Rudolph's School on the coast to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a pupil named Dick Borrodaile. His initial examinations suggest that the boy departed secretly but willingly in company with an unknown companion. Following two sets of footprints which trail down to the beach, the detective finds that the boy's vanish beside a pool of treacherous quicksand. However, his companion — evidently female — seems to have continued past the quicksand, now carrying a heavy burden. Her prints continue down to the water, where they stop. Deducing that the woman has faked the death of Dick Borrodaile, Blake traces the boy to France where he finds him living happily with a kindly family. The detective returns to England and visits the boy's mother, revealing that he knows she was responsible for his 'abduction'. When he approaches the father, he discovers why: Borrodaile senior is a mad scientist who intends to use the young lad as a test subject. Blake's objection to this pushes the man over the edge and he has a brain haemorrhage. Invalided, he is committed to his wife's care.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE AFFAIR OF THE ARGOSY PATENT
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 451 · 18/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GREAT BULLION ROBBERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 452 · 25/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: A transatlantic luxury liner, the Meretoria, is due to sail on her maiden voyage, carrying three million in gold for the relief of the financial stress in Wall Street. As a precaution, Sexton Blake has been invited to take the voyage. He makes friends with the purser, Mr Mason, who informs him that the bullion that has apparently been loaded is fake — a decoy to fool anyone with dishonest intentions. Blake is present when the real specie comes aboard and is secured in a huge safe. After a pleasurable voyage, the ship docks at New York. As the bullion is unpacked, Blake notices that a couple of the boxes have been tampered with. The detective claims straight away that he knows who committed the burglary. Without revealing anything further, he leads Mason ashore and into Chinatown where they force themselves into an opium den. There they find one of the passengers and his luggage; cylinders of compressed oxygen. Blake and Mason take the passenger and cylinders back to the ship and the detective reveals the hiding place of the stolen gold and explains how the heist was carried out.

Trivia: According to this story, Blake 'detests' New York.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE JEWEL MAKER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 453 · 1/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake has had a five days' 'rest cure' — staying at home doing nothing — when he receives a visitor named Mrs Errington, who is on the verge of starvation. She explains that her husband, Charles, a chemist, is assistant to Dr Rathbone, a reclusive scientist. When he failed to come home from work one day, Mrs Errington went to Rathbone's house in search of him. Rathbone, who didn't even turn around when she entered he laboratory, spoke to her in a harsh and dismissive voice, informing her that he had not seen her husband. The woman is certain that this is a lie and suspects that the doctor may have done away with her husband in order to gain from something Charles had invented. Blake visits Rathbone and exposes him as a disguised Charles Errington. The chemist reveals that Rathbone has died from natural causes. The doctor had agreed to help fund an invention that Errington had shown him — a means to make artificial jewels — but, once the business had been negotiated, Rathbone claimed the invention for himself, cutting Errington out of the deal. They argued and the doctor collapsed and died. Errington took the opportunity to impersonate his former employer in order to retain his rightful ownership of his creation. Blake, noting that raw justice and the law can be different things, helps Errington to claim his invention and reunites him with his wife.

Trivia: Sexton Blake appears to be living a rather frugal life in what he refers to as his 'bachelor's establishment'. Six years ago, in BOOK I: THE REAL ADVENTURES OF SEXTON BLAKE (part 14) (THE MARVEL LIBRARY, issue 434) he was married. So what happened? Obviously whatever it was affected him deeply, since — for the course of these PENNY PICTORIAL stories — he is supposedly 'resting on doctor's orders' and lives away from his Baker Street home. We also learn that Blake has written a monograph about Sleeping Sickness, based on his experiences in central Africa. Since Cecil Hayter wrote a Sexton Blake story for UNION JACK entitled THE SLEEPING SICKNESS the year previous to this tale's publication, we can be pretty certain that he is the author of this story too.

Rating: ★★★★☆


NURSE ELMA'S PATIENT
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 454 · 8/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake bumps into Nurse Elma, who had nursed him after the 'Thuringen affair. Her fiancé — Horace Harrington — is extremely ill and has been placed in her care — under Dr. Mason — but doesn't seem to be getting any better. In fact, he is deteriorating fast, despite her every effort. Blake visits the patient and notices some rather strange symptoms. As he leaves, he 'accidentally' breaks a bottle of Harrington's medicine, securing a sample as he does so. That evening he receives a letter from Elma, who reveals that Dr. Mason was furious that Blake had been allowed to see the patient. The next day, after analysing the medicine, Blake heads to club-land where he tracks down a man who shares a name with Nurse Elma's patient. Sir Herbert Harrington is an explorer who Blake had once met in Africa. At the time, Sir Herbert had been suffering from a tropical disease, with symptoms similar to those displayed by his namesake. At the mention of Dr. Mason, Sir Herbert reacts strangely and departs as quickly as possible. Later, Elma visits the detective in his Messenger Square apartment and Blake arranges with her to replace the medicine prescribed by Mason with a concoction of his own. Some days later the nurse reports that her patient is getting better, which appears to infuriate Mason.

Trivia: Sexton Blake has not visited a club for many months. This is further evidence that his health has been suffering during the Messenger Square period.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE COLOURED LIGHTS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 455 · 15/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE RECIPE FOR DIAMONDS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 456 · 22/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


A CASE OF KIDNAPPING
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 457 · 29/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE MISSING HEIRLOOMS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 458 · 7/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CHINESE MONEY-BOX
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 459 · 14/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE BLACK ORCHID
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 460 · 21/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GREAT CONVENT ROBBERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 461 · 28/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MYSTERY OF MARSH BOTTOM
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 462 · 4/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


A WHITE MAN
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 463 · 11/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


AN EASTER MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 464 · 18/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CLUE OF THE FINGERPRINTS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 465 · 25/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE WITHERED HAND
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter) Sexton Blake

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 466 · 2/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF MISS LOURO
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 467 · 9/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


LORD MOORDALE'S MYSTERY-PICTURE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 468 · 16/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


LADY ULSWATER'S PEARLS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 469 · 23/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MESSENGER OF DEATH
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 470 · 30/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE HOUSE IN CHARLES STREET
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 471 · 6/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


A SCRAP OF BLUE PAPER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 472 · 13/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE BUNGALOW MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 473 · 20/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE PRINCESS LARA
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 474 · 27/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE SHIPBUILDER'S CLERK
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 475 · 4/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE STRANGE ADVERTISEMENT
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 476 · 11/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE EMERALD STAR
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 477 · 18/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


RED SAND
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 478 · 25/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE THORPE END MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 479 · 1/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE EPISODE OF MR. PEDERSON
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 480 · 8/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE COLONEL'S LUCK
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 481 · 15/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CLUE OF THE STAINED CIGARETTE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 482 · 22/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


A ROYAL LOAN
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 483 · 29/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE GREAT HOTEL ROBBERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 484 · 5/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE MAN WITH THE WEAK HEART
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 485 · 12/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


SEXTON BLAKE'S UNDERSTUDY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 486 · 19/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is the first in an occasional series featuring Lady Molly — The Greatest Lady Detective ... trained by Sexton Blake. On board the H. M. S. Fotrail, Admiral Sir Richard Frenton, the world's foremost designer of submarines, is enjoying an after-dinner smoke with his guest, Herr von Hocht. Challenged as to whether he can be hypnotised or not, Sir Richard bets a sovereign that any attempt would be unsuccessful. Von Hocht accepts the bet, produces a crystal ball, and asks the Admiral to gaze into it. Within minutes, his host falls into a trance. The German puts the clock back five minutes and removes blueprints for the latest submarine developments from Sir Richard's jacket pocket before snapping him out if it. Without realising that he ever lost them, Sir Richard recovers his senses and, with a glance at the time, claims victory. Von Hocht concedes that his host has won the bet and, while the Admiral is distracted, corrects the clock. Then both men go ashore to attend a ball at the house of the Mowbray family. Among the guests are Sexton Blake and Lady Marjorie Maxwell, known as 'Lady Molly' to her friends. She notices that Sir Richard is looking rather worn, which arouses her suspicions of von Hocht. Speaking to Blake, she outlines the clues that have led her to believe that the Admiral has been hypnotised and his papers stolen by the German. Lady Molly and the detective trick von Hocht into fighting a duel with Blake. The detective wins. The documents are recovered and returned to Sir Richard.

Trivia: Blake has "extraordinary" skill as a swordsman.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LEILA NEWBURY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 487 · 29/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE TWO M'S
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 488 · 3/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Lady Molly finds a message in a newspaper's 'personals' column addressed to "M. M." It requests a meeting with a person who will be dressed as Marguerite de Valois at a masked fancy dress ball being held the following day. She learns from a woman who buys and sells dresses that a rather fierce foreign lady had ordered the de Valois costume. Intrigued, Lady Molly appropriates the de Valois costume for herself and attends the ball. There, she is approached by a man dressed as a pierrot. She is asked what 'his' answer is — yes or no? Not knowing what the pierrot is talking about, Lady Molly prevaricates but, in doing so, arouses the pierrot's suspicions. He leads her out of the ball and orders a carriage, which is fetched by an eager cab boy. After a short journey, she is taken into a house and confronted by the man, whose name is Dumergue: "If you are the Princess Marie Mikaeloff, as you assert, is De Presvik, the Russian Minister, going to do as we want, or shall we have to resort to force, as in the former case?" She knows that De Presvik is considered an enemy by the Anarchist movement and realises that his life is in danger. After attempting to escape, she is identified as an imposter, bound hand and foot, and Dumergue, with an accomplice named Henri, begins to torture her for information. However, before they get very far, the cab boy climbs in through the window with a revolver in his hand. Holding the anarchists at bay, he unties Lady Molly and reveals that, beneath the disguise, he is Sexton Blake. The two of them leave the house, promising Dumergue that they will call Scotland Yard, so he had better leave the country within the next twelve hours.

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE CASE OF THE SECOND MATE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 489 · 10/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


THE CASE OF THE MISSING MINISTER
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 490 · 17/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: Sexton Blake is in central Europe when he receives a telegram from Lady Molly Maxwell. Her cousin, Mason, an up and coming politician, has vanished while on holiday near Zurich. Blake travels there to investigate and meets with Mason's valet, Collins, in a mountain inn. The man explains that his master went mountain climbing but never returned. Collins suspicions have been aroused due to the presence in the region of some men — anarchists — who Mason had argued with some days previously. Collins has been unable to act due to his lack of language skills and fear of heights. Nervously, he leads Blake along the mountain path where he last saw his master. The detective, though, finds clues that indicate that Mason never came this way at all but went another — and following his real trail, Blake finds him dead at the bottom of a crevasse — murdered! When Blake tries to recover the body, Collins makes a slip that nearly causes the detective's death. Blake turns and snaps handcuffs on the man, revealing that he's known for some time that Collins has told lie after lie, and murdered his employer for a paltry £200.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


THE MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN BONDS
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 491 · 24/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: For her birthday, Dainty Derrick receives from her father a fortune in Egyptian bonds. One of her admirers, Rupert Forbes, forges a letter which suggests that profit of £24,000 can be made if the bonds are cashed immediately. Sir Henry Derrick gives his daughter a cheque for that amount and takes back the bonds which he sends his assistant, Masters, to cash at a firm called Nortons. However, when Masters returns, the money is found to be forged. Then Norton himself turns up claiming that the bonds are also fakes. Sexton Blake is called in and immediately recognises the hand of a master forger who has been responsible for a number of financial scams in the city. Masters falls under suspicion but Blake is convinced of his innocence. After examining the evidence, and to the amazement of Dainty, Masters and Norton, Blake arrests Sir Henry Derrick. He exposes the man as an impersonator who has been acting as Sir Henry but before he can stop him, the criminal leaps out of the window and escapes. Later, Rupert Forbes arrives on business. Blake recognises him by his fingernails as the imposter and Forbes is arrested and, ultimately, given a twenty year gaol sentence.

Trivia: This story introduces Rupert Forbes and is the first of a trilogy of stories featuring the character. The second is THE GHOST OF RUPERT FORBES (UNION JACK issue 269) and the third is THE MERVYN MYSTERY (BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 96). In the latter tale, Forbes teams up with George Marsden Plummer and meets a grisly end.

Rating: ★★★★☆


A MYSTERY OF THE MOORS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 492 · 31/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: In northern England, in an area where Lady Molly's father lives, annual sheep-dog trials take place. Angus Dare is the most successful breeder of dogs and the most consistent winner of trophies. However, in recent years, since a farmer named Morris returned from abroad, Dare's dogs have repeatedly met with misfortune before the trials. Last year, his main contender — 'Ranger' — went missing. This year, Lady Molly has loaned him her own dog, Ranger's son 'Jock' ... and she wants Sexton Blake to travel with her to the trials to attempt to catch Morris in the act of sabotage. The detective agrees and, the next day, is ushered into the presence of Angus Dare on whose farm he is to stay. That night, the two men, with Lady Molly, stand vigil in the barn where Jock is housed. In the early hours, the dog becomes frantic, chewing at the doors to get out. They tie a rope to its collar and let it loose, clinging to the lead as the hound races off onto the moors. It leads them to a lump of bread, dark and sticky with a mysterious substance. Blake retrieves this and, in the morning, posts it to a laboratory in London. He insists that Dare spends the day out and about with the dog, ensuring that he is seen. Later, the detective receives a telegram consisting of one word: "Yes". He then sends Dare out with Jock to walk onto the moor a specific distance, instructing him to circle around before approaching the farm from a specific direction at midnight. Near that time, another dog, which Blake has put on a lead, becomes restless and runs outside with the investigator and Molly in tow. They allow it to run some distance before stopping and securing it with a blanket and ropes. A shout comes from the distance: Dare warning him that Jock has got loose. Multiple footsteps approach. There's a scream; snarling. Lady Molly lights a lamp and by its glow they see Jock attacking a man. Blake and Dare wrestle the dog away and discover that the victim is Morris. The detective reveals that this man had lured the animals with a South American plant extract. By directing Dare to approach the farm from upwind, he ensured that Jock would not pick up the scent. Morris, hearing Blake's dog, believed his trap had worked and approached. Blake had intended to capture him but Jock arrived first and administered his own form of justice.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE WHITE SATIN DRESS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 493 · 7/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake receives a summons from Lady Molly. She has discovered, through Mrs. Winter, a woman who buys and sells cast-off dresses, a gown that has a slash in it above where the wearer's heart would be — a slash surrounded by an ominous rusty brown stain (this was mentioned in THE TWO M'S in PENNY PICTORIAL issue 488). Mrs. Winter reveals that she purchased the gown as part of a mixed lot at auction and therefore doesn't know who the previous owner might have been. The style of the item suggests to Molly that the crime must have been committed ten to twelve months ago. Blake's records show only one unsolved case that might relate to it: a young woman's body had been found in a pond in the village of Arlton, Yorkshire. She had been stabbed in the heart but, strangely, the dress found on the body showed no sign of the stab wound beneath. All labels and other identifying marks had been removed. The next day, Blake travels to Arlton and finds that the only big house, where such a dress would be worn, is that of Squire Allenby. He visits the Squire and learns that, the previous November, a young woman named Lola Le Marchant, who was an heiress, had gone missing from a ball at the house. However, Lola and the body in the pond didn't match; the the face of the corpse was disfigured and unrecognisable, but the teeth were different to those of the missing girl. Next, the detective investigates the pond and an abandoned cottage nearby. He discovers that a Mexican gentleman named Juan Almeida had hired the cottage a year ago and that, shortly after he left, his housekeeper had died, apparently of fright. According to Squire Allenby, Almeida had made romantic overtures to Lola, though she was in love with her cousin, Bayard. A week later, Blake calls on the Mexican in his London chambers. The detective reveals what became of Lola, who the dead body is, and that Almeida was the murderer.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE MYSTERY OF THE SECOND FLOOR
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 494 · 14/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE SQUIRE FALCONER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 495 · 21/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF MARIE ZOULOVITCH
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 496 · 28/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE CRAWLEY MISER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 497 · 5/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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TWELVE HOURS' PURCHASE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 498 · 12/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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LADY MOLLY'S FIRST CASE
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 499 · 19/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake attends a Christmas shooting party at the home of Captain Maxwell. His host is disturbed because many of his guests are missing items of value. Lady Molly has taken it upon herself to investigate. During the day, while Blake is out walking, he spots two men attacking Molly some way ahead of him. She, however, is very capable of looking after herself and sees the men off. Blake peppers one with shotgun pellets for good measure. Molly reveals that the men had been hired to cause her harm; putting her out of action to give the thief time to get away from the party with the stolen items. Lady Molly knows who the thief is; and the thief knows that she knows. She tells Blake the history of the thefts and of how her investigations led to a female guest and the latter's rather ingenious hiding place for the loot. Molly feels sure that at night the woman sleeps with the stolen items beneath her pillow, so a few hours after sundown, she and Blake fake a fire in the house. Their suspect, along with other guests, is thrown into panic. Molly slips into her room, lifts the pillow and exposes the small collection of necklaces, brooches and rings. The woman is ordered to leave the house. Sexton Blake congratulates Lady Molly on the successful conclusion of her first case.

Sexton Blake

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE FIRST-CLASS SMOKER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 500 · 26/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE HOUSE OF FEAR
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 221 · 4/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 222 · 11/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: George Marsden Plummer, a detective at Scotland Yard, is the rightful heir to the title of Earl of Sevenoaks and the fortune that goes with it ... or, at least, he would be had an accident of birth not placed two others in line before him. Covering his movements with a series of masterful disguises, Plummer visits the first of the men, who having no idea that he is in line to a fortune, works as a coastguard. Plummer informs him that he belongs to an aristocratic family before, under the cover of a thick fog, pushing him over the edge of a cliff. However, unknown to the villain, his victim drops into the sea not far from a boat occupied by Sexton Blake, Tinker and Pedro. They rescue the stricken man and nurse him to health. Meanwhile, Plummer has visited the current Earl of Sevenoaks and murdered him. The police are called and put one of their best officers on the case ... Detective-Sergeant Plummer! With Blake now involved, Plummer is forced to pretend an alliance with him while actually attempting to throw him off the scent at every opportunity. Soon, though, the Baker Street detective realises the truth and a battle of wits and disguises commences. Blake gets battered over the head and shut in a burning house, while Tinker is drugged and nearly drowned, but, ultimately, Sexton Blake wins the day and Plummer is thrown into prison, vowing to escape at the first opportunity.

This story was serialised in THE DREADNOUGHT starting from issue 27 (1912) and abridged for PENNY POPULAR issue 50 as HUNTER AND HUNTED TOO (1913). An abridged version also appeared in the second SEXTON BLAKE ANNUAL (1940). The original version was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Sexton Blake

Trivia: The author, Ernest Sempill, was better known by his pseudonym of Michael Storm. A rather mysterious figure, he is thought to have died abroad in 1909. George Marsden Plummer was born in Australia in 1875 and, after moving to England, he joined the police force in 1893. By 1903, he had been promoted to Detective-Sergeant at Scotland Yard.

Rating: ★★★★★ The debut of George Marsden Plummer is a tremendously entertaining and well-written tale, leaving the reader in no doubt that a star criminal has entered Blake's world. Plummer is gloriously psychotic, his emotions switching from chilling calmness to twisted rage and back again in the blink of an eye. Cunning, intelligent, resentful and ruthless, he's a good match for Blake and by the end of the story it's impossible not to want more of him. This issue is where the whole 'Blake vs super-criminal' concept began, sending the series towards its Golden Age.


THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRIDE
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 223 · 18/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE'S CHAMPIONSHIP
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 224 · 25/1/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 51 as THE FIGHTING DETECTIVE (1913).

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SEXTON BLAKE IN MORROCCO
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 225 · 1/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE MINT
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 226 · 8/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 88 as TINKER'S PERIL and PENNY POPULAR issue 89 as THE PLOT THAT FAILED (both 1914).

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THE FLOOD
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 227 · 15/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE IN BAKU
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 228 · 22/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 54 as IN THE CZAR'S DOMAIN (1913).

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BY ORDER OF THE FOREIGN OFFICE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 229 · 29/2/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. Sexton Blake is in Africa visiting Sir Richard Losely and Lobangu when he receives a telegram from the Foreign Office. An anarchist named Hermann is threatening to contaminate England's reservoirs with an unknown poison from the Abara district near Liberia. He is currently travelling there for supplies of the toxin. Blake is commissioned to stop him. The detective leads an expedition to catch up with Hermann's party and, after an initial skirmish, follows him through a subterranean passage under a mountain range and into unknown territory. Here, in a mist-laden volcanic valley, Blake and his friends are captured by the Abari; a lost tribe descended from Roman Jews. These people are ruled over by a ruthless sect of priests with whom Hermann has allied himself. They are expert chemists and demonstrate to Blake their prowess in the art of poisoning. The detective's party is sentenced to death and taken to a cliff edge to be flung into a chasm but the Abari soldiers rebel against the priests and come to the rescue. Blake pursues Hermann who has left en route for England and, catching up with him, kills him in a duel.

Rating: ★★★★☆


SEXTON BLAKE, WRESTLER
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 230 · 7/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: J. Abney Cummings

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 53 as THE MISSING CHAMPION (1913).

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PEDRO'S TRAIL
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 231 · 14/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 55 as THE FRONTIER SMUGGLERS (1913).

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SEXTON BLAKE IN TURKEY
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 232 · 21/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 56 as TRICKING THE TURK (1913).

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SEXTON BLAKE IN ROME
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)
SEXTON BLAKE IN ROME

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 233 · 28/3/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 57 as THE KIDNAPPED HEIR (1913).

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SEXTON BLAKE AT COURT
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)
SEXTON BLAKE AT COURT

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 234 · 4/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 58 as A KINGDOM AT STAKE (1913).

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SEXTON BLAKE, N.S.P.C.C.
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)
SEXTON BLAKE, N.S.P.C.C.

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 235 · 11/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. The story features Will Spearing. It was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 60 as THE PRINCE'S ORDEAL (1913).

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A WARD IN CHANCERY
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 236 · 18/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 61 as BY ORDER OF CHANCERY (1913).

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SEXTON BLAKE AT MONTE CARLO
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 237 · 25/4/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 62 as HIS LAST CARD (1913).

Sexton Blake

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THE MASTER ANARCHIST
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 238 · 2/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE; PAVEMENT ARTIST
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 239 · 9/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Ching-Ching Abroad by Anon.; The Phantom Horse by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET SOCIETY; OR,
SEXTON BLAKE IN NAPLES
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering)
THE SECRET SOCIETY

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 240 · 16/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 90 as A PERILOUS QUEST and PENNY POPULAR issue 91 as AGAINST HEAVY ODDS (both 1914).

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THE BLACK TYRANT; OR,
SEXTON BLAKE'S ADVENTURES IN HAYTI
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 241 · 23/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Battle and Breeze by Henry St. John

Notes: This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 92 as A FORLORN HOPE and PENNY POPULAR issue 93 as THE HORROR OF HAYTI (both 1914).

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SEXTON BLAKE'S DOUBLE EVENT
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)
SEXTON BLAKE'S DOUBLE EVENT

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 242 · 30/5/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Battle and Breeze by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. The story features Will Spearing.

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DRINK!
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax)
DRINK!

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 243 · 6/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Battle and Breeze by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 67 as THE CLANSMEN'S FEUD (1914).

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THROUGH THE ENEMY'S COUNTRY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THROUGH THE ENEMY'S COUNTRY

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 244 · 13/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Fred Bennett

Other content: Battle and Breeze by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. Sir Richard Losely is with the besieged Matanga tribe in Africa. They are surrounded by the hostile forces of King Ubukosi, whose expanding empire has already swallowed up the neighbouring tribes. Sexton Blake, Tinker and Lobangu journey into the region with a shipment of guns. They manage to avoid Ubukosi's lookouts but it takes sham ju ju trickery from Tinker to drive away pursuing forces. Then disaster strikes when Blake's bearers desert, leaving him, Tinker, Lobangu and Pedro with thirty loads but no-one to carry them. Lobangu traps two young elephants and uses ancient tribal techniques and narcotic leaves to train them. With the elephants carrying the loads, he leaves, accompanied by Pedro, while Blake and Tinker set off as decoys. The two detectives are quickly overtaken by a pursuing party led by a rogue Belgian. They are captured and enslaved. However, it's not long before they escape with the Belgian as their prisoner. Blake fights a duel with him, unnerving the man so much that he shoots himself dead. The two from Baker Street are pursued along a river by Ubukosi's troops until they are forced over a waterfall. They survive and, after a night of exhausted sleep, awake to find that Lobangu has tracked them down. He reports that he safely delivered the rifles to Losely and guides them to the Matanga camp where they are reunited with their old friend. King Ubukosi makes his assault on the encampment but finds himself suddenly facing a well-armed opponent. He is killed and his forces are driven off.

Rating: ★★★★★


THE CONSCRIPT
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)
THE CONSCRIPT

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 245 · 20/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Battle and Breeze by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE, AMBASSADOR
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 246 · 27/6/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Will There One Day Be a World at War? (article)

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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BANKRUPT!
by Anon. (G. Carr)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 247 · 4/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: For England, Home & Beauty by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 94 as LUCK LORING'S LOSS and PENNY POPULAR issue 95 as THE SERPENT WORSHIPPERS (both 1914).

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SEXTON BLAKE — LONGSHOREMAN
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 248 · 11/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: For England, Home & Beauty by Henry St. John

Notes: None at present.

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CARAVAN AND CANVAS
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

UNION JACK · New series · Vol. 10 Issue 249 · 18/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: For England, Home and Beauty by Anon.

Notes: This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 96 as SEXTON BLAKE'S HOLIDAY CASE and PENNY POPULAR issue 97 as THE CIRCUS MYSTERY (both 1914).

Sexton Blake

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THE APACHES OF PARIS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 250 · 25/7/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 98 as AT GRIPS WITH THE APACHES and PENNY POPULAR issue 99 as THE HOSTAGE (both 1914).

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LIBEL AND SLANDER
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 251 · 1/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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SPEARING'S DISGRACE
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 252 · 8/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. The story features Will Spearing. It was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 103 as A FRIEND'S DISGRACE and PENNY POPULAR issue 104 as A FIGHT FOR HONOUR (both 1914).

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THE CASE OF THE NAVAL MANOUVRES
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 253 · 15/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. It was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 101 as THE IMPERIAL SPY and PENNY POPULAR issue 102 as THE KAISER'S RANSOM (both 1914).

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THE MYSTERY OF MOORSIDE
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 254 · 22/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 107 as THE BLACK COUNTRY MYSTERY (1914).

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SEXTON BLAKE IN GLASGOW
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 255 · 29/8/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Sentenced for Life! by Allan Blair

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE: CHEF
by Anon. (F. H. Evans)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 256 · 5/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE SPECIALIST
by Anon. (D. H. Parry)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 257 · 12/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. P.

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE HOP PICKERS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 258 · 19/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: None at present.

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THE TRAMP DETECTIVE
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 259 · 26/9/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 105 as THE WALKING CRACKSMAN and PENNY POPULAR issue 106 as SEXTON BLAKE ON TRAMP (both 1914).

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THE MOTOR-BOAT
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 260 · 3/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 108 as SEXTON BLAKE'S BLUNDER and PENNY POPULAR issue 109 as TURNING THE TABLES (both 1914).

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SEXTON BLAKE IN CARDIFF
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 261 · 10/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE MOUNT STREET MYSTERY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 262 · 17/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 110 as NO PROOF and PENNY POPULAR issue 111 as CAUGHT REDHANDED (both 1914).

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THE WILLOW COURT MYSTERY
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 263 · 24/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 112 as THE CONFESSION and PENNY POPULAR issue 113 as A FALSE FRIEND (both 1914).

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THE DEAF MUTE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 264 · 31/10/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE, GYPSY
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 265 · 7/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 114 as THE GIPSY DETECTIVES and PENNY POPULAR issue 115 as SEXTON BLAKE'S MASQUERADE (both 1914).

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THE STOLEN BLOODHOUND
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 266 · 14/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 116 as THE THREE AVENGERS (1914) and PENNY POPULAR issue 117 as ROUGH JUSTICE (1915).

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QUARANTINED
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 267 · 21/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE HYPNOTIST
by Anon. (D. H. Parry)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 268 · 28/11/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 118 as THWARTING THE HYPNOTIST and PENNY POPULAR issue 119 as THE LAST STAND (both 1915).

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THE GHOST OF RUPERT FORBES
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 269 · 5/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My issue is missing the cover. Rupert Forbes, once a leader of society until he was discovered to be the head of an international gang of forgers, is being transported from prison to court when a train crash gives him the opportunity to escape. He takes the money and clothing of one of the crash victims, Austin Graves, and creates a new identity: Gerald Austin. In this guise, over the next twelve months, he rises to a position of power as a financial magnate. He employs Graves' niece, Dorothy Ford, as his secretary and makes romantic advances towards her, knowing that she is due a large inheritance. She rejects him, being already engaged to Donald Grey, who is the son of a casualty of Rupert Forbes's crooked dealings. Dorothy notices that Austin is a young man disguised to look older. Furthermore, she finds that he is in possession of her uncle's watch. She tells Donald Grey of this and he promises to go to Sexton Blake. However, that night, Grey is framed by Forbes for a robbery and is tricked into going abroad, where he is held captive. Dorothy visits Blake who, after piecing together the clues, is quick to conclude that Gerald Austin is behind events and is, in fact, Rupert Forbes. Meanwhile, Forbes puts into motion another scheme which deprives a baronet of two hundred thousand pounds. Blake investigates and once again sees evidence of Forbes's involvement. By now, Forbes knows that the detective is on to him and so he attempts to murder Blake but is foiled by Pedro. Sexton Blake retaliates by tricking 'Gerald Austin' into leaving examples of his fingerprints, which are then matched with those of Forbes at Scotland Yard. He then taps into Forbes's telephone and learns that the crook is planning to intercept a secret shipment of bullion meant for the Bank of England. Forbes kidnaps Dorothy and takes her to Rotterdam, not realising that Tinker has stowed away on his barge. He imprisons the girl in a cell under the house of Van Hayden, a crooked diamond dealer. Donald Grey is held in the cell next door and manages to escape with his fiancé. Blake arrives at the house disguised as Gerald Austin and is met there by Forbes, disguised as Van Hayden. The detective is exposed, captured and imprisoned on the same barge in which Tinker is hiding. The villains tow this out to sea to sink it but, under cover of a thick fog, Blake and Tinker unfasten the tow rope and make a getaway. They then fake the sinking of the barge. Believing them dead, Forbes returns to London, disguises himself as Sexton Blake, and enters the detective's Baker Street rooms to retrieve the evidence against him. Finding that the detective has foreseen this move, he leaves empty handed. With his assistant, Tony, he then travels to Plymouth to intercept the bullion while disguised as Detective-Inspector Martin. However, Blake and Scotland Yard have set an ambush and Forbes is finally captured. He receives a life sentence.

Trivia: Detective-Inspector Martin is described as being blue-eyed and a wearer of spectacles. Two of the 'street arabs' who occasionally assist Blake are named: The Weasel and Tiny. This story was reprinted in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 248 (1913). It is the middle of a trilogy which began with THE MYSTERY OF THE EGYPTIAN BONDS (THE PENNY PICTORIAL, issue 491, 24/10/1908) and which ends with THE MERVYN MYSTERY (THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY, issue 96, Sep. 1909).

Rating: ★★★★★ A long, extremely well-written and thrilling tale.


THE GREAT CATTLE SHOW MYSTERY
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 270 · 12/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover.

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THE KAISER'S MISTAKE
by Anon. (D. H. Parry)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 271 · 19/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 120 as A NATION'S FATE and PENNY POPULAR issue 121 as AN IMPERIAL BLUNDER (both 1915).

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THE FAMILY SKELETON; A TALE OF TWO CHRISTMAS EVES
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 272 · 26/12/1908 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. A Christmas issue.

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