Sexton Blake Bibliography: 1909

Blake: In THE MERVYN MYSTERY (the third story to feature George Marsden Plummer), Sexton Blake is engaged to marry Lady Marjorie Dorn. He breaks it off (amicably) after realising that his profession is incompatible with any passion other than that for justice.

A MODERN ALCHEMIST
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,075 · 2/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Artist; How I escaped the Electric Chair; Wonderful '09s; Peter Pan Tales; Ringing in the New; The Old Mooremanack; 44 Goals - Nil!; Gossip; I Hereby Resolve; Should We Believe in Fairies?; My New Year's Party; When the Old Year Died; Chain Maker and Wearer; Editorial Chat; Other Steinheil Shocks; My Life; Greed!; Notes For Nineteen-Nine.

Notes: Jervis, a lawyer, advertises for a man named John Welford to come forward, as he is due an inheritance. He receives a response and goes to the stated address where he is told by the landlady that Welford will return at half past seven. Jervis waits but Welford doesn't show up ... and doesn't the next day, either. The landlady has no idea where her tenant goes each day or what his job is. The police are consulted but fail to locate him, so Jervis consults Sexton Blake. The criminologist examines Welford's lodgings and finds a green stain on a jacket, a matchbox, and four tramway tickets. The landlady tells him that her tenant had got the stain from a freshly painted lamp-post. From this and the other clues, Blake is able to identify the street to which the man commutes every day. Odours emanating from the jacket also tell him that Welford works with chemicals. The landlady immediately identifies a local professor of chemistry as the probable employer. Blake and Jervis visit this man but he denies any knowledge of Welford. He does, however, point to a house across the road where Sir Charles Clutton lives. Clutton is an eccentric who spends all his time trying to discover the Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life. Blake and Jervis investigate the property and discover Welford half starved and locked in a laboratory building in the garden. Clutton's eccentricity, it turns out, has turned into madness, and he'd conceived the notion that Welford was trying to steal his elixirs. Welford is set free. Clutton is located in London and placed into an asylum.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


AN ARTIFICIAL CLUE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,076 · 9/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Our First Line; How I Wrote the £100-Story; Football Farces; To Thwart Thieves; Typing Like Lightening; "No" - Sniff - "Thanks!"; The Wallabies; The Pensioners; 1919's First Craze; Gossip; Merrily Widowed; The Anagrammers; Making An S. A. Officer; Seething India; The Lost Legion; Editorial Chat; Greed!; January Jottings.

Notes: On the night following a County Ball, Lord Lingdale can't sleep and, upon looking out of the window, sees a man creeping across the grounds toward Lingdale Castle. He hears a tinkle of broken glass and realises that a burglar is entering — intent, no doubt, on stealing the famous Lingdale diamonds from the safe in the library. Grabbing a poker, he quietly stalks down to that room but, when he attempts to enter, finds that the door has been locked. He applies his shoulder to it, bursts in, and is immediately struck unconscious. Sexton Blake is called. He quickly spots that the room was broken into through the French windows — but from the inside! While investigating the grounds, the detective notices that he is being watched from a window. Surreptitiously taking out his handkerchief, he makes a show of examining it, as if it were an item of freshly discovered evidence. The watcher reacts by exiting the castle and approaching to ask what Blake is doing. Blake responds by telling the man that he's about to go borrow a bloodhound, as he has an item the dog can use for scent. He then makes a show of leaving but, as a matter of fact, merely hides, waits until he sees the man depart, then follows him. He is led to a gamekeeper's cottage and there witnesses his suspect and his compatriot (who had approached the castle to receive the stolen diamonds) making their getaway plans. His false evidence has led him to the to the two culprits, both of whom end up in prison.

Trivia: As is usual with these ANSWERS stories, there is no sign or mention of Tinker ... or of Pedro: Blake must "borrow" a bloodhound.

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE KING'S DIAMOND
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,077 · 16/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; My Fights; The Struggles of Others; The Chancellor's Changes; Among the Injuns; The Hoax Superlative; Age 15, Salary £5,000; Cup-Tie Sensations; 8 Hours in a Coalmine; H.R.H. the Cabin-Boy; Gossip; Great Quakes; The Mystery of the Heliotrope Coal-cellar; That Typewriting Girl; A Rustic... Mr. Answers; Editorial Chat; The Salvationists Abroad; Greed!; Snow-Flakes.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MOREHAMPTON MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,078 · 23/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; If An Earthquake Came to London; Some of My Stories; Whose Money?; Painting the Academy Picture; Everybody's Friend; Bow-Wow!; Guarding H. M.'s Gems; Mr. Answers - Pensioner; "Swag" For Sale; Gossip; A Man of Iron; In the Stilly Night; The Broken Wedding-Day; Taxi-Cab Tales; Cold-Weather Diet; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Cinders and Ashes.

Notes: None at present.

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DR. SHAW'S ASSISTANT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,079 · 30/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Confessions of a Lady Swindlers; The Romance of Mansion House Funds; Private Croesus; Tales of the rails; Don't Be a Grocer; Dr. Shaw's Assistant; (Loud Laughter); Asleep in Their Coffins; Chat From Across the Seas; On Tramps and Tramping; Condemned!; Sale-Oh!; Elsie's Acre; 5,000 Cats for Yokohama; Bringing the Prisoner Home; The Woes of Wives; Gone Away; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Answers' Finals.

Notes: None at present.

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THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,080 · 6/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; A Cry From the Counter; Football Bombshells; Thirty Years of Theatre Yarns; Bad Budgets; Hush-sh-s-s-sh!; 'Scuse Me, My Car!; To Meet the King; For Summer, 1910; Confessions of a Lady Swindler; Christabel Jones M. P.; Answers for the Home; My Compensation Cases; The Toothache Stakes; The Deserter; Amusement - East and West; Safe and Sound; I Will!; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Facts for Feb.

Notes: None at present.

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THE ANCIENT MONK
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,081 · 13/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; 27 Years at Scotland Yard; Humours of Royal Visits; Great Stakes!; The Moving Death; The Navy Yesterday and Today; Missing!; Gossip; Getting Roosevelt Ready; Coming Down; Confessions of a Lady Swindler; The Lady "Screever"; Naughty M.P.s; Arming the P.C.s; The Arch Traitor; I Search for the Successful Face; Dick's Sacrifice; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Short Talks.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BLACK CAT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,082 · 20/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Should We All Be Teetotal?; Anarchists and Scotland Yard; Learning to be Kings; N.S.C. Tales; The Play's the Thing; The Widow; Capital Quarrels; Gossip; Confessions of a Lady Swindler; On Witching Wheels; On Valentine's Day; Continents to Let; Jilted!; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Bull's-Eyes.

Notes: None at present.

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THE TOWER OF SILENCE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,083 · 27/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Next Great War by H. G. Wells; Our Lodger; Any Shares Today, Sir?; Two Week Ends; On Baldness by Rip; Good Gracious!; Some of My Cases; An Englishman's Home; Fighting the "Flue"; Confessions of a Lady Swindler; The Outcome of an Income; The Syndicate; Wireless Romances; Gossip; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Pancakes.

Notes: None at present.

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AN OLD MAN'S DARLING
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,084 · 6/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Pte Answers Territorial; Work as a Royal Bodyguard; If the Pro.s Struck; Making a Judge; Chat From Across the Sea; Confessions of a Lady Swindler; Big Bill; Zealous Mr. Selous; A Territorial Terror; John Birch's Experiment; The Man Bird; Race-Traitors; Mr. Ghost M.P.; Editorial Chat; Greed! It's a Fact That.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BLUE LINE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,085 · 13/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; Income 'Tecs; Financial Fortresses; The Crimp; Rates, Please!; I Start for canada; Keeping it Dark; My Brief Life; Spring, Spring, Harbottle's Spring; The Bomb; Gossip; Work as a Royal Bodyguard; Editorial Chat; Workhouse Worries; Alderman to Alter Men; Greed!; Breezes.

Notes: None at present.

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THE PLASTER SAINT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,086 · 20/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; Jurymen Who Jib; Emigrants Beware; Where Rooseveldt Will Roost; Tax-Tactics; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; Man the Lifeboat; Too Young at 40? The House That Harbottle Built; The Mascot; Tales of Poor Streets; Death by Post; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Shots.

Notes: None at present.

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THE TIGER'S EYE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,087 · 27/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; Do Parents Know Best?; Why We Object to Territorials; Out of the Mouths; Wasted Lives; My Football Career; Stranger Than Fiction; Salute!; Sport's Tyrants; Baby's Magna Charta; From the Land of Mystery; The Night Out; Graham's Grand National; Some Moving Stories; How Do They Know?; Gossip; In Beautiful Bulgaria; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Corner-Kicks.

Notes: None at present.

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THE AMATEUR BURGLAR
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,088 · 3/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The Invaders; Ambulance Amenities; Risks of the Race-Course; Busy Mr. Longlocks; Getting Ready for the Race; When We Strike; My Voyage to Canada; Brown Bill Sykes; Is Red Hair Beautiful? Incomes of To-Day; R. H. Straightens Up; The Shepherd's Crook; Busking; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; A Footballer's Pranks; Gossip; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Special Lines.

Notes: None at present.

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THE EMPTY TIN
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,089 · 10/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; Fined For Sneezing; Good Eggs; His Majesty's W. P. B.; Bill Sike's Bill-o'-Fare; A Dockyard day; £500 Not Out; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; Striking Strikes; Now They're Married; Their Daylight Ideas; A Nice Quiet Holiday; After Many Years; Exquisite Ettiquette; Some Navy Notes; Gossip; The Ladies' Idol; Doing the Doctor; Nearest the Pole; Hermits of the Zoo; Editorial Chat; Greed!; Dreadnoughts.

Notes: None at present.

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BY PONK
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,090 · 17/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; Murder Most Foul; After Many Months; My Life; Law in the Air; Would You be Successful? Buried alive! The Kidnapper; Ruses on the Road; How Not To Pop; In the Miracle City; Doubles at Dulham; Still Waters; When the Colonies Helped; Cooling the Coolies; Royal Housekeeping; Libel!; Chat From Across the sea; The Burning of Uncle Abe; Hospital Hoaxers; Editorial Chat; Welcome Little Stranger; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; Buns.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SILVER LOCK
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,091 · 24/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; Huge Holidays; Studious Strikers; No! Not Half a Crown; Budget Night; My Tour; Our Cup Fights; Like a Tiger Today; The Memories of Mace; My Life; Tea Shop; Under The Red Nose; Not Wanted By the Police; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; Gossip; The Sporting Spirit; After Many Years; Trouble on Trouble; Editorial Chat; What's the Matter with Smith; At St. George's Hanover Square; The Other Woman; How Germany Prepares for War; Finals.

Notes: None at present.

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THE GOLDEN ONE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,092 · 1/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Invaders; What Will These Australians Do?; Why Not Tax Clothes?; Life on a Dreadnought; Grow your Own Physic; Four Good Books; The Bo-Tree of Knowledge; The Broker and the Broke; In Camera; The Spy; Happy Thoughts; My Life; Bombardments Warranted Harmless; Salt Your Carnations; Gossip; Come at Once; Fortunes for Fortunes; Editorial Chat; In Germany; Azeff, Anarchist and Spy; By-the-Way.

Notes: None at present.

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THE YOUNG EARL
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,093 · 8/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Builders of Ships; Mr. Freezer; What it's All About; Sentence Quashed; I Conduct; The Value of Brains; Life on a Dreadnought; My Marathon; A Scouting Outing; Her Wedding Day; What I Think of Wheat Kings; The Sins of Charity; Editorial Chat; The Invaders; May Flowers.

Notes: None at present.

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THE WHITE MOUSE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,094 · 15/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Builders of Ships; Hints For Housewives; How Do, Mr. Mahershalalhasbah; Komical Kricketers; Very Grand Opera; The Men Who Broke the Bank; Cabby; Fun at the Photographers; Pee-eep! Pee-eep!; Life on a dreadnought; My Marathon; Our Weekend Cottage; Pride - And Richard Summerscale; Street Music; Editorial Chat; Worst Aid to the Injured; Turkish Delights; The Invaders; Topsy-Turvy Turkey; How's That?

Notes: None at present.

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NO ROBBERY
by Anon. (Unknown)Sexton Blake

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,095 · 22/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Builders of Ships; Are You a "Gabby Old Guy"?; Our Best Sportsman; Wicket Tricks; For Identification; £1,000 a Year for Faking Photos; On a Cruise; My Mistakes; Some Canadian Experiences; The Man Who Made the Budget; The Dark Lantern; The Reformation of Trotter; Somebody's Darling; The Fortune Finders; The Sack; Tracking the D. S. Windells; Editorial Chat; Chat From Across the Sea; The Invaders; Nuts and May.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF MR. SEYMOUR
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,096 · 29/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Sensational Derbies; Builders of Ships; Summerline Spooks; The Tournament; Mr. Answers Wiggle-Woggles; Trees That Fight Fire; In the Slot; Are You an Esquire; Should Girls Have Dowries?; The Dark Lantern; An Institution That Has Already Made History; A Derby Favourite; The Villain of the Piece; Rockefeller's Recollections; Editorial Chat; The Case of Mr. Seymour; About the Australians; Things They Don't Do at the 'Varsity; Wild Men of the Woods; The Invaders; Derby Winners.

Notes: None at present.

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A HOLIDAY TASK
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,097 · 5/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Birthday Storyettes; 21 Years of Answers; 21!; A Memory; G. P. O. Peace; The Temptation of Alec Proctor; Birthday Gossip; Old China; My Life; To-Day and Tomorrow; No Time to Marry; The Dark Lantern; Ping's Polly; When I Was 21; Weeping June; A Prince Among Ventriloquists; The Beth Din; Builders of Ships; Mr. Answers Perfume Merchant; Pistols and Poker; In Hottest London; Sports at Dulham; All's Well That Ends Well; 40 Years at the 300; Going West; Between the Lines; Walker, Brighton; The Blue Carnation; Keeping Love Sweet; How I Would Captain England; Pictures of Great Price; The Voice of the Charmer; Pain and Pleasure; Rare Bits About Rabbits; Je-ames!; Penalty, £5; Birthday Chat; Nothing to Say; Bouncing Back to Life; Call Mr. Whale; The Invaders; Happy Returns.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF SIR J. LAMSON
by Anon. (Andrew Murray)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,098 · 12/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Builders of Ships; To-day and To-morrow; A Pioneer of the Press; Our Empire's "Dailies"; The Angel Baritone; My Life; Riding the High Horse; Why I Don't Like Cricket; A Royal Footman Talks; The Dark Lantern; To Horse! To Horse!; Postman's Knock; Mr. Answers - Salmon Fisher; Editorial Chat; They Never Returned; Flogged!; Gossip; On the Road; The Invaders; P.S.

Notes: According to Lofts and Adley, this marks Andrew Murray's first appearance as a Blake author.

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A MARKED HAND
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,099 · 19/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Builders of Ships; Millionaires Unawares; To-day and to-morrow; Mr. Limes' Answers; Early Birds; My Life; How I Would Feed the Australians; The Dark Lantern; Ascot and After; Cut Out; The Compleat Angler; That Tree Feller; On the Carpet; Gossip; Prospecting; How's That?; Tugs; Editorial Chat; The Invaders; Cherry-Stones.

Notes: None at present.

Unrated


FOR SAFE DEPOSIT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,100 · 26/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Empire and Yourself; Dead Men's Gold; P.L.A.; Bumble v. Everybody; Saving Cuts; To-day and To-morrow; My Life; Their Summer Resort - Gaol!; Racing at 110 Miles an Hour; The Fascinating S/E; Miscellania; Night Birds; Jury Disagreed; The Problem; I Join a Circus; Editorial Chat; Hoaxing Monarchs; 4/- A Run; Gossip; Builders of Ships; Sun-Spots.

Notes: A week after depositing his wife's jewels at the bank, Lord Arlingford returns to collect them. The manager, Upton Greig, leads him down to the vault, opens the massive double-locked door and the grille beyond, and takes down Arlington's safe deposit box from a shelf. He unlocks it, opens the lid and discovers that the jewels are gone! Sexton Blake is called in. He learns that one deposit was made in the vault after that of Lord Arlington — a large plate-chest belonging to a Mr and Mrs Matheson Finch. This, it turns out, is empty apart from lumps of pig-iron weighing about hundred and forty pounds. It also has air-holes. Blake remains at the bank until, later, a carriage arrives to collect the chest. It is delivered to a house where Bill Matheson Finch and a thug named Josh determine to bury it come nightfall. In the meantime, they take refuge in the local pub. When they return, the chest is wide open, the stolen jewels have been removed from a hiding place under the hearth, and Sexton Blake is pointing a pistol at them. Having caught the thieves, Blake explains to Grieg how they had committed the crime and how he had used the same method to catch them.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ A pleasingly ingenious tale.


THE MAN IN THE BLUE BLOUSE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,101 · 3/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; 8 Hours Wi' Geordie; Coal-Mining Miscellanies; Fifty Fat years; A Boxer's Bothers; Caning T.R.H.; To-day and To-morrow; People I've Worried; Form No.6; Things I Remember; Chat From Across the Seas; Their Tightest Tight Corners; Making My Garden Pay; Thought of - Going Home; The Dark Lantern; Tennis Tantrums; The Half-Crown Millionaire; Such Shocking Sharks; 5 to 1 Abcess on the Jaw; Which City's Oldest? When Cricket was a Crime; Editorial Chat; Builders of Ships; Clinchers.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BARTON TUNNEL MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,102 · 10/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Henley History; When You Travel by the Train; Managing the Press Manager; Brighton- A.D. 1809; The Real Sham Fights; To-day and To-morrow; White Rabbits for Silence; Forward!; The Summer Scoff; Wanderers on Wheels; So Like the Prince; The Dark Lantern; A Pic-nic Preamble; The Hero; Wo-man the Lifeboat!; Gossip; Mr Answers, Longshoreman; Rites and Wrongs; Editorial Chat; Builders of Ships; Driftweed.

Notes: None at present.

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THE RUTHLESS HAND
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,103 · 17/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; My Channel Swims; Marrying in Haste; The Sale Swindle; Getting Busy at Bisley; To-day and To-morrow; Special from the Oval; Soap; Soda; and Starch; Contraband Mr Wun Lung; Gossip; Convict Comicalities; A Touch of Hay Fever; 21 Years with the Colours; Scout Stories; The Fly-By-Nights; After Dinner and Afterwards; The One Week; From Pawnshop to Palace; T.R.H.'s Holidays; Editorial Chat; Builders of Ships; Bisley Bulls.

Notes: None at present.

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THE ADVENTURE OF THE COFFEE POT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,106 · 7/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Royal Cowes; My Life; The Summer Girl; Fun with the Territorials; Road Law; Bondage; C11 In Memoriam; Big Deals; Golden Golf; Gossip; A Rapid career; A Rum Regatta; Love's Madness; From Pit to Parliament; At Waterloo; 1809 B.T. (Before trippers); Should the Budget Pass?; Editorial Chat; Strictly Correct; I Fly; P.O. Pranks; Builders of Ships; Ripples.

Notes: None at present.

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LADY SYLVESTER'S NECKLACE
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,107 · 14/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Miner Minors; The King Forbids; We-Won't-Eat!; Our German Cousins; Death in the deeps; Bondage; Why I Don't Hustle; Chat From Across the Seas; Snapshots by the Sea; Thrilling Lives; Golden Sands; A Rapid career; A Sketching Skirmish; For Services Rendered; Three Rounds With Corbett; My Life; New Chums; Editorial Chat; The Man From Cook's; Fashions For All; Magic!; Builders of Ships: Golden Grains.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE EMPTY NUT-SHELLS
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,108 · 21/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; How I Became World's Champion; The Great Unpaid; Taking the Cure; Holiday Heroes; Bondage; Plain Tales from the Plains; All Abroad; Preparing the "Pro"; Gossip; A Rapid Career; A Home From Home; The Man Who Remembered; Bart K. or Brighton; Dusty and Musty; What We Think of Holidays; Editorial Chat; Mr. Baboon, Witness; In Stormy Barcelona; The Flyer; London Per Megaphone; Builders of Ships; Shingle.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BLACK PEARL OF BAHREIN
by Anon. (Unknown) Sexton Blake

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,109 · 28/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Big Money of Pugilism; Shocking Ships; The Persecution of Mr. Popp; The Japs at Home; Bondage; Pickers of Fruit; Tommies Who Tantalise; Gossip; The Contract Angler; Real Jam; Rapid Careers; Shifting Sands; A Day Tripper; Haunting the House; The Dip de Lux; Harvest Customs; Getting Fit for the 1st; Ready! Go!; Editorial Chat; When Royaly Dines; Who Froze Her Knee; Fifty Years Forgotten; Builders of Ships; Gleanings.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BLACK DIAMOND
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,110 · 4/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Cabinet Photographs; Splendid September; Land-Ho!; My Life; Tommy, Make Room for Your Uncle; Fresh Fish! All Alive, Oh!; Getting Ideas; In Gay Paree; 61 Rounds with Peter Jackson; Gossip; A Rapid Career; The Sea-side Circus; That Bounder Grabb; On Fatigue; Riches in Rubber; Leatherchasing v. Work; Booming a Club; Editorial Chat; From 'Varsity to Gutter; Unexpected, Rather!; Conscription's Comic Side; Bondage; Our "Bag".

Notes: None at present.

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THE SLOANE STREET AFFAIR
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,111 · 11/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Poached Partridges; The Long Vac; Automo-Bills; Why I Am An M.P.; How Walking Sticks Speak; My Championship Fight With John L.; Recollections; Strenuous Crops; A Woman in the Wilderness; The Poor Dukes; The Born Flirt; Rapid Careers; Cartridge v. Partridge; The Interrupted Harvest; Tommy's Perks; Just As You Are For 9d; Lots in a Name; The Story of British India; As Once 'Twas Played; Proposals By Post; Editorial Chat; Bondage; Last Lines.

Notes: None at present.

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THE LEATHER-HANDLED PARASOL
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,112 · 18/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; My Life in Brixton Gaol; Who's Who in the F.A.; The Sound of the Shofar; Seaside Uncles; Pensions at 55; Fighting the Flames; Recollections of the Sea; Curious Corps; How I Became World's Champion; Gossip; Football News; Home Sweet Home; Our Short Story; Can We Invent?; All Done By Dummies; Brave Women and Brave Men; The Woman in the Case; The Sad Side of Cinematographs; Editorial Chat; The Story of the Motor Car; Bondage; Stubble.

Notes: None at present.

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THE TORTOISESHELL COMB
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,113 · 25/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; My Life in Brixton Gaol; Have an Orange, Winston?; Am I Well Paid?; Special, Please!; The Story of the North Pole; A Clown's Recollections; Working a Ring; Faking a Fight; On Being Dead-Broke; Cubbing; Rapid Careers; To the Frozen North; The Lancashire Lassie; Why Stewards Smile; Going! Going!! Gone!!!; Prison Professionals; The Phantom Board; My Early Beginnings; Editorial Chat; Bondage; Gum Drops.

Notes: None at present.

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THE STORTON MOTOR MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,114 · 2/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; A Day in an Explorer's Life; My Views of the Crisis; After Many Weeks; My Life in Brixton Gaol; Walker, Brighton; Millions in Thrills; More Recollections; Semi-Colonitis!; How I Lost the Championship; Tips About Tips; Chat From Across the Sea; Etukishook & Co.; Fame in the Flames; The Great Tetterby Feud; Australia's Plague; Domesday's Coming!; My Early Beginnings; All Night in the House; Editorial Chat; The Story of Newgate; Bondage; Eskimettes.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE CRACKED MIRROR
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,115 · 9/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; A Day in an Explorer's Life; The Very Devil; Seen the Comet? Lonely Furrow to Witness Branch; A Man's Game; The Rent Man's A-Comin'!; Gossip; The Luxury Bird; Training in Secret; Pictures in Plants; For the Lonely Only; Where Floods are Fierce; Rapid careers; The Dulham Aviation Week; After the Annual; £.s.d of a General Election; Poachers of the Sea; How the Players Play; Editorial Chat; Bondage; Real Sexton Blakes; Right- Answers Says No; The New Boy.

Notes: None at present.

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THE GROSVENOR SQUARE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,116 · 16/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; What Socialism Would Be Like; Figuratively Speaking; Fish - and the Fine Frenzy; Kidnapped!; Blackmail; Pen Pictures; 30 Years Playgoing; Football Bombshells; My Final Fight; The Poverty Problem; The Lazy Work-Hard; Dress That Denotes Duty; The Sheep Romance; A Wife's Windfall; The First Reserve; "Lags" That Don't Lag; Literature in Little; Told of Gretna Green; Editorial Chat; The Story of London's Coal; Bondage; My Life by a Speech; Comets; Cures You Can Try.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SIGN OF THE ACORN
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,117 · 23/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; About the Aviators; Beautiful Blackpool; How to Earn £10,000 a Year; Football Pitfalls; The Author; Fighting the Flu; Gossip; Free-Lance Luck; Blackmail (Story Supplement); Spy; Catastrophes in the Kitchen; Mr. Answers - Oyster Fisher; That Wave of Love; Rapid Careers; A House to Order; The Flat; Nursing the Constituency; Bill Sikes, Ltd; Southward Ho!; Editorial Chat; Bondage; Aeroplanes Explained; Short Flights; Wives No-one Wants.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BROKEN WICKET GATE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,120 · 13/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Blackmail; Lords Versus Commons; The Thumper of Tubs; Don't Marry Your Landlady; In the City of Steel; Mrs Harbottle, Suffragette; Assisted by Barker, A.B.; Jeff; Football deadheads; In the Name of the Law; Editorial Chat; Is Machinery a Benefit; Mr Answers Assists the Lord Mayor; The Cashier's Cross Roads; With the Totters; My Life; Bondage; Impatient Patients; Bow Bells; The Baby Beautiful.

Notes: The presence of Blake's "manservant" Simmons identifies this as a Cecil Hayter story, as he also appeared in THE PROBLEM OF THE RIVETED SAUCER (PENNY PICTORIAL issue 543, 1909), which is attributed to that author.

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THE OLD PRINT MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,121 · 20/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Blackmail; The Unspeakable Brute; The Want Works; Not In-vinc-ible; Insurance Iniquities; Accompanist, Mr.-; Wrinkles on Rinking; Behind Sealed Doors; Harbottles Happy Evenings; The Subjugation of Bert; My Philanthropist; Editorial Chat; Beware False Fivers; The Kerbstone Star; Footer Spies; Mr Answers - Sphinx; Pinned in the Mine; Bondage; Washing-Day Secrets; November Notes; Then and Now.

Notes: None at present.

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THE BARBED DART
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,122 · 27/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Cabinet Minister Criminal; Whist-Drive Jokers; Famous Football Managers; What Flying Men Make; Time-Stealers; Blackmail; The Farthest North Doctor; Collecting the Chorus; The Man Who Washed the Kaiser; Graft v. Craft; The Escape; Bores; Back to the Land; Can She Sue?; Editorial Chat; The Gold Hunters; Homeless But Happy; Tommy Atkins, Editor; The Old Mo; Real Hard-tack; Other Barcelonas; Muffins and Crumpets; The Food Fakers.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST HAIR PIN
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,123 · 4/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; Mt Defence; Robert Reflects; Wit of Westminster; From Factory to Footlights; Blackmail; What I Think of London; Famous Football Managers; The Whiskers of the Great; Dulham v. Mugford; The Capitalist; Chat From Across the Sea; The Burning Beds; Mother of the Navy; Editorial Chat; The Overlander; The Story of the Bank of England; Our Own Lynch Law; Tat-Tats; How to be Lucky.

Notes: None at present.

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THE SNOW MAN
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,124 · 11/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Christmas Storyettes; Fog-Bound at Levelstoke; Some Dickens Christmases; Bilderby the Brave; Dinners Under Difficulties; The Christmas Laureate; Famous Football Managers; The Locket; The Eights; Chubby's Little Present; I Hold a Warrant; Can We Communicate with the Dead?; The Christmas Tree Box; Gaol Ghosts; The P.C.'s Goose; Holly For Gout; How it Feels to be a Hero; Golden Goose Clubs; Christmas B.C.; Prey, Silence, Gentlemen!; A Patchwork Pudding; Mr. Answers' Dream; The Xmas Bell; Our Bountiful Lady Mayoress; Holidays for Husbands; Christmas in Poetry; Fame Via the Law Courts; Posters I Have Perpetrated; Christmas Gossip; Blackmail; Christmas Chat.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MISSING WILL
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,125 · 18/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; How to Become an Election Officer; The Good Old Days; £1000,000 on the Slate; Fifty Foggy Days; Why Not Winter Holidays?; "Bear-Garden," Strand, W.C.; Babies Bought and Sold; Town Doubles; Mr Answers at Sea; Shadowing the Suspect; A Sportsman's Recollections; Perpetual Puzzles; The Congo Crime; Podsnap for Dulham; A Lucky Revenge; The 2s/6 Hop; Editorial Chat; Blackmail; Night With Velveteens; Christmas Crackers; How Footballers Advertise.

Notes: None at present.

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THAT PRICELESS PENDANT
by Anon. (Unknown)

ANSWERS WEEKLY · Issue 1,126 · 25/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Storyettes; The Life Story of Warder X; Christmas in the Mill; The 'Sub's' Christmas; Famous Football Managers; The Stolen Years; Three Shillings; Catches That Catch Votes; Blackmail; A Christmas Carol; A White Xmas; Gossip; H.M.'s Gunner; Trousers For Christmas-Boxes; Editorial Chat; Learning My Part; Critical for the Critics; All Done By Electricity; Christmas Extra Specials; Xmas and the Digestion.

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF MAYBURG REEF
by Anon. (Unknown)
THE MYSTERY OF MAYBURG REEF

THE BOYS' FRIEND · Vol. 8 Issue 405 · 13/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: With Nelson to Trafalgar by Andrew and C. Geoffrey Murray Gray; Your Editor's Den (ed.); A Lad o' Liverpool by Allan Blair; The Gypsy of St. Simeon's by David Goodwin; Doolittle the Ventriloquist by Anon.; A Son of the Sword by Capt. W. Blake; The Rival Cinematographists by Sidney Drew.

Notes: None at present.

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THE COSTER KING
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 72 · Jan. 1909 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is a reprint of a serial that ran in THE BOYS' HERALD issue 212 to 232 in 1907.

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THE MAMMOTH HUNTERS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 88 · Jul. 1909 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: D. D. Fitzsimmons

Other content: None

Notes: Sexton Blake is in the Arctic north of Russia with Sir Richard Losely and a guide named Troubletummy. They are exploring a remote region where mammoths are rumoured to still exist. After fighting off a pack of wolves, they're joined by Tinker and Lobangu, who set up a base camp while Blake and Losely follow a trail of huge animal footprints. In a cave, the two explorers find piles of mammoth tusks and the body of a Russian that has been preserved for a hundred years. The dead man's notes reveal that he had seen a living mammoth. With Losely immobilised by frostbite, Blake continues the journey alone but is stricken with snow blindness. Pat, his lead husky, comes to the rescue and while the hound leads the detective back to camp, they have a close encounter with a huge beast. Losely shoots at it and, in the morning, when they are joined by Tinker and Lobangu, they follow a trail of blood that leads them to a river valley. As the weather warms, they follow the water towards the Arctic Ocean, surviving bear attacks and various mishaps until they become separated and Blake and Losely fall into the hands of an esquimeaux tribe. This tribe treats them badly until Tinker, Lobangu and Troubletummy arrive and the latter acts as peacemaker. Taking two guides with them, the explorers trek to a nearby valley where they pick up the trail of another mammoth. When they catch up with it, it proves to be a youngster, which they nickname 'Little Tommy'. However, its youth doesn't make it any less dangerous, as it quickly proves by killing one of the guides before trapping the rest of the group in a cave. After a battle of wits and the arrival of a full-grown behemoth, they escape over a rock face and use fire to trap the animals in the valley. They then return to the esquimeaux tribe to gather further supplies and reinforcements before going back to hunt the adult mammoth. A savage battle ensues; four of the esquimeaux are killed and Losely is injured before Blake manages to bring down their quarry. After they skin the mammoth and set off for base camp, their supplies go adrift in a thick fog and are destroyed by Little Tommy. With nothing to sustain them, they are in serious trouble, so Lobangu races off alone to try to reach the esquimeaux settlement. After escaping a pack of wolves, he comes through and rescues his companions. Losely decides to 'donate the mammoth skin to the nation'.

Rating: ★★★★★


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

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 96 · Sep. 1909 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: None

Notes: My copy is missing the cover. George Marsden Plummer, Rupert Forbes, and the latter's servant Tony, escape from Starkmoor Prison and begin a campaign against Sexton Blake and the wealthy socialites of London. Disguised as the secretly murdered Mr. Richard Mervyn, the miserly uncle of the wealthy Lady Marjorie Dorn (to whom Sexton Blake is engaged to be married!), and his business associate, they begin to illegally acquire great wealth. When they try to shoot Tinker before then invading Blake's Baker Street home to demand a truce, the detective responds by declaring war. The two villains beat a hasty retreat but return later to make a murder attempt. It fails. Blake repeatedly foils their various schemes as they commence their campaign against the financial institutions of the city. Then he discovers that their prime target is his own fiancé. When he tries to trap them in their lair he is tricked and imprisoned in a cellar. After making an explosive exit (literally), the detective races to a masked ball where Forbes has been impersonating him with the intention of abducting Lady Marjorie. He arrives too late; the dastardly act has been committed and the guests are in a state of confusion. Fortunately Pedro hits on the trail and Blake and Tinker set off in pursuit. The bloodhound leads them to the river but there the chase ends — the villains have got away in a boat. Plummer and Forbes have set up base on a secluded island — the 'Kennel' — in the river. There, Plummer reveals his plan to marry Irma Cunningham, the woman who will inherit the estates of the Earl of Sevenoaks once the latter has been killed. Forbes, meanwhile, schemes against his partner, intending to reap the full rewards of their criminal activities himself. Plummer abducts Irma and flees to the offices of Richard Mervyn where he mysteriously vanishes. While the detective ponders over this, Tinker slips away to explore around the Kennel and discovers that the villainous duo are living on a submarine which they use to travel along an underground river passing beneath the Mervyn building. Forbes now initiates the biggest heist of all by impersonating the governor of the Bank of England. He makes off with two million but Blake, Tinker and Inspector Martin are close behind and catch up with the villains at the Kennel in time to rescue the imprisoned Lady Dorn and Irma Cunningham. The bad blood brewing between Plummer and Forbes erupts. The latter attacks Plummer and knocks him unconscious into the submarine which promptly sinks. Forbes runs from the detectives but is set upon by his own guard dogs and killed. Blake reveals that the criminal had been his fag at school. He breaks off his engagement to Lady Dorn.

Trivia: Rupert Forbes cuts off two of his own fingers in order to disguise himself as a man whose hand is thus disfigured. Plummer has an Australian accent. Blake's consulting room and sitting room are separate entities according to this author; visitors must cross the former to get to the latter. The detective's bedroom is on the same floor, adjoining the sitting room. Blake employs an actor named Fred Jocelyn to impersonate him. He states that Jocelyn has done so on stage in 'Sexton Blake' and 'Hush Money'. Both of these were real-life plays which toured theatres at the time of this story's publication. However, the most remarkable item of trivia presented in this novel concerns the detective's attitude to relationships. For a start, he's engaged. Furthermore, he's worrying about his fiancé, Lady Dorn: '... and for perhaps the first time in his life he was confronted with the practical proof that a great passion is irreconcilable with a life devoted to work; he must either serve love or science. There was no middle way. He must give up his life's work or give up Lady Dorn.'

Rating: ★★★★★ Possibly the best ever Sexton Blake story, this is incredibly well-written, gripping with every single paragraph (how about this for an example of sheer brilliance: Tinker is '... wrinkling his brows in a way that might have excited a chimpanzee to envy, emulation, and sudden death'). There are too many good things to say about the tale to fit here but highlights include frequent acknowledgements that Blake's good luck is uncanny, a brilliant portrayal of the great detective, his thought processes and his relationship with Tinker, and a thoroughly convincing picture of the psychopathic Plummer.


SEXTON BLAKE AT SCHOOL
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 102 · Nov. 1909 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: For the past three years, 15-year-old Sexton Blake has been living in Martello Tower in the Millhove district, near the south east coast, with his guardian and tutor, Dr. Lanchester. One night, Blake comes home and finds that Lanchester has been murdered. Following instructions left in a letter, the boy puts himself in the care of two of the doctor's friends. They arrange for him to be sent to school and, in due course, Blake finds himself enrolled in St. Anne's College. He quickly gets on the wrong side of the resident bully, Wightman, but makes friends with Richard 'Spots' Losely, for whom he fags. His first night is disturbed by an intruder, a scar-faced man who tries to get through the window. Blake sees him off but is left wondering whether the man had been one of his guardian's killers. A few days later, a rumour spreads through the school that the resident ghost has been seen. Blake and Losely investigate and find a secret passage running from the school to an underground chamber then on to a cave on the seafront. This is being used by a pair of criminals — Francois and Jean — who appear to be blackmailing the Headmaster. The two boys try to intercept the villains after seeing them take money from the school safe but they are captured and taken out to sea. They escape overboard and are picked up by French fishermen and landed at Dunkirk. Knowing that this is where the villains have their base, they decide to track them down. Blake snatches back the money from them and the lads make their way home. Their next confrontation with the villains ends in quicksand, with one of the men sinking under and Blake escaping by the skin of his teeth. The schoolboy eventually discovers that his headmaster had once been friends with Francois and that the latter was the man who murdered his — Blake's — parents. Dr. Lanchester had gathered infallible evidence of this crime and was, in consequence, killed. The headmaster was targeted thanks to his association with Blake. The criminal is finally cornered and makes a run for it across the Channel where he sinks and is presumed drowned.

Trivia: This is a reprint of a BOYS' HERALD serial which ran between issues 238 and 262 in 1908. It was also reprinted as BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 388 (1933). The review is based on a reading of that issue.

Rating: ★★★★★


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

THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY · Issue 105 · Dec. 1909 · Amalgamated Press · 3d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: None

Notes: After the new gym teacher at St. Anne's attempts to kill Sexton Blake, the young schoolboy realises that his arch-foe, Francois Laroux, is still alive. When he witnesses the new innkeeper in the local village signalling to a ship one night, Blake begins to suspect that the man, the gym teacher and Francois are all one and the same. The innkeeper, it turns out, is also under observation by a young girl who, to Blake's surprise, turns out to be a slightly built man in disguise; an agent who calls himself Smithers. Francois captures Smithers and takes him aboard the ship but when a storm strikes and the vessel sinks, Blake rescues his new ally. A schoolboy named Ogle then disappears. Blake and Richard 'Spots' Losely trace him to an old house that belongs to his father but instead of finding him there they are confronted by a strange ape-like apparition. They make their escape and return a couple of nights later, accompanied by a local doctor named Livesey. They discover a network of smugglers' tunnels under the building and in them a stash of counterfeit money. Following the tunnels towards the sea, they become trapped in a blowhole. Blake is caught by the rushing water shot out to sea but he survives and manages to rescue his friends. The next night they return to the house once again and capture the ape creature, which turns out to be Ogle's father, masked and driven insane by a head injury. The following evening, Smithers seeks Blake's assistance. He needs to get to London but is being pursued by Francois' men. Blake tries to help him but they both fall into the enemy's hands and are ordered to be killed. However, unknown to Francois, one of his henchmen helps the two boys to escape. Overhearing that young Ogle is captive at Francois' Dunkirk house, Blake, Smithers and Livesey race across the Channel and rescue him. It turns out that Francois is Ogle's half-uncle and has been plotting to gain inheritance of the Ogle estate. Foiled by Blake, the villain dies in a blazing inferno.

Trivia: This is a reprint of a BOYS' HERALD serial which ran between issues 263 and 278 in 1908. It was also reprinted as BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY 2nd series issue 392 (1933).

Rating: ★★★★☆


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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 285 · 2/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 286 · 9/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 287 · 16/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Dicky Denver, Bar-boy by Reginald Wray; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph; The Scourge of the Skies by Andrew Gray; The War of the Mills by David Goodwin.

Notes: From the editorial: 'How Sexton Blake Met Tinker. If my friends have not yet read this week's chapters of "Sexton Blake at Oxford," I want to call their special attention to the fact that in the instalment printed this week it is related how Sexton Blake met Tinker, and how the friendship began between the great detective and his assistant. From the time that, as an urchin of nine, or something thereabout, Blake made Tinker's acquaintance, the two have worked together in innumerable criminal cases in all parts of the world, as my readers doubtless know. Therefore, the event is of considerable importance to all admirers of the feats of Sexton Blake and his boy assistant, Tinker.'

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 288 · 23/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Cliveden Caterers by Charles Hamilton; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph; The Scourge of the Skies by Andrew Gray; The War of the Mills by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 289 · 30/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Travelling Pantomime by Atherley Daunt; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph; The Scourge of the Skies by Andrew Gray.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 290 · 6/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; The Great Highfield Mystery by Leonard Hart; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph; The Scourge of the Skies by Andrew Gray.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 291 · 13/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; Throw For Throw by A. S. Hardy; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 292 · 20/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; The Two Buglers by Captain L. Bradford; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 293 · 27/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Jim Graham, Gymnast by Ambrose Earle; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 294 · 6/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Two Boys in Bulgaria by John Stanton; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin; The Rook Patrol by Richard Randolph.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 295 · 13/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly H. M. Lewis

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 296 · 20/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; The New Cleaner by Reginald Wray; The Rook Patrol Richard Randolph; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.

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

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 297 · 27/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; Through Many Perils by Anon.; The Rook Patrol Richard Randolph; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 1)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 298 · 3/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; The Two Brothers by Ambrose Earle; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.



Plus:
SEXTON BLAKE AT OXFORD
(part 20)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 2)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 299 · 10/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; The New School Teacher by Anon.; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 3)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 300 · 17/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; Cockrane's Great Invention by Anon.; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 4)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 301 · 24/41909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 5)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 302 · 1/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew; Green as Grass by Cedric Wolfe; The Invasion That Failed by Ambrose Earle; Sons of the Tide-way by David Goodwin.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 6)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 303 · 8/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 7)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 304 · 15/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 8)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 305 · 22/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 9)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 306 · 29/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 10)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 307 · 5/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Cad of St. Corton's by David Goodwin; The Boxing Champion by Andrew Gray; The Rival Patrols by Richard Randolph; Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 11)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 308 · 12/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 12)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 309 · 19/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); With Staff and Haversack by Vesey Deane; The Cad of St. Corton's by David Goodwin; The Boxing Champion by Andrew Gray; Well Played! by Ambrose Earle; Man Against Monster by Sidney Drew.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 13)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 310 · 26/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 14)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 311 · 3/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 15)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 312 · 10/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); The Cad of St. Coxton's by David Goodwin; The Boxing Champion by Andrew Gray; The Lone Rider by Henry Connor; With Staff and Haversack by Vesey Deane.

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, STEWARD
(part 16)
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 6 Issue 313 · 17/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown but almost certainly E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 1)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 321 · 11/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 2)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 322 · 18/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 3)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 323 · 25/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 4)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 324 · 2/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 5)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Issue 325 · 9/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 6)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 326 · 16/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Val the Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; Fiddler Dick by Atherley Daunt; The cad of St. Coxton's by David Goodwin; The Liberty Mine by Denis Dent; Hidden Millions by Cecil Hayter.

Notes: None at present.

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THE "TICKET-OF-LEAVE-MAN"
(part 7)
by Anon. (Unknown)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 327 · 23/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: None

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Val the Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; A Britisher's Way by Anon.; The cad of St. Coxton's by David Goodwin; Fiddler Dick by Atherley Daunt; Hidden Millions by Cecil Hayter.

Notes: Final instalment.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 1)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 329 · 6/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); My Troop of Boy Scouts by Anon.; Hidden Millions by Cecil Hayter; Val the Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; The White Patch by Ellis Ellson; Fiddler Dick by Atherley Daunt; The Cad of St. Corton's by David Goodwin.

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story. Lofts and Adley list Maxwell Scott's first appearance in THE BOYS' HERALD as occurring on 17/11/1909. The issues I own contradict this.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 2)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 330 · 13/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); My Troop of Boy Scouts by Anon.; Val the Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; The Secret Lock by Percy Longhurst; Fiddler Dick by Atherley Daunt; The Cad of St. Corton's by David Goodwin.

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 3)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 331 · 20/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 4)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 332 · 27/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Val, The Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; The Troublesome Twins by Jack North; The Wrong Trail by Andrew Gray; The Rival Explorers by Cecil Hayte.

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 5)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 333 · 4/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Val, The Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; The Rival Explorers by Cecil Hayter; The Mutineers by Harcourt Burrage; The Troublesome Twins by Jack North.

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 6)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 334 · 11/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 7)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 335 · 18/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Your Editor's Advice (ed.); Val, The Boy Acrobat by Claud Heathcote; The Artful Pettefer by C. L. Pearce; The Rival Explorers by Cecil Hayter; The Troublesome Twins by Jack North.

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE WINGED TERROR
(part 8)
by Maxwell Scott (J. W. Staniforth)

THE BOYS' HERALD · Vol. 7 Issue 336 · 25/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake teams up with Nelson Lee in this story.

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THE CASE OF FORT MONTAUBAN
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE CASE OF FORT MONTAUBAN

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 501 · 2/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: None at present.

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THE ASHFORD PLACE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE ASHFORD PLACE MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 502 · 9/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 503 · 16/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE WOMAN AT THE WINDOW
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE CASE OF THE WOMAN AT THE WINDOW

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 504 · 23/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE EPISODE OF THE MISSING KEY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE EPISODE OF THE MISSING KEY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 506 · 6/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Lady Molly's friend, Irma Morrison, has been accused of poisoning her husband. Without consulting him first, Molly imperiously assigns Sexton Blake to the case. Irma had been more or less forced into marriage with Henry Morrison by her family. He turned out to be incredibly mean, keeping her a virtual prisoner in their shared home — Thorncote — and dismissing all the staff apart from his housekeeper, Mrs Clarke. Six months ago his health had broken down and Irma was forced to nurse him. Then, after dinner one day, he collapsed and died. The verdict was poisoning — and due to the strange disappearance of the glass in which Irma usually gave him his medicine, suspicion fell upon her. When she later stated that she had accidentally broken it and thrown the pieces into the fire, the suspicion intensified. Now, Lady Molly tells Blake, she is sure to be arrested. The police are only waiting for the post-mortem to be performed. Sexton Blake travels to Thorncote and meets Irma. Her story is slightly different: she didn't break the glass accidentally but on purpose, flinging it into the fire after her husband swore at her. The detective examines the body and discovers that a key has been forcibly removed from Mr Morrison's watch chain. This, he finds, fits a hidden safe which has been emptied. In the garden, he finds some freshly dug roots in a corner of the green house. He keeps these, then, returning to the house, asks Irma to serve him a meal identical to that served to her husband. After examining the repast, the detective asks his hostess to pretend to faint. Puzzled, she does so, and Blake quickly calls for the housekeeper. While the servant is occupied, he slips up to her room and recovers a battered box. This, he reveals to the two women, contains money stolen from the safe. Clarke was the killer and the poison had been in the horseradish sauce she served to her master.

Trivia: Lady Molly says to Blake, "I am the one person in the world who can make you do what you don't want to."

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE STRANGE CASE OF A MOTOR MISHAP
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE STRANGE CASE OF A MOTOR MISHAP

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 507 · 13/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF MAJOR GRETTON
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)Sexton Blake
THE MYSTERY OF MAJOR GRETTON

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 508 · 20/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE EPISODE OF THE STOLEN PLATINUM
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE EPISODE OF THE STOLEN PLATINUM

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 509 · 27/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake is on holiday in Borchester when he is asked by Inspector Truce of Scotland Yard to investigate the theft of two bars of platinum from a local exhibition. A man wearing a checkered coat had broken the case of the display, grabbed the bars and raced away. The guard, a man named Spalding, and many of the townsfolk gave chase but, behind a row of cottages by a railway track, the thief vanished. Blake examines the revolver which the fugitive had discarded after shooting at Spalding. Then, when Truce arrests a man found wearing the coat, the detective insists that he is innocent and should be freed. Gaining possession of the coat, he buys many like it and sells them door-to-door. These actions baffle Truce but, the next day, it all becomes clear when Blake leads the police to the culprit and explains how the mysterious getaway had been done.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


THE EPISODE OF THE STOLEN BABY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE EPISODE OF THE STOLEN BABY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 510 · 6/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE HAMPSTEAD HOUSE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE HAMPSTEAD HOUSE MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 511 · 13/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SHADOW
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE SHADOW

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 512 · 20/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF HIS GRACE OF MAIDENHEAD
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE PROBLEM OF HIS GRACE OF MAIDENHEAD

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 513 · 27/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF MATT'S REST
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE MYSTERY OF MATT'S REST

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 514 · 3/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE EPISODE OF THE BLACK DIAMOND
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE EPISODE OF THE BLACK DIAMOND

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 515 · 10/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This story was reprinted in the anthology VINTAGE DETECTIVE STORIES, 1987.

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THE ARDINGLEY WOOD MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE ARDINGLEY WOOD MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 516 · 17/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE EPISODE OF THE LITTLE RED IMAGE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE EPISODE OF THE LITTLE RED IMAGE

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 517 · 24/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Sexton Blake

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF CHERRITON GARDENS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE PROBLEM OF CHERRITON GARDENS

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 518 · 1/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE DODMAN'S END MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE DODMAN'S END MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 519 · 8/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CRAWLEY COTTAGE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE CRAWLEY COTTAGE MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 520 · 15/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF THE SECOND MELODY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE PROBLEM OF THE SECOND MELODY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 521 · 22/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE CORTEZ RUBY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka M. Storm)
THE CASE OF THE CORTEZ RUBY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 522 · 29/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: After being out of favour with Lady Molly for several weeks due to his refusal to search for a missing dog, Sexton Blake receives from her a peremptory summons to Ulfreston Golf Club. Molly is one of the guests at a house party being held there. Mrs Avalon Smith, Miss Lethbridge and Lady Molly had been in a changing room preparing for a game of golf. Mrs Smith had placed her jewels, including the famous Cortez ruby, in a locker before leaving for the course with Miss Lethbridge. Lady Molly had lagged behind somewhat, having mislaid a club. She had then left and locked the dressing room door behind her. When the ladies returned, the ruby was gone. The windows remained sealed and the door had not been tampered with. Naturally, the finger of suspicion is pointing at Lady Molly. Worse, one of the gentlemen guests, Captain Sinclair, discovers that Molly's locker key also fits Mrs Smith's locker, which can't be said for any of the other keys. Blake begins his investigation and narrows the suspects down to three men. That evening, he lies in wait and follows a shadowy figure out onto the course, watching as the man retrieves the gemstone from a hollow in a tree trunk. Blake pounces, snatches the ruby and knocks the thief out. Later, he explains to the gathered party-goers who the culprit is and how that person committed the theft.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


THE LONG STRETTON MYSTERY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka M. Storm)
THE LONG STRETTON MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 523 · 5/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Mr Allen, the manager of a chain of grocery stores has been found shot through the heart. The circumstances of his death suggest suicide but there are enough inconsistencies to convince Sexton Blake that something is amiss. Accompanied by Bathurst, he investigates the scene and his curiosity is aroused by the news that an attempt was made to rob the business's safe a year previously. It had failed on account of the fact that Allen never stored the shops' takings in the safe, preferring to hide them elsewhere. With this clue as his linchpin, Blake is able to reconstruct the events that led to the murder and identify the killer.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


THE PEVERIL BAY MYSTERY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka M. Storm)
THE PEVERIL BAY MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 524 · 12/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Blake learns from a newspaper that a young man of his acquaintance — Jack Harland — appears to have been lost at sea after taking a swim from his boat. However, as the detective points out to Bathurst, it is extremely unlikely that this is the fact of the matter, as Harland couldn't swim and thus wouldn't have voluntarily left the boat. Travelling to the scene of the 'accident' — Peveril Bay — Blake and Bathurst begin to hunt for the body, which they eventually find washed up some miles down the coast. Harland, they discover, had been shot in the back and his shirt, through which the bullet must have passed, is missing. Upon the arrival of the victim's sister, Blake gathers the family in their library and identifies the killer, explaining the method and motive of the crime.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆


THE EAST COAST MYSTERY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka M. Storm)
THE EAST COAST MYSTERY

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 525 · 19/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: A cigar-shaped airship has been spotted in the vicinity of the East Coast but the authorities believe it to be a hoax. This opinion is supported by the discovery of a large, long kite crashed in a field. The Chinese lanterns attached to it, when lit, would give it the appearance of the craft that so many people have reported seeing. Bathurst agrees with the general view but Sexton Blake has a different opinion. The two men travel to the scene of the sightings, taking with them a couple of powerful air-guns. Blake postulates that the airship is real and is an experimental craft which the Germans are using to spy. The kite, he says, was placed purposely to throw the authorities off the track. He is proven right that night, when he and Bathurst catch German kite-fliers in the act. Four nights later the real airship arrives and is promptly shot down. Blake takes custody of the flying machine and its crew — two Germans — are summarily dismissed.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF MR. & MRS. STANMORE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
THE CASE OF MR. & MRS. STANMORE

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 526 · 26/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF THE MISSING MINISTER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 527 · 3/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: What's Wrong With Our Land Forces? by En Avant; His Better Nature by Captain G. A. Hope; In Exile by Lionel Cooke; Half-Time by Bart Kennedy; Pleasantly Situated by Ernest E. Joyce; Sidelights on the Turf (article); The Peacemaker by W. Freeman; The Mariner's Nightmare by H. J. Shepstone; Down Under by Thos. Richards, M. P.; The Last Experiment by Minnie Herbert; Tales of the Fleet by John Goodwin; Tinker's Double (article); Love and War by Herbert King; Barbara's Bet by J. S. Cox; The Other Woman by Mark English; A Monarch of the Road by John Tregellis; The Raid on Number 12 by Herbert Jamieson; Off the Beaten Track by 'Bohemian'; The Kallemba by F. Morton Howard; Tramway Troubles by G. T. Jackson, J.P.

Notes: None at present.

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A DEAL IN DIAMONDS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 528 · 10/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Down Under by Thomas Richards, M. P.; A Family Portrait by Radcliffe Martin; What's Wrong With Our Land Forces? by En Avant; The Bounders by Gertrude Lone; Balloon-Racing by C. S. Rolls; The Simple Life by Percy Middleton; The Other Woman by Mark English; The Troubles of a Canadian Settler by T. W. Bennett; The Warship Pirate by John Goodwin; For Her Sake by John J. Armstrong.

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE HAUNTED ROOM
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 529 · 17/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: The Race For Ships (article); The Castaways by William Freeman; Down Under by Thomas Richards, M. P.; Mistress of the Seas by John Goodwin; Without the Limelight by Cicely Hamilton; What's Wrong With Our Land Forces? by En Avant; The Other Woman by Mark English; Beauty of Form and Strength of Build (article); £5,000 a Year at Fifteen (article); Forging Ahead! by T. W. Bennett.

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF THE MAN FROM RUSSIA
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 530 · 24/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE TRAGEDY OF HALZ CAVERN
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka M. Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 531 · 31/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake and Bathurst travel to the Halz caves in the Ardennes to investigate the death of a young man named Derrick Younger. Although the fatality was apparently an accident, Younger's aunt believes otherwise. Blake quickly identifies the fact that the spot where Younger vanished — supposedly falling into an underground river — doesn't ring true ... in fact, he must have disappeared farther back along the cave system. This means that he took a route other than the established one, with his companion, a man named Main. Blake follows this same route and finds the body — Young has been murdered! A trail of evidence leads back to the culprit, whom the detective exposes and hands over to the authorities.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE EPISODE OF THE FEATHERSTONE PEARLS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 532 · 7/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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FROM THE NORTH
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 533 · 14/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SECRET TRIAL
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka M. Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 534 · 21/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Two of the Best by Nora Pitt-Taylor; Down Under by Thos. Richards. M. P.; The Agony Ad by John J. Armstrong; Apartments (article); Lower-Deck Yarns by John Goodwin; A Lass o' the Loom by Henry Farmer; What's Wrong with the Army? by En Avant; On the Lonely Prairie by Anon.; House Hunting by Ernest E. Joyce; A Friend in Need by Lionel Cooke.

Notes: "Late last year" Sexton Blake began to construct his own aeroplane. The prototype is now complete and the only people who know of its existence, apart from Blake, are Bathurst and a dumb mechanic — a Swede named Olsen. The machine is housed in a hanger on a marsh to the east of London. When Blake arrives there, he informs Bathurst that he has been followed and may have been overheard when offering the 'plane to Sir John Renshaw, of the War Office. Bathurst drives away dressed as the detective, while Blake himself waits in the hanger for the expected break-in. Though he hears someone fiddling with the hanger door's lock, the person appears to give up, defeated by the surprisingly simple security. The next morning, on the train back to town, someone in a carriage ahead of the detective throws a torn-up letter from the window and fragments of it are blown into Blake's carriage. On these, he sees fragments of words written in French, plus the crest of the club where he had met with Sir John. Upon arrival in London, Blake makes his way to the club, where he encounters a man named Orloff. They dine together and, as Blake leaves, he purposely allows himself to drop a letter, which Orloff picks up after the detective has left. That evening, Blake, with Bathurst as passenger, takes his aeroplane for a test flight. It's a complete success, and the 'plane and its blueprints are handed over to the War Office. As for the spy, Orloff, he has followed the false information that Blake planted in the letter and is kicking his heels in Yorkshire, awaiting a test flight that will never happen there!

Trivia: "Even before the days when Count Zeppelin built his first dirigible, and sailed it across Lake Constance, Blake, in his spare time, had devoted a great deal of his attention to the study of aeronautics ... When he first evolved the germ of his central idea, the Wilbur Wrights, Blérots, and Lathams of present fame were still unknown. But Blake was at that time a poor, and very much overworked man, with no money to expend on the necessary experiments, and no time to get into them as fully as he wished." Sexton Blake's design is very unusual: the twin propellers are positioned horizontally beneath the wings; making the machine more like a helicopter or gyroscope than an aeroplane. This endeavour is probably the prototype of the Grey Panther, the monoplane that Blake flies during the pre-war years and the engine of which would later be used for his car (which bore the same name).

Rating: ★★★★☆


THE PROBLEM OF LITTLE LORD BAYFIELD
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 535 · 28/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE AVENGERS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 536 · 4/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF THE ONE-LEGGED MAN
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 537 · 11/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE EMPTY BUNGALOW
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 538 · 18/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE SHADOWY THIRD
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 539 · 25/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE CASE OF THE DANCING BEAR
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 540 · 2/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE TEMPLECOMBE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 541 · 9/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE RIDERLESS CYCLE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 542 · 16/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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THE PROBLEM OF THE RIVETED SAUCER
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 543 · 23/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Blake is assisted by a man named Simmons rather than the usual Bathurst.

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THE PROBLEM OF THE FIRE EPIDEMIC
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 544 · 30/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: None at present.

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WELL MATCHED!
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 545 · 6/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: This is the first of a short sequence of tales in which Sexton Blake pits his wits against Marston Hume, a man who could be considered one of the first super-criminals of the saga (only George Marsden Plummer precedes him). Hume is a very well-respected criminal lawyer; cold, calculating and immensely skilful. Physically he is described in terms that could also apply to the Blake of the 1920s: tall, spare but athletic, with chiselled features, a thin-lipped mouth and hair that recedes over the temples. The story itself is entirely devoid of action and takes the form of a conversation held between Hume, Blake and two others in a gentlemen's club. They are discussing the death of Hume's aunt; a woman who was so afraid of burglars that she went to extraordinary lengths to secure her house. But despite these precautions — the bolts, locks and alarms — someone managed to enter the house undetected, murder her in her bed, and make off with some valuable jewellery. Hume, who stands to inherit his aunt's remaining fortune, describes in great detail how the crime might have been committed. Blake is in complete agreement with his theories because he knows that the methods described were, in fact, the ones employed ... by Marston Hume himself! Furthermore, he realises that murder was the motive rather than robbery. Hume, he deduces, wanted the inheritance not the jewels and has disposed of the latter so they cannot be traced back to him. Hume is aware that Blake knows he committed the crime and intellectually taunts the detective with the fact that no proof will ever be found. They part with Blake vowing to one day catch this most cunning of criminals.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ The opening shots of the battle between Marston Hume and Sexton Blake are subtle but uneventful. Nevertheless, Hume immediately engages the attention and promises far better things to come.


THE BARA DIAMOND
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 546 · 13/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: The second encounter between Marston Hume and Sexton Blake is sparked by the theft of a large diamond. Once again, the two men encounter one another in the club. Hume is reading a newspaper and notes that the Bara Diamond is due to be delivered to Belgium, where it will be given as a gift to King Leopold. Several days later, the diamond is snatched en route without the courier noticing until the time of delivery. How this was achieved is a great mystery for every precaution had been taken; a decoy was sent to distract any thieves who fancied their chances, while the diamond itself was hidden in a camera carried by a seemingly uninvolved tourist. Blake informs Bathurst that he is convinced that Hume committed the crime and determines to find out how. Once he has deduced the method, he visits Hume to confront him. Cool as ever, Hume practically admits to the crime but without presenting the detective with any solid evidence. Once again, Blake is helpless and cannot prosecute. To add further insult, Hume later sends him a token that proves his guilt ... though not legally.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ The battle hots up and Blake loses the first round!


PARRIED!
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 547 · 20/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake announces to his friend Bathurst that he finally has indisputable proof of Marston Hume's crimes. It seems a financier named Maxwell has been found dead at the bottom of a lift shaft. He had been in receipt of a report about a mining company; an exposure of its crooked dealing and unstable finances. This report was missing and, near the corpse, the detective had discovered a cuff-link belonging to Hume. Furthermore, Hume was seen leaving the building shortly after the murder by a man named Simmons. The criminal has made £32,000 selling shares in the mining company and Blake is convinced that Hume killed Maxwell, stole the document, and used the knowledge gained from it to make his gains on the stock market. With Bathurst, he visits Simmons' house intending to take the man to see Hume in order to make a positive identification. That will be enough to charge Hume with the murder. But the two men find Simmons strangled to death. They race to confront Hume who is relaxing with a friend. Blake accuses him of the murder, which he pinpoints as having occurred at 4pm. Unfortunately, Hume has an iron-clad alibi; his friend confirms that they have been talking together since 3.45pm. The detective is defeated ... not knowing that, in fact, Hume had fooled his rather absent-minded friend by tampering with the clock hands before later returning them to the correct time.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Blake is defeated again! The mini-series continues to improve as the duel between the detective and the arch-villain intensifies. Up until this episode, Hume was merely a thief ... now he's a murderer, too.


QUITS!
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 548 · 27/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake is called to meet with Sir Richard Courtland, permanent secretary to the head of the Design Department of the Admiralty. Sir Richard has noticed that plans and papers are being tampered with in his office and, as he is about to be entrusted with top secret documents concerning new naval defences, he is understandably worried. The documents will be stored in his large safe and despite the fact that the building is well-guarded by police patrols, he is convinced that they will be stolen. Blake discovers that Sir Richard is being spied upon from a property on the other side of the street. He arranges to spend the night in the office and, from his hiding place behind a door, observes as someone breaks in. The intruder proves to be none other than Marston Hume. The villain uses duplicate keys to open the door and the safe and begins rifling through the various papers. Taking some to examine by the light from the window, he passes out of the detective's sight. The next moment, the door shielding Blake is slammed shut and locked. It takes some time before Blake manages to attract the attention of the caretaker, who releases him. The detective takes a cab, rouses Bathurst from his sleep, and orders him to keep a watch on Hume's residence. Later, the two men enter the apartment and Blake confronts his opponent, demanding, at gunpoint, the return of the plans. Rather than hand them over, Hume drops them into the fireplace where they burn, thus destroying any evidence against himself. However, Blake notices a camera in a corner and realises that the criminal has photographed the documents. He puts a bullet through it, shattering the plates. Now the two men are "quits".

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★★★☆ More action is introduced with this episode and, by this point, the Blake/Hume duel is addictive.


THE REMOVAL OF MR. SOAMES
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 549 · 4/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sexton Blake informs Bathurst that Marston Hume has taken an isolated studio in Fulham. The detective is sure that the criminal is up to something and keeps watch on the premises over the next four days. Nervous tension and chain-smoking cause Blake's health to suffer until, finally, the case starts moving when Hume buys a ticket for passage to Constantinople. Blake rests while Bathurst takes over the stake-out. Unfortunately, Hume gives him the slip for three hours early in the morning. Bathurst returns to the studio where a witness tells him that Hume had returned in an inebriated — or possibly injured — state and was helped into the building by his chauffeur. Bathurst reports all this back to Blake. A few days later, Mrs. Soames calls on the detective and asks him to find her husband. Mr. Soames had just been released from prison and, upon arriving in London, was picked up by a chauffeur and hasn't been seen since. He had served time after being found guilty of destroying or hiding the Will of a certain Mr. Margison. He insisted on his innocence and, as Blake investigates, it becomes apparent that Soames had been set up by Hume so that the latter might profit from the money which, in the absence of the Will, automatically went to to Margison's nephew. Now, it seems, Hume is trying to do away with Soames before the truth comes out and the detective is certain that the "drunk" man seen by the witness was actually Soames and the chauffeur Hume. Blake and Bathurst race to the studio where they find a note waiting from Hume informing them that he has left for the continent a day earlier than he had planned. Of Soames, there is no sign. Blake appears to have a near breakdown at this point; laughing hysterically and looking like a broken man. He reveals to Bathurst the reason for his shock: Hume has disposed of the body of Soames in a bath of acid.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★★★☆ Though short (like all the Penny Pictorial tales), this has the power to shock by virtue of its entirely unexpected gruesome ending. It's also fascinating to witness Blake in such a state of nervous tension. Remember, these Pictorial cases are supposed to occur during a period when the detective was under orders from his doctors. Something had obviously pushed him to the edge (see THE SEXTON BLAKE TIMELINE for the possibilities) and time away from his Baker Street practice was called for. But Blake, it appears, has a total inability to stay away from crime-fighting. In this story, the cost is obvious and he comes close to cracking again.


THE CASE OF THE LOUIS QUINZE SNUFF-BOX
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 550 · 11/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Lady Molly invites Sexton Blake to a party; a gathering of friends over a period of days. She also invites Marston Hume, little suspecting that the two men are deadly foes. Throughout the course of the party, the two men attempt to out-vie each other in billiards, shooting, piquet and socialising, with Blake usually coming out on top. But much to his disgust, he soon finds his opponent transferring his attentions to the hostess. The detective warns Hume to leave within the next three days or face having his past crimes declared in front of all the guests. A couple of days later, Lady Molly receives a beautiful Louis Quinze snuff-box in the post. The accompanying letter states that, as she is a well-known collector of such things, she may like to buy it. Apparently, there is a trick in the manner of opening it. Molly tries but cannot move the lid. She requests help and hands the box to Marston Hume who is equally unsuccessful. Next, she gives it to Blake. He opens it, managing to avoid the booby-trap that would have plunged a poison needle into his finger. But later, while demonstrating the mechanism to another guest, he is nudged by Hume and his finger is pricked. Later, in his room, the detective is stricken. He just manages to call his valet and Colonel Maxwell, giving them instructions to help treat him, and thus cheats an otherwise certain death. In the morning he reveals to Colonel Maxwell that Hume had been responsible for the poisoning. Maxwell determines to throw Hume out of the house but finds that the villain has already bolted.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ This time it's personal. The duel has escalated to the point where Hume now wants Blake dead. This, his first attempt, is a fairly mild affair but entertaining, nevertheless.


ABDUCTED!
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 551 · 18/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Mr. Rawn, a crooked financier, asks Blake for protection during the course of a nefarious deal. Blake gives him a point blank refusal ... until he realises that Marston Hume may be involved. Having changed his mind, the detective moves to Rawn's mansion and settles into his role of bodyguard. With his employer being an enthusiastic motorist, Blake soon finds himself being driven around the countryside at high speed. One day, they stop at a tavern and, while the detective is distracted by a telephone call, Rawn is given instructions, ostensibly from Blake, to drive home. Once he sees that the financier has gone, Blake gives chase and finds the car, empty, by the side of the road. Rawn has been abducted! Blake realises that Hume has snatched the man and will deliver the financier to his enemies in return for a large fee. He deduces that a small yachting club on the nearby coast is the most likely drop-off point and races there in a hired vehicle. Hume has already come and gone and Blake finds Rawn in the hands of two thugs. A brief brawl ensues, the heavies are overcome, and Blake takes Rawn home. The detective regards the case as a draw; he confounded Hume's scheme but, once again, the villain got away.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ This story is so slight it barely exists.


BLAKE SCORES!
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

THE PENNY PICTORIAL · Issue 552 · 25/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. J. MacDonald

Other content: Unknown

Notes: Sir Richard Lawley calls Sexton Blake to his offices. Lawley is involved in a company called Tuxon, which harvests various resources from a chain of small islands. Someone, it appears, is selling off big blocks of shares, causing the company to become unstable as rumours spread suggesting that the business may have been adversely affected by the recent Hayti earthquake. Blake is certain that Marston Hume is the man behind a scheme; making money out of the false information. He visits his opponent and provokes him into an attack which ends when Blake snaps handcuff's onto Hume's wrists, binds his ankles and locks him in the bedroom. Later, Bathurst arrives with Lawley who declares that the company is about to collapse. Blake points out that this is based on the false rumours spread by Hume and recommends that Lawley buys up as many shares as possible. For a day and a half, the detective holds Hume prisoner and at the end of that time the true state of affairs regarding the islands comes to light. All is well and rich new deposits have been discovered. The upshot of this is that the company prospers while Hume is financially ruined. Blake frees him ... and leaves Hume with murder in his eyes.

Trivia: This was anthologised in THE CASEBOOK OF SEXTON BLAKE (2009).

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Another low-key story but one that has a satisfying ending as Blake finally scores against his adversary.


THE VENDETTA
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 273 · 2/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE ADVENTURESS
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 274 · 9/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 122 as THE GAMBLER'S RUSE and PENNY POPULAR issue 123 as FOUL PLAY (both 1915).

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£. s. d.; OR, THE CABINET MINISTER
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 275 · 16/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 125 as THE MAN FROM WINNEPEG (1915).

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

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 276 · 23/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 124 as RESTORING A KINGDOM (1915).

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THE ROAD HOG
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 277 · 30/1/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. In the past, this story has been mistakenly attributed to Norman Goddard.

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THE MAN HUNT
by Anon. (G. Carr)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 278 · 6/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: R. P.

Other content: Sentenced For Life by Allan Blair; Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 126 as FOILED AT THE FINISH (1915).

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THE BOARDING HOUSE MYSTERY
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 279 · 13/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE THREE BROTHERS; OR, THE MINCING LANE MYSTERY
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 280 · 20/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 128 as A FRESH START (1915).

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£20,000 BAIL
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 281 · 27/2/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. The story features Will Spearing. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 127 as CLEARING HIS NAME (1915).

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THE PRODIGAL
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 282 · 6/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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BLACK AND WHITE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 283 · 13/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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EAST AND WEST
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 284 · 20/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 130 as RUN TO EARTH (1915).

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C. Q. D. (THE SIGNAL OF DISTRESS)
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 285 · 27/3/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 129 as THE SIGNAL OF DISTRESS (1915).

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AZEFF THE ANARCHIST
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 286 · 3/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE OLD AGE PENSIONS MYSTERY
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 287 · 10/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: None at present.

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AMONG THE UNEMPLOYED
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 288 · 17/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE FIVE TOWNS
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 289 · 24/4/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Val Reading

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. The story features Will Spearing. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 131 as THE WRONG MAN (1915).

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THE WHITE CHIEF
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 290 · 1/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Sexton Blake, Tinker, Sir Richard Losely and Lobangu are on the Pacific island of Fiawai where two tribes, the Niana and the Loholoos are at war with each other. Blake & Co. are there to end the warfare and annex the island for Britain before the Germans get their hands on the rich deposits of gold which exist there. The German party on the island is led by an agent named Wernher. After Lobangu fights a duel with a Nianan warrior, the Englishmen gain the tribe's trust and plan to help them fight the Loholoos. Sexton Blake and Lobangu set off to scout the gold deposits but come under attack and are captured by Wernher. Sir Richard and Tinker mount a successful rescue mission and the English party is victorious in the subsequent war with the Loholoos. During the fighting, the enemy tribe appears to be led by a wounded and stretcher-bound Wernher but this proves to be a trick. The German is, in fact, leaving the island in order to jump Blake and Losely's claim on the gold deposits. With the islanders agreeing to ally themselves with Britain, Blake and Losely feel it is safe to leave Tinker and Lobangu in charge while they themselves set off in pursuit of Wernher. After being slowed by an erupting volcano, they almost lose track of their opponent, dropping behind him during the race to the Australian port of Dugong. Upon arrival there, a man named Hankins assists them as they continue their pursuit over land. At Dugong, they learn that they are too late — Wernher has registered his claim. Blake confronts the German and receives a bullet in the leg, though Wernher is also badly injured. Unexpectedly, Tinker and Lobangu come to the detective's assistance. They have been racing after him to tell him the good news: Wernher has claimed the wrong stretch of land and now has ownership of nothing but volcanic rock!

Trivia: During the course of this adventure an unwilling Tinker has a half-completed native design tattooed onto his chest.

Rating: ★★★☆☆


THE CASE OF THE PUBLIC TRUSTEE
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 291 · 8/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 132 as COLONEL TANFORD'S VALOUR (1915).

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THE NOISELESS GUN
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 292 · 15/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 133 as THE WONDER GUN (1915).

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GREGORY SANDERSON'S WILL
by Anon. (G. Carr)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 293 · 22/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 134 as THE ISLE OF MYSTERY (1915).

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THE GREAT PEERAGE ROMANCE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 294 · 29/5/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 135 as RIVALS FOR FORTUNE (1915).

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THE EMIGRANTS
by Anon. (Norman Goddard)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 295 · 5/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. The story features Will Spearing. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 136 as SIMON LEACH — SWINDLER (1915).

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THE AFFAIR OF THE ROYAL HUNT CUP
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 296 · 12/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE, PUBLICAN
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 297 · 19/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 137 as THE HIDDEN HEIRESS (1915).

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SEXTON BLAKE, SHOWMAN!
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 298 · 26/6/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 138 as AN ERRAND OF JUSTICE and PENNY POPULAR issue 139 as HIS OWN BETRAYER (both 1915).

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THE BLUE ROOM MYSTERY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 299 · 3/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 140 as REAPING THE WHIRLWIND (1915).

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UNFROCKED
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 300 · 10/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 142 as THE FATAL VERDICT and PENNY POPULAR issue 143 as RESTORED TO HIS SON (both 1915).

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THE GREAT MOTOR CAR MYSTERY
by Anon. (A. C. Murray)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 301 · 17/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 164 as BIRDS OF A FEATHER and PENNY POPULAR issue 165 as IN CONVICT'S GUISE (both 1915).

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IN DEADLY GRIP
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 302 · 24/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. One week after his arrest, George Marsden Plummer escapes from Maidstone Gaol, vowing to destroy all the evidence against him and revenge himself on the seven people involved in his earlier downfall. After making an initial attempt on Blake's life, the master-crook takes refuge in a monastery for five days before making off with seventy thousand pounds from its safe. He rents a house, Rose Cottage, near Clapham Common and from here visits a seedy pub named the Devil's Kitchen where he hires the services of a forger, Jimmy Cavendish. With this man's help, he kidnaps his first victim, Dr. Fleming, who had helped Blake to capture him when he and the detective first crossed swords. Plummer ties Fleming to one of seven beds in the cellar of Rose Cottage and reveals to Cavendish that when he has all his enemies, he intends to hang them. Blake manages to trace Plummer's movements to the Devil's Kitchen and there accosts him. However, Plummer makes his escape and the furious detective blames Tinker for the fouled mission. The villain next tricks the man he had previously tried to murder, the current Earl of Sevenoaks, and his young wife, into his grasp. Once again, he succeeds, and even has the temerity to send Blake a telegram: "Try again. G. M. P." By this point the detective has gained help from Sir Richard Losely. Blake surmises that Plummer intends to use Cavendish's sister, Irma, as some sort of lure and so sets a team of watchers onto her. Tinker gains access to her house and hears a discussion between Irma and her brother in which it is revealed that, by an amazing coincidence, they belong to the same family as Plummer. If he and the current Earl were to die, Jimmy Cavendish would inherit the title. Blake, meanwhile, appears to walk straight into Plummer's trap and joins the other captives in the cellar. But, of course, Blake has arranged things so they aren't as they seem and the story ends with Plummer once again behind bars. However, the charge is that of kidnapping; as far as his previous murders are concerned, he manages to destroy the evidence.

Sexton Blake

Trivia: This story commences just a week after the end of THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD. Plummer is 'barely thirty-six' ... which, as we know he was born in 1875, means that the events recounted here occurred not long before publication. Back when he was in the police force, he received a serious blow to the head in the line of duty and had to be trepanned before a metal plate was then fitted.

Sexton Blake, we learn, has a legion of trackers, watchers and followers at his disposal. The detective has a scar on the back of his wrist.

Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 148 as THROUGH PRISON BARS and PENNY POPULAR issue 149 as A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE (both 1915).

Rating: ★★★★★ A fantastic and very well-written tale which sees all the familiar protagonists at their best. Pedro, in particular, has some very notable scenes.


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

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 303 · 31/7/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.; Cricket Chums by Charles Hamilton

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in PENNY POPULAR issue 141 as UNVEILING THE PAST (1915).

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THE CASE OF THE NAVAL ESTIMATES
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 304 · 7/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE, LOCK-KEEPER
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 305 · 14/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 146 as THE RIVER-HOUSE MYSTERY and PENNY POPULAR issue 147 as POLICE-CONSTABLE TINKER (both 1915).

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

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 306 · 21/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: Convict 99 by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE MYSTERY OF DUSKY HOLLOW
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 307 · 28/8/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: Griggs's Glider by Anon.

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 156 as THE SECRETARY'S RUSE and PENNY POPULAR issue 157 as TINKER'S DARING (both 1915).

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SEXTON BLAKE, BOOKMAKER; OR, A FOOL AND HIS MONEY
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 308 · 4/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: None

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 160 as FOOLING WITH FATE and PENNY POPULAR issue 161 as THE ROAD TO RUIN (both 1915).

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SEXTON BLAKE IN HOLLAND
by Anon. (D. H. Parry)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 309 · 11/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE YELLOW CORD
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 310 · 18/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: Unknown

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 166 as THE CHINESE RIVALS and PENNY POPULAR issue 167 as THE SACRED PARDON (both 1915).

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THE RACING WORLD
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 311 · 25/9/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 312 · 2/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 313 · 9/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: None at present.

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SEXTON BLAKE, PLAYWRIGHT
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)
SEXTON BLAKE, PLAYWRIGHT

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 314 · 16/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 144 as THE PENNILESS PLAYWRIGHT and PENNY POPULAR issue 145 as THE UNFINISHED DRAMA (both 1915).

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THE SWELL MOBSMAN
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 315 · 23/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. This is the fourth story to feature George Marsden Plummer, following directly on after THE MERVYN MYSTERY (THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY issue 96). During that adventure, Plummer had teamed up with Rupert Forbes. By its end, the latter had been killed by savage dogs and Plummer was believed to have drowned. Now he makes his getaway and disappears into the streets of London where he disguises himself as Gilbert Messiter — a man he knows to be abroad. So perfect is his disguise, that Plummer is able to take over Messiter's house, fooling the servants into believing that their master has returned early before dismissing them. Over the next month, Plummer swindles five bankers, including Lord Killick, into investing a quarter of a million pounds each in a spurious business deal. However, he slips up when he's tempted into stealing the jewels of a society woman. This puts Sexton Blake on his track. The detective talks to Lord Killick's son and discovers that the money for the fake deal has been withdrawn and placed in a safe in Killick's home. He rushes there but arrives too late. Plummer has taken the money and kidnapped Lord Killick, who he leaves tied up in a hidden room in Messiter's house. The detective is just steps behind as Plummer twists and turns in an effort to throw him off the scent. When he finds Tinker blocking his escape route, he fools the lad into dropping his guard and kidnaps him. But Blake catches up and snaps handcuffs onto the villain. Blake and Tinker start searching for the stolen money and jewels. While their backs are turned, Plummer makes a getaway, snapping the cuffs off with an impressive display of strength. Unknown to him, though, Blake has allowed this escape and follows close behind — Plummer in a sports car, Blake and Tinker in their grey Mercedes. Out of London to Hastings they drive, towards the very spot where Plummer committed his first crime (see THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD). Here, Blake humiliates the criminal by proving his superiority over him, and, though Plummer is allowed to get away, he does so a broken and penniless man.

Trivia: This story occurs one year after the first Plummer tale, THE MAN FROM SCOTLAND YARD. The stresses he has experienced since then have turned his hair white. His fate, at the end of this tale, is similar to that endured by Marston Hume during the sequence of tales by Michael Storm in the PENNY PICTORIAL.

This was reprinted in two parts in PENNY POPULAR issue 152 as PARTNERS IN PERIL and PENNY POPULAR issue 153 as THE DOORS OF DARTMOOR (both 1915).

Rating: ★★★★★ Another truly fantastic Blake tale from Michael Storm! A truly thrilling adventure and one that is extraordinarily well written.


THE JEWEL THIEVES
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 316 · 30/10/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE — AVIATOR
by Anon. (D. H. Parry)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 317 · 6/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: None at present.

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BRIDGE
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 318 · 13/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Harry Lane

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 154 as AT CROSSED SWORDS and PENNY POPULAR issue 155 as THE NIGHT RIDERS (both 1915).

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SEXTON BLAKE — SCOUT-MASTER
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 319 · 20/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 150 as THE MISSING SCOUTMASTER and PENNY POPULAR issue 151 as THE MYSTERY OF HIGHDOWN HEATH (both 1915).

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SEXTON BLAKE, SQUIRE
by Anon. (E. W. Alais)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 320 · 27/11/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover.

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SEXTON BLAKE'S CHRISTMAS CASE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 321 · 4/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: T. W. Holmes

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Double Christmas issue.

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SEXTON BLAKE, SANDWICH-MAN
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 322 · 11/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: H. M. Lewis

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 158 as THE RESCUER'S REWARD and PENNY POPULAR issue 159 as EXILED FROM ENGLAND (both 1915).

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THE THIRD DEGREE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 323 · 18/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: Unknown

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Parts of this were reprinted (or rewritten?) in PENNY POPULAR issue 162 as RIVALS FOR THE RIGHT and PENNY POPULAR issue 163 as AN AMAZING MASQUERADE (both 1915).

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THE GREAT CONSPIRACY
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm)

UNION JACK · New series · Issue 324 · 25/12/1909 · Amalgamated Press · 1d

Illustrator: W. R.

Other content: The School Against Him by Henry St. John

Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Special Christmas issue.

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