What curious surprises these days! After finding a forgotten To Kill a Mockingbird script (discovery of Harper Lee) and a lost manuscript of Dr. Seuss for What Pet Should I Get? - by the good doctor’s widow; an 80-year old historian, Walter Elliot makes yet another discovery –Sherlock Holmes story ! Elliot found the story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a collection of short stories bySelkirk, Scotland locals for a local bazaar,the purpose of which was to save the much beloved local bridge. The title of the newly discovered story is Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar.
It is known that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle actually visited Selkirk and the bridge that had been destroyed by a flood, left a huge impact on him. So, in order to help the locals raise some funds for its restauration, he donated this particular piece to The Book o’ the Brig. It was the year 1904. Eliot was given The Book o’ the Brig by a friend and he has just re-discovered it in his attic. He generously contributed the book to a local pop-up museum, so if anything – you know at least one showpiece that’s going to be displayed!
As for the bridge… of course it was restored! You can even go and visit it – it’s still there.
And now the juicy news – the story featuring Dr. Watson and beloved master of deduction can actually be found in The Guardian. They published it in its entirety, but we’re unveiling just a short abstract here:
‘And when shall I see you again, Watson? The inquiry into the “Mysteries of the Secret Cabinet” will be continued in Edinburgh on Saturday. Do you mind a run down to Scotland? You would get some capital data which you might turn to good account later.’
‘I am very sorry,’ replied Dr Watson, ‘I should have liked to have gone with you, but a prior engagement prevents me. I will, however, have the pleasure of being in kindly Scottish company that day. I, also, am going to Scotland.’
‘Ah! Then you are going to the Border country at that time?’
‘How do you know that?’
‘My dear Watson, it’s all a matter of deduction.’
Ah, we can only wonder and fantasize about what will be the next uncovered secret! Who knows, maybe even lost Shakespeare’s play?! Or Hemingway’s? I personally vote for Zora Neale Hurston’s or Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights sequel. How about you?