Most people find dust or, if you’re very lucky, a dead relative’s ceramic badger collection in the attic. But when Walter Elliot, a Scottish historian, was rummaging through his loft he found something even better than miniature woodland creatures: a ‘lost’ Sherlock Holmes story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.
The story, with the catchy title of Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, was part of a collection of stories written to raise money to rebuild Bannerfield’s Bridge in Selkirk, Scotland after it was washed away in 1902.
The short tale is about Holmes deducing that Watson is going on a trip to Selkirk (not exactly The Hound of the Baskervilles) and is believed to be the first unseen Holmes story by Conan Doyle since the last work was published over 80 years ago.
While the find is certainly remarkable, we’re not positive it's enough to inspire a new Sherlock episode in which Benedict Cumberbatch looks through Martin Freeman’s train ticket stubs anytime soon.
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[Via: The Telegraph]