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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 478 · 3/1/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 12)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Friend or Foe? by Charles Hamilton.
Notes: Watkins gives Tattlemore (Wallace Lorrimer) further information about the disappearance of Claude Henshawe. The headmaster had told the boys that a letter had arrived from Claude's people saying that the lad wasn't strong enough to be away from home. However, Watkins knows that Henshawe had no home — his parents were dead and he was left in an old uncle's care. Furthermore, no one saw him leave the school. He simply vanished. With mysteries proliferating, Tattlemore sends a wire to summon Sexton Blake. That night, he organises a food expedition. Sneaking out of the dormitory, he, Watkins and an Irish lad named Murphy, slip out of the school and intot he local village. While his two companions get supplies from the shop, Tattlemore orders ginger beer from the pub. While there, he overhears Ned Garstike warning a man named Bill Fanks that their plans are in danger because the school's headmaster is prone to sleepwalking. On the way back to the school, Tattlemore notices a light moving about in the abandoned east wing. He and Watkins climb to a window and peer through. They see Claude Henshawe chained to a wall and, facing him, the headmaster!
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 479 · 10/1/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 13)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Land of Mystery by Charles Hamilton.
Notes: Tim Tattlemore (Wallace Lorrimer) and Tom Watkins realise that the headmaster is sleepwalking. When Thrashard shuffles out of the room, the two watchers enter through the window. As they file through the chain, Henshawe explains that he had been grabbed by two or three men who had imprisoned him here, bringing food every day via the window. Suddenly Ned Garstike and Bill Fanks leap in and attack the rescuers. Overpowered, bound and gagged, Tim and Tom are lowered to the ground outside and marched away at gunpoint. However, they and their captors are seen by Pat Murphy, who follows.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
NO COVER AS YET THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 480 · 17/1/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 14)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: I don't currently own this issue but from the one that follows I can surmise that in this installment we learn that Ned Garstike and Bill Fanks are working for Claude Henshawe's uncle, whose name is Rollickson. The two villains carry Tim Tattlemore (Wallace Lorrimer) and Tom Watkins to a farmhouse. Sexton Blake comes to their rescue. Wallace Lorrimer fetches men from the village to help him and Blake arrest the two villains.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 481 · 24/1/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 15)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Fireman Fred by Anon.; The Sagacity of Codger by Anon.
Notes: Having returned to the school, Tim Tattle more reveals his true identity as Wallace Lorrimer to the headmaster and tells him of the recent events involving Claude Henshawe. They go to the disused part of the building to find the lad but discover that he has gone. That evening, Claude, Tom Watkins and Pat Murphy reappear and explain that they had been accosted by gypsies who, after searching them for loot, had eventually let them go. Rollickson is arrested and is eventually, we are informed, sent to prison. Sexton Blake and Lorrimer follow the headmaster on one of his sleepwalking expeditions and witness him stealing from the boys' lockers. Following him to where he has accumulated all the stolen items, they wake him but then, to nullify the shock, they immediately render him unconscious with chloroform. This, it turns out, cures him of his sleepwalking habit. Lorrimer bids goodbye to his school chums and he and Sexton Blake depart. Blake shows his assistant a cable from a lawyer named Caleb Arnold. In it, they are asked to investigate the disappearance of a city merchant named James Green. It's the beginning of a new case!
Trivia: The case of Claude Watkins seems to be tidied up in great haste in this installment — almost as if the author had become bored of it!
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 482 · 31/1/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 16)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Haunted Lagoon by Anon.; Items of Interest (ed.)
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 483 · 7/2/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 17)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Canadian Dick by Anon.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 484 · 14/2/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 18)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Head-Hunters of Borneo by Anon.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 485 · 21/2/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 19)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Three Swordsmen by Paul Herring.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 486 · 28/2/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 20)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Driven From Home by Anon.; The Northumberland Street Mystery (article).
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 487 · 7/3/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 21)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Treasure Clue By Anon.; A Burglary in the Highlands by Anon.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 488 · 14/3/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 22)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Brand of the Snake by Paul Herring.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 489 · 21/3/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 23)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: From Clue to Clue by Anon.; Some of the World's Wonders (ed.)
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 490 · 28/3/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 24)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Brother Officers by Anon.; Some of the World's Wonders (ed.)
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 491 · 4/4/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 25)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Witness from the Grave by S. Clarke Hook; The Young Man Penny (article).
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 492 · 11/4/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 26)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Cave of Mystery by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 493 · 18/4/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 27)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Peril of the Jungle by S. Clarke Hook; The Death Card by Reginald Wray.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 494 · 25/4/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 28)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson; The Call of Duty by Anon.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 495 · 2/5/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 29)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Soldier of Fortune by John G. Rowe; The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 496 · 9/5/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 30)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Mutiny of the Pole Star by E. Harcourt Burrage; The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 497 · 16/5/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 31)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Frank Ferret's Ghost Chase by Alec G. Pearson; The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson.
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 498 · 23/5/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 32)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Every Inch a Sailor by Anon.; The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson; The Editor Speaks (ed.)
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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NO COVER AS YET THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 499 · 30/5/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 33)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 500 · 6/6/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 34)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Fathoms Deep by Anon.; The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson; The Editor's Chat (ed.)
Notes: Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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KING OF DETECTIVES THE MARVEL LIBRARY · Issue 501 · 13/6/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
BOOK II: KING OF DETECTIVES (part 35)
by Anon. (Percy C. Bishop) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Hidden Kingdom by E. Harcourt Burrage; The Golden Lizard by Alec G. Pearson.
Notes: This is the final installment. Blake is assisted by Wallace Lorrimer.
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SEXTON BLAKE'S CLUE UNION JACK · 1st series · Issue 464 · 14/3/1903 · Amalgamated Press · ½d
SEXTON BLAKE'S CLUE
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Chris the Waterman by John G. Rowe; The Boys of St. Dunstan's by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an extremely short story billed as 'A Thrilling Melodrama of Real Life!' Sexton Blake has been trying to run a coiner to earth but has so far been unsuccessful. Standing in Vernon Crescent, he is in a deep reverie but is suddenly snapped out of it by a cry of "Murder!" The detective races into the lodging house from whence came the scream. He finds a young woman lying on a bed, stabbed through the heart, and, standing at the foot of the bed, paralysed with horror, her husband. Blake notes a pungent odour coming from the handle of the knife but, before he can investigate further, a constable enters and indicates that the husband's cuffs are covered with blood. The landlady tells the two lawmen that the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Hoxton, had lived in her house for three weeks and had never argued. Blake tells Hoxton that he knows him to be innocent. The young man tells the detective that until three weeks ago he and his wife had lived in Portugal. They had moved to England and lodged in the current residence while waiting for their new home to be prepared. But his Portuguese wife had a secret which she steadfastly refused to share with her husband and which often caused her to cry. That evening, a passing man had thrust a note into her hand which demanded her presence at King's Cross Station. Hoxton had questioned his wife but she had refused to tell him what it was all about. Later, he had entered the room and found her dead. Blake notes that the odour from the knife is not present on Hoxton's hands. But it is on the window ledge and balcony, suggesting the killer had escaped to the next door house, which has been empty for many years. The detective returns to his lodgings to work on the coining case for a while, seeking to discover a chemical process the coiner uses to add the finish to his forgeries. The results are unexpected: an odour identical to that on the murder weapon. Suddenly the two separate cases are one. He returns to the Vernon Crescent house and breaks in. Outside an attic room, he smells the same odour. He starts a small fire to lure the tenant out; it works, and he leaps upon the man and slaps handcuffs onto him. The coiner and murderer is caught! Upon a table in the room, a note reveals that Mrs. Huxton had once been a member of the coining gang but had defied their orders by leaving. Death was the sentence they passed.
Trivia: Blake has fitted out a small room in his lodgings as a laboratory.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆ In style, tone and length, this is a precursor to the ANSWERS and PENNY PICTORIAL short stories which would appear between 1907 and 1913. This story seems to have been rather clumsily edited. It is almost certainly the empty house the detective breaks into and where he finds the murderer; a couple of references suggest this ... and it makes more sense. But there seems to be at least one sentence missing, leaving it unclear which house provides the setting for the finale.



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