BIBLIOGRAPHY 1914

1913
Master List
1915
BLAKE TRIVIA

Aubrey Dexter, Ezra Q. Maitland and Hon. John Lawless make their debuts. The Council of Eleven gathers to plan its first crime. According to SEXTON BLAKE'S SECRET in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 1 (1933), in the Spring of this year, Blake travels to West Africa and visits his brother Nigel (this probably occurred around the same time as the events recounted in SEXTON BLAKE IN TOGOLAND, UNION JACK issue 577).

ISSUES
THE BOYS' FRIEND · Issue 657 · 10/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
A WAXY AFFAIR
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Vol.III Issue 57 · 17/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 1)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: War to the Death by J. W. Bobin; Soldiers of Fortune by Anon.; The Mystery at Graghurst by John Michael.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This was based on the Sexton Blake film of the same name.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Vol.III Issue 58 · 24/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 2)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Battle of Mons by Alan Dene; War to the Death by J. W. Bobin; A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Mystery at Graghurst by John Michael; Was He a Coward by Anon.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Vol.III Issue 59 · 31/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 3)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Lust of Gold by Anon.; War to the Death by J. W. Bobin; The Bombing of Rheims Cathedral by Reginald Thompson; A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Mystery at Graghurst by John Michael.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Vol.III Issue 60 · 7/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 4)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: War to the Death by J. W. Bobin; The Ghost Lugger by David Goodwin; The Great Tunnel Tragedy by Anon.; The Fall of Liege by Anon.; The Mystery at Graghurst by John Michael; A Chat With My Chums (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Vol.III Issue 61 · 14/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 5)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Vol.III Issue 62 · 21/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 6)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Rogues' Ranche by Mark Darran; For Britain's Glory by Jack Lewis; War to the Death by J. W. Bobin; The Mystery at Graghurst by John Michael; A Chat With My Chums (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Issue 63 · 28/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 7)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Issue 64 · 5/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 8)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Issue 65 · 12/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 9)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Issue 66 · 19/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 10)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Mystery of the Diamond Belt THE BOYS' JOURNAL · Issue 67 · 26/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DIAMOND BELT (Part 11)
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 84 · 3/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 1)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; Who Does the Work? (article); The New Year's Concert by Geoffrey Murray; Pride of the Prairie by Claude Custer; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman; The Picture That Spoke by Anon.; The Last in the League by Steve Bloomer and Ambrose Earle.
Notes: This serial was adapted as a non-Blake tale entitled THE CROOK OF MOSQUITO CREEK which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND LIBRARY second series issue 459 (1934).
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THE MEN WHO CHANGED PLACES (Part 17)
by Anon. (E. W. Alais) · Illustrator: None
Notes: Robert Carling approves of his daughter's marriage to Dave Turnbull and the latter invites him to join them — along with Carling's son — in a new life in Canada. Carling is happy to agree to this.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 85 · 10/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 2)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; Enter the Foreigner by J. Harwood Lee; School v Town by A. S. Hardy; Pride of the Prairie by Claude Custer; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman; The Last in the League by Steve Bloomer and Ambrose Earle.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 86 · 17/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 3)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; The Wrestling Champion by Arthur Steffens; Swelled Heads by J. Harwood Lee; Pride of the Prairie by Claude Custer; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 87 · 24/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 4)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; It's Your Money We Want by J. Harwood Lee; Pride of the Prairie by Claude Custer; The New Chum by Chas. Hamilton; Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; By Mere Fluke by David Goodwin; A bit Too Previous by Anon.; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 88 · 31/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 5)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; Signed On by A. S. Hardy; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; Why Cup Ties Draw by J. W. Bache; Pride of the Prairie by Claude Custer; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 89 · 7/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 6)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; The First Man Home by A. S. Hardy; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman; Wanted — Good Refs. (article).
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 90 · 14/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 7)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Fourth Form's Snake by Anon.; The Last Hope (article); Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; Max the Magnificent by Herbert Allingham; Curly Cup Tie by A. S. Hardy; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 91 · 21/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 8)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Eleventh Place by Jack North; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; Too Old At Thirty by J. Harwood Lee; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 92 · 28/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 9)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Pancake "Scrum" by Anon; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; The Great Paper Chase by Jack North; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 93 · 7/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 10)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; The Outlaw of the Plains by Clive R. Fenn; A Slight Mistake by Anon.; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; The Latest Cure by John W. Rollem; Finding Internationals (article); A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 94 · 14/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 11)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; The Despot of St. Dave's by Cedric Wolf; Saving His Friend by Anon.; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 95 · 21/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 12)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin; A Stinging Revenge by Walter Hope; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; A London Lad in Mill-Land by Escott-Inman.
Notes: None at present.
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The Heir From Nowhere THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 96 · 28/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 13)
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; The Pony Express by Anon.; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; Good Old Perks by John Bristol; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin.
Notes: None at present.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 97 · 4/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 1)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 14)
by Anon. (Unknown)
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; The Gold Stealers by Clive R. Fenn; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Broken H by Ambrose Earl; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 98 · 11/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 2)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
THE HEIR FROM NOWHERE (Part 15)
by Anon. (Unknown)
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Great Fog by Ambrose Earl; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Redskin Magic by H. Escott-Inman; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 99 · 18/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 3)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Amateur Hackensmidt by W. G. Walters; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; The Coward of Griffon's Gulch by Allan Blair; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Paid Player by J. Harwood Lee; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 4 Issue 100 · 25/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 4)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; Fatty's Aunt by Fenn Sherie; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 101 · 2/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 5)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; Chums of Study 13 by Herbert Painton; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Red Man's Way by Ambrose Earl; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; Sealed Orders! by David Goodwin.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 102 · 9/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 6)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; Who Fired the Shot? by H. Escott-Inman; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Man Who Made Good by J. O. Standish; County Cricket Notes (article); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 103 · 16/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 7)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Schoolboy Actor by Roy Stephen; When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; County Cricket Notes (article); The Redskin with the White Face by Ambrose Earle; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 104 · 23/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 8)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; Outcast to Captain by Wood Smith; A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; County Cricket Notes (article); Wanted — Dead or Alive by H. Escott-Inman; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 105 · 30/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 9)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Amateur Versus Professional by C. C. Bartlett; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson; The Death Trail by Anon.; When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; County Cricket Notes (article); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; A Chat With My Chums (ed.).
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 106 · 6/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 10)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Bad Men by Anon.; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; Other Fellows' Jobs (article); When the Lion Awoke by J. S. Margerison; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson.
Notes: Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Man of Mystery THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 107 · 13/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN OF MYSTERY (Part 11)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: H. Lane
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Flying Spy by Marr Murray; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer; A Rank Outsider by H. Escott-Inman; The Black Sheep of the School by Henry T. Johnson.
Notes: The final installment. Story features Lightning Jim.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 108 · 20/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 1)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; County Cricket Notes (article); The Red Mans' Repayment by S. S. Gordon; Other Fellows' Jobs (article); The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Four B's by Horace Phillips; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 109 · 27/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 2)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: When War Was Declared by B. J. S. Margerison; A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Jape That Went Wrong by Horace Phillips; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Clue of the Cigarette-Wrapper by H. Escott-Inman; Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 110 · 4/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 3)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); For One Night Only by Horace Phillips; When War Was Declared by B. J. S. Margerison; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Clue of the Half Anna by H. Escott-Inman; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; Oxford v. Cambridge (article); Buffalo Bill's Circus by Claude Custer.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 111 · 11/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 4)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; Lost Stolen or Strayed by Horace Phillips; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; When War was Declared by J. S. Margerison.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 112 · 18/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 5)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; His Lordship Arrives by Horace Phillips; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Wild Horse Tamer by J. O. Standish; County Cricket Notes by Anon.; When War Was Declared by J. S. Margerison.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 113 · 25/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 6)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; With Bat and Ball (article); King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Bushman Boxer by S. S. Gordon; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; The Monkey's Haul by Horace Phillips; When War Was Declared by J. S. Margerison.
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Scarlet Thread THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 114 · 1/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SCARLET THREAD (Part 7)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: From School to Australia by S. S. Gordon; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The School Picnic by Horace Phillips; The Bow Street Runner by Anon.; England v. Australia (article); When War Was Declared by J. S. Margerison; A Chat With My Chums (ed.).
Notes: None at present.
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The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 115 · 8/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 1)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: The Fun of the Fair by Horace Phillips; When War Was Declared by J. S. Margerison; The Waif of the Heath by Frank R. Grey; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Artic Explorers by Anon.; The Mystery of the Travelling Trunk by Anon.; A Chat With My Chums (ed.).
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 116 · 15/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 2)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Waif of the Heath by Frank R. Grey; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; The Ruffian of the Ranch by S. S. Gordon; Held to Ransom by Horace Phillips; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; County Cricket Notes (article); The Artic Explorers by Anon.; When War Was Declared by J. S. Margerison.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 117 · 22/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 3)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; The Four B's Holiday by Horace Phillips; The Artic Explorers by Anon.; County Cricket Notes (article); The Waif of the Heath by Frank R. Grey; The Treasure of the Red Man by Lewis Jackson; When War Was Declared by J. S. Margerison.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 118 · 29/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 4)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Waif of the Heath by Frank R. Grey; The Adventures of Cable and Co. by Fenton Ash; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; Other Fellows' Jobs (article); The Schoolboy Master by Ernest S. Harris; Our War Page (article); The Artic Explorers by Anon.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 119 · 5/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 5)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Invasion of 1914 by Andrew Gray; The Artic Explorers by Anon.; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; Who Will Rule the Waves? (article); The Waif of the Heath by Frank R. Grey; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 120 · 12/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 6)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); What Britons Can Do by Reginald Wray; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; The Waif of the Heath by Anon.; The Artic Explorers by Anon.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT · Vol. 5 Issue 121 · 19/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 7)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Lion Awakes by Claude Custer; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; My First Time Under Fire by Corporal Chupin; The Waif of the Heath by Anon.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 1 · 26/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 8)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); The Lion Awakes by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; The Waif of the Heath by Anon.
Notes: The DREADNOUGHT relaunches as THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL. Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 2 · 3/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 9)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); With the Flag in Belgium by Claude Custer; How Britain Fights (article); The Waif of the Heath by Anon.; Special War Supplement; A Fighter of the Plains by James Robertson; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. This is a serialised reprint of THE PROBLEM OF THE YELLOW BUTTON in UNION JACK issue 334 (see that issue for story notes).
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Mystery of the Yellow Button THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 3 · 10/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE YELLOW BUTTON (Part 10)
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 1)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: A Chat With My Chums (ed.); Hounds of War by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; Fall In! by Harold Begbie; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew.
Notes: THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 4 · 17/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 2)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: Letters from the Front (ed.); Invalided Home by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew; Tales from the Front by Anon.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 5 · 24/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 3)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: Letters From Our Tommies (ed.); The Human Shields by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew; Tales from the Front by Anon.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 6 · 24/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 4)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: Letters From Our Tommies (ed.); Torpedoed by Andrew Gray; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Special War Supplement; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew; Tales from the Front by Anon.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 7 · 7/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 5)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: Letters From Our Tommies (ed.); A Prisoner of the Kaiser by Claude Custer; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Special War Supplement; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew; Tales from the Front by Anon.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 8 · 14/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 6)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: Our Admiral at the Seige of Antwerp (article); Lion or Eagle? by John Tregellis; Bill Stubbs Battle by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 9 · 21/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 7)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: Letters From Our Tommies (ed.); Lion or Eagle? by John Tregellis; By Land, Sea and Air by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Redskin Detective THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 10 · 28/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (Part 8)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Frank Grey
Other content: From Our Tars and Tommies (ed.); Lion or Eagle? by John Tregellis; Coward or Hero? by Claude Custer; Special War Supplement; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew; Tales from the Front by Anon.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 11 · 5/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (part 9)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 12 · 12/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE REDSKIN DETECTIVE (part 10)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 13 · 19/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE SECRET PLOTTER (Part 1)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Secret Plotter THE DREADNOUGHT AND WAR PICTORIAL · Vol. 1 Issue 14 · 26/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press 1d
THE SECRET PLOTTER (Part 2)
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: From Our Tars and Tommies (ed.); Torpedo Bill Stubbs by Anon.; Britain and Her Allies by Hamilton Teed; Lion or Eagle? by John Tregellis; Tales from the Front by Anon.; Chums of Calcroft by Sidney Drew.
Notes: This is a reprint of SEXTON BLAKE IN AMERICA which appeared in THE BOYS' FRIEND issues 252 to 268 in 1906 (see those issues for story notes).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
Gambling With Fate THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 65 · 3/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
GAMBLING WITH FATE
by Anon. (Norman Goddard) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Missing Plans! by Martin Clifford; Gunter's Guilt! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a rewrite of chapters 3 to 8 of UNION JACK issue 217 THE SLATE CLUB SCANDAL (1907).
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The Haunted Priory THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 66 · 10/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HAUNTED PRIORY
by Anon. (Original version by William Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Surprise for St. Jim's! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Arrest! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 250 THE GHOST OF STRANDGAP PRIORY (1899). It replaces We-wee with Tinker.
Stanley Strand has inherited Strandgap Priory only to find that it's haunted and he can't get any staff. He appeals for Sexton Blake's help. Blake and Tinker take up residence in the priory and, before many hours have passed, the detective is warned away by a ghostly figure. The next day, Squire Roscar, who lives nearby, suggests that Blake, Tinker and Strand come to stay with him. They politely decline. He also reveals that there have been a number of burglaries in the area; a fact of great interest to Blake. The following night, the ghost appears again and Blake, while chasing it, plummets over a cliff and falls into the sea. Swimming ashore, he climbs the cliff and rests on a ledge. Meanwhile, Tinker has discovered a secret passage which leads to hidden rooms carved into the rock beneath the priory. One of these opens onto the ledge, where Tinker finds Blake. Investigating the rooms further, they discover ghostly shrouds and luminous paints ... the materials by which a man can be made up as a ghost. When the apparition next appears, Blake pursues it. The villain abandons his shrouds and takes to horseback. The detective gives chase on a bicycle (this scene really dates the tale, seeming much more a part of 1899 — when the original version was written — than 1914). He loses his quarry but, in the morning, is able to identify the criminal. The latter has been using the secret chambers to store the proceeds of the burglaries and used the 'ghost' to keep people away. Blake sets a trap and the villain pays the ultimate price for his crimes.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆ An average tale; not particularly memorable but entertaining enough. The bicycle v. horse chase is the definite highlight!
The Clansmen's Feud THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 67 · 17/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CLANSMEN'S FEUD
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Off To Sea by Martin Clifford; The Strike Maker by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 243 DRINK! (1908).
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The Cigarette Clue THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 68 · 24/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CIGARETTE CLUE
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Schoolboy Sailors by Martin Clifford; The Last Fight! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 245 THE CIGARETTE CLUE (1898). See that issue for further notes. Financier's clerk Herbert Fillington is delivering a wallet containing twenty thousand pounds to the Bank of England when he is distracted by a Frenchman who first asks directions then causes a scene when the cigarette he's smoking burns his fingers. Upon the foreigner's departure, Herbert discovers that the wallet has been stolen from beneath his nose. The bank asks Sexton Blake to investigate, warning that Herbert will be utterly ruined if suspicion falls upon him. The young clerk takes Blake to the scene of the crime and there the detective finds the cigarette cast aside by the Frenchman. A very rare brand, he traces it to a tobacconist's and from there gets on the trail of a Monsieur Pierrot. Locating the man's lodgings, he and Herbert break in and find the wallet. They escape with it just as Pierrot returns, sees them, and flees, but find that it contains only a crumpled newspaper. In this, they find a clue in the "agony" column, it being a cryptic mention of "catacombs." While Blake ponders over this, Herbert deduces from the same newspaper that Pierrot will attend a horse race at the weekend. The young clerk goes too, and there confronts the crook only to have him escape. Blake has the revelation that "catacombs" refers to the London sewers. He and Herbert explore the fetid tunnels and there witness Pierrot with the rest of his gang planning to get the money out of the country. Herbert snatches away their spoils and a fight breaks out but it’s interrupted when the sewers are flooded. All combatants are washed away. Blake and Herbert survive, still clutching the stolen money, but the criminals are all killed.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
Sexton Blake's Strange Quest THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 69 · 31/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE'S STRANGE QUEST
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Ratty's Folly! by Martin Clifford; Paying the Piper! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 220 SEXTON BLAKE, CHEMIST (1907).
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Proved Innocent THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 70 · 7/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
PROVED INNOCENT
by Anon. (Arthur S. Hardy) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Back to St. Jim's! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Reward! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged rewrite of a story (from UNION JACK issue 26) which, originally, was not a Blake tale but, rather, featured a detective named Herbert Trackett.
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The Fenfield Conspiracy THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 71 · 14/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE FENFIELD CONSPIRACY
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Between Ourselves (ed.); The New-house Visitors! by Martin Clifford; The Ghost Hunters by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: While taking an early morning stroll, Sexton Blake witnesses a car going out of control. He leaps to the assistance of the two young men aboard the vehicle. After they are safe, one of them, Harold Fenfield, asks the detective to help him with another matter, so they retire to Blake's apartments after bidding the other man, Slipton Bale, farewell. Fenfield reveals that he is soon to be married to Miss Ethel Challoner, who Bale had also been pursuing. Even though she chose Fenfield, the two men have remained friends. Fenfield, who is rather irresponsible, has bet more than £30,000 on 'Spinaway', a horse that'll be running in the Fenfield Stakes in two weeks time. This, however, is not what Fenfield wants to consult Blake about. He has inherited his family's famous diamond tiara — currently in a safe at his home — and has received a note from a crook named Sam Shise informing him that he'll lose it unless he pays £50. Sexton Blake goes to meet Shise and learns from him that there's a scheme afoot to steal the tiara. Three men are involved; Shise (who is happy to betray his companions for £50), a cracksman, and the leader, a 'man about town'. Blake and Shise are interrupted by the arrival of the cracksman, Egbert Trewolf, a criminal who Blake had dealt with during his first ever case (see HOW SEXTON BLAKE WON HIS SPURS, UNION JACK, 1st series, issue 125, 1896). Trewolf attempts to shoot the detective but Blake flees to the roof and slides down telephone wires to make his escape. He goes with Tinker to stay at Fenfield Abbey where the race meeting is to be held. Discovering clues that suggest an attempt on the safe will be made soon, Blake lies in wait and catches the three crooks in the act. They make a rapid getaway but, in the Abbey's grounds, capture Tinker and try to hang him. The youngster escapes without being able to identify the third man — the leader. Some days later, Tinker overhears Shise and Trewolf plotting to nobble Spinaway. He watches them place drugged straw in the horse's manger. When they depart, he removes it. The next day — the day of the race — the crooks attack and wound Fenfield's jockey. Tinker takes over and rides Spinaway to victory. Blake spots Slipton Bale returning to the Abbey in company with Shise and Trewolf. He and Fenfield follow and upon arriving at the house discover that the tiara is missing — except it isn't — because some time previously Sexton Blake had secretly removed it from the case and hidden it in a hat box. The thieves have stolen an empty case! From the next room, Trewolf leaps to attack the detective and is promptly shot dead. Slipton Bale is exposed as the leader and is banished from society. Shise is taken into custody. This is an abridged and amended reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 228 THE THIRD MAN (1898). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Mystery Man THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 72 · 21/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY MAN
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Honours Divided! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Secret by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Miss Maud Mercombe commissions Blake to discover the whereabouts of her intended, Algar Atheling, who mysteriously vanished three weeks ago. All that the detective has to go on is the fact that Atheling was uncommonly interested in the work of a mesmerist and "reader of the soul" named Saga Shaboral. Upon spotting the last man Atheling was seen with, Blake follows him to the "Hall of Isis" where Shaboral performs. His quarry escapes but the detective later encounters him at Miss Mercombe’s residence and learns that he is Ralph Danvers, the son of her ward. That evening, at the Hall of Isis, Shaboral’s act includes a hypnotised man performing a gymnastic feat that he would otherwise be incapable of. When Miss Mercombe, who has accompanied Blake to the theatre, sees this man, she recognises him as her fiancé and looses a scream that distracts him, causing him to fall into a safety net. The theatre plunges into darkness. Blake finds Atheling leaving by a side entrance accompanied by Shaboral. When he tries to stop them, the mystic blows a powder into his face which renders him unconscious. When he recovers, it’s to find his quarry vanished. A few days later, Blake manages to place Tinker in the household of Miss Mercombe’s guardian, there to serve as a page. The youngster manages to intercept a note for Danvers and reports the Blake that it came from Rotterdam. The detective journeys to that city and there once again encounters Atheling and Shaboral. The latter, exercising his mesmeric control, forces Atheling to jump from a bridge into a river. Blake leaps to the rescue but Atheling then denies that he’s in any sort of trouble and evades his saviour. While Blake loses track of his quarry, Tinker follows Danvers to the Hague and there reunites with Blake and puts him on the right track. They trace Shaboral to an isolated house. The mystic invites them in, tells them that Atheling has died, shows them the man’s corpse, then promptly suffers a brain embolism and drops dead. Danvers appears and confesses that he hired the mesmerist to prevent Atheling from marrying Miss Mercombe, who he himself loves. Atheling, freed from the trance that made him appear dead, awakens with no memory of what has occurred. The yarn ends with his marriage to the girl. This is an abridged and amended reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 238 THE MYSTERY MAN (1898). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Fortune Stone THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 73 · 28/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE FORTUNE STONE
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The New-House Visitors! by Martin Clifford;The Ghost Hunters by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 375 FORTUNE STONE (1901).
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The Changed Eyes THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 74 · 7/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CHANGED EYES
by Anon. (A. Grahame) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The St. Jim's Joker! by Martin Clifford; Blackmailed! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Gerald Buckley, an old school friend of Sexton Blake's who went on to Oxford with him, sends a telegraph asking the detective to come and see the body of his uncle, Sir Edward, who has just died from apparent heart failure. The cause of his concern is Sir Edward's eyes, which don't seem to be his own. Upon examining the body, Blake discovers that, in addition to the strange eyes, a scar has vanished. He suspects that a certain Doctor Bulasco is up to no good and, after investigating the man, concludes that an Indian, Abdul Kali, is behind the mystery. After surviving a train wreck caused by Bulasco, Blake travels to India in search of Abdul. He is attacked by natives, nearly thrown into a pool of crocodiles, almost burned at the stake, then locked in a dungeon full of starving rats. Making his escape, he discovers a scroll which solves the case then returns to England — though not before being attacked by a leopard and nearly crushed by a giant snake. The scroll describes a technique whereby two men's faces can be altered so that they look like one another. It seems, then, that Sir Edward isn't dead at all, merely replaced by a lookalike corpse. Blake rescues the real Sir Edward and brings Bulasco to justice. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 72 THE CLUE OF THE DEAD EYES (1895). See that issue for further notes. It was also reprinted in the 1976 compilation, SEXTON BLAKE'S EARLY CASES.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
Twice Cleared THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 75 · 14/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
TWICE CLEARED
by Anon. (P. Cooke) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The New Third-Former by Martin Clifford; Pete's Pursuers by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Professor Murgatroyd visits Sexton Blake bringing with him a young bank clerk named George Dingle. The previous evening £10,000 had gone missing from the bank. The professor's nephew, Ralph Henderson, is the top suspect and Murgatroyd wants Blake to find him. The detective doesn't trust the professor and so orders Tinker to follow him when he leaves. The youngster does so and reports back that Murgatroyd had gone to the Ology Club, a meeting place for inventors. Later, George Dingle disappears and is suspected by the police of complicity in the crime. The following morning the papers report that Ralph Henderson has been arrested in the village of Battersby-Denton for the attempted murder of a young woman named Mary Aylin. Blake is able to prove that the young man was nowhere near the scene of the crime; he had been with Rose Denton, his fiancé. Henderson, however, remains under arrest, suspected of the bank robbery. He escapes and meets Rose at Blake's office. The detective promises to protect him and sends Rose for safekeeping to his landlady's sister's house. The two men then travel to Brussels to search for George Dingle and, after a week, track him to Bruges where he is killed by an escaped lion. In his bag, there is evidence that he committed the bank robbery, though Blake remains convinced that Murgatroyd was the brains behind the crime. Back in England the detective discovers that Rose had been the target for murder but Mary Aylin had been killed by mistake instead. This, and the robbery, were all part of the professor's attempt to blacken Henderson's name in order to profit from a relative's Will. With the scheme exposed, Ralph Henderson inherits a fortune and marries Rose. Murgatroyd remains free, to be confronted another day. This is an abridged and amended reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 396 SEXTON BLAKE'S LOST CLUE (1901). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Forger THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 76 · 21/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE FORGER
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Prefect's Secret! by Martin Clifford; The General's Verdict! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: One night, while crossing Hyde Park, Sexton Blake splits up a fight between two men. His suspicions aroused, he sends Tinker to investigate one of the participants. His assistant discovers that the man, Handel Glossop, is apparently a well-to-do photographer, though none of his work has ever been seen. Later, Blake spots Glossop in the company of his former attacker and a criminal known as Big Frank. He begins to suspect that this gang might be responsible for a recent flood of counterfeit money but, before he can get on their trail, Frank drops an 'infernal machine' into the detective's pocket and warns him that, should he move within the next fifteen minutes, the device will explode. Blake remains frozen while the three men make their getaway. Over the next few days, the detective shadows Glossop and, when the latter is involved in a road accident, manages to get proof that he is a forger. Blake gets a warrant from Scotland Yard and arrests the crook but makes the mistake of turning his back. Glossop pushes the detective into a large safe, locks the door and makes his escape. Tinker comes to the rescue and informs Blake that his quarry has taken a train to Hammerton. Blake follows and finds Glossop at a circus. The forger releases a lion and vanishes amidst the panicked crowd. Two days later, Blake traces him to a Scottish town and sets off in pursuit. Glossop races away on a bicycle but the detective chases after him in a fire engine, only to lose him when the crook dives over a high wall. Two more days pass before he re-emereges in another town where he has boarded a foreign ship with Big Frank. Blake arrives in a seething storm and helps a lifeboat crew as they struggle to assist the stricken vessel. Big Frank falls into the sea and drowns. Glossop is captured. This is an abridged and amended reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 208 THE PHANTOM PHOTOGRAPHER (1898). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
Tracked Across the World THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 77 · 28/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
TRACKED ACROSS THE WORLD
by Anon. · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Honours Easy! by Martin Clifford; The Miser's Ghost by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Alice Seldon consults Sexton Blake after valuable government documents are stolen from her father, General Seldon. A spy named Nightsdale is the chief suspect. A policeman who tracked him to a ruined castle in Ireland has been murdered and now Alice wants Blake to take up the hunt. He travels to the murder scene and manages to recover some of the papers. He also finds details of an address in Liverpool. There, he tracks down Nightsdale but is attacked and left for dead. The spy boards a ship bound for New York, not realising that Blake is still hot on his tail. At the voyage's end, Blake confronts him and is once again overpowered. He is incarcerated in a barrel and taken back aboard the ship. When it sets sail, the villain pushes the barrel overboard, unaware that it only contains ballast, Blake having escaped. Now the detective settles into life as a stowaway on a voyage that promises to be lengthy... for he learns that their destination is Australia. One night, seeing Nightsdale in a drunken sleep, the detective emerges from hiding and steals the remaining plans from him. He sews them into the lining of his coat for safekeeping. After many days have passed, the ship nears Australia but is wrecked by a storm. The survivors, including Blake, fight through the heaving waters to the shore. When Nightsdale sneaks away from the small band of sailors, Blake, who has remained hidden from the group, follows. The villain makes his way to nearby Sydney and books passage back to England. Blake stays on his tail all the way to Ireland where they have their final confrontation in the ruined castle where the story began. The detective triumphs and Nightsdale is brought to justice. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 43 TRACKED ACROSS THE WORLD (1895). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
Sexton Blake's Ruse THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 3 Issue 78 · 4/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE'S RUSE
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: D'Arcy Minor's Departure! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Charge! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Will Fickling is being hunted by the police for the murder of his grandfather. He protests his innocence to Sexton Blake, telling him that he had returned home and, despite the housekeeper — Mary Mellish — trying to stop him, had entered his guardian's study to find the safe open and his grandfather dead upon the floor. In a panic he had flown from the scene and now the police take that as a sign of guilt. Blake promises to help and shelters the young man in his own chambers. Later, while walking along the Embankment, the detective saves a woman from suicide. She turns out to be Mary Mellish. He takes her back to the house where the murder had occurred. Inside is Weevil of Scotland Yard. He informs Blake that £20,000 is missing from the safe. Joining Mellish in the kitchen, Blake spots clues which tell him that her lover is the murderer. She exclaims: "Who are you? How can you know these things?" "I'm Sexton Blake," was the quiet rejoinder. "I know all this, and much more." She refuses to tell him anything, then drugs his drink. As he falls into unconsciousness, he sees the murderer enter the room and hears his name: Stephen Darkfold. When he recovers, the man has gone and the woman remains tight-lipped. The next day, the detective rents the house opposite and from here starts a long vigil, waiting for Darkfold to visit Mellsih again. When this eventually happens, Blake tries to catch the killer but is once again foiled by the housekeeper. But he then learns that two men — Flash Jack and Curly Pet — intend to visit Darkfold, so he tails them as they journey to the midlands by train. They disembark at Ironfields and here Blake joins forces with a detective named Stafford. They find that the two men are attending Darkfold's wedding — a sham arrangement whereby he will claim a widow's fortune. The detectives, with the help of the police, break up the ceremony and arrest the three men. Sexton Blake escorts the prisoners back to London on the evening mail train but it crashes and Darkfold escapes. This is where Blake comes up with his stratagem: he introduces the widow to Mary Mellish (and discovers that, by an unbelievable coincidence, they know each other) and the two women realise they have been betrayed by a liar and a cheat. Mellish doesn't hesitate to reveal that Darkfold's hideout is a barge. Blake gathers Weevil and a squad of policemen, raids the vessel and captures the villain. This is an abridged and amended reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 65 SEXTON BLAKE'S STRATAGEM (1895). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆
Squire Tredgare's Secret THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 79 · 11/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SQUIRE TREDGARE'S SECRET
by Anon. (G. Anderson) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: On Leave! by Martin Clifford; The Phantom Horseman! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Squire Tredgar of Gedlit Manor is hot-air ballooning with his nephew, Rupert Grey, when they are caught in a fierce storm. They crash into a stream at the bottom of Aberglaslyn Pass and the balloon's basket is struck by lightning. Tredgar is killed but, at the subsequent inquest, it is revealed that his death was from a shot to the head. Rupert, heir to his uncle's fortune, is accused and gaoled. His old tutor, Professor Bhryl, commissions Sexton Blake to investigate and informs him that, five years ago, an attempt had been made to poison the youth. Bhryl had suspected Owen Williams, the butler. The detective interviews Doctor Padget — the man who had declared murder at the inquest — and learns that the incident had involved Rupert Grey being injected with cocaine. The finger of suspicion points at Williams — but Blake feels that it is being directed by another party: Doctor Padget. When he attempts to corner the medical man, Padget flees, leaving behind Tredgar's solicitor, who he had been torturing. Williams goes with him and Blake deduces that the two men have an uneasy alliance to protect a third party — Tredgar's killer; his secret son. The papers the solicitor had been hiding prove that this youth, named Edward, was born in Java. It was he who had attempted to poison Rupert. He had also aided Padget in blackmailing Tredgar over the indiscretion which led to his, Edward's, birth. To make matters worse, Edward is a wanted criminal; a forger and murderer. Sexton Blake catches Williams and has him arrested. The butler reveals that he had been duped into cooperating with Padget and setting up Rupert Grey to look like his uncle's killer. Grey is released from gaol. Blake sets off in pursuit of Edward, as he sails for Java. Thirty-two days later, the ship docks and the detective tracks the villain to the famous Death Valley. In this poisonous environment, Edward dies after slipping from a rock face. Returning to England, Blake hunts for Padget and discovers that the Doctor experienced a particularly nasty form of natural justice. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 75 TRACKED TO DEATH VALLEY (1895). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Doctor's Dupe THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 80 · 18/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE DOCTOR'S DUPE
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Fair Win! by Martin Clifford; The Fun of the Fair! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Amy Bathurst's father has vanished. Sexton Blake visits the missing man's house and breaks into the locked study where he finds signs of a struggle. Evidence suggests that Bathurst was a miser and a moneylender. A document reveals that a man named Jasper Carew (who, unknown to Miss Amy, is her cousin) was the last person to see him. Meanwhile, that selfsame personage is awaiting the death of his sick father, Bathurst's brother. Carew is a forger, a fact his parent has just discovered, and the old man wants to cut him out of his Will. That is something the wicked youth is keen to prevent, so he goes to visit Doctor Zebra, an occultist, mesmerist and practitioner of the Eastern Arts. Zebra had witnessed Carew throttle Miss Amy's father to death after a dispute over a debt. In return for £5,000, he agreed to help cover up the crime. He now has the corpse in his laboratory and assisted by Nick, his pet gorilla, he removes the strangulation marks from the dead man's neck. Carew explains that his uncle must die before he can change the Will. So Doctor Zebra, in the guise of a medical man, visits the patient and frightens him to death by means of a giant cobra. For this service, he charges Carew £250,000. Three days later Sexton Blake revisits the house of the missing Mr. Bathurst. And there, seated at his desk in a room that shows no signs of a struggle, is the man himself — or, rather, the corpse of the man. But the detective quickly asserts that Bathurst had been killed days earlier then brought here. 48 hours pass. Amy receives notice that her uncle has died, leaving her half his fortune. Through this, Blake discovers who and where the co-inheritor is: Jasper Carew. And by following the lad, Blake is led to Doctor Zebra. Suspecting the occultist of involvement with the murder, the detective, disguised as an old man, pays him a visit and finds a ledger which had belonged to Bathurst. Afterwards, he confronts Carew and tells him he knows how the murder was committed. The next day, the youth once again visits the Doctor. But Zebra is furious because has yet to receive his money. He sends Carew into a hypnotic sleep and releases his animals to kill him. The gorilla strangles the young criminal to death. A police raid led by Blake takes Zebra by surprise and he accidentally thrusts his hand into the cobra which bites him, killing him with its venom. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 82 DOCTOR ZEBRA'S DOOM (1895). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Living Picture THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 81 · 25/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE LIVING PICTURE
by Anon. (W. Shaw Rae) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Redskins of St. Jim's by Martin Clifford; The Raven! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Squire Langlands of Deepdean Manor has a young ward named May Freeling, the daughter of his deceased best friend, George. The latter had been prospecting in South America when he died. Shortly before his demise, he had sent to Langlands, in the hands of a Brazilian employee named Robardo, a huge diamond. It was carefully packaged and Robardo never knew what he was carrying. Langlands was instructed to keep the package intact until, on May's eighteenth birthday, it was to be placed in her hands. That occasion is now just a fortnight away and the Squire is having nightmares; dreaming that a large portrait of George Freeling is warning him that the diamond is not safe where it resides in a bank in Antwerp and must be brought to Deepdean. In desperation, Langlands sends for Sexton Blake. The detective spends the night in the master bedroom and, as the room fills with a strangely perfumed gas, witnesses the portrait 'coming to life' and giving the warning. The next morning, before he can examine the painting, Langlands packs him off to Antwerp to fetch the gem. On the way, the detective is followed by a wanted criminal named Leon Lebrun who tries, but fails, to hold him captive and gain possession of the gem. Back in England, Lebrun attacks again but the detective gets away and duly delivers the diamond to its owner. That evening, he follows Robardo into the woods and witnesses him meeting with Lebraun. But he is spotted and the two men beat him senseless. Hours later, he recovers and returns to the manor only to find that the diamond has been stolen. The detective pursues and catches Lebraun who, thinking that he has been betrayed by Robardo, reveals the latter's hiding place; a secret room behind the portrait. Blake finds his man but, in seeking to escape, Robardo loses his life by drowning. The diamond is recovered and the trickery of the painting exposed. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 88 THE LIVING PICTURE (1895). See that issue for further notes.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
In Deep Waters THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 82 · 2/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
IN DEEP WATERS
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Rival Camps! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Ordeal! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 200 THE CASE OF THE CORONER'S COURT (1907).
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An International Affair THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 83 · 9/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
AN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR
by Anon. (E. J. Gannon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Sporting "Saints!" by Martin Clifford; Falsely Accused by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 200 THE CASE OF THE CORONER'S COURT (1907).
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A Diplomatic Triangle THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 84 · 16/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A DIPLOMATIC TRIANGLE
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Plot Against the Head by Martin Clifford; The Money-Lender's Victim! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 208 SEXTON BLAKE, PRIVATE SECRETARY (1907).
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High Treason THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 85 · 23/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
HIGH TREASON
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Voyage for a Fortune! by Martin Clifford; Retribution! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 208 SEXTON BLAKE, PRIVATE SECRETARY (1907).
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Transported For Life THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 86 · 30/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
TRANSPORTED FOR LIFE
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Friends in Need! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Extra Turn! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 214 SEXTON BLAKE ON DEVIL'S ISLAND (1907).
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A Struggle For Liberty THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 87 · 6/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A STRUGGLE FOR LIBERTY
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Gussy's Proposal! by Martin Clifford; Caught in the Act! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 214 SEXTON BLAKE ON DEVIL'S ISLAND (1907).
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Tinker's Peril THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 88 · 13/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
TINKER'S PERIL
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Blazed Trail! by Martin Clifford; Bill's Reformation! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 226 THE MYSTERY OF THE MINT (1908).
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The Plot That Failed THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 89 · 20/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE PLOT THAT FAILED
by Anon. (W. J. Lomax) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: True Blue! by Martin Clifford; The Secret of the Vault! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 226 THE MYSTERY OF THE MINT (1908).
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A Perilous Quest THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 90 · 27/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A PERILOUS QUEST
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Welcome Home! by Martin Clifford; His True Colours by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 240 THE SECRET SOCIETY (1908).
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Against Heavy Odds THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 91 · 4/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
AGAINST HEAVY ODDS
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Invader of Study 6! by Martin Clifford; The Dwarf by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 240 THE SECRET SOCIETY (1908).
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A Falorn Hope THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 92 · 11/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A FORLORN HOPE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Albert Clyne - Cad! by Martin Clifford; Peaceful Measures by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 241 THE BLACK TYRANT (1908).
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The Horror of Hayti THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 93 · 18/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HORROR OF HAYTI
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Conspirators! by Martin Clifford; The Miser's Secret by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 241 THE BLACK TYRANT (1908).
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Luck Loring's Loss THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 94 · 25/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
LUCK LORING'S LOSS
by Anon. (G. Carr) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Skimpole's Chance! by Martin Clifford; The Missing Ring! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 247 BANKRUPT! (1908).
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The Serpent Worshippers THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 95 · 1/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE SERPENT WORSHIPPERS
by Anon. (G. Carr) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The New Chum! by Martin Clifford; The Fortune Seeker's Return! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 247 BANKRUPT! (1908).
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Sexton Blake's Holiday Case THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 96 · 8/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE'S HOLIDAY CASE
by Anon. (E. W. Alais) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Ragamuffin Of St. Jim's by Martin Clifford; Disinherited! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 249 CARAVAN AND CANVAS (1908).
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The Circus Mystery THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 97 · 15/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CIRCUS MYSTERY
by Anon. (E. W. Alais) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Scout's Gift! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Challenge! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 249 CARAVAN AND CANVAS (1908).
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At Grips with the Apaches THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 98 · 22/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
AT GRIPS WITH THE APACHES
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: General Gussy! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Aunt! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 250 THE APACHES OF PARIS (1908).
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The Hostage THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 99 · 29/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE HOSTAGE
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Schoolboy Inventor! by Martin Clifford; Found Out! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 250 THE APACHES OF PARIS (1908).
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The Message from the Sea THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 100 · 5/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MESSAGE FROM THE SEA
by Anon. · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Ratty's Love Affair by Martin Clifford; Rory's Foe! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: Sexton Blake is on holiday in Cornwall. While walking along a beach, he finds a message in a bottle. It reveals that Lord Dallington came into his title by murdering his cousins aboard a yacht. The detective sets out to bring Dallington to justice. He discovers that a crooked policeman is assisting the criminal. Blake follows the henchman to Antwerp then to Chili, where he finally corners Dallington. Essentially, this tale is little more than a chase by bicycle, train and steam ship involving multiple disguises along the way. This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK first series issue 62 A CLUE FROM THE DEEP (1895). See that issue for further notes. It was also reprinted in the 1976 compilation, SEXTON BLAKE'S EARLY CASES.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Imperial Spy THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 101 · 12/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE IMPERIAL SPY
by Anon. (Norman Goddard) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Week Enders! by Martin Clifford; War Suppliment (article); The Bromley Mystery! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 253 THE CASE OF THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES (1908).
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The Kaiser's Ransom THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 102 · 19/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE KAISER'S RANSOM
by Anon. (Norman Goddard) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Cornstalk's Arrival by Martin Clifford; Pete in Leeds by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 253 THE CASE OF THE NAVAL MANOEUVRES (1908).
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A Friend's Disgrace THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 103 · 26/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A FRIEND'S DISGRACE
by Anon. (Norman Goddard) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: For Valour! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Prisoners! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 252 SPEARING'S DISGRACE (1908).
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A Fight For Honour THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 4 Issue 104 · 3/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A FIGHT FOR HONOUR
by Anon. (Norman Goddard) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Rank Impostor! by Martin Clifford; A Stolen Pet! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 252 SPEARING'S DISGRACE (1908).
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The Walking Cracksman THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 105 · 10/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE WALKING CRACKSMAN
by Anon. (E. W. Alais) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Cussy's Surprise! by Martin Clifford; Founf Guilty! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 259 THE TRAMP DETECTIVE (1908).
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Sexton Blake On Tramp THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 106 · 17/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE ON TRAMP
by Anon. (E. W. Alais) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Voyage of Peril! by Martin Clifford; Pete's Ambush! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 259 THE TRAMP DETECTIVE (1908).
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The Black Country Mystery THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 107 · 24/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE BLACK COUNTRY MYSTERY
by Anon. (W. J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Scouts Against Scouts! by Martin Clifford; Trapped! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is an abridged reprint of UNION JACK issue 254 THE MYSTERY OF MOORSIDE (1908).
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Sexton Blake's Blunder THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 108 · 31/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE'S BLUNDER
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The St. Jim's Guy! by Martin Clifford; The Red Chieftain by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 260 THE MOTOR BOAT MYSTERY (1908).
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Turning the Tables THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 109 · 7/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
TURNING THE TABLES
by Anon. (Arthur Steffens) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Secret Trust! by Martin Clifford; The Bully's Master! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 260 THE MOTOR BOAT MYSTERY (1908).
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No Proof THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 110 · 14/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
NO PROOF
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Secret Passage! by Martin Clifford; At Bay! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 262 THE MOUNT STREET MYSTERY (1908).
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Caught Redhanded THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 111 · 21/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
CAUGHT RED-HANDED
by Anon. (Ernest Sempill aka Michael Storm) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Spoofing the School! by Martin Clifford; Captain Mason's Compact! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 262 THE MOUNT STREET MYSTERY (1908).
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The Confession THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 112 · 28/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CONFESSION
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Jape of the Season! by Martin Clifford; A Vow of Vengeance! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 263 THE WILLOW COURT MYSTERY (1908).
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A False Friend THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 113 · 5/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A FALSE FRIEND
by Anon. (L. J. Beeston) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: Sacked From St. Jim's by Martin Clifford; The Captured Chief by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 263 THE WILLOW COURT MYSTERY (1908).
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The Gypsy Detective THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 114 · 12/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GYPSY DETECTIVE
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Tower of Mystery by Martin Clifford; The Captain's Secret! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 265 SEXTON BLAKE, GYPSY (1908).
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Sexton Blake's Masquerade THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 115 · 19/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE'S MASQUERADE
by Anon. (Edgar Pickering) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The School-House Inspector! by Martin Clifford; An Eastern Rogue! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the second half of UNION JACK issue 265 SEXTON BLAKE, GYPSY (1908).
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The Three Avengers THE PENNY POPULAR · Vol. 5 Issue 116 · 26/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE THREE AVENGERS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: The Rival Detectives! by Martin Clifford; Fun in the Clouds! by S. Clarke Hook.
Notes: This is a reprint of the first half of UNION JACK issue 266 THE STOLEN BLOODHOUND (1908).
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The Golden Calf UNION JACK · New series · Issue 534 · 3/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GOLDEN CALF
by Anon. (J. Staniforth) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Mike Langton's Vow by Anon.; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features The Scorpion.
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The Mystery of the Monastery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 535 · 10/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MONASTERY
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: Mike Langton's Vow by Anon.; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Nathan Waldervell, one of the richest men in America, is en route to England where he intends to fake his own death in order to influence the stock market. During the voyage, he promises Professor Kew a share of the profit in return for his help in arranging a convincing demise. Kew agrees and soon has the millionaire holed up in a monastery from whence his death and burial is subsequently reported. Some days later, Sexton Blake is visited by Waldervell's business partner who is suspicious of the millionaire's apparent death. The detective agrees to investigate and travels to the monastery. Staying there overnight, he recognises Kew who, in turn, makes an attempt on his life, which seems to succeed. With the professor believing him dead, the detective dons the garb of a monk and blends into the daily life of the monastery. When Tinker arrives to join his master, he is captured by Waldervell, who is also disguised as one of the monks. Blake comes to the rescue and Waldervell is brought to the ground by Pedro. The criminals' scheme is exposed but Blake can't press charges without bringing the monastery into disrepute; something he has promised not to do. Kew and Waldervell walk free.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Workings of Chance UNION JACK · New series · Issue 536 · 17/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE WORKINGS OF CHANCE
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Mike Langton's Vow by Anon.
Notes: My copy is missing a cover. Story features actor Lionel Vale.
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Plummer's Prisoner UNION JACK · New series · Issue 537 · 24/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
PLUMMER'S PRISONER
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Sneaky, the Smuggler by Anon.; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Secret of the Well UNION JACK · New series · Issue 538 · 31/1/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE SECRET OF THE WELL
by Anon. (J. Staniforth) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The Taming of the Lion by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features The Scorpion.
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UNION JACK · New series · Issue 539 · 7/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE SNAKE'S FANG
by Anon. (H. E. Inman) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Henri Garrock.
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The Garden City Swindle UNION JACK · New series · Issue 540 · 14/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GARDEN CITY SWINDLE
by Anon. (E. W. Alais) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: None
Notes: None at present.
Trivia: Issue includes ad for SEXTON BLAKE, DETECTIVE at the Shakespeare Theatre, Clapham Junction (Trams and Buses pass the doors, go in your thousands!).
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Plummer's White Hope UNION JACK · New series · Issue 541 · 21/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
PLUMMER'S WHITE HOPE; OR, THE MAN WITH THE SCARRED FACE
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Jack Simon's Revenge by Clement Hale; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer. Sexton Blake knocks out the French Boxing Champion!
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The Case of the Pewter Candlesticks UNION JACK · New series · Issue 542 · 28/2/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE PEWTER CANDLESTICKS
by Anon. (H. E. Inman) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features Henri Garrock.
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The Grey Domino UNION JACK · New series · Issue 543 · 7/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GREY DOMINO; OR, THE MYSTERY OF THE MASK BALL
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Pets of the Polly Porter by Anon.
Notes: My copy is missing a cover. Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier.
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The Death Cylinder UNION JACK · New series · Issue 544 · 14/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE DEATH CYLINDER
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Question of Duty by Lewis Carlton.
Notes: In the coastal village of St. Anton, Dan Tremar lives in dire poverty with his wife, Mary. Dan's socialist politics have made him virtually unemployable and so, in desperation, he accepts a commission from a secret brotherhood headed by Professor Kew to murder a rich American named Walter Bargrave. Unknown to Dan, Bargrave has employed Sexton Blake to trace his long lost English niece — and Mary is that person! While Dan travels to London to perform the evil deed, Blake journeys to St. Anton and meets with Mary. At the Tremars' cottage, he is surprised to find a photograph of Bargrave hidden in Dan's room. He is even more surprised when he sees Kew at the local railway station. He follows him but is spotted by the criminal. Kew is with Raymond Bargrave, Walter's stepson, who is the motivating force behind the plot to murder the millionaire. Bargrave senior's death would mean that he, Raymond, would inherit the fortune rather than it going to Mary. Knowing that Blake stands in the way of the scheme, Raymond attempts to kill him but, of course, fails. Tinker traces Dan Tremar to a flat above that in which Walter Bargrave is lodging. When Raymond visits his father to persuade him to change his will, he is shocked to find that he is, in fact, speaking to a disguised Sexton Blake. The detective ties him up and leaves him on the bed. Tinker witnesses Tremar exposing a hole in the floor leading through to the flat below, above the bed in which Raymond lies. Tremar opens a small cylinder and from it empties a deadly spider through the hole. Kew arrives at the upper flat; Walter Bargrave at the lower. After Blake destroys the spider, Raymond is revealed to have lost his mind from fear. The two parties meet in a desperate tussle. Kew and Tremar are captured and Kew is sentenced to six years imprisonment at Port Vale Gaol (where he immediately recognises Count Ivor Carlac). Dan Tremar is released, having been judged to have been tricked by Kew.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
UNION JACK · New series · Issue 545 · 21/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE FROM THE CLOUDS
by Anon. (J. Staniforth) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); My Colonial Page (ed.)
Notes: My copy is missing a copy. Story features The Scorpion.
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The Man Who Sold His Estates UNION JACK · New series · Issue 546 · 28/3/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS ESTATES
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: The New Boy by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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The Pursuit of Plummer UNION JACK · New series · Issue 547 · 4/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE PURSUIT OF PLUMMER
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Invalids of the Saucy Poll by Anon.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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UNION JACK · New series · Issue 548 · 11/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE RADIUM PATIENT
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Spring double issue. Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier and Dr. Huxton Rymer.
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The Gentleman Crook UNION JACK · New series · Issue 549 · 18/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GENTLEMAN CROOK
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton
Notes: This marks the first appearance of Aubrey Dexter. Justus P. Jackson is an utterly ruthless millionaire who doesn't care who he walks over in pursuit of further riches. His latest victim is a bank clerk named Valentine Pelford, who was Sexton Blake's fag at school. Pelford intends to marry Hazel Mapleton but Jackson wants her for himself and so sets out to destroy the young man. He tempts him into a gambling set then sees to it that Pelford loses a fortune. Later, at Hazel's coming out party, Jackson presses his unwelcome attentions on the girl and is punched to the ground by Pelford. The millionaire swears vengeance and — when he catches a gentleman crook named Aubrey Dexter breaking into his house — he immediately sees a means to bring about the young clerk's downfall. The following day, Pelford rushes out of the bank after receiving a call informing him that Hazel has been hit by a truck. He walks straight into a trap and is knocked unconscious by Jackson. That evening, while Pelford remains senseless, the millionaire and the gentleman crook rob the bank. In the morning, the theft is discovered and Detective-Inspector Martin and Sexton Blake attend the crime scene. They find plenty of evidence that Pelford committed the heist and, when the young man turns up in a bedraggled condition, he is arrested. But Sexton Blake is convinced of his innocence and begins a thorough investigation which leads him to the offices opposite, from which Dexter had entered the bank. Here he is confronted by the crook. They fight and Dexter flees only to be followed by Tinker. The lad trails him to his house but is captured by Roberts, Dexter's servant. Two days later, Blake receives a letter from Dexter who reveals Tinker's whereabouts, Jackson's plan and Pelford's innocence. The detective drives the millionaire from the country and Pelford is freed from police custody. As for Dexter ... he lives to fight another day.
Trivia: Hazel's father's residence is in Berkeley Square, where Blake would one day have offices. Back in his schooldays, Valentine Pelford had fagged for Blake.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
A Bid for a Battleship UNION JACK · New series · Issue 550 · 25/4/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A BID FOR A BATTLESHIP; OR, MIGHT IS RIGHT
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Senor Harlvez, the Ambassador of the South American country of Veitamala, is attempting to buy a British battleship to help his country's fight against its neighbour, Culom. But he is drugged by his counterpart, the ruthless Ambassador Senor Sango, robbed of documents pertaining to the purchase, and dumped in a quiet London square in the early hours of the morning. He is found by a young adventurer, the Honourable John Lawliss, and escorted to his home near to where Lawliss lives. The young baron promises to help and, later the same day, gains entry into Sango's house — which is nearby — in the guise of a plumber. He begins to break into the safe but his servant, Pete, finds the papers hidden in a book. They make their getaway, leaving the safe-cracking tools behind. That evening, Sexton Blake is commissioned by Sango to investigate the robbery but his client's evasive attitude makes him suspicious. He puts Pedro on the scent, is led to Lawliss's house, and breaks in. Blake knows Lawliss and, after the latter explains the situation, the two men visit Harlvez and find Sango attacking him. They separate the men and Sango leaves, threatening revenge. Blake returns the papers to the Vietamalan Ambassador. Harlvez asks his rescuers to deliver the documents, authorising the purchase of the battleship, to the French port where it is being built. Blake and Lawliss must race to get there before Sango's representatives, so they take a biplane across the Channel. Unfortunately, Sango has beaten them to it and events conspire in such a way as to make the country which launches the ship first the owner. Blake tells Lawliss to sneak aboard during the night. He then flies back to Southampton where he hires a tugboat and crew. They steam back to France and, helped by Lawliss, attach a steel cable to the battleship by means of which they pull it off the launchway. Having successfully put it to sea, they win they day: the ship belongs to Veitamala.
Trivia: Although this is the first Hon. John Lawliss story to be published, it was actually the second story written. Blake's first ever encounter with the young adventurer is recounted in UNION JACK issue 554, THE BOUNDARY RAIDERS. Later in the saga, from 1916 onwards, Lawliss would be renamed 'Lawless'. Further details emerge in this issue concerning Sexton Blake's Baker Street quarters: He has a cabinet filled with ancient weapons — antique pistols and daggers — in his study. Just prior to this story, we are informed, he and Tinker were on a case in Scotland. When they are away from Baker Street, Pedro is looked after by an 'old vet'.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Missing Britisher UNION JACK · New series · Issue 551 · 2/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE MISSING BRITISHER
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton
Notes: James Colby, of the Colby & Co. Bank, receives a late night visit from the Emperor of Westphalia. His Majesty has run up gambling debts and wishes to secure a loan. As security, he leaves the virtually priceless Westphalia Coronet. But Colby's footman, Roberts, betrays the presence of the treasure to Aubrey Dexter, who wastes no time in removing it from Colby's safe. Sexton Blake is called and immediately recognises the ace cracksman's handiwork. Knowing Blake is on his trail, Dexter flees to America. Months later, in Mexico, two English ranch owners — cousins Chris Harding and Philip Morton — fall out over a beautiful woman; Dolores, the daughter of a rebel leader, General Carlos Alvarez. Morton plots with Alvarez to frame Harding, who Dolores loves, and their plan succeeds: Harding is falsely accused of attempted murder and is sentenced to death. The girl turns for help to another Englishman living in the town: Aubrey Dexter, who has gone to ground there to escape the pursuing Blake. Dexter kidnaps the General and, in disguise, replaces him. He arranges things so that Harding appears to be executed while, in reality, he is saved and placed in the care of Roberts. The latter, though, knocks him out and holds him captive with the real Alvarez in a shanty on the plains, hoping to extort money from Morton. A few days later, the American press reports that Chris Harding has been executed. The British Ambassador commissions Sexton Blake to investigate. Travelling to the Mexican town, the detective learns from Dolores that Harding's execution was faked but that her lover has not been seen since. Furthermore, he discovers the Westphalia Coronet in the hotel room where Dexter had resided. Tracking his opponent to the shanty, he captures Roberts and Dexter and frees the prisoners. Later, upon seeing his cousin alive, Philip Morton dies of fright. That night, Dolores, in gratitude to Dexter, sets him and Roberts free.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Pirated Cargo UNION JACK · New series · Issue 552 · 9/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE PIRATED CARGO
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: An Arab, Fellad Bey, pays a shipping agent named Jasper Craig to organise a gun-smuggling operation. However, his plans are overheard by a member of The Brotherhood of the Yellow Beetle and, on the night the Katie M sets sail, it is captured by the Brotherhood. After its disappearance, it emerges that a number of other vessels have vanished under similar circumstances, all of them carrying a cargo of weaponry. Sexton Blake is hired to investigate. He goes to Liverpool to interview Craig but upon arrival finds that the shipping agent has been murdered by a vengeful Fellad Bey, who subsequently commits suicide. Blake and Tinker voyage to China to search for the missing ships. After narrowly avoiding being killed by a venomous snake in Blake's bed and by poison in Tinker's coffee, the duo hires a tramp steamer from a mysterious individual named John Davidson and they travel to Kaitu, once a pirate stronghold, now the headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Yellow Beetle. Under a flag of truce, Sexton Blake goes ashore and is taken to meet with Prince Wu Ling. His demand that the Prince should give up the pirated ships and their cargo is refused and the detective is taken prisoner. However, when a British warship arrives on the scene, Blake escapes and helps the Navy as it attacks the criminal stronghold. The Brotherhood is defeated and, in hand to hand combat, Blake kills Wu Ling. Davidson is revealed to be a government agent and he claims Kaitu as British territory.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
The Madman's Fortune UNION JACK · New series · Issue 553 · 16/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MADMAN'S FORTUNE
by Anon. (J. Staniforth) · Illustrator: T.H.W.
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Where Britain Leads by The Scoutmaster.
Notes: None at present.
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The Boundary Raiders UNION JACK · New series · Issue 554 · 23/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE BOUNDARY RAIDERS
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Race for the Patent Rights by Walter Hope; Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; My Colonial Page (ed.)
Notes: The Colonial Office is concerned that there's been no word from Sir Godfrey Haverleigh, who is en route to Tatua, an island near Australia, where he is to take over Governorship from General Rudolph Mantley. Tatua is half owned by Britain and half by Germany. Sexton Blake is asked to investigate. He visits Sir Godfrey's chambers and discovers signs of a struggle. Upon leaving, he is shadowed by a man who turns out to be butler to the Duchess of Warlowe. Blake then discovers that Sir Geoffrey's luggage was loaded at Marseilles onto the Marga, a yacht owned by the Duchess. Realising that the woman's son, the Hon. John Lawliss must be behind Sir Godfrey's disappearance, the detective books passage aboard a liner and sets off in pursuit. Meanwhile, the Marga, with Sir Godfrey locked in one of its cabins, arrives at Tatua and Lawliss goes ashore in the guise of his prisoner. There he finds that General Rudolph is a hopeless drunkard, thanks to brandy supplied in bulk by the Germans. Much to the General's displeasure, Lawliss immediately usurps his position. The next day, the new Governor heads off to inspect the boundaries of the British territory. When Blake arrives on the island, he quickly realises that the new man is an impostor. He also surmises that the Marga must be hidden nearby and so sets off in search of it. He finds it anchored in an inlet, rescues Sir Godfrey, and then learns from the yacht's captain that Lawliss is somewhere upriver. While the detective searches for him, Lawliss meets with a Tatuan tribe who are officially under the guardianship of the British Empire. However, since a landslide altered the course of a river, the Germans have expanded their border and incorporated the tribe into their territory. They are now levying heavy taxes. Lawliss plants charges to destroy the dam — a direct solution to the problem that would never happen were he to leave it to the red tape of officialdom (as represented by Sir Godfrey). However, before he can detonate the explosives, Blake arrives. Lawliss explains the situation and the detective, approving of the young adventurer's good intentions, sets off the explosion himself, thus restoring British territory.
Trivia: Although this is the second published story featuring the Hon. John Lawliss, it actually recounts his and Blake's first encounter (it's very apparent that the two men are not acquainted previous to this). Either due to an error or to the fact that the second-written tale (A BID FOR A BATTLESHIP, UNION JACK issue 550, 1914) was submitted first, the two were published in the wrong order. An attempt to cover this fact is made in the last sentence, which reads 'And so ended the second enterprise of the Honourable John Lawliss.'
Rating: ★★★★★★
The Council of Eleven UNION JACK · New series · Issue 555 · 30/5/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE COUNCIL OF ELEVEN
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading and Arthur Jones
Other content: Orders Under Seal! by Lewis Carlton
Notes: This story marks the first gathering of the Council of Eleven. The group - made up of powerful, well-organised criminals - pulls off an amazing bank heist which leaves the police baffled. The bank manager calls in Sexton Blake who, after discovering that the criminals burrowed into the vault from an adjoining antiques shop, finds a ring inscribed with a crest designed from the letters of the French word for 'eleven'. After an attempt is made on his life, Blake again encounters the number eleven among the clues. Good solid investigative work leads to the Baron de Beauremon, a man who frequents one of Blake's high society clubs. De Beauremon has as his base a chateau in France. Blake follows the trail to Paris where, again, the Council tries to murder him. Believing that they have successfully done away with the detective, the villains begin to move their stolen bullion. But Blake intercepts the shipment and, with Tinker's help, makes off with it. He returns the fortune to the bank having won this, his first encounter with the Eleven. This was reprinted under the same title in DETECTIVE WEEKLY issue 360 (1940).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆ G. H. Teed presents us with a very entertaining tale here, though one that seems to end rather too suddenly. The first two chapters are entirely given over to the heist and predate the film Ocean's Eleven in intricacy, gadgetry and style (what is it about the number eleven?). As an introduction to a new super-opponent for Blake, it works really well, leaving the reader eager for the Council of Eleven's next appearance.
The Sixpenny Doctor UNION JACK · New series · Issue 556 · 6/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE SIXPENNY DOCTOR
by Anon. (J. Staniforth) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Orders Under Seal! by Lewis Carlton; King of the Fags by Geoffrey Murray; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: None at present.
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The Great Train Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 557 · 13/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GREAT TRAIN MYSTERY
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: T.H.W.
Other content: The Legions of the Kaiser by John Tregellis; Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features actor Lionel Vale.
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The Death Club UNION JACK · New series · Issue 558 · 20/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE DEATH CLUB
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading and Francis H. Warren
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Orders Under Seal! by Lewis Carltion.
Notes: Herbert Channing, who looks after the finances of Mademoiselle Yvonne, reports to her the odd behaviour of Gilbert Jefferson, who runs a silk company she has invested in. Jefferson had been personally overdrawn to the tune of £40,000 due to his gambling on the Stock Exchange. However, seven months ago his account had started showing large credits and he had made out a will and an insurance policy both of which leave large amounts of money to the wealthy financier named Hammerton Palmer. With his finances apparently stable again, he has now drawn out a further £20,000 in gold for some unknown purpose. This places his niece's inheritance in jeopardy and prompts Yvonne to investigate, despite warnings from her Uncle Graves. She breaks into Jefferson's house that night but discovers him in his study stabbed to death and with his face and hands burnt beyond recognition with acid. Meanwhile, Detective-Inspector Thomas is visiting Sexton Blake to ask advice about a number of strange disappearances and murders. While he is there, a call comes from Scotland Yard: they have received a note telling them to get to Jefferson's house as soon as possible; they have already sent three policemen ahead. These three constables arrive just in time to see Yvonne — who is dressed as a man — escaping. They therefore assume that the fleeing figure is the murderer. They report this to Blake and Thomas who arrive at the scene a few minutes later. The detectives learn that Jefferson had a visitor earlier that same evening, who evidence suggests may be the person who sent the anonymous note to Scotland Yard. Next day, Miss Jefferson — the niece — consults Blake and tells him of the £20,000 which has gone missing. The detective re-examines the scene of the crime and discovers a small skull carved from ebony. This is the same as one found in the possession of another strangely murdered man. Hammerton Palmer learns that Blake is on the case and visits the detective to offer help. When he departs, he leaves behind him one of the carved skulls. Blake sends Tinker to keep watch on the Jefferson house. Unknown to Tinker, Yvonne is also watching. The youngster spots a man who matches the description of the individual who had visited Jefferson and follows him to a riverside tenement building where he finds evidence from the crime scene plus the £20,000 of gold. Unfortunately, he is caught in the act of snooping and badly beaten. Meanwhile a bomb is thrown at Sexton Blake in Baker Street and he narrowly misses being killed. Having realised that Yvonne is watching the Jefferson house, Blake visits her and learns that it was she whom the police had spotted leaving the crime scene. He tells her that he thinks Gilbert Jefferson is still alive; that the body was disfigured to hide the fact that it wasn't him. The two of them then intercept a letter meant for Uncle Graves in which his presence is demanded at the 'Death Club'. Blake disguises himself as the old man and goes in his stead, unaware that Yvonne is also attending the meeting in disguise. The Death Club meets at Palmer's house but most members are killed when a bomb, planted by Jefferson, goes off. Blake, Yvonne and Hammerton Palmer survive. Palmer races to Jefferson's hide-out and shoots him. Blake and Yvonne arrive shortly afterwards and Jefferson, with his dying breath, confesses that he killed a man in order to fake his own demise. Blake exposes the purpose of the Death Club and the crimes of Hammerton Palmer. With his schemes in tatters, the villain flees.
Trivia: Summer double issue
Rating: ★★★★★★
The Lost King UNION JACK · New series · Issue 559 · 27/6/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE LOST KING
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: H. H. Lewis
Other content: Legions of the Kaiser by John Tregellis; Orders Under Seal by Anon.; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: The country adjoining the Eastern European kingdom of Barania looks upon its neighbour with envy and plots to overthrow it. Employing Baron de Beauremon of the Council of Eleven, and aided by Barania's own chancellor, Count Mitzen, it organises the abduction of the young king-in-waiting. The youth is taken for safekeeping to a remote mountain tribe. The Queen of Barania commissions Sexton Blake to find her son. He travels to the country in the guise of a diplomatic messenger named John Carter, with Tinker, playing the role of an American tourist, travelling separately. But Mitzen's spies are everywhere and Blake's arrival does not pass unnoticed. Foremost among these agents is Captain Konditch of the Imperial Guard. He invites the detective on a hunting expedition during which an assassination attempt is made. Blake avoids death by hiding in the 'King's Oak', an ancient and hollow tree. Inside he finds the entrance to a secret passage but when he ventures into its depths he is captured by mountain men in Konditch's hire. Tinker arrives in Barania and learns that Blake has gone missing. Tracking him with Pedro, he discovers the secret of the oak and enters the underground passage. He finds Sexton Blake bound and gagged in a cave at its end. The detective vows to remain in the country, find the king and expose the plotters.
Trivia: John Carter is Blake's favourite nom de plume.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆ This is the first instalment of a two-part story and, as such, suffers rather from a sense of incompleteness — especially as Blake doesn't discover the Council of Eleven's involvement in this issue.
UNION JACK · New series · Issue 560 · 4/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MOUNTAINEER'S SECRET
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: My copy is missing the cover. This story follows on directly from the previous issue's. Disguised as one of the mountain villagers, Sexton Blake continues his investigations and sets out on the trail to the village where the boy-king is being held captive. Tinker, meanwhile, returns to town unaware that his movements are being followed by Count Mitzen's spies. When Baron de Beauremon, head of The Council of Eleven, learns of the detective duo's presence in Barania, he vows to do away with them. He sets a trap for Tinker who walks right into it and is captured. The Baron threatens to kill him unless he reveals the whereabouts of Sexton Blake. Tinker refuses and Beauremon has him thrown out of a window sixty feet above the ground. Thanks to a half-filled moat, the lad makes a miraculous escape and sets off on the long trek to reunite with his Guv'nor. In the mountain village, a strange girl named Aida, who is blonde and beautiful and totally unlike her fellow mountain folk, has fallen in love with the king. When Blake arrives she vows to aid him in freeing the youth. The detective instructs them to prepare an escape bid for the following night. He then returns to the Queen's castle and informs her that her son is alive. The next evening, Aida and the king make a break for it and are pursued by the villagers, led by de Beauremon. Blake and Tinker hold off the enemy with their pistols and the president of the Council of Eleven is one of the men hit by a bullet. Later that day, the Queen of Barania holds a Cabinet meeting. Count Mitzen proposes a motion that the regent be made king (thus completing his coup). At that moment, as Blake has planned, the real king presents himself. He banishes Count Mitzen from the country and declares that Blake has been made a Baron of Barania. Aida, it emerges, is the long lost daughter of the Queen's lady-in-waiting. They are reunited and the king announces that he is to marry the girl. De Beauremon escapes, wounded but free.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
Arms for Ulster UNION JACK · New series · Issue 561 · 11/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
ARMS FOR ULSTER
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: E. H.
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; The Sun Stone by Captain Charles Gilson; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: While visiting London, an American millionaire hires a new captain for his steam yacht, The Dirondak. Between the old crew leaving and the new crew arriving, his daughter Maisie sneaks aboard to sleep in her cabin. When she awakes, she finds that the yacht is at sea. After her disappearance, her father visits Sexton Blake. He has received a ransom note from 'Yellow Glove', who claims to have abducted the girl. Blake runs the kidnapper to earth only to find that he's merely a hotel employee who took advantage of the situation after overhearing the girl plan to secretly visit to the vessel. The detective, upon learning Maisie's location, discovers that the yacht has vanished. He also deduces that its new captain is none other than Hon. John Lawliss, who is running the yacht with a skeleton crew of just himself, his manservant Pete and his chauffeur, Paul. Lawliss intends to intercept a German ship, the Karl, which is running guns to Ulster, and is dismayed to find Maisie onboard. Blake, on a man o' war, catches up with the yacht and has himself and Tinker transferred aboard. Once he hears Lawliss's plan, he decides to join the fun. At night, with the yacht partly disguised as a gunship, they catch the Karl and force the captain to throw his cargo of rifles overboard. But their ruse is discovered before all the weapons are discarded and the detective is forced to flee, leaving Lawliss and Tinker as prisoners of the Germans. The Karl is purposely beached on the coast of Ireland where the remaining guns will be hidden and the cargo ship blown up while the crew make their way back to their homeland as best they can. But before they can carry out their scheme Lawliss lets off a flare which attracts a man o' war. Blake and Maisie are aboard it and watch as the Germans run away and the Karl, after Lawliss and Tinker are rescued, is torpedoed out of the water.
Trivia: John Lawless is still 'Lawliss' in this, his third appearance.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Sheep Stealers UNION JACK · New series · Issue 562 · 18/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE SHEEP STEALERS
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Orders Under Seal by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: When Sir Archibald Treen wins the bidding for the Vere Dunholm collection of art treasures and antiquities, he incurs the wrath of Prince Frederik of Saxburg, who had wanted the collection himself. Furthermore, he insults His Royal Highness. The enraged Prince commissions Aubrey Dexter to steal the collection from Treen. Days later, Sexton Blake, Tinker and Pedro are having a holiday in the Sussex village of Lowley Downs. There they bump into a disguised Detective-Inspector Martin, who is hunting for a thief who has been stealing sheep in the region. When the Scotland Yard man receives a dead sheep in a parcel with a note warning him away, Blake recognises the handwriting as Dexter's. The detective begins investigating the thefts, puzzled as to why the gentleman cracksman would involve himself in such affairs, unaware that Treen Manor is but two miles away. He is spotted by Dexter's valet, Roberts, who warns his master of the detective's presence. Aubrey Dexter sends an anonymous letter to the local police warning that a huge number of sheep will be stolen during the coming night. This is to divert the forces of law away from Treen Manor, which he intends to rob that evening. He then visits Sexton Blake while disguised as a prospective client and tries to send him on a wild goose chase out of the country. But Blake pierces the disguise and uses Pedro to track the criminal to Treen Manor where, with the aid of a squad of policemen, he interrupts Dexter in the middle of the robbery. Unfortunately, the cracksman and his valet make a hair's breath escape, though empty-handed.
Trivia: There's mention of Arsene Lupin in this story, though he is stated to be 'fictitious'.
Rating: ★★★★★★
The Bogus Prince UNION JACK · New series · Issue 563 · 25/7/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE BOGUS PRINCE
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
THE CASE OF THE STRANGE ADVERTISEMENT
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Faked Wire by Lewis Carlton; A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Hamilton's Letter of Indignation
Notes: (THE BOGUS PRINCE) At a costume ball, Hon. John Lawliss is mistaken for Prince David of Bouvania — whom he physically resembles — by a girl who warns him that he's in danger. He is attacked by Prince Gustav and Count Sparzi but wins through and comes away from the fight in possession of a peculiar jewelled badge; the emblem of the royal house. Two days later Sexton Blake is commissioned by Sparzi to find the badge. Meanwhile, Pedro is stolen from his kennels. Lawliss is responsible — he has learned from the girl, who is Sparzi's stepdaughter, that Gustav and the Count have kidnapped the Prince to prevent him from returning to his country for a crucial vote. Using Pedro to track him, Lawliss and his servant, Pete, find his Highness's valet tied up. The man reports that Prince David has been taken away on a houseboat. Lawliss tracks it and arrives at the same time as Blake. They join forces and free the Prince but he is badly wounded by his enemies. With the vote just hours away, Lawliss impersonates him and travels to Bouvania with the detective. They successfully represent the Prince at the political meeting and are able to leave the country despite a last ditch attempt at murder by Gustav's allies.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
(THE CASE OF THE STRANGE ADVERTISEMENT) Jefferson of Scotland Yard calls in Sexton Blake to help find a missing policeman. Blake discovers that the young officer had taken note of a small advertisement in a local newspaper's 'wanted' column. It states the need for a house to rent overlooking a particular railway line. The detective finds such a house — a place named Baltic Villa — which has been let to a hot-tempered foreigner: Mr Ormiston. While the tenant is out, Blake breaks into the house and discovers home-made bombs and a catapult designed to fire them at a passing train. He also discovers that a specially scheduled locomotive is due to pass the residence on the following day carrying a Balkan Prince. The detective organises a police raid on the house and Ormiston is arrested. The body of the missing man is found in a neighbouring pond.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
The Crimson Pearl UNION JACK · New series · Issue 564 · 1/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CRIMSON PEARL
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading and H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: This is a double holiday issue. A young man is given the task to transport a priceless crimson pearl from the South Pacific to London. En route aboard the Kara Maru he is killed for the pearl by a Chinaman who, in turn, is robbed of the treasure by Dr Huxton Rymer. The ship is struck by a storm and Rymer escapes to the island of Rubilinga in the Solomon Islands. By coincidence, Sexton Blake is there pursuing through the jungle a criminal named Black McCabe. When the detective is attacked by cannibals, McCabe escapes back to the trading outpost where he falls in with Rymer. The two criminals depart in the detective's schooner, leaving Blake stranded. From the shore, Blake observes as a Chinese junk arrives and sends a diver down to the sunken Kara Maru. He recognises the leader of the new arrivals as San of The Brotherhood of the Yellow Beetle. The Orientals fail to discover anything in the wreck and sail away when a steam yacht arrives. It is the Fleur-de-Lys; the yacht belonging to Mademoiselle Yvonne. She has been hired by the company which discovered the pearl to recover it from the Kara Maru. Blake joins them and dives to the wreck where, after fighting off a giant shark, he discovers evidence that the lone survivor of the wreck has possession of the pearl. The Fleur-de-Lys sets sail in pursuit of the stolen schooner. The latter has delivered the two villains to Thursday Island where Rymer approaches a fence named Charlie Wong hoping to sell the pearl. Wong immediately sends a boat to fetch San. The criminals gather to do their business but, unknown to them, Blake has arrived and has realised who he's up against. Organising a band of sailors for support, the detective confronts his quarry and a huge fight breaks out. He knocks out Rymer and claims the pearl. San surrenders and leads the detective to McCabe in return for his own freedom. The Oriental departs, vowing revenge at a later date. Huxton Rymer is left to fight another day.
Rating: ★★★★★★ This is a long and absolutely superb story; well-written, well-plotted and offering a thrill on every page. One of the best.
The Land of the Golden Beetle UNION JACK · New series · Issue 565 · 8/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE LAND OF THE GOLDEN BEETLE
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter) · Illustrator: Unknown
THE COLONEL'S LUCK
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Hamilton's Chat; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: (THE LAND OF THE GOLDEN BEETLE) Sexton Blake and Tinker are taking a holiday with Sir Richard Losely off the coast of West Africa when they're met by Lobangu, who dreamed they would be there. He asks them to help him come to the aid of a white man named Buchan who has been abducted by the secretive Wassulu tribe who are known to worship a golden beetle. The team head inland and enter unknown territory where they encounter the witch doctor of the Snake People from whom they rescue a man named Jim. He explains that the Snake People are the servants of the Wassulu. He leads them to a mountain range where they meet another witch doctor; a head-shrinker of the Wassulu. Having captured this man, they are guided through a pass to Looma, the Head Priest of a hidden city. He pretends friendliness but traps the group and imprisons them, intending to learn the secret of their rifles before killing them. A nobleman named Kala comes to their rescue. He tells Blake that the priests rule the city but are hated by the populace who are ready to rebel. Kala's escape route takes them to an amphitheatre where they witness men being killed by a gigantic beetle. Lobangu challenges the creature and wins the battle, sparking off a city-wide rebellion. Prisoners are freed — Buchan among them — and they join with the noblemen to overthrow the priests. The beetle is revealed to be a cunning costume worn by three human operators. With the adventure at an end, Lobangu and the Englishmen head back to the coast.
Rating: ★★★★★★
(THE COLONEL'S LUCK) Sexton Blake and a doctor attend to Colonel Despard who has been found dead on the floor of his study. The detective notes that the man's neck had been broken after the killer — who has abnormally huge hands — twisted his head around. The motive, it seems, was robbery; a voodoo idol which had brought Despard a great deal of good luck has vanished. Blake follows the killer's tracks out across the grounds and down a perilous cliff face to a beach and then on into town. Having gained a description, he then sends a wire to all the ports and eventually receives a reply from Liverpool, where the man has booked passage for Port Royal. Blake successfully captures the murderer.
Rating: ★★☆☆☆☆
Plummer at Sea UNION JACK · New series · Issue 566 · 15/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
PLUMMER AT SEA
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Under the Union Jack by W. Murray Graydon; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Mystery Millionaire UNION JACK · New series · Issue 567 · 22/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY MILLIONAIRE
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: The Novice by Clyfton Howard; A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Blind Baronet UNION JACK · New series · Issue 568 · 29/8/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE BLIND BARONET
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Archie Ravenscroft secretly marries, Gertrude Muir, his Uncle John's secretary and a girl whose background is veiled in mystery. Unfortunately, his villainous cousin, Jasper Moody, learns of the wedding and threatens to tell the old man who, because he had wanted Archie to marry the daughter of a family friend, will in all likelihood disown his ward. The cousins fight and, when their uncle interrupts them and learns the truth, he banishes Archie and Gertrude from the family house, Studley Grange. They depart during a violent thunderstorm and as the agitated old man watches them go a sudden flash of lightning renders him blind. Five years later, an ailing and repentant John Ravenscroft hires Sexton Blake to trace his nephew. Jasper, who wants to be his uncle's sole heir, tries to interfere but his scheming is exposed by the detective. That night, Jasper discovers a burglar robbing his uncle's safe. It turns out to be a man he knows from the London club circuit — Aubrey Dexter. Jasper commissions him to keep Blake from discovering the whereabouts of Archie. The following day, Sexton Blake discovers that Archie is earning a living as an author and has assumed a new name. When the detective visits his home, it is only to discover from Gertrude that the young man has just been kidnapped. Setting Tinker, Gertrude and Pedro on the trail, Blake and the Ravenscroft lawyer race to inform John Ravenscroft that his ward is alive and leading a respectable life. They hope that this will be enough for the old man to change his Will in Archie's favour. Unfortunately, Dexter intercepts them and captures Blake. The criminal's valet, Roberts, disguises himself as the lawyer and the three men — Dexter, Roberts and Jasper Moody — drive towards Studley Grange. On the way, Jasper loses control of the car and runs over an old woman, critically injuring her. Jasper deceives the others into believing that she is dead, so they leave her by the roadside and continue their journey. At the blind man's bedside, they trick him into signing a blank sheet of paper, thus ensuring that the Will remains unchanged. However, Dexter then tricks Jasper and has the real document signed just seconds before John Ravenscroft dies. He uses this to blackmail Jasper. Meanwhile Tinker, Gertrude and Pedro find and free the captured Blake and Archie and they all set off for the Grange. On the way they find the dying old woman at the side of the road. With her final breath, she reveals that Gertrude is, in fact, John Ravenscroft's long-lost daughter (and thus Archie's cousin). Continuing on to Studley Grange, the detective finds Jasper and Aubrey Dexter locked in combat. He arrests Dexter and informs Jasper that his plans have been foiled: a stipulation in the Will means that Gertrude will inherit the bulk of the dead man's fortune.
Trivia: Aubrey Dexter has false teeth. In this issue, the Editor announces that 'the great blow has fallen' ... the country is now at war with Germany.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Mystery of the Shamrock IV UNION JACK · New series · Issue 569 · 5/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE MYSTERY OF SHAMROCK IV
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: E. E. Briscoe
Other content: None
Sir Thomas LiptonNotes: This tale features the real-life personality Sir Thomas Lipton, the Scottish grocery mogul who is mostly remembered today for his brand of tea. A keen yachtsman, Lipton first challenged for the America’s Cup in 1899, with his yacht, Shamrock I. He made five attempts to win the cup, but was never successful. This story is based around his fourth attempt. It begins during Cowes Week with Hon. John Lawliss and his servant Pete chartering a small yacht named Firefly. They have a run in with an American named Bowker who, with a number of colleagues, is aboard the Magda. Bowker employs Lawliss and Pete as his crew — a position Lawliss accepts due to his suspicion of the men. Meanwhile, Sir Thomas hires Sexton Blake to keep an eye on his racing yacht — Shamrock IV — in the lead up to the America's Cup race. A letter has warned Lipton that spies will attempt to steal the yacht's design secrets. Blake goes to Southampton in the guise of a Scot named George Stewart and takes possession of the Firefly when he finds it abandoned. That night, while moored near the Magda, he and Tinker witness a scuffle aboard their neighbour and watch as someone is thrown overboard. They rescue the man and discover that it is Pete. Blake learns from him that Lawliss is being held captive after he was caught eavesdropping. He had overheard the Americans planning to use diving suits to plant a mine beneath Shamrock IV. Blake goes to the Royal Navy and commandeers two diving suits and a diver named Garvan. When Lawliss escapes and warns that the attempt on Lipton's yacht is to be made, Blake and Garvan don their suits and dive into the sea. There, Garvan disables one of the two American divers while Blake follows the other, Bowker. However, Bowker manages to lose his pursuer and makes it back to the Magda while Blake becomes disorientated and lost on the sea bed. While he uses an anchor chain to haul himself aboard a yacht, Lawliss and Tinker sail in pursuit of the Magda which, inexpertly handled, runs aground. They chase their quarry ashore and follow the men to London. Blake, meanwhile, reaches the city ahead of them. Having identified the house where the villains are staying, Blake, Lawliss and Tinker raid it in the guise of policemen and charge the occupants with illegal gambling. Blake allows them to bribe him into letting them go on the condition that they leave the country at once. They agree to his terms.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the German Admiral UNION JACK · New series · Issue 570 · 12/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE GERMAN ADMIRAL
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: At "Ye Myrtle Bough" inn, situated in the depths of Epping Forest, the Hon. John Lawliss (later to be "Lawless") and his man, Pete, encounter Admiral Prince Heindrich who, on the eve of war, appears to be spying for Germany. Meanwhile, in London, the Foreign Office asks Sexton Blake to trace this same man. The trail leads the detective to the inn but, by this point, Lawliss and the enemy agent have both vanished. Heinrich had on him papers, which Lawliss saw, that identified a nearby tower as a rallying point for at least 200 Germans who are in the country awaiting the start of hostilities. Lawliss takes Heinrich captive and examines the building, finding it filled with weapons and uniforms. Soon he is defending the stronghold as hordes of Germans attack. Behind their lines, Blake and Tinker approach, eventually breaking through and joining their friends in the besieged tower. Taking their prisoner with them, they make a getaway, blowing up the building behind them. They return to the inn but, during the night, are attacked and captured. Only Tinker and Pete manage to escape the enemy who they then follow as far as London before employing Pedro to pick up the trail. It leads them to a house in which Blake and Lawliss have been held. However, the two men make their escape just as the detective's assistant arrives and they manage to take Heinrich captive once again. After a terrific fight with the Prince's cohorts, the police, fetched by Tinker, raid the premises. Heinrich pleads diplomatic immunity but is told that war has just been declared so he will be treated as a spy. Finally, a few stragglers who intend to blow up an army magazine in Hyde Park are defeated and Sexton Blake thus completes his initial assignment of the First World war.
Rating: ★★★★★★
A Fight for an Earldom UNION JACK · New series · Issue 571 · 19/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A FIGHT FOR AN EARLDOM
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: When Kitchener was a Boy (article); A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: When the Earl of Glenmead dies, his brother, the Hon. Curtis Deming, will inherit the family estates. Only one thing might prevent this: the discovery that the Earl's son, Lord Deming, still lives. Presumed dead for many years, a rumour has arisen that he is alive and living in Arizona. Curtis Deming commissions The Council of Eleven to find this man and ensure that he never claims his inheritance. Meanwhile, the Earl asks Sexton Blake to find his son and bring him home. Since the detective wants to visit the States anyway, to investigate a mining company he owns shares in, he accepts the mission. Weeks later, on the Triple Bar Ranch in Arizona, the foreman, Curly Taylor, reports that a bandit leader named 'Hair-Trigger' Deering is responsible for recent cattle rustling. This is of great interest to two guests on the ranch, Baron de Beauremon and Duke Paul Servitch, who believe that Deering is Deming. Sexton Blake has also encountered the bandit, who he discovers is controlling a swindling operation at the mine. Endangered by the gang, he and Tinker escape, crossing into Triple Bar Ranch territory where they meet Taylor. After catching site of Beauremon and Servitch, the detective confides in the foreman and they decide to work together. Tinker discovers that Deering is using the silver mine to fund Mexican revolutionaries. Taylor rounds up his men and sets off to confront the bandits. The group is joined by Blake, Tinker, and the two men from the Coucil of Eleven. The latter hear the detective's revelation that Deering isn't the man they are looking for. Lord Deming is, in fact, one of the ranch-hands, a man who calls himself Wilson. During the subsequent gunfight with the Deering gang, de Beauremon takes a shot at Wilson and Blake responds by shooting the Baron in the arm. The fight against the bandits is won and Deering is trampled to death. Under threat from Blake, de Beauremon and Servitch leave with their mission unfulfilled. Blake and Tinker return to England with Lord Deming. So much of their success has been due to Tinker's scouting ability that the detective names this adventure 'Tinker's Triumph'.
Trivia: When Blake instructs Tinker to book passage to America he advises him to make it under an assumed name ... and suggests Carter. This is one of the earliest references to the surname which would one day be revealed as Tinker's true name.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
UNION JACK · New series · Issue 572 · 26/9/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE COMMERCE DESTROYER
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: My copy is missing its cover. Sexton Blake and Tinker are in New York having just finished a case with Fenlock Fawn. The American detective takes them to dinner but as they enter the hotel Blake spots an old enemy, Count Franz von Stoltz. The German spy is in conference with two crooks Blake has never met before but who Fawn knows well: Ezra Q. Maitland and his wife Broadway Kate. The detectives send Tinker in to eavesdrop while they, concerned that they'll be recognised, go elsewhere for their meal. The lad follows the three villains to a house where he overhears von Stoltz pay the Maitlands to board the S.S. Muratana which is due to carry £1,000,000 to England. They are to betray the ship's position to the German navy so that it can be captured. Tinker is caught listening and is imprisoned in a wireless room on the roof of the house. He manages to free himself long enough to send a signal for help before being knocked out by Grant, a murderer left to guard him by the now departed Maitlands. Blake gets the message and, with Fawn, raids the house, capturing Grant. After learning of the plot from Tinker, Blake borrows Fawn's seaplane and, with his assistant, sets off to catch up with the S.S. Muratana which had left port a couple of hours earlier. On board the ship, the Maitlands are double-booked — as an invalided named John P. Blundel and his daughter; and as Silas Morgan and his son. Ezra gains entry to the wireless room and sends his message but is interrupted and forced to make a desperate getaway. Blake arrives in the seaplane and clues lead him to the Blundels but he finds them vanished. Two German warships hove into view and panic is started among the passengers by Silas Morgan and his son. Blake recognises them as the Maitlands and, after a fight, captures and arrests them. British warships respond to the liner's distress calls and come to the rescue. But the adventure ends badly for Blake when the Maitlands escape in the seaplane.
Trivia: In A Word from the Skipper, the Editor reveals that he has been receiving hate mail from a "pro-German" reader. This individual, a Canadian, also posted him a box of bees in the hope that, upon opening, they would sting him!
Rating: ★★★★★★ An excellent war-time tale with Sexton Blake at his most patriotic. This is a superb debut for the Maitlands.
The Sweater's Punishment UNION JACK · New series · Issue 573 · 3/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE SWEATER'S PUNISHMENT; OR, THE CHAMPION OF THE OPPRESSED
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier.
Unrated
The Case of the German Trader UNION JACK · New series · Issue 574 · 10/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE GERMAN TRADER
by Anon. (Lewis Carlton) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
Made in Germany UNION JACK · New series · Issue 575 · 17/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
MADE IN GERMANY
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: While in Folkestone, Sexton Blake saves a man from an attack by two German spies, Haltzfeld and Vonberg. Helped by Hon. John Lawliss, who has come to the seaside town in search of the detective, Blake captures the two assailants and hands them over to the police. The intended victim, Hugh Ross, explains that he had uncovered a Fake Press Bureau which, though its headquarters are in Berlin, also has a branch in London. From this, false reports about the allied war effort are issued to give the impression that the German forces are winning. Blake leads a police raid on the London premises and rounds up a large espionage ring. He and Lawliss then disguise themselves as Haltzfeld and Vonberg and travel to Berlin to bring the Bureau to an end. Their secondary mission is to rescue Lawliss's mother, who is trapped in Germany. After preventing a spy ship from laying mines, they arrive in the city and quickly free Lawliss's mother from captivity. They then plot to blow up the Fake News Bureau. This is achieved by means of a stolen plane and a few well-aimed bombs. Fleeing through the night sky, they eventually crash land only to discover that they've flown 200 miles in the wrong direction and are now on the Prussian Front. After foiling a German ambush on the Russian troops, the two men are taken prisoner and sentenced to death. At the very moment a firing squad is about to end their lives, they are saved by Dr. Hamann, the head of the Fake News Bureau. He takes charge of the two prisoners and escorts them back to Germany where he forces them to undertake a mission to guide a spy boat through the English channel to deliver false reports to England. They embark on the nefarious voyage but manage to overwhelm the crew and run the ship aground. With the reports destroyed and the Germans captured, their adventure ends.
Trivia: This is an unusual story in that absolutely no mention is made of Tinker.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Refugee UNION JACK · New series · Issue 576 · 24/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE REFUGEE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: The war is raging in Europe and Sir William Gregory, head of the British Secret Service, has a dangerous mission for Sexton Blake. The detective must go behind enemy lines to find a captured British agent named Thorne. This man has vital documents pertaining to the part Turkey and Italy might take in the war. If he is already dead, the information may be found tattooed on the soles of his feet. Blake leaves for the continent with Tinker, who has been given an unattached commission to join troops at the Front. In Dieppe, Blake is approached in his hotel by Baron Robert de Beauremon, the head of The Council of Eleven. De Beauremon knows the detective's mission and states that Thorne is dead and that he, de Beauremon, has the documents which he will sell for £20,000. He had gained the papers via one of the Eleven, Madame Renee Montera. Blake says he will consider the offer. He then discovers that M. Montera is living in the room next door. He searches it and finds the documents but realises that they aren't genuine. When he confronts de Beauremon with this information, a terrific fight breaks out and he leaves the criminal unconscious. Days later, in the guise of an old man, Blake pierces the enemy lines with Pedro at his side. He hears of a Britisher who has been caught and tortured — his feet bady burned — and realises that the man is probably Thorne. At that moment, the object of his quest is being nursed by a disguised M Montera. She discovers from him where the documents are hidden and races to fetch them but is beaten to it by Blake. She denounces him to the Germans but before he is captured the detective hides the papers in Pedro's collar and sends him to find Tinker. The bloodhound makes a heroic journey across the Front lines, receiving many bullet-wounds, and eventually finds Tinker. The documents are handed over to the authorities and then Tinker and a group of Hussars mount a successful rescue mission, saving Blake and Thorne from a firing squad.
Rating: ★★★★★★ Pedro gets a whole chapter to himself — and what a chapter it is! Possibly the bloodhound's finest moment in the whole Blake saga!
Sexton Blake in Togoland UNION JACK · New series · Issue 577 · 31/10/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
SEXTON BLAKE IN TOGOLAND
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: None
Notes: Henry Masters and Tom Powers discover a vein of gold running through their plantation in Togoland. They mine thirty cases but, after learning of the outbreak of war in Europe, they vow to keep their treasure hidden until it is safe to ship it from the country. They take it into the jungle and bury it but the effort is too much for the fever-ridden Masters and he drops dead. Powers makes a map of the hiding place which he conceals in his belt. At that moment, a servant who has followed the men stabs Powers in the back. He is about to strike a second blow when a lion kills him. The wounded Powers succumbs to fever and staggers deliriously through the jungle until he reaches the coast. He steals a canoe and paddles out to sea where, eventually, he is picked up by a merchant vessel. He is taken to Liverpool and lodged in a hotel at the captain's expense; by this time, he has recovered but his memory is a blank. When the captain tells the hotel manager that Powers had feverishly ranted about hidden gold during the voyage, he is overheard by one of the hotel guests: Broadway Kate. She immediately informs her husband, Ezra Q. Maitland and, that night, he attacks Powers and steals the belt. Meanwhile, a series of robberies carried out by the Maitlands' Chinese servant, Wang, has brought Sexton Blake to Liverpool. Pedro's nose leads the detective to the hotel and he begins to suspect the Maitlands' presence. But too late — they have departed. Blake hears Powers' story and sets off after the criminals. The chase leads across the sea to Togoland where, at the site where the treasure is buried, Blake manages to capture Ezra, Kate and Wang. Unfortunately, a troop of German soldiers arrives and Blake himself becomes a prisoner. Maitland cuts a deal with the German Commandant — a quarter of the gold — and gains his liberty. During the night, Tinker escapes and races away to fetch British soldiers. They arrive in force and the German troops are captured. Blake is released but, to his chagrin, he finds that the Maitlands have escaped — though empty-handed.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
Business as Usual UNION JACK · New series · Issue 578 · 7/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
BUSINESS AS USUAL
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: W. Tayler
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: After receiving an arm injury while working for the Intelligence Department, Hon. John Lawliss goes to the sleepy fishing village of Larsby for some R&R. He puts up in a hotel, the Larsby Hydro, which had originally been run by Germans until they mysteriously vanished three days before war was declared. Only their cook remains, now working for the new owners, Michael Brown and his wife. Lawliss quickly befriends the Browns, their daughter Lucy and her admirer, the local coastguard, Jack Bryce. However, during his first night in the hotel, Lawliss awakens at night and sees three men burying a corpse in the grounds — and they are wearing German uniforms! Next day, he plans with Bryce to dig up the corpse but is overheard by the cook who slips him a sleeping draught. When he awakens, the coastguard has vanished. Lawliss sends for Sexton Blake who soon arrives with Tinker and books into the Hydro. That night, Tinker receives one of the cook's narcotics and falls into a deep sleep. Blake, though, remains awake and sees the cook descend into the hotel's cellar. He follows only to find that she has mysteriously disappeared. Lucy discovers — and takes to Blake — a message from Bryce in which he claims he is being held prisoner. Tinker witnesses the cook moving oil-drums into the cellar and follows her but is attacked, knocked senseless and left for dead. When he recovers, he finds himself in a cave with Bryce, who is chained to a wall. The cave slopes into a pool which is connected to the sea via a submerged tunnel. Bryce explains that divers have been using this to come ashore from a German submarine which has been harassing British ships around the East Coast. They have been stealing the hotel's stores with help from the cook. Tinker swims out through the tunnel and alerts Blake and Lawliss. They capture the cook and leave her tied up in the cave before then setting a trap in the cave. When the divers arrive they are captured and their suits are appropriated. Blake, Lawliss and Bryce use them to board and capture the submarine. They learn that the buried corpse was its former commander, killed in action. Meanwhile, in the cave, Tinker closes the entrance not realising that the cook is in the way of the secret door. It crushes her to death.
Rating: ★★★★★★
A Voice from the Dead UNION JACK · New series · Issue 579 · 14/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
A VOICE FROM THE DEAD
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: After the death of Wu Ling, his right-hand man — San — takes over as head of The Brotherhood of the Yellow Beetle. His first mission as leader is to recover an ancient treasure of gemstones which is hidden in an idol in the possession of a collector named Henry Chapland. Before San gets to the jewels, Professor Bray, who works for Chapland, finds them and notifies his employer. Later, when they enter the house vault to look at the rubies and diamonds, they find that they've vanished from the idol. Sexton Blake is called in and suspects the robbery was committed through means of an Egyptian mummy which Bray had temporarily stored in the vault for his friend, Professor Collins. When Collins is found dead, Blake discovers that he was killed by a yellow beetle. He heads to the Limehouse district to see whether he can pick up any information but, unknown to him, his movements are followed and he is captured and taken to San. Bound hand and foot and placed into a sarcophagus, Blake is taken aboard a ship where San tells him that he'll to be taken to China and tortured. Tinker, meanwhile, realises that his guv'nor is missing and tracks him with Pedro. He rescues Blake and they make away with the jewels, leaving San to escape on the ship.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Secret Explosive UNION JACK · New series · Issue 580 · 21/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE SECRET EXPLOSIVE
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: A. Jones
Other content: None
Notes: With help from his friends Lord Glenton and the actor Lionel Vale, ace-cracksman Aubrey Dexter escapes from police custody. Eventually, he ends up in a remote region of Scotland with his valet, Roberts. There he witnesses the test of a secret explosive — Petronite — which has been invented by a Russian named Trevovitch. The scientist has with him his two assistants, Howard Fenton and Raymond Carr. Both men are in love with the Russian's daughter, Olga, but it is Fenton who has won her heart. The explosive, when demonstrated, proves too shockingly destructive for the government inspectors sent to watch the test. Much to Trevovitch's disgust, they refuse to purchase the invention. All this is observed by Dexter... but also by another man: Baron Von Gluck, a German agent. Dexter follows this man and, later, sees him conspiring with Carr. That night, Trevovitch is murdered, the explosive's formula is stolen from his safe, and the evidence suggests that Fenton is to blame. Sexton Blake is called to Whitehall where Earl Kitchener and Sir Henry Fairfax commission him to investigate the killing. The detective travels to Scotland with Tinker and Detective-Inspector Martin. Blake quickly recognises that Trevovitch's safe was cracked by Aubrey Dexter and Pedro leads him to a nearby farmhouse, the home of Von Gluck. Here he finds proof that the German killed the inventor. He also finds Dexter in the process of robbing Von Gluck's safe. Captured, the cracksman explains that he had attempted to steal the formula from Trevovitch's safe in order to prevent it falling into enemy hands. However, Von Gluck had interrupted him, gained possession of the documents and made off after killing the Russian. Suddenly, the German appears and a struggle ensues. The spy is captured but Dexter takes the opportunity to escape. Sexton Blake delivers the explosive formula to Earl Kitchener and, for his reward, he requests that Petronite is never used.
Trivia: This is the third story to feature the actor Lionel Vale. The first was THE WORKINGS OF CHANCE (UJ 536); the second THE GREAT TRAIN MYSTERY (UJ 557).
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Blood Brothers UNION JACK · New series · Issue 581 · 28/11/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE BLOOD BROTHERS
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Harry Lane
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Great Cigarette Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 582 · 5/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE GREAT CIGARETTE MYSTERY
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier.
Unrated
The Case of the Belgian Relief Fund UNION JACK · New series · Issue 583 · 12/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE CASE OF THE BELGIAN RELIEF FUND
by Anon. (J. W. Bobin) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: Aboard the liner Melrose, arriving in England from Australia, are a disguised Ezra Q. Maitland, Broadway Kate and their servant Yang. There are also five cases of gold which have been collected by philanthropists as aid for the Belgians. Maitland learns that this is to be transferred to Sir Thomas Carstairs' steam yacht, the Sea Queen, before being taken to Belgium by Carstairs, his daughter Grace, and her beau, Lord Hugh Lymington. The criminal plans to get his hands on the fortune but is dismayed to find that Sexton Blake has been commissioned to guard the gold during the transfer. He visits the detective at Baker Street and attempts to murder him. Their fight practically wrecks the house but Maitland, who fails in his mission, gets away. He and Kate capture and imprison the Carstairs and Lymington. With Ezra impersonating Sir Thomas and Kate done up as Lord Hugh, they board the Sea Queen, overpower Detective-Inspector Martin, who is guarding the safe, steal the gold and make their getaway. Blake and Martin find and release Maitland's prisoners then the Baker Street detective traces his foe and purposely walks into a trap. Tinker follows with Martin and a squad of policemen. Blake is rescued and the gold is recovered but the Maitland's escape and vow vengeance upon the detective.
Trivia: Mrs Bardell keeps a pet tabby cat which is killed during this story. The author states that there is a gate at the bottom of the steps which lead up to the Baker Street house's front door.
Rating: ★★★★★☆
A Soldier and a Man UNION JACK · New series · Issue 584 · 19/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
A SOLDIER AND A MAN
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Fall of Antwerp by R. Thompson.
Notes: My copy is missing a cover. Double Christmas issue featuring Mlle. Yvonne Cartier.
Unrated
The White Feather UNION JACK · New series · Issue 585 · 26/12/1914 · Amalgamated Press · 1d
THE WHITE FEATHER
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: W. Taylor
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated



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