BIBLIOGRAPHY 1923

1922
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1924
ISSUES
Digraced By His Father THE MAGNET LIBRARY · Issue 818 · 13/10/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
DISGRACED BY HIS FATHER!
by Frank Richards (Noel Wood-Smith) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: To and from Your Editor (ed.); The Greyfriars Herald; The Brotherhood of the White Heather by Anon.
Notes: At Greyfriars School, Dick Russell is one of the poorer pupils until his father suddenly gets a job as secretary to an immensely wealthy man named Gordon Gummer. Mr Russell receives a huge salary in return for looking after important documents and Dick receives plenty of pocket money for the next two weeks. But then the flow of cash stops and Dick's father vanishes. When the lad goes home to find him, he finds the police instead. His father is a wanted man! He is accused of embezzlement and treason for selling government documents to foreign powers. A shocked Dick Russell returns to school and there has to endure the taunts of the bullies. This becomes so bad that, eventually, he decides that the situation must be brought to a head — his father must be caught and must answer to his crimes. So, accompanied by Harry Wharton and a small group of friends, he journeys to London and employs the help of Sexton Blake. The detective searches Mr Russell's house and finds clues which suggest that the fugitive is hiding out somewhere near Greyfriars. Meanwhile, back in that town, Billy Bunter has wandered down to the coast ands has encountered Blake's quarry on a beach. He is persuaded by the man that the treason charges are all a part of a government mission which Bunter will ruin if he talks. But, of course, when Bunter meets Blake back at the school he can't control his mouth and blurts out the truth. Mr Russell is duly caught and sent for trial where he is completely exonerated — it turns out that Gummer was the villain and Russell had driven him from the country; but Gummer's servant had stolen the evidence — which was then recovered by Sexton Blake.
Trivia: A rather extraordinary event this — the one and only time Sexton Blake crossed into the world of Billy Bunter and Greyfriar's. Usually, when the adventures of Wharton & Co. required the presence of an investigator, Ferrers Locke would be the detective of choice. However, in this issue there is an installment of a Ferrers Locke serial which finds him in Russia. Since he couldn't be in two places at once, an alternative was required, thus the presence of Sexton Blake.
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 268 · Jan. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE SAFE
by Anon. (Alfred Edgar) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Foiling the Cracksman (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 269 · Jan. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF GLYN CASTLE
by Anon. (Leonard H. Brooks) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Dungeons of the World (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 270 · Jan. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE AFFAIR OF THE SEVEN MUMMY CASES
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Mummy Mysteries (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 271 · Jan. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET EMERALD MINES
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Black Museum (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 272 · Feb. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE 'WIZARD' JOCKEY
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Racing Swindles (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 273 · Feb. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
'NORTH OF 55°'
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
THE TEMPLECOMBE MYSTERY
by Anon. (Unknown)
Other content: The Police of the Plains (article)
Notes: Main story features Hon. John Lawless. The second story is a reprint from PENNY PICTORIAL issue 541 (1909).
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 274 · Feb. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GREEN EYES; OR, THE CURSE OF CLOOME
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Unsolved Mysteries (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 275 · Mar. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE ISLAND PRINCESS
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Scratch Eleven by Anon.; Men Who Would Be Kings (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Ferraro.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 276 · Mar. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
A LEGACY OF VENGEANCE
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: George Marsden Plummer (article)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 277 · Mar. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE OYSTER-BED MYSTERY
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
THE CLUE OF THE FINGER-PRINTS
by Anon. (Cecil Hayter)
Other content: The Oyster Police (article)
Notes: Main story features Adrian Steele. The short story is reprinted from PENNY PICTORIAL issue 465 (1908).
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THE CASE OF THE CABARET GIRL THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 278 · Mar. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE CABARET GIRL; OR, THE SERJEANT'S INN TRAGEDY
by Anon. (W. W. Sayer) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Vienna and its People (article)
Notes: 'A wonderful story of London and Vienna, introducing Granite Grant (King's spy) and Mdlle. Julie.'
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 279 · Apr. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE COTTON BEETLE
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Cotton in Australia (article)
Notes: Story features Trouble Nantucket and Hon. John Lawless.
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THE SUN GOD THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 280 · Apr. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SUN GOD, OR, THE CASE OF THE BRONZE IMAGES
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Lost Cities (article)
Notes: A tale of detective work in London and exploration in Syria.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 281 · Apr. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE FACE IN THE FILM
by Anon. (Oliver Merland) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: None
Notes: This story features Topper, Sexton Blake's occasional second assistant.
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THE HOUSE AT WATERLOO THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 282 · Apr. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE HOUSE AT WATERLOO
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Crimes at Waterloo (article)
Notes: None at present.
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THE EIGHT-POINTED STAR THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 283 · May 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE EIGHT-POINTED STAR
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Disguise and the Detective (article)
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and Mary Trent.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 284 · May 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
IN DARKEST MADRAS; OR, THE CROOKS OF THE ORIENT
by Anon. (H. Gregory Hill) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Castes and Tribes of India (article)
Notes: Story features Gunga Dass.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 285 · May 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE FOUR BARONS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: In Occupied Germany (article)
Notes: Story features Cavendish Doyle.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 286 · May 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THURLSTON TOWERS
by Anon. (Leonard H. Brooks) · Illustrator: THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 285 The Case of the Four Barons
Other content: When Innocent Men Have Been Convicted (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Outlaw of Yugo-Slavia THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 287 · Jun. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE OUTLAW OF YUGO-SLAVIA
by Anon. (W. W. Sayer) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Secret Service (article)
Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This was reprinted as THE OUTLAW OF YUGOSLAVIA in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 455 (1934).
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 288 · Jun. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
DOWN EAST; OR, TRACKED THROUGH THE SLUMS
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Local Colour (article)
Notes: None at present.
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The Great Revue Mystery THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 289 · Jun. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE GREAT REVUE MYSTERY; OR, THE FOURTH WALL
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Mysteries of the Stage (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 290 · Jun. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE LAST CLUE
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Opium Supply (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 291 · Jul. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Adrian Steele.
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In Savage Hayti THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 292 · Jul. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
IN SAVAGE HAYTI; OR, THE MAN WITH THE MYSTERY FACE
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Black Republic (article).
Notes: None at present.
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THE MYSTERY MANDARIN THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 293 · Jul. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY MANDARIN
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Bank Frauds (article)
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer and Aubrey Dexter.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 294 · Jul. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE ARTIC TRAIL; OR, THE CASE OF THE RIVAL MILLIONAIRES
by Anon. (John W. Bobin) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 295 · Aug. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE ACTOR'S SECRET
by Anon. (H. Gregory Hill) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 296 · Aug. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE HOUSE OF FEAR
by Anon. (Jack Lewis) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: Story features Leon Kestrel.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 297 · Aug. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE DOVER ROAD; OR, THE TOMB OF PHRA-AMON
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 298 · Aug. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SECRET OF THE LAGOON
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This case takes Blake to the South Seas.
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The Crook's Double THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 299 · Sept. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CROOK'S DOUBLE
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: This marks the final appearance of Hon. John Lawless.
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The Case of the Five Dummy Books THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 300 · Sept. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE FIVE DUMMY BOOKS
by Anon. (W. W. Sayer) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Ciphers and Bank Safes (article)
Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 458 (1934).
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 301 · Sept. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE DOCTOR'S SECRET
by Anon. (William J. Bayfield) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 302 · Sept. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE ADOPTED DAUGHTER
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Lost Expedition THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 303 · Oct. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE LOST EXPEDITION
by Anon. (W. W. Sayer) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Lost Explorers (article)
Notes: Story features Granite Grant and Mlle. Julie. This was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 523 (1936).
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Solved in Thirty-Six Hours THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 304 · Oct. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
SOLVED IN THIRTY-SIX HOURS; OR, A CASE OF LIFE AND DEATH
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Swift Solutions (article)
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 305 · Oct. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MANSION OF SHADOWS
by Anon. (E. J. Murray) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 306 · Oct. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE SHIELD OF THE LAW
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Crimson Belt THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 307 · Nov. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CRIMSON BELT
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Human Side of Crime (article)
Notes: Doctor Huxton Rymer and his companion Mary Trent stumble upon the scene of a murder. A man named James Townshend has been killed by Chinamen who seek possession of a map he keeps in his crimson-coloured belt. Rymer makes off with the belt and some documents. Meanwhile, Townshend's daughter, Sylvia, engages Sexton Blake. Her father, she explains, had been entrusted with jewels by descendants of the Manchu dynasty plus evidence pertaining to the correct line of descent, all of which he had buried in Australia. The map is the only clue to the treasure's whereabouts. When Blake and Tinker investigate the scene of the murder, Tinker gets onto the trail of one of the Chinamen and is led to Prince Wu Ling, the head of the Brotherhood of the Yellow Beetle. After narrowly escaping an attack by Wu Ling's henchman, San, Tinker reports back to Baker Street where Blake deduces that this affair is a three-cornered fight which will inevitably lead to Australia. Furthermore, he soon finds evidence that Huxton Rymer and Mary Trent occupy one corner of the triangle. Now all parties set sail for the southern continent; Blake, Tinker and Sylvia Townshend with Mademoiselle Yvonne aboard the Fleur-de-Lys, her yacht. Upon arrival, Blake is approached by Mary Trent who tells him that Rymer has been kidnapped by Wu Ling and will be killed unless she delivers the map. She begs Blake to act as go-between and rescue the doctor. He agrees to this but falls into a trap; Rymer and Wu Ling have actually joined forces. Blake's life is saved by Yvonne and Tinker who, suspecting that all is not as it seems, gather a force of men to rescue the detective. Tinker shoots Wu Ling in the shoulder and all the criminals are captured (though they are later — and rather inexplicably — released). Finally, the treasure is recovered and Blake becomes its guardian.
Trivia: Sexton Blake insists that he has no middle name. This conflicts with the final ever edition of The Sexton Blake Library series 4 — THE LAST TIGER — in which is published a personal message of farewell from 'Sexton T. Blake'. However, there is a P.S. to the letter in which the detective writes: 'Hah—that middle initial was something I always managed to keep to myself.' ... so maybe he was simply fibbing in this story? This tale was reprinted under the same title in THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY 2nd series issue 463 (1935).
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Master Organiser THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 308 · Nov. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE MASTER ORGANISER
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Great Contract Swindles (article)
Notes: Story features Boss Walmer Stone.
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The Desert Trail THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 309 · Nov. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE DESERT TRAIL
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Desert Treasure (article)
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 310 · Nov. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE PATH OF FEAR
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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No cover as yet THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 311 · Dec. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE MAN IN BLACK
by Anon. (Oliver Merland) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: 'A Story of Detective Work and Daring Adventure, in which Sexton Blake follows up the Clues of Thirteen Marked Doubloons.'
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The Orloff Diamond THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 312 · Dec. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE ORLOFF DIAMOND
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Footlight Favourite by Anon.; The Doom Drug - Hashish (article).
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
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THE AFFAIR OF THE THREE GUNMEN THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 313 · Dec. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE AFFAIR OF THE THREE GUNMEN
by Anon. (William Murray Graydon) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
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The Case of the Mysterious Germs THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 314 · Dec. 1923 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS GERMS
by Anon. (R. C. Armour) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Ferguson's Indian Sign by Anon.; Tubes of Death (article).
Notes: None at present.
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The Palace of Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,004 · 6/1/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE PALACE OF MYSTERY
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: This is a direct sequel to THE DIAMOND SPECIAL (UNION JACK 1,001, 1922). Sexton Blake and Tinker have returned to Cairo in the guise of a seditious carpet weaver named Ben Zukur and his son. Through means of a young army officer named Captain Cedric Dunn, the detective is seeking more information about Prince Hamad and his anti-English activities. Hamad is working with The Three Musketeers, who Blake is trying to capture after they performed two diamond heists in Paris. Ben Zukur's outspoken opposition to British rule soon brings him to the prince's attention and the carpet weaver is invited to join Hamad's secret organisation. He accepts the offer and is given his first assignment; to spy on Captain Dunn and discover whether he has anything in his past which can be used against him. At the same time, the prince sends a Greek woman, Madame Soukolis, to seduce the Captain. She makes the mistake of assuming that Dunn has been ejected from the army (else why is he living a leisurely life in Egypt?) and he plays along with her by pretending to be angry with the British authorities. Thinking that he might join their cause, Soukolis arranges for Dunn to meet Hamad. This appointment coincides with a meeting between Hamad, the Musketeers and Ben Zukur. The Englishmen use the opportunity to try to capture their enemies. Throwing off his disguise, Blake pulls a gun and a ferocious firefight ensues. Nearly all parties are injured (the detective takes a bullet in the artery of his arm) but, ultimately, the villains escape and flee from the city ... leaving their haul of diamonds behind.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 25)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: The Toff, The Baron and a third man — Hardy — discuss the ongoing interrogation of Tinker. They are interrupted by the arrival of The Baron's white rat, which has a note attached to its collar. The Baron reads it and informs the others that the hideout is being watched. The Baron writes a reply, ordering the rest of the gang to prepare for a confrontation. He then uses The Toff's phial of acid to destroy the gang's records, which recorded twenty-years of villainy. He announces that it's time to go.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Stolen Locomotives UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,005 · 13/1/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE STOLEN LOCOMOTIVES
by Anon. (H. Gregory Hill) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: None at present.
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TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 26)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: The Baron booby-traps the hideout with dynamite. He tells his cohorts that they will hold Tinker to ransom. Richard Allandale is joined by a couple of the journalists and they rush the room. The Baron switches out the lights and in the darkeness, amid gunfire, the three villains escape, though without Tinker.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Return of Gunga Dass UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,006 · 20/1/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE RETURN OF GUNGA DASS; OR, THE CASE OF THE MUMMIFIED CHILD
by Anon. (H. Gregory Hill) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Gunga Dass.
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TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 27)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: Allandale remembers the booby-trap just in time; it is ripped from the connecting wire seconds before The Baron, escaping from the room, presses the button that would have detonated the dynamite. Allandale uses a piece of the explosive to blow up the door which had closed after the criminals made their getaway. He, Tinker and the newspaper men set off in pursuit, with an equal force entering the hideout from the other entrance. Allandale and co. come to a steel door in which there are loopholes through which the enemy forces, now numbering fifteen men, fire their guns. Another such door is farther along the corridor, blocking the allied group and forming, with the first door, a sort of fortress in which the villains are housed. Once again, the dynamite is employed, blowing in the first door.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Temple of the Blind UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,007 · 27/1/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TEMPLE OF THE BLIND
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features The Owl and Hon. John Lawless.
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by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 28)
Notes: Allandale, Tinker and the newspaper men rush through the debris and follow the passage towards the second door where they engage with the enemy forces. Amid the confusion of battle, The Baron and The Toff grab Tinker and escape through a third, hitherto secret exit. Allandale and a man named Harley follow but the ground suddenly gives way beneath them.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
A Strange Legacy UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,008 · 3/2/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
A STRANGE LEGACY
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: None at present.
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TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 29)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: Allandale and Harley fall into an underground river. They manage to climb out and back into the tunnel through which The Baron and The Toff have escaped with Tinker as their captive. They follow it until they come to a wall in which a hole has been knocked.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Bamboo Rods UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,009 · 10/2/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE BAMBOO RODS
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Humble Begge.
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TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 30)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: The hole leads into the basement of an abandoned shop. Allandale and Harley go up the stairs and find a message from Tinker which the youngster has scratched into the dust with the toe of his boot. It reads: 'LW'. Allandale realises that this is a reference to one of the gang's other hideouts; Lawson's Wharf. The two men make their way there.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Secret of the Mine UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,010 · 17/2/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SECRET OF THE MINE
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features The Owl.
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TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 31)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: Allandale and Harley find no sign of the criminals at the warehouse but, upon seeing a barge, realise that their quarry is using it to make a getaway. Harley races away to contact some friends he has along the river.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Vengeance of the Black Eight UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,011 · 24/2/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE VENGEANCE OF THE BLACK EIGHT
by Anon. (W. W. Sayer) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Granite Grant.
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TINKER'S BOYHOOD (part 32)
by Anon. (Unknown) · Illustrator: Unknown
Notes: Harley returns aboard a tug boat and Allandale climbs aboard. They chase and catch up with the barge. Tinker jumps overboard and swims to them. Amid exchanged gunfire, Hardy is hit and collapses. The Toff is also hit and falls overboard to his death. Allandale boards the barge and is shot in the shoulder by The Baron. He reveals that he knows the criminal's real name — Louise Eckhardt — because his (Allandale's) brother had been ruined by him, eventually committing suicide. He challenges the man to a duel. The Baron empties his gun at Allandale and misses with every shot. Allandale fires once, missing on purpose, but The Baron is so highly strung by this point that he collapses. He and Hardy will be tried and hanged.
Trivia: This is an excellent serial but one can't help but think that it is, in fact, the tale of how Sexton Blake and Tinker first met — Richard Allandale is in every way like the detective. Also, Tinker is said to be fourteen years of age. If we assume that this meeting took place in 1903 — the year before Tinker became a regular feature of the Blake household — then Allandale's statement that he has been studying criminals for ten years puts the start of his career at 1893, the same year the first ever Sexton Blake story appeared. This strongly supports the argument that Allendale is Blake. Furthermore, Allandale's campaign against the Baron is motivated by the death of his elder brother. The two brothers had been great friends but while the younger was abroad in the Pyrenees, the elder was made a catspaw by the Baron and, realising that he was in too deep, committed suicide. The younger brother only heard about this when he received notice that he had inherited his brother's estate. This can be construed to be a reference to Henry Blake, who Sexton Blake had thought dead when he reappeared in 1907.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Petrol Turbine UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,012 · 3/3/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE PETROL TURBINE; OR, SEXTON BLAKE IN SHEFFIELD
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: C. M. ?
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: This tale introduces two new characters who will make regular appearances in the Blake saga: Gilbert and Eileen Hale. Lord Witham, Chairman of the Armdale-Witham Engineering Company, and the inventor, Chilvers, arrive by plane at London airport. Upon departure from the aircraft, Chilvers realises that he has been robbed of a small box containing pellets of a substance he's invented which will lead to the development of a new type of turbine engine. The thief is a fellow passenger, a young woman named Eileen Hale, who surreptitiously hides the box in a nearby car's radiator. Witham employs Sexton Blake to recover it. The detective soon gets onto the trail of the girl and her husband, Gilbert, and follows them to Sheffield where, unfortunatly, they drop out of sight. Discovering that the plans of the turbine engine have been stolen from Witham's foundry but that one vital page was left behind, Blake and Tinker sign on as employees working on a 'secret project'. This, they hope, will attract the attention of the thieves. A man named Gant starts to spy on them and, later, Tinker catches sight of him in the company of a Japanese man, Dr Yorima Kamura. These two try, but fail, to recover the lost page. The next day, Tinker assists a man named Colonel Elliott whose car has broken down. He is invited to Elliott's home and there finds two house guests — the Hales! They are civil during his visit but when he leaves they realise that he has taken possession of the pellets. They catch up with him, take him prisoner, and are joined by Kamura and Gant who torture the lad to find out where he's hidden the pellets. However, the Hales object to this and the gang members begin to fight with each other. At that moment, Blake and the police arrive and the criminals scramble out of the window and race away. Though the gang isn't captured, all the stolen materials are recovered.
Trivia: Tinker's age is given as 'about eighteen'. Blake has an agent named Manning who works for him in Sheffield.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
On Secret Service UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,013 · 10/3/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
ON SECRET SERVICE
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.
Unrated
The Pearls of Benjemasin UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,014 · 17/3/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE PEARLS OF BENJEMASIN
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
Unrated
The Painted Window UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,015 · 24/3/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE PAINTED WINDOW
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
Unrated
The Brand of the I.D.B. UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,016 · 31/3/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE BRAND OF THE I.D.B.
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier.
Unrated
The Case of the Indian Fakir UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,017 · 7/4/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE INDIAN FAKIR
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
Unrated
The Sceptre of Solomon UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,018 · 14/4/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SCEPTRE OF SOLOMON
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: A millionaire art collector named Mathew Cardolak commissions the Three Musketeers to steal a gem-encrusted sceptre from an isolated tribe of jews who live in a remote region of India. Cardolak hates jews (even though his mother was jewish) and wants to deprive the race of this artifact which, according to legend, will one day signify their return to Palestine. The Musketeers succeed in their mission, replacing the sceptre with an imitation. They then escape aboard Cardolak's luxury yacht, the Sultan. Some months later, the theft is discovered and a Rabbi commissions Sexton Blake to recover the sceptre. Already suspecting the Musketeers, Blake and Tinker travel to New York where they meet up with the detective's American agent, Bryant Kennedy. The three then set off for Boston where Cardolak's yacht is harboured. En route, they are nearly killed when their car is forced off the road by the Musketeers. However, they survive and finish their journey. Hiring a submarine and a crew of bootleggers, they attack the Sultan, recover the sceptre and capture the Three Musketeers. Cardolak, however, is not aboard and remains free.
Trivia: This story seems to have been finished in a hurry. There are elements introduced in the early chapters which are left unresolved. For example, the criminals are helped by a native boy who they then kidnap to prevent him from talking. We never learn what becomes of him. Also, Blake takes the imitation sceptre with him to America. Why? We never find out. The racist overtones of this tale make for uncomfortable reading. There is an astonishingly bigoted (by current standards) statement made by Blake: "As you know, I am not anxious to take cases from the Jewish race, for the simple reason that they usually have to do with financial matters along lines which I do not approve."
Rating: ★★★☆☆☆
The Valley of Flies UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,019 · 21/4/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE VALLEY OF FLIES
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Adrian Steele.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Moving Mountain UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,020 · 28/4/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE MOVING MOUNTAIN
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer and George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Adventure of the Renegade Spy UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,021 · 5/5/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE RENEGADE SPY
by Anon. (H. Gregory Hill) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Gunga Dass.
Unrated
The Case of the Crimson Curtain UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,022 · 12/5/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE CRIMSON CURTAIN
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: This is billed as a tale of Zenith the Albino, so it comes as a complete disappointment to find that he has just one scene. Add to this a downright rude and charmless Sexton Blake and you're left with little to admire. Two scenes save this issue. In the first, Blake takes on a heavyweight champion boxer. The fight is brutal in the extreme and the detective has his lights punched out... but not before he gives as good as he gets. He wins the fight but doesn't stay conscious long enough to realise it. When he eventually staggers to his feet, his lips are split and bleeding, his eye is black and swollen, and he feels like he's been hit by a train. It's very satisfying to witness a realistic and savage fight from which Blake emerges much scathed when usually he just dusts himself off and continues on his way without any consequences. This time, his battered ribs are giving him grief for a good few paragraphs after the event. The second excellent scene is very eerie. A criminal-scientist (Blake's main opponent rather than Zenith) is standing behind a red curtain which divides a room. The detective draws it aside and looks into a room bathed in crimson light apart from a white spotlight shining on the villain's face. As Blake enters, he finds himself slowing down, having difficulty moving and breathing. The struggle that follows is thrilling, though the eventual explanation is absurd in the extreme. But none of this compensates for the fact that this is a confused and irritating story which throws in Zenith merely for novelty value. It gives Leon Kestrel, the Master Mummer, a similar one-scene walk-on too, but he doesn't even get front-page billing.
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆☆ Obviously an off-day for George N. Philips.
The Tabu of Confucius UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,023 · 19/5/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE TABU OF CONFUCIUS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: In San Francisco, Prince Wu Ling organises a raid on the House of the Silver Moon, the headquarters of Hsui-fsi, otherwise known as Sir Gordon Saddler. One of his henchmen breaks the tabu of Confucius (which has protected the Ling-tse vase since THE THOUSANDTH CHANCE UNION JACK issue 1,000, 1922) and makes away with the sacred artifact. Saddler calls Sexton Blake for help. Blake and Tinker voyage to America, narrowly avoiding assassination attempts from the Brotherhood of the Golden Beetle while en route. Blake then travels by yacht — Tinker by car — from New York down to Mexico, where Wu Ling awaits a ship to take him and the vase to China. When the Chinaman's vessel arrives, he boards it, but so does Tinker. The lad climbs the mast and signals to Blake's yacht, which quickly comes to intercept the criminal. Unfortunately, though, an accident below decks causes an explosion to rip through Wu Ling's vessel. With a number of craft coming to aid the sinking yacht, Wu Ling is able to escape in the confusion.
Trivia: Blake's American agent, Bryant Kennedy receives a mention.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Return of Beaudelaire UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,024 · 26/5/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE RETURN OF BEAUDELAIRE
by Anon. (Jack Lewis) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Leon Kestrel.
Unrated
Plague! UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,025 · 2/6/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
PLAGUE!
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Kenneth Brookes
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.
Unrated
Slave of the Thieves' Market UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,026 · 9/6/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SLAVE OF THE THIEVES' MARKET
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: This is the second story in the history of the Ling-tse Vase. Shortly after the events of THE TABU OF CONFUCIUS, Sexton Blake and Tinker are guests of Colonel Fairfax and are fishing off the coast of California. Blake catches a huge tarpon which Chan, one of the Colonel's Chinese 'boys', guts. Blake, who is watching, catches a glimpse of something in the fish's stomach which he afterwards realises was the Ling-tse vase. This had been considered lost at sea after the detective's previous encounter with Prince Wu Ling. When Blake returns to recover the artifact, he finds that Chan has fled with it. Communicating with Sir Gordon Saddler, Blake learns that Chan works for Chuen-to-yan of the Temple of Eternal Light, one of the three contenders for rulership of China — the others being Wu Ling and Sir Gordon himself, in his guise of Hsui-fsi. Blake agrees to travel to China with Sir Gordon in pursuit of Chan. The following November finds the two men and Tinker in Canton. After learning that Wu Ling is to meet with Chuen-to-yan in a temple beyond the infamous Thieves' Market, Blake sets Tinker to watch his movements. Unfortunately, Tinker is spotted, captured and destined to be sold as a slave in the Thieves' Market. Sir Gordon gathers his forces and, led by Blake, they raid the market and rescue Tinker, who has been flogged by his captors. The following night, Blake and Saddler meet with Wu Ling and Chuen-to-yan on neutral ground; in a temple in which violence is forbidden. Saddler asks to examine the Ling-tse vase and his wish is granted. With a slip of the hand, he attaches the small artifact to the leg of a homing pigeon which he has secreted up his sleeve. Wu Ling and Chuen-to-yan look on helplessly as the bird flies away. Adhering to the rules of the temple, they are forced to allow Blake and Saddler to leave unmolested.
Trivia: Tinker is said to have close-cropped dark hair which he disguises with a blonde wig while trailing Wu Ling. Usually, he is described as having blonde hair. Sexton Blake's extensive jade collection receives another mention.
Rating: ★★★★★★
The Case of Tinker's Tourist Trophy UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,027 · 16/6/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF TINKER'S TOURIST TROPHY
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Unknown
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
Tinker - Wireless Operator UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,028 · 23/6/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
TINKER — WIRELESS OPERATOR
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Stanley Rogers
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Battle of Brooklands UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,029 · 30/6/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE BATTLE OF BROOKLANDS; OR, SEXTON BLAKE, RACING MOTORIST
by Anon. (Alfred Edgar) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Professional Tennis Player UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,030 · 7/7/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER; OR, THE HUMAN CATAPULT
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Adventure of the Giant Bean UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,031 · 14/7/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE ADVENTURE OF THE GIANT BEAN
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: This is the third story in the history of the Ling-tse Vase. The first tale — THE TABU OF CONFUCIUS — appeared in issue 1,023; the second — THE SLAVE OF THE THIEVES' MARKET — in issue 1,026. Sexton Blake and Sir Gordon Saddler return to the latter's home to find that it has been raided by Chuen-to-yan's men. A ferocious battle has been fought and all combatants have been killed with the exception of Tinker, who was knocked unconscious during the fray. However, the Ling-tse Vase, which the attackers were after, is nowhere to be found. Unknown to Blake, one of Sir Gordon's men had concealed it in a giant bean pod moments before being knifed to death. The pod had dropped into a stream and was swept away. Believing the vase is lost forever, Blake and Tinker book passage home. They travel to Hong Kong and there board a steam ship. A few hours after their voyage begins, they hear that an antique dealer has recently been murdered back in the port. Blake is given the details and realises that quite by chance the man had recovered the vase and had then been killed, possibly by one of Chuen-to-yan's or Wu Ling's agents. However, a wire from Saddler makes it clear that neither of the Chinese warlords has the vase and both are frantically searching for it. Tinker realises that the murdered man must have sent the vase to England by post and Blake surmises that Wu Ling is also on his way to London. When he arrives at Baker Street, the detective meets with a Chinese ally, Hong-Lo-Soo who has traced the vase to an antique dealer named Carter. Blake and Hong-Lo-Soo drive to the dealer's shop and there find him murdered and the vase gone. The Chinaman mobilises his forces, hoping to catch the murderer, a member of the Brotherhood of the Yellow Beetle. Sure enough, the man is cornered. When faced with Blake, Tinker and Hong-Lo-Soo, he dashes the vase to the ground but Tinker's lightning-fast reactions save the day and he catches the precious item just before it hits the hard floor. The Ling-tse Vase is handed to Hong-Lo-Soo for safekeeping. Later, word reaches Blake that Wu Ling has managed to slip out of the country.
Trivia: Blake's American agent, Bryant Kennedy, is mentioned.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Imposter of the North-West Mounted UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,032 · 21/7/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE IMPOSTER OF THE NORTH-WEST MOUNTED
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Moonslayer at takes palce in Canada.
Unrated
The Hyena of Paris UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,033 · 28/7/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HYENA OF PARIS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Case of the Steel-Lined Room UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,034 · 4/8/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE STEEL-LINED ROOM
by Anon. (Richard Goyne) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Richard Goyne is notable for having contributed more stories to the Dixon Hawke Library than any other author.
Unrated
The Affair of the Lacquered Walnut UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,035 · 11/8/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE AFFAIR OF THE LACQUERED WALNUT
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Unknown
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Mystery of the Chateau Bleu UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,036 · 18/8/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MYSTERY OF THE CHATEAU BLEU
by Anon. (W. W. Sayer) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Bertrand Charon.
Unrated
The Man with the Limp UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,037 · 25/8/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE MAN WITH THE LIMP
by Anon. (H. Gregory Hill) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and H. M. Lewis (interior)
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Gunga Dass.
Unrated
X-Ine UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,038 · 1/9/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
X-INE; OR, THE CASE OF THE GREEN CRYSTALS
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino and Julie Fortune.
Unrated
The Gargoyle's Secret UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,039 · 8/9/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE GARGOYLE'S SECRET
by Anon. (Andrew Murray) · Illustrator: Collins
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features The Owl and Professor Kew.
Unrated
Bail Up UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,040 · 15/9/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
BAIL UP
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Hawk of the Peak UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,041 · 22/9/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE HAWK OF THE PEAK
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Case of the Crippled Monk UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,042 · 29/9/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE CRIPPLED MONK; OR, THE MYSTERY OF NOTRE DAME
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: In America, rogue millionaire Mathew Cardolak hires a couple of bootleggers, brothers Mike Twin Daly and Jack Twin Daly, to break The Three Musketeers out of prison. The mission is successful and Cardolak transports Algy Somerton, Archie Pherison and Reggie Fetherston to France in his yacht, the Sultan. He commissions them to steal the famous Louis Ostensoir from Notre Dame cathedral. The three crooks develop a clever scheme which involves one of them posing as a crippled friar to transport the priceless relic out of the cathedral under his robes. The heist succeeds but there is an unexpected development in the form of Tinker, who is outside the cathedral with Sexton Blake and who notices the strange-looking monk. When the robbery comes to light, Tinker pieces together the clues and alerts Blake to the fact that the Musketeers are behind the theft. The detective and his assistant join with the French river police as they search for the trio who are known to be escaping on a motor boat. When they reach a small island, they are ambushed by the Musketeers and a vicious gun battle commences. Blake is scraped by a bullet and falls unconscious into the police launch. The vessel is then stolen by Archie and Algy who don police uniforms in order to fool the other search parties. When they find Blake in the boat, they try to kill him but the resultant fight is so fierce that the launch is damaged and sinks. Meanwhile, on the island, the police recover the stolen Ostensoir. They then speed upriver in the motor boat originally used by the crooks and find Blake unconscious in the river. Reggie escapes overland and makes his way back to the Sultan where he is later reunited with his two comrades.
Trivia: Tinker describes Blake's Baker Street rooms as being "stuffed with dusty old rubbish".
Rating: ★★★★☆☆
The Case of the Golden Pebble UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,043 · 6/10/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE GOLDEN PEBBLE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Mlle. Yvonne Cartier.
Unrated
The Living Mask UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,044 · 13/10/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE LIVING MASK; OR, ZENITH'S MASQUERADE!
by Anon. (George N. Philips) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Zenith the Albino.
Unrated
The Case of the Kidnapped Pianist UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,045 · 20/10/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE KIDNAPPED PIANIST
by Anon. (H. H. Clifford Gibbons) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
Bandits of the Blue UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,046 · 27/10/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
BANDITS OF THE BLUE
by Anon. (Alfred Edgar) · Illustrator: Val Reading
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
Huxton Rymer - President UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,047 · 3/11/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
HUXTON RYMER — PRESIDENT
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features Dr. Huxton Rymer.
Unrated
The Black Eagle UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,048 · 10/11/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE BLACK EAGLE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker (cover) and Val Reading (interior)
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Artist David Stone is a man who possesses extraordinary physical strength. He also lives a double life. By day he works as a cabinet-maker, using the alias 'A. Long'. On Saturday nights he goes to his strangely designed house off Edgware Road — where lives his misshapen brother — and he changes into evening clothes. He then proceeds to a secret gambling club, where he and the other members wear masks to keep their identity secret. On the night this story begins, he is casually noticed by Sexton Blake, who is also in the club. Had the detective followed Stone when he leaves, he would have witnessed him breaking the neck of a fellow club member named Geoffrey Howland. Next morning, the death is reported as an accident. The detective receives a visit from a man named Bramwell Chester, who claims that Howland was murdered and the same fate awaits him. He tells how twenty years ago he and Howland were part of a wild group who lived in the Latin Quarter of Paris. One night, one of the group, John Hasford, had been arrested for the murder of a model, Helene Merchardier. The rest of the group — Joe Thurlston, Ricardo Gospert, Freddie Buckford (now Lord Baymore), and another model, Camille Desmoulins — believed his claims of innocence but conspired against him. He was sentenced to a life term on Devil's Island, where he became known as the Black Eagle. Now, Chester has heard that Hasford escaped from the penal colony six months ago. He also informs Blake that Gispert and Thurlston have recently been killed and they, Buckford, Howland and Chester, all received notes stating that H is free — the guilty shall pay. Blake investigates and realises that Hasford and Stone are one and the same. He goes to Paris and finds Camille Desmoulins in the beggars' quarter. She is a drug-addled wreck and confesses to the murder of Helene Merchardier. Returning to Baker Street, the detective finds himself confronted by Stone. He tells him that he's discovered the truth and that the years on Devil's Island were unjustified. He allows Stone to go free.
Trivia: Twenty years ago is referred to as 'the early days' of Blake's career. His detective agency is now a 'vast International network'. Mrs Bardell has 'relatives' who live on the other side of London. The Grey Panther is driven in this story.
Rating: ★★★★★★
The Straits of Mystery UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,049 · 17/11/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE STRAITS OF MYSTERY
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: Story features George Marsden Plummer.
Unrated
The Case of the Six Rubber Balls UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,050 · 24/11/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE SIX RUBBER BALLS
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: An adventurer named Jim Priestley is preparing to smuggle illicitly obtained emeralds out of South America. He hides them in six balls of rubber but these are stolen by a crook named Erdurm. Priestly confronts him and gets the balls back but, in doing so, he accidentally kills the man with a blow to the head. Two years later, Priestley is living an honest life in England and is married, with a new baby. His idyllic existence is shattered when a Colombian named Doctor Carlos Amontado reveals that he knows about the killing of Erdurm and coolly announces that he is coming to stay at the Priestley home. He sets up a laboratory there and introduces to the family a nursemaid for the baby. He and this woman then begin experimenting in the lab, injecting a substance into the infant which is obviously doing the child no good at all. Priestley consults Sexton Blake and asks for his help. The detective, pretending to be an old friend, and with Tinker as his chauffeur, visits the family and meets Amontado. That night, he also recognises the nursemaid — she is Marie Galante! However, Galante, in turn, recognises Blake and drugs him. In the early hours of the following morning Tinker awakes to find the house on fire. He rescues the unconscious Blake and the servants but cannot find any trace of the Priestley family, who appear to have been taken away by the two villains in the Grey Panther. Blake and Tinker return to London and visit the Colombian embassy where news has come through from South America; it seems that two years ago Erdurm had been found injured but was not dead. Emergency surgery had saved his life and upon recovery he had become a reformed character. Blake theorises that Galante has most likely taken shelter in Abbey Towers, the currently vacant home of Dr Huxton Rymer. Disguising himself as that most dangerous of crooks — and concealing Tinker's features behind another disguise — he and his assistant drive to Rymer's estate to tackle the villains. Galante is overpowered and Blake gives her forty-eight hours to get out of the country, Amontado is delivered to the embassy where he is arrested for crimes committed in Colombia, and the Priestley family is rescued.
Rating: ★★★★☆☆ Some inexplicable ingredients here. Why were the villains drugging the baby? It is never explained. And why on Earth did Sexton Blake allow Marie Galante to go free?
The Case of the Phantom Frying-Pan UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,051 · 1/12/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE CASE OF THE PHANTOM FRYING-PAN
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: None at present.
Unrated
The Devil Woman of the Makali UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,052 · 8/12/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE DEVIL WOMAN OF THE MAKALI
by Anon. (S. G. Shaw) · Illustrator: J. H. Valda
Other content: The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Sir Richard Losely and Lobangu.
Unrated
The Shadow of the Past UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,053 · 15/12/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SHADOW OF THE PAST
by Anon. (Jack Lewis) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: Story features Leon Kestrel.
Unrated
The Flaming Spectre of Cloome UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,054 · 22/12/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE FLAMING SPECTRE OF CLOOME
by Anon. (Edwy Searles Brooks) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: A Word in Season (ed.); Detective Magazine Supplement; The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard
Notes: This Christmas edition features Waldo the Wonder-Man.
Unrated
The Scarab of Ament-Oba UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,055 · 29/12/1923 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
THE SCARAB OF AMENT-OBA
by Anon. (Dr. William Jago) · Illustrator: H. M. Lewis
Other content: A Word from the Skipper (ed.); The Wire Devils by Frank L. Packard; Detective Magazine Supplement
Notes: None at present.
Unrated



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