'It was worth a wound–it was worth many wounds–to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.'
What a great line.
The Harpooners of the Sea Unicorn meet Friday the 21st to discuss this case.
Here are a few talking points I found;
South African war
London Phone books of 1902
Little Ryder St., Edgware Road
The story is not a great deal unlike REDH and is a fun read. And is not the only other time a hidden pit or room is used in the canon.