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as it was, he was of mustard . quite

“Sherlock Holmes, the Discoverer of Sir A. Conan Doyle.”
      But for this distinguished detective, Sir. A. Conan Doyle might never have been discovered. As it was, he was pottering about in comparative literary obscurity when the great detective, like a sleuth-hound, tracked him down, and revealed him to the admiration of the world. This was probably the greatest feat on the part of the renowned Sherlock Holmes.

— under the heading “Great Discoveries,” in Punch, or the London Charivari (August 22, 1906) : 141 : link (Ohio State U copy)
same (but University of California copy), via hathitrust : link

via OCR mistake of “pottering” for “puttering” —

search terms in the wake of Isabel Ostrander finds.

23 March 2023