"that glamour of mystery and of experience" [VALL] 

Generations of Sherlockians are the beneficiaries of the poems penned by Helene Yuhasova. Yet this enigmatic individual has remained something of a legendary, even ethereal presence in the history of the Baker Street Irregulars.

 

Who was Helene Yuhas(ova)? And were the poems, later ascribed to Edgar W. Smith of the Baker Street Irregulars, actually written by her? Whatever became of this this prolific poetess laureate, this Founding Mother?

 

Sonia Fetherston, BSI ("The Solitary Cyclist") and Julie McKuras, BSI ("The Duchess of Devonshire") edited the 2017 Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual, "A Woman of Mystery": Helene Yuhasova, Poetess Laureate of the Baker Street Irregulars and they joined us to give us a sense of the mighty detective work that went in to tracking down the full story of a woman who left the Sherlockian movement some 70 years ago, leaving a long but thin shadow.

 

For our Gas-Lamp this time around, Julie and Sonia treat us to some of Helene Yuhasova's Sherlockian poetry: "Sonnet: Mary Morstan to Dr. Watson" and "Ballade of the Bright Stair-Rods."

 

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Notes

3:32 Summing up our 24 episodes of the year (plus 52 from Trifles)

7:31 Wessex Press

9:06 Working out the pronunciation of "Helene Yuhasova" and her Sherlockian origins

15:14 What we know about Helene's early life, and how Julie and Sonia uncovered facts (including the common surname)

23:46 Conflicting opinions, unfair criticism

32:50 The Baker Street Journal

34:22 Sonnet: "John H. Watson to Sherlock Holmes"

35:31 Yuhas's ubiquitous job reference

37:55 Yuhasova and Smith: A Case of Identity

41:42 The curious meeting between Russell Merritt and Edgar Smith

46:18 Leaving the Sherlockian world behind

50:50 On the connection with Ben Weingart

59:22 Any big surprises?

1:02:40 One final question

1:07:48 The Editor's Gas-Lamp

1:11:36 Sherlock Holmes Brand

 

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"Beacons of the future!" [NAVA] 

Sherlock Holmes appreciated education. He admired the "[c]apsules with hundreds of bright little seeds in each" as he and Watson passed by the board-schools on the way out to Briarbrae in "The Naval Treaty." And he famously said, "Education never ends. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last," in "The Red Circle."

 

So it is entirely appropriate the The Beacon Society, the Sherlockian group that recognizes and supports exemplary efforts of bringing Sherlock Holmes to children, would create a new branch especially for children. It is the Junior Sherlockian Society, and it is headed up by Shannon Carlisle, a previous winner of the Beacon Award.

 

Through her efforts with her own classes of fourth graders, Shannon has ingeniously introduced them to Sherlock Holmes, and now it is codified so that children across the world can take part in Junior Sherlockian Training. She joined us to tell us all about the program was developed and how kids can get involved.

 

Is your child, grandchild, or student even remotely interested in Sherlock Holmes? Or maybe they're struggling with reading or some other skill. Then the Junior Sherlockian Society is just what they need. The game's afoot!

And please consider becoming a Patron of the Arts. Your support helps us to ensure we can keep doing what we do, covering file hosting costs, production, and this year, transcription services.

 

 

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Notes

1:50 Proper attire is required for this episode
7:30 A visit to the Ancient, Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex
9:30 Introducing Shannon Carlisle
15:25 Adaptations for younger readers
16:24 Avoiding blood, guts and weaponry
19:05 The Beacon Society
21:55 Beacon Award Winner 2014
23:35 It's always 1895 in this classroom
34:10 The Junior Sherlockian Society
41:20 The Society online
47:15 A word from the Baker Street Journal
50:05 An important message from John Rabe 

 

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