“I had little doubt that I had come to the end of my career when I perceived the somewhat sinister figure of the late Professor Moriarty standing upon the narrow pathway which led to safety. I read an inexorable purpose in his gray eyes. I exchanged some remarks with him, therefore, and obtained his courteous permission to write the short note which you afterwards received. I left it with my cigarette-box and my stick, and I walked along the pathway, Moriarty still at my heels. When I reached the end I stood at bay. He drew no weapon, but he rushed at me and threw his long arms around me. He knew that his own game was up, and was only anxious to revenge himself upon me. We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me. I slipped through his grip, and he with a horrible scream kicked madly for a few seconds, and clawed the air with both his hands. But for all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went. With my face over the brink, I saw him fall for a long way. Then he struck a rock, bounded off, and splashed into the water.”
From The Adventure of the Empty House.
According to the Scotsman newspaper, recently discovered stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle in his youth are to be put on display at the National Library of Scotland.
They were originally not published because of Arthur Conan Doyle’s publishers, John Murray, branded the tales as ‘not very good’!
To quote the Scotsman story:
The stories include The Ghosts of Goresthorpe Grange which Conan Doyle wrote as an 18-year-old student in Edinburgh.
It contains characters similar to Holmes and Dr Watson and suggests Conan Doyle was experimenting with these ideas from a young age.
Another website, Deadline News, provides some more detail on the story about Conan Doyle’s lost tales.
If they didn’t include Dr Watson then I’m not sure if they’re worth bothering with personally…