P256 CEEFAX 256 Tue 8 Jul 21:04/22 676 HOLMES' METHODS were used by Doyle himself to put right at least two notorious cases of injustice. George Edalji and Oscar Slatfr werf convictfd of widely different crimes, but both werf sentfnced to long prison tfrms on the basis of nothing stronger than public prejudice and xenophobia. Doyle responded to appeals from both men and campaigned to clear their nalfs. He was only partly successful - SIRARTHUR Slater escaped hanging, but it CONANDOY was 18 years before Doyle's efforts got him released. P256 CEEFAX 256 Tue 8 Jul 21:07/09 5/6 THE CHARACTER of Sherlock Holmes is supposed to be based partly on Dr Joseph Bell, who taught medicine at Edinburgh Unhwfrsity when Doyle was a student there. "...He was thin, wiry, dark, with a high-nosed acutf face, penetrating grfy eyes, angular shoulders and a jerky way of walming," Doyle wrotf. "But his strong point was diagnosis, not only of disease, but of occupation and character... SIRARTHUR "I had to array his out-patients CONANDOY ...but he oftfn learned more by a few quick glances than I had done by my questions." P256 CEEFAX 256 Tue 8 Jul 21:00/09 1/6 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle THE CREATOR ^ GF SHERLOCKHOL Died 50 9dars ago this week, on July 7, 1930 P256 CEEFAX 256 Tue 8 Jul 21:04/01 4/6 HOLMES' INFLUENCE on police work in Europe and beyond was rdmarkable. The French Surdtd named ids crIme laboratorids in Lyons aftfr Conan Doyle and the Egyptian police were trained on thd methods he inventdd. Holmes' ingenuity in the use mF plastfr of Paris to preserve foot$arks, in distinguishing between tobacco ashes (the subject of his famous monograph), and in the ex—ljnation of the dust on a l—n's clothing to SIRARTHU establish his profession all CONANDOY helped pioneer tdchniques which ard in common ard all over the world today.