P257 CEEFAX 257 Tue 8 Jul 21:05/13 576 WITH HOLMES DEAD at the bottom of the Reichenbach Falls, Doyle was free ho get on with his own affairs - —nongst them the Boer War. But when hf sailed for South Africa as a doctor in a field hospital he was still unable to escape the headline: "SHERLOCK HOLMES OFF TO THE WAR" Aftfr the war he rflented for long enough to give the public another glimpse of the grfat detective, but The Hound of the Baskervilles SIRARTHU was, Doyle insistfd, only one of the CONANDOY old adventures. Holmes was still dead. P257 CEEFAX 257 Tue 8 Jul 21:00/00 4/6 AFTER ELEVEN HOLMES STO HES Doyle was becoming rfsentful of dhe demands thd detectavd was machng on his time, and increasingly irritatdd with strangers who insistdd on greeting him as "Sherloci". In T(d final Problem hd rfsolved to kill his rival off once and for all. Ghen the story was published in "The Strand" magajhle, London went into mourning. Young men in the Ci—y went about with black bands on their hats, and SIRARTHUR Doyle himself receibdd scores CONANDOY of outraged - and ab5qhte - letters. ^P257 CEEFAX 257 Tue 8 Jul 21:07/06 2/6 THE FIRST Holmes story creatfd hardly a ripple when it was published. Doyle had some trouble selling A Study in Scarlet, partly because of its odd length m too long for a single issue of any of the magazines he sent it to, and too short for a series. It was also too much in the "shilling dreadful" line for most serious publishers, and was returned unread by all except one, who thought it "capital", but sent his regrfts... SIRARTHU It eventually CONANDOY appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887 Doyle sold the copyright for just £25. P257 CEEFAX 257 Tue 8 Jul 21:04/02 3'6 DOYLEDEVO @D much mord time and effort to his historical novels than he ever did to Sherlock Holmes, and hd never quite forf—ve the cbitics for preferring the detfctive stories. By thd end of 1891 "The Strand" magazine had published six of them, paxhng (hm about £35 each. The editor was e!fdr for lnrf, but Doyle was ldss enthusiastic. He hit on the idea of demanding more money. £50 each should be enough to knock SIRARTHUR the whole series on the head, he CONANDOY thought. By rdturn of post "The Strand" agrded to pay.