Meeting number 17 was conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, and began at 7pm as usual. Attending was Barry, Candace, Pat, Michelle, Beth, Beth, Bill, Rick, Barb, Henry and myself (Tom).
Notes from the September Meeting:
After assembling in our usual place, we swapped travel stories and plans for the future. Then, we got down to business. After reading the assigned quote, and dropping some hints, pretty much everyone was able to name "The Blue Carbuncle" as the story from which the quote was taken. The character identification was guessed by only a couple of folks - the character (who's name currently escapes me) was from "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" (I will take better notes next time). The meeting concluded with a discussion of "The Sign of Four" led by Henry Tonn. Well done, Henry!
Plans for the October Meeting:
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd, at the usual time and place. I received an email to day from Henry Tonn, who was able to confirm that Ben Steelman will be in attendance at this meeting, and will lead us in a discussion of Sherlock Holmes as portrayed by Basil Rathbone. It promises to be an interesting meeting, so please plan to attend! To give Ben plenty of time for Ben's discussion, there will be no story discussion (yes, that right - no homework for a change!)
The quote for the October meeting is as follows:
"I am fairly familiar with all forms of secret writings, and am myself the author of a trifling monograph upon the subject, in which I analyze one hundred and sixty separate ciphers; but I confess that this is entirely new to me. The object of those who invented the system has apparently been to conceal that these characters convey a message, and to give the idea that they are the mere random sketches of children."
I forgot to write down who has agreed to bring a character description, so if you are the one, please be ready. Otherwise, I will prepare one just in case!
The mystery to solve is shown below. Study it, and be ready to ask questions so that you may solve the mystery!