On July 3rd…

July 3, 1895: At 2 AM, Patrick Cairns killed Peter Carey with a harpoon. (BLAC)

Another one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fantastic word pictures. Quoting from the Canon:

And there in the middle of it was the man himself, his face twisted like a lost soul in torment, and his great brindled beard stuck upwards in his agony. Right through his broad breast a steel harpoon had been driven, and it had sunk deep into the wood of the wall behind him. He was pinned like a beetle on a card. Of course, he was quite dead, and had been so from the instant that he uttered that last yell of agony.

What a description!! His word pictures like that made me at 12 years old on the plains of Kansas move to Baker Street for the rest of my life.


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