Sir A. Conan Doyle Dead (Aberdeen Press and Journal)

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Sir A. Conan Doyle Dead is an article published in the Aberdeen Press and Journal on 8 july 1930.

Obituary of Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sir A. Conan Doyle Dead

Aberdeen Press and Journal (8 july 1930, p. 5)

Creator of Sherlock Holmes.

The innumerable admirers of Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, will regret to learn of the death, aged seventy-one, of the famous novelist and ardent believer in "survival after death."

Sir Arthur died yesterday at his Sussex home, Crowborough.

Psychical research had been his dominating interest of recent years. He had travelled many countries in advocacy of his belief in after life, and some of his friends, Sir Oliver Lodge among them, held that overwork in the cause contributed to his death.

Born in Edinburgh.

Sir Arthur was born in Edinburgh 1859, and studied medicine at Edinburgh University. He was in practice for eight years at Southsea, and later was senior physician at the Langman Field Hospital, South Africa.

At twenty-eight, he introduced Sherlock Holmes in "A Study in Scarlet," and a few years later produced his masterpiece, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." In all, he wrote over sixty books and plays.

It was the inductive methods his University professor, Dr. Bell, that led to the creation of one of the most famous detectives in fiction.

In his younger days he was enthusiastic cricketer, and at that time there was a famous bowler named Sherlock.

I cannot really be certain, he said little while ago, but it is possible that the name of the bowler Sherlock stuck in my mind, and Holmes also may owe its origin to cricket.

Sir Arthur will be remembered for his vigorous espousal of the cause of Oscar Slater, and he conducted strenuous campaign for the re-opening of the case.