The Killing of Young Perkins
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
In the Sherlock Holmes stories
- Sherlock Holmes recalled to Steve Dixie the killing of young Perkins outside the Holborn Bar. (3GAB, 35)
'I've wanted to meet you for some time,' said Holmes. 'I won't ask you to sit down, for I don't like the smell of you, but aren't you Steve Dixie, the bruiser?'
'That's my name, Masser Holmes, and you'll get put through it for sure if you give me any lip.'
'It is certainly the last thing you need,' said Holmes, staring at our visitor's hideous mouth. 'But it was the killing of young Perkins outside the Holborn Bar - What! you're not going?'
The negro had sprung back, and his face was leaden. 'I won't listen to no such talk,' said he. 'What have I to do with this 'ere Perkins, Masser Holmes? I was trainin' at the Bull Ring in Birmingham when this boy done gone get into trouble.'
'Yes, you'll tell the magistrate about it, Steve,' said Holmes. 'I've been watching you and Barney Stockdale-'
'So help me the Lord! Masser Holmes-'
'That's enough. Get out of it. I'll pick you up when I want you.'
- Holmes & Steve Dixie