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"The Adventure of the Dorrington Ruby Seal" (1906)
Included in:
R. Holmes & Co. (John Kendrick Bangs); Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches II: 1905-1909 (Bill Peschel); "Watson!" and Other Unauthorized Sherlock Holmes Pastiches, Parodies, and Sequels (Wildside Press)
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; (Dr Watson)
Fictional Characters: A.J. Raffles; (Bunny Manders)
Other Characters: Jenkins; Raffles Holmes; Lord Dorrington; Dorrington's Servants; Parlour-maid; Dorrington's Chef; Marjorie Tattesby; Reverend James Tattersby; Sportsmen; Innkeeper; Boatmen(Dorrington's London Representative; Lady Dorrington; Sir Arthur Deering; American Hotel-Keeper; Mr Dutton)
Historical Figures: (George IV)
Date: August, 1905
Locations: USA; New York; The Richmere; Devonshire; Dorrington Castle; London; 221B, Baker Street; Anglo-American Missionary Society; Windsor; The Thames; Thames Valley; Goring-Streatley; Inn
Story: Raffles Holmes tells Jenkins about his father's first encounter with his grandfather.

Raffles attends the cricket gathering at Dorrington Castle. Seven months later, Lord Dorrington discovers that the Dorrington jewels are missing, and sends for Sherlock Holmes. After visiting the Castle, Holmes returns to London with a wax impression of the stolen Dorrington Ruby Seal, and realises that he has recently received a letter from the daughter of a clergymen bearing the selfsame seal. He travels to the Marjorie Tattersby's home and falls in love with her. At a party given by Dorrington, Holmes discovers that Tattersby is Raffles. He returns to the Tattersby home and marries Marjorie.

"Anecdotes That Might Have Been: William Gillette and Vesuvius" (1903)
Included in:
St Louis Republic, 4th January, 1903 and on this site
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Professor Moriarty
Historical Figures: William Gillette
Locations: Italy; Naples
Story: William Gillette is touring the Mediterranean with Holmes and Moriarty, when he is driven to depondency by the sight of Mount Vesuvius.

"Introducing Mr Raffles Holmes" (1906)
Included in:
R. Holmes & Co. (John Kendrick Bangs); "Watson!" and Other Unauthorized Sherlock Holmes Pastiches, Parodies, and Sequels (Wildside Press)
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: (Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson)
Fictional Characters: (A.J. Raffles; Bunny Manders)
Other Characters: Jenkins; Raffles Holmes; (The Jorkins; The Tinkletons; Mrs Persimmon; The Garraways; Nogi; Yoku; Lord Dorrington; Raffles's Daughter)
Date: August, 1905
Locations: USA; New York; The Richmere
Story: During a hot August, Jenkins is sleeping in a hammock hung outside his apartment, when he is awoken by Raffles Holmes burgling his apartment. After examining Jenkins' royalty cheques, Raffles reveals that he is the son of Sherlock Holmes and the grandson of A.J. Raffles, and invites Jenkins to become his biographer.
"Mr. Homes Solves A Question of Authorship" (1903)
Also published as "Shylock Homes: His Posthumous Memoirs"
Included in:
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen); Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches I: 1900-1904 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type: Parody
Detectives: Shylock Homes
Fictional Characters: Dr. Henry Jekyll; Lecoq; Mrs. Noah; Portia
Historical Figures: Sir Francis Bacon; Lucretia Borgia; Cleopatra; Mme. Du Barry; Elizabeth I; Anne Hathaway; William Shakespeare
Story: Homes is hired by Lucretia Borgia, Mme. Du Barry & Portia, representatives of the Cimmerian Branch of Sorosis, to find out who wrote Shakespeare's plays. After visiting both Bacon & Shakespeare, Homes finally learns the truth with a Martini containing a powder obtained from Dr. Jekyll.

"The Mystery of Pinkham's Diamond Stud" (1899)
Included in:
The Game is Afoot (Marvin Kaye); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Other Characters: Pinkham; Owner of the Waldorf-Hysteria; French Maid; English Valet; Jedediah Wattles; Polly Pinkham; Billie Pinkham
Date: After 1898 (introduction) & some years earlier
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; New York; The Walledup-Hysteria Hotel; A Tenement House on Rivington Street
Story: Holmes tells Watson of his visit to America and the theft of Mr. Pinkham's diamond stud from his hotel room. After ruling out the servants, and questioning Chicago millionaire, Wattles (while disguised as a diamond thief himself), only Pinkham's young children remain as suspects, and with the aid of some rock candy Holmes tracks down the stud. Watson writes up the story to pay his restaurant bills.
"The Personal Recollections of Father Time: Mrs Sherlock Holmes" (1904)
Included in:
Saint Paul Globe, 29th May, 1904 and on this site
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Folkloric Characters: Old Father Time
Other Characters: Mrs Sherlock Holmes / Miss Hawkshaw
Locations: Holmes's House
Story: Old Father Time accompanies Holmes home from the Star and Garter in Richmond. Mrs Holmes deduces that her husband hasn't been attending the service at St Paul's Cathedral that he professes to have been.
"A Pragmatic Enigma" (1908)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes in America (Bill Blackbeard); Potted Fiction (John Kendrick Bangs); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler); Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches II: 1905-1909 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: William James
Other Characters: Gazoozle Reporter; Newsboys; (Railway Porter; Head Waiter; Printing Shop Owner)
Date: November
Locations: Boston; Hotel
Story: Holmes and Watson arrive in Boston to give a lecture on cigar stumps. Holmes makes a series of deductions about Watson's recent activites, then deduces that their visitor is a Harvard professor who has written a book only to discover that he doesn't know what it means, and is now facing the embarrassment of having to explain it to the critics. Holmes goes on to deduce that the man is the author of a philosophical work titled Pragmatism. When he has finished deducing, the man has disappeared, along with their suitcases and coats. Shortly after, Holmes receives a phone call, and reads in the Gazoozle of the man's true identity.

The Pursuit of the House-Boat (1897)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Homes; (Dr. Watson)
Biblical Characters: Noah; Adam; Jonah; Lot's Wife; Noah's Wife; Delilah; Shem; (Queen of Sheba; Ham; Japhet)
Fictional Characters: Hamlet; Shylock; Le Coq; Hawkshaw; Man Friday; Portia; Conrad; Jim Hawkins; Ophelia; Trilby; The Count of Monte Cristo; (Old Sleuth; The Three Musketeers)
Folkloric Characters: Charon; Cassandra; Helen of Troy; Dido
Historical Figures: Sir Walter Raleigh; Socrates; Julius Caesar; Napoleon Bonaparte; Dr. Samuel Johnson; William Shakespeare; Lindley Murray; Dr. David Livingstone; Demosthenes; Sir Christopher Wren; King Solomon; Confucius; Sir William Blackstone; James Boswell; Baron Munchausen; Elizabeth I; Cleopatra; Madame Récamier; Xanthippe; Lucretia Borgia; Captain Kidd; Abeuchapeta; Sir Henry Morgan; Marguerite de Valois; Christopher Columbus; Martin Alonso Pinzon; Leif Ericson; Duke of Wellington; George Washington; Frederick the Great; Diogenes; Marie Antoinette; Captain Cook; Daniel Defoe; (Calpurnia; Marie Louise; Josephine; George Washington; Jumbo; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Other Characters: Pirates; Bo'sun; (The Duchess of Brokedale; The Prince; Servant; Duke of Brokedale; Bunker; Hinkley; Henderson)
Locations: Hades; The Banks of the Styx; Aboard the House-Boat; Charon's Office; Aboard the Gehenna; Holmes Island; (221B, Baker Street; Brighton)
Story: Captain Kidd has stolen the houseboat belonging to the Associated Shades from the River Styx and sailed off with the women of Hades. The men gather together to plan their course of action. A stranger takes charge of the meeting, suggesting a sea search, and deduces that Kidd has sailed for London. He tells the Shades how he solved the strange case of the Brokedale tiara and reveals that he is Sherlock Holmes. They set about finding a suitable boat, eventually chartering the screw steamer Gehenna from Charon. They receive a message in a bottle, found by Man Friday, from Portia aboard the house-boat. Holmes is planning to use the expedition to return to earth, having been killed off by his creator against his wishes at the height of his popularity.

Aboard the House-Boat the women are bemoaning the declining social standards in Hades when it is hijacked by Kidd and his pirates, who must decide what to do with the women - they decide to leave them shopping in Paris. The women begin to plan an escape strategy, but are distracted by the latest fashion magazines. Holmes takes command of the Gehenna and a distress signal is seen dead ahead. Kidd convinces the women that the voyage was planned by their husbands. Cassandra sees that he is lying and the women begin to plan their escape. The Gehenna sights an unknown floating island which Munchausen names Holmes Island in honour of their captain. The pirates are marooned on the volcanic island, the heat of which is making them fade away. They are taken prisoner and the Gehenna sets off again after the women who now control the House-Boat.

"Sherlock Holmes Again" (1899)
Also published as: "Rescuing Elsa: A Long-Suffering Damsel in Distress"
Included in:
I Believe in Sherlock Holmes (Douglas G. Greene); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Fictional Characters: Elsa of Brabant; Hamlet; Lohengrin; (Hawkshaw; Gottfried)
Other Characters: Club Night Guests
Locations: Hades; Holmes's Office; Holmes's Club; The Houseboat
Story: An operatic lady appears at Holmes's door, demanding that he tell her who she is. The only clues she has are a swan's feather, a lock of hair and a pair of tinselly tights. A chance meeting with Hamlet provides Holmes with a vital clue, leading him to the lady's husband.