He had answers for that question, and they were very good, very eloquent ones, even as I abbreviate them here. Sherlock Holmes was, he continued, a€?the personification of something in us that we have lost, or never had.
I had read the Sherlock Holmes stories repeatedly for years before I first learned there was such a thing as the Baker Street Irregulars. I began to make many new friends when I joined the BSI in the early 1970s, in America, of course, and also in England and Canada, great English-speaking nations of the world. Then in 1979 I began to travel not only to England, but also other countries in my work at the Pentagon, and a secret of my professional life is that I always considered the Pentagon to be a personal extension of the National Endowment for the Humanities. So I arranged to meet some of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben members in Copenhagen during that visit, and others that followed in the 1980s. I learned about The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street, and we got together with Hanne and Aage Rieck-SA?rensen as well. In the process, I discovered that the Cimbrian Friends, along with other members of the Klubben in Copenhagen, were devotees of another addiction of mine, P. That year, sooner than he had good reason to, Henry made me an honorary member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben. So it meant a great deal to me, on my first visit to Aalborg, when he insisted upon adding me to his galleries of Sherlock Holmesa€™s and Dr. The second matter is a letter that I and six other American honorary Klubben members a€” Peter Blau, Ron De Waal, Bill Rabe, Ted Schulz, John Bennett Shaw, and Julian Wolff a€” sent Henry for his 80th birthday in 1988, after he had announced his retirement as Klubben president at the previous Januarya€™s dinner in Copenhagen. In his reply, he said he knew I had written the letter, and it warmed my heart to know he realized that. And I hope The Cimbrian Friends have archives, because I want to donate these letters to and from and about Henry to them. The last thing I want to recall, because nothing has ever taken their place, were the books Henry created and sent to his friends every Christmas a€” beautiful chapbooks that he took great pains over, about not only Sherlock Holmes but many other interests of his as well, like tobacco, and horse-racing, and of course Wodehousea€™s characters and stories. When I first attended the BSI annual dinner in New York in 1973, the custom of Standing upon the Terrace was new to me. It was Christopher Morley who first made explicit that aspect of our pastime, in 1944 in the sub-title he gave to a new book of his, Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
Yet something else besides Victoriana was on his mind: a reflection about the essential nature of the Sherlock Holmes stories, prompting him to give his book the sub-title A Textbook of Friendship. Not long ago I needed to deal with this issue of friendship, as applies to Sherlockians themselves, in an historical novel about the Baker Street Irregulars that will be published this autumn.
Thank you very much, and God bless the Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street and the memory of our dear friend Henry Lauritzen. A A A  Sherlock Holmes was, he continued, a€?the personification of something in us that we have lost, or never had. A A A  I began to make many new friends when I joined the BSI in the early 1970s, in America, of course, and also in England and Canada, great English-speaking nations of the world.
A A A  Then in 1979 I began to travel not only to England, but also other countries in my work at the Pentagon, and a secret of my professional life is that I always considered the Pentagon to be a personal extension of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A A A  I learned about The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street, and we got together with Hanne and Aage Rieck-SA?rensen as well. A A A  In the process, I discovered that the Cimbrian Friends, along with other members of the Klubben in Copenhagen, were devotees of another addiction of mine, P. A A A  That year, sooner than he had good reason to, Henry made me an honorary member of the Sherlock Holmes Klubben.
A A A  So it meant a great deal to me, on my first visit to Aalborg, when he insisted upon adding me to his galleries of Sherlock Holmesa€™s and Dr. A A A  The second matter is a letter that I and six other American honorary Klubben members a€” Peter Blau, Ron De Waal, Bill Rabe, Ted Schulz, John Bennett Shaw, and Julian Wolff a€” sent Henry for his 80th birthday in 1988, after he had announced his retirement as Klubben president at the previous Januarya€™s dinner in Copenhagen.
A A A  In his reply, he said he knew I had written the letter, and it warmed my heart to know he realized that. A A A  And I hope The Cimbrian Friends have archives, because I want to donate these letters to and from and about Henry to them. A A A  The last thing I want to recall, because nothing has ever taken their place, were the books Henry created and sent to his friends every Christmas a€” beautiful chapbooks that he took great pains over, about not only Sherlock Holmes but many other interests of his as well, like tobacco, and horse-racing, and of course Wodehousea€™s characters and stories. A A A  When I first attended the BSI annual dinner in New York in 1973, the custom of Standing upon the Terrace was new to me. A A A  It was Christopher Morley who first made explicit that aspect of our pastime, in 1944 in the sub-title he gave to a new book of his, Sherlock Holmes and Dr.
A A A  Yet something else besides Victoriana was on his mind: a reflection about the essential nature of the Sherlock Holmes stories, prompting him to give his book the sub-title A Textbook of Friendship.
A A A  Not long ago I needed to deal with this issue of friendship, as applies to Sherlockians themselves, in an historical novel about the Baker Street Irregulars that will be published this autumn.
A A A  Thank you very much, and God bless the Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street and the memory of our dear friend Henry Lauritzen.
Another point made clear is that it had nothing to do with the BSI founded the year before.
As the revived BSIa€™s a€?Buttons,a€? Smith compiled a membership list for it dated December 5, 1940. In his 1961 BSJ essay, Dick Clarke chuckled about a€?setting the pips on the members of our revered rival societies.a€? One target was Dr. But less respect for the BSI was paid in a later, March 1941, letter to the New York Times. I regret exceedingly [Smith wrote the Pips later] that circumstances should have conspired to make inexpedient our little gathering last week at the Priory School-in-Exile. Smith tentatively rescheduled for the spring of 1942, but, as it turned out, there was a hiatus for the duration of the war, which absorbed their energies and sent some Pips off to distant corners of the world. Besides some of the Pips named above, our ranks have included such other illustrious members of our fraternal society, the Baker Street Irregulars, as William S.
A A A  Another point made clear is that it had nothing to do with the BSI founded the year before. A A  In his 1961 BSJ essay, Dick Clarke chuckled about a€?setting the pips on the members of our revered rival societies.a€? One target was Dr.
A A A  Smith tentatively rescheduled for the spring of 1942, but, as it turned out, there was a hiatus for the duration of the war, which absorbed their energies and sent some Pips off to distant corners of the world. A A A  One Pip previously veiled in mystery is a story for which the world may now be prepared.
A A A  Besides some of the Pips named above, our ranks have included such other illustrious members of our fraternal society, the Baker Street Irregulars, as William S.
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Enid Blyton, 1897-1968, wrote over 600 books for children, and is still regarded as one of the most popular of all children's writers. I fear my remarks will be very personal ones, for when I thought about what to say after Jens Byskov Jensen was kind enough to invite me to be tonighta€™s speaker, I was flooded with memories of past visits here, and what they have long meant to me.
Smith, then and still the best and wisest man the Baker Street Irregulars have ever known, wrote an editorial called a€?The Implicit Holmesa€? for the brand-new Baker Street Journal.
And I still remember the excitement of that discovery a€” that there were others as besotted with the Sherlock Holmes stories as I was.
It made sense to me that societies raised in the English language, rooted in English common law, and sharing the British literary heritage, would find common ground in the Sherlock Holmes stories. I spent a good deal of time with Niels-Jorgen Haagerup, with whom I had a professional as well as a literary link. I had Pentagon business at NATOa€™s Baltic Approaches Headquarters in Karup, and to me it seemed perfectly reasonable to stay in Aalborg, a scant 112 kilometers away.
This was a long time ago, that first visit in 1980 a€” thirty years ago, but I am still enchanted by my memories of that visit.
Hea€™d sent the Klubben a subsequent letter saying that henceforth he would take it easy at the Klubbena€™s dinners and meetings, and perhaps enjoy an extra cigar and an extra drink.
But while it had been my privilege and honor to write it, it expressed the view of all seven of us: in fact initially eight, but Bliss Austin a€” a prince of the realm if ever the Baker Street Irregulars have had one a€” had died before Henrya€™s birthday came round. They belong here, to be preserved for the benefit of those to come who did not have the good fortune to know him.
These books took time, effort, care, and expense to produce, each one was a different facet of his personality, they were greatly valued by all who received them, and nothing has ever taken their place in the hearts of those fortunate enough to count Henry Lauritzen as a friend.
A young man in 1934 has met the Irregulars, and badly wants to be one, but confesses to Christopher Morley that he doesna€™t know the Canon as well as Morley and his friends. I could put those words in his mouth in good conscience because I knew he had felt that way, and because I knew them to be true myself.
I had Pentagon business at NATOa€™s Baltic Approaches Headquarters in Karup, and to me it seemed perfectly reasonable to stay in Aalborg, a scant 112 kilometers away.A  Karup had the NATO HQ, but Aalborg had Henry Lauritzen. It has given an account of itself only twice before, without lifting the veil of discretion very high either time.a€?While The Pips is not a secret Society,a€? wrote our founding father, Richard W. Given the accumulation of Pipsarchives now in hand, notably the papers of Jephro Rucastle, Reginald Musgrave, and Roaring Jack Woodley, and in the spirit of the mandatory declassification reviews which impose upon my secular life at the Arsenal, it is time to disclose a few additional details about the Pipsa€™ first few decades. No evidence suggests that the five founding Pips were even aware of the BSIa€™s existence at the time. It included a new generation of Pips consisting of William Harmon Beers, Thayer Cumings, James R.
Our practice of each Pip reading a scholarly paper at each of our annual dinners dates back to 1939 a€” when originally Pips were required to write Sherlock Holmes stories based on the unrecorded cases.
If we had read the Sacred Writings more closely, perhaps we could have foreseen the development of the unholy alliance that has turned our whole world topsy-turvy a€” need I remind you of the close knowledge of things Japanese possessed by the unspeakable Baron Gruner and the reverence in which he seemed to hold the Emperor Shomu and the Shoso-in near Nara?
We hear next from Dick Clarke in October 1943, off in the Navy, in a letter to Smith relating a wartime anecdote: a€?My son, who un-fortunately did not do well at your school, has been for several years in the Foreign Legion, and at the present writing is killing Germans in Corsica. James Ramsay Hunt, Jr., known to his comrades as McMurdo, was en-pipped in 1945, and attended the 1946 and a€™47 BSI dinners as well. Watson,a€? Owen Frisbie wrote to Rex Stout on March 31, 1941, essaying a gentle approach, to no avail.
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It was longer still before I read those words of Edgar Smitha€™s, but they remain as true for me today, decades later, as they were the first time I read them.
Ita€™s true that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had been notably deficient in appreciating Sherlock Holmes, but what did he know? I liked Kristian Hasle Cordtz, whose recent death I was startled to learn of, from the last issue of Sherlockiana, and I was positively charmed by his elderly and courtly father Eigil Cordtz. I dona€™t remember a thing about the BALTAP part of it, except that one or two more visits there seemed called for, during the next few years, always staying in Aalborg, of course.
But I appreciate receiving Sherlockiana even if I dona€™t read Danish: it reminds me, each time an issue arrives, of both absent friends and the universality of Sherlock Holmes. I used one of his caricatures of me on my personal stationery for years, until its striking resemblance fell victim to my increasing years, expanding waistline, and thinning hair. Our letter congratulating him upon his birthday was accompanied by the best box of cigars and best bottle of cognac our agents in Denmark could buy, for Henry with our compliments and love a€” perishable gestures of an imperishable affection for him.
Irregulars Stand upon the Terrace for many comrades, but there have not been many who meant as much as Henry did. Having lost friends along the way, I am glad to return to Aalborg to see the Rieck-SA?rensens again.
It was the first of his many books to be entirely devoted to Sherlock Holmes, and the first attempt by anyone to annotate the Canon for readers less familiar with the Victorian era, which must have seemed very distant in that fateful year of the Second World War. A moviea€™s other positive qualities dona€™t compensate very much, as far as wea€™re concerned, if it gets the Holmes-Watson relationship wrong.
When the Sherlock Holmes stories seize someone this way, ita€™s because they speak to his fundamental values and ideal of friendship. I knew that because I have seen that Irregular friendship at work around me, and felt it myself, for forty years now.
Ia€™m glad to be able to speak to you about Henry Lauritzen, my friend still even though long departed. And Henry was everything I could have hoped for, devoted to Sherlock Holmes, welcoming to all who shared that devotion, utterly charming, and hospitable to a fault.
Clarke, in his introduction to The Best of the Pips, 1956, a€?we have con-stantly maintained a passion for anonymity.
And when they did become aware of it, they did not leap to salute it as the senior society.
Louis, discoverer of Camden House in Baker Street, who found the pips set on him in May 1936. While I cannot speak for our colleagues, the Baker Street Irregulars, I am confident they would approve our censure of this singularly flagrant misrepre-sentation. Owen Frisbie reminded others that year that they had agreed to each select and record a case as Dr.
He also said a€?Black tie if convenient,a€? but by 1955, that yeara€™s notice from Tax Cumings read a€?Black tie, as usual.a€? Their better instincts had reasserted themselves. A clandestine side was hinted at by both his alias and Dick Clarkea€™s remark in a 1950 letter to the Pips, that dinner was to have been in May, a€?but unfortunately our host, McMurdo, was sent to the California lands on a lengthy and important case for the Pinkertons.a€? Hunt had been an investment banker before the war, but Naval Intelligence service proved a lasting indoctrination, and he returned to civilian life as the chief of the a€?New York Contact Branch,a€? part of the Central Intelligence Group, the OSSa€™s successor and CIAa€™s precursor. The gang are furious, but then they learn the intruder is in big trouble, and needs their help.


Her books are translated into more than 90 languages, and have been adapted for film and TV.
Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?" Lao Tzu Be aware of the motivation behind your action, the intention behind your words, and the needs and experiences of other people.
The Sherlock Holmes stories are immortal, and the sentiments they arouse in us are what Smith said a€” timeless, and imperishable. This was a fairly new one for me, but one of long standing for Henry and Aage, and to Bjarne and Niels-Jorgen in Copenhagen, and no doubt others. I have not only my Klubben membership card signed by Henry in 1980, but a second one he gave me so I could mount them together, front and back, as you see here. I used another in this 1980 article for Baker Street Miscellanea called a€?Sherlocki?? Holmes in Scandinavia,a€? which also included Henrya€™s caricatures of Aage here in Aalborg, Nils Nordberg in Oslo, Ted Bergman in Stockholm, and Henry himself a€” not to mention his colophon for The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street. Eventually one Stands upon the Terrace for people we have come to know, then soon for people wea€™ve come to consider friends, and eventually for people wea€™ve come to love. Nigel Bruce was a likeable old dodderer, and might be all right for the great unobservant public, who can hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a compositor by his left thumb, but he was not the Canona€™s Watson, no matter how good a Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone made. Irregular friendships, drawn from the priceless, timeless one between Sherlock Holmes and John H. I used another in this 1980 article for Baker Street Miscellanea called a€?Sherlock Holmes in Scandinavia,a€? which also included Henrya€™s caricatures of Aage here in Aalborg, Nils Nordberg in Oslo, Ted Bergman in Stockholm, and Henry himself a€” not to mention his colophon for The Cimbrian Friends of Baker Street.
None of them deigned to attend the BSIa€™s annual dinners until 1945, ten years later, and not until several years after that did they consent to a scionic link to the BSI. But it is a point of distinction for The Five Orange Pips that Smith, who was so much to the BSI for so long, was a Pip first. A separate list of the same date headed a€?Membership - Five Orange Pipsa€? gave names, addresses and noms de Canon of Gordon Knox Bell (a€?Henry Bakera€?), Richard W. Calling it now the Priory School-in-Exile, he summoned the Pips to dinner there on Friday, December 12. In 2012, Hodder Children's Books celebrated the 70th anniversary of the first publication of the Famous Five by reissuing the first five titles, in aid of the charity House of Illustration, with new covers by Quentin Blake, Chris Riddell, Emma Chichester Clark, Oliver Jeffers and Helen Oxenbury.
I knew there was a big Sherlock Holmes following in Scandinavia, and I also knew the liona€™s share of it was in Denmark.
They had Sherlock Holmes collections, of course a€” Aagea€™s particularly impressive one included obscure items I wouldna€™t have guessed had ever found their way out of the United States. People throughout the Sherlockian world today recognize and prize Henrya€™s work, and I think always shall.
It is a bittersweet thing, year by year, making you realize that we are part of a great procession of men and women who have at the very least one thing in common, but that that is a very great and wise thing: we all perceive something special in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and not only in them, but in each other. Nothing in our lives since a€” careers, experience of war, occasionally crushing family responsibilities a€” effaces the memory of boyhood wonder and delight.
In 1936, he had written a letter of appreciation to the author of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. I know he enjoyed drawing Sherlock Holmes subjects, but he never hesitated when asked to do one or two, or even more, for somebody else. The principle was as true then, and as true now, as it was in 1944 for Morley, in a world and time far more fractured and troubled than todaya€™s. Our devotion to that body of timeless, imperishable literature is an expression of the possibility and value of friendship. Vincent Starrett was away at the time, and it was a year before he returned home to find Smitha€™s letter. Said work, however, must be substituted for by the offering of a thesis, poem, commentary, or other literary work worthy of the subject.a€? Pips put their papers on the sundial each year to this day. After some ten years in the Directora€™s office, and as chief of station in Paris, Hunt became deputy chief of clandestine operations at CIA, and finally deputy chief of counter-intelligence there to the truly spooky James Jesus Angleton.
I always had a wonderful time in Copenhagen, though perhaps that time with Bjarne was pushing things a bit. In the 1980s when I co-edited Baker Street Miscellanea, he did any number of drawings for our pages, and everyone loved the humor in them. It is what abides each time the tales have all been read again, and the book placed back on our shelf, until the time we take it down again for the next reading.
Smith learned of the BSI from Starrett, and finally wrote to Christopher Morley in August 1938.
Why, I finally asked them, was there such an i??obvious affinity for English things in Denmark? Not only did they amuse in their own right, you could see behind them a highly benevolent spirit in the artist. It is what brings us together tonight on this occasion, and will again at future times and places.
Why, I finally asked them, was there such an obvious affinity for English things in Denmark? Aagea€™s reply was the best one imaginable, one Ia€™ve never forgotten, and have repeated many times elsewhere: England, he said, used to be a Danish country.
No more proof is needed that The Five Orange Pips thought of themselves in those days as a separate and equal Sherlock Holmes society. Our annual gathering is now firmly ensconced in autumn mists, and has been held at the same private club on Murray Hill for the past five years.
In more recent years, echoes of onea€™s secular vocation have been heard in Pips' titles as well. Membership has never exceeded ten at any time, for no greater number could possibly satisfy the scholarly requirements in the time available at our dinners, nor permit the intimate sodality which means so much to Pips. Our papers are necessarily concise, imposing challenging standards of tight construction and precise writing, in addition to originality of concept and elegance of expression. Our dinners are cocktails and cigars, elaborate cuisine and fine wines, crisp linen, bone china, and polished silver, banter and repartee of a high order, erudition not unmixed with zeal, an occasional infusion of sentiment, and a strong sense of fellowship. The Pips are now in our sixty-fifth year, and anticipate going on this way forever, the one fixed point in a changing age. Dear Friend , on sacred Pilgrimage we visit 14 countries and holy sites, chanting the karma avoiding mantra. In INDIA we meditate at Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple & Bodhi tree, sacred space of Buddha´s Enlightenment.
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