Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Episode 229 – Cormorants

“the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant” [VEIL]  

Image credit: Cormorant, from the Game Birds series (N40) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes, 1888-90 (Metropolitan Museum, Public Domain CC0)

There is one scant mention of a cormorant in the Sherlock Holmes stories — in one of Watson's enticing throwaway lines of a case which we'll never read. In "The Veiled Lodger," he tells us about the case involving a trained cormorant that might be revealed to the public.

But what is a cormorant? Can it really be trained? It's the third week of the month, and that means we discuss exotic animals in the Canon. It's just a Trifle. 

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Music credits

Performers: Uncredited violinist, US Marine Chamber Orchestra
Publisher Info.: Washington, DC: United States Marine Band


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Scott Monty and Burt Wolder are both members of the Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. They have co-hosted the popular show I Hear of Everywhere since June 2007.

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