Jody Baker: Mrs. Baynes, The Inspector And The Mazarin Stone

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Of the 56 short stories about Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone” is, without doubt, the one that is most problematic. Mrs. Baynes is questioning Inspector Baynes about this story at this time:    

Mrs. Baynes: Now, tell me Inspector, what did you think of that story, “The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone?”

Inspector: It was published in November, 1921. 

Mrs. Baynes: But what did you think of it?

Inspector: It was an adaptation of, or transplant from, Conan Doyle’s play, “The Crown Diamond: An Evening With Sherlock Holmes.” which was performed in February, 1921. 

Mrs. Baynes: But, Inspector, how did you like the story?

Inspector: If you would like to read the full script of “Crown Diamond,” you will find it at 

Mrs. Baynes: But the story, Inspector, the story?

Inspector: Not only was “Crown Diamond” transplanted into “Mazarin Stone,” but a part of “The Adventure of the Empty House” had been lifted from that story and grafted onto “Crown Diamond? 

Mrs. Baynes: I don’t care about those details. What did you think about it as a story?

Inspector: Also, Mrs. Baynes, it might of interest for you to know that Col. Sebastian Moran was in “Crown Diamond,” but he was replaced, as Holmes’s foe, by a character by the name of Count Negretto Sylvius in “Mazarin Stone.” 

Mrs. Baynes: Inspector, you’re not listening to me. How did you like the story? How did you like “The adventure of the Mazarin Stone?”

Inspector: That story, Mrs. Baynes, was not written by Dr. Watson. It is another of the third-person tales. 

Mrs. Baynes: What about the story? What are your thoughts about it? What is wrong with you, inspector?

Inspector: Well, I’ll tell you, Mrs. Baynes. Ever since I was a small child --- a young whippersnapper,  --- I have been told that “if you can’t say something good about it, you don’t say anything at all.” 

Thereafter, a resounding silence reverberated throughout the Baynes household.  

nspector Baynes

(Jody Baker is a Chattanooga attorney, who specializes in Sherlock Holmes lore. He can be reached at

Proud Of Desjarlais

As a constituent of Congressman Scott Desjarlais, I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Exum. Mr. Exum insinuated him to be one of the worst representatives in Washington. However, those in Scott Dejarlais' district, of which Mr. Exum is not, calls him one of the best, if not the best in Washington. That is why he was re-elected.  Joey Blevins Conservative ... (click for more)

What Is Thanksgiving Day For?

As I thought about tomorrow, I asked myself this question: "What is Thanksgiving for?"  For some, it is simply a break from work. For others, it is a time to gather with friends or family or both, to enjoy one another's company and our favorite foods, and to give thanks for the many blessings we've enjoyed.  Thanksgiving encompasses all of those things, but for me ... (click for more)

Darrel Jones, 43, Shot And Killed On Central Avenue

Darrel Jones, 43, was shot and killed on Central Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Chattanooga Police responded to the 3600 block of Central Avenue around 3 p.m. on a report of a shooting. They located a single victim, who  succumbed to his injuries on scene. Witnesses to the incident declined to cooperate with the investigation.  Investigators continue ... (click for more)

Family Escapes Early Morning House Fire

A home was damaged by fire early Thursday morning.  The Chattanooga Fire Department received a fire call at  3:48  a.m.  and responded to 1825 Dixon Street with four fire companies. The family inside the home was awakened by a passerby knocking at the door. All of them quickly made their way outside the home to safety.  Once firefighters ... (click for more)

Joseph Goetz Outruns Alan Outlaw For Turkey Trot Title

It wasn’t as cold as it’s been in years past, but the temperature and overall conditions for the 2015 running of the Turkey Trot 8K at the Sports Barn East were almost perfect. Another record crowd showed up for what has become a popular Thanksgiving Day tradition.   And has always been the case, there were a lot of people out there smiling and happy, demonstrating their ... (click for more)

Jones Thankful For Resiliency, Resolve Of 2015 Vols

The day before families gather around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving, Tennessee football coach   spoke about what he and the Vols are thankful for. "It's a time to reflect and we have so much to be thankful and grateful for in really the resiliency and resolve that this football team has shown, the growing of this football team and the growing of this football program," ... (click for more)