The blue carbuncle

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Ryder seeks mercy from Holmes

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle (The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle) is a Sherlock Holmes -Kurzgeschichte by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle . It first appeared in Strand Magazine in 1892 , illustrated by Sidney Paget . In October of the same year she appeared in the complete volume The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) .


The action takes place on December 26, 1889. On the morning of that day, the hotel porter Peterson witnessed a robbery on a tall man after a party. When he intervenes, those involved flee, but the victim of the attack leaves behind a worn felt hat with the initials "HB" and a Christmas goose with a card for the wife of a certain Henry Baker attached. Peterson brings both to Sherlock Holmes. While the latter, due to the size and condition of the felt hat, concludes that the owner is intelligent and morally shattered, Peterson's wife is preparing the Christmas goose. She found the blue carbuncle, a famous diamond that the Countess von Morcar had noticed five days earlier in the Hotel Cosmopolitan as lost. The 26-year-old plumber John Horner is brought to the prosecution as a suspected thief, who already has a previous conviction for a similar offense and was staying in the hotel at the time of the crime.

Holmes meets with Baker

Holmes hides the gem, which has been surrounded by murder and manslaughter for the 20 or so years since it was found, in his vault. In order to clear up the case, he placed an advertisement in all the London evening newspapers in which he offered Henry Baker to pick up the two lost property from him that evening. At the agreed time, a well-educated man reports, explaining that he had to refrain from posting his own ad due to financial difficulties. Henry Baker is satisfied with a new goose acquired by Watson and does not seem to have known anything of the valuable contents of the actual goose. On the side, Holmes asks where Baker bought the goose, and after his testimony goes to the Alpha Inn pub. There he was referred to the dealer Breckinridge in Covent Garden, whom he annoyed with his request until he called Mrs. Oakshott as his supplier.

Unexpectedly, there is an argument between Breckinridge and a short man who is looking for a specific goose. It's James Ryder, an employee of the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Sherlock Holmes offers to help him find him and takes him to Baker Street . The jewel thief admits to having received a tip from the countess's maid . In order to divert suspicion from himself, he caused a little damage and thus lured the convicted plumber into the hotel room. After he was arrested, Ryder smuggled the gem from the hotel to his sister, Maggie Oakshott, who was goose-farmer. Thereupon he took his friend Maudsley into confidence, who advised him to hide the carbuncle in the goose. Ryder's sister, however, did not know about it and gave him the wrong goose for Christmas, so that he had to search the middlemen for the right animal.

Holmes gives in to Ryder's petition for clemency and does not file a report with the police.




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Individual evidence

  1. The Blue Carbuncle. 2008, accessed November 15, 2012 .
  2. Watson mentions that it is the second morning after Christmas. The mention of The Man with the Disfigured Lip suggests the years 1889 and 1890. However, 1890 is out of the question because, according to The Last Problem , Holmes spent the winter in France.