In Accordance with Evidence

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCE 1919 CONTENTS PaRT I HOLBORN PART I1 WOBURN PLACE PART 111 THE GARR ET IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCE I T seems strangely liEe old times to me to be making these jottings in Pitmans shorthand I was surprised to find I remembered as much of it as I do, for I dropped it suddenly when Archie Merridew died, and Archies clear, high pitchIN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCE 1919 CONTENTS PaRT I HOLBORN PART I1 WOBURN PLACE PART 111 THE GARR ET IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCE I T seems strangely liEe old times to me to be making these jottings in Pitmans shorthand I was surprised to find I remembered as much of it as I do, for I dropped it suddenly when Archie Merridew died, and Archies clear, high pitch voice was the last that ever dictated to me for speed, h while I myself have not dictated since Archie took down his last message from my reading That will be say a dozen years or ago next Angust It may be a little , or a little less Nor, since I do not keep it as an anniversary, does the day of the month matter Either in my rooms or his, we had a good deal of this sort of practise together about that time, young Archie and I reading aloud, taking down and transcribing I am wrong in speaking of my 66 rooms though I had only one, a third floor bedroom near the very noisiest corner of Kings Cross It was just opposite one of these running electric advertisements that changed from green to red and from red to green three times every minute you know them there are plenty of them now, but they were new then The street was narrow this horrible thing was at a rounded corner not than five and twenty yards away and even when my lamp was lighted it still tinged my ceiling and the upper part of the wall above my bed, red and green, red and green for I had only a little muslin halfcurtain and no blind, and if I wanted to read in bed I had either to turn my lamp out until I had undressed or else to undress i n a corner by the window side of the room, because of being overlooked from across the way I dont think there were any other lodgers in the house It was a pub, the Coburg, but I could get on to the staircase without going through the bars on the ground floor, and always did so The rather sour smell of these lower parts of my abode reached me up my three flights of stairs, but I had got used to that It was the noise that was the worst exeept, of course, that red and green fiend of an advertisement the noise that greeted me when I woke of a morning, awaited me when I came back from Rixon Tebb Masters at night, and often became maddening when, at half past twelve, they clashed to the iron gates of the public house and turned the topers out into the street, to fraternise or quarrel for half an hour or beneath my window But we worked in Archie Merridews rooms than in mine Rooms is correct here He had the whole top floor of a house near the Foundling Hospital, a pretty house with a fan lighted ivygreen door, early Georgian, a brightly twinkling brass knocker and bellpulls, and a white washed area inside the railings to make the basement lighter His folks lived at Guildford his father paid his rent for him, thirty eight pounds n year and his pleasant quarters under the roof had everything that mine hadnt he could sit outside on the coped leads d e n the weather was hot, draw up cosily to a fireplace shaped something like a Queen Anne teapot when b i t was cold, and the ceiling, truncated along one side, didnt begin to turn red and green the moment the twilight came It gives me a shiver to think how atrociously poor I was in those days More and of that too comes back with the half forgotten shorthand
In Accordance with Evidence IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCE CONTENTS PaRT I HOLBORN PART I WOBURN PLACE PART THE GARR ET IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE EVIDENCE I T seems strangely liEe old times to me to be making these jotti

  • Title: In Accordance with Evidence
  • Author: Oliver Onions
  • ISBN: 9780824023881
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
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    Oliver Onions

    Oliver Onions was born in Bradford in 1873 Although he legally changed his name to George Oliver in 1918, he always published under the name Oliver Onions Onions originally worked as a commercial artist before turning to writing, and the dust jackets of his earliest works included illustrations painted by Onions himself.Onions was a prolific writer of short stories and novels and is best remembered today for his ghost stories, the most famous of which is probably The Beckoning Fair One , originally published in Widdershins 1911 Despite being known today chiefly for his supernatural short fiction, Onions also published than a dozen novels in a variety of genres, including In Accordance with the Evidence 1912 , The Tower of Oblivion 1921 , The Hand of Kornelius Voyt 1939 , The Story of Ragged Robyn 1945 , and Poor Man s Tapestry 1946 , which won the prestigious James Tait Black Memorial Prize as the best work of fiction published that year.Onions was apparently a very private individual, and though admired and well respected in his time, he appears not to have moved in literary circles, and few personal memoirs of him survive He spent most of his later life in Wales, where he lived with his wife, Berta Ruck 1878 1978 , herself a prolific and popular novelist they had two sons, Arthur b 1912 and William b 1913 Oliver Onions died in 1961.

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    • Ed said:
      Oct 18, 2018 - 15:56 PM

      Listed in Ninety Classics of Crime Fiction 1900-1975, ed. Jacques Barzun and Wendell Hertig Taylor. Probably the strangest piece of crime fiction I have ever read. The first page introduces an almost 300 page flashback to 12 years earlier. The narrator is a student at a business college and observes and thinks but does almost nothing. The word "crime" doesn't appear until page 225 and it takes another 35 plodding pages before the crime being contemplated is mentioned. "Whom God Hath Sundered tri [...]

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