"a large Masonic pin" [RETI]
With the imminent release of "The Da Vinci Code" in theaters, there has been a good deal of talk about the Masons. In fact, one of the Sherlock Holmes discussion lists asked about the connection between Conan Doyle and Freemasonry.
There are a number of articles that have covered the topic. In particular on the web are:
- Arthur Conan Doyle: Spiritualist and Freemason by Yasha Beresiner
- Sherlock Holmes - Freemason? by Ron Fish.
Ron has gone so far as to establish a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, The Master's Masons for Sherlockians who are Masons.