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The town of Chester, Illinois contains a few interesting items. One is the Chester Baskerville Society. Another is the Popeye and Friends Character Trail. And the common bond between both of them is Mike McClure, BSI ("Stimson & Co."), a member of the Baker Street Irregulars.

Mike tells us about his involvement with Sherlock Holmes, about the early days of Elzie C. ("E.C.") Segar, creator of Popeye, and how the town of Chester and Sherlock Holmes are irrevocably connected with him. That led Mike to another mission: commissioning the first-ever permanent Sherlock Holmes statue in the United States.

We also learn about a new game called Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars, which Mike is creating. Both the game and the statue hold an opportunity for Sherlockians and Sherlock Holmes societies to get involved and have themselves or their loved ones honored.

We also have another installment of "As We Go to Press" with Mattias Boström, co-editor of the Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle in the Newspapers series. Try your hand at the latest Canonical Couplet quiz, see if you can figure out the story we're referring to, and you might win a prize.

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