Quite an interesting one, to say the least:
Holmes: Inspector Lestrade, I hear you have arrested Mr Algore .
Lestrade: Indeed I have Holmes. Once again the Yard brings the miscreants to justice, thank you very much; and without your … ‘assistance’, I might add.
Holmes: Quite so, quite so. May I enquire as to the nature of the evidence?
Lestrade: Very well. It seems your Mr Algore has been defrauding the widows and orphans of London with some sort of lantern show which he calls ‘Discomforting Verities’ or some such nonsense.
He was convincing people that the weather would change because of vapours from the coal mines. Ha ha, imagine the thought of London’s air being bad from coal! The things some people conceive. No doubt he is an opium addict on top of it all.
Holmes: Quite so, quite so, pray do go on.
Lestrade: Yes well, he would do his lantern show and then he was selling people carbon bathing machines, bonnets, caps, and offsets, whatever the Devil those are. Some sort of undergarment I suppose. …
More at Greenfyre’s. Nicely done indeed.