sherlock7th July, 1930 : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who died of a heart attack today, was the creator of an immortal Sherlock Holmes, but he set far more value on preaching immortality through spiritualism. He spent £250,000 of his earnings on doing so around the world. What would Holmes have said of such beliefs? But Doyle was a great all rounder: a doctor, reporter (of both Boer and Great Wars), cricketer (who played for the MCC), divorce reformer, and campaigner against miscarriages of justice.

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