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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

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how many telegraph posts did holmes count?

extract from "Silver Blaze" - Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes “We are going well,” said he, looking out of the window and glancing at his watch. “Our rate at present is fifty-three and a half miles an hour.” “I have not observed the quarter-mile posts,” said I. “Nor have I. But the telegraph posts upon this line are sixty yards apart, and the calculation is a simple one.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------- the question is "how many telegraph posts did holmes count?" we know that 1 mile = 1760 yards 60 yards = 1 telegraph post 1760 yards = 1760/60 telegraph posts = 29.33 telegraph posts 1760 yards per hour = 29.33 telegraph posts per hour, i.e., 1 mile per hour = 29.33 telegraph posts per hour 53.5 miles per hour = 53.5 x 29.33 telegraph posts per hour = 1569.155 telegraph posts per hour = 1569.155/60 telegraph posts per minute = 26.15 telegraph posts per minute (approximately) = 27 telegraph posts per minute (approximately) so, holmes must have counted about 27 telegraph posts.

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those are dainty morsels indeed. they excude the cool atmosphere of manor house libraries. You can smell the cigar smoke, hear leather bound volumes creek gently under your touch.................... and then you find yourself enshrouded with thick london fog under a gas lamp and you hope the lamp you see through the window pain has been lit for you and indeed you are a most welcome guest...........
So cosy the stories are, compared to the outside word though they tell us about human crimes and blunders
So restful, so vivid, so tactile - they taste of Victorian tea cakes and cucumber sandwiches, they're velvety to touch, of deep brown hue with gold and crimson spots gleeming discreetly in the darkness.......

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Highly reccomended books though weaker that the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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