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Recent world history and the concomitant advances in military technology have rendered moot the secrecy which previously encapsulated certain events that occurred during the visit Sherlock Holmes and myself made to Hampshire some years before the turn of the century. I can now, therefore, disclose details of our encounter with a remarkable inventor and our thrilling experiences while engaged in the process of assisting that gentleman with the testing of a certain artifact. This was, and of course still is, a technological and scientific tour de force with far reaching and significant military and commercial applications. Indeed, the military potential of his inventions imposed severe restrictions on any public report of that time. This has long been a source of frustration to me, as I found myself forced into silence regarding the actual inventions, and with a prohibition against any report of the events of those few days, subsequent to our successful resolution of the Voodoo Doll affair, our investigations regarding mayor Pink’s missing jewel, and the previously reported assistance we rendered to the Revenue Department in their efforts against the self-styled Free Trade Consortium.