People, Aug. 31, 1959

To Soviet readers, Sherlock Holmes is a great fictional hero, and in the past 40-odd years the U.S.S.R.'s Ministry of Culture has grossed at least $3,000,000 in sales of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Holmes. But neither Doyle nor his heirs ever got so much as a ruble out of the Soviet sales. A Moscow city court last year tossed out a $180,000 suit brought by Adrian Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur's only surviving son, as a claim for the pirating of his father's writing. Three judges of the Soviet Supreme...

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