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Mr Natsume's Room
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Soseki Natsume's room in Garrideb's Flats during his stay in London.


Main article: The Memoirs of the Clouded Kokoro


This flat was originally the secret hideout of a notorious criminal from Manchester named Selden. In 1899, he had charges of eighteen cases of robbery and six cases of murder, was arrested and put on death row. But before he left the boarding house, he hid the Baskerville dog collar once worn by Klimt van Zieks' dog, which was worth one thousand pounds, that he stole from his manor, inside a secret compartment on the ceiling. A street photographer named Duncan Ross came across this available flat and decided to take residency since the rent was low and he wanted a room with a history.

Duncan Ross[]

Duncan Ross.

William Shamspeare came to John Garrideb requesting the flat on the second floor. Since Ross occupied the room already, Shamspeare settled for the ground floor flat. That's when Shamspeare decided to scare Ross out of the room by blowing into the gas pipe which would cause the pressure to temporarily drop resulting in every connecting lamp flame flickering. But he blew too hard and the flames went out causing a gas leak making it hard for Ross to breathe. This lead people to believe that Selden's spirit lurks in the room after he died of an illness about three days prior and will curse all the future residents with death via strangling, a newspaper headline called it "Haunted Apartment of Death". Ross' fiancé, fellow art student Viridian Green, begged him to move out of the flat in fear of the gas leaks killing him. Ross was actually going to move to a better place, though he didn't want to live with Green because he promised to graduate before he met her parents. But later that night, Ross died of asphyxiation.

Soseki Natsume[]

Main article: The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro

Soseki Natsume.

By the time the investigation surrounding Ross' death was complete and the gas pipes were fixed, an exchange student from Japan named Soseki Natsume moved in. He didn't have a lot of money and wanted to save it on books. Shamspeare tried to move into the flat again before but Landlord Garrideb refused because he hasn't paid his rent, so he continued to blow into the pipes. For several days, Natsume woke up to find the stove was turned off, the freezing room filled with gas, and feeling like he was being watched. He complained to Garrideb about it who dismissed him. After Green heard about his experiences within the "cursed" apartment, and remembered a conversation between two gas company employees, she had a suspicion about Shamspeare and put poison on the pipe line to confirm it. Shamspeare actually took care of Selden in jail so he promised him the treasure. When Herlock Sholmes and his friends discovered the dog collar, the detective was worried that this case might eventually reveal that Iris Wilson's father, Klimt, was a serial killer. So he refused her to publish or even write a story about this "Case of the Haunted Lodging" and gave the collar to Tobias Gregson. After Natsume moved out, the curse rumors got worse and no one moved into this flat as they were uninterested.