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Bayliss, Bert. Bert Bayliss was created by Carolyn Wells (Kenneth Carlisle, Alan Ford, Lorimer Lane, Fleming Stone, Pennington Wise) and appeared in a number of stories in 1911 and 1912, beginning with “A Point of Testimony” (Adventure (U.S.), Oct. 1911).
Bert Bayliss was the funniest detective you ever saw. He wasn’t the least like Vidocq, Lecoq, or Sherlock, either in personality or mentality. And perhaps the chief difference lay in the fact that he possessed a sense of humor, and that not merely an appreciative sense, either. He had an original wit and a spontaneous repartee that made it well-nigh impossible for him to be serious.
Not quite, though, for he had thinking moments; and when he did think, he did it so deeply yet rapidly that he accomplished wonders.
And so he was a detective. Partly because it pleased his sense of humor to pursue a calling so incongruous with his birth and station, and partly because he couldn’t help it, having been born one. He was a private detective, but none the less a professional; and he accepted cases only when they seemed especially difficult or in some way unusual.
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