Professor Julius Arthur Smith, Litt.D., Ph.D., is a 54, heavy-set Englishman, a scholar who now devotes himself entirely to research. He is famed for his whiskers and great curling moustaches that give him the air of a friendly walrus. His disgusting preferences in tobacco (especially his favorite, a foul, obsidian hued Balkan Sobranje), his erudite after-dinner stories, and his hearty laugh are trademarks.
Dr. Smith has lived and traveled extensively on the Continent. His specialties are European languages and archeology; his Litt.D. was conferred by the University of Vienna. In the past he has aided the investigators in rendering difficult translations. Now his attention has shifted to matters parapsychological, with excellent results.
The professor has a town house in St. John’s Woods, where he resides when in London. At present it is undergoing renovation, to enlarge his library, and so the investigators must stay at a hotel.
When in London, Smith spends his time lecturing at the University of London or reading at the British Museum library. His country home is an estate not far from Cambridge. Margaret, his wife, died in 1919. These days his manservant Beddows, who is at once friend, assistant and confidant, is his only companion.