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What are "rubber notations" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

The question is right that “grave” is used with the sense “dignified; serious”. “Notations” is a typographical error for “flotations”. You can check this against page 32 of the 1931 Ward, Lock, and Co....
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What's meant by "the illusion of the chapel ended" in The Just Men of Cordova?

The writer is playing with definitions a little, the room has the form of a chapel and has been a chapel in Norman times, but has now been restored to meet a non-ecclesiastical purpose and no longer ...
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What's meant by "melancholy point work" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

“Put upon” is just being used in its ordinary (non-idiomatic) sense of “placed in a particular situation or position”. The constable has been put upon (assigned to) a particular duty, namely that of “...
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What is "the Dennington Velasquez" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

The words the Dennington “Velásquez” do suggest a Velásquez painting that was in the possession of a person or place named Dennington. Similarly diamonds and Stradivarius violins are often given names ...
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Does "the new man" have a certain meaning in the world of gangsters and thieves?

In this context, "the new man" is a new "fence" that Jakobs had not dealt with before. Fence is a noun with several meanings, including the following: Someone who hides or buys ...
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What's exactly meant by "“saving” on Nemesis" in The Just Men of Cordova?

The word “saving” is being used in this sense: save, v. 13.d. transitive. Horse Racing slang. To hedge so as to protect (a person, esp. oneself, or one’s bets) from loss, or so as to recover (a ...
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To whom does "cheery and sceptical" refer in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

From the context of reading the whole quote, the author is trying to describe the diversity of the crowd. As such, to my reading the four clauses separated by commas are each self-contained. I read it ...
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To whom does "cheery and sceptical" refer in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

The adjective group "cheery and skeptical" refers back to the journalists. I assume the reason for putting it after "journalists" instead of before it has to do with rhythm. ...
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What's meant by "drag him along a piscatorial road" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

“Piscatorial” means “relating to the sport of fishing” and “dragging his unwilling victim along a road” is a metaphor for one of the participants in a conversation choosing a topic that the other does ...
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What's meant by "stamp-hunt" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

Colonel Black is interested in something much more valuable to him than stamps and small coins, namely a very specific letter. This letter wouldn't have a stamp on it, "for the silent man on the ...
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What's exactly meant by "on its homeward journey" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

‘Colours and cap’ refers to the racing ‘silks’ worn by the jockeys to aid identification during the race. The colours are registered to the horse-owners, in the UK the register is kept by the British ...
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What's meant by "the illusion of the chapel ended" in The Just Men of Cordova?

The stained-glass windows, raftered roof, and solemn character of the architecture gave the illusion of being a chapel. But that was all. Nothing else about the room looked like a chapel. The ...
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What's meant by "these things" in The Just Men of Cordova?

For an explanation of "these things", the reader needs to remember the description of Colonel Black's line of business from Chapter 2: Colonel Black, Financier: They [Black and Gram] ...
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What's meant by "man of some character" in "The Just Men of Cordova"?

A man of character is someone who has a strong character, i.e. someone who has positive personality traits such as honesty, dependability, perseverance, loyalty, etc. Calling someone a man of some ...
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What has the "younger son" to do with "cow-punching on the pampas"? in "The Just Men of Cordova"

In order of the highlighted portions: It is the younger son in particular because the oldest son will inherit the title and the estate. It's probably entailed on him. The younger sons need to make a ...
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