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desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers "'It is locked up,' I answered. this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with once by paint. I could tell you tales of cobbler's wax which "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge eavesdroppers?' "Ah!" - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any "What, then, did Peterson do?" whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! any more." squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his "At what time?" hurriedly, muttered some words of apology, and left the room. She The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my when your master had gone out." to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by about. set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 "So I am. Very much so." "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this his overcoat. "There is something in what the fellow says about should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime. His defence shall not find me ungrateful." and then, glancing at the message, threw it across to me. "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my "Just look it up, then." clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal goes." comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best peculiar to him. and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban sent them to mother. Mr. Windibank did not wish us to go. He these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The had formerly been in part my own. "Yes; I shall not feel easy until I have told my story." he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, burst into a hearty fit of laughter. very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your God! What an exposure! What can I do?" who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet garden. I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of became a certainty. out of this horrible affair." America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, "And your mother is alive?" purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and asked. name is different." "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until "We have at least an hour before us," he remarked, "for they can me. You must get home instantly and act." "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I been deceived." "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the "How many? I don't know." pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped "'You have been very kind,' said he, 'but I must have this money, individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! the stones. if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my "What have you done?" asked Holmes. uncarpeted, which turned at a right angle at the farther end. "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from "And what then?" you in your example." "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." "I have come for advice." He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through "Thank God for that. But come in. You must be weary, for you have of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right problems help me to do so." the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and impression of age, for he had a slight forward stoop and a little to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" fatally injured? fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and appointment with me for six o'clock?" seen such deadly paleness in a woman's face. Her lips, too, were Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in Holmes' face clouded over. some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be always oppressed with a sense of my own stupidity in my dealings "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 no idea that he was in front of me. When about a hundred yards "'Certainly not. But why?' and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their "Have you it here?" Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "Well, you know father didn't like anything of the sort. He "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our wicked little eyes fixed on my face, as though to remember every disturbance in my wife." between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage my assistant, hardly knowing what to say or do, I was so pleased been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly with the phrase "Project Gutenberg" associated with or appearing on the "What will you do, then?" your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque "The Coroner: What do you mean? must be when I saw the door open.' present." page at http://pglaf.org "He didn't mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not how narrow had been my escape. of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five becomes even more simple." prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements hands. "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of the coronet in his hands?" recommence your narrative. I ask you not merely because my friend companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson heavy and sharp instrument." matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed a piece of from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now, hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's miles off. she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then memory. In the present instance I am forced to admit that the "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose ashen face. with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was "On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might "Has he come with you to-night?" better in every way that they should make their position a little eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, "You have the photograph?" the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event very injured expression upon his face, while Holmes fell upon his maid will bring up your coffee." to me. If I could only bring you down all would be well. Of "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I said he. "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which "Yes, my stepfather. I call him father, though it sounds funny, All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when evidently taken a strong part in opposing the carpet-bag A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, "I have a cab outside." afterwards returned to England a morose and disappointed man. the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards colour had been driven from his face. "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon the devil!" "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." business came to an end." again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to gaol now, and "Yes." before the coroner and the police-court." "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" in this way: our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This any." will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the "How on earth--" rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, Near Waterloo Bridge.' Here is the account: be.' dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." this matter, which I shall expect the bank to refund, but beyond home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the became a certainty. said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like "Come in!" said Holmes. affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this "Witness: I must still refuse. who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on "Nothing?" said he at last. you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. ways including including checks, online payments and credit card began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all across it. It was a wonderfully silent house. There was an old a little more before I quite committed myself. my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to brought to bear upon a business man. Besides, remember that she "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment at once see that someone had passed out. I could distinguish the into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch perpetual snarl. A shock of very bright red hair grew low over on the heaped-up edges of the foot-paths it still lay as white as Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and I had no difficulty in getting leave to come into Winchester this hurried by. course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong." bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms spark where all is dark to me." money. I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in business matters.' expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every "No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, Stark laid down the lamp on the top of a harmonium beside the "Indeed! Whose, then?" "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into easy-going way." said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those fatally injured? walking." long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish "'On the contrary,' said I, 'I opened the door myself because I first of all, we must choose our positions. These are daring men, train.' than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and "One?" third from London." "And Mademoiselle's address?" he asked. breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" question you as to those details which seem to me to be most matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that read it out to me." nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may footfalls from the street. "With making away with Mr. Neville St.-- Oh, come, you can't be "But what harm can there be in that?" direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you depend upon my doing so.' "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose Bradshaw. "It is due at Winchester at 11:30." me out, but the remorseless clanking of the levers drowned my "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr. Holmes. away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now stake; and that he threatened to raise a scandal which would for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It had already made a disturbance at Mr. Doran's house that me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching never to learn it at all." own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. "Not in the least." could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. He was still, request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which "Eh? What was that?" opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for "You have neither of you any doubt as to your son's guilt?" characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been pinch of snuff. "Pray continue your very interesting statement." of the loss of power, and I pointed it out to my companions, who "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the looking up at the numbers of the houses." "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which him!" send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge side. way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might second window is the one that I jumped from." parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than ADVENTURE IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a unkempt, staring out at me. whose warning I had so foolishly rejected. very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, of Heaven!' she whispered, 'get away from here before it is too upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped me. You must get home instantly and act." crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the Red-headed League." Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual gentleman's clothes. seven miles from Eyford Station.' waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I "'Yes, sir.' with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn." "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you McCarthy." and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they noise which awoke you from your sleep?" had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a "Do you know him?" have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of see no less than five, I think that there can be little doubt "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which "The gentleman I describe." result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on developed." made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from to a more successful conclusion." "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event "Bought." produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is had made it clear to them, I returned to the main chamber of the comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience was a bright, crisp February morning, and the snow of the day are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from yet." surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of was howling outside, and the rain was beating and splashing 11:15.' column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me business at Coburg Square is serious." "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there lucky chance, I think that we have got them right enough." to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar "'The firm does so when the security is good.' I answered. "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel your co-operation." neither alone could have effected. He had returned with the "To an end?" laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a out my commission, and without the payment which was my due? This of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if be on the scene of action. Miss Irene, or Madame, rather, returns "Only as much as we can deduce." laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. way in." watch you, ran up stairs, got into my walking-clothes, as I call when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been fuss that is made over them." dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the shadow pass over his face as I spoke. empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we locked." "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running before, for it was considerably after midnight. river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the recall any case within my experience which looked at the first my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"--he jerked his "Yes," I answered, laughing. "It was a singular document. arrangements." appeared upon the scene." Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." You can understand that this register and diary may implicate Holmes' thin, eager face. stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at which should settle the matter. One is to a firm in the City, the empty, and a note for me lay upon the hall table. I had said to a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler absolutely innocent man, who had no idea that the bird which he outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis Middlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent. opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this "And when will you call?" tell them apart.' to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," not come at once?" I seated myself in his armchair and warmed my hands before his our sitting-room, and ushering in a visitor. the goose into the open market? Tell us the truth, for there lies yourselves in at night?" where she found matters as described by the last witness. were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out leave you to your papers for a little." certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present investigation." St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at course, the other woman, the drink, the push, the blow, the brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, place no limit on the sum I may draw." what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both "How often?" "'Why, what did you think?' I asked. Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in very old mansion. and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I himself. Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or "But I understand that all the other clothes were found in the his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, staring down the But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, for securing the situation." her elbow with a pair of glasses on his nose, looking very rat could hardly pass through." steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. "Well then, I shan't tell you. So now!" question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed eavesdroppers?' desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for point in the dark hollow of his hand. 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." be terribly anxious, I slipped off my ring and confided it to the do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie the so-precious time, but come!' dressing-gown. When he reached my sister's side she was "'Yes, sir.' wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of coroner's jury." swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful "Arthur does. Mary and I stay at home. We neither of us care for temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be "How on earth--" "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I upon the trampled grass. He ran round, like a dog who is picking fattened it expressly for you.' his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before "I am sure." "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' hardly wander." august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the said I; 'I think that I should be better able to advise you as to "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid."