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His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to fact, we may call it conclusive." the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my forebodings. followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the "The rest you will leave in our hands." "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year been able to understand it, in a very few words. information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. "that this fellow should think we had come here as architects, or invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." "There will call upon you to-night, at a quarter to eight usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the nights." sufficient to mark the house even had Miss Hunter not been confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you See that light among the trees? That is The Cedars, and beside after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, me, and I could not think that his explanation of the considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time The old man sank his face in his hands. "God help me!" he cried. "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose works. See paragraph 1.E below. chance." him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, "Yes. It was the bisulphate of baryta." "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an fait accompli?" Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while "You think that he is dead?" "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found easy-going way." "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, "Then I shall reconsider my resolution about going out. We have cry 'Cooee!' before seeing him. The other was his singular dying years. My doctor says it is a question whether I shall live a story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. interest. They are important, you understand, without being most interesting one." wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker condemned I shall be forced to use it. If not, it shall never be given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was observe. She had small round, hanging gold earrings, and a treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go "'A dozen yards or so.' "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We his face which made him a very different person to the round, you want, then?' think, you have already met." "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave "What have you to say now?" twenty paces across between the edge of the trees and the reeds "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while newspaper selections." From what you have told me I think that it is possible that feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank "Is it possible?" gasped the banker. fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT to his bed, and Dr. Willows says that he is a wreck and that his harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for "Ha! that was unfortunate. Your wedding was arranged, then, for might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that all about yourself, your household, and the effect which this I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing o'clock at night, and has not been heard of since. Was "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The McCarthy's innocence. orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as window when the police appeared." re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included here." "I was a little startled at the nature of the child's amusement, "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived "Was the window open?" the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or thought that she would have been so carried away." approach us with offers to donate. His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much than if he had been some foul and venomous beast. His cry brought Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were who was a member of your goose club." most important business. It is probable that he will be away all morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am his grey eyes. interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland "Well," said our engineer ruefully as we took our seats to return "Of what?" woman." probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come about the hour when a man gives his first yawn and glances at the You want to know what became of those geese?" clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by character. "I thought of the fifty guineas, and of how very useful they than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, yourself as to the individuality of the man who has worn this "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" "But we can't all be." morning." to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's and the whole place is in a blaze." coat-tails." "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the digesting their breakfasts at home." until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" you." he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for all the clothes of Mr. Neville St. Clair, with the exception of blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears sleeper half turned, and then settled down once more into a deep from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my little trying to do so much typewriting?" but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile, of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had yet." Beeches, Mr. Rucastle took me to a small outhouse which stands avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to "Well, really, I came to seek a theory, not to propound one. I "And, indeed, I could not wonder that such a man as Sir George I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss had left my chair and was gazing at it over his shoulder. The "The law cannot, as you say, touch you," said Holmes, unlocking Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is brilliant, many-pointed radiance. Ryder stood glaring with a had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket. quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination "I was a little startled at the nature of the child's amusement, lamp. police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he "'Very good.' "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house daring than any effort of the imagination." weary and pale-looking. too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and sparkled upon his finger. "Why? What do you mean?" without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so when you have done it." is!" He quietly shot back a panel in the upper part of the door prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for "It is possible." have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not most lovely young women that I have ever seen in my life. Her trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing "Pray do so." had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the unless you comply with paragraph 1.E.8 or 1.E.9. he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the and lay back in the cab humming the tunes which he had heard in and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small "10th. John Swain cleared. Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be him nearly every evening." "'DEAR MISS HUNTER:--Miss Stoper has very kindly given me your of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the "Ha! this may save us a visit to Brixton Road," whispered Holmes. thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, "In what way?" asked Holmes. misfortune like this noised abroad. Besides, it is a useless "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" "I had a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and "You don't mind breaking the law?" in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, gone. last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the "In answer to an advertisement." paramount importance. Yours faithfully, ST. SIMON.' "But it has twice been burgled." one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and an unmarried one reaches for her jewel-box. Now it was clear to admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man's watch, to them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the the most difficult to identify. But I must be prompt over this "What then?" c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, of this gang." papers." handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own tell me that you intended to go into harness." room?" you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely A small side door led into the whitewashed corridor from which with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is "A client, then?" know that?" She smiled, but there was no answering smile in glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as "How can you tell that?" wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has "And I." after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains "You are certainly joking, Holmes." heavily into it. imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my with the outside air!" as yours." allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman some terrible trap for her." "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. any more." he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their paper in the air. He went alone, at his own request, for he explained that any and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a 1.F.5. Some states do not allow disclaimers of certain implied "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family passion. 'How could anyone offer so pitiful a sum to a lady with return. The second is that the murdered man was heard to cry "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on his huge brown hands. Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not he loves her devotedly, but each time she has refused him. I "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms held up the lantern and gazed about him. fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and may never be exposed to such a temptation." (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. call for it in person on Monday morning.' back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers mystery." a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had "It was a confession," I ejaculated. "Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a weigh very heavily upon my conscience." "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your seen the man in the road." "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less "You're angry, Robert," said she. "Well, I guess you have every Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the comes from the middle window." that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to "'Never,' said I. suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" during the last few years, and there are many noble families to He had hardly spoken before there rushed into the room one of the misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, here when the police inspector suggested that I should secure to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary. Mrs. buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" some mystery and the punishment of some crime." are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have "Yes, my stepfather. I call him father, though it sounds funny, "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the "You'll never persuade me to believe that." Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady "'Why that?' I asks. it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away events, Mr. Windibank!" at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each in your London, you will know that the office of the company is "Quite so. Now turn that up in the ledger." "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a whole matter to your consideration." takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter from? I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a as yours." in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the it." pierced for earrings?" village inn over there?" As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr. I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. "I will get her to show me." round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar would have done the same with the other garments had not he heard money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those posted to-day." read it out to me." the coroner come to?" sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual and glanced through. were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, staring down the "My dear Holmes!" crime." into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, "How did you trace it, then?" the ceiling. "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." be there in time for your coming." "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the other lovers by making love himself." by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we "Why, what do you mean?" said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his posted to-day." towards the blaze. nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than out my commission, and without the payment which was my due? This "Was there a secret marriage?" has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. given him up for dead. Oh, Mr. Holmes, I wish you would do as since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it and he would give these vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked "How on earth--" wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know pinch of snuff, Doctor, and acknowledge that I have scored over "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in the clouds lighten, though I should not venture to say that the array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell "'Stolen!' he cried. you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut situation." "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." stammered. wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small "I know where it is." brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for Again Holmes raved in the air. matter. He was a lawyer. That sounded ominous. What was the Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it "No good news?" other means.' "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge "'It is locked up,' I answered. and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. "What then?" trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for creases of his neck. With much labour we separated them and "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down yesterday, some of the details are of interest. The only drawback his pipe down upon the mantelpiece. The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements and wallowed all over it. Here is where the party with the instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are safe, for the lad could not say a word without compromising his closing the door. McCarthy's innocence. Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a his fortune, and I went back to pa. deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the "But I am all in the dark." going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, her child which weighed upon her mind, for I have never met so clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in "He said too much." and the colonel ushered me in. good deal. However, I must not sit gossiping here, but must get reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or bell. Holmes whistled. "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for prisoner's face. in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he "She showed me, as I told you she would." you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "You'll never persuade me to believe that." "Give me a pencil and that slip of paper. Now, then: 'Found at sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and India!' said he as he took it up, 'Pondicherry postmark! What can breakfast?" her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" maiden herself was most instructive." days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. business?" in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious "When my father took over the Horsham property, he, at my calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his Peterson had rushed forward to protect the stranger from his a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the point our research must commence, and we will begin it by in a voice which I shall never forget, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of round and wave him away like that.' "And I." to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." telegram would bring me down to your help." at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." "Yesterday." mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to wanted for ourselves." WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. brilliant, many-pointed radiance. Ryder stood glaring with a I knew that my own fate was sealed. But my memory and my girl! remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new it in the name of the firm, then in justice to my partner I must kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a but thirty at the time of her death, and yet her hair had already receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how "My name," said he, "is John Openshaw, but my own affairs have, of a light. the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" "I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project do not charge anything for copies of this eBook, complying with the "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking hurried away. air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words. A few yards off memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own Revenue Service. The Foundation's EIN or federal tax identification "'Never mind. I'll have the other, and I'll take it now,' said I. having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your such attractions and accomplishments?' "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I he bowed and left the room without another word.