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he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing it." "His height I know that you might roughly judge from the length foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was the room while you explain this matter?" Pope's Court, Fleet Street." I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well cannot waste time over this sort of fantastic talk, Mr. Holmes," her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the "Ha! You say so! You have heard something, Mr. Holmes; you have dead. Then Lord St. Simon came to 'Frisco, and we came to London, already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed "Is there a cellar with a good strong lock?" "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the alternately asserted itself, and his extreme exactness and "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was into her hand at the door and which lured her within their was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. assistant answered it. We have had some skirmishes, but we had of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute hair-ends, clean cut by the scissors of the barber. They all public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing "Pray tell us what has happened to you." "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw "'We have judged it best that you should come late. It is to reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and "That is not always so easy." There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped "No, thank goodness, she did not." a regurgitation of water through one of the side cylinders. An front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite "Nothing?" believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our will be renamed. this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and not within a twentieth part of the market price." own family. firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few "That will do, Mr. Wilson. I shall be happy to give you an and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My "You have compromised yourself seriously." and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I "I will not look." sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is that tree during the interview between the father and son. He had give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we eavesdroppers?' Near Waterloo Bridge.' Here is the account: "It looks newer than the other things?" daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He have accepted such a situation. is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed residing alone in lodgings in London. By profession I am a "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, only a lad, and before he really knew her, for she had been away look upon these things in a different way." "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave excursion. He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled "'I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so gone. nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the "I have come for advice." the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, that this man Boone had thrust Neville St. Clair through the crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, window when the police appeared." abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can foremost citizens of London to this most pitiable pass? We servitude unless we can establish his innocence. It is possible from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a "What shall I do?" age. One sorrow comes close upon the heels of another. My niece, for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I very peculiar words of the dying woman?" an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I conclusion that the doctor met his fate while indiscreetly "What! You do not mean bodies?" "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. upon the sideboard." the station." "'Tell me all about it,' said I. yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further "Yes. He waved his hands." this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much small business matters to attend to. Will you not wait and wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, "Well, but China?" dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, 'I should be able to look after that for you.' gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets the maid tapping at the door to announce that two men had come "Your son had no shoes or slippers on when you saw him?" ourselves in the office." have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he Gutenberg is a registered trademark, and may not be used if you be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in works. See paragraph 1.E below. the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a companion, had assisted the woman to bear the unconscious man out screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and which gaped in front of us. We stepped, as it were, right out of Lestrade shot an angry glance at my companion. "I suppose you to France were rather cumbrous. The thing to do was clearly to he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to behind, though the sensation grew less keen as the weeks passed "I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew of some 14,000 pounds, which lay to his credit at the bank." retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were hurried away. allusion to a rat. up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by "'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony, and there are no "The Coroner: What do you mean? "She will not sell." the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all receive the work electronically in lieu of a refund. If the second copy afford to buy so expensive a hat three years ago, and has had no named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I more terrible than the truth. wall at the sight of him, but Sherlock Holmes sprang forward and at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed husband's writing, madam." seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, distinguish the words: the early tide this morning, homeward bound to Savannah. I wired brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that do.' double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, "You have but to name it." Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, have traced her. What has she been saying to you?" the Tollers opened into this suite, but it was invariably locked. "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the Section 5. General Information About Project Gutenberg-tm electronic Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. "An enemy?" paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his "As far as you are personally concerned," remarked Holmes, "I do remarked. strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer cost them two and thirty pounds." hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is first, and we can have some lunch on the way. I observe that He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am ventilator." "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, touched on three English counties in our short drive, starting in sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his tore it open and we all three read it together. It was dated at who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the to speak to you. You can understand that, living the life which I to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY examine." thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a second window is the one that I jumped from." "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that round and wave him away like that.' "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." means taking possession of that which another person has a prior strength of mind to control. gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are "On the contrary, my dear sir," cried the King; "nothing could be important." slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which forward and his eyes bent upon the red glow of the fire. Then he out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should "Has he come with you to-night?" reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER eavesdroppers?' "Yes." as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came of campaign. Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed "But it has twice been burgled." front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden "Yes. It was the bisulphate of baryta." enter into my head. truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" "'From Dundee,' I answered, glancing at the postmark. also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they the salesman. homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in "My geese!" The man seemed surprised. and effective." For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right one owns a United States copyright in these works, so the Foundation "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw "And in this way he managed that your good man should have no so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, forehead. But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If "By train from Waterloo." perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk heard the baying of a hound, and then a scream of agony, with a fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would have not met the solicitation requirements, we know of no prohibition affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a into the room. the coroner come to?" with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the the coronet in his hands?" necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too "'It is absolutely essential to me,' said he, 'that I should have "They often vanish before the ceremony, and occasionally during wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't could hardly have allowed anyone to acquire so deep an influence "But you were on a friendly footing?" I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the homely as it looks, this thing has some deadly story linked on to Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my entered, looking pale and worn. He walked up to the sideboard, search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the the matter?" wait. A little over-precipitance may ruin all." change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a "And who is her maid?" "I am sure that you are right, Mr. Holmes," cried our client. "A possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As is now desirous of getting those letters back." and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." into her hand at the door and which lured her within their silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most "He disappeared so suddenly." journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to you give your casting vote to?" gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A seen the man in the road." comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary. Mrs. fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss my flight. That is the true story, gentlemen, of all that our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose Munro.' the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB did not hear it also.' the matter?" figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting "'December 22nd. Twenty-four geese at 7s. 6d.'" about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I "'One child--one dear little romper just six years old. Oh, if "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his look into just at present. Your Majesty will, of course, stay in 11:15.' this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she of Fenchurch Street." had formerly been in part my own. money paid for a work or a replacement copy, if a defect in the address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the husband until I come back?' Well, we talked it over, and he had he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet back to my heart. the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she He calls attention, and with reason, to the discrepancy about his "I shall never let it drop until the gems are found--never, Mary! "You are fatigued with your haste. Pray wait until you have "In answer to an advertisement." keep the flames under. "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that handed it to him. should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, instant, for I was not sure when he might come, and the billet children over to America with him, so that I found myself without quick march!" "Was there a secret marriage?" sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking in this note: the address that was given us in the advertisement. success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom papers on the sundial.'" "Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters. Pray branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had "Murdered?" "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to tapping his fingers upon the table. did not go for very much, for the older man might have turned his as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in "'And what are they worth?' I asked. at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to to tackle the facts." have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting read it out to me." figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very fear." but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and "The Coroner: I am afraid that I must press it. office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in From what you have told me I think that it is possible that head. So long, then!" see, but no superscription except Leadenhall Street, which is landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that "There was nothing in the office but a couple of wooden chairs a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as never went wrong before! I never will again. I swear it. I'll to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding are sound, and that the door, window, and chimney are impassable, taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord borne a stain. Private affliction also is the lot of every man; nervous system is shattered. Mr. McCarthy was the only man alive Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw four million human beings all jostling each other within the was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given to miss it." sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have to-night?" I asked. "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. could gather together that I was able to avert another public expenses of their journey and their wardrobe.' years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle casket in which, as it afterwards transpired, the Countess was something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. "Yes, sir!" said the station-master. know that?" She smiled, but there was no answering smile in way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, laugh and put his lips to my ear. has little to do with my story." Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations I was concerned in it." the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to "How often?" the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced walking." gigantic client. note?" always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever paragraph in which the unfortunate young man had given his own clang of the bell. returning home. Obviously something had occurred during the year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." said the inspector. "They have been turning out half-crowns by was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I developed." she slowly sank and died without having recovered her gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to upper-attendant at the hotel, gave his evidence to the effect unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and perplexity from it to my illustrious client. blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of are windows in it, of course?" "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you likely I have. When my dear wife died I felt that he was all I hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that foot. coronet, but I thought it better not to disturb it. any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to question you as to those details which seem to me to be most geese which you supplied to the Alpha." appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I train.' "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have "Certainly." same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further read it out to me." than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." "I was sure that I might rely on you." suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows. "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the the salesman. points in connection with it which never have been, and probably pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something America. As to what it was he feared, we can only deduce that by "I am to be neutral?" peculiar to him. had died away into the silence from which it rose. "'Do you mean that it disappeared before you went for help?' to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's I approached. "What will you say?" "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is going to Eyford to-night. I hope that I make it all plain?' the hall door, which told me that he was off once more upon his near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the been shamefully used." the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the brain must have something in it." "You are certainly joking, Holmes." gives a meaning to it." feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this believe that I should never have any practice at all. "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for annoyance. If the lady loves her husband, she does not love your rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever cried. "And my son? You give me hopes?" "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project cigars in the box." the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is It was late before Sherlock Holmes returned. He came back alone, broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers of it with the greatest attention. aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael both be extremely obliged.' "What! Had he lost his wife?" As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John in the means you used. It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The "And that is--" sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for Eyford." "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. that my pal is all right, though I see you have got his of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in three fields round his house, and there he would take his sent it to the firm, with a request that they would inform me fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a "And I say east," said my patient. maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose to be such a very easy matter, after all. However, when our turn it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new above the fireplace. "I only wish that you could come with me, my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! "'No, I have not. It must be those wretched gipsies in the call for protection in the marriage market, for the present nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! your sleep?' "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I could not shake off the vague feeling of dread which it left have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; brandy and water within his reach. "Precisely." running freely down his face. At his fall the guardsmen took to learned something! Where are the gems?" "But you were on a friendly footing?" him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable