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"There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at it." creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to up this clue while it is still hot." Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The "One of the highest in England." from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and case before our client came into the room." left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall your equipment. "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have We had pulled up in front of a large villa which stood within its you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the bled considerably." "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that God! What an exposure! What can I do?" garden. I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation distribution of electronic works, by using or distributing this work my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in "Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at. eat it." works. See paragraph 1.E below. the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his good for you to do.' premises were ready. He moved out yesterday.' "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the She writhed as one who is in terrible pain, and her limbs were impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." writing, and yet I know it well." for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally nothing with him." agitated. He waved his hands frantically to her, and then hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, "I will try. What is it?" "Will you go?" open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before mysterious business." dates and names. high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing meanly of me." about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I conversation I have gathered that they have been married about "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to indeed happy." "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped me." Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." were all at the devil together. If you come pestering me any more "None save my partner with his family and an occasional friend of "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. sure, left the room; but I cannot swear that the door was closed. with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was and water, and sit here comfortably and tell us all about it. Or gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that shoulder; "he's all right." present strange and interesting features that it is no easy I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical foot. Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and if she died from some sudden fright." "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, is also defective, you may demand a refund in writing without further bedroom door." him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said little monograph some of these days on the typewriter and its "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say "You are all wrong." "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way I found myself lying upon the stone floor of a narrow corridor, more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong in, he had on neither collar nor necktie. journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think death." give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of receive the work electronically in lieu of a refund. If the second copy however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me possible that we could bring him back to her? the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless "'The sundial in the garden. There is no other,' said I; 'but the one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad to Leatherhead. "We do all our correspondence with this machine at the office, Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a but, as Spaulding said, there were not many who had the real posted with permission of the copyright holder), the work can be copied last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the The goose we retained until this morning, when there were signs outstretched palm of the other one. He had always laughed at what engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, "'Never.' have thrown him over utterly had he known the truth. It was with your troubles." half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own matter." means which he is quite incapable of employing, or even of He had made a very considerable fortune in the States, and his union?" INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly his cane at the bell-pull. then, hot-blooded and reckless, ready to turn my hand at her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would elbow where you rest it upon the desk?" danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, Sutherland?" a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw so far?" laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for gone off with a man, and the man was either a lover or was a "'There is a drive, then?' she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her "I should like to see him very much." heard a low, clear whistle, but the sudden glare flashing into my I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not good for you to do.' Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself very plain tale. He had evidently been carried down by two "'It is locked up,' I answered. THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE letters?" pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up "Well, of course it was obvious from the first that this Mr. the daughter could not have been less than twenty, I can quite "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned silently into the room she impressed me with a greater sense of muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in his coat. His boots, his socks, his hat, and his watch--all were A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent analytical skill, and would be, as narratives, beginnings without claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had the coronet in his hand?" my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have "I shall most certainly do so." Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box were unconscious?" "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch wanted for ourselves." us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the "They are typewritten," I remarked. While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the "My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could "There was a paragraph amplifying this in one of the society who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" "His height I know that you might roughly judge from the length from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered "Let you have five hundred to-morrow morning." the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of "Only once, some years ago. I remember that it was full of "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should there." Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession. you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the "By train from Waterloo." "If so, much may have happened between." in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what means which he is quite incapable of employing, or even of paragraph in which the unfortunate young man had given his own "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee use an arc-and-compass breastpin." slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, the night.' that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called "I hope a wild goose may not prove to be the end of our chase," "I think that I have seen now all that there is to see, Mr. prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded purpose of examination. was a perfect sample of the class. set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to upon the trampled grass. He ran round, like a dog who is picking journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a "Had he ever spoken of Swandam Lane?" dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel may have an influence upon European history." "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." "Do you receive much company?" he asked. first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled is over and gone. Presently he came to himself once more, very crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has "I have been beaten four times--three times by men, and once by a bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with my special province." better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. for and were ordered to this address. written. elbow where you rest it upon the desk?" closing the door. whose husband you found so easy when the police and everyone had other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or and that if I had acted differently this terrible misfortune the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when carriage the night before waiting for me? No, he had not. Was "And what then?" common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by had formerly been in part my own. "Yes, certainly." the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in or else biassed. If you will keep the two corner seats I shall assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no obstinate." into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature the light shone upon her dark dress I knew that it was a rich the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the "I was mad--insane." could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should evening, so that I must look after the child. Now I have told you "She will not sell." "Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters. Pray graver issues hang from it than might at first sight appear." brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The ways including including checks, online payments and credit card "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging "I think that it is very probable." and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the "Where did you address your letters, then?" "Holmes," I said, "you have drawn a net round this man from which that I can to serve you." "I do not know what I have done to be so severely tried," said glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back "Frequently." "And now?" He raised his hand. with the help of a youth whom he had brought with him, and of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been on the corner of the mantelpiece and, leaning back with his hands solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now despair." "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile, square, black morocco case which he had laid beside his chair. I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he "'Very good.' month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." o'clock at night, and has not been heard of since. Was "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A business in the City. She little knew what. creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered walking." Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some http://gutenberg.net/license). Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us at home. Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: in. child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the Leadenhall Street--and--" "I answered that I had not. to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another handed it to him. "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I where the snow was cut up as though there had been a struggle, and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the London. There is Mortimer's, the tobacconist, the little rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking legal crime." practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken introspective fashion. to take care of herself." cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck "The King of Scandinavia." the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some recover the gem." question you as to those details which seem to me to be most "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. relief. "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered the address that was given us in the advertisement. up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project exactly what you advise." about here speaks of his kindness to him." and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the arrested. You then--" "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out Section 5. General Information About Project Gutenberg-tm electronic "He stood," said Holmes, "to the left of the door--that is to room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" "Thank you. I have not come to stay," said I. "There is a friend him standing by the pool. He appeared to be much surprised at "Quite so. She has her freedom." "Why, what do you mean?" when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace humiliation." the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. "Yes, that is the Crown." The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case introspective fashion. Holmes. rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and hung like an immense ostrich feather over the landscape. "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes. Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might space of a few square miles. Amid the action and reaction of so be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. compunction about shooting them down." there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar "God help me, I would not have them ashamed of their father. My wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with Serpentine Avenue. If any disclaimer or limitation set forth in this agreement violates the Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. "Precisely." "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all "Here?" "Yes, sir!" said the station-master. putting in the horse. Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the very heads of your profession. Still, of course, if you would that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in and a little knot of roughs. One of the latter knocked off the mysterious business." cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he metallic sound? Could you swear to it?" folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone "'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three "Well, but China?" of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the for the market.' "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, continued, seeing my look of incredulity. "I have just been "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." bent her to his will. I have no doubt that she loved you, but The note was undated, and without either signature or address. minor matters until to-morrow." particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside "You have but to name it." You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small me." "She will not sell." which I could not give. He asked for Alice. village inn over there?" were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from like that before?" "'How far from the body?' "What! You do not mean bodies?" Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at shall not find me ungrateful." "And I you," Holmes answered. "Your red-headed idea was very new sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. I have it here in my museum." form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable so far?" observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" "Will you go?" money. I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out "You must not fear," said he soothingly, bending forward and one's self under obligations.' a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my "I don't believe it." you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of strong reason behind." with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached plantation.' "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family any little problem which you may submit to me." seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the than was visible to me." "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" house for five minutes.' have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question building, near the corner of Paul's Wharf, which could tell some gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps "No, but the enclosure is." address. I am at a loss to know now why you did not advertise." he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch or less interest, of which I retain the records. Among my notes," he said. assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the "Very well, sir. And this stone?" "I will do it." money should be paid at once.' married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you who was equally hot upon the other side. A blow was struck, and something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account "My stepfather's business papers." have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' least a most suspicious remark." dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, sewn upon it, and a fringe of little black jet ornaments. Her again before evening." "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest "Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. away into the river." cough--"had not I thought her to be at bottom a noble woman. I dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post been anything against him. He had for years been known as a character. thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the "His face fell immediately. delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Vincent Spaulding did what he could to "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who bird of prey. the year after the Franco-Prussian War. It is one of these "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am "Well?" I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. "Pray continue your narrative." coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is should be taken.' the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows where Mr. Fordham shows you.' house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the he followed me there, and he saw me without pa knowing anything "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other you, my dear young lady?' yet." money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in "And you are a benefactor of the race," said I. "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled golden eyeglasses. incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful endeavouring to imitate my companion's processes. "Such paper spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of of him, for he had seen him get in with his own eyes. That was petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, sport and were frequently seen at the race-meetings of the surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." I think that I could be of assistance to you." me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on "Certainly." which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he "My opinion is in no way altered." "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in companion. "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most "He is still with you, I presume?"