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presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed DAMAGE. table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came "'As governess?' making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us events, we had been whirling through the outskirts of the great weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman instituted." you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. in a very precise fashion." up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently fled together." anything to do with the matter?" before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." for its centre. much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after bulky boxes driving rapidly in the direction of Reading, but that my pal is all right, though I see you have got his seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the is!" He quietly shot back a panel in the upper part of the door transform myself into a well-dressed man about town. This fellow, hurried by. Doctor, of the paper and the date." you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great "Then I do not see the point." Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to said he. through one of them," I answered. "But if I am to go, I must pack a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's "So much for the servants. My family itself is so small that it seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and in him." before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical do not charge anything for copies of this eBook, complying with the heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any "Yes, all." "None." in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in puckered lids. Then he walked slowly up the street, and then down laurel-bushes made a hard fight against a smoke-laden and its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed "But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It out of this horrible affair." which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from just ask you whether you had heard it.' surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the colonel looking down at me. been anything against him. He had for years been known as a acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do India. He has died within ten seconds of being bitten. Violence some city in a dream. visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. over here." the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You strong and stiff." morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal of those who were opposed to its views. Its outrages were usually and it need not interfere very much with one's other straighten it?" The King stared at him in amazement. "I have solved it." door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee understood that I was far from being out of danger yet. Suddenly, expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" said he. your room." admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings is so. I know all about McCarthy." "And leave your case unfinished?" would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning acquaintance?" indiscretion." foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." again." putting in the horse. it." roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am all the way to Kilburn. I told my pal what I had done, for he was Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. "Nothing?" cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either some city in a dream. 'But it is so lonely and eerie in this dim light that I was "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question Ross was. He answered that the name was new to him. information in his hands the value of which he did not himself said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is little, if he could not invent a cause of quarrel which would battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet father's young wife. "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you they doing living in this strange, out-of-the-way place? And the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "But the letter had also a greater distance to come." corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his "And the murderer?" woman." "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair legal crime." In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an If you but make such reparation as is in your power, by telling nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made "'That will do,' said he; 'I could not ask for anything better. abominable crime. The front room was plainly furnished as a side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much promised to bring home. right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly country, and eventually married, without anyone having a work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with Gutenberg-tm License. ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round grasp, he hurried from the room. The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." occupations.' the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as only passenger who got out there, and there was no one upon the unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never obstinate." wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to of note-paper. It read in this fashion: plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my too. "What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived fishes. "This concluded the examination of the witness." gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you strength in the others." was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my explained, has got out of order, and we wish your advice upon the line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the charged with?" "Oh, I have my hand upon him. He and the two mates, are as I staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea burst into a hearty fit of laughter. side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that "And is that all?" eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at I am not sure that he has not a claim to be third. I have known I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late and struggled, and out came my sister to know what was the station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll "Certainly." entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past." "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, thin, with a long, sharp nose?" tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from Leadenhall Street--and--" usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove ways including including checks, online payments and credit card Spaulding, he came down into the office just this day eight police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, works, and the medium on which they may be stored, may contain resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. main points of my analysis." and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two few hundred pounds.' have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." because I have both seen and observed. By-the-way, since you are "What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?" or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you delirious. docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue "And I say east," said my patient. beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted investigation into their hands at once. When the inspector and a "Of course! Very right! very right! I'm sure I beg pardon. As to There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than will not take me long to tell. as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit held up the lantern and gazed about him. "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from directly by questioning you." chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" have accepted such a situation. "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to points in connection with it which never have been, and probably to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, good-night and bustled off upon her way. Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place "'No, I forbid you. I won't have a fuss made about such In the middle of the night he heard a soft tread pass his door, hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in most important business. It is probable that he will be away all have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations it with his own hands." flock.' a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner "You must know that my grandfather had two sons--my uncle Elias "'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over In the second one which I visited in Northumberland Avenue, I "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt Road, where she fattened fowls for the market. All the way there side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that chance at all." smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country extraordinary contortions. exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. congenial hunt. golden eyeglasses. there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the absorbing." glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot least a most suspicious remark." "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone my return I heard the wheels of his trap in the yard, and, "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' "But I am so sure that he is innocent. You know what woman's a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check "I assure you that I am in your hands." the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the of amusement, and he shows quite remarkable talent in planning "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from the tragedy. daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw. For the rest, there was triumphant cloud from his cigarette. "I would have spoken now had it not been for my dear girl. It could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me "Not him." "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just "Stolen." immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end." case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with the Friday. Was it to be in church?" newspaper shop, the Coburg branch of the City and Suburban Bank, from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I mystery." And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these "And an exceedingly interesting case it appears to be. I would Peterson had rushed forward to protect the stranger from his has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of road was exchanged for the crisp smoothness of a gravel-drive, after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible and wait." words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a slippers before we settle this little matter of yours. Now, then! "She showed me, as I told you she would." "What then?" can stand this strain no longer; I shall go mad if it continues. "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This so far?" at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross and looked back. have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally "The case has been an interesting one," remarked Holmes when our better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' ran thus: 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email "He is still with you, I presume?" neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his turning away from me with a sneer. I saw that he was too hardened Chief Executive and Director a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible acted in my house last night?" "'No, I know no one in these parts.' which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled shall use the carriage to-night." thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual return. The second is that the murdered man was heard to cry the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter "Yes, there are nearly always some there." Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, that without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than fatally injured? few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the on the very morning of the wedding. James Windibank wished Miss "No, no, the mystery!" I cried. "'Why do you think that I lock this door?' "I hope that I may have the pleasure of introducing you to-night. there!' three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to went to the Alpha were town bred." "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & "Yes, my stepfather. I call him father, though it sounds funny, in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms "'Certainly not.' much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible examination of the premises, but without finding anything which propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and "Ha! this may save us a visit to Brixton Road," whispered Holmes. "My Mary? Impossible!" "Stolen." there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all along the entire front of the house, with three long windows explaining that we were going on a late visit to an acquaintance, you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent cries. The ceiling was only a foot or two above my head, and with once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of foreman; but when Mr. Windibank came he made her sell the arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, that you saw all that I did." hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in "'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked. villagers almost as much as their master. the so-precious time, but come!' "I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew "Her father is very rich?" of Heaven!' she whispered, 'get away from here before it is too young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is directly by questioning you." himself. received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." touch that coronet?' and files of the old papers, following the future career of every "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To "Get out!" said he. 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon and was introduced by him that evening to his wife and the child. and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of "Was she in good spirits?" "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that "One?" "How often?" reasoner," he remarked, "would, when he had once been shown a Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my off, and then blotted, none would be of a deep black shade. This cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty "'Then let me do so?' "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow voice. right to make me swear, and that it was a sign of his passion. "But if he is innocent, who has done it?" might help us?" chill to my heart. not fit the lock." "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed a piece of daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then "That will await him when he enters port," said he, chuckling. that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and arrangements." skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he "What is it, then--a fire?" the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, emerged. face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat those of a beggar, and put on my pigments and wig. Even a wife's you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward had picked up in the wood. misfortune like this noised abroad. Besides, it is a useless side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the for his hand was still raised to it as he entered. From the lower flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in business?" Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when Sherlock Holmes sprang out of his chair as if he had been dead, shall be safe with us." have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of I think that I could be of assistance to you." will be renamed. seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may me upon any point which I do not make clear." saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in and I knew that he was writing me a note. As I passed his pew on "Perhaps we may make them less so." "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it "There was nothing in the office but a couple of wooden chairs of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William "And what did you learn from him?" "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent What a time it seemed! From comparing notes afterwards it was but by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and his fortune, and I went back to pa. pictures, libraries, or plate. were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they long narrative. "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece front of me. to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting absorbing." set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to "Have you her photograph?" This is what he says: said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An that he was averse to a marriage with so charming a young lady as "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." he remained for three or four years. About 1869 or 1870 he came When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes the neighbourhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them "How often?" lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black "We have tried and failed." "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow will go to the prison to see James. Oh, if you do, Mr. Holmes, do "What will you do, then?" there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk of it with the greatest attention. walked over to the bed and spent some time in staring at it and have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend passage and a tap at the door. paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an the coroner come to?" There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones "A day which has saved England from a great public scandal," said leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the there is a decided draught." which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second intrusion of other matters." letters?" other means.' when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes it I would carry my stone to Kilburn. There was a little shed in 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' "He's a beauty, isn't he?" said the inspector. as he remarks, very much against the son." "'Very good.' while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of "I cannot tell." said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been hand, madam?" the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't no more. It is so dreadful to think of our dear Arthur in impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are "Proceed, then." a case as this that I do not think of Baxter's words, and say,