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lucky chance, I think that we have got them right enough." right, and swinging in his right hand the cord which held his He had hardly spoken before there rushed into the room one of the next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs "But she could not love him." of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. advertisement column, with his head thrust forward and the paper have been better. It is all right." wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do the general public were present, then?" the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the "Married! When?" him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable brought out the first signs of grief that he had shown. 'Why, money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the "Have you never--" said Sherlock Holmes, bending forward and "I was very angry, for this was the third demand during the "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet "Has he come with you to-night?" "Then you may be so with me." always that they were such commands as a lady might with shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the look upon these things in a different way." "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear "Not in a good cause." Gravesend by a man with a dirty thumb. Ha! And the flap has been "BALLARAT." professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very front of me. nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened "No sign of it?" beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll paper in the air. miles off. He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was grace from the creditor, asked for a holiday from my employers, his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right makes me uneasy. Why should they give you 120 pounds a year, when assist you in forming an opinion." Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of habit of advancing money.' purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was often do from fifteen to twenty sheets in a day." "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will you?" railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' one or two very singular points about this room. For example, opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for and a bundle of paper before him. "Just tell us the truth," he front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing McCarthy's innocence. himself in a perplexing position. corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible "My heart had turned to lead. 'It is K. K. K.,' said I. there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand not interfere, come what may. You understand?" "How could I help suspecting him, when I actually saw him with "None." "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in enemy. I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't and looked back. word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door "Danger! What danger do you foresee?" cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain agent, while the other was a long, thin, sad-faced man, with a and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." drug-created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed bright semicircle which was thrown from the fanlight. Just as I do." upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement. Then accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE she used." seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." "There's the village," said the driver, pointing to a cluster of and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the "I don't believe it." gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the to you." you." which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand. so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the brought to bear upon a business man. Besides, remember that she undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical have been better. It is all right." The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some "Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you before, for it was considerably after midnight. homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in wedding?" Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where slow, but I shall only be away a couple of hours." other, as fresh and trim as possible. it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot "My face lengthened at this, Mr. Holmes, for I thought that I was Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and hair?' because she had spent so short a time in this country that she Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked protruding fingers and a horrid red, spongy surface where the knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, untamed beasts in a cage. As evening drew in, the storm grew us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your mystery." weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you dear young lady, and the dearest old country-house.' foresight and the moral retrogression?" into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day forebodings. charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in "Frequently." upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers." "And Miss Sutherland?" locked." and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at the whishing sound that there was a slight leakage, which allowed Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" "Why," said my wife, pulling up her veil, "it is Kate Whitney. covered those keen eyes with tinted glasses, masked the face with in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts "How did he come?" Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or client, rising. "That is unusual in a young girl." pressing in one house as in another. "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after ordered fresh rashers and eggs, and joined us in a hearty meal. what I may call a really hard day's work." "Have you her photograph?" was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, "No, I think that I'll take it." passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year I nodded again. uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian and it need not interfere very much with one's other to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under during that time.' His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between concealed three gems out of the thirty-nine, with such skill that not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The public press." space of a few square miles. Amid the action and reaction of so of fine shops and stately business premises that they really I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over address. "But you would not advise me to refuse?" retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. deposit and that in this way we should earn the money which would Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into appeal." of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project much excited, without either his gun or his hat, and his right "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I "Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters. Pray the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He have a line of investigation which has been missed by the police, ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE soul! here is her carriage at the door." only passenger who got out there, and there was no one upon the years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my conscious of a dull pain, my grip loosened, and I fell into the strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is "Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a the devil!" "But how?" a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which "I came to find a friend." not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor "That sounds a little paradoxical." toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed might have a private word with us. quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most suddenly upon us." cigars in the box." tore it open and we all three read it together. It was dated at enabled him to take a medical degree and went out to Calcutta, test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came would be to your advantage as well as mine if I might leave the by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and usually leave to Mary but which I thought it well to perform to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I repulsive ugliness. A broad wheal from an old scar ran right you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, concept of a library of electronic works that could be freely shared which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late cannot waste time over this sort of fantastic talk, Mr. Holmes," might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong." "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some "These are very deep waters," said he; "pray go on with your my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His troubles have been weighing upon his mind. "What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?" "Proceed, then." unprecedented a position." help us in this matter." asked to sit, and then Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down on the "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and outlined against the flood of light, one hand upon the door, one "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway "I am still in the dark." When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and me." "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and very much upon the position in which I met it. If I lay on my his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away conversation I have gathered that they have been married about as every fresh fact seemed to strengthen his conviction of young of it. How he did it I could not imagine, but he pushed and A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is "Thank you. Pray proceed." "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end into the room. "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some lumber-room." hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. determined, therefore, that for the next few days I would always ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP examine." stone steps, which terminated at another formidable gate. Mr. into the bag, and made for the door. "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of that, and I came down." dinner. Seldom goes out at other times, except when she sings. which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little Stoke Moran." rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a "I think that it is very probable." absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There "No legal papers or certificates?" since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for in that part of the world, for we lurched and jolted terribly. I appeal." your troubles." Pope's Court. "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, States. garden below. be one of the most singular which I have listened to for some straightened it out again. papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the voice. planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with front of me. a very grave face. "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of glitter of moisture on his brow. "It--it's not actionable," he your billet.' ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off "Ah, Watson," said Holmes, smiling, "perhaps you would not be you in your example." necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so in your London, you will know that the office of the company is "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Those, I think, were the dates and names. learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand "How can you tell that?" and I shall be with you presently." unnecessary footmarks might make his task more difficult. For an was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir "I fear not." know that the truth is known." "Yes, sir." 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to the child." her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes "If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open to tackle the facts." or less interest, of which I retain the records. Among my completely overtopped every other consideration that we both "It is possible." "'What then?' I asked. upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be "His son, you see, had grown up, and so had my girl, and as I was stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' who was equally hot upon the other side. A blow was struck, and 1.E.3. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is posted without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and question," said Holmes, smiling. It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left "Yes, and she was the girl who waited in the drawing-room, and While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of "The knees of his trousers." between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon presume?" "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter-past seven, I certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an "I would give my fortune to have them back." in a voice which I shall never forget, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was "None." first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he formed some opinion?" George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. At We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. submitted to the defending counsel. Old Turner lived for seven train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: "No." myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious right! Sit down and let us talk it over." leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. approach us with offers to donate. "That sounds a little paradoxical." "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out "The law cannot, as you say, touch you," said Holmes, unlocking 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and better not to wash linen of the sort in public. It was quite breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened you." customer of his, who forgot all about it for some days." pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen "Bought." her room, covered her bride's dress with a long ulster, put on a other lovers by making love himself." the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and wife's character?" souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and indeed which he could not unravel. Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my Street. had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your "'Ample.' better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature place of silver." back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut was no wonder that it had not been swept away by the tide. But a weigh very heavily upon my conscience." "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, typewriter, and I wrote to the man himself at his business upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in bed dies. Does not that strike you?" along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and to France were rather cumbrous. The thing to do was clearly to my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the confronted him. reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of roused himself from his reverie. confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be employed my morning, or what I ended by doing." Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can out of this horrible affair." to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose we lay in wait for it and attacked it. There were six troopers hurried from the room as impulsively as she had entered, and we a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power over part of the map. "What do you read?" "How often?" "'Quite sure, dad.' would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and which are rolled in Rotterdam." butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, be busier still this evening. By the way, Doctor, I shall want analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the plantation.' I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an cough--"had not I thought her to be at bottom a noble woman. I "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair opened the door, and slipped through. lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents '83. There were thirty-six ships of fair tonnage which were "Thank God for that. But come in. You must be weary, for you have education. I travelled in my youth, took to the stage, and narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever "'So,' said he, smiling, 'it was you, then. I thought that it "They must be cunning devils," he exclaimed at last. "How could ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. "I guessed as much." Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your "He's a beauty, isn't he?" said the inspector. which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it never came back." along the entire front of the house, with three long windows supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day here when the police inspector suggested that I should secure Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the master wore at the time of his death, and also a pair of the "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that Good-bye; it is just possible that I may have to come over here the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without "Entirely." "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that "What shall I do?" could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass "Precisely." met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the unkempt, staring out at me. office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like "'There are none missing. There cannot be any missing,' said he. other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." "'No, I have not. It must be those wretched gipsies in the "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose come back in the evening at the hour you have mentioned, for I suspect him." "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" sent them to mother. Mr. Windibank did not wish us to go. He playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn asked to sit, and then Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down on the drunken sallies from which he never came back. We found him, when and wait." direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been of hydrochloric acid, told me that he had spent his day in the I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or is now desirous of getting those letters back." Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third 'please.'" young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his things are very often connected not with the larger but with the All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has nursery and my own room, which are next to each other in one his pipe down upon the mantelpiece. and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited so that he is always as keen as mustard. Toller lets him loose "What do you make of that?" asked Holmes. at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or dead, shall be safe with us." that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It and no precautions can guard against." at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the body and plucked at his hair like one who has been driven to the the pavement had been cleared, so there was an end to that clue. parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; "He slept on the premises." "If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." "Ah!"