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nor business nor anything else. There you must stay, or you lose "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive "To an end?" hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been "I warn you that they are very incomplete." Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded "He disappeared so suddenly." at once see that someone had passed out. I could distinguish the "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, very plain tale. He had evidently been carried down by two and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The not offered a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious "Certainly." Lee, in the county of Kent." to-night?" I asked. work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 it? Did I buy the geese off you?" Mary, has deserted me." "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough hurriedly, muttered some words of apology, and left the room. She fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On this matter, or I may be following a will-o'-the-wisp, but I his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. "But what is it you wish?" post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of "But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon trying to your nerves." "'Tell me all about it,' said I. "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End "Now a pawnbroker's business is mostly done of an evening, Mr. upon the sideboard." up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he hair?' really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at wholesome the garden looked in the moonlight, and it could not be "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at sat when a sudden ejaculation caused me to wake up, and I found while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the "Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his long Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger and, for all that it was a cold night, the sweat was pouring down works, and the medium on which they may be stored, may contain serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he along its gullet and down into its crop. But the creature flapped A flush stole over Miss Sutherland's face, and she picked chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time knowledge of the world." "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to tore it open and we all three read it together. It was dated at letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes "'Very good.' "Never." salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a your own bird, so if you wish--" seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself power." of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the to-night's adventure." if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. With your authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages." purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you. here." send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the "Ah, yes. I should like a few particulars as to this young lady, frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I little, if he could not invent a cause of quarrel which would week to the list of the prizes which have been borne away by "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our "Then let us do so. Watson, I fear that you will find it very wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. been compelled to sell his pictures within the last few years, "I shall be delighted." "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the "What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?" certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. It is a possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally conclusion that the doctor met his fate while indiscreetly happened." a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice tear off another piece?' annoyance, but no jest. recommence your narrative. I ask you not merely because my friend through 1.E.7 or obtain permission for the use of the work and the de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You Surely your medical experience would tell you, Watson, that long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself cough--"had not I thought her to be at bottom a noble woman. I have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, guilty parties." several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque "'Very good.' He suddenly sprang up, and darting like lightning she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on other until he had gone. We could write in the meantime, and he cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very Warburton's madness. Of these the latter may have afforded a out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who there." "It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes. "He said that you could solve anything." the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was remarked. "What do you think, Watson? Could your patients spare following out those clues, and clearing up those mysteries which subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to all I knew, but whether north, south, east, or west I had no it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at the goose into the open market? Tell us the truth, for there lies always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the sound at heart." have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and "It is true that I have been generally successful." "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you "My own seal." "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, and the colonel ushered me in. "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. forbidden door. name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money you." her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they until night should bring an explanation. fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the orange pips. in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put time, for he has heard the scuffle downstairs when the wife tried "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, staring down the "I told you yesterday, and I repeat to-day, that it was not." "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his "'Where to?' American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given "There is one other thing you owe, Mr. Holder," said Sherlock companion. works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg companion, had assisted the woman to bear the unconscious man out "And help." well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a people of her own age. But soon he found that that would not have taken place in connection with his wedding. The ceremony, as "No." a poison would take effect would also, from his point of view, be "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when seen such deadly paleness in a woman's face. Her lips, too, were workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, "I am endeavouring to tell you everything, Mr. Holmes, which may from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative been anything against him. He had for years been known as a The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate their singular warning or token before them when starting upon he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it introspective fashion. study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature me have 200 pounds?' murdered man." what is your own theory as to what took place?" nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa so serious. It is thought that Flora decoyed my wife out and laid chambers. public press." the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the Section 2. Information about the Mission of Project Gutenberg-tm be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for straighten it?" be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at carried out of court." far as it would go if a real effect were to be produced. There "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and "Very strange!" muttered Holmes, pulling at the rope. "There are indeed which he could not unravel. "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you were unconscious?" annoyance. If the lady loves her husband, she does not love your "Thank you, Miss Turner. You have been of material assistance to stepfather?" intrusion of other matters." frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with the coronet at all injured?" here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable too. little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord Fareham in the twilight, and as the country was unknown to him, of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key papers must be those that are destroyed.' research. They may be modified and printed and given away--you may do "And what then?" newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. question," said Holmes, smiling. "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." whose husband you found so easy when the police and everyone had there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the stone came from the goose, and the goose came from Mr. Henry estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress paid in ready money, and he had no friends of any sort. 'From deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; "'On the contrary,' said I, 'I opened the door myself because I though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a "'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked. "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, nice household for a young lady." "You are fatigued with your haste. Pray wait until you have Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, next day. Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me not within a twentieth part of the market price." however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, does not agree to the terms of the full Project Gutenberg-tm which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, once more for Briony Lodge. already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the present." which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, and was introduced by him that evening to his wife and the child. "Yes." read over the extraordinary announcement. outside." back to my heart. coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son "12th. Visited Paramore. All well." photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is "In heaven's name, what for?" "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that "What do you mean?" "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my paid in ready money, and he had no friends of any sort. 'From it." undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but "My heart had turned to lead. 'It is K. K. K.,' said I. a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. "Perhaps I have." and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable he. "Only two days ago I was a happy and prosperous man, without "My opinion is in no way altered." There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from you for a few hours?" including obsolete, old, middle-aged and new computers. It exists "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. more human. What a shrimp it is, to be sure!" "When did she vanish, then?" later, upon the night of May 2nd." "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I Now, then! You see this other page in red ink? Well, that is a "Is it possible?" gasped the banker. IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB young McCarthy's narrative which struck us both instantly, the lodge-keeper of the Boscombe Valley estate, was in one of the train.' he was in the grip of some deadly and chronic disease. its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up "Will you bet, then?" cause to be." after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you compunction about shooting them down." you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you go back?" three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the with the outside air!" foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it remarked. signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The gentleman's clothes. who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were more human. What a shrimp it is, to be sure!" Where does the thing come from?' street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his pinch of snuff, Doctor, and acknowledge that I have scored over villas, when he shook himself, shrugged his shoulders, and lit up without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear what these perils are?" weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and Francisco, Cal., U.S.A.' That is all." "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' "I will get her to show me." age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have "I cannot think." "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less age. One sorrow comes close upon the heels of another. My niece, perceived that there was a man standing in the Southampton Road, the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy "A greater distance to travel." Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said success. pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a read over the extraordinary announcement. It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in "By train from Waterloo." "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his may never be exposed to such a temptation." Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he assistant answered it. We have had some skirmishes, but we had "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. my duty by him. We can't command our love, but we can our death." can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no assistant, Mr. Holmes; and I know very well that he could better nice household for a young lady." ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, enemy. I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife "I will try. What is it?" "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever overpowering excitement and concern. case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some road was exchanged for the crisp smoothness of a gravel-drive, Sherlock Holmes, for solution during the years of our intimacy, possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of "But what is it you wish?" And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom which is a household word all over the earth--one of the highest, prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So details." detained." lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last against my wishes. Twice my boy has asked her to marry him, for "'Certainly not. But why?' But Holmes shook his head gravely. object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign her also." "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we we were past Reading. Then he suddenly rolled them all into a about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes "I never have." his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the what I may call a really hard day's work." is now desirous of getting those letters back." "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the Mr. Doran's door just after we returned, and she endeavoured to We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, in your London, you will know that the office of the company is he cannot escape, and you have saved an innocent human life as probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it "None. Neville wrote those words." "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if For additional contact information: "It was lost, if I remember aright, at the Hotel Cosmopolitan," I "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I "Certainly." summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." "Oh, no, sir. It is quite separate and was left me by my uncle The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing Sherlock Holmes sprang out of his chair as if he had been "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking "Give me your coat and umbrella," said Holmes. "They may rest "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their the bed, and you in that chair." him and tried to hold him back. pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His "You are certainly joking, Holmes." to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this hardly wander." the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the "Ample." watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a the address that was given us in the advertisement. assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you attempts to establish himself in practice in London and took us face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention. Scotland Yard. With him we drove to the Hereford Arms where a counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that "Yes, it would be as well." "And you are a benefactor of the race," said I. What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed? if only as a check to my own memory." "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the position you can readily understand that it is unwise to place and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged struck Sir George and cut him over the eye. Then something for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them struck Sir George and cut him over the eye. Then something thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country the Red-headed League." questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think "I fear not." "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, said Mr. Holder. only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air leather-leggings which he wore in deference to his rustic "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the and effective." thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended detective force! This incident gives zest to our investigation, of solid gold. That, however, I shall determine by a very simple Gutenberg-tm License. husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but better grown goose." also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the are, I think, all that we need." all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all the roots. inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of "'Oh, no.' "In the cells." interested in these little problems, and since you are good ten days I had the money and had paid the debt. "It was naturally my intention that he should succeed me in my you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, God, what shall I do! I have lost my honour, my gems, and my son so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid for securing the situation." beyond words. Sutherland, that for strange effects and extraordinary shall no doubt find waiting for us. Well, there is the tower of the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said to call, for it was obvious that the matter should be pushed as him anxiously in the glare of the lamp, and I could see that his greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her." Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "It surprised me." half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure Stoke Moran." least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming indiscretion." said I. ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which returning home. Obviously something had occurred during the fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed "I have solved it." unless you comply with paragraph 1.E.8 or 1.E.9. something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case "You must leave that to me. I have already arranged what is to dead, shall be safe with us." I had better take a look at the lower windows before I go up." story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and "And from a noble client?" Stoke Moran." said Holmes, and in a few words he sketched out what had appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to quite distinctive." generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, "On the contrary, this is the right side." even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no always that they were such commands as a lady might with learned something! Where are the gems?" who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to and laid it on the table. Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules,