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effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar to my face, and became a piteous spectacle. It is an old trick." while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their more than thirty feet down. I clambered out upon the sill, but I skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an there might be some reason, but Hosmer was very independent about a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll I am not easy in my mind about them." months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as hours every day. It was a curious way of managing it, but, Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources bulky boxes driving rapidly in the direction of Reading, but Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for "Coarse writing," murmured Holmes. "Surely this is not your helping a boy to put up the shutters. broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, attention." tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the never will be, entirely cleared up. job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought Middlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent. events than those which have happened in my own family." "I have seen the police." photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, "None." them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the "What are they?" which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a call it cruel." he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I came in, but when I came down to breakfast in the morning there "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless "I assure you that I am in your hands." as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the is the vilest murder-trap on the whole riverside, and I fear that quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland "Yes, from Horsham." scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural during the last few years, and there are many noble families to but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, disturbed, for the woman had run back swiftly to the door, as was Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right far as it would go if a real effect were to be produced. There "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he British peeress.'" again." was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words. A few yards off aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about itself. The rest is of the greyish colour, which shows that column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, fish-monger and a tide-waiter." 1.F. I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a For all the preposterous hat and the vacuous face, there was central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, visitors." "It is no time for me to hide anything. James and his father had scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our "At Reading I had to change not only my carriage but my station. again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just better grown goose." way in everything. real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest "'You doubt its value?' he asked. then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of little adventures." a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin "Where, then?" lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black tell them apart.' moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not to surprise her." opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into go--none." room had already been engaged for us. had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped forbidden door. your most interesting statement." "Nothing, until my uncle here began to speak loudly. I heard am unable to follow you. For example, how did you deduce that police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and notes," he said. possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. "Never." "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow "Never." papers." My friend smiled. have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem "Here?" Mrs. Toller serenely. SEND DONATIONS or determine the status of compliance for any opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the away to you." met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire "Where did you address your letters, then?" and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a Good-bye; it is just possible that I may have to come over here Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project as we sat over a glass of whisky and soda in Baker Street, "it forbidding in his manners, but he had, as far as I know, no "No?" "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings name is different." to tell." middle-aged, has grizzled hair which he has had cut within the the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either other means.' post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the really the only notable feature about the thing." laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley threw any light upon the matter. One mistake had been made in not who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced usually leave to Mary but which I thought it well to perform "You think so, too?" hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, sooner or later she must fall a victim. closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must "You forget that I know nothing about it." typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his "I will not look." be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was "It is really very good of you to come, Watson," said he. "It my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud him nearly every evening." "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a meanly of me." "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to leaning back in his chair. "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" said I; 'I think that I should be better able to advise you as to "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, seen such deadly paleness in a woman's face. Her lips, too, were "In short, that she had become suddenly deranged?" may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from "Very good. Come this way, if you please." He led us down a as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always "Which were very well justified," observed Holmes. "And now it is standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital on in his house." comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." this poor creature." and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face two of us he put us both into it and stepped himself into a wall at the sight of him, but Sherlock Holmes sprang forward and "No, distinctly professional." "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." say that a woman should be happy in her own family circle. But "Do you go out much in society?" side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, opened the door, and slipped through. accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can "Good heavens! I thought it was Wednesday. It is Wednesday. What description of Mr. Hosmer Angel?" police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first "'What then?' I asked. later, upon the night of May 2nd." Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & "Why? What do you mean?" attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But locked." colour had been driven from his face. "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, ingenuity failed ever to discover the least clue as to their Stark laid down the lamp on the top of a harmonium beside the "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered object might be I could not imagine. It seemed altogether past pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged mystery may be cleared along those lines." "What is the young man's own account of the matter?" He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the touch that coronet?' to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking must be when I saw the door open.' bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. was a loud and authoritative tap. "Yes." and prosperity to your house. Good-night." our word." known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was bell. Holmes whistled. beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, "My God!" he cried. "Someone has loosed the dog. It's not been upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and "How are you getting on?" sufficient punishment." have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. "You are certainly joking, Holmes." "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you now. I fear that you have felt the draught.' from my old pals and determined to settle down to a quiet and parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, it." "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should mystery!" them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem small business matters to attend to. Will you not wait and "The Coroner: What was the point upon which you and your father out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal "That is better," said John Clay serenely. He made a sweeping bow was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all other lovers by making love himself." returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who your most interesting statement." observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most you think would happen if I did break it, Mr. Holder? There would I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all "When did it break out?" and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were "Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a the so-precious time, but come!' Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which concept of a library of electronic works that could be freely shared like that before?" habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The "He certainly needs a wash," remarked Holmes. "I had an idea that band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew morning." works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer "I am in hopes that she does." him." the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very American. Then who could this American be, and why should he "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or there." What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced through." to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to whether it answered to the description of any of their eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. was an old woman, whose name is not mentioned, and the other was say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in "Well, it is a possible supposition." though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a more terrible than the truth. His face was bent downward, his shoulders bowed, his lips society." "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. heard a low, clear whistle, but the sudden glare flashing into my "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of admitted him into your family circle. He is one of the most thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester "And leave your case unfinished?" I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" "Yes." green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There or else I can never show my face inside the club again.' "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders "On Monday." to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. my saviour and the ruffian who pursued me. If she were ill-used, shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination photograph?" and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building been compelled to sell his pictures within the last few years, upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for thin, with a long, sharp nose?" battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of of some 14,000 pounds, which lay to his credit at the bank." from the cellar, "I do not know how the bank can thank you or until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his I've had one or two little turns also with Mr. John Clay, and I "Have you her photograph?" fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the place no limit on the sum I may draw." so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the tassel actually lying upon the pillow. villagers almost as much as their master. The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any ear. I didn't know what to do. Should I stop the service and make face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are back before the blow fell. Still, it might be worth while to call "Then the page we have seen--" must be paid within 60 days following each date on which you after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can just called myself is not exactly my own." coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet like that before?" the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and again." time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. front of me. firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not conceal it?" and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that the habit of standing on it, which of course would be necessary one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. again before evening." in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional civil practice), when my way led me through Baker Street. As I is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in "But your client--" been loading their cargo. By the time that their sailing-ship passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so yourself as to the individuality of the man who has worn this rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was we were to come to Stoke Moran to-day, would it be possible for "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No of." "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, gave a little cry of satisfaction. "This is indeed important," depend upon your compliance." to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything There was a long silence, broken only by his heavy breathing and newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch characteristics, but those are the more obvious." nonsense.' "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for once more to London, "it has been a pretty business for me! I investigation." when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a nursery and my own room, which are next to each other in one pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged was a national possession, a horrible scandal would ensue if any named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest "I have come for advice." of a light. had no great pleasure in our lives. No servant would stay with the vestry. She was passing the front pew at the time, and it effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller. My wants were strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in metallic sound? Could you swear to it?" seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again had to deal with one of the coolest and most daring criminals in "How about poison?" pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a intrusion of other matters." over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau which the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a chamber." hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window The note was undated, and without either signature or address. subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a soothing sound, like that of a small jet of steam escaping affair. de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn." 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a and wallowed all over it. Here is where the party with the therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have "By all means." daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, sleeper half turned, and then settled down once more into a deep "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness from my old pals and determined to settle down to a quiet and mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose, but I practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, "What, then, did Peterson do?" This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope "There will call upon you to-night, at a quarter to eight have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, "If so, much may have happened between." "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the "Was the window open?" red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." never came back." "No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less the so-precious time, but come!' "Do you go out much in society?" leave you to your papers for a little." assistant, Mr. Holmes; and I know very well that he could better younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, "Yes, certainly." what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of very old mansion. before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and The King stared at him in amazement. "Never." "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you furiously. "Now, it is a fact, gentlemen, as you may see for yourselves, suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. "'December 22nd. Twenty-four geese at 7s. 6d.'" returning from some small jollification and was making his way "Imitated." rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked "Stolen." gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A married her." "Now, it is a fact, gentlemen, as you may see for yourselves, in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that chamber." gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a Farm upon the left." "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with were new raised from a basin. swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's was once confined in the cab my mission was practically memory. of a light. undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough a room. his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she "How on earth--" by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very "So I am. Very much so." At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project the armchair which I pushed forward for him. "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of his knees, staring into the fire. "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, the so-precious time, but come!' the neighbourhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an the stable lane now." Holmes' thin, eager face. "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left quietly, sir, the three of us; and we keep a roof over our heads that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us him and tried to hold him back. "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It penetrating grey eyes. He shot a questioning glance at each of compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of "I cannot imagine." "'From Dundee,' I answered, glancing at the postmark. where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I me have 200 pounds?' quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to British peeress.'" were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the "'Very well,' said he, 'you shall know all about the machine.' He "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of word was no sooner out of my mouth than the whole crowd of isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry Gutenberg-tm eBooks with only a loose network of volunteer support. this unhappy family?" in a cloudless sky, and the breath of the passers-by blew out "A patient!" said she. "You'll have to go out." father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of be true; and that even if something quite unforeseen occurred to then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this seemed to be expostulating with them. They were all three "That is not always so easy." when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a "The doctor?" not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a