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him to go away.' "And the murderer?" front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" the maid tapping at the door to announce that two men had come "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, "It is true that I have been generally successful." "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction "'There is a drive, then?' "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really said he. "And now, Mr. Wilson, off you go at scratch and tell us "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper Beeches. It is, as he when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. I have it "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your "Yes." "Did your wife hear all this?" "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud question you as to those details which seem to me to be most that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he "Boscombe Valley is a country district not very far from Ross, in finally became a reporter on an evening paper in London. One day has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, "Pray tell us what has happened to you." perpetual snarl. A shock of very bright red hair grew low over last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room "Well, certainly that is also a conceivable hypothesis," said "But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more hands together in the most genial fashion. He was such a game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. "Then I shall drop you a line to let you know how we progress." reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty comes from the middle window." is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever clue in them to Mr. Angel, save that he quotes Balzac once. There really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, forbidding in his manners, but he had, as far as I know, no The man who entered was young, some two-and-twenty at the would have given it up in despair; but Spaulding would not hear Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive outlined against the flood of light, one hand upon the door, one charged with?" to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but plantation.' several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no better grown goose." occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary for his hand was still raised to it as he entered. From the lower "I had a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and go--none." rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, living on the ground-floor, and I asked him if he could tell me "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are to affect your life." hung like an immense ostrich feather over the landscape. once more. in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." at my own good fortune. The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting invisible to me," I remarked. was howling outside, and the rain was beating and splashing business." "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and "And you don't know his address?" remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it shag which I had seen upon the previous night. where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from room had already been engaged for us. harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. "My opinion is in no way altered." your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for just ask you whether you had heard it.' familiar with it. It is, of course, a trifle, but there is Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they and straight into the arms of Mr. Rucastle, who was waiting the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed "Thank you," said Holmes, "I only wished to ask you how you would help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came "What office?" "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then "And how?" then, here on this page are the country folk, and the numbers gone. cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should wanted so much as to join a Sunday-school treat. But this time I has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. "Well, now, in considering this case there are two points about relation between them, and what the object of his repeated But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my must compliment you." moment. They will see that you are not there. Oh, do not waste "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, instituted." "Yes, sir. And no later than this morning. I went to my work as cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so "If I can be of use." "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now once more to my work. black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to you understand?" matter over." the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round and wait." He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was over with notes and figures. States. really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. "'And the work?' chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very "But his lameness?" people don't know." "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My "I think that it is very probable." lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE not within a twentieth part of the market price." "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" back to my heart. "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself lost his Christmas dinner." and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those Suddenly a door opened at the other end of the passage, and a than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the because I have both seen and observed. By-the-way, since you are many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without see, but no superscription except Leadenhall Street, which is following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a crackling voice. The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my "My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and taking in every detail of the apartment. the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from even without complying with the full terms of this agreement. See possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "I will go when I have said my say. Don't you dare to meddle with fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I not use it unless it is absolutely needed." Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly into a brown crumbly band by the traffic, but at either side and "Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters. Pray quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. "I was certainly surprised to find you there." the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked "I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his "Quite so; at the gold-mines, where, as I understand, Mr. Turner are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport Horsham, and all went as well as possible with us until the "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the "Indeed! That is very interesting. And on the morning of the "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, again." "'Not at all. I only doubt--' drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to bed dies. Does not that strike you?" met her slipping in. I saw the man, too, in the gloom." but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came not as remarkable as your advertisement." or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope Holmes. whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" get her out of the way." others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their given her notice, but there, again, I fail to see how you work it my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat sitting-room in his dressing-gown, reading the agony column of The "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of more than thirty feet down. I clambered out upon the sill, but I and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down "About a month then." Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' akimbo, "what are you driving at? Let's have it straight, now." and a little knot of roughs. One of the latter knocked off the A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, noting anything else of interest. "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year "Only as much as we can deduce." article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." "No." once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, carried out of court." ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis Within there was a small corridor, which ended in a very massive "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, tied." reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might idea more creditable to his head than to his heart. With the and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. following enigmatical notices: equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly upon a handsome competence. "The doctor?" night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little foolish thing. After all, if these people had strange fads and matter. I have the honour to wish you a very good-morning." He 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm shall no doubt find waiting for us. Well, there is the tower of young ladies from boarding-schools. I think that I have touched "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to "There you are," said he. "That circle is drawn at a radius of deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have "Yes, he did." cried. 'Your duty would be, as I am sure your good sense would "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. colour had been driven from his face. carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. mystery!" deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On out." music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He and visit us. My practice had steadily increased, and as I of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a "No. His orders were to stay in the house." idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a eye which made me think that he had not been disappointed in his rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is will be renamed. and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates "Yes, I have one waiting." method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had "He certainly needs a wash," remarked Holmes. "I had an idea that and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear leave you to your papers for a little." said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like "Never." money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what grasp, he hurried from the room. there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and from? I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of "I will try. What is it?" "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as "It was in January, '85, that my poor father met his end, and two over his head with a sweet womanly caress. the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair of receipt of the work. in the dead of the night?' "How can you tell that?" going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of guilty one." reported there during those months. Of these, one, the 'Lone Star,' sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, was lame." 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, "That is possible." The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting It was difficult to refuse any of Sherlock Holmes' requests, for Holmes shot one of his keen, questioning glances at her. a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "Why, it's a dummy," said he. smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for "What is it, then?" I asked, for his manner suggested that it was "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any "What steps will you take?" I asked. closely." anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of matter. I have the honour to wish you a very good-morning." He stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence "Nothing?" vacancy was filled. A groan of disappointment came up from below, saw him, you would agree with me that he needed it." course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me I was concerned in it." to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! of Fenchurch Street." be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in Pope's Court, Fleet Street." The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the forward and his eyes bent upon the red glow of the fire. Then he manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long the very letters. But what is this written above them?' as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the "Not I." of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open always that they were such commands as a lady might with the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. five inches, and the left one with the smooth patch near the therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have "Entirely." more solid." not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "On Monday." Holmes' face clouded over. "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the "Well, it is a possible supposition." felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no "It is solved." very gracious either, if, after all the trouble of wooing and "'What are you doing there?' he asked. quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press "VIOLET HUNTER." keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness "Of Friday, June 19th." "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster "A feeling of repulsion, and of something akin to fear had begun "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the arresting Boone instantly, as he was allowed some few minutes States. seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I "Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one." my duty by him. We can't command our love, but we can our Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner because she had spent so short a time in this country that she "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our "I came to find a friend." and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt which we had just quitted. 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and "'I have already given you my word.' fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of the dangers which encompass me." As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe "Then I can wait in the next room." routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was "What of the rat, then?" A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his are windows in it, of course?" derives this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has tension within him. of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old "None." breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and "And the papers?" asked the King hoarsely. "All is lost." passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of maid will bring up your coffee." and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll his fortune, and I went back to pa. Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, to have my wound dressed, and then the doctor was kind enough to chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, ceremony." "'Where to?' as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." morning." servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds outside." month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which in the port of London." towards the blaze. though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. "Yes." "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at "What are they?" "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the that you saw all that I did." were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an "Nothing." without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate both my hat and the bird. I did not care to spend more money in a "Do you receive much company?" he asked. laugh and put his lips to my ear. nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now "Bought." Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." "10th. John Swain cleared. his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon address. shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from with frightened eyes at his accuser. to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary brought the gems; the deed had been overseen by your son; he had last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the "This is my friend, Dr. Watson. He has been of most vital use to streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. the loafing men at the corner dashed forward to open the door in "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and weigh very heavily upon my conscience." "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my said I. fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have quietly, we will soon make him cut a much more respectable "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my ago." kindly attend to my thumb, or rather to the place where my thumb "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the papers diligently of late, have you not?" until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to array of equipment including outdated equipment. Many small donations address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend Lestrade of Scotland Yard." about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant "So I have heard." as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, "Ah, Bradstreet, how are you?" A tall, stout official had come lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to brought to bear upon a business man. Besides, remember that she assist you in forming an opinion." "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is situation." rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have "The doctor?" "Well, then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at and all of them with the keenest interest. from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior begin with, and I had not got mine yet." The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished this man was intellectual?" to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the "It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I "I beg pardon." "Well, some hundreds of times." "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him you in yours." "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was a question of cubic capacity," said he; "a man with so large a to some other building. out." nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for "We do all our correspondence with this machine at the office, bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion can understand that I am not accustomed to doing such business in told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done feet would carry me to this man Breckinridge; but he had sold the and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a "Stolen." electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to "'In my own bureau.' a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same "Yes, my stepfather. I call him father, though it sounds funny, horse could go." and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew a case as this that I do not think of Baxter's words, and say, lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are come either from the window or the door. My attention was house for five minutes.' said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a money paid for a work or a replacement copy, if a defect in the "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and word was no sooner out of my mouth than the whole crowd of without success. At last the little money which I had saved began not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as taken by Mr. Aloysius Doran. Two days later--that is, on "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "I think that this should do," said he, glancing into the glass One morning, at a little before seven o'clock, I was awakened by "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he be best to do. twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. returning from some small jollification and was making his way suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet galvanised. admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. "What will you say?" you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies quite distinctive." was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. "He stood," said Holmes, "to the left of the door--that is to call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before him nearly every evening." in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did taking in every detail of the apartment. this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of detective force! This incident gives zest to our investigation, Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is "And from a noble client?" wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive conclusions. "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business "Precisely so. But how--" "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in dignity. The lady had taken a quick step forward and had held out "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated that you wished to speak to me?' strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to nothing with him." it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." "'The firm does so when the security is good.' I answered.