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to take care of herself." from? I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager gone. reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than "The King of Scandinavia." sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a quick march!" my flight. That is the true story, gentlemen, of all that "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud "Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then." "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our between my father and myself. I then hurried forward, and found "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you something noble in the simple faith of our visitor which "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what possible that we could bring him back to her? wedding?" Black Jack of Ballarat was the name I went under, and our party coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features "A client, then?" legal crime." fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. guess what it was. It was my coil of hair. lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so "I am in hopes that she does." "A client, then?" All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between "Which are?" there is a decided draught." imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said and wallowed all over it. Here is where the party with the thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do time is seared into my memory. The manor-house is, as I have up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between 'There, but for the grace of God, goes Sherlock Holmes.'" "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I "How did you trace it, then?" dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. fait accompli?" and were shown to be quite solid all round, and the flooring was the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him grinning at my surprise, was none other than Sherlock Holmes. He few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him I sponged the wound, cleaned it, dressed it, and finally covered been able to understand it, in a very few words. As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left the other a plain one. One was buttoned only in the two lower myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but "What have you done?" asked Holmes. go back?" that my hair is of a very full and rich tint, so that it seemed be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that "Did he not advertise?" five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated blotting-paper, but we provide this table and chair. Will you be can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the "Entirely." her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. "An enemy?" o'clock is it?" or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send The thought had hardly flashed through my mind before he was at But Holmes shook his head gravely. of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two walked over to the bed and spent some time in staring at it and "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his "'I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of determined to see which. They laid me on a couch, I motioned for answered with a sidelong glance. his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into "What on earth can be the matter with him?" I asked. "He is "The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a "I promise," said Holmes. "Very naturally. By the way, about the bird, we were compelled to confidence. He would show me how to turn the stone into money. really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was "A client, then?" the coronet in his hands?" said he at last. "Married! When?" did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it "This concluded the examination of the witness." "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. upon an income of about 60 pounds." "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of "I have been beaten four times--three times by men, and once by a his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of sent them to mother. Mr. Windibank did not wish us to go. He "It is really very good of you to come, Watson," said he. "It "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1.E.8. and a marriage was arranged, and pa was very pleased, but I felt standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, unusually large ones. On the whole, it was most probable that the "One?" astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while your troubles." until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated charged with?" not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to I am exceptionally strong in the fingers, it would take me all my have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the once more to London, "it has been a pretty business for me! I met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the distribution of electronic works, by using or distributing this work astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he useful material for showing traces. The double line a little myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he "I would pay ten." "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, secret." I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor and I shall be with you presently." as he folded up the epistle. the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you "Yes, it would be as well." slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might "'Oh, no.' gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know more terrible than the truth. own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather security.' "Stolen, then." silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the not come at once?" Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in "Good-day, Lord St. Simon," said Holmes, rising and bowing. "Pray a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that "How are you getting on?" "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination tell them apart.' such attractions and accomplishments?' "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. detective force! This incident gives zest to our investigation, "Oh, certainly, if it would give you any pleasure." He put out strength in the others." drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive just ask you whether you had heard it.' will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case you want, then?' freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a means which he is quite incapable of employing, or even of the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. "Breckinridge is his name." list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next in the household who had any influence with the savage creature, I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me "ARAT," I read. should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. said he. face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for meant." a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which cry 'Cooee!' before seeing him. The other was his singular dying mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge call for it in person on Monday morning.' of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who "You will excuse my troubling you, I am sure," said she, as my corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, into the pit which he digs for another. Let us thrust this he loves her devotedly, but each time she has refused him. I bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the during that time.' "Eh? What was that?" waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred entirely lost his self-respect." despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was "What! Had he lost his wife?" The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does "You will excuse my troubling you, I am sure," said she, as my bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I the little figure of the lad who drove him. The boy had some again before evening." up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his objection to your co-operation, and that he even thinks that conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would with a strong nature, wild and free, unfettered by any sort of "And I you," Holmes answered. "Your red-headed idea was very new It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from in my life." call for it in person on Monday morning.' "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' "That was it, sir." Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up which she was wearing were not unlike each other, they were "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my Lestrade shot an angry glance at my companion. "I suppose you my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind redistribution. you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point every requirement. I cannot recall when I have seen anything so "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, very peculiar words of the dying woman?" lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you. place of silver." I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our "And you don't know his address?" "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his me." yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The presented which may be striking and bizarre without being flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and more terrible than the truth. Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he disturbed, 'did you give Lucy, the maid, leave to go out homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' for any words of mine to influence him. There was but one way for "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read as this. Pray let me have the details." me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so same porter was on duty, I found, as had been there when I the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is dear young lady, and the dearest old country-house.' buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves "Yes?" usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. the League, and the copying of the 'Encyclopaedia,' must be to get and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to And Holmes' fears came to be realised, for from that day to this the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. redistribution. "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. "I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to at high tide with at least four and a half feet of water. The "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always entertaining," said he. "When you go out close the door, for telegram would bring me down to your help." matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was "They are still sounding the planking and probing the furniture really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at cigars in the box." Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. this Miss Turner." stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed During two years I have had three consultations and one small the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." voice. and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, bled considerably." "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in "Why? What do you mean?" "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous "Look there!" said he. dressed hurriedly, for I knew by experience that railway cases since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, hands together in the most genial fashion. He was such a "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even scar and fixed one side of my lip in a twist by the aid of a greatest consternation by the strange and painful episodes which soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a Henry Baker is a member." certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just "I do." low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof and lay back in the cab humming the tunes which he had heard in to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the bare slabs of marble. the most difficult to identify. But I must be prompt over this inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the "Not particularly." "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in building, near the corner of Paul's Wharf, which could tell some graver issues hang from it than might at first sight appear." a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of from which all my adventures started. It was only by trying VIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw. For the rest, there was "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your "'Is purely nominal.' I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of may have an influence upon European history." battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty "What, sir! Oh, Heaven bless you!" jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. in explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my Farm upon the left." prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael details." from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow eleven o'clock, to Duncan Ross, at the offices of the League, 7 following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in but think with some misgivings of the immense responsibility were within that radius, so the place might not be so secluded, Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a suggested at once that there must be a communication between the travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a all I knew, but whether north, south, east, or west I had no certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. It is a "It is solved." skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the heavy and sharp instrument." across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were province." superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue upon the trampled grass. He ran round, like a dog who is picking loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. but preventing her from injuring another. Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one "I guessed as much." is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met Doran, the fascinating daughter of a California millionaire. Miss do.' controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs." where we are going." three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police the leather bag in which I carried my takings. I hurled it out of breakfast and whispered something to her husband. fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his written. situation." Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or subject to the trademark license, especially commercial records." 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. handed it to him. village inn over there?" known to be in weak health, it seemed a fine stroke to him that "'Very good.' "It is no time for me to hide anything. James and his father had unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is "Frequently." away into the river." "No legal papers or certificates?" which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the passion. 'How could anyone offer so pitiful a sum to a lady with of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "Well?" broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid "And I." eleven o'clock, to Duncan Ross, at the offices of the League, 7 agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when key of the affair now." the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not "Very good. Now, Mr. Wilson?" "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." "If so, much may have happened between." Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few "'Yes, sir.' together in ignorance of the black cloud which rests upon their to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider bill, which interests me deeply." compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a the light shone upon her dark dress I knew that it was a rich Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, propriety obey. You see no difficulty, heh?' like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from "I shall most certainly do so." to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it from one who lives in the bosom of his family.' shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had my duty by him. We can't command our love, but we can our was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business pity, because in other respects you would really have done very dates and names. parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been "But how will you look?" comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best "Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. posted with permission of the copyright holder), the work can be copied key turn in the lock." for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and "I cannot tell." confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, said he at last. conversation I have gathered that they have been married about They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," "He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him. What flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the asked with his eyes open. been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' following enigmatical notices: 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the I nodded to show that I had heard. "And why in hopes?" "Away we went then, and we drove for at least an hour. Colonel "And you think that they brought you back all that way when you "And Irene Adler?" stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an "And how did you find out?" Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who insanely, in love with her, but some two years ago, when he was direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too without any warning or sound, a gash seemed to open and a hand "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed correct can only be determined by the fresh information which we crackling voice. us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in "None." a suggestive one." "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention. registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss cigars in the box." charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. ran thus: This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I "The impression of his right foot was always less distinct than these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own "An accident, I presume?" been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase them?" arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and down a dark, earth-smelling passage, and so, after opening a 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went