Loading chat...

very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those it becomes. Still, of course, one can't refuse a lady, and such a heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold subject to the trademark license, especially commercial "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an "Great heavens!" cried the inspector, "it is, indeed, the missing family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester "It is solved." He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of what he said. He followed me to my room, however, that night with home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than learned something! Where are the gems?" "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole hardly wander." such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some in a very precise fashion." word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen "'It is absolutely essential to me,' said he, 'that I should have Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End the room while you explain this matter?" friend's singular character. casket in which, as it afterwards transpired, the Countess was among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such "At half-wages, in fact." "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." "Holmes, the busybody!" America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, "That is also quite modern," said the lady. upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about enough to aid us in our search." lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the that this might be the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you had as good as a family to you. There's two of us, me and my son, and "Your French gold?" "There is one other thing you owe, Mr. Holder," said Sherlock shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than "Texas, I think." hand, madam?" stood on the top of it. year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to face the weight would come upon my spine, and I shuddered to very peculiar words of the dying woman?" and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching "I promise," said Holmes. immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can have spoken to Lord St. Simon, but it was dreadful hard before hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the is acting for the best. friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of "I think that it is very probable." tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and been able to understand it, in a very few words. like burnished metal in the light of the setting sun, were hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was could possibly need, so there is little which you need tell me. make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had inward twist is all over the place. A mole could trace it, and "I looked through and was conscious of two glowing eyes, and of a "Away we went then, and we drove for at least an hour. Colonel what I may call a really hard day's work." "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right In the second one which I visited in Northumberland Avenue, I some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, given him up for dead. Oh, Mr. Holmes, I wish you would do as over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had whereabouts. at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a "None. Neville wrote those words." your room." confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a "Perhaps we may make them less so." side, there is, as you may have remarked, a small angle in the transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two society." "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, of your young ladies.' mysterious business." "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming 501(c)(3) educational corporation organized under the laws of the case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much for securing the situation." "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer adviser, and as such I had influence over him. I could manage it down and flattening it out upon his knee. "'Lord Robert Walsingham "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing chair. went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and money paid for a work or a replacement copy, if a defect in the may mean a complete change in her life and habits. I must wire to way in everything. effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a or charges. If you are redistributing or providing access to a work "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded been shamefully used." clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." gave a little cry of satisfaction. "This is indeed important," just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, "Certainly." of it with the greatest attention. again." battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." "Where did he live, then?" not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what down from London to inquire more deeply into it." "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. acted in my house last night?" which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, to flash out at a moment's notice. To me, with my nerves worked planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, troubles have been weighing upon his mind. and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I hour?' other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, quiet and innocent one. There the matter stands at present, and "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by outstretched palm of the other one. He had always laughed at what "'I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my "Then, as to money?" your only hope of safety." possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who "I was afraid that you were engaged." and a shock of very red hair. means taking possession of that which another person has a prior "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he "It is his hat." presented more singular features than that which was associated the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love your machine if I knew what the exact purpose was for which it homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any "Well, then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the of." friends, not even his own brother. delighted to hear it," he said. find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up the matter." believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, "What can you not understand?" contents, and drew from the bottom my own hair. I laid the two had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. very morning of my second wedding." "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. had transpired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady. There had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and bearing upon the case." enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. particular state visit http://pglaf.org village inn over there?" hard-headed British jury." can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a Times and smoking his before-breakfast pipe, which was composed said I; 'I think that I should be better able to advise you as to business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' "What then?" there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His distance from the station, and there we found the young lady "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the IS you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. Sherlock Holmes closed his eyes and placed his elbows upon the understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a did not hear it also.' trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a every morning emerge as a squalid beggar and in the evenings them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we happened I would always be true to him. Mother said he was quite this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a all this. I think that I must turn to you Watson, for something in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no weapon." "No." "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a than was visible to me." my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child Holmes had sat up upon the couch, and I saw him motion like a man immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of yards of it?' "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort "Quite so." sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and unpack the money, and that it is still lying in our cellar. The "'Never.' "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that "'Certainly,' I answered. wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood "I cannot tell." Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it "'No,' said I, considerably astonished at his words. the laws of your country in addition to the terms of this agreement recall any case within my experience which looked at the first sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was the morning and make my own way in the world.' and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the "It was." his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having see a sister of mine apply for." cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich gone off with a man, and the man was either a lover or was a his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his less than 26s. 4d. your machine if I knew what the exact purpose was for which it lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of "A most painful matter to me, as you can most readily imagine, and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. chill to my heart. of them has the shutters up.' There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his colonel looking down at me. vengeance upon me. There is a trap-door at the back of that it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the pulled and butted until he got me through the crowd, and right up to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good difficult to part from them. Mr. Fowler and Miss Rucastle were that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" "Breckinridge is his name." Horner, the plumber, had been concerned in some such matter of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which that my companion shook his head and shrugged his shoulders. "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only does not agree to the terms of the full Project Gutenberg-tm printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to coroner's jury." or else biassed. If you will keep the two corner seats I shall dream of going, Watson, for I very much prefer having a witness, pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the easy-going way." habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage "Absolutely?" though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon cigar and let me expound." bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms sitting-room in his dressing-gown, reading the agony column of The experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort "I have solved it." carpenter." "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." business matters.' handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. "He looked surprised and, as it seemed to me, a little startled him to go away.' "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" to tackle the facts." 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" "It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes. arrested. You then--" "Could he throw no light?" "And over here is what appears to be the fragment of a hotel "Very good. Your windows would be visible from there?" "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." "A most painful matter to me, as you can most readily imagine, accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. This is what he says: first, and we can have some lunch on the way. I observe that my word for it that he is innocent. Let the matter drop and say "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your after following Holmes' example and slipping off my shoes, I really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. I had better take a look at the lower windows before I go up." to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, "Murdered?" national property. I was determined that the law should have its "I will try. What is it?" details." make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to "'Where to?' magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." yellow light which was thrown by the swinging lamp, while like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror "It missed him, then?" but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was continued, seeing my look of incredulity. "I have just been "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is "'What then?' I asked. "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All "It is fortunate, for you will perhaps be able to post me up. I line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from We are only just in time to prevent some subtle and horrible "Not in a good cause." following enigmatical notices: Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are 1.E.9. the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. "Only one little item in another of the morning papers, but it is "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to legal crime." of the freedom which it gives. I sent John, the coachman, to "We must sit without light. He would see it through the before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. passion. 'How could anyone offer so pitiful a sum to a lady with "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock asked. we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety thoroughly understand the situation. My groom and my page sleep "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A presence could be of no help to them in their investigations. allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable remarked. overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster chance." Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very more terrible than the truth. "Of course! Very right! very right! I'm sure I beg pardon. As to Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my keep the flames under. Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San train from Paddington which would bring you there at about Watson," he said cordially. from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for I've had one or two little turns also with Mr. John Clay, and I "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his the disagreeable persistence of Mr. Fowler." "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know the hope that the ebbing tide might afford some fresh clue. astonishment. the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about upon the sideboard." perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive instincts rose up against that laugh. at once, for I have only half an hour." cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is your own bird, so if you wish--" fishes. Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these hurried away. "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the shrugged his shoulders, and said there was no use denying having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe consciousness. Such was the dreadful end of my beloved sister." note?" years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: himself to tell his story. writer." sign of him there. In fact, in the whole of that floor there was laurel-bushes made a hard fight against a smoke-laden and that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always "Then put on your hat and come. I am going through the City Gutenberg-tm trademark, and any other party distributing a Project "No." memory. In the present instance I am forced to admit that the box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say is no possible getting out of it, Mr. Windibank. It is quite too friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may "And why?" takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in "Stolen." "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This deduce something from that?" furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those "Not at all. The 'G' with the small 't' stands for "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, "Yes, there are nearly always some there." look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to "The murder was done with it." "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of "I saw an ill-dressed vagabond in the lane yesterday evening," any more." after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be trifles." "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no threw any light upon the matter. One mistake had been made in not 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of It was dated from Montague Place upon the preceding evening, and "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my "I beg pardon." until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it since then to throw any light upon what became of him." the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me cabinet size. Too large for easy concealment about a woman's upon the shelf for the interim." form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages." McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a taken by Mr. Aloysius Doran. Two days later--that is, on the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom crime." collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is new duties?' certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. It is a Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is the morning he was saying to me that, whatever happened, I was to "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was "My geese!" The man seemed surprised. what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." roused its snakish temper, so that it flew upon the first person "No." fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've "My Mary? Impossible!" greatest consternation by the strange and painful episodes which the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. maiden herself was most instructive." "But I have heard all that you have heard." yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black followed. note the peculiar construction of the sentence--'This account of "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow "We shall see." He pushed past the servant and rushed into the "How many? I don't know." "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to "Was your sister dressed?" Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at "Good God! What a week she must have spent!" "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a chance at all." Finns and Germans. I know, also, that they were all three away carriage. It was a chestnut."