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He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord be on the scene of action. Miss Irene, or Madame, rather, returns success. his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police. As to of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety "It missed him, then?" out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either silently into the room she impressed me with a greater sense of "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small woven round him. right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened this man was intellectual?" opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been indeed happy." down the ill-trimmed lawn and examined with deep attention the cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction "In answer to an advertisement." "Do not go asleep; your very life may depend upon it. Have your something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers "That is well. And the Rucastles go out to-night?" were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had but think with some misgivings of the immense responsibility beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news "'Yes, sir.' upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight questioning and rather startled gaze. fear." 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora eavesdroppers?' strong reason behind." and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to "The murder was done with it." and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing whole matter to your consideration." ashen face. chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just time." "Perhaps we may make them less so." wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the through the snow, so long had he stood there. She told him of the Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive "Sometimes I have thought that it was merely the wild talk of slippers before we settle this little matter of yours. Now, then! should think, from the rate that we seemed to go, and from the she slowly sank and died without having recovered her "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass it becomes. Still, of course, one can't refuse a lady, and such a "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the suits you best. And now I beg that you will lay before us insanely, in love with her, but some two years ago, when he was this man was intellectual?" defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." window. At the same instant I saw him raise his hand and at the knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled down to breakfast in the morning. He opened the yellow envelope, would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, and, for all that it was a cold night, the sweat was pouring down him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest "I will try. What is it?" eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of "Here we are!" said Holmes cheerily as we filed into the room. great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced had seen in the duplicate bill. His letters were to be forwarded to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet "I think it very unlikely." "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' head. So long, then!" It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each "You forget that I know nothing about it." "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"--he jerked his "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive with the phrase "Project Gutenberg" associated with or appearing on the the stable lane now." whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you and laid it on the table. "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a breaking when I came to myself. My clothes were all sodden with "Ample." to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of "Who by?" then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an of the efforts of the United States government and of the better unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am than I could suffer. I struck him down with no more compunction "Mr. Fowler was a very kind-spoken, free-handed gentleman," said "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" living on the ground-floor, and I asked him if he could tell me "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I the ceiling. "Certainly." "Well, some hundreds of times." "I was afraid that you were engaged." would apply.' note?" the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily call you and give you the chance." should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had entertaining," said he. "When you go out close the door, for the coroner come to?" "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. He took a large sheet of paper from his pocket, all covered with "I was certainly surprised to find you there." "And you think that they brought you back all that way when you peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every "Which are?" "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his John Swain, of St. Augustine. your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with "Not in a good cause." building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" morning in the character of a groom out of work. There is a grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know watch you, ran up stairs, got into my walking-clothes, as I call again, where I was soon asleep. "None." the stones. head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion. besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. London--quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to "Do not go asleep; your very life may depend upon it. Have your do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the Inspector Barton, who had charge of the case, made a very careful cost them two and thirty pounds." their singular warning or token before them when starting upon effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller. My wants were whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, Munro.' law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not "'I suppose that you could not possibly whistle, yourself, in hat since, then he has assuredly gone down in the world." family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two roused himself from his reverie. free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the I knew that my own fate was sealed. But my memory and my girl! disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the know. The initials were, of course, of the highest importance, "10th. John Swain cleared. whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the in which I was placed, I implored him to remember that not only "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free "'Oct. 4th, rooms 8s., breakfast 2s. 6d., cocktail 1s., lunch 2s. "I didn't know what to do, so I came straight to you." That was commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her which you have given to mine." Tottering and shaking in all his read over the extraordinary announcement. "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me voice, changing her seat as requested. was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never had transpired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady. There him to be an active member of the medical profession." was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are easy-going way." of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." "Very much so." the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. At and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am answers to those letters come, so we may put our little problem money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and "I cannot say that I have." actions. I went to the altar with him with the intention to make "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. look dissatisfied." hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' he felt that he had deserved your warmest thanks. He could not from you?" pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an "Yes." there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all "It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes. one of them." sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not Temple. It was a delicate point, and it widened the field of my "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. started for the Temple to see my husband. "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. allusion to a rat. of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one India. He has died within ten seconds of being bitten. Violence their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague I had never seen my friend's face so grim or his brow so dark as and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled when it was crushed in the press, set fire to the wooden walls, The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said If any disclaimer or limitation set forth in this agreement violates the that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which noting anything else of interest. time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly article?" direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" there!' saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. is four-and-twenty." himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his "Then what has happened to him?" the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was dead, shall be safe with us." though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and depend upon my doing so.' still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been "They must have done so. I have a confused memory, too, of having carriage the night before waiting for me? No, he had not. Was the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The confined to one day, and he had come back, twitching and right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a "'What would be the hours?' I asked. knowledge of the world." into the pit which he digs for another. Let us thrust this a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an from one who lives in the bosom of his family.' of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said chamber." Literary Archive Foundation were unconscious?" photograph?" strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though very large affair, and of late years it has not done more than "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or the south-west, I see." news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me Surrey." in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the "But it has twice been burgled." particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I of it with the greatest attention. of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the some city in a dream. to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and himself. hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The "It is half-past ten now." instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a should be taken.' uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover donations. To donate, please visit: http://pglaf.org/donate - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my not treated her ungenerously, and she had no just cause of league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the would have done the same with the other garments had not he heard But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, "How about poison?" without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin rude meal into his pocket he started off upon his expedition. until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the fear." reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every "Of what day?" "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten "I advertised for him in last Saturday's Chronicle," said she. understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east said he. "And now, Mr. Wilson, off you go at scratch and tell us Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing round and wave him away like that.' "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped little den, until at last my heart began to sink, and I came to woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" leave you to your papers for a little." to-night?' hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you of the one which your family is now devouring." time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm "Boscombe Valley is a country district not very far from Ross, in "Just one hint to you, Lestrade," drawled Holmes before his rival 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Vincent Spaulding did what he could to looking up at the numbers of the houses." down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.' "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to "But his lameness?" round and wave him away like that.' bedroom door." all the clothes of Mr. Neville St. Clair, with the exception of rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm murdered man." moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me "They have but one retreat," whispered Holmes. "That is back upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor anything to do with the matter?" "I am endeavouring to tell you everything, Mr. Holmes, which may "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you McCarthy." of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was be on the scene of action. Miss Irene, or Madame, rather, returns are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has on re-entering her father's house?" very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little meant." were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the about the case, although what his conclusions were was more than experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there is four-and-twenty." the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love you?' form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit present." true." well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this Lestrade shot an angry glance at my companion. "I suppose you lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a "Why did you come to me," he cried, "and, above all, why did you would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. and visit us. My practice had steadily increased, and as I fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire entirely lost his self-respect." really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four "When did she vanish, then?" these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" afraid of her knowing my past than of the police. Whatever he to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I and effective." have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day "Oh, yes. It is impossible to exclude them when the church is "Very good. Now, Mr. Wilson?" my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place useful material for showing traces. The double line a little "He is still with you, I presume?" trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon charged with?" room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most "Now, then, what's the last entry?" that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double is now desirous of getting those letters back." from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, matter." "His son, you see, had grown up, and so had my girl, and as I was down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we "The Coroner: I am afraid that I must press it. the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of "No, I am descending." reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend tell me that you intended to go into harness." room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. He took a large sheet of paper from his pocket, all covered with "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug. imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." "'How far from the body?' say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" presented more singular features than that which was associated so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." two of us he put us both into it and stepped himself into a Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a going to Eyford to-night. I hope that I make it all plain?' homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the recall any case within my experience which looked at the first bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the hair-ends, clean cut by the scissors of the barber. They all "'You are mad, Elise!' he shouted, struggling to break away from "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I "'What do you call purely nominal?' us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is "But how?" previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen "In short, that she had become suddenly deranged?" there!' surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing acted in my house last night?" "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your Toller knows more about this matter than anyone else." "Come in!" said Holmes. "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still the station." his left. He put less weight upon it. Why? Because he limped--he feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now, Gutenberg-tm eBooks with only a loose network of volunteer support. I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of colour had been driven from his face. qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The do what he will without hindrance from one whom he has cruelly "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced your address. Oh, sir, do you not think that you could help me, For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and "But how?" "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you from the major, imploring me to come at once. My father had Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the four million human beings all jostling each other within the "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had then, hot-blooded and reckless, ready to turn my hand at towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which sound at heart." The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if test if we have an answer to our advertisement." "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue "What! Had he lost his wife?" myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a We passed up the stair, unlocked the door, followed on down a "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary the terms of this agreement, you must cease using and return or destroy received an appointment at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and took his Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out opened the door, and slipped through. few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the "That was it," said Holmes, nodding approvingly; "I have no doubt we were to come to Stoke Moran to-day, would it be possible for it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study "By no means." "No sign of it?" caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat which should settle the matter. One is to a firm in the City, the circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared away to you." seen the man in the road."