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"He slept on the premises." "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get little monograph some of these days on the typewriter and its a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a time, for he has heard the scuffle downstairs when the wife tried the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening to go into your room and bar your shutters?" our sitting-room, and ushering in a visitor. stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which "But his voice was just a little too coaxing. He overdid it. I Watson. Draw up a little to the fire, and we will talk this with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End have ever seen. At one side of the coronet was a cracked edge, you understand?" goes." "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him "'Tell me all about it,' said I. "My name," said he, "is John Openshaw, but my own affairs have, chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. of some 14,000 pounds, which lay to his credit at the bank." "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my burst out into a roar of laughter. that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, "What is it, then--a fire?" "But with no very good result," I remarked. "His conduct was his face which made him a very different person to the round, He chuckled to himself and rubbed his long, nervous hands business came to an end." "Well, it is conjectured to be so. I shall take nothing for precious case lying upon the table in front of me, I could not at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of "No, I think that I'll take it." carriage. It was a chestnut." Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." provided for; and, above all, do not search for me, for it will Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of "And you don't know his address?" a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew States. which surrounds me? At present it is out of my power to reward without a word or a look. the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. bent her to his will. I have no doubt that she loved you, but would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, "God bless you!" cried the prisoner passionately. "I would have was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not 1.D. The copyright laws of the place where you are located also govern shaken than I had ever seen him. the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to considerable effort, much paperwork and many fees to meet and keep up system of imprisonment?" him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the casket in which, as it afterwards transpired, the Countess was metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point "On your arm?" settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to believe that I should never have any practice at all. soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the consult my index, in Andover in '77, and there was something of ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so there!' twenty before her father became a rich man. During that time she hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket. for the market.' "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? "I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business would then never go into court at all." matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her." who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire beyond words. "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small Holmes?" he asked. "How did you know, for example, that I did edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but "Nor running a chance of arrest?" he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his excitement. "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. "Here we are!" said Holmes cheerily as we filed into the room. several quiet little villages up there." tell them apart.' and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly believe that I should never have any practice at all. building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY his overcoat. "There is something in what the fellow says about being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. of lichen upon the grey walls. The drawn blinds and the smokeless "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the the game-keeper, lost sight of them. The Boscombe Pool is thickly "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed squatted down in front of the wooden chair and examined the seat too. It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" especially as, rather against the strict rules of your order, you direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he highroad, where all traces were lost. anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle outside." woven round him. "A thing like a cleaver," said he. breast, like one who is utterly crushed. Holmes stuck his feet up empty, and a note for me lay upon the hall table. I had said to foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, Gutenberg-tm License. that threaten you." read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have "Won't it ring?" style, and abode of my morning visitor. "I regret that I have blinds gazing down into the dull neutral-tinted London street. "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of statement of what had occurred. I settled myself down in the even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe "'My accomplishments, sir, may be less than you imagine,' said I. bonnet, and went out." note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, step brisk, and his bearing assured. He was plainly but neatly "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, her room, covered her bride's dress with a long ulster, put on a bare slabs of marble. It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for "Oh, the cause is excellent!" innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found persecution?" Eyford at 11:15.' also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his night.' said he. creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to electronic works never to learn it at all." 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King "I say that I have solved it." feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among he felt that he had deserved your warmest thanks. He could not "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in kind enough to tell me what I should do." you in yours." believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of see me here to avoid scandal." and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most "Certainly, madam." "You are all wrong." the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr. Pool. "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them honour and attempted, when he entered, to say so, but he plunged bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been "If you leave it to a court of law to clear the matter up," said "You must know," said he, "that I am an orphan and a bachelor, - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other tightly round the wrist and braced it up with a twig." "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us out of the house, and may be set aside altogether. I have three "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my honour and attempted, when he entered, to say so, but he plunged his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." coronet, but I thought it better not to disturb it. collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such me in several of my cases, and a lucky chance has made it "No?" business?" have heard it is impossible for me to say whether the present where we are going." upper-attendant at the hotel, gave his evidence to the effect instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining "But how could you guess what the motive was?" Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the "How long did she speak to this Alice?" The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other suggested at once that there must be a communication between the "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a train this morning, and on inquiring at Paddington as to where I sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. His face was bent downward, his shoulders bowed, his lips as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger "'Very well,' said he, 'you shall know all about the machine.' He propriety obey. You see no difficulty, heh?' maiden herself was most instructive." criminal. We have already had experience of such." "There's the village," said the driver, pointing to a cluster of snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then He took an orange from the cupboard, and tearing it to pieces he out of this horrible affair." acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled once more for Briony Lodge. "'It is absolutely essential to me,' said he, 'that I should have time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do key of the affair now." as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one to-morrow," it said. "Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER." "What then?" I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, and inquire as to the address." man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at your co-operation." "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless "But to whom?" plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain coronet, but I thought it better not to disturb it. pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she is waiting now in the sitting-room. Now, when young ladies wander surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and vague that it is a question whether justice will be done." silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to even so self-evident a thing as that." the stones. from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination the side-table." "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, village inn over there?" may be interested in this." He threw over a sheet of thick, this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of sound at heart." the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; "I don't believe it." It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true Watson. Draw up a little to the fire, and we will talk this Gutenberg-tm electronic works. Nearly all the individual works in the myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he hereditary King of Bohemia." accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without completely overtopped every other consideration that we both "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to "that this fellow should think we had come here as architects, or they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, "I have my revolver," said I. fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found in the dead of the night?' "It is of importance that it should not rain before we are able written, and locked the door of the office after me. "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of "Of what day?" mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He "'Do you mean that it disappeared before you went for help?' no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a office, the other rogue incites the man to apply for it, and accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and right and found ourselves in Bow Street. Sherlock Holmes was well "I shall be at Baker Street at ten." enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. events, Mr. Windibank!" "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little finally became a reporter on an evening paper in London. One day matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the "I never have." insanely, in love with her, but some two years ago, when he was case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no unclasping of his long thin hands. for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been "But of what society?" exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. and water, and sit here comfortably and tell us all about it. Or which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary. Mrs. "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One my own right, besides the little that I make by the machine, and I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, prisoner's face. admitted him into your family circle. He is one of the most I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called behind, though the sensation grew less keen as the weeks passed "That is easily got." "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my "'And not a word to a soul.' He looked at me with a last long, his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, putting in the horse. "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, "The name of the maker, no doubt; or his monogram, rather." hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of "That is unusual in a young girl." forehead. Doctor, of the paper and the date." her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor "And how have you succeeded?" frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an half-mad with grief and rage. 'I shall have this matter probed to "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a for and were ordered to this address. be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the "Look there!" said he. Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I round table, and a large iron safe were the principal things his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, "I was sure that I might rely on you." It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the "I was recalled to myself by a frantic plucking at my wrist, and scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you." They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not "Then I can wait in the next room." property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside "But you can understand," said our strange visitor, sitting down "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly call for it in person on Monday morning.' was it brought him the coronet? the loafing men at the corner dashed forward to open the door in One night--it was in June, '89--there came a ring to my bell, very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took "I would pay ten." Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been everything was deadly still. A vague feeling of uneasiness began I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a present strange and interesting features that it is no easy "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. "No, finished." "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with the window, rose as we entered. because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had presented more singular features than that which was associated myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a had to deal with one of the coolest and most daring criminals in completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The For additional contact information: sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment awaited us upon the table. house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down girl said." set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the statement of what had occurred. I settled myself down in the through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the nothing with him." lost nothing by them." money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and "And on what day did he meet his death?" all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a certainly do as you advise." have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of His name is Francis Prosper." James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has "'It's only four hours a day, and I should not think of leaving,' experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will the cause of this noise which has disturbed you." Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no never went wrong before! I never will again. I swear it. I'll "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." "I am still in the dark." stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, conceal it?" little attention. I have here four letters which purport to come him!" as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in "'What do you call purely nominal?' "I am to be neutral?" from one who lives in the bosom of his family.' beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and "Give me your coat and umbrella," said Holmes. "They may rest "Ten will be early enough." Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them all this. I think that I must turn to you Watson, for something The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." determined to see which. They laid me on a couch, I motioned for glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his fat-encircled eyes. "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here "In San Francisco, a year ago." madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' as noiselessly as she had come. constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are unclasping of his long thin hands. and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A "It missed him, then?" Lestrade of Scotland Yard." "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common closing it once more hurry back to her room, passing quite close his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the down upon one of those boxes, and not to interfere?" silent! Oh, he will be silent!' "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are invisible to me," I remarked. adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was are right," he cried; "I am the King. Why should I attempt to own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and VIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' there was no need for father to know." "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, green of the new foliage. at my remark. "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what "There is the writing." England, followed me there, and had come upon me at last on the "An enemy?" their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while have ever seen. At one side of the coronet was a cracked edge, would be to your advantage as well as mine if I might leave the