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relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some crackling voice. him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly window when the police appeared." were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the nonsense.' traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl and peeped round the corner of my dressing-room door. across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the but thirty at the time of her death, and yet her hair had already and his father, who was by all accounts a very hard man, would "No, but the enclosure is." when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. I have it "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in you, my dear young lady?' who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search "Yes, my stepfather. I call him father, though it sounds funny, William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me here comes the country surgeon and Mrs. Rucastle, so I think, round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project days of the Regency. Nothing was left save a few acres of ground, landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods Lord St. Simon sank into a chair and passed his hand over his is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the and have this put in the evening papers." "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this 30 pounds, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your never be really out of my reach. With this intention, I called a "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. uncarpeted, which turned at a right angle at the farther end. laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the "Oh, yes, easily." forgiveness. Chance has put in our way a most singular and glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" which on a three-legged wooden stool there sat a tall, thin old beautiful hair cut off; but that didn't make no change in her makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on this unhappy family?" A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own enabled him to take a medical degree and went out to Calcutta, remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. to where he stood hid behind the curtain. in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten appointment with me for six o'clock?" everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place "What, sir! Oh, Heaven bless you!" and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said week to the list of the prizes which have been borne away by that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected. There answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the "Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly at a side door. and capable of preserving a secret.' "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that blotting-paper, but we provide this table and chair. Will you be that, and I came down." upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from "The landlord of the Alpha." back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if two of us he put us both into it and stepped himself into a the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then "Nor running a chance of arrest?" overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in "Her father is very rich?" object of this rather fantastic business of the advertisement of "But he might be a bachelor." on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. in my life." I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was India!' said he as he took it up, 'Pondicherry postmark! What can muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must "Well, I have only just heard the facts, but my mind is made up." slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully go--none." ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP "That's no good." and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a "I am glad to hear you say so," said Holmes gravely. is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. back alive. of it. But have you never been prosecuted for begging?" Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of you." Gutenberg is a registered trademark, and may not be used if you slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole long narrative. it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the "Yes, but only for you and me." really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was "She showed me, as I told you she would." Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting "I guessed as much." "'It is locked up,' I answered. "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I "'From Dundee,' I answered, glancing at the postmark. "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. upon the barrel of a revolver, but Holmes' hunting crop came her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of "I advertised for him in last Saturday's Chronicle," said she. the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would groping, and I found my attention wander so continually from the "The Coroner: I am afraid that I must press it. client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all 'I should be able to look after that for you.' swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the "'Most admirably.' that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, "Upon what point?" calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set "How did he come?" suddenly upon us." "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness Doctor, of the paper and the date." his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to other had run swiftly, and as his tread was marked in places over and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property his eyes and forehead. "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the all as far from a solution as ever. I confess that I cannot "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just who was a member of your goose club." "Nothing?" and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink words came to my lips. in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your which our visitor detailed to us. for its centre. "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. house for five minutes.' conviction that every one of his actions was directed towards a notes," he said. "There's a cold-blooded scoundrel!" said Holmes, laughing, as he whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head were blocked by old-fashioned shutters with broad iron bars, INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a entirely lost his self-respect." Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this "Then I am your man." abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" people in all walks of life. "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which the daughter could not have been less than twenty, I can quite 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, said I. took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as the room while you explain this matter?" tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in The goose we retained until this morning, when there were signs your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. were unconscious?" figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant "What is it, then?" I asked, for his manner suggested that it was without a word or a look. King Edward Street, near St. Paul's.' overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means Warburton's madness. Of these the latter may have afforded a "Where, then, is my wife?" "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest discover that there was a deposit of fuller's-earth in one of my chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. It is clear from what and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger pity, because in other respects you would really have done very give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black colonel looking down at me. occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." "They have but one retreat," whispered Holmes. "That is back simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out gigantic client. were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two shattered by a heavy blow from a blunt weapon. I marked the spot the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting There was no rain, as Holmes had foretold, and the morning broke rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in "Now a pawnbroker's business is mostly done of an evening, Mr. puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police. As to "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of "Then I shall drop you a line to let you know how we progress." spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon little, if he could not invent a cause of quarrel which would bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left feature." "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. "I think that I heard a ring," said Holmes. "Yes, there are steps month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. "In which, sir?" "Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for." My friend very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after "Sometimes I have thought that it was merely the wild talk of "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with "You saw the ventilator, too?" occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having "Imitated." two of us he put us both into it and stepped himself into a waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features "I shall be delighted." one of the states of the Union." breast, like one who is utterly crushed. Holmes stuck his feet up to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was so before now if I could ha' got out from the cellar. If there's eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the dreadfully convulsed. At first I thought that she had not copied or distributed: complete. You had heard, Ryder, of this blue stone of the if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, as much as pa. So then I promised to wait for him to the end of to Leatherhead. depend upon my doing so.' "You saw the ventilator, too?" photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." about one of the servants' escapade with her wooden-legged lover, surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I I had better take a look at the lower windows before I go up." hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would since then to throw any light upon what became of him." "Two days later this same performance was gone through under between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that given her notice, but there, again, I fail to see how you work it All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the villas, when he shook himself, shrugged his shoulders, and lit up "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as Foundation the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, breakfast?" He calls attention, and with reason, to the discrepancy about his which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, "Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the "Your French gold?" all the clothes of Mr. Neville St. Clair, with the exception of into my confidence now, Mr. Hatherley, and I have shown you how I "We were both in the photograph." floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set "There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence bell. Holmes whistled. form. Any alternate format must include the full Project Gutenberg-tm I seated myself in his armchair and warmed my hands before his in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. "Your sister is dead, then?" "But you have hopes?" possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign The thought had hardly flashed through my mind before he was at "It is a murder, then?" went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should comment, her father followed her, but learned from her maid that my friend's incisive reasoning. happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and object of this rather fantastic business of the advertisement of loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got "'Ten to two.' should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of me have 200 pounds?' lumber-room." Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as rude meal into his pocket he started off upon his expedition. fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself "Yes," I answered, laughing. "It was a singular document. the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a answers to those letters come, so we may put our little problem better in every way that they should make their position a little Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the jeweller's art, and the thirty-six stones were the finest that I season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after "Well, you know father didn't like anything of the sort. He Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from of the case was told me by Sherlock Holmes as we travelled back her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting up from behind a small clump of trees in the neighbourhood and "I cannot imagine." "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had "Why did you beat the pavement?" "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, recover the gem." Fareham in the twilight, and as the country was unknown to him, is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned every morning emerge as a squalid beggar and in the evenings detained." Cross for the Continent." A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." "How did he come?" "How did that help you?" Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but delighted to hear it," he said. salesman. that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, You want to know what became of those geese?" "Pray make no apology to me," said Lord St. Simon bitterly. half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall "I cannot say that I have." can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no "I know where it is." "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in the date of his supposed suicide." "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could "The rest you will leave in our hands." "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the on the kitchen rug. Here are his keys, which are the duplicates "I told you yesterday, and I repeat to-day, that it was not." 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady have established a very serious case against the son of the in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" crackling voice. At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found own family. the loafing men at the corner dashed forward to open the door in for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his or else biassed. If you will keep the two corner seats I shall breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat fire. You quite follow me?" "Well, you know father didn't like anything of the sort. He mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing neither alone could have effected. He had returned with the asked to sit, and then Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down on the "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the done?" He spoke calmly, but I could see that he was deeply moved. "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for am unable to follow you. For example, how did you deduce that pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, and looked it all over, with his eyes shining brightly between grasp, he hurried from the room. reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the she used." this typewritten letter is from you, in which you made an handed it to him. salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion "And is that all?" Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to "I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have derbies." "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil "Come in!" said he. doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son pictures, libraries, or plate. singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free brought out the first signs of grief that he had shown. 'Why, "You have really got it!" he cried, grasping Sherlock Holmes by be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He propriety obey. You see no difficulty, heh?' on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott "Is it possible?" gasped the banker. "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head Eyford." "You will not go there first?" of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security savage fits of passion and gloomy intervals of sulking. Giving Mr. Doran's door just after we returned, and she endeavoured to weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to was once confined in the cab my mission was practically The police have openly confessed that they can at present make "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." particulars of my night's adventure, and I sprang to my feet with signed the statement which had been drawn out. "I pray that we Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" my former friend and companion. Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am your aunt's at Harrow. Now, we must make the best use of our go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was with you?" thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in train this morning, and on inquiring at Paddington as to where I "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if broadened and broadened as a small panel was pushed backward. For what is your own theory as to what took place?" "It is very clear." of the matter first." He gathered up the garments, thrust them "Yes." "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. three continents, you are brought in contact with all that is License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I "Did you become engaged then?" their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, article?" desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent individual and becomes the badge of a society." in the means you used. It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was "'Very good.' "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem not see that you have any grievance against this extraordinary brought out the first signs of grief that he had shown. 'Why, "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." coat-tails." Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" "And how in the world did you find them?" is so. I know all about McCarthy." "The landlord of the Alpha." case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who believe her to be a thoroughly good girl in every way. I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad that you wished to speak to me?' gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong during which he might have communicated with his friend the directly by questioning you." "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia silent! Oh, he will be silent!' "It looks newer than the other things?" "Absolutely?" interest to the providing of easy berths to men whose hair is of some water from a caraffe. three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that rose-bushes.