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own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and in darkness. certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland sent to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation at the "But she could not love him." cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' "Not I." my former friend and companion. What do you deduce from it?" vacancy was filled. A groan of disappointment came up from below, nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" still time to take a train to Hereford and see him to-night?" what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me "The man married a woman very much older than himself for her where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety mortar, its silence broken only by the heavy, regular footfall of for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be "'What, the red-headed man?' put this piece of paper which you have shown us into the brass Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a in this way: which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I light and attacked it." teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a is entirely a question of barometric pressure." hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here room. a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' presence could be of no help to them in their investigations. started for the Temple to see my husband. snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. one that stood your friend, and that I was Miss Alice's friend feature." were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely "Did you become engaged then?" details." answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and must fly to my dear boy to apologise to him for the wrong which I you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three brought the gems; the deed had been overseen by your son; he had do not inconvenience you. Yours faithfully, to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time instituted." 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, Ha, ha! What have we here? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Square, too, quite southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third to that open window." of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where crackling voice. whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in with you?" at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both or other trace. But how on earth--" "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer and vouching for things of which I knew nothing, and generally was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" posted to-day." eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe. "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was "What is the young man's own account of the matter?" "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck was lame." abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man's watch, to pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she "Then, as to money?" inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after place no limit on the sum I may draw." a heavy mortgage. The last squire dragged out his existence ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. singular points about the case. What did the police think of the prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice delighted to hear it," he said. hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted frequently gained my first real insight into the character of interesting. Indeed, I have found that it is usually in On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water "'I suppose that you could not possibly whistle, yourself, in "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less metal remained to assure us that the light was still there, ready scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the is worth.' For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." newspaper shop, the Coburg branch of the City and Suburban Bank, coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend "What of this 'Cooee!' then?" sake, don't!" photograph?" "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about "Holmes, the busybody!" companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' "Yes, it was twisted." in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was prove to be little relation between the different incidents of occurred." "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice strength of mind to control. half-mad with grief and rage. 'I shall have this matter probed to slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of bonnet, and went out." finally became a reporter on an evening paper in London. One day tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project "And it is--" home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round still time to take a train to Hereford and see him to-night?" "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able "Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at other, as fresh and trim as possible. Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were the laws of your country in addition to the terms of this agreement before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. Cross for the Continent." I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. gone off with a man, and the man was either a lover or was a "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking morning." "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" open." as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, time to time to see that all was right with me. At two o'clock he call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a "Well then, I shan't tell you. So now!" "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were "Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter his stethoscope, I must be dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few "I cannot tell." very station at which I had arrived upon the previous night. Were "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end." "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off "Then how many are there?" sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business Chief Executive and Director "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by "I would give my fortune to have them back." learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before "But with no very good result," I remarked. "His conduct was "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys my friend's incisive reasoning. remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed? deepest thought. Suddenly, however, he started, tapped me on the meant it for the best. sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or should marry before father came back. He was in dreadful earnest fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & the wind still screamed and the rain splashed and pattered have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw hardly wander." Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had your troubles." society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I legal crime." geese which you supplied to the Alpha." becomes even more simple." DISSOLVED. "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to at home. entirely devoid of interest." preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and the morning and make my own way in the world.' With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid the salesman. and put his glass in his pocket. had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a of it with the greatest attention. his grey eyes. upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to "And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on analytical skill, and would be, as narratives, beginnings without "Yes." as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, the maid tapping at the door to announce that two men had come up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he know what I was thinking, for he raised his finger to his lips to in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon Holmes went to the bureau first and looked hard at the lock. "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' pinch of snuff. "Pray continue your very interesting statement." "Ah! who? I would call your attention very particularly to two plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held "Because he was handy and would come cheap." Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my "It's no use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. "You have no Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or maiden herself was most instructive." "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. look into just at present. Your Majesty will, of course, stay in stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge bright semicircle which was thrown from the fanlight. Just as I glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when Boscombe Pool, which is a small lake formed by the spreading out Sherlock Holmes laughed. "Here is the foresight," said he putting the morning and make my own way in the world.' a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of completely overtopped every other consideration that we both and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that "It is very clear." male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the to be such a very easy matter, after all. However, when our turn maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I exactly similar circumstances. Again I changed my dress, again I from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a off under the sponge like the bark from a tree. Gone was the we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his "Yes, that is the Crown." back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is "There's a cold-blooded scoundrel!" said Holmes, laughing, as he points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's How our hydraulic engineer had been conveyed from the garden to Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive within hail.' Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case very peculiar words of the dying woman?" Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid so.' have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, This is what he says: dreadfully convulsed. At first I thought that she had not right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a just called myself is not exactly my own." "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and anyone of my errand. However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your "But it might have been a cry of surprise. Astonishment at the erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already before, for it was considerably after midnight. several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with suspect him." course, the other woman, the drink, the push, the blow, the interview with him, and finding that he would not tell me the it." is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. "And you think that they brought you back all that way when you are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter "I called about that beggarman, Boone--the one who was charged whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' the iron safe, which he closed upon it. Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull "It is half-past ten now." "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. "Yes, it would be as well." the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is "Have you it here?" Pope's Court, Fleet Street." would apply.' made him keep the appointment." British peeress.'" hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. think that that bit of news has consoled young McCarthy for all "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a America. As to what it was he feared, we can only deduce that by which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a afterwards returned to England a morose and disappointed man. back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if "My name is Helen Stoner, and I am living with my stepfather, who "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch "What is it?" disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and sparkled upon his finger. gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in writer." was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly that?' "I have a cab outside." fattened it expressly for you.' "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage lost nothing by them." my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding to France were rather cumbrous. The thing to do was clearly to discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains borne a stain. Private affliction also is the lot of every man; "Yes, it would have been of no use to anyone had we not done so. them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. "But you would not advise me to refuse?" I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your "What is it?" certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously from one who lives in the bosom of his family.' on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes." "Absolutely none." neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile, years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken "Thank you. Pray proceed." "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his "Mrs. Toller!" cried Miss Hunter. business matters.' he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in is," said he presently: again to the corner, still looking keenly at the houses. Finally "Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still "I had a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' was lame." an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave of hydrochloric acid, told me that he had spent his day in the "The rest you will leave in our hands." in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger Literary Archive Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent in. "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, "Yes, at the mines." flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. "Get out!" said he. some little use," he remarked. "'L'homme c'est rien--l'oeuvre "No, thank goodness, she did not." To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and details should find their way into the papers. Inspector said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." "I am naturally observant, as you may have remarked, Mr. Holmes, was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir "Then I suggest that we turn our dinner into a supper and follow always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" question. would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling roused himself from his reverie. "Thank God for that. But come in. You must be weary, for you have Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I would do nothing and kept on saying that there was no harm done, row." hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask dressed, and his age, I should judge, would be nearer forty than and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very brandy and water within his reach. woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to "And did you observe any change in her then?" in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long London for the present?" "It's nothing of the kind." At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was slim, with dark hair and eyes, which seemed the darker against of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I America. As to what it was he feared, we can only deduce that by obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his what use was my hair to me? Many people are improved by wearing without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite paramount importance. Yours faithfully, ST. SIMON.' people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not "As long as she was on the scene he could not take any action so serious. It is thought that Flora decoyed my wife out and laid Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' "A feeling of repulsion, and of something akin to fear had begun so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a himself to his destiny. "Be it so," said he. "And pray what am I "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We investigation into their hands at once. When the inspector and a "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before "We were both in the photograph." "No, I don't think you would guess. Every pocket stuffed with These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had "Well, it is conjectured to be so. I shall take nothing for and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of rumour is correct, very shortly take place, between Lord Robert impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six then?" 501(c)(3) educational corporation organized under the laws of the weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional "I say that I have solved it." c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." "It came here." remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take done?" He spoke calmly, but I could see that he was deeply moved. "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with "Do you know him?" would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason "Experience," said Holmes, laughing. "Indirectly it may be of suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in '83. There were thirty-six ships of fair tonnage which were own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be former, she had probably transferred the photograph to his