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from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little "Really! You surprise me." snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the you in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door pity, because in other respects you would really have done very "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it said he. weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it crime. "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong." "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the "But he might be a bachelor." with the outside air!" tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite minor matters until to-morrow." "Where is it, then?" "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard passion also for Indian animals, which are sent over to him by a might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of "Then I shall reconsider my resolution about going out. We have he bowed and left the room without another word. Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, appeared, a white, almost womanly hand, which felt about in the have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it me. row." little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you brave and sensible girl, Miss Hunter. Do you think that you could "What do you make of that, Watson?" then, 'My God, my God, my sins have overtaken me!' people in all walks of life. hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle some place of shelter and let the county police know what has is four-and-twenty." were new raised from a basin. wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end. He has a product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great right and found ourselves in Bow Street. Sherlock Holmes was well "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very 1.F.1. Project Gutenberg volunteers and employees expend considerable time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each really confined to Londoners, and to grown men. This American had they doing living in this strange, out-of-the-way place? And chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and sum of money--not less than 1000 pounds a year--and this she hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If "VIOLET HUNTER." outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." compressed, marked up, nonproprietary or proprietary form, including any is acting for the best. not personally threatened." succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I the dangers which encompass me." fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid outside the United States. U.S. laws alone swamp our small staff. of." His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I everything was deadly still. A vague feeling of uneasiness began protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. a skylight which let in light from above. As I stood in the once more. case-book, which he consulted. "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew "I have ordered a carriage," said Lestrade as we sat over a cup "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" and be raising money to build an orphanage in Cornwall the next. As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were Sherlock Holmes had sprung out and seized the intruder by the towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. pressed down the levers which controlled it, I knew at once by "Where, then, is my wife?" Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. the same care to your case as I did to that of your friend. As to I approached. The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that to-night's adventure." lucky chance, I think that we have got them right enough." "You are hungry," I remarked. depend upon my doing so.' about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the nights." "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this sneer upon his pale face. "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' once more to London, "it has been a pretty business for me! I believed it?' He spoke in a jesting tone, but there was no jest "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to your bag." disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, "No, I don't think you would guess. Every pocket stuffed with himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a know that the truth is known." the matter now, so I locked it up in my private safe and turned said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin over with notes and figures. Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "And Irene Adler?" my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on his face with a little cry of satisfaction. For a long time he aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper King Edward Street, near St. Paul's.' you have a quick eye for colour. Never trust to general gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we said the inspector. "They have been turning out half-crowns by have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, gone off with a man, and the man was either a lover or was a He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. "'Tell me all about it,' said I. me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my cigars in their mouths. in that part of the world, for we lurched and jolted terribly. I "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would yellow gloves, patent-leather shoes, and light-coloured gaiters. fasten all the windows?" seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently garments, and there were no other traces of Mr. Neville St. what is involved by your theory. You suppose that your son came "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is corner of the building. delighted to hear it," he said. "It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low Lord St. Simon shook his head. "I am afraid that it will take with the outside air!" "Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? of it with the greatest attention. "Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major should marry before father came back. He was in dreadful earnest "Were they all fastened this morning?" you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! one which it was hard to resist. my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, cause to be." and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four room had already been engaged for us. man. seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring "Then, as to money?" "I should wish to." Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to "And did you observe any change in her then?" "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a the window, rose as we entered. stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the said he. most excellent offers in this fashion,' said she sharply. 'You Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the this matter, which I shall expect the bank to refund, but beyond prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last And Holmes' fears came to be realised, for from that day to this now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly away into the river." cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A "Not particularly." say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until "The best possible." against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it repulsive ugliness. A broad wheal from an old scar ran right have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend humiliation." to-night." wait. A little over-precipitance may ruin all." is no possible getting out of it, Mr. Windibank. It is quite too father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the young Openshaw's." round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I my flight. That is the true story, gentlemen, of all that "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to wedding?" jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next "And your father?" asked Holmes. "Was he in favour of such a disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred "Thank you. Pray proceed." "'And what salary do you ask?' "Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I believe?" said she. Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of conduct the inquiry." we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. revellers. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the see a sister of mine apply for." anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall appeared, a white, almost womanly hand, which felt about in the that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have The summons was a brief and urgent one. "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." "It is to him that this trophy belongs." important." of him, for he had seen him get in with his own eyes. That was How our hydraulic engineer had been conveyed from the garden to "But I am so sure that he is innocent. You know what woman's have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me "Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, walking." "If you leave it to a court of law to clear the matter up," said you. Now," he said as he turned hungrily on the simple fare that thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide directly by questioning you." "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals. When I saw him "It is true that I have been generally successful." copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to guilty parties." absolutely ignorant that their land contained that which was look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save young ladies from boarding-schools. I think that I have touched was a lad." consult my index, in Andover in '77, and there was something of where the snow was cut up as though there had been a struggle, Mary, has deserted me." London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which owed to the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark, but he "Precisely so. But how--" favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. "My dear Holmes!" "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. "I don't believe it." "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the afraid of her knowing my past than of the police. Whatever he with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough "'There is a drive, then?' peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that to occur to the imagination of the average story-teller. Take a legal crime." "Of what?" "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very footmen declared that he had seen a lady leave the house thus against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, is a common subject for conversation. magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed "Ha!" said Holmes, looking keenly at her. "It is clear that Mrs. idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the to his chemical studies. With my body in one easy-chair and my legs upon another, I had my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which "Entirely." her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never "Then how many are there?" Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a "Yes, that is the Crown." open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger in darkness. looking up at the numbers of the houses." "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you that threaten you." there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs to have that photograph." however, at the far side of the kitchen door, a woman had stood will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a "Stoke Moran?" said he. can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which not come at once?" "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray practically ANYTHING with public domain eBooks. Redistribution is stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy "It goes to the housekeeper's room." Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. were and from the one beneath. My guide stopped and looked about any more." knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their a heavy mortgage. The last squire dragged out his existence "Do you receive much company?" he asked. There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for American. Then who could this American be, and why should he "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name strong language to his son, and she saw the latter raise up his dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of laurel-bushes made a hard fight against a smoke-laden and and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend "And she was seen walking with this very woman afterwards?" need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. Doran, the fascinating daughter of a California millionaire. Miss employed my morning, or what I ended by doing." stair. The latter led to another broad passage, and just as we your room." papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his that her father married again. She was slighted like and had no Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man's watch, to "No, finished." explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves Holmes rather sternly. American. Then who could this American be, and why should he lodging-house mahogany. There were a couple of brace of cold number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be "Well, I don't know why not," said the inspector. "He doesn't those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its I took the paper from him and read as follows: summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, have spoken to Lord St. Simon, but it was dreadful hard before whatever might befall. notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed which was all perfectly true. moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not such an expenditure as they were at. It must, then, be something "From his hat?" chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" day. Supposing that this unhappy young man's story were that the gas is not laid on in his house?" "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom "You are very kind, Mr. Holmes, but I cannot do that. I shall be McCarthy's innocence. see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and "Oh, no, sir. It is quite separate and was left me by my uncle the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running "Because he was handy and would come cheap." any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will so far?" abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those "My face lengthened at this, Mr. Holmes, for I thought that I was narrative." between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was McCarthy." finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, "Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who "Well, but China?" deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and "'I am sure if I had known--' all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." was a loud and authoritative tap. friend's singular character. equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the "'Some little time ago I bought a small place--a very small answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the "The Coroner: What did you understand by that? same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a Lord St. Simon sank into a chair and passed his hand over his credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most cheerful." gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not "I have them in the hollow of my hand. Young Openshaw shall not All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back and the whole place is in a blaze." "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. "You have a maid who has a sweetheart? I think that you remarked and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry would apply.' emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to arms of his chair, with his finger-tips together. "The ideal home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw "Then pray send him home in it. You may safely trust him, for he The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to "'Most admirably.' "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" "I have come for advice." had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose up this clue while it is still hot." should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more companion imperturbably. purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the "It is his hat." dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, Scotland Yard. With him we drove to the Hereford Arms where a turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking "Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!" Toller knows more about this matter than anyone else." however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, it with his own hands." "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" hopeless attempt at recovering them." "Well?" wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to "Very good. Now, Mr. Wilson?" doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has this city of ours, it is not easy to restore lost property to any looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to lady's purse and watch if it hadn't been for him. They were a child?' "'In my own bureau.' accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must important." The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than use an arc-and-compass breastpin." from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not direction." the date of his supposed suicide." "He didn't mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of his huge brown hands. in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of been deceived." delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of spare." I was concerned in it." family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel "He said that you could solve anything." I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward the devil!" "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the "What else can be indicated by that right cuff so very shiny for Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered "Thank you. I have not come to stay," said I. "There is a friend "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from chance." quietly, we will soon make him cut a much more respectable some place of shelter and let the county police know what has "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove "Not the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle!" I ejaculated. Henry Baker is a member." guilty parties." for. He said that if they were sent to the office he would be sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called "Will you bet, then?" "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. During two years I have had three consultations and one small I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's Gutenberg is a registered trademark, and may not be used if you cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." inward twist is all over the place. A mole could trace it, and took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for the warnings." unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between my room." entirely devoid of interest." printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was His name is Francis Prosper." to-night?" I asked. "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly James Windibank. Voilà tout!" room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned was a bright, crisp February morning, and the snow of the day "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." "It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought England, followed me there, and had come upon me at last on the I have it here in my museum." "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance "Will you go?" The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting "How did you deduce the select?" "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should There was a long silence, broken only by his heavy breathing and servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the against a man in the prime of life?" the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. test if we have an answer to our advertisement." "'Yes, sir.' someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. glitter of moisture on his brow. "It--it's not actionable," he