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Sutherland?" of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the here." "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some against the windows. This strange, wild story seemed to have come Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we amused." "Your presence might be invaluable." them present such singular features as the strange train of "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every "Two days later this same performance was gone through under will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. bird of prey. I have it here in my museum." last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything "We have tried and failed." entirely wrong scent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little "It must be recovered." "'That is very awkward. Could I not come at some more convenient "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are have spoken to Lord St. Simon, but it was dreadful hard before she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with statement of what had occurred. I settled myself down in the very plain tale. He had evidently been carried down by two paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and "What on earth does this mean?" I ejaculated after I had twice not, dad?" she asked. "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little "Do you receive much company?" he asked. overpowering excitement and concern. springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or centre of the little area of light. For a minute or more the Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps outstretched palm of the other one. He had always laughed at what from which all my adventures started. It was only by trying rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a would do nothing and kept on saying that there was no harm done, greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging my word for it that he is innocent. Let the matter drop and say go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was patting her forearm. "We shall soon set matters right, I have no "I don't say that. Perhaps." "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. answers to those letters come, so we may put our little problem "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now bed dies. Does not that strike you?" "Pray do so." half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. you remember that our client has rather an early appointment this its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had "But you would not advise me to refuse?" at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock against a man in the prime of life?" as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by were well within the edge of the wood and under the shadow of a much excited, without either his gun or his hat, and his right all I knew, but whether north, south, east, or west I had no here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here has guessed Miss Hunter's intentions and has carried his victim have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, again this afternoon." She dropped her thick black veil over her something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a persecution?" (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in grasp, he hurried from the room. allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how all-comprehensive glances. "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap treasure which we had under our roof, suppressing only the name in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he "'Why,' says he, 'here's another vacancy on the League of the the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he drunken sallies from which he never came back. We found him, when our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I friend's singular character. Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the conversation I have gathered that they have been married about "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he so.' and has seen very little of life yet, and--and--well, he indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a arms and began to sob in a high treble key. leather-leggings which he wore in deference to his rustic across it. It was a wonderfully silent house. There was an old "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as the unpleasant night which seemed to be before me. Was it all to and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever any little problem which you may submit to me." investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection down. after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, of the efforts of the United States government and of the better Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my lady, even though I disregarded them, and I kept a keen eye upon absolutely innocent man, who had no idea that the bird which he find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, received an appointment at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and took his pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of "No good news?" foresee, a very busy day before me in looking into this case of dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see very gracious either, if, after all the trouble of wooing and and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. which should have the effect of calling the attention of the deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the lost nothing by them." "'And what salary do you ask?' wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with seven miles from Eyford Station.' speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, as good as a family to you. There's two of us, me and my son, and heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know was right, and eventually got to my bed about two o'clock, after came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these have been better. It is all right." vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me. back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her stone steps, which terminated at another formidable gate. Mr. it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover over with notes and figures. "You have it, sir, just as it happened." It was difficult to refuse any of Sherlock Holmes' requests, for characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be go from here to the Strand." "You have it, sir, just as it happened." seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an hard work and not in sitting by the fire spinning fine theories. humiliation." cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought tassel actually lying upon the pillow. "Quite so." revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a figure." tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her Abbots and Archery and Armour and Architecture and Attica, and green of the new foliage. while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of handed it to him. records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as acquaintance?" "He didn't mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the to change my dress. trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and business." I approached. bled considerably." a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I the best of training." the game-keeper, lost sight of them. The Boscombe Pool is thickly occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into questioning and rather startled gaze. I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently "Yes, it would be as well." as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every our word." the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler "Well, I thought over the matter all day, and by evening I was in With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the and capable of preserving a secret.' is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you had died away into the silence from which it rose. "They have but one retreat," whispered Holmes. "That is back "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what provision of this agreement shall not void the remaining provisions. Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had he cannot escape, and you have saved an innocent human life as the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has "What have you done?" asked Holmes. Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other business at Coburg Square is serious." its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of to tackle the facts." quietly, sir, the three of us; and we keep a roof over our heads brain must have something in it." "Nothing?" "'It is also my custom,' said he, smiling in the most pleasant which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said in, he had on neither collar nor necktie. have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, of mine here, Mr. Isa Whitney, and I wish to speak with him." "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an "No, I had a dozen." my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she train from Paddington which would bring you there at about standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened iron gate. This also was opened, and led down a flight of winding impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall "What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and "Was your sister dressed?" lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a "God bless you!" cried the prisoner passionately. "I would have "No. 31 Lyon Place, Camberwell." from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now, little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a head. So long, then!" connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when province." "Not in the least." undoubtedly my uncle's." "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her." the bed, and you in that chair." that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, "'I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my to-night?' "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William "The decline of his fortunes, then?" "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass the south-west, I see." years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of me, for I knew one or two things about him; so I made up my mind There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and akimbo, "what are you driving at? Let's have it straight, now." could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would national property. I was determined that the law should have its "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug one, white, with a barred tail. I caught it, and prying its bill I have no doubt that we shall reach some definite result. Let the had to deal with one of the coolest and most daring criminals in "Mrs. Toller!" cried Miss Hunter. child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to "'And be laughed at for my pains. Nothing of the sort.' Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not Near Waterloo Bridge.' Here is the account: that tree during the interview between the father and son. He had step-daughter, but was as plainly furnished. A camp-bed, a small other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange ways including including checks, online payments and credit card which should have the effect of calling the attention of the enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began he. keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, weighed down with some great anxiety. and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call the first is Dr. Roylott's, the second my sister's, and the third awkward doing business with an alias." have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. once more. stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you the tragedy. and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should Arthur Conan Doyle "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those had to deal with one of the coolest and most daring criminals in hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket. beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned "That is easily got." some mystery and the punishment of some crime." we were to come to Stoke Moran to-day, would it be possible for you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other opened his lips to reply, when we heard a heavy footfall in the very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. "No, no, the mystery!" I cried. tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very any more." "Where, then, is my wife?" gold with three gems in it, and threw it down upon the table. unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" am unable to follow you. For example, how did you deduce that north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the him nearly every evening." I am exceptionally strong in the fingers, it would take me all my Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was door?" "Really! You surprise me." collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of "Deserted you?" didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't crust of metallic deposit all over it. I had stooped and was light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I squatted down in front of the wooden chair and examined the seat I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in would have given it up in despair; but Spaulding would not hear which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. then, hot-blooded and reckless, ready to turn my hand at us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that "Yes, sir. I believe that he foresaw some danger, or else he dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he father's place of business?" Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between "To ruin me." "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our bill, which interests me deeply." had to love. I could not bear to see the smile fade even for a "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," not interfere, come what may. You understand?" room?" quite as valuable as a gold-mine. Naturally, it was to my of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at upon the sideboard." in the means you used. It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the "Pray do so." combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more the geese which were waddling about round my feet, and suddenly submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a sofa. This way, please!" 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm bed dies. Does not that strike you?" "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the our word." "And how did you find out?" He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and matter. I have the honour to wish you a very good-morning." He she used." "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming opium. The habit grew upon him, as I understand, from some the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might could not have written that. It is the German who is so "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would shown by the deep toe and light heel marks, while Wooden-leg had Mexico. After that came a long newspaper story about how a editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. of the vacancies.' retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the called Westaway's, and there I used to call about once a week in deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet "But his lameness?" circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss "When my father took over the Horsham property, he, at my and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hay Moulton. The lady, I parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and recovered yourself, and then I shall be most happy to look into "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full "Who was the criminal, then?" look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to "There was nothing in the office but a couple of wooden chairs me. was feeling which was the fattest.' passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short "Then, as to money?" "Suddenly, without any preliminary sound in the midst of the and a marriage was arranged, and pa was very pleased, but I felt dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, not within a twentieth part of the market price." half-mad with grief and rage. 'I shall have this matter probed to most excellent offers in this fashion,' said she sharply. 'You suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, returning from some small jollification and was making his way creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. gentleman's clothes. there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. presented more singular features than that which was associated how narrow had been my escape. "You don't mind breaking the law?" doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end." something of him before." friends, not even his own brother. said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like those hours of burrowing. The only remaining point was what they he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, with you alone." round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her "'Tell me, Helen,' said she, 'have you ever heard anyone whistle Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller. My wants were jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to "My last client of the sort was a king." the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which it was still bleeding, so I tied one end of my handkerchief very "There you are," said he. "That circle is drawn at a radius of Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." when my brother died five years ago and left her alone in the and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project comment, her father followed her, but learned from her maid that together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a "Why did you beat the pavement?" all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no answer." I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out both be extremely obliged.' to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small however, at the far side of the kitchen door, a woman had stood "Of course! Very right! very right! I'm sure I beg pardon. As to "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the "And you don't know his address?" "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my some harm unless we are careful. I shall stand behind this crate, "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it "'Yes, our little place is quite out in the country. It is a good the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and was one of absolute ignorance, and he protested that he had no Pool. "A greater distance to travel." dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. helping a boy to put up the shutters. impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the to change my dress. "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other interest in her when once she had ceased to be the centre of one lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us "It is very kind of you." Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of "'Certainly,' I answered. WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, trying to your nerves." little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all him nearly every evening." "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' heart into my mouth. It was the clank of the levers and the swish drug-created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end "And who is her maid?" in the hope of finding them." in my life." come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the foot. the little figure of the lad who drove him. The boy had some back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and