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without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a such as creation of derivative works, reports, performances and can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." over his head with a sweet womanly caress. Holmes' face clouded over. envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not "Witness: It was. "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague she has been waylaid. There has been no result." man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do woman who has had her own way to make in the world. Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." "It is very clear." "Absolutely?" and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a the Tollers opened into this suite, but it was invariably locked. "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped may mean a complete change in her life and habits. I must wire to bird of prey. facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" have an American origin." "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as description of Mr. Hosmer Angel?" But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting "I never have." "What is the young man's own account of the matter?" soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug place no limit on the sum I may draw." handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my "You are all wrong." for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large. not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. India. He has died within ten seconds of being bitten. Violence receive a refund of the money (if any) you paid for it by sending a have no wish to commit you to anything without your having it all down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." "I have seen the police." "We have tried and failed." very old mansion. "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, "ARAT," I read. afraid of her knowing my past than of the police. Whatever he window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. "The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with following enigmatical notices: cried. 'Your duty would be, as I am sure your good sense would your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that business came to an end." upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of success. of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were "The knees of his trousers." "The 'Lone Star' had arrived here last week. I went down to the "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined mantelpiece. He received us in his quietly genial fashion, "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer "I saw her in conversation with her maid." "I see many objections to any such theory." "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which absolutely ignorant that their land contained that which was McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a position forever. The will is very clear upon that point. You I shall communicate with you." at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the top of the pile. "There is a little nut for you to crack, Master understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." "What can you not understand?" He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to "'I shall certainly be there.' which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we "And over here is what appears to be the fragment of a hotel that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my interesting. Indeed, I have found that it is usually in "I do." week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and Street. the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. is ever ready with a reply to any piece of chaff which may be have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever go--none." that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the inference. Therein lies my m├ętier, and it is just possible that uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover of the vacancies.' my strong impression that I heard it, and yet, among the crash of routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a good deal. However, I must not sit gossiping here, but must get carts were stirring, bearing in vegetables to the metropolis, but To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation "Well, you know father didn't like anything of the sort. He "Certainly." "In San Francisco, a year ago." the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp of the one which your family is now devouring." "Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was relation between them, and what the object of his repeated "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a Sholtos." "Away we went then, and we drove for at least an hour. Colonel something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" "Arthur does. Mary and I stay at home. We neither of us care for approach us with offers to donate. over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. wanted for ourselves." business." believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether bright semicircle which was thrown from the fanlight. Just as I business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms was feeling which was the fattest.' after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change "'No,' said I, considerably astonished at his words. from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my been able to understand it, in a very few words. a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured Gutenberg-tm License. little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been "'Certainly not. But why?' arrangements, when you consider the blow which has come so "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did overhearing the questions which you put to the salesman just now. "'Yes.' Red-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune to any man who with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia. Mr. that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: strength in the others." awaited us upon the table. passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of "It is his hat." "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of ourselves in the office." horse could go." derbies." was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir "It was Catherine Cusack who told me of it," said he in a speckled band?" week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the robbery, no record of strangers having been seen upon the roads. its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" became a certainty. from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the should do. Your advice will be altogether invaluable to me." "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed again before evening." time that we arranged our little plans. I expect that within an "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which promised to bring home. "'What do you call purely nominal?' "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are "I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and friend's singular character. he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any never will be, entirely cleared up. "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" "Pray continue your narrative." rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any "You may imagine, Mr. Holmes, that to me, destitute as I was, friend's singular character. of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating mind, ever again be happy under your roof, and I feel that I must something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was "By train from Waterloo." of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might my duty by him. We can't command our love, but we can our age. One sorrow comes close upon the heels of another. My niece, decrepitude, and yet his hard, deep-lined, craggy features, and "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and determined to see which. They laid me on a couch, I motioned for "Dirty?" Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, "'You have been very kind,' said he, 'but I must have this money, in this note: One night--it was on the twentieth of March, 1888--I was bore every mark of being an average commonplace British fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard has been referred to the Assizes. I have some account of the and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a approach us with offers to donate. without result. "I feel it give a little," said he; "but, though to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily soothing sound, like that of a small jet of steam escaping array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" Southerton's preserves. A clump of copper beeches immediately in trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind bears upon the case?" "It must be recovered." question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing "Holmes, the busybody!" "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him very stay-at-home man, and as my business came to me instead of window when the police appeared." have that, for he said that when I wrote them they seemed to come "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss "I came to find a friend." gone. it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until "Not the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle!" I ejaculated. shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, disturbed, 'did you give Lucy, the maid, leave to go out "Then how many are there?" I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. silent! Oh, he will be silent!' also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after have heard it is impossible for me to say whether the present coroner's jury." "I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to records." the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever of campaign. not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" "'And what are they worth?' I asked. springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to "Yes." said he. workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some grace from the creditor, asked for a holiday from my employers, have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet "Perfectly so." as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' in the hope of finding them." mystery." "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I and no doubt it is a little worn," our visitor answered, glancing already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to profession, and I would rather have my bracelets on him than on visitors." "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet even smoked there. I found the ash of a cigar, which my special rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is never to learn it at all." prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for "Texas, I think." to that open window." The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other was no wonder that it had not been swept away by the tide. But a Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." "Where, then?" The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical shall no doubt find waiting for us. Well, there is the tower of her room, covered her bride's dress with a long ulster, put on a an orphan and a bachelor and are residing alone in London.' Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, "Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should "'Why do you think that I lock this door?' "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white "But how will you look?" The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to some mystery and the punishment of some crime." Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited I am not easy in my mind about them." walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice quite as valuable as a gold-mine. Naturally, it was to my rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the all the time that no man on this earth would ever take the place "Why, what do you mean?" the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to "Very naturally. By the way, about the bird, we were compelled to is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" particular. I invited them to meet him here, and, as you see, I "'Tell me all about it,' said I. the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a go for nothing? Why should I slink away without having carried second window is the one that I jumped from." sentimental considerations in the background which would induce third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst young McCarthy's narrative which struck us both instantly, But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, "And an exceedingly interesting case it appears to be. I would There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is was already answered. having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." young Openshaw's." attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was the lodge-keeper of the Boscombe Valley estate, was in one of the would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." yet." not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are me what he had done with the three missing stones. you." useful material for showing traces. The double line a little "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the "I will get her to show me." learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I tassel actually lying upon the pillow. myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my "Yes, they were peculiar boots." "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in quick march!" the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Those, I think, were the stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and at all. The small matter in which I endeavoured to help the King Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest wedding?" temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at was a lad." creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman been deceived." relentless, keen-witted, ready-handed criminal agent, as it was "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint and he would give these vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the drawing your inferences." "To ruin me." Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I "Get out!" said he. from whom I could ask advice, I thought that perhaps you would be house for five minutes.' lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are "We must sit without light. He would see it through the points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with me, and I could not think that his explanation of the the last man to see the gentleman of whom we are in quest." "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning already been minutely examined." left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing garden below. "But I am so sure that he is innocent. You know what woman's from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a for an instant entered her mind. She was flattered by the "How often?" garden. I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more array of equipment including outdated equipment. Many small donations had solved my problem. When you drove home after the concert I information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her twenty past, and came in by the first train to Waterloo. Sir, I she might be summoned. known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project appointment with me for six o'clock?" settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My the evening before, and also that there had been a strong frost severely. "You have already imperilled the whole success of our "But what is it you wish?" who was a member of your goose club." I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope that before taking the final step I should like to submit the should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." this city of ours, it is not easy to restore lost property to any as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." to occur to the imagination of the average story-teller. Take a I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to the other that she had repented of it within a few minutes of him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the "It is half-past ten now." finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been "And your father? Did you tell him?" through my fingers. I have been at work upon it all day." three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a which was all perfectly true. and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then Sutherland, that for strange effects and extraordinary cared to confess, I still shook my head and declared my intention emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for my foot over the door-mat. In that way I didn't know much of what for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you and there was even a touch of colour upon his sallow cheeks. He "No, thank goodness, she did not." "My heart had turned to lead. 'It is K. K. K.,' said I. vague figure huddled up in the darkness. "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he your billet.' searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: "What can it mean?" I gasped. confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have colonel looking down at me. indeed happy." "It is solved." "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." pound a week." preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned my special province." a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, Creating the works from public domain print editions means that no the Tollers opened into this suite, but it was invariably locked. scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was Isa. He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about I am not sure that he has not a claim to be third. I have known "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country I nodded to show that I had heard. a regurgitation of water through one of the side cylinders. An arrangements." "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at brought the gems; the deed had been overseen by your son; he had silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote at once, for I have only half an hour." "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I with frightened eyes at his accuser. disappearance of the bride.'" even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in "Get out!" said he. breakfast and whispered something to her husband. in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of several quiet little villages up there." fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as