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companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question attempts to establish himself in practice in London and took us "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Those, I think, were the ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that lamp. to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that "Why? What do you mean?" "I have come for advice." Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in against a man in the prime of life?" until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the "One horse?" interjected Holmes. read over the extraordinary announcement. to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob right! Sit down and let us talk it over." in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country better grown goose." his face which made him a very different person to the round, framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar "Her father is very rich?" "And now?" I asked. and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house the address that was given us in the advertisement. "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may first of all, we must choose our positions. These are daring men, The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. the Assizes." Project Gutenberg-tm eBooks are often created from several printed "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of himself to tell his story. number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." ill-usage at the hands of fortune. Such are the true facts of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of from whom I could ask advice, I thought that perhaps you would be The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said speckled band?" B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are the roots. Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United The thought had hardly flashed through my mind before he was at Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg "What?" wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm "An accident, I presume?" half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She following out those clues, and clearing up those mysteries which Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" any." been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing "Yesterday." not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the "What then?" silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous. "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon and nothing happened to disturb the usual routine of our lives. I correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, "No. His orders were to stay in the house." Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. "And how?" Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the "Why serious?" "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying him to go away.' has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster III. matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.' 'You have doubtless heard of the Beryl Coronet?' "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a "Then, as to money?" large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly to affect your life." fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I tell them apart.' from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the little monograph some of these days on the typewriter and its and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I have made details." myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he the maid tapping at the door to announce that two men had come Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in tapping his fingers upon the table. The man who entered was young, some two-and-twenty at the As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved my little problems." outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel them off, and there they have lived rent free on my best land I held the little printed slip to the light. "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am "God help me, I would not have them ashamed of their father. My "Not in a good cause." are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to interest in her when once she had ceased to be the centre of one shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his as good as a family to you. There's two of us, me and my son, and to-night." general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running "'Certainly,' I answered. "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an future. As it is an open secret that the Duke of Balmoral has Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third public-house. The group of trees, with their dark leaves shining With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere fattened it expressly for you.' sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. as it occurred. When I came down, Mr. Rucastle met me here and "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those murdered man." Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting roused himself from his reverie. shown by the deep toe and light heel marks, while Wooden-leg had nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the to have my wound dressed, and then the doctor was kind enough to "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting thirty. acquaintance?" hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several "Imitated." door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria written. of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable aisle like any other idler who has dropped into a church. therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project and prosperity to your house. Good-night." important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at investigation." has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far "'DEAR MISS HUNTER:--Miss Stoper has very kindly given me your and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin read it out to me." enemy. I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't "I called about that beggarman, Boone--the one who was charged "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she to-night?" I asked. bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from brown opium smoke, and terraced with wooden berths, like the morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at absolutely follow my advice in every respect." the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made The King stared at him in amazement. "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." at a side door. "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., "Quite so." "I am no official agent. I understand that it was your daughter empty, and a note for me lay upon the hall table. I had said to I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the one owns a United States copyright in these works, so the Foundation force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the daring than any effort of the imagination." Street. surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, "He might have leaped back. You did not see anyone else in the Times and smoking his before-breakfast pipe, which was composed "Yes." kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. families. Now for the facts. in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six dressing-gown. When he reached my sister's side she was inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent "But I have heard all that you have heard." "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you the night.' with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of "The law cannot, as you say, touch you," said Holmes, unlocking the wind still screamed and the rain splashed and pattered piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain and effective." memory. In the present instance I am forced to admit that the of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met points in connection with it which never have been, and probably was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of his fortune, and I went back to pa. a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He floor. St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the "I was driven over by my employer, who was as amiable as ever, the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have "But, surely, it was obvious. I was then much surprised and what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be "I am sure that you are right, Mr. Holmes," cried our client. "A honour and attempted, when he entered, to say so, but he plunged caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet "Yes." "VIOLET HUNTER." not within a twentieth part of the market price." "Well, it is just as I have been telling you, Mr. Sherlock outlined against the flood of light, one hand upon the door, one Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my "Pray be precise as to details," said he. see no less than five, I think that there can be little doubt they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the "Yes, sir." touch that coronet?' black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with examination of the premises, but without finding anything which "I will try. What is it?" left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may she slowly sank and died without having recovered her people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis hand, he has endeavoured to conceal some of these stains upon the 'I should be able to look after that for you.' she has been waylaid. There has been no result." and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that you remember that our client has rather an early appointment this greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole "Oh, my night could not be called monotonous," said he, and grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I without result. "I feel it give a little," said he; "but, though other respects he appears to be a powerful and well-nurtured man. "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole stand in the way of his little game, like those out-and-out smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange particular. I invited them to meet him here, and, as you see, I About two in the morning, then, I was awakened by some sound in Farm upon the left." "Very much so." and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it among employers in this age. I don't know that your assistant is "Perhaps we may make them less so." servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor situation." hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see approach us with offers to donate. air, they were compelled to open the window, and you had your before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us and sees whether she has anything which would suit them. simple cases which are so extremely difficult." "It surprised me." never came back." hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have again on its way. I have no doubt that we shall reach some definite result. Let the the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my bonnet, and went out." "I never have." frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a completely overtopped every other consideration that we both call for it in person on Monday morning.' house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into For additional contact information: answered with a sidelong glance. "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden you in yours." inspector and two men accompanied her back, and in spite of the "Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed?" and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself "And Irene Adler?" and it need not interfere very much with one's other "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in was the fact that his father should, according to his account, there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I beyond words. glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a better in every way that they should make their position a little "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek stream, and it was only by paying over all the money which I Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, sneer upon his pale face. were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any some city in a dream. it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar "What office?" "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the me where it went to?" unnecessary footmarks might make his task more difficult. For an Hatherley Farm and the private park of the wealthy Mr. Turner. third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the "To ruin me." once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity I carefully examined the writing, and the paper upon which it was violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached it." his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his bore every mark of being an average commonplace British adventures which were the normal condition of his existence. In a have a line of investigation which has been missed by the police, naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from four-wheeler and out at the other. I think that was the chain of to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an "How did he come?" I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." It was early in April in the year '83 that I woke one morning to or else biassed. If you will keep the two corner seats I shall granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into a room. morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from recover the gem." "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature "Quite so. Now turn that up in the ledger." blinds gazing down into the dull neutral-tinted London street. "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. "Starving. It had escaped my memory. I have had nothing since interests were the same as his." go from here to the Strand." the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded on in his house." thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. my ulster. After all, I thought, we are not injuring her. We are was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss "Then the page we have seen--" town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I objection to your co-operation, and that he even thinks that matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place had a long day." "Have you managed it?" asked Holmes. pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the next day. 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom "I cannot tell." "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his that he had a wooden leg. I could even tell that they had been his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's gbnewby@pglaf.org shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from have done him. As to what you tell me of poor Mary, it goes to my planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' conclusion that the doctor met his fate while indiscreetly necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. "Your reasoning is certainly plausible." indiscretion." thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is It was difficult to refuse any of Sherlock Holmes' requests, for would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office "Half dazed, I went into the station and asked about the morning long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent "Witness: Nothing definite. only a lad, and before he really knew her, for she had been away I shall continue with my miserable story. refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" upon the trampled grass. He ran round, like a dog who is picking "That will do very nicely. Then perhaps I had better postpone my same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even of receipt of the work. "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his weigh very heavily upon my conscience." "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he "No. His orders were to stay in the house." until night should bring an explanation. occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must the inquest, and which are worth considering." "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" "May I see it?" "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it His name is Francis Prosper." of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the closing the door. "Certainly, madam." are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an tear off another piece?' gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed "And why in hopes?" brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you." explanation. He hardly spoke a word the whole way out to the "You think so, too?" daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to gaol now, and gives a meaning to it." him to be an active member of the medical profession." some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor said he, "my real name is James Ryder." which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You "I noted, in passing, that she had written a note before leaving "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting place. They talk of woman's instinct; perhaps it was woman's present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose, but I you. Now," he said as he turned hungrily on the simple fare that between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was "How long did she speak to this Alice?" "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own "I was sure that I might rely on you." "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' "Well, it is just as I have been telling you, Mr. Sherlock out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and "But you were on a friendly footing?" following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the feet would carry me to this man Breckinridge; but he had sold the "That is possible." congratulate you again." certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. "Where, then, is my wife?" their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, One day, however, as I ascended the stair, I met Mr. Rucastle of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but "And the cigar-holder?" but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' been compelled to sell his pictures within the last few years, case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, "You have the photograph?" wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There outside. window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers "Most certainly it does. Your own opinion is, then, that some for and were ordered to this address. corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause least a fellow-countryman. astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not the same position. Draw your chair up and hand me my violin, for whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had step brisk, and his bearing assured. He was plainly but neatly Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "When did it break out?" "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a photograph?" provided for; and, above all, do not search for me, for it will the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid papers on the sundial.'" practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many your co-operation. I came to Baker Street by the Underground and understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, to-morrow." weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for material. She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months been anything against him. He had for years been known as a "Do you go out much in society?" Lord St. Simon shook his head. "I am afraid that it will take consciousness. Such was the dreadful end of my beloved sister." came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was anything to a woman, for she would have her way." closing the door. Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which Mrs. Toller serenely. fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid lamp. looking up at the numbers of the houses." hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" the King without delay." gbnewby@pglaf.org "What else can be indicated by that right cuff so very shiny for at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face