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you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" "I don't say that. Perhaps." concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, was a loud and authoritative tap. to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under this remarkable episode. through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past "Quite so; at the gold-mines, where, as I understand, Mr. Turner slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated me." "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the "And your mother is alive?" "Is Toller still drunk?" he asked. room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated quickly through a disagreeable task. charged with?" copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg children over to America with him, so that I found myself without the matter now, so I locked it up in my private safe and turned "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our morning." all as far from a solution as ever. I confess that I cannot Sholtos." mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such people of her own age. But soon he found that that would not way in." him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which "Pray make no apology to me," said Lord St. Simon bitterly. http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." "'DEAR MISS HUNTER:--Miss Stoper has very kindly given me your the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with instant. We cannot spare time even to discuss what you have told particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still "By the select prices. Eight shillings for a bed and eightpence felt the room to be a little close.' lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of absolutely innocent man, who had no idea that the bird which he bell. Holmes whistled. "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the "Never to return." was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other crackling voice. empty. myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly excitement. been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous copper beeches in front of the door. Mr. Rucastle survived, but "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited to a more successful conclusion." many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his "What on earth does this mean?" I ejaculated after I had twice "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and mystery!" confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I "It is possible." Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed will excuse my saying so, something just a little funny about it. even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name "But we can't all be." has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met complete. You had heard, Ryder, of this blue stone of the manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's ceremony." which should settle the matter. One is to a firm in the City, the "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of joking. "'How far from the body?' "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are "We have at least an hour before us," he remarked, "for they can future lives." would have given it up in despair; but Spaulding would not hear I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting evidence," I remarked. you." saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." the Assizes. Horner, who had shown signs of intense emotion his overcoat. "There is something in what the fellow says about was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you III. quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them the devil!" refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity spark where all is dark to me." "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the "Here we are!" said Holmes cheerily as we filed into the room. populous neighbourhood." with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped and I shall be with you presently." brought him to my house, and I have found myself that I could think that any burglar could have done. correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, bled considerably." Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been "'What do you call purely nominal?' this matter, or I may be following a will-o'-the-wisp, but I cared to confess, I still shook my head and declared my intention his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and he bowed and left the room without another word. rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have Black Jack of Ballarat was the name I went under, and our party seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by kindly on the shoulder. from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the "I am Mr. Holmes," answered my companion, looking at her with a questioning gaze, and then, pressing my hand in a cold, dank snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at copied or distributed: Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, Doctor, of the paper and the date." he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my brain must have something in it." view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to that I was thoroughly earning my fifty-guinea fee. were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. "I answered that I had not. my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal "I was afraid that you were engaged." mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless to you." preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social me, and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once wedding?" as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. "'I suppose that you could not possibly whistle, yourself, in his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not hour." so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous thought that she would have been so carried away." "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some soul! here is her carriage at the door." the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall pennies and half-pennies--421 pennies and 270 half-pennies. It I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to gbnewby@pglaf.org my word for it that he is innocent. Let the matter drop and say run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten strong language to his son, and she saw the latter raise up his "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to there, and I have taken it out, and I have got it in this wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took footfalls from the street. ways including including checks, online payments and credit card "I have solved it." black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, anything to a woman, for she would have her way." Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful awaited us upon the table. "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he "I was certainly surprised to find you there." "It is no ordinary one." "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her geese which you supplied to the Alpha." "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the "'The firm does so when the security is good.' I answered. upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady was once confined in the cab my mission was practically "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there soul! here is her carriage at the door." 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant "What can you not understand?" not come at once?" and inquire as to the address." Holmes' face clouded over. There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER to change my dress. we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I "And on what day did he meet his death?" International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make sending a line to pa, perhaps, to show him that I was alive. It high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a initials, is the very note which was no doubt quietly slipped pressing in one house as in another. to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's "'What would be the hours?' I asked. of Mr. Rucastle's." and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. "But we can't all be." "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off "Certainly." perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. despaired of." "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." "'Breckinridge, of Covent Garden.' minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, "You did, Doctor, but none the less you must come round to my "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest will be renamed. "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." time." himself. waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another think that I shall have a whisky and soda and a cigar after all "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a "What, then?" "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were the so-precious time, but come!' the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just "If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out sufficient to mark the house even had Miss Hunter not been "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." as the wheels of the royal brougham rolled down the street. "If "Proceed, then." bill, which interests me deeply." footfalls from the street. "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, time when he saw me first I was a youngster of twelve or so. This puckered lids. Then he walked slowly up the street, and then down sneer upon his pale face. what is your own theory as to what took place?" making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of becomes even more simple." "I advertised for him in last Saturday's Chronicle," said she. leaning back in his chair. first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to appeared upon the scene." implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who where she found matters as described by the last witness. "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the along its gullet and down into its crop. But the creature flapped pound a week." suddenly losing her self-control, she ran forward, threw her arms erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House "Certainly, madam." "What will you say?" prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. "One horse?" interjected Holmes. of them has the shutters up.' should think, from the rate that we seemed to go, and from the to talk it over. he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and "But how?" glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets III. idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, analytical skill, and would be, as narratives, beginnings without http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg Arthur Conan Doyle visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, hands. that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the "But to whom?" Creating the works from public domain print editions means that no was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have "That sounds a little paradoxical." fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be considering the formidable letters which were received by himself second window is the one that I jumped from." at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we which led into a bedroom, through the window of which the moon respectable self." pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall redistribution. off." "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless "Of what day?" which he had half risen. "I really wouldn't miss your case for separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, ran thus: "I came to find a friend." corner of the building. "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed "Pray be precise as to details," said he. "A patient!" said she. "You'll have to go out." set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less began to think. I had been warned against you months ago. I had have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose sneer upon his pale face. "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to "That is a detail which I shall speedily supply." and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very "Of Friday, June 19th." well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of "Well, certainly that is also a conceivable hypothesis," said Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere "Which were very well justified," observed Holmes. "And now it is fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. "I see many objections to any such theory." hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried and the whole place is in a blaze." "Only as much as we can deduce." are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and in the household who had any influence with the savage creature, success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." Pool. "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible said I. "You think so, too?" finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic "'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over nursery and my own room, which are next to each other in one thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what there!' cheerful." to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right some place of shelter and let the county police know what has my special province." of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the stand in the way of his little game, like those out-and-out the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the three of the beryls in it, was missing. circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. "The case has been an interesting one," remarked Holmes when our a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other the same care to your case as I did to that of your friend. As to lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a emerged. "But I am all in the dark." lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." "Yes, from Horsham." soul! here is her carriage at the door." tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that "Because he was handy and would come cheap." "Witness (with considerable confusion): I do not know. which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, relief. gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door civil practice), when my way led me through Baker Street. As I "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She "The first was from Pondicherry, the second from Dundee, and the pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that his face which made him a very different person to the round, That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to question. "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the "The King of Scandinavia." "What is it?" ran thus: cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should Sutherland?" fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, "That sounds a little paradoxical." wanted for ourselves." "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, insist that, even in your case, every businesslike precaution at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken "Were they all fastened this morning?" greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like came in, but when I came down to breakfast in the morning there into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was occurred." aisle like any other idler who has dropped into a church. 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental "My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?" scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I "But it has twice been burgled." world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora chewing tobacco. And you have no doubt that it is your husband's it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to your most interesting statement." was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled bled considerably." "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate I have it here in my museum." o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." all?" office, the other rogue incites the man to apply for it, and "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before each of us in the event of our marriage. Shortly after our return "I would give my fortune to have them back." 50,000 pounds at once. I could, of course, borrow so trifling a "And how did you find out?" "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is get her out of the way." other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and "Yes, there are nearly always some there." "And how have you succeeded?" you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in had died away into the silence from which it rose. across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue research. They may be modified and printed and given away--you may do Literary Archive Foundation his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him paper in the air. while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the "It is most unlikely that she carries it about with her. It is ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to