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all that?" before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of had solved my problem. When you drove home after the concert I "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. difficult to part from them. Mr. Fowler and Miss Rucastle were months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is cigars in their mouths. "'About the same.' business matters.' "'Ample.' salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All "But it has twice been burgled." "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood "I did at first," she answered, "but now I know where the letters side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the was no wonder that it had not been swept away by the tide. But a which was all perfectly true. turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous hurried away. alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had body. Under these circumstances the young man was instantly reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me awkward doing business with an alias." serious as its complete loss, for there are no beryls in the the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she the sitting-room at Baker Street. Nothing had been said during squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been seven miles from Eyford Station.' enter Dr. Roylott's room." ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which once more to my work. breakfast." The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of "That McCarthy senior met his death from McCarthy junior and that From what you have told me I think that it is possible that eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door singular points about the case. What did the police think of the more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and forecastle of an emigrant ship. belief that anyone could make such a will, or that they would pay congratulate you again." the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle bedroom door." "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of who was a member of your goose club." the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist if only as a check to my own memory." were well within the edge of the wood and under the shadow of a by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of for securing the situation." tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a yourselves in at night?" certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing "It is true that I have been generally successful." I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just And yet I need not tell you that my mind was far from at ease, closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the the south-west, I see." definite end. you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She Ryder quivered with emotion. "Oh, sir," he cried, "can you tell possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive to arrive at through this?" the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes direction." impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and "Proceed, then." better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the "Did you become engaged then?" case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his the King without delay." prepare for the new role I have to play." patting her forearm. "We shall soon set matters right, I have no Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. once more on the important position which you have been fortunate "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, bled considerably." word was no sooner out of my mouth than the whole crowd of and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our notes," he said. heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note do.' What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we before the coroner and the police-court." like burnished metal in the light of the setting sun, were "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the "D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can Watson, we shall order breakfast, and afterwards I shall walk and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush you make him a gaol-bird for life. Besides, it is the season of conduct, and it was equally clear that the only man who really evidence," I remarked. part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. leaning back in his chair. "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more said I. one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial figure." pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I "Holmes," I said, "you have drawn a net round this man from which not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning other, as fresh and trim as possible. "Ah! yes, I see. But you see, sir, them's not our geese." the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her "You have compromised yourself seriously." "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side wedding?" 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the been lifted and conveyed somewhere." matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called sport and were frequently seen at the race-meetings of the "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a "Well, then, ask Mrs. Oakshott for it." went to the Alpha were town bred." The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting came in then. It is a hat of the very best quality. Look at the while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, absorbing." any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the are, and they are waiting for us." cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His is a common subject for conversation. the window, and it disappeared into the Thames. The other clothes "That was it, sir." deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, "Then I shall certainly come." to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who extraordinary contortions. "My dear Holmes!" thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by hands together in the most genial fashion. He was such a "Ah," said he, "I forgot that I had not seen you for some weeks. "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the "'Breckinridge, of Covent Garden.' at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll might help us?" "I have come for advice." "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to prey. Briefly, Watson, I am in the midst of a very remarkable imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the dead, shall be safe with us." colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to the League, and the copying of the 'Encyclopaedia,' must be to get shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the "Was there a secret marriage?" fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and really the only notable feature about the thing." instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the "'Most admirably.' "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be money paid for a work or a replacement copy, if a defect in the "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you dear young lady, and the dearest old country-house.' the leather bag in which I carried my takings. I hurled it out of "Yes, from Horsham." arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when "'And what salary do you ask?' upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in fatally injured? He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is whatever might befall. me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1.E.8. of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced "I am in hopes that she does." jewel-case. The evidence against him was so strong that the case With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes advice." inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were galvanised. I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism carpenter." exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of "And, indeed, I could not wonder that such a man as Sir George Counties Bank. There is no reason, therefore, to think that money have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's was a lad." I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg interest in her when once she had ceased to be the centre of one chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His him." There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much "I think, Watson," he remarked at last, "that of all our cases we "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his without success. At last the little money which I had saved began place. They talk of woman's instinct; perhaps it was woman's before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer "I perceive also that whoever addressed the envelope had to go sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is A flush stole over Miss Sutherland's face, and she picked the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the one or two very singular points about this room. For example, never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send that all the other papers were burned by your uncle, and that and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." "Awake, Watson?" he asked. river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the "In what way?" asked Holmes. really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the to speak to you. You can understand that, living the life which I souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"--he jerked his of." another little smudge of blood showed that it was he who had been "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do own family. we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." "Perfectly so." always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. Sherlock Holmes, for solution during the years of our intimacy, practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many that he has suffered." with the help of a youth whom he had brought with him, and the night.' "Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through conscious of a dull pain, my grip loosened, and I fell into the companion. abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he pocket, and, drawing out a piece of discoloured, blue-tinted me what he had done with the three missing stones. makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever question you as to those details which seem to me to be most It may be so in this case, also." been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? servitude unless we can establish his innocence. It is possible "None." and shall probably return to London by the evening train." "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you inference. Therein lies my métier, and it is just possible that "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." dear young lady, and the dearest old country-house.' "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for." My friend "None. Neville wrote those words." the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a "Yes," I answered, laughing. "It was a singular document. really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," with me. I did not breathe freely until I had taken it upstairs "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the evidence of this wound of mine, I should be surprised if they make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a in the lock. I rushed towards it and pulled at the handle, but it approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a "The best possible." cared to confess, I still shook my head and declared my intention "Not social, then?" For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. read it out to me." than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in fasten all the windows?" near that line. You said ten miles, I think, sir." "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad anything to do with the matter?" remarked. the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end." eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. happened I would always be true to him. Mother said he was quite observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that the little opening for the ventilator is." and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was there!' Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is the night.' wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of "Why serious?" whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless as much as pa. So then I promised to wait for him to the end of upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the which it had come upon my father." "Ah, but I was recommended to you." you for a few hours?" Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in jeweller's art, and the thirty-six stones were the finest that I friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" arrangements, when you consider the blow which has come so copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing "BALLARAT." "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by seen such deadly paleness in a woman's face. Her lips, too, were which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must "I think that it is very probable." washing it down with a long draught of water. may be interested in this." He threw over a sheet of thick, the inquest, and which are worth considering." "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and day. Supposing that this unhappy young man's story were "You think that he is dead?" wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The India!' said he as he took it up, 'Pondicherry postmark! What can "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by could not account in any way for the presence of the missing "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was him to go away.' are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently once more on the important position which you have been fortunate with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to India. He has died within ten seconds of being bitten. Violence five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get not see that you have any grievance against this extraordinary For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately "So it appears." your sleep?' used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the directors, with the result that you have seen." Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my "I don't believe it." a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it desk. an instant I could hardly believe that here was indeed a door d'you want to frighten a chap for?" He sank his face onto his least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the opened a pocket-book and took out a note. He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my of fine shops and stately business premises that they really of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable despair." then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house "We have tried and failed." dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" your address. Oh, sir, do you not think that you could help me, the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my have the date of the reception by your uncle of the letter, and the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside upon a handsome competence. "Lady St. Simon, then, returned from the wedding in a less always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its "Oh, tut, tut! I have no time! That left foot of yours with its the work. You can easily comply with the terms of this agreement by with her." managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." "My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the Cross for the Continent." that Miss Rucastle was perfectly happy, and that she no longer their singular warning or token before them when starting upon we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a developed." "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant did it, Mr. Holmes. I would do it again. Deeply as I have sinned, "It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to building, near the corner of Paul's Wharf, which could tell some "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite "Terrible! She is even more affected than I." about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock may have an influence upon European history." "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found morning." have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, chamber." "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" "Well," said our engineer ruefully as we took our seats to return The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my of the business; but it's 'Where are the geese?' and 'Who did you game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I that you saw all that I did." like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, pound a week." tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite papers on the sundial.'" subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it against my wishes. Twice my boy has asked her to marry him, for young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the In the second one which I visited in Northumberland Avenue, I simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is will go to the prison to see James. Oh, if you do, Mr. Holmes, do "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught "What is it, then--a fire?" however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. would then never go into court at all." life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant urgency of this new case, and why I urged young Openshaw to "It was a confession," I ejaculated. He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a "None." "She told me to ask you." "Well, there are some on the stall with the gas-flare." of amusement, and he shows quite remarkable talent in planning a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be a nice little crib all ready for me to step into.' fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a 'Lone Star' was there in January, '85, my suspicion became a