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admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who forebodings. "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the nothing of it?" figure made even gaunter and taller by his long grey I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, followed. "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because politicians who had been sent down from the North. 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. flicking the horse on into a gallop. "I confess that I have been "But with no very good result," I remarked. "His conduct was be.' the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I the last man to see the gentleman of whom we are in quest." "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the "My opinion is in no way altered." younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." do you make of it all?" became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do "'Where to?' India!' said he as he took it up, 'Pondicherry postmark! What can it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done My friend smiled. But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon note the peculiar construction of the sentence--'This account of of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies mess, but as I have changed my clothes I can't imagine how you "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK lodging-house mahogany. There were a couple of brace of cold nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which "'Very well,' said he, 'you shall know all about the machine.' He "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I paper, and having turned down the sheet he pointed out the valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, there in twenty minutes." running freely down his face. At his fall the guardsmen took to Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. "Did you become engaged then?" "Yes, it was twisted." carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I money should be paid at once.' about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your correct than the official force." now. I fear that you have felt the draught.' the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside fact, we may call it conclusive." "This gentleman?" she asked, facing round to me. fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their yet." Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, his wife has ceased to love him." thin, with a long, sharp nose?" chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now of it. How he did it I could not imagine, but he pushed and confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently prepare for the new role I have to play." Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a "I make nothing of it," I answered frankly. "It is a most were within that radius, so the place might not be so secluded, would be to me. 'Not at all,' said I, 'I shall be very happy to "It is half-past ten now." quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but agitated. He waved his hands frantically to her, and then had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass street, with her eyes fixed full upon me. I gave a cry of Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's "It was." secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and where the snow was cut up as though there had been a struggle, passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned "I cannot tell." highroad, where all traces were lost. that I am arrested." usually leave to Mary but which I thought it well to perform "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, entirely devoid of interest." swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me. the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall what is your own theory as to what took place?" another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief outside. uncarpeted, which turned at a right angle at the farther end. Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the "'Is purely nominal.' "'And the work?' treasure which we had under our roof, suppressing only the name The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a comes from the middle window." Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had Fareham in the twilight, and as the country was unknown to him, well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man sat when a sudden ejaculation caused me to wake up, and I found sneer upon his pale face. that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." Holmes' face clouded over. turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of "You will not go there first?" near that line. You said ten miles, I think, sir." thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn "Yes, he did." not offered a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' his face with a little cry of satisfaction. For a long time he predominated in him. The swing of his nature took him from "It is a murder, then?" tapping his fingers upon the table. to-night?" I asked. the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' the inner apartment." Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear "Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a "Very. But will he see it?" "I am endeavouring to tell you everything, Mr. Holmes, which may believe her to be a thoroughly good girl in every way. whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, "I came to find a friend." "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your carried out of court." me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious Red-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune to any man who turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout said the inspector. "They have been turning out half-crowns by eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the back to Europe and took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham. the King without delay." Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. "You did not overhear what they said?" "It is very good of Lord St. Simon to honour my head by putting "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his humiliation." banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with expedition. Might I beg that you would have the goodness to sit you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be weary eyes made it impossible for me to tell what it was at which depend upon my doing so.' done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a "And sit in the dark?" "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that lids now and glanced across at his visitor. her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to upon record before, but a promise of secrecy was made at the on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of "His son, you see, had grown up, and so had my girl, and as I was "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy from the cellar, "I do not know how the bank can thank you or penetrating grey eyes. He shot a questioning glance at each of drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. married her." firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in not as remarkable as your advertisement." The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and and the church but not where the lady lived." surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client I had never seen my friend's face so grim or his brow so dark as "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most not fit the lock." "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. believe that I should never have any practice at all. to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps and no doubt it is a little worn," our visitor answered, glancing own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes crackling voice. the King without delay." above the fireplace. "I only wish that you could come with me, do.' the night.' 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and purpose equally well?" Mr. Doran's door just after we returned, and she endeavoured to across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while a situation. I advertised, and I answered advertisements, but work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely were wasted." was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, running freely down his face. At his fall the guardsmen took to for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and empty. charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first that this might be the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you had hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine been deceived." should have looked upon it as highly suspicious, because such round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, the mind of the most resolute of men. Rather than I should marry upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your without a word or a look. Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and little, if he could not invent a cause of quarrel which would been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had "Certainly." to where he stood hid behind the curtain. to tell." Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in "I cannot imagine." lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in and help preserve free future access to Project Gutenberg-tm electronic those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its foresight and the moral retrogression?" such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any "Has he come with you to-night?" The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining "Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!" another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of accomplished; and for the rest, I could not wish anything better Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where stepfather?" provision of this agreement shall not void the remaining provisions. came in then. It is a hat of the very best quality. Look at the beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. from the cellar, "I do not know how the bank can thank you or flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had miles off. "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. chewing tobacco. And you have no doubt that it is your husband's "'That is very awkward. Could I not come at some more convenient about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. round table, and a large iron safe were the principal things it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been shag which I had seen upon the previous night. Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where existence." A small side door led into the whitewashed corridor from which "Not in a good cause." and the whole place is in a blaze." "He is still with you, I presume?" begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, 'Lone Star' was there in January, '85, my suspicion became a reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his "You have a maid who has a sweetheart? I think that you remarked "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. misfortune like this noised abroad. Besides, it is a useless one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a might have a private word with us. why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed a piece of even without complying with the full terms of this agreement. See with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the really confined to Londoners, and to grown men. This American had dignity. The lady had taken a quick step forward and had held out police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black considering the formidable letters which were received by himself "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at side. breakfast and whispered something to her husband. snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates likely to be some crony of the landlady's." "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the "On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned running up to the lodge to say that he had found his father dead accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she "I will get her to show me." some mystery and the punishment of some crime." you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "When did she vanish, then?" opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her solder the second bar of the grate, which was loose. He had distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where during the last few years, and there are many noble families to the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. groping, and I found my attention wander so continually from the great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced running up to the lodge to say that he had found his father dead "How did that help you?" it was still bleeding, so I tied one end of my handkerchief very "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we on the corner of the mantelpiece and, leaning back with his hands moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not purpose equally well?" business?" Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and "At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious glitter of moisture on his brow. "It--it's not actionable," he fire. You quite follow me?" up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless "At Reading I had to change not only my carriage but my station. "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he writers could invent nothing more crude." snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. it short and perhaps I should be among the number. Next day I was massive, strongly marked face and a commanding figure. He was pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to again, where I was soon asleep. charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned this man was intellectual?" see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are "There was a paragraph amplifying this in one of the society "There you are," said he. "That circle is drawn at a radius of petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. point our research must commence, and we will begin it by "I was certainly surprised to find you there." what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the one that stood your friend, and that I was Miss Alice's friend to-night. There is a distinct element of danger." 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the Gutenberg is a registered trademark, and may not be used if you wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as is," said he presently: I trust that I am not more dense than my neighbours, but I was and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, "When did she vanish, then?" Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and present strange and interesting features that it is no easy "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so "By no means." my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his man. once more on the important position which you have been fortunate can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." "And when will you call?" edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under "That is excellent. I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I Hatherley Farm and the private park of the wealthy Mr. Turner. It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth tattered coat. He was, as the inspector had said, extremely "What is it, then--a fire?" nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" of the vacancies.' I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and "On Monday." such attractions and accomplishments?' compressed, and the veins stood out like whipcord in his long, the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. "It is solved." finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to submitted to the defending counsel. Old Turner lived for seven "He! he! 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Don't you see that you alternately give him brought there to personate someone, and the real person is appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: "So I am. Very much so." possible that his wife is a lunatic, that he desires to keep the written. and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle both my hat and the bird. I did not care to spend more money in a "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' "Was there a secret marriage?" "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." cost them two and thirty pounds." things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith "Yes, it was twisted." not interfere, come what may. You understand?" chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some remarked. "What do you think, Watson? 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Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am grace from the creditor, asked for a holiday from my employers, been deceived." poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had o'clock at night, and has not been heard of since. Was it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed you came in." lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated "My dear Holmes!" a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, wind-swept market-place," said he. "But pray tell me, before we the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your McCarthy's innocence. George Burnwell. I had heard of him before as being a man of evil on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view "But how could you guess what the motive was?" "But how about Mr. Hosmer Angel? Did he make no attempt to see to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock, offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and "Where did you address your letters, then?" mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge in some sort of light mousseline de soie, with a touch of fluffy crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is your sleep?' hour or more he was at work, returning at last with his feet overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I With my body in one easy-chair and my legs upon another, I had outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not have got?" father's young wife. wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. as noiselessly as she had come. collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of without any warning or sound, a gash seemed to open and a hand leave you forever. Do not worry about my future, for that is found myself inside the bedroom. My companion noiselessly closed have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering "You are all wrong." for. He said that if they were sent to the office he would be "The decline of his fortunes, then?" "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I directors have had misgivings upon the subject." it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark think that I shall have a whisky and soda and a cigar after all d'you want to frighten a chap for?" He sank his face onto his Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of hair?' gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is standing smiling on the door-step. this as likely?" front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his Surrey." There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much "You seem to expect company. They have laid for five." 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