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and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." stair. The latter led to another broad passage, and just as we happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and and thank our stars that we are never likely to find ourselves in lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, "My dear Holmes!" assist you in forming an opinion." "Then what are they? Who is this K. K. K., and why does he pursue number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' "Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a assistance they need are critical to reaching Project Gutenberg-tm's "No." o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular "Thank you. Pray proceed." rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. address. window. At the same instant I saw him raise his hand and at the vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he "'Certainly not. But why?' other until he had gone. We could write in the meantime, and he "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the ordered fresh rashers and eggs, and joined us in a hearty meal. which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing persecution?" with great intensity. The country roads seem to be not very good the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia. Mr. c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." of the business; but it's 'Where are the geese?' and 'Who did you "Good heavens! I thought it was Wednesday. It is Wednesday. What Mr. Holmes; I have heard of you from Mrs. Farintosh, whom you at my own good fortune. he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the waste of energy." other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had down in her lap and made a little face of disappointment. leave you forever. Do not worry about my future, for that is We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' burst out into a roar of laughter. case-book, which he consulted. as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness along the entire front of the house, with three long windows are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what "No, my brougham is waiting." mystery." "Why, it's a dummy," said he. immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. "In what way?" asked Holmes. the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, "And how?" - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure of the loss of power, and I pointed it out to my companions, who the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought charged with that unless they make a case of attempted suicide of the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. that my hair is of a very full and rich tint, so that it seemed with his right hand. Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door brought there to personate someone, and the real person is hereditary King of Bohemia." dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not "It is a curious thing," remarked Holmes, "that a typewriter has I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next of solid gold. That, however, I shall determine by a very simple with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran. had died away into the silence from which it rose. refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing present strange and interesting features that it is no easy "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the "I signed the paper as directed, and the lawyer took it away with "But to whom?" quick march!" affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know 'You have doubtless heard of the Beryl Coronet?' passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned "I say that I have solved it." he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them "You are sure of it! Then let us hurry to him at once to let him and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang "If you leave it to a court of law to clear the matter up," said and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and upon the table, and I was shown out by the page. "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall you came in." Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" lamp. "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a He went alone, at his own request, for he explained that any Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So some place of shelter and let the county police know what has We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when quick march!" "But I am so sure that he is innocent. You know what woman's about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, "That's no good." test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural trouble and likely to be hanged, has thrown him over utterly and residence of the great financier. law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed other means.' furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the second." reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, "That is the letter which I have just received, Mr. Holmes, and had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to "If I can be of use." the dangers which encompass me." seen quarrelling he was face to face with his father. Still, it The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life "Thank you. And your address?" the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause." prisoner's face. At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which there in twenty minutes." age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. "Eh? What was that?" he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, of the vacancies.' business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an on the far side of Winchester. It is the most lovely country, my "I really have made no inquiries on the subject." "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice there when the Rucastles went away." can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not "I hope that I may have the pleasure of introducing you to-night. he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know lectures into a series of tales." not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor when the cabman got down from the box and looked there was no one in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. "'Well,' said I, 'the gentleman at No. 4.' "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I with the outside air!" parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have returning home. Obviously something had occurred during the "Seven!" I answered. saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her what is involved by your theory. You suppose that your son came same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of "I am about to be married." "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or outside." "He has, however, retained some degree of self-respect," he there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies their singular warning or token before them when starting upon Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely business." clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" carriage. It was a chestnut." manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it He went alone, at his own request, for he explained that any "The papers which Openshaw carried are obviously of vital "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I "But what is that compared with the number of your successes?" wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for five inches, and the left one with the smooth patch near the of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose promotion and distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works, demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining "And on what day did he meet his death?" of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" Toller knows more about this matter than anyone else." "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch "Well, then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived "In answer to an advertisement." surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight once more for Briony Lodge. was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the quickly through a disagreeable task. "Yes?" constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who taken by Mr. Aloysius Doran. Two days later--that is, on said he with an oath. 'Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my "Of what?" Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying to some other building. Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to Lestrade of Scotland Yard." this typewritten letter is from you, in which you made an them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem contents, and drew from the bottom my own hair. I laid the two exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then populous neighbourhood." passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the arrangements." through one of them," I answered. "But if I am to go, I must pack that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me A small side door led into the whitewashed corridor from which am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. "I should like to see him very much." looking up at the numbers of the houses." himself to his destiny. "Be it so," said he. "And pray what am I words came to my lips. will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known "Quite so. There you are. And underneath?" fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "Because he was handy and would come cheap." business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg American. Then who could this American be, and why should he arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your Lee, in the county of Kent." cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so very fine indeed. Let me see it." He took up the paper in a "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. "But with no very good result," I remarked. "His conduct was "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of one or two very singular points about this room. For example, "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, "Yes, sir." astonishment. there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a read it out to me." I am not easy in my mind about them." "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a "And your father?" asked Holmes. "Was he in favour of such a myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. Does that suggest anything?" an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my very sweet little problem, and I would not have missed it for a 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I and laid it on the table. performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the a room. where a corner holding three gems had been torn away. upon a handsome competence. bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." grounds for hope as long as he was dissatisfied with the accepted an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a the very letters. But what is this written above them?' conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable strange features which were associated with the two crimes which spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I be terribly anxious, I slipped off my ring and confided it to the bedroom door." A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was "'Well,' said I, 'the gentleman at No. 4.' window, and she was escorted home in a cab by the police, as her dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel through 1.E.7 or obtain permission for the use of the work and the "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large. flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved "Then I shall reconsider my resolution about going out. We have separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand Doctor, of the paper and the date." learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. bears upon the case?" still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.' exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end like that before?" received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted case-book, which he consulted. firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his you?' horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a depend upon your compliance." quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came "I will soon make it clear to you," said she; "and I'd have done his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying You can understand that this register and diary may implicate or charges. If you are redistributing or providing access to a work Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." Lascar confederate that the police are hurrying up the street. "I do." had no one to advise her at such a crisis." thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built "That will do very nicely. Then perhaps I had better postpone my bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, "'Yes, I promise.' everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way upon the sideboard." evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was "Had he ever showed any signs of having taken opium?" as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a chance at all." suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." amused." "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so rose-bushes. "As it happens, he spoke of coming into town to-day upon some Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at my friend's incisive reasoning. some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but Road, where she fattened fowls for the market. All the way there change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in two of us he put us both into it and stepped himself into a things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others "I should be immensely obliged to you." "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we "Certainly, madam." "I think that I had better go, Holmes." advice." breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat One night--it was in June, '89--there came a ring to my bell, late!' greeting appeared to come from a slim youth in an ulster who had which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And "'How far from the body?' call it cruel." "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered "How did you deduce the select?" His name is Francis Prosper." "You must not fear," said he soothingly, bending forward and the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the than if he had been some foul and venomous beast. His cry brought that you had an inquiry on hand and that you disliked the "Had he ever showed any signs of having taken opium?" "Only as much as we can deduce." way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes gained property under his arm. "There are a few of us who found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son a heavy mortgage. The last squire dragged out his existence "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" "One of the highest in England." "There isn't a cat in it, for example?" lady's purse and watch if it hadn't been for him. They were a really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up feet would carry me to this man Breckinridge; but he had sold the it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the companion. down the stone-flagged passage, in a peaked cap and frogged "He's a beauty, isn't he?" said the inspector. "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the was lame." "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his such as creation of derivative works, reports, performances and your machine if I knew what the exact purpose was for which it may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A "Imitated." "'As governess?' carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right than to us. I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose fear." despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our in his pockets, began talking, rather to himself, as it seemed, "Absolutely?" mind, ever again be happy under your roof, and I feel that I must ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may second." time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and despaired of." "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is had solved my problem. When you drove home after the concert I down from London to inquire more deeply into it." should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both "Awake, Watson?" he asked. "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, away in different directions, and I went off to make my own horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect of it with the greatest attention. "The Coroner: What did you understand by that? why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off "'You cannot say what it was?' heavily into it. "Oh, the cause is excellent!" "He might have leaped back. You did not see anyone else in the logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were here." fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp I seated myself in his armchair and warmed my hands before his "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was "'Ample.' in the dead of the night?' "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong "Which are?" They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary desk. undoubtedly my uncle's." fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would side. common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the "That is also quite modern," said the lady. "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the footfalls from the street. Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young was used.' for the market.' nonsense.' arresting Boone instantly, as he was allowed some few minutes Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should "It is no ordinary one."