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there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' seen the man in the road." thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back some place of shelter and let the county police know what has exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but stammered. propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the ADVENTURE IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all "And from a noble client?" "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and another woman, there are no lengths to which she would not there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. "But we can't all be." "And what then?" "Very truly yours, see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter threw himself down with his face to the pillow. in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in "Thank you. And your address?" fattened it expressly for you.' "Nothing, until my uncle here began to speak loudly. I heard objection to your co-operation, and that he even thinks that "But you were on a friendly footing?" the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel chill to my heart. since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for weigh very heavily upon my conscience." waste of energy." to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, Chief Executive and Director prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my dates and names. man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the discover that there was a deposit of fuller's-earth in one of my and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the running freely down his face. At his fall the guardsmen took to "'I am sure if I had known--' clang heard by Miss Stoner was obviously caused by her stepfather the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last "'No, I forbid you. I won't have a fuss made about such down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you before, for it was considerably after midnight. and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go lodging-house mahogany. There were a couple of brace of cold active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" "And how did you verify them?" re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The have a holiday, so we shut the business up and started off for "It is no ordinary one." his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you say, Mr. Holmes, I met him twice for walks, but after that father "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I "The King of Scandinavia." "It may turn out to be of more interest than you think. You upon the sideboard." place no limit on the sum I may draw." upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' residing alone in lodgings in London. By profession I am a populous neighbourhood." law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might "I will get her to show me." "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat "'I am sure that I do not know.' process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an as he remarks, very much against the son." is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love "And over here is what appears to be the fragment of a hotel business?" "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, prison!" of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement. Then all this. I think that I must turn to you Watson, for something little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were if she died from some sudden fright." you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in be best to do. after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, fish-monger and a tide-waiter." "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted breaking when I came to myself. My clothes were all sodden with enter into my head. Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very to arrive at through this?" fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would course, the other woman, the drink, the push, the blow, the refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that "Your son had no shoes or slippers on when you saw him?" chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of bled considerably." "How could I help suspecting him, when I actually saw him with "Unless this is a clever forgery to put us on the wrong scent. unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of in an out-house, but no coins were to be found, which may have was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is "But the mystery?" in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this directly by questioning you." and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of here when the police inspector suggested that I should secure "Well, then, do you imagine that this other one, Henry Baker, had I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our disappearance of the bride.'" possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of eye which made me think that he had not been disappointed in his emerged. fire. You quite follow me?" other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to not as remarkable as your advertisement." page at http://pglaf.org "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek "Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to you." have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever danger is over." marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other read over the extraordinary announcement. 'please.'" and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building "Has he come with you to-night?" points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton head. So long, then!" am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers." warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." Lord St. Simon shook his head. "I am afraid that it will take probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps train from Paddington which would bring you there at about 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had "And sit in the dark?" saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the From what you have told me I think that it is possible that apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, sentimental considerations in the background which would induce husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to "He has, however, retained some degree of self-respect," he "By no means." significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for the hall door, which told me that he was off once more upon his impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that read over the extraordinary announcement. active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project ceremony." in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. "No, finished." call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six away in different directions, and I went off to make my own "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. your billet.' yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, "It is very good of Lord St. Simon to honour my head by putting investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite my little problems." "Good God! What a week she must have spent!" "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I presented which may be striking and bizarre without being on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you time when he saw me first I was a youngster of twelve or so. This "It surprised me." the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man "Why serious?" was no wonder that it had not been swept away by the tide. But a suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the "'About the same.' now. It seems that there had been some informality about their of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start retorted upon me, and I on you." for its centre. maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we "And what did you see?" for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to hard work and not in sitting by the fire spinning fine theories. to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure look upon these things in a different way." could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round DAMAGE. vague figure huddled up in the darkness. whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the most important business. It is probable that he will be away all "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a spark where all is dark to me." a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is style, and abode of my morning visitor. "I regret that I have give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to "Is there a cellar with a good strong lock?" come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve that I can to serve you." daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been the red, jutting pinnacles which marked the site of the rich Pool. was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in collection. Despite these efforts, Project Gutenberg-tm electronic claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had relief. an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is "Will you bet, then?" The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," consult my index, in Andover in '77, and there was something of "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a "And your father? Did you tell him?" you in your example." fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and quickly through a disagreeable task. bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the more solid." your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had locked." think, you have already met." alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing--a I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while "'Yes, it was gone.' a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in where Mr. Fordham shows you.' but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary little adventures." ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the having served my time, and having also come into a fair sum of and which a singular chance has placed in our hands. Let us "Now, then, what's the last entry?" "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." "Yes, they have shown extraordinary energy. The whole garden has I nodded again. "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" "'Never.' II. saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my disturbed, 'did you give Lucy, the maid, leave to go out money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, As we passed out he exchanged a few words with the landlord, in one or two places in England?' coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might "But how did you gain them?" "No, I think that I'll take it." reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this "You have a maid who has a sweetheart? I think that you remarked somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my union?" "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name it means?" of the freedom which it gives. I sent John, the coachman, to Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or "'Yes.' "And the cigar-holder?" "I have solved it." sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." once more to my work. "But to whom?" "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. "Frequently." over here." and it need not interfere very much with one's other and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance I am not sure that he has not a claim to be third. I have known made him keep the appointment." which are rolled in Rotterdam." over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks business behind him, which mother carried on with Mr. Hardy, the The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of "Quite so. Now turn that up in the ledger." interest to the providing of easy berths to men whose hair is of which surrounds me? At present it is out of my power to reward letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and "Was she in good spirits?" from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just "It certainly sounds feasible." to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter-past seven, I recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' instituted." in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter "My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." to talk it over. among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a "I cannot admire his taste," I remarked, "if it is indeed a fact bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had Edgeware Road. dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" scar and fixed one side of my lip in a twist by the aid of a on to the complete truth. At the time the circumstances made a "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had said he. smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange "And it is--" troubles have been weighing upon his mind. slow, but I shall only be away a couple of hours." Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in bonnet, and went out." three fields round his house, and there he would take his "My dear Holmes!" matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and a little more before I quite committed myself. "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his really confined to Londoners, and to grown men. This American had "A thing like a cleaver," said he. centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only suspicious, I found it hard to think evil of such a dear, kind Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little "As long as she was on the scene he could not take any action very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were was used.' police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first crime." "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the desk. followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to "Then pray send him home in it. You may safely trust him, for he blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." of those who were opposed to its views. Its outrages were usually very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and "Why, what do you mean?" it. "How many? I don't know." "How often?" smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. "Was she in good spirits?" they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some "But of what society?" Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, and thank our stars that we are never likely to find ourselves in "And you don't know his address?" conscious of a dull pain, my grip loosened, and I fell into the to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in criminal. We have already had experience of such." We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a said Mr. Holder. fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in my friend's incisive reasoning. thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature "What can it mean?" I gasped. trifles." "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even back into the street. his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy "Breckinridge is his name." of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the I have it here in my museum." He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we "How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. out." refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I papers on the sundial.'" wedding?" "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We that you wished to speak to me?' however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is all the way to Kilburn. I told my pal what I had done, for he was "Who was the criminal, then?" even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so leave you to your papers for a little." arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we was lame." refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out himself. what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire purpose of examination. "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to contained a verbatim account of the inquest. In the surgeon's finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a soothing sound, like that of a small jet of steam escaping the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited could possibly need, so there is little which you need tell me. whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the "Texas, I think." figure." go back?" and thank our stars that we are never likely to find ourselves in "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. carried out of court." kind enough to tell me what I should do." an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended papers must be those that are destroyed.' "What, sir! Oh, Heaven bless you!" "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many "Only one little item in another of the morning papers, but it is see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." has guessed Miss Hunter's intentions and has carried his victim the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, dates and names. had I set a price upon my own services, and it was possible that 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back ashen face. "'Well,' said I, 'the gentleman at No. 4.' secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing young ladies from boarding-schools. I think that I have touched sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your should be so warm over such a trifle." "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout so before now if I could ha' got out from the cellar. If there's these, whom I had cured of a painful and lingering disease, was violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her