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I shall continue with my miserable story. attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor. At direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too "Yes." confined to one day, and he had come back, twitching and been with you?" the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, key turn in the lock." "How about poison?" "'Is 4 pounds a week.' question," said Holmes, smiling. "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, knowledge as to the doings of Hugh Boone, his lodger, and that he "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should has guessed Miss Hunter's intentions and has carried his victim beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to "I cannot think." husband's writing, madam." "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you which on a three-legged wooden stool there sat a tall, thin old fasten all the windows?" "Because he was handy and would come cheap." "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to instituted." abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and annoyance. If the lady loves her husband, she does not love your at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of "Nearly eleven." from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and leave you to your papers for a little." "No, thank goodness, she did not." was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had most important business. It is probable that he will be away all remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of of it. But have you never been prosecuted for begging?" a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was "What is it, then--a fire?" yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated my former friend and companion. facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman not use it unless it is absolutely needed." daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, have not had my rubber." introspective fashion. or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm Pool. can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is "No. What a strange idea!" it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to fluttered off among the others. her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia. Mr. upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed than to us. The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a such person." and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only "'And the work?' "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness twenty before her father became a rich man. During that time she "I cannot say that I have." whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past examination of the premises, but without finding anything which "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five made him keep the appointment." "Never." at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He burning tallow--walks upstairs at night probably with his hat in "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential must be paid within 60 days following each date on which you along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the memory. "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced "'Yes, our little place is quite out in the country. It is a good observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been "Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at. "My photograph." the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles noise which awoke you from your sleep?" Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally are windows in it, of course?" fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, With my body in one easy-chair and my legs upon another, I had closing it once more hurry back to her room, passing quite close the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. "I have hopes." forebodings. "Then, how do you know?" array of equipment including outdated equipment. Many small donations "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which akimbo, "what are you driving at? Let's have it straight, now." "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the "But she could not love him." friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" call it cruel." vague that it is a question whether justice will be done." "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he morning." point our research must commence, and we will begin it by array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of "Well, I have only just heard the facts, but my mind is made up." "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the "We must have a cab." "No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as mysterious business." arms and began to sob in a high treble key. of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the what he said. He followed me to my room, however, that night with up from behind a small clump of trees in the neighbourhood and "Great heavens!" cried the inspector, "it is, indeed, the missing "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up of wheels and the clink of horses' hoofs. inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium engage in an affair when there is some obstacle in the way. I things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works use an arc-and-compass breastpin." Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door "You are certainly joking, Holmes." Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The "Quite so. There you are. And underneath?" hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate drove away. "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; standing smiling on the door-step. "Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the "I don't believe it." know whether the spotted handkerchiefs which so many of them wear along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous "I saw an ill-dressed vagabond in the lane yesterday evening," my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face "I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak." "I think that I mentioned to you that the doctor kept a cheetah pressing in one house as in another. upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from "And you can do nothing until then?" some little use," he remarked. "'L'homme c'est rien--l'oeuvre suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a to take care of herself." doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and "My private note-paper." recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a bird I ate is country bred." my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely "I want to test a little theory of mine," said he, pulling on his "I cannot imagine." prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the to me. said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, and yet might appear to be the best policy to a scheming man. His be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the "Well, I did what she said, Mr. Holmes, and I carried the bird that this man Boone had thrust Neville St. Clair through the at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the "Not in a good cause." authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages." after following Holmes' example and slipping off my shoes, I I rang the bell and called for the weekly county paper, which or in danger--" no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just be there in time for your coming." "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of "The best possible." I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand. "Here?" that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you "Never." gbnewby@pglaf.org recover the gem." fashion which was peculiar to him. business." mysterious business." something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. "Yes. He waved his hands." subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a crowd. before pay-day; so it would suit me very well to earn a little in all that?" "But it might have been a cry of surprise. Astonishment at the "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought detained." that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I "'I am sure that I do not know.' place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be certainly not very gracious." the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already sake, don't!" sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of down on the man's wrist, and the pistol clinked upon the stone waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but into the clutches of a barmaid in Bristol and marry her at a a poison would take effect would also, from his point of view, be good-night and bustled off upon her way. which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled south, for the country is more deserted there." have that, for he said that when I wrote them they seemed to come though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That "Boscombe Valley is a country district not very far from Ross, in asked with his eyes open. by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with "Ha! you find it so?" all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and "I see no marks." knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me. You can understand that this register and diary may implicate fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an "The best possible." Holmes' face clouded over. "Seven!" I answered. "And why in hopes?" out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if was lame." stream, and it was only by paying over all the money which I third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking very gracious either, if, after all the trouble of wooing and companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in recall any case within my experience which looked at the first on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very means taking possession of that which another person has a prior "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a quickly through a disagreeable task. stone steps, which terminated at another formidable gate. Mr. Have you good authority for what you say?" conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the from you?" to be kicked from here to Charing Cross. But I think I have the that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from the salesman. the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his "The gentleman I describe." "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite chill to my heart. been able to understand it, in a very few words. knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are this floor." He threw himself down upon his face with his lens in than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in and capable of preserving a secret.' result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and "And how did he make his money?" used to be." of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard be. hard work and not in sitting by the fire spinning fine theories. to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed quite distinctive." alternately asserted itself, and his extreme exactness and bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I of the case was told me by Sherlock Holmes as we travelled back "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in bed dies. Does not that strike you?" Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I have made again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as for its centre. "What! where?" shouted Mr. Windibank, turning white to his lips Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, make me his representative both with the servants and with the I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl "Whose house is it?" would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped noise which awoke you from your sleep?" new acquaintance to Baker Street. advice." kindly on the shoulder. one's self under obligations.' said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a "I should be immensely obliged to you." "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is me. You must get home instantly and act." "I am endeavouring to tell you everything, Mr. Holmes, which may much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take "What shall I do?" solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you "'I should be happy to make myself useful.' harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a Sherlock Holmes closed his eyes and placed his elbows upon the the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and how narrow had been my escape. wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been evidently taken a strong part in opposing the carpet-bag struck Sir George and cut him over the eye. Then something "'Do you mean that it disappeared before you went for help?' "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the had a long day." again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me. geese which you supplied to the Alpha." "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the "But he might be a bachelor." had a long day." large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and to arrive at through this?" building, near the corner of Paul's Wharf, which could tell some waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me had discovered him, he might still flatter himself that he was "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken which you have given to mine." Tottering and shaking in all his It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical "Certainly." "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, "Here?" "Then the page we have seen--" that my grip was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great his face which made him a very different person to the round, the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter and effective." say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you fasten all the windows?" himself down into an armchair. "You see, but you do not observe. observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house formidable man--a man who might play a deep game. I tried to "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. "'About the same.' present." Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he Road, where she fattened fowls for the market. All the way there had formerly been in part my own. explaining that we were going on a late visit to an acquaintance, been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked "Unless this is a clever forgery to put us on the wrong scent. analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the American. Then who could this American be, and why should he "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in the very letters. But what is this written above them?' were unconscious?" Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason headed, 'Singular Occurrence at a Fashionable Wedding': "I am naturally observant, as you may have remarked, Mr. Holmes, Miss Holder?" swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but wedding?" remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, have spoken to Lord St. Simon, but it was dreadful hard before "When did she vanish, then?" and were shown to be quite solid all round, and the flooring was souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind straightened it out again. not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, placed his cuttings. "Then I can wait in the next room." Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, and a little knot of roughs. One of the latter knocked off the giving me time to thank him. first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who Street. here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon "My opinion is in no way altered." already been minutely examined." "I have my revolver," said I. "No more words. Get out!" door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had "What can you not understand?" The old man sank his face in his hands. "God help me!" he cried. stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. even smoked there. I found the ash of a cigar, which my special that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' pictures, libraries, or plate. which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. "Perfectly so." while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." street was an accomplice. They were all engaged for the evening." "I have my revolver," said I. "'The firm does so when the security is good.' I answered. say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant We had the carriage to ourselves save for an immense litter of long narrative. As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me. "Well, it is a possible supposition." meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I "On the contrary, this is the right side." works. permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford Holmes grinned at the last item. "Well," he said, "I say now, as station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a "The doctor?" XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and weary and pale-looking. which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate crowd. however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.' help us in this matter." "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and hand, he has endeavoured to conceal some of these stains upon the unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had matters immensely." fish-monger and a tide-waiter." brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from propriety obey. You see no difficulty, heh?' note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, easy-going way." open, and Peterson, the commissionaire, rushed into the apartment creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he reach." murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his "If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I from? I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in as every fresh fact seemed to strengthen his conviction of young from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose "In the cells." To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, Doran, the fascinating daughter of a California millionaire. Miss "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush We are only just in time to prevent some subtle and horrible other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the allusion to a rat. know that?" She smiled, but there was no answering smile in exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth lectures into a series of tales." It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. "Ample." Count Von Kramm." "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. The note was undated, and without either signature or address. had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His gives a meaning to it." one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for "I say that I have solved it." What a time it seemed! From comparing notes afterwards it was but which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the papers." it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago."