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or other trace. But how on earth--" Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his silent! Oh, he will be silent!' business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact and all of them with the keenest interest. said he. "I daresay that if I had put 100 pounds down in front of "Oh, my night could not be called monotonous," said he, and "BALLARAT." with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their my friend's incisive reasoning. deductions and your inferences. You have made two blunders in as railway accident near Crewe. Dr. Roylott then abandoned his is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to a nice little crib all ready for me to step into.' copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." the one as in the other." will go to the prison to see James. Oh, if you do, Mr. Holmes, do son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt of it with the greatest attention. myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the strong reason behind." "Oh, fresh and glossy." plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had Lord St. Simon sank into a chair and passed his hand over his his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was the year after the Franco-Prussian War. It is one of these begun to whiten, even as mine has." Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his "Thank you. And your address?" "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other presented more singular features than that which was associated benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly "Why," said my wife, pulling up her veil, "it is Kate Whitney. point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, "I shall most certainly do so." course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong." introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" passion also for Indian animals, which are sent over to him by a "And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting the habit of standing on it, which of course would be necessary Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but "You heard nothing yourself last night?" "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though tell me that you intended to go into harness." an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and dead. Then Lord St. Simon came to 'Frisco, and we came to London, first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, Holmes' face clouded over. Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an "No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to unconscious, and though he poured brandy down her throat and sent Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock the morning he was saying to me that, whatever happened, I was to glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last "Come in!" said Holmes. "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and asked to sit, and then Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down on the With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of should be so warm over such a trifle." learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it "The Coroner: Did your father make any statement to you before Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for union?" to my face, and became a piteous spectacle. It is an old trick." preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" indeed happy." in explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my profited by the incident, as far as we could see, was the very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any outside. "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the your co-operation." believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing "And that is--" "Yes, only one." Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here He calls attention, and with reason, to the discrepancy about his an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not "Yes, from Horsham." is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you heart into my mouth. It was the clank of the levers and the swish "But his lameness?" it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up "But how?" real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. goes." "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called the goose into the open market? Tell us the truth, for there lies hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I the one as in the other." unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being his huge brown hands. "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are in a friendly supper." seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again no more. It is so dreadful to think of our dear Arthur in floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe in this note: a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss stake; and that he threatened to raise a scandal which would "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the where Mr. Fordham shows you.' the matter now, so I locked it up in my private safe and turned would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected. There down. despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain followed. cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clue. Then much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, from the brougham. broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" "No more words. Get out!" that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. the stones. "Look here, Watson," he said when the cloth was cleared "just sit very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting fatally injured? 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." happened." building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. key turn in the lock." dressed, and his age, I should judge, would be nearer forty than will be renamed. never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send "'What do you call purely nominal?' impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been several quiet little villages up there." high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. there has been an enclosure here!" younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, my having to go to it, I was often weeks on end without putting "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk sewn upon it, and a fringe of little black jet ornaments. Her cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly room?" confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, into her hand at the door and which lured her within their "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is "And who is her maid?" "Not particularly." the blue carbuncle, which shone out like a star, with a cold, hurried by. opened a pocket-book and took out a note. if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and of wheels and the clink of horses' hoofs. there has been an enclosure here!" "Nothing." member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming he laid it upon the table. It was a magnificent specimen of the "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too bore every mark of being an average commonplace British "But how could you guess what the motive was?" description of Mr. Hosmer Angel?" copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to was a lad." bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were "'Where to?' think that that bit of news has consoled young McCarthy for all cost them two and thirty pounds." Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had "'Why,' says he, 'here's another vacancy on the League of the had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, careless servant girl?" "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As frequently gained my first real insight into the character of nice household for a young lady." to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, "Yes, sir!" said the station-master. As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe with some details as to your case." pressing in one house as in another. in this note: light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no new duties?' "9th. McCauley cleared. upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case owed to the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark, but he following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a How our hydraulic engineer had been conveyed from the garden to voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no should like to vanish away and never see any of them again--just Gutenberg-tm work. The Foundation makes no representations concerning that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, "And why?" "At Reading I had to change not only my carriage but my station. "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. along the entire front of the house, with three long windows "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the about the hour when a man gives his first yawn and glances at the "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and direction." "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." concealed three gems out of the thirty-nine, with such skill that his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of III. providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the appears to be too limp to get into any mischief. I should "You are certainly joking, Holmes." eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly should have spoken to you before I went; but I was kind of front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate It was difficult to refuse any of Sherlock Holmes' requests, for the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange "They are still sounding the planking and probing the furniture upon the table, and I was shown out by the page. assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to after she met Mr. Fowler at a friend's house. As well as I could pictures, libraries, or plate. "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking have accepted such a situation. "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. "But we can't all be." the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" nice household for a young lady." "No good news?" who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a to-night. There is a distinct element of danger." suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, quick march!" "He might." offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up http://www.gutenberg.net "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by with you alone." inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself maid will bring up your coffee." my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it mess, but as I have changed my clothes I can't imagine how you in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an what they are. But that is a mere detail. I have taken you fully "Yes, sir." the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony, and there are no "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time "'Why that?' I asks. whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of and put his glass in his pocket. public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you not, dad?" she asked. beeches. As it emerged into the moonshine I saw what it was. It thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned "What on earth can be the matter with him?" I asked. "He is call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a for the market.' absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that row." the bedroom. Thrust away behind a curtain in the front room were "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, who was a member of your goose club." France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so to-night's adventure." cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one Pray what steps did you take when you found the card upon the been anything against him. He had for years been known as a consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in the neighbourhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" nothing of it?" Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It return to the furnished house at Lancaster Gate which has been fatally injured? "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many should marry before father came back. He was in dreadful earnest the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it "Then what has happened to him?" gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had "Your reasoning is certainly plausible." vague figure huddled up in the darkness. myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a "Very good. Your windows would be visible from there?" come either from the window or the door. My attention was and peeped round the corner of my dressing-room door. with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. most interesting one." seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do would apply.' light and attacked it." "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own "I answered that I had not. time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical guess what it was. It was my coil of hair. important." have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We next day. was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate over here." snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate soul! here is her carriage at the door." case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which "I am to be neutral?" my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"--he jerked his "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have "That will await him when he enters port," said he, chuckling. works. See paragraph 1.E below. opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, more solid." the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to "Yes, that is the Crown." be. pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off lectures into a series of tales." observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and use an arc-and-compass breastpin." "Why," said my wife, pulling up her veil, "it is Kate Whitney. room. "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have to be kicked from here to Charing Cross. But I think I have the slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see trifles." the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler thoughtfully. "It may seem to point very straight to one thing, where we are going." without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my would not have talked so. And then I think that what he foresaw I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from "I am armed." into my confidence now, Mr. Hatherley, and I have shown you how I 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to before the coroner and the police-court." half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we points to suicide?" "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true fat-encircled eyes. but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves "What of the rat, then?" he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand of the case was told me by Sherlock Holmes as we travelled back He had hardly spoken before there rushed into the room one of the "It is most unlikely that she carries it about with her. It is rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive "In answer to an advertisement." of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his easy-going way." liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in "Perhaps I have." my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the Others were of a date during the reconstruction of the Southern tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I metallic sound? Could you swear to it?" 'You have doubtless heard of the Beryl Coronet?' But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is he loves her devotedly, but each time she has refused him. I I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." "You did, Doctor, but none the less you must come round to my an unmarried one reaches for her jewel-box. Now it was clear to season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the see a sister of mine apply for." looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." "It came here." I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. the family has been subjected to such humiliation?" At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! "What can you not understand?" "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. word was no sooner out of my mouth than the whole crowd of "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home "To an English lawyer named Norton." heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." "May I see it?" swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments "My God!" he cried. "Someone has loosed the dog. It's not been "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to "That's no good." mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson "And your mother is alive?" never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all may never be exposed to such a temptation." plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "You will excuse me for not waiting for you," said he; "I have, I "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled violent quarrel. She heard Mr. McCarthy the elder using very following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to depend upon your compliance." seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a