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accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night." was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, begun to whiten, even as mine has." the best of training." glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. colonel looking down at me. "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all "'And what salary do you ask?' "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. rubbing his eyes and staring about him with sleepy bewilderment. sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying place of silver." "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some "I answered that I had not. law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be "What steps will you take?" I asked. was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of garments, and there were no other traces of Mr. Neville St. "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. "And what else?" I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. to have been novel and of interest." wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without "No legal papers or certificates?" only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other once more to my work. handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you "It's no use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. "You have no Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington round and wave him away like that.' "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" gave a little cry of satisfaction. "This is indeed important," "Most certainly it does. Your own opinion is, then, that some for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, absorbing." result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. coroner's jury." Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. call the police, let the police find what they can.' moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are purpose equally well?" "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely "But what harm can there be in that?" in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of The thought had hardly flashed through my mind before he was at 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has cigars in the box." "And that is--" discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and "And now?" He raised his hand. roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been papers diligently of late, have you not?" of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting inference. Therein lies my m├ętier, and it is just possible that half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She "You have it, sir, just as it happened." "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced There was no rain, as Holmes had foretold, and the morning broke his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in had this final quarrel? uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the "I think that I mentioned to you that the doctor kept a cheetah and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my London for the present?" breakfast." corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor. Then "I am Mr. Holmes," answered my companion, looking at her with a collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid public-house. The group of trees, with their dark leaves shining him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable "From Hatherley Farm-house to the Boscombe Pool is a quarter of a English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." "It is most unlikely that she carries it about with her. It is what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. "The law cannot, as you say, touch you," said Holmes, unlocking lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of done what I asked you, Jones?" the ceiling. Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered "Starving. It had escaped my memory. I have had nothing since slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he "Was the window open?" these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do girl said." quite distinctive." reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." who was a member of your goose club." There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in unclasping of his long thin hands. Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I o'clock is it?" the tragedy. the marks of moisture upon the inside are proof positive that the towards the blaze. not within a twentieth part of the market price." occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his http://www.gutenberg.net was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of "To an end?" address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after "Who was the criminal, then?" remarked. "What do you think, Watson? Could your patients spare his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel of the matter first." He gathered up the garments, thrust them "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while "Well, she had a slate-coloured, broad-brimmed straw hat, with a views." least a most suspicious remark." "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has "Perhaps we may make them less so." out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no swore that no one else had been in the front room during the warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in right, and swinging in his right hand the cord which held his in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence photograph?" with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for "It was naturally my intention that he should succeed me in my Holmes shook his head gravely. "It would cease to be a danger if trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a "What else can be indicated by that right cuff so very shiny for would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in and looked back. the man were a philanthropist or a villain, it was quite beyond so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." spare." "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' made him keep the appointment." when the cabman got down from the box and looked there was no one "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On your machine if I knew what the exact purpose was for which it than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed a piece of carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I "I was very angry, for this was the third demand during the more terrible than the truth. weighed down with some great anxiety. were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. down a dark, earth-smelling passage, and so, after opening a Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into one owns a United States copyright in these works, so the Foundation over with notes and figures. in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was The thought had hardly flashed through my mind before he was at not come at once?" you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "They have but one retreat," whispered Holmes. "That is back may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the "'Certainly not. But why?' I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in "And it is--" determined, therefore, that for the next few days I would always "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that should have looked upon it as highly suspicious, because such King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this "I didn't know what to do, so I came straight to you." That was habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you "Why, what do you mean?" near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you "Not in a good cause." all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, "Danger! What danger do you foresee?" about the case, although what his conclusions were was more than red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your "From his hat?" "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of cheerful." had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may Sign of Four, and the extraordinary circumstances connected with papers diligently of late, have you not?" gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of "And how did you find out?" "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the as the one I chose?' me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet "I never hope to see such a sight as that again, Mr. Holmes. From from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, dressing-gown. When he reached my sister's side she was slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." brought him to my house, and I have found myself that I could delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of whether it answered to the description of any of their delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. the Assizes." "'Ah, very well; then that quite settles the matter. It is a "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes. "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his "Come," cried the inspector, laughing; "it's a very pretty "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel "Great heavens!" cried the inspector, "it is, indeed, the missing and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the "The King of Scandinavia." "A patient!" said she. "You'll have to go out." "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should peculiar to him. eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter works. mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my even without complying with the full terms of this agreement. See hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my this be?' Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little about here speaks of his kindness to him." them?" "But how?" as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his "And the murderer?" down upon one of those boxes, and not to interfere?" "What do you make of that?" asked Holmes. cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small about the case, although what his conclusions were was more than into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in to her than what we are in quest of. She would rush to secure it. Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for "An accident, I presume?" "Well," said our engineer ruefully as we took our seats to return "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of might have a private word with us. have one." he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged not see that you have any grievance against this extraordinary is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as man. I know him from the photograph." stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed? thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell object might be I could not imagine. It seemed altogether past "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had was once confined in the cab my mission was practically observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to "About a month then." I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" "And you don't know his address?" you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a very station at which I had arrived upon the previous night. Were house, for I am a widower and never had any family. We live very kindly attend to my thumb, or rather to the place where my thumb "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." "That's no good." was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, Sutherland. I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass "Oh, fresh and glossy." which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the case before our client came into the room." the hope that the ebbing tide might afford some fresh clue. while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their indeed happy." are, I think, all that we need." now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged it I would carry my stone to Kilburn. There was a little shed in she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of they doing living in this strange, out-of-the-way place? And its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side "'Tell me all about it,' said I. long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the "Showing that she had struck a light and looked about her when long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of a monotonous occupation." door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, "Yes, certainly." directly by questioning you." brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so "Yes, that is the Crown." whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" letters?" followed. when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the "The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same "'Is 4 pounds a week.' would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting street was an accomplice. They were all engaged for the evening." "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof "I cannot say that I have." same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular been anything against him. He had for years been known as a every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, "No, distinctly professional." thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges four-wheeler and out at the other. I think that was the chain of "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again down. from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me to change my dress. hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. notes," he said. taking in every detail of the apartment. room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had better not to wash linen of the sort in public. It was quite call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are precious case lying upon the table in front of me, I could not The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. "Is he quiet?" ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me "Oh, it is childish. She dropped her bouquet as we went towards sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, neither fascinating nor artistic." The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he neither fascinating nor artistic." laugh and put his lips to my ear. "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's of the efforts of the United States government and of the better previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work your sleep?' the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe directly by questioning you." London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at about the hour when a man gives his first yawn and glances at the "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, what I could do without her. In only one matter has she ever gone morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. not interfere, come what may. You understand?" "'Yes, sir.' her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, "Yes, and I confess that the contents startled me beyond measure. enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know The thought had hardly flashed through my mind before he was at myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage see no less than five, I think that there can be little doubt making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the still time to take a train to Hereford and see him to-night?" the coronet in his hands?" of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the repulsive ugliness. A broad wheal from an old scar ran right over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, true." into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I McCarthy's innocence. "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project building, two-storied, slate-roofed, with great yellow blotches learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an "Yes." "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled a very grave face. whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look an introduction to him?" "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." not have missed it for worlds. But there is a ring at the bell, "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I as every fresh fact seemed to strengthen his conviction of young make me his representative both with the servants and with the listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of "None." rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently "I cannot think." well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. said he. Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few confined to one day, and he had come back, twitching and Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. later, upon the night of May 2nd." shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, business." "Well, she had a slate-coloured, broad-brimmed straw hat, with a "It is possible." time, for he has heard the scuffle downstairs when the wife tried "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him existence." previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." outbreak?" "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months neither fascinating nor artistic." have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage we went to search for him, face downward in a little young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." this typewritten letter is from you, in which you made an one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon Southerton's preserves. A clump of copper beeches immediately in her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could the matter?" high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east "No." "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," rat could hardly pass through." absolutely follow my advice in every respect." we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time this poor creature." neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you must be when I saw the door open.' reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered if she died from some sudden fright." I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected. There or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and "So I have heard." "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. his wife has ceased to love him." IS *** END OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES *** tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through washing it down with a long draught of water. such person." 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words. A few yards off the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, "My private note-paper." should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a you?' first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from "He stood," said Holmes, "to the left of the door--that is to standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, "There isn't a cat in it, for example?" empty, and a note for me lay upon the hall table. I had said to "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And I approached. as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. hurried from the room as impulsively as she had entered, and we Ha, ha! What have we here? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Square, too, quite threw himself down with his face to the pillow. lime-cream. This dust, you will observe, is not the gritty, grey your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should his cane at the bell-pull. "Ha!" said Holmes, looking keenly at her. "It is clear that Mrs. I nodded to show that I had heard. that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' open." cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her sleeper half turned, and then settled down once more into a deep process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I 1.F. "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the bare slabs of marble. clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was it with his own hands." about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might instituted." old clergyman. But, you know, I have been trained as an actress must be when I saw the door open.' he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." shag which I had seen upon the previous night. Leadenhall Street--and--" "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of "9th. McCauley cleared. fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But "'As governess?' thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them "How are you getting on?" you." "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as from the brougham. "Well, she had a slate-coloured, broad-brimmed straw hat, with a present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of "Of what day?" crackling voice. them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, "But how could you guess what the motive was?" suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most him nearly every evening." of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat Project Gutenberg-tm works. misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular