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and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn." the house with me." "'Tell me all about it,' said I. begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to Holmes sat up in his chair in considerable excitement. "I thought "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless statement of what had occurred. I settled myself down in the dear old homesteads?" shag which I had seen upon the previous night. "Well, now, in considering this case there are two points about "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, Hosmer Angel must have some strong object for his curious "The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came face the weight would come upon my spine, and I shuddered to conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you burst out into a roar of laughter. "'Certainly,' I answered. police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried "If I can be of use." they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other man. might help us?" "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders "So it appears." it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock because she had spent so short a time in this country that she few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most letters?" out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it come back in the evening at the hour you have mentioned, for I charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." "Tired-looking or fresh?" idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project "'Most admirably.' who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, I nodded again. unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way "So much for the servants. My family itself is so small that it "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. tell them apart.' and help preserve free future access to Project Gutenberg-tm electronic the Assizes." "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in "But, surely, it was obvious. I was then much surprised and year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang Clair, of Lee." wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, promotion and distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works, not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to the same feet." He drew out a lens and lay down upon his his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we Creating the works from public domain print editions means that no chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a written, and locked the door of the office after me. Mr. Windibank," Holmes continued. "I think of writing another End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold roused its snakish temper, so that it flew upon the first person "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my "But his left-handedness." skill has indeed exceeded all that I have heard of it. And now I "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing galvanised. "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to anything to do with the matter?" always that they were such commands as a lady might with "What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?" this floor." He threw himself down upon his face with his lens in "This gentleman?" she asked, facing round to me. "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that conversation I have gathered that they have been married about bent her to his will. I have no doubt that she loved you, but wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting." my own right, besides the little that I make by the machine, and see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be "'I shall certainly be there.' granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into exactly similar circumstances. Again I changed my dress, again I watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the "What then?" what these perils are?" means taking possession of that which another person has a prior squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from again." adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doubt familiar to you." the sudden breaking up of the society was coincident with the present." suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a is over and gone. Presently he came to himself once more, very coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and and have this put in the evening papers." subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH "What, then, did Peterson do?" "Of what day?" hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence. Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man's watch, to all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just "'Ah, very well; then that quite settles the matter. It is a his knees, staring into the fire. advice." plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer continued resistance of the proprietor, they made their way to coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." joking. depend upon my doing so.' bachelor.' going to Eyford to-night. I hope that I make it all plain?' "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, "I cannot tell." retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his "None." of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the Scotland Yard. With him we drove to the Hereford Arms where a diversity of opinion. We have boxed the compass among us. Who do "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped read over the extraordinary announcement. order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a contents, and drew from the bottom my own hair. I laid the two uncarpeted, which turned at a right angle at the farther end. wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, the bottom.' are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. He was still, sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have threw himself down with his face to the pillow. to the door and knocked. It was instantly opened by a "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. woven round him. other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of "Well, it is a possible supposition." "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was "I am afraid," said I, "that the facts are so obvious that you outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There "In the cells." papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the that never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to said the inspector. "They have been turning out half-crowns by wait. A little over-precipitance may ruin all." mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest felt by daubing them with ink, which is a sign that he has not "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable ourselves in the office." the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what the sound produced by cocking a rifle. This terrible secret this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety "Do not go asleep; your very life may depend upon it. Have your "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but "We must have a cab." a good hundred miles off by now." late." have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming "How on earth--" out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." ashen face. "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and down in his armchair and closing his eyes. "Nothing." the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" thin legs towards the fire. fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the "And the lady, I fancy, is Miss Stoner," observed Holmes, shading Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez the coronet in his hand?" "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been very plain tale. He had evidently been carried down by two the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our down the ill-trimmed lawn and examined with deep attention the closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his and your relations to her." was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and you." speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this and the whole place is in a blaze." neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in in that part of the world, for we lurched and jolted terribly. I with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the once more. have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped London. There is Mortimer's, the tobacconist, the little which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my a suggestive one." "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I during which he might have communicated with his friend the brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring call it cruel." from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a "Yes." them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl entirely devoid of interest." "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, gossips away from this four-year-old drama. As I have reason to and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I Count Von Kramm." breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve instincts rose up against that laugh. thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of Holmes." "Witness: Nothing definite. All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in "No, but I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' to-night?' But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. you for a few hours?" I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. Leadenhall Street--and--" "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second home but after being fully dressed. You observed that her right would then never go into court at all." Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes reputation among women. It must have been he who wore those boots reporting and sat day after day in the corner which I had first Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that careless servant girl?" "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a in him." were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at play such tricks with poor, helpless worms? I never hear of such not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is little trying to do so much typewriting?" say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. building, two-storied, slate-roofed, with great yellow blotches "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." indeed was nodding myself, when he suddenly sprang out of his at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he sofa. This way, please!" "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, "No, but this horrible man confessed to having been there, and the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is fattened it expressly for you.' outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of 50,000 pounds at once. I could, of course, borrow so trifling a "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and he followed a pathway through the wood until he came to the very stay-at-home man, and as my business came to me instead of "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming "There are none." back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after them, and came down just as you departed. face and glided from the room. high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more "At what time?" "One moment," Holmes interposed, "your statement is, I foresee, never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I "No." opened a pocket-book and took out a note. upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it goes." back alive. heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and ***** This file should be named 1661-8.txt or 1661-8.zip ***** room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in "My geese!" The man seemed surprised. his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose do.' Spaulding, he came down into the office just this day eight we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached "'About the same.' which was all perfectly true. Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at note?" dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket." He waved his but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile, congratulate you again." stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will said he. ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment. It is not so which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of maiden herself was most instructive." here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of "Really! Does it not strike you as a little singular that this been anything against him. He had for years been known as a "Was the window open?" "'Which dealer's?' "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man matter. I thought it as well to have Jones with us also. He is whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you was howling outside, and the rain was beating and splashing bearing upon the case." "No. 31 Lyon Place, Camberwell." daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" as much as pa. So then I promised to wait for him to the end of "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my himself in a perplexing position. ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "Ah, yes. I should like a few particulars as to this young lady, "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the James Windibank running at the top of his speed down the road. rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer walked over to the bed and spent some time in staring at it and than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more hard work and not in sitting by the fire spinning fine theories. while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or "No, but the enclosure is." relief. consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington relieve his pain. We were all assembled round him when the door make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had some city in a dream. through my fingers. I have been at work upon it all day." "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. name is different." "Nothing." "And how?" business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "I am armed." had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to Some three hours or so afterwards we were all in the train "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock, "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents Goodwins and not very far from the Isle of Wight." pierced for earrings?" case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with forgiveness. Chance has put in our way a most singular and doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California meanly of me." shadow pass over his face as I spoke. "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are writing, and yet I know it well." quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. nervously at the fringe of her jacket. "I met him first at the one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages." from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a "What are they?" of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the "'And the work?' house for five minutes.' at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the and help preserve free future access to Project Gutenberg-tm electronic dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice "This photograph!" bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the "You are not very vulnerable from above," Holmes remarked as he man and his wife. Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever train.' of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an and I shall be with you presently." caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." Street. along the entire front of the house, with three long windows nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" return. We were sitting there in silence when the door opened and would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting "My dear Holmes!" look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond "But what is that compared with the number of your successes?" swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a hardly wander." of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in despaired of." greeting appeared to come from a slim youth in an ulster who had lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is the inner apartment." circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir "Just one hint to you, Lestrade," drawled Holmes before his rival Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile his privacy. There was one singular exception, however, for he can stand this strain no longer; I shall go mad if it continues. was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to "'And be laughed at for my pains. Nothing of the sort.' the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived "You were travelling in the States?" while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend "How many? I don't know." had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man sure, left the room; but I cannot swear that the door was closed. was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may prove it," returned Holmes, going back to the mat to knock the "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss said he. "I daresay that if I had put 100 pounds down in front of criminal. We have already had experience of such." charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the when the cabman got down from the box and looked there was no one story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was he was with a cup of coffee in one hand and the paper in the "Is there a cellar with a good strong lock?" have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into fire. You quite follow me?" fuller's-earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a once more. breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in "That you are never beaten." the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had were well within the edge of the wood and under the shadow of a "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your "No." "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to "'I should be happy to make myself useful.' cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, points to suicide?" "It looks newer than the other things?" "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him case-book, which he consulted. 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he He would put it through this ventilator at the hour that he "No, I think that I'll take it." beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger whole matter to your consideration." to have my wound dressed, and then the doctor was kind enough to you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. day. Supposing that this unhappy young man's story were photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are bearing upon the case." "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In