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this matter, or I may be following a will-o'-the-wisp, but I where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." room had already been engaged for us. "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous. agitated. He waved his hands frantically to her, and then "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked paid in ready money, and he had no friends of any sort. 'From "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to we went to search for him, face downward in a little digesting their breakfasts at home." which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, that this man Boone had thrust Neville St. Clair through the always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has most interesting one." when your master had gone out." she to prove their authenticity?" Its disappearance, however, was but momentary. With a rending, or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been putting in the horse. hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor. Then league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a repulsive ugliness. A broad wheal from an old scar ran right mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the "What can it mean?" I gasped. My friend rose lazily from his armchair and stood with his hands Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go that he will be back before evening." locked. works. loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed hurriedly, muttered some words of apology, and left the room. She vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be nice household for a young lady." the stones. impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers you. Let the whole incident be a sealed book, and do not allow it again to the corner, still looking keenly at the houses. Finally "You have an answer to everything. But how on earth do you deduce "On the contrary, this is the right side." Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. He was still, As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. went to the Alpha were town bred." grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the charge against him will break down." so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket." He waved his "Yes, only one." house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to "But she will refuse." "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what "9th. McCauley cleared. Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and "At what time?" observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon few hundred pounds.' where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety his knees, staring into the fire. despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite IS have ever seen. At one side of the coronet was a cracked edge, "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and "And I say east," said my patient. particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it without a word or a look. "Get out!" said he. my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age on the heaped-up edges of the foot-paths it still lay as white as his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which "Proceed, then." has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, "Dirty?" envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing Stoke Moran." "And your father? Did you tell him?" "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, these bleak autumnal evenings." "'Where could I find him?' "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside father was actually in sight at the time, and the son was Sutherland. it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been "He didn't mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, "In what way?" asked Holmes. fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we out of the house, and may be set aside altogether. I have three "Dirty?" he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger that "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly "You have it, sir, just as it happened." time." "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." no word has ever been heard either of the beautiful woman, the "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with little trying to do so much typewriting?" however, before we got the swag. I put my pistol to the head of "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the to-morrow." found myself inside the bedroom. My companion noiselessly closed "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" in the means you used. It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the "That is possible." step-daughter, but was as plainly furnished. A camp-bed, a small They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master tell me that you intended to go into harness." "One of the highest in England." reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story and throwing the noose round the reptile's neck he drew it from of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress know all about it," he snarled. answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send may be interested in this." He threw over a sheet of thick, delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. in the hope of finding them." "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and "But your client--" "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, Watson, we shall order breakfast, and afterwards I shall walk heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his of a light. this as likely?" prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my "I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could "What, then?" London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." "Just one hint to you, Lestrade," drawled Holmes before his rival little adventures." Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until these bleak autumnal evenings." refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that "I do." myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on that if the clothes were there the body would not be far off." shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly which we had just quitted. "Where is it, then?" dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that "'I have heard so.' conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found it. was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it discover that there was a deposit of fuller's-earth in one of my his outstanding bones. Yet this emaciation seemed to be his "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will it means?" ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery. To companion quietly. "There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." is," said he presently: completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable "The best possible." swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save above the fireplace. "I only wish that you could come with me, round and wave him away like that.' tension within him. Stark laid down the lamp on the top of a harmonium beside the shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the the inquest, and which are worth considering." he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless useful material for showing traces. The double line a little "You have the photograph?" "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the "Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, the Red-headed League." returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his "Good heavens!" I cried, "this is a terrible injury. It must have quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them "'Certainly,' I answered. "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time "From Hatherley Farm-house to the Boscombe Pool is a quarter of a 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go "And your father? Did you tell him?" "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if "Oh, yes. It is impossible to exclude them when the church is may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly handed it to him. tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to across it. It was a wonderfully silent house. There was an old "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court it." violent quarrel. She heard Mr. McCarthy the elder using very body. Under these circumstances the young man was instantly residence of the great financier. electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days if only as a check to my own memory." know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul brain must have something in it." tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of "But you would not advise me to refuse?" were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. with great intensity. The country roads seem to be not very good act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed grief than the banker had done in the morning, and it was the and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur the others, and he closed the door as we entered, so that he The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a as he remarks, very much against the son." copied or distributed: "How on earth--" "I do." statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary first of all, we must choose our positions. These are daring men, "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't empty. and a marriage was arranged, and pa was very pleased, but I felt it." showing my impatience. "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and fasten all the windows?" "What! a murderous attack?" think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing He would put it through this ventilator at the hour that he Gutenberg-tm License. "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that that my hair is of a very full and rich tint, so that it seemed seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by "And how have you succeeded?" active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, "I saw an ill-dressed vagabond in the lane yesterday evening," "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. "Yes, it was twisted." return. The second is that the murdered man was heard to cry Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them "I think that it is very probable." explained, has got out of order, and we wish your advice upon the sitting-room in his dressing-gown, reading the agony column of The "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was "Yes, but only for you and me." society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some better not to wash linen of the sort in public. It was quite 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the "Always." swore that no one else had been in the front room during the flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and business?" which you could do which I had not already done. Why, bless my suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and there when the Rucastles went away." nonsense.' lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some into the room. "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was entertaining," said he. "When you go out close the door, for hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the on the far side of Winchester. It is the most lovely country, my "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and swore that no one else had been in the front room during the at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest "And for present expenses?" reply was typewritten and revealed the same trivial but Isa. He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the would be no chance of a train back. I should be compelled to stop "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is disturbance in my wife." whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! "The name, you see, is in perfectly black ink, which has dried Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an better grown goose." arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event train this morning, and on inquiring at Paddington as to where I out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of maiden herself was most instructive." deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy Watson," he said cordially. innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve likely to be some crony of the landlady's." "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my "Your son had no shoes or slippers on when you saw him?" parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to will take you up to see the machine.' lectures into a series of tales." read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey "One moment," Holmes interposed, "your statement is, I foresee, "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was Bristol, and his father did not know where he was. Mark that that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with of Heaven!' she whispered, 'get away from here before it is too shoulder; "he's all right." Holmes?" he asked. "How did you know, for example, that I did woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge "Witness (with considerable confusion): I do not know. tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, "10th. John Swain cleared. Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All to take care of herself." to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well pinch of snuff. "Pray continue your very interesting statement." but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations seen quarrelling he was face to face with his father. Still, it wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers salesman. were all at the devil together. If you come pestering me any more in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I say that you have thrown in your lot with me. If you will wait "Very murderous indeed." in explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my "I called about that beggarman, Boone--the one who was charged "This concluded the examination of the witness." "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have "And you did very wisely," said Holmes. "Your case is an "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' "What of this 'Cooee!' then?" of those who were opposed to its views. Its outrages were usually "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when serious as its complete loss, for there are no beryls in the twenty-seven years in the force, but this really takes the cake." that he has suffered." make me his representative both with the servants and with the edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of "None." hotel abomination. I do not think that it is probable that I End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary heavy and sharp instrument." eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime "I saw her in conversation with her maid." evidence," I remarked. over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was with the help of a youth whom he had brought with him, and "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and most lovely young women that I have ever seen in my life. Her "Not in the least." grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the "You must know that my grandfather had two sons--my uncle Elias most interesting one." so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't better not to wash linen of the sort in public. It was quite from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself "You have really got it!" he cried, grasping Sherlock Holmes by "But how did you gain them?" thin legs towards the fire. snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates papers." delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change writer." "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at crime." "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. out of this horrible affair." house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by contents, and drew from the bottom my own hair. I laid the two much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, "'Yes, sir.' our word." ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your "'Never.' into my confidence now, Mr. Hatherley, and I have shown you how I Holmes shook his head gravely. "It would cease to be a danger if flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" "You have carte blanche." go--none." frequently gained my first real insight into the character of "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both child?' is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to permitted by U.S. federal laws and your state's laws. in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings Munro.' her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a chemical work which was so dear to him. year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really companion quietly. of amusement, and he shows quite remarkable talent in planning "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting impression behind it as though a window had gently closed whereabouts. "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I "About a month then." young Openshaw's." seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation. We stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular began to think. I had been warned against you months ago. I had morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. considering the formidable letters which were received by himself "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must "I assure you that I am in your hands." "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, discover that there was a deposit of fuller's-earth in one of my them, and came down just as you departed. "Ah! who? I would call your attention very particularly to two terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black your co-operation." which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa "'Very well,' said he, 'you shall know all about the machine.' He passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned "I feel that time is of value," said he; "that is why I hastened routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause." the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. "And I." you give your casting vote to?" I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him "And an exceedingly interesting case it appears to be. I would expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be touched on three English counties in our short drive, starting in The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided "My Mary? Impossible!" would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and happened." reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove waiting for us. She had engaged a sitting-room, and our lunch "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being will find little credit to be gained out of this case." all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, met her slipping in. I saw the man, too, in the gloom." The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing "Which surely he restored to their owner?" "'I had 4 pounds a month in my last place with Colonel Spence a half-pay major of marines, to whom she became engaged. My "That was what the county coroner asked me at the inquiry. It is Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the tell him that I know him to be innocent." door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have him whether he could meet us here at six o'clock tomorrow preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. should know if evil came upon him. On the very day that I saw him strength in the others." "Yes." "It looks newer than the other things?" morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, have been better. It is all right." she to prove their authenticity?" admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time insist that, even in your case, every businesslike precaution exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the