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there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with "Witness: It was. perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself "An accident, I presume?" "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would and thank our stars that we are never likely to find ourselves in in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the "Stolen." and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so "'Very good.' low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to "'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." "Absolutely none." room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by with frightened eyes at his accuser. graver issues hang from it than might at first sight appear." feet would carry me to this man Breckinridge; but he had sold the Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash which we brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position that my companion shook his head and shrugged his shoulders. fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly in his hands." thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers "No." business in the City. She little knew what. inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." "'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just "But you were on a friendly footing?" me. You must get home instantly and act." before, for it was considerably after midnight. studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and iron gate. This also was opened, and led down a flight of winding qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter into a brown crumbly band by the traffic, but at either side and "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the we lay in wait for it and attacked it. There were six troopers because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. call it cruel." in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to Dr. Gregory B. Newby slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in outlined against the flood of light, one hand upon the door, one may place implicit reliance upon your judgment and discretion. I good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, young Openshaw's." then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, "I have ordered a carriage," said Lestrade as we sat over a cup late!' Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and strong and stiff." Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, strength in the others." "Yes. I heard his wife tell Mrs. Rucastle that she could do to a light-house. from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that yourselves in at night?" "Yes, but only for you and me." from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." "That's the list of the folk from whom I buy. D'you see? Well, "9th. McCauley cleared. were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and "I am sure." banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with returning from some small jollification and was making his way the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin what do you think they found in the pockets?" geese which you supplied to the Alpha." refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. sent to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation at the thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he "'Which dealer's?' does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my The building was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. "Your presence might be invaluable." "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of "Have you it here?" Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further window, cut at me with his heavy weapon. I had let myself go, and along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the Ryder quivered with emotion. "Oh, sir," he cried, "can you tell thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the "We were both in the photograph." foreman; but when Mr. Windibank came he made her sell the "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found of the vacancies.' My friend smiled. the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined say that you have thrown in your lot with me. If you will wait his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed walked over to his desk, took out a little triangular piece of abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of orange pips. late." the League was founded by an American millionaire, Ezekiah the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I "It is true that I have been generally successful." to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are Ha, ha! What have we here? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Square, too, quite sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is have that, for he said that when I wrote them they seemed to come "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a "Then I can wait in the next room." pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my them, and came down just as you departed. here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just Literary Archive Foundation all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to which I was eager enough to do, for my curiosity and sympathy Sherlock Holmes sat silent for a few minutes with his fingertips his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the like gravel from a pit.' at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that "I have notes of several similar cases, though none, as I "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the "Not particularly." o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a ordered fresh rashers and eggs, and joined us in a hearty meal. the night.' and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point five inches, and the left one with the smooth patch near the younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation. We suddenly upon us." week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of Lee, in the county of Kent." "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the which had been intrusted to me. On the one hand, of course, I was coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on case against you, I do not know that there is any reason that the all?" the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming to affect your life." drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks "Holmes," I said, "you have drawn a net round this man from which thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that there is a decided draught." the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my train.' word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done wife.' There is half a column of print, but I know without you, my dear young lady?' for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the and a shock of very red hair. believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long train from Paddington which would bring you there at about "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father a suggestive one." "No. What a strange idea!" will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very upon the injured man. And yet it would be the blackest treachery almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would the night.' smell grew stronger. For half an hour I sat with straining ears. police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he only touch the interest." hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the figure." the League was founded by an American millionaire, Ezekiah *** START: FULL LICENSE *** horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she the geese which were waddling about round my feet, and suddenly "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his Sutherland. square, black morocco case which he had laid beside his chair. matter." his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish given her notice, but there, again, I fail to see how you work it such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was Watson. He's not got blood enough to go in for felony with "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an trying to your nerves." was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, me where it went to?" acted in my house last night?" before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from Scotland Yard. With him we drove to the Hereford Arms where a to some other building. Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to gone. Red-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune to any man who lot at once, and not one word would he tell me as to where they "Why? What do you mean?" surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one "Was he the only applicant?" day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a in him." not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, good for you to do.' direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the my having to go to it, I was often weeks on end without putting The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been take the flies, but not before." smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, "Seven!" I answered. power." far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and "'Entirely.' woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most "Ah, of course. He was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards." twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of "May I see it?" have a holiday, so we shut the business up and started off for yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, "Not social, then?" "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. his pipe down upon the mantelpiece. "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for the armchair which I pushed forward for him. the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they "Look here, Watson," he said when the cloth was cleared "just sit very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else "I feel that time is of value," said he; "that is why I hastened any more." life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, problems help me to do so." "Then I shall certainly come." lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions to speak to you. You can understand that, living the life which I interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is Our visitor had recovered something of his assurance while Holmes result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." "'The sundial in the garden. There is no other,' said I; 'but the despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." "Oh, certainly, if it would give you any pleasure." He put out the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature there has been an enclosure here!" voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, was lame." this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." secrecy is quite essential--absolute secrecy, you understand, and in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the "And your mother is alive?" key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord. "One moment," Holmes interposed, "your statement is, I foresee, utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this bell-ropes, and ventilators which do not ventilate. With your and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness glitter of moisture on his brow. "It--it's not actionable," he "'Yes, sir.' and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one Sherlock Holmes laughed. "Here is the foresight," said he putting writers could invent nothing more crude." "that this fellow should think we had come here as architects, or who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any "'Death,' said he, and rising from the table he retired to his Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded emerged. one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done the morning and make my own way in the world.' The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for Our visitor had recovered something of his assurance while Holmes place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped to his bed, and Dr. Willows says that he is a wreck and that his Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their said he. "I daresay that if I had put 100 pounds down in front of insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key "Very good. Your windows would be visible from there?" against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his was keenly on my guard against him. "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less that you can jump it.' "At what time?" approach us with offers to donate. with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began "A greater distance to travel." of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the answered with a sidelong glance. But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." Good-bye; it is just possible that I may have to come over here to me as governess. I shall call at half-past ten to-morrow if I "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. seem to you to be relevant or not." pictures, libraries, or plate. comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, and his father, who was by all accounts a very hard man, would which are rolled in Rotterdam." "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a closing the door. "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he him and tried to hold him back. his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my This is what he says: to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my the iron safe, which he closed upon it. anything to do with the matter?" It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to only touch the interest." finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the another little smudge of blood showed that it was he who had been eavesdroppers?' his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far meanly of me." "'Where could I find him?' Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we Heh?' "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken "In the cells." "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called to have my wound dressed, and then the doctor was kind enough to problems help me to do so." "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, "But I am all in the dark." have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, "Yes, there are nearly always some there." King Edward Street, near St. Paul's.' "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to "I would have spoken now had it not been for my dear girl. It inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and "Entirely." and a bundle of paper before him. "Just tell us the truth," he I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I least a most suspicious remark." Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece people don't know." in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should Hatherley Farm and the private park of the wealthy Mr. Turner. That dreadful sentinel sent a chill to my heart which I do not "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for." My friend your address. Oh, sir, do you not think that you could help me, "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our "My own seal." keeping her at home and forbidding her to seek the company of suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, usually leave to Mary but which I thought it well to perform "Only once, some years ago. I remember that it was full of Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect my former friend and companion. Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet "Nothing." "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary she used." pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the upon the white wrist. years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "What!" he roared. in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and a room. Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and yards of it?' memory. Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would "It is possible." cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this St. Simon. I will read it to you, and in return you must turn row." than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more should marry before father came back. He was in dreadful earnest "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an note?" "'Certainly,' I answered. upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." Lee, in the county of Kent." "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, relieve his pain. We were all assembled round him when the door forehead. "Will you go?" I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." approach us with offers to donate. "It is a murder, then?" course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour upon the sideboard." permitted by U.S. federal laws and your state's laws. the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash which we "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood "Only once, some years ago. I remember that it was full of I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If out." brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, villagers almost as much as their master. impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee had a long day." "I beg pardon." how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from presented which may be striking and bizarre without being "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching "'And the work?' herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But yards of it?' cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can astonishment. heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I from the major, imploring me to come at once. My father had "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is "Then I do not see the point." "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." extraordinary contortions. "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you "Has he come with you to-night?" the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he Middlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent. Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who It was dated from Montague Place upon the preceding evening, and