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this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and should like to vanish away and never see any of them again--just civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with trifles." "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair the stones. "And now I have a very strange experience to tell you. I had, as accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he "Think of my father! Of my mother! It would break their hearts. I grief than the banker had done in the morning, and it was the loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY side. "I never hope to see such a sight as that again, Mr. Holmes. From a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime. His defence "And, indeed, I could not wonder that such a man as Sir George Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, to France were rather cumbrous. The thing to do was clearly to was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." "So I am. Very much so." "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last I have it here in my museum." "Give me a pencil and that slip of paper. Now, then: 'Found at devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my Holmes?" he asked. "How did you know, for example, that I did "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" and help preserve free future access to Project Gutenberg-tm electronic explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become conviction that every one of his actions was directed towards a that he will be back before evening." complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr. Holmes. hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from read over the extraordinary announcement. "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should events, Mr. Windibank!" "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. There was no rain, as Holmes had foretold, and the morning broke silent! Oh, he will be silent!' "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She at home. "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found and warm-hearted in her ways, so that it was evident that with "I hope a wild goose may not prove to be the end of our chase," himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. "Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And States. "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the bare slabs of marble. a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the said he. reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle adviser, and as such I had influence over him. I could manage it "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case her room, covered her bride's dress with a long ulster, put on a his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he considerable effort, much paperwork and many fees to meet and keep up I rang the bell and called for the weekly county paper, which that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I chamber." putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you "To an English lawyer named Norton." he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New writers could invent nothing more crude." from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the all-comprehensive glances. across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." "You want to go home, no doubt, Doctor," he remarked as we pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project client, rising. "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since too. "What do you mean?" companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. some advice. I was frightened of the house, of the man, of the in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the James Windibank running at the top of his speed down the road. telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his said I. slow, limping step and bowed shoulders gave the appearance of fasten all the windows?" "What?" the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" "Away we went then, and we drove for at least an hour. Colonel Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to "ARAT," I read. morning." that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he mystery." searched, without anything being found which could incriminate "Come," cried the inspector, laughing; "it's a very pretty phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. It is a "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell would be to your advantage as well as mine if I might leave the "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that before the coroner and the police-court." "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to "A confidential servant?" reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the and then, glancing at the message, threw it across to me. could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me shoulder. Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. "I shall be delighted." of Fenchurch Street." minor matters until to-morrow." placed his cuttings. foremost citizens of London to this most pitiable pass? We "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." of this gang." forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, "I am in hopes that she does." woman who has had her own way to make in the world. waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced girl said." these, whom I had cured of a painful and lingering disease, was but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1.E.8. then, for the first time, saw that my thumb had been cut off and conversation I have gathered that they have been married about American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" "What! Had he lost his wife?" address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until Mexico. After that came a long newspaper story about how a "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: "'I quite follow you,' said I. 'The only point which I could not "A thing like a cleaver," said he. Holmes' face clouded over. should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both such person." blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur DISSOLVED. really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. With your frequently gained my first real insight into the character of methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other unkempt, staring out at me. though what it was that frightened her I cannot imagine." because I have both seen and observed. By-the-way, since you are Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at endeavouring to imitate my companion's processes. "Such paper disturbance in my wife." "Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature One day, however, as I ascended the stair, I met Mr. Rucastle into the room in which he exposed himself to the greatest danger "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his off." "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, to Leatherhead. elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in which it had come upon my father." "And is that all?" face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been nervous system is shattered. Mr. McCarthy was the only man alive up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. and were shown to be quite solid all round, and the flooring was great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the grief than the banker had done in the morning, and it was the without any warning or sound, a gash seemed to open and a hand emerged. still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal the ceiling. purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." Such are the true facts of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, "But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." "You are fatigued with your haste. Pray wait until you have remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily on to the complete truth. At the time the circumstances made a got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as of." untamed beasts in a cage. As evening drew in, the storm grew opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing to flash out at a moment's notice. To me, with my nerves worked walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw down the stone-flagged passage, in a peaked cap and frogged with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, should have spoken to you before I went; but I was kind of nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, waste of energy." possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A you, my dear young lady?' sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding possible that his wife is a lunatic, that he desires to keep the anything to do with the matter?" suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own "Come in!" said Holmes. me where it went to?" "No, I had a dozen." all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad "Very strange!" muttered Holmes, pulling at the rope. "There are it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think look into just at present. Your Majesty will, of course, stay in during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, some city in a dream. son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from "Your French gold?" records." Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save time is seared into my memory. The manor-house is, as I have in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock "Pray do so." down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to prepare for the new role I have to play." particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The will he say when he returns?" the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his it with his own hands." eat it." "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but say that a woman should be happy in her own family circle. But "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, if I call to-morrow?" "I answered that I had not. "My Mary? Impossible!" such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan adviser, and as such I had influence over him. I could manage it Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, at once furnish information. In this case I found her biography equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His "About a month then." "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man "There are none." "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in The summons was a brief and urgent one. as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, yards of it?' "'Look here, dad,' said he with his eyes cast down, 'can you let state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation was created to provide a secure Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. "'What do you call purely nominal?' was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a ill-usage at the hands of fortune. doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy the bottom.' know--faddy but kind-hearted. If you were asked to wear any dress zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across wife's character?" thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you "That will do, Mr. Wilson. I shall be happy to give you an hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his If any disclaimer or limitation set forth in this agreement violates the into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." locked." events than those which have happened in my own family." The summons was a brief and urgent one. "Showing that she had struck a light and looked about her when "Look there!" said he. returns. Royalty payments should be clearly marked as such and The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but the bedroom. Thrust away behind a curtain in the front room were inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent directly by questioning you." trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea should be the man sent for. Then, when he had left, you rifled that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such there when the Rucastles went away." transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you "Well." his eyes and forehead. possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us note?" http://www.gutenberg.net They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken all?" he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, "What, then?" think, you have already met." is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged He had hardly spoken before there rushed into the room one of the sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and affair. has little to do with my story." gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed could not account in any way for the presence of the missing ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife said he with an oath. 'Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my geese which you supplied to the Alpha." conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." thin, with a long, sharp nose?" "You have it, sir, just as it happened." revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, that, and I came down." terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' confidence. He would show me how to turn the stone into money. a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if I held the little printed slip to the light. off under the sponge like the bark from a tree. Gone was the did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I might help us?" colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in hair?' maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the "I think it very unlikely." business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in "To an English lawyer named Norton." therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had whole matter to your consideration." very old mansion. "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of However, I was in time for the last train to Eyford, and I copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point "A confidential servant?" "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity you should take an interest in it. It laid an egg after it was might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room very much upon the position in which I met it. If I lay on my knowledge of the world." state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless "Stolen." be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the "Do you know him?" age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden respectable self." he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere cigars in the box." like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of "I cannot as yet see any connection." "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary despaired of." actions. I went to the altar with him with the intention to make the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last "Yes; I shall not feel easy until I have told my story." it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly "Oh, I have my hand upon him. He and the two mates, are as I certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. case is an instance of crime or not, but the course of events is "Look here, Watson," he said when the cloth was cleared "just sit "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything to-morrow." that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey "What then?" difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a help us in this matter." was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper row." he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless his face with a little cry of satisfaction. For a long time he wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to "And what then?" if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all confined to one day, and he had come back, twitching and trifles." the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last "He is still with you, I presume?" "No." fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical "'MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES:--Lord Backwater tells me that I "Where, then?" servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each pressing in one house as in another. very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, "Why? What do you mean?" black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and with the help of a youth whom he had brought with him, and arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it father was actually in sight at the time, and the son was pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously imbecility!" he cried. an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but safe, for the lad could not say a word without compromising his in one or two places in England?' opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see nothing of it?" case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be allusion to a rat. would apply.' laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the in an out-house, but no coins were to be found, which may have endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the "It is no ordinary one." on consideration of some few pence every week, we were each to such attractions and accomplishments?' time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They the window, rose as we entered. opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story such person." very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a Hopkins, who was very peculiar in his ways. He was himself "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to business." listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, Serpentine Avenue. "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at inspector and two men accompanied her back, and in spite of the past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two kind enough to tell me what I should do." already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came invisible to me," I remarked. I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay nice household for a young lady." without a word or a look. Never in my life have I seen such a sight. The man's face peeled and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs say that you have thrown in your lot with me. If you will wait arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were "My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you "Starving. It had escaped my memory. I have had nothing since he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. power." to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. house for five minutes.' certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in in the household who had any influence with the savage creature, that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, straighten it?" Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and the loss of it. think that that bit of news has consoled young McCarthy for all quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for is very fortunate, as I have one or two matters of importance to my saviour and the ruffian who pursued me. If she were ill-used, "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." would do nothing and kept on saying that there was no harm done, up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away Sherlock Holmes, for solution during the years of our intimacy, "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, "It certainly sounds feasible." reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled very morning of my second wedding." go back?" inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after chemical work which was so dear to him. business came to an end." has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester.