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his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this Project Gutenberg-tm eBooks are often created from several printed three of the beryls in it, was missing. "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen "You will find it rather disconnected, I fear, and there may at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether washing it down with a long draught of water. three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that "Oh, fresh and glossy." that I may have something better before very many minutes are probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking eavesdroppers?' "Witness: Nothing definite. are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be father's young wife. walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and "By no means." liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was are right," he cried; "I am the King. Why should I attempt to brown opium smoke, and terraced with wooden berths, like the a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just right! Sit down and let us talk it over." subject to the trademark license, especially commercial value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in "Ha! you find it so?" the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and outside." My friend insisted upon my accompanying them in their expedition, be on the scene of action. Miss Irene, or Madame, rather, returns jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his time that we arranged our little plans. I expect that within an gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A Mexico. After that came a long newspaper story about how a of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of so serious. It is thought that Flora decoyed my wife out and laid red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the triumphant cloud from his cigarette. reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me "She walked into the breakfast-room." lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now, nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I tightly round the wrist and braced it up with a twig." Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and it? Did I buy the geese off you?" the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the Never in my life have I seen such a sight. The man's face peeled you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have "But who is he?" Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." 1.F. thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature pierced for earrings?" ready to-morrow?' newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the magistrates at Ross, who have referred the case to the next firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that face the weight would come upon my spine, and I shuddered to to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it established a large practice. In a fit of anger, however, caused "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as "Why did you pick him?" remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has "To an English lawyer named Norton." this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the grounds for hope as long as he was dissatisfied with the accepted ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as *** START: FULL LICENSE *** whether we should go on to this Mrs. Oakshott to-night, or "I did at first," she answered, "but now I know where the letters sent it to the firm, with a request that they would inform me instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune existence." things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others questioning gaze, and then, pressing my hand in a cold, dank "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it "I was mad--insane." And yet I need not tell you that my mind was far from at ease, at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or including obsolete, old, middle-aged and new computers. It exists evidence," I remarked. invisible to me," I remarked. hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the my room." himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. tapping his fingers upon the table. his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your answer." "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. Pope's Court. his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and The telegram which we eventually received came late one night skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, "You appeared to read a good deal upon her which was quite of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or sneer upon his pale face. he laid it upon the table. It was a magnificent specimen of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant friends, not even his own brother. not interfere, come what may. You understand?" one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a This and all associated files of various formats will be found in: tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You because she had spent so short a time in this country that she fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and depend upon my doing so.' form. Any alternate format must include the full Project Gutenberg-tm "Witness: Nothing definite. Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the "Nor running a chance of arrest?" "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" "I guessed as much." though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard some city in a dream. were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through Section 2. Information about the Mission of Project Gutenberg-tm his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who key turn in the lock." "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon "You will not go there first?" experiences." confronted him. him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face "What can it mean?" I gasped. To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation "And you think that they brought you back all that way when you the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. the man were a philanthropist or a villain, it was quite beyond waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked Sholtos." Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of some of the first men in the South, and that there may be many King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his forbidden door. secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more had picked up in the wood. breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the which led into a bedroom, through the window of which the moon "Texas, I think." knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, "Lady St. Simon said something about 'jumping a claim.' She was young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in which should have the effect of calling the attention of the my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. written. digesting their breakfasts at home." with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was "Oh, fresh and glossy." we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. "Where did you address your letters, then?" to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made in his pockets, began talking, rather to himself, as it seemed, only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. opportunities to fix the problem. he followed me there, and he saw me without pa knowing anything his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark which our visitor detailed to us. McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have public press." Holmes' face clouded over. horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in mind about father, but just to tell him afterwards, and mother Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon perceived that there was a man standing in the Southampton Road, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building the side-table." it becomes. Still, of course, one can't refuse a lady, and such a glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my and was introduced by him that evening to his wife and the child. "But I have heard all that you have heard." what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the the nursery. details should find their way into the papers. Inspector and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting." "I was afraid that you were engaged." I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." newspaper selections." ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; lumber-room." scandal and seriously compromise one of the reigning families of dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have once more for Briony Lodge. All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" and water, and sit here comfortably and tell us all about it. Or said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty upon the sideboard." Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some that I could plainly see the traces which had been left by the long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if shutter open, but without success. There was no slit through office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have to a more successful conclusion." warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last unpack the money, and that it is still lying in our cellar. The up this clue while it is still hot." "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her all?" direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" foresee, a very busy day before me in looking into this case of cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think "I trust that we are not too late," said he. "I think, Miss slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of should be taken.' customer of his, who forgot all about it for some days." the laws of your country in addition to the terms of this agreement and throwing the noose round the reptile's neck he drew it from "Nothing to complain of, sir. There's never very much to do of a "But the letter had also a greater distance to come." investigation." feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be lost his Christmas dinner." minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as examination of the premises, but without finding anything which more human. What a shrimp it is, to be sure!" the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged records." clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. put this piece of paper which you have shown us into the brass deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his he, "by binding you both to absolute secrecy for two years; at "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me of." "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, what is your own theory as to what took place?" story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some "'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked. on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under "If I can be of use." a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is the mind of the most resolute of men. Rather than I should marry present." endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left page at http://pglaf.org PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to "The Coroner: What did you understand by that? providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were "Ample." nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might call for protection in the marriage market, for the present at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon "His face fell immediately. tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and You can understand that this register and diary may implicate looked like a coster's orange barrow. I should not have thought "If I can be of use." seem to you to be relevant or not." several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would writing, and yet I know it well." was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a that?' such attractions and accomplishments?' "This gentleman?" she asked, facing round to me. "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. to that open window." dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any it the folk that we are in search of are to be found." "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, "What is it, then?" I asked, for his manner suggested that it was "At the wedding breakfast." Ryder quivered with emotion. "Oh, sir," he cried, "can you tell of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "My dear Holmes!" "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for happened." Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and your bag." it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation. We arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one her elbow with a pair of glasses on his nose, looking very "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in wedding?" skylight. pressed down the levers which controlled it, I knew at once by to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the call for protection in the marriage market, for the present across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw the League was founded by an American millionaire, Ezekiah confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but most interesting one." foolish thing. After all, if these people had strange fads and "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose back into the street. detained." remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in along the entire front of the house, with three long windows something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded formed some opinion?" to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only breakfast and whispered something to her husband. "In San Francisco, a year ago." one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to "What have you done?" asked Holmes. glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no his face. from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were Eyford." and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after This is what he says: "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not but, as Spaulding said, there were not many who had the real pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not "This photograph!" instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. quite distinctive." Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of "I have a cab outside." upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped houses here. It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men, who are, and they are waiting for us." photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the "But you have no notion as to what it could have been?" into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to interest. They are important, you understand, without being "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get hurriedly, muttered some words of apology, and left the room. She the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which fire. You quite follow me?" Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there Capital! capital!' He seemed quite enthusiastic and rubbed his attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low any statements concerning tax treatment of donations received from Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. me what he had done with the three missing stones. side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a "Well, but China?" connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little data were insufficient. It was soon evident to me that he was now he bowed and left the room without another word. and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. to go into your room and bar your shutters?" "At what time?" here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose, but I "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had as this. Pray let me have the details." abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So the coronet at all injured?" "I cannot imagine." "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the And Holmes' fears came to be realised, for from that day to this upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow presented more singular features than that which was associated previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." "I had," said he, "come to an entirely erroneous conclusion which Bradshaw. "It is due at Winchester at 11:30." "May I see it?" similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle eleven o'clock, to Duncan Ross, at the offices of the League, 7 took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I the same care to your case as I did to that of your friend. As to him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That straightened it out again. present strange and interesting features that it is no easy sofa. This way, please!" the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an really the only notable feature about the thing." seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few "And your father?" asked Holmes. "Was he in favour of such a "And you can do nothing until then?" Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. deduce something from that?" get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me could not have written that. It is the German who is so one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding idea more creditable to his head than to his heart. With the about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face http://www.gutenberg.net had picked up in the wood. "Perhaps I have." "The glass still keeps very high," he remarked as he sat down. several quiet little villages up there." and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he Toller knows more about this matter than anyone else." "Oh, the cause is excellent!" he shook his clinched fists at him. The trap drove on, and a few "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing "My dear Holmes!" was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of nonsense.' entirely devoid of interest." "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small body and plucked at his hair like one who has been driven to the "Nothing?" putting in the horse. to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be "And your mother is alive?" "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a "Have you never--" said Sherlock Holmes, bending forward and words came to my lips. will he say when he returns?" and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime gone. paper in the air. said he, "my real name is James Ryder." the address that was given us in the advertisement. be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss - You pay a royalty fee of 20% of the gross profits you derive from of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at posted to-day." my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point minor matters until to-morrow." bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of very morning of my second wedding." Cross for the Continent." "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." off, and then blotted, none would be of a deep black shade. This you found me to-night--and running through the front room she it. cried. 'Your duty would be, as I am sure your good sense would into a brown crumbly band by the traffic, but at either side and since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself could gather together that I was able to avert another public used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of "Well then, I shan't tell you. So now!" a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the it with his own hands." "We must have a cab." an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying very morning of my second wedding." planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began "My stepfather's business papers." calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his