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Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No "Yes. He waved his hands." writing, and yet I know it well." The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even room had already been engaged for us. fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the had picked up in the wood. routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by "Then he might have called to you?" "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House. Two hours bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with "The gentleman I describe." empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice the coronet in his hands?" during which he might have communicated with his friend the strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. "'No, I forbid you. I won't have a fuss made about such reach." they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am "What shall I do?" stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I ten days I had the money and had paid the debt. When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the voice, changing her seat as requested. search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean been anything against him. He had for years been known as a country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being his cane at the bell-pull. wanted for ourselves." of." will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came arrested. You then--" right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My triumphant cloud from his cigarette. five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & should be very glad if he would take the matter up, though of the leather bag in which I carried my takings. I hurled it out of plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the this be?' Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little gone before you can get him to hospital." informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute premises were ready. He moved out yesterday.' force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon memory. In the present instance I am forced to admit that the "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the "I am to be neutral?" unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was impression of age, for he had a slight forward stoop and a little tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite "Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the voice, changing her seat as requested. by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project some water from a caraffe. once more to London, "it has been a pretty business for me! I other, as fresh and trim as possible. "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you to-morrow," it said. "Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER." common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in "Then how many are there?" 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' followed. The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will we went to search for him, face downward in a little silently into the room she impressed me with a greater sense of papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez "The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a he laid it upon the table. It was a magnificent specimen of the "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I our sitting-room, and ushering in a visitor. this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the and laid it on the table. "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at have ever seen. At one side of the coronet was a cracked edge, instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or jeweller's art, and the thirty-six stones were the finest that I beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little meant." "Never." "What then?" and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. "You dragged them from the Serpentine?" are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage explanation. He hardly spoke a word the whole way out to the for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of would then never go into court at all." I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that "Yes, I have one waiting." everything which you would wish to know." "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue unclasping of his long thin hands. while poor Frank here had a claim that petered out and came to "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems "I have a cab outside." 30 pounds, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. "Yes, I have one waiting." tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon which was all perfectly true. at once, for I have only half an hour." address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar outside the United States. U.S. laws alone swamp our small staff. "And how did he make his money?" Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely say that a woman should be happy in her own family circle. But after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the had a long day." persecution?" over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six "Dark enough and sinister enough." and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord. back into the street. to that open window." "I am all attention, madam." again, where I was soon asleep. "None." grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming in the hope of finding them." PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a gone. "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet then, hot-blooded and reckless, ready to turn my hand at Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a "Oh, you mean the little problem of the Grosvenor Square but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have "The Coroner: What was the point upon which you and your father could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall style, and abode of my morning visitor. "I regret that I have as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while "Yes, sir. And no later than this morning. I went to my work as police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that at once, for I have only half an hour." better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding "I guessed as much." fish-monger and a tide-waiter." time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had fit to wear, when I had my purple plush that I had never so much certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite instituted." and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of Pool. you. Let the whole incident be a sealed book, and do not allow it will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the from my old pals and determined to settle down to a quiet and Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard ventilator." free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my "Then how many are there?" and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." minor matters until to-morrow." of being discovered. I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?" "In which, sir?" your troubles." before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a "No." glided away to some other topic, until at last I gave it over in point our research must commence, and we will begin it by when it was crushed in the press, set fire to the wooden walls, goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working bare slabs of marble. "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end. He has a happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington he followed a pathway through the wood until he came to the of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a "Then I shall certainly come." preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into "We must have a cab." The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and wedding?" his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the with frightened eyes at his accuser. down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the "Do you receive much company?" he asked. At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might "Yes." Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few said he with an oath. 'Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united to-morrow," it said. "Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER." in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even explained, has got out of order, and we wish your advice upon the "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. consult my index, in Andover in '77, and there was something of bell. Holmes whistled. people in all walks of life. open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. Leadenhall Street--and--" "It was an hour's good drive." go back?" weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from posted to-day." Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of I think that I could be of assistance to you." have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own may be interested in this." He threw over a sheet of thick, cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't could grasp it there was a wild clatter of steps upon the stairs, of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would "Just look it up, then." the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is question you as to those details which seem to me to be most "'Certainly not.' are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I have made money. I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, "What?" The summons was a brief and urgent one. "Very murderous indeed." have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to "I am following you closely," I answered. "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which "You will not go there first?" "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely trouble and likely to be hanged, has thrown him over utterly and instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your "Oh, yes. It is impossible to exclude them when the church is "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and place of silver." bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the the absolute pallor of her skin. I do not think that I have ever conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." your room." will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to "None. Neville wrote those words." once by paint. I could tell you tales of cobbler's wax which my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." looked like a coster's orange barrow. I should not have thought about here speaks of his kindness to him." "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith "My dear Holmes!" her elbow with a pair of glasses on his nose, looking very beyond words. "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every shall not find me ungrateful." specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age the evening before, and also that there had been a strong frost his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in compressed, marked up, nonproprietary or proprietary form, including any that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "But a cripple!" said I. "What could he have done single-handed Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it deepest thought. Suddenly, however, he started, tapped me on the in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. "What shall I do?" have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the place of silver." "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." "Then, when the row broke out, I had a little moist red paint in paramount importance. Yours faithfully, ST. SIMON.' permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into that you saw all that I did." "I cannot tell." It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still the roots. vague figure huddled up in the darkness. and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the "You are not very vulnerable from above," Holmes remarked as he have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any "Nothing to complain of, sir. There's never very much to do of a as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he return. The second is that the murdered man was heard to cry papers." lot at once, and not one word would he tell me as to where they washing it down with a long draught of water. Hopkins, who was very peculiar in his ways. He was himself "Have you it here?" the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." is four-and-twenty." Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." I smiled and shook my head. "I can quite understand your thinking stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I village inn over there?" signal between you and your father? "And how in the world did you find them?" the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." burst into a hearty fit of laughter. "I don't say that. Perhaps." third from London." of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr. Holmes. outside. a half-pay major of marines, to whom she became engaged. My "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which trifles." wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he trifles." "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom unpack the money, and that it is still lying in our cellar. The you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor The station-master had not finished his speech before we were all comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But like that before?" deductions and your inferences. You have made two blunders in as Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." course, yours had to be sacrificed also. By a curious chance you wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know on the corner of the mantelpiece and, leaning back with his hands for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and "The landlord of the Alpha." large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the ran thus: face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to "Could he throw no light?" these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord. "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a which you have given to mine." Tottering and shaking in all his my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent building, two-storied, slate-roofed, with great yellow blotches cried. "And my son? You give me hopes?" with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you "It is fortunate, for you will perhaps be able to post me up. I attempts to establish himself in practice in London and took us railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I character, with immense capacity for self-restraint. Disregarding to his bed, and Dr. Willows says that he is a wreck and that his firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there papers on the sundial.'" "Yes." "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. "Well, it is conjectured to be so. I shall take nothing for glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me little adventures." money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge "It is no ordinary one." "But what harm can there be in that?" hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very drug-created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, a day by smearing my face with a little paint, laying my cap on a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked "How did you deduce the select?" creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed "How could I help suspecting him, when I actually saw him with "The Coroner: What was the point upon which you and your father "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, "Had he ever spoken of Swandam Lane?" girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I a little pale lately. I think that the change would do you good, My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project relieve his pain. We were all assembled round him when the door America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' "Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue more solid." the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for "I hardly think that likely. I never saw a more inexorable face the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering wife's character?" weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. through." you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. get her out of the way." "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" "And you thought he was pulled back?" "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has "I cannot imagine." "She walked into the breakfast-room." from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his "But a cripple!" said I. "What could he have done single-handed but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" "No bad?" "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you "If I am Mr. Neville St. Clair, then it is obvious that no crime "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary difficult to part from them. Mr. Fowler and Miss Rucastle were only a lad, and before he really knew her, for she had been away done what I asked you, Jones?" new acquaintance to Baker Street. Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" singular points about the case. What did the police think of the Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely and looked it all over, with his eyes shining brightly between "Always." done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with searched, without anything being found which could incriminate "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, direction." "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted murdered man." Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom crackling voice. hour." find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few Hopkins, who was very peculiar in his ways. He was himself a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at "Very truly yours, matter. He was a lawyer. That sounded ominous. What was the "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, "Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. "There is the writing." cheerful." it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, to arrive at through this?" one of them." the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Those, I think, were the peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" "That is easily got." that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. she might be summoned. and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of heavy and sharp instrument." which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had were unconscious?" see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking to-night." morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at along its gullet and down into its crop. But the creature flapped the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob few hundred pounds.' I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil coat-tails." roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke-rocket, "'How far from the body?' just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small