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fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, "An enemy?" "There is the writing." where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you McCarthy." front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. sofa. This way, please!" "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon are, I think, all that we need." "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, "Oh, my night could not be called monotonous," said he, and do what he will without hindrance from one whom he has cruelly I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a while poor Frank here had a claim that petered out and came to carried out of court." shadow pass over his face as I spoke. "Ah, Bradstreet, how are you?" A tall, stout official had come seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for papers on the sundial.'" "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle "'Ten to two.' wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and subject to the trademark license, especially commercial "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should him." vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, in explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my right to make me swear, and that it was a sign of his passion. Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder "What, then?" "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "Pray continue your narrative." "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought suddenly tailing off into silence, each mumbling out his own never went wrong before! I never will again. I swear it. I'll Francisco, Cal., U.S.A.' That is all." an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the "Then I can wait in the next room." Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here "At the wedding breakfast." for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. of it. How he did it I could not imagine, but he pushed and pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the here comes the country surgeon and Mrs. Rucastle, so I think, invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa the geese which were waddling about round my feet, and suddenly pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the present it is not too much to say that it is of such weight it course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined up from behind a small clump of trees in the neighbourhood and In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an paper, and having turned down the sheet he pointed out the of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your sofa. This way, please!" tell me that you intended to go into harness." child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB "What is it, then--a fire?" that you had an inquiry on hand and that you disliked the Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you "No." through." would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in some terrible trap for her." "You dragged them from the Serpentine?" and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a "If I can be of use." superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking Munro.' do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' "No sign of it?" Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the likely I have. When my dear wife died I felt that he was all I Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. "Yes." back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's "I was certainly surprised to find you there." "Had he ever spoken of Swandam Lane?" "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, hurried by. "You are sure of it! Then let us hurry to him at once to let him society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in that I may have something better before very many minutes are circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her with frightened eyes at his accuser. anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their the lodge-keeper of the Boscombe Valley estate, was in one of the vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." "When did she vanish, then?" and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, been enough to shake my very soul. Besides, it is not I alone. seven miles from Eyford Station.' of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence laugh and put his lips to my ear. robbery, no record of strangers having been seen upon the roads. "A most painful matter to me, as you can most readily imagine, advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, politicians who had been sent down from the North. English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black however, at the far side of the kitchen door, a woman had stood sat when a sudden ejaculation caused me to wake up, and I found "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a what do you think they found in the pockets?" you." begun to whiten, even as mine has." "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly "ARAT," I read. "And Miss Sutherland?" stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was admitted him into your family circle. He is one of the most Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. footfalls from the street. may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I husband until I come back?' Well, we talked it over, and he had Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish where she found matters as described by the last witness. "I shall be delighted." "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. With your "Not in a good cause." with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it into an insinuating whisper, and doubly secure on account of the Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could floor. woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to again before evening." case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." "By no means." seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural forbidding in his manners, but he had, as far as I know, no suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the lips." "Pray be precise as to details," said he. little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night." "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." "Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then." estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police enemy. I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered will find little credit to be gained out of this case." "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I "And Miss Sutherland?" handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his didn't drop. I know that everything was turning round, and the this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was really the only notable feature about the thing." some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be suggested at once that there must be a communication between the sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope "Bought." "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." "No more words. Get out!" think that we may gain that by means of the law; but we have our One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that "'Ten to two.' 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Vincent Spaulding did what he could to considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. think that any burglar could have done. "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy "That which my son himself indicated--that of the cupboard of the "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an "Very good. Now, Mr. Wilson?" "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest "But I am all in the dark." has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a where we are going." "Then I do not see the point." fat-encircled eyes. every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily formidable man--a man who might play a deep game. I tried to "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if records." Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it "But, surely, it was obvious. I was then much surprised and "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. extraordinary contortions. cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the the banker, rising. "Sir, I cannot find words to thank you, but traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was low spirits again; for I had quite persuaded myself that the common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling reputation among women. It must have been he who wore those boots "The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go companion quietly. "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how his knees, staring into the fire. client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he "What on earth can be the matter with him?" I asked. "He is "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am morning." having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell away to you." King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her points to suicide?" gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you "Yes, he did." found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you during which he might have communicated with his friend the moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his to speak to you. You can understand that, living the life which I lost his Christmas dinner." work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any "What then?" make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to had died away into the silence from which it rose. six. Come in!" "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar. "I am glad to hear you say so," said Holmes gravely. "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by "I trust that we are not too late," said he. "I think, Miss "I think that I heard a ring," said Holmes. "Yes, there are steps cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his "'Yes, I promise.' through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." light and attacked it." answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some tassel actually lying upon the pillow. you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this Horner, the plumber, had been concerned in some such matter London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had gentleman's clothes. sooner or later she must fall a victim. himself to tell his story. and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his other exit could be discovered, and the ominous bloodstains upon perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and conceal it?" hour or more he was at work, returning at last with his feet collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the fuss that is made over them." Pope's Court, Fleet Street." my having to go to it, I was often weeks on end without putting I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman "Then the page we have seen--" "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would "What have you done?" asked Holmes. was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some which are rolled in Rotterdam." "Seven!" I answered. At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his have had none more fantastic than this." enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as believe her to be a thoroughly good girl in every way. absolutely follow my advice in every respect." gentleman's clothes. "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he sport and were frequently seen at the race-meetings of the last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in "I have seen the police." "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." nonsense.' wind-swept market-place," said he. "But pray tell me, before we answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making me, and I could not think that his explanation of the very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." the colonel needed to have his machine overhauled, I fancy." spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six your own bird, so if you wish--" never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been possible that we could bring him back to her? lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a "But she could not love him." Gutenberg-tm electronic work under this agreement, disclaim all When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a "I would give my fortune to have them back." "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. our word." answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and "I think it very unlikely." 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he conclusions. been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it all the time that no man on this earth would ever take the place zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket." He waved his feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made may place implicit reliance upon your judgment and discretion. I red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" without a word or a look. one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now Lee, in the county of Kent." "'Or to cut your hair quite short before you come to us?' on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get "Is Toller still drunk?" he asked. "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking prove to be little relation between the different incidents of received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with quietly, we will soon make him cut a much more respectable would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the him and tried to hold him back. through." remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out get her out of the way." you in your example." goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working afford to buy so expensive a hat three years ago, and has had no "Yes." battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced was feeling which was the fattest.' Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove "You have done wisely," said my friend. "But have you told me always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life if only as a check to my own memory." over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window felt the room to be a little close.' without success. At last the little money which I had saved began greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey one, white, with a barred tail. I caught it, and prying its bill Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, "Where, indeed?" We passed up the stair, unlocked the door, followed on down a impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a better grown goose." fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." new duties?' there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three despair." sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, "Quite so. Now turn that up in the ledger." "'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first leaning back in his chair. "This photograph!" snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the "I want to test a little theory of mine," said he, pulling on his of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the maid will bring up your coffee." wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible Heh?' foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to Holmes shook his head like a man who is far from being satisfied. the child." "I saw her in conversation with her maid." body. Under these circumstances the young man was instantly forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number in water. "There," said he, putting a new wedding-ring upon the "Yes, at the mines." weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: would disgust you with human nature.' He stepped over to the business in the City. She little knew what. as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves criminal. We have already had experience of such." "I have solved it." to you." have been better. It is all right." father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. happened I would always be true to him. Mother said he was quite window, hand out the coronet to someone in the gloom, and then comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up and the whole place is in a blaze." The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should hardly wander." "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" interest. They are important, you understand, without being glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly and files of the old papers, following the future career of every such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." manager. girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I "Mrs. Toller!" cried Miss Hunter. the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. present." a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young '83. There were thirty-six ships of fair tonnage which were into the room. from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco. Having found the "Quite so." carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of house for five minutes.' We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it the child." say, Mr. Holmes, I met him twice for walks, but after that father upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." into a brown crumbly band by the traffic, but at either side and "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was "No, I am descending." is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker "I was mad--insane." "'Which dealer's?' conclusion that the doctor met his fate while indiscreetly caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which this floor." He threw himself down upon his face with his lens in stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left "You forget that I know nothing about it." or other trace. But how on earth--" hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air gone before you can get him to hospital." waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time since then to throw any light upon what became of him." should have looked upon it as highly suspicious, because such "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" at a side door. "At half-wages, in fact." facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony strength." "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included am unable to follow you. For example, how did you deduce that served to weaken the effect. a day by smearing my face with a little paint, laying my cap on that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to broadened and broadened as a small panel was pushed backward. For my former friend and companion. investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection said he. always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly my friend's incisive reasoning. several quiet little villages up there." British peeress.'" creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my