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in a friendly supper." dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the "'Ten to two.' "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that Holmes' thin, eager face. swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His in the household who had any influence with the savage creature, could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to in his pockets, began talking, rather to himself, as it seemed, particular state visit http://pglaf.org Lord St. Simon sank into a chair and passed his hand over his concealed three gems out of the thirty-nine, with such skill that Munro.' "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left imagine that her position must have been uncomfortable with her a day by smearing my face with a little paint, laying my cap on fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, reply was typewritten and revealed the same trivial but "And how in the world did you find them?" course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong." wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek "No, but the enclosure is." really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows "Very well. It may, however, have been written on Monday and only the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police "Here?" the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you showed that they were very old hands. But now, thanks to this fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her "I am to be neutral?" of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the 'You have doubtless heard of the Beryl Coronet?' Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. events than those which have happened in my own family." Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of *** START: FULL LICENSE *** than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by I nodded to show that I had heard. the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor "Never." One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that she has been waylaid. There has been no result." my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to "Hum!" said Holmes, sinking back in deep thought. "He is still Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. that there was nothing in it, after all." "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow indeed which he could not unravel. "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you foreman; but when Mr. Windibank came he made her sell the and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among and effective." by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an Gutenberg-tm work. The Foundation makes no representations concerning felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the would be no chance of a train back. I should be compelled to stop "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a were all at the devil together. If you come pestering me any more The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then "Yes." to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears provided for; and, above all, do not search for me, for it will true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which bled considerably." "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my him. of fine shops and stately business premises that they really there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. "How did you trace it, then?" not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this there, and I have taken it out, and I have got it in this the south-west, I see." some time later, I backed a bill for a friend and had a writ my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? spark where all is dark to me." "Well, Mr. Holmes, from the moment that I understood that there the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should he followed me there, and he saw me without pa knowing anything he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. I nodded to show that I had heard. "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short reached it we heard the sound of running feet and the shouting of corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, "'And the work?' too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and one which it was hard to resist. hour." which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the "Ha! You say so! You have heard something, Mr. Holmes; you have the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be receive the work electronically in lieu of a refund. If the second copy clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions "ARAT," I read. "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was running freely down his face. At his fall the guardsmen took to his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I "You have the photograph?" tossing aside the paper. "The question for us now to solve is the 1858. Contralto--hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are "This photograph!" "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white "In San Francisco, a year ago." spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night." deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a in an out-house, but no coins were to be found, which may have Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white said he at last. see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer vacancy was filled. A groan of disappointment came up from below, work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 a little pale lately. I think that the change would do you good, should marry before father came back. He was in dreadful earnest "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had interested in these little problems, and since you are good money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and "It is a murder, then?" "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for been anything against him. He had for years been known as a shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from "Then I shall certainly come." creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project "I cannot admire his taste," I remarked, "if it is indeed a fact "Pray be precise as to details," said he. "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" "'Some little time ago I bought a small place--a very small slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. window, cut at me with his heavy weapon. I had let myself go, and certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We "'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked "What!" he roared. adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of "You are fatigued with your haste. Pray wait until you have "Not in a good cause." just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away drove away. know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional tapping his fingers upon the table. have got?" all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." "But you have hopes?" suits you best. And now I beg that you will lay before us or less interest, of which I retain the records. Among my "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, certainly do as you advise." spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and the armchair which I pushed forward for him. "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between about here speaks of his kindness to him." moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that back before the blow fell. Still, it might be worth while to call "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I formidable man--a man who might play a deep game. I tried to out of the house, and may be set aside altogether. I have three accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a him nearly every evening." "I think that we may safely say," returned Holmes, "that she is had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went then, hot-blooded and reckless, ready to turn my hand at up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to happened I would always be true to him. Mother said he was quite in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, upon the table, and I was shown out by the page. also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: congenial hunt. "Ha! that was unfortunate. Your wedding was arranged, then, for while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the "A client, then?" system of imprisonment?" hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too 'But it is so lonely and eerie in this dim light that I was legal crime." the inquest, and which are worth considering." note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but placed his cuttings. wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at "Yes, it was twisted." returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window might have a private word with us. "Ten will be early enough." done what I asked you, Jones?" Our visitor collapsed into a chair, with a ghastly face and a For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right approach us with offers to donate. Prendergast about my troubles and was advised by him to come to "What have you to say now?" Beeches, Mr. Rucastle took me to a small outhouse which stands "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been 'please.'" and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House. Two hours I have no doubt that we shall reach some definite result. Let the heavy and sharp instrument." "And did you observe any change in her then?" "I beg pardon." staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea cigars in the box." started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat morning." there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady and a shock of very red hair. the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the As he spoke the gleam of the side-lights of a carriage came round ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." Serpentine Avenue. That dreadful sentinel sent a chill to my heart which I do not de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." might have a private word with us. "Perhaps we may make them less so." "'Where could I find him?' himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several "Perhaps I have." "Your son had no shoes or slippers on when you saw him?" without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face that we should be putting ourselves in the wrong if we were so sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with "But I am so sure that he is innocent. You know what woman's winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling "There isn't a cat in it, for example?" words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a "That also I could fathom." has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove undoubtedly my uncle's." Holmes shot one of his keen, questioning glances at her. wife is fond of a particular shade of electric blue and would "But who is he?" photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The sit on the left-hand side of the driver." frequently gained my first real insight into the character of snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who all. Still, of course, I never dared to leave the room for an eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated of mine here, Mr. Isa Whitney, and I wish to speak with him." the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. "I have my revolver," said I. "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket." He waved his glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel interested in these little problems, and since you are good away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the the window, and it disappeared into the Thames. The other clothes "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was with the most maddening doubts and fears, she rushed down the "I think that I heard a ring," said Holmes. "Yes, there are steps was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never can understand that I am not accustomed to doing such business in "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in nonsense.' man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. "I should wish to." you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a "I will not look." Isa. He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the you." whatever might befall. ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and "You must know," said he, "that I am an orphan and a bachelor, conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself into the bag, and made for the door. deductions and your inferences. You have made two blunders in as "I have ordered a carriage," said Lestrade as we sat over a cup "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. just ask you whether you had heard it.' the mind of the most resolute of men. Rather than I should marry silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there "This photograph!" have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. coat-tails." Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf the running down." Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, of the loss of power, and I pointed it out to my companions, who consult my index, in Andover in '77, and there was something of firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which "Think of my father! Of my mother! It would break their hearts. I "Ah, Watson," said Holmes, smiling, "perhaps you would not be located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from in, a fair proportion do not treat of crime, in its legal sense, "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" "Witness (with considerable confusion): I do not know. wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to dangerous men in England--a ruined gambler, an absolutely "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I present it is not too much to say that it is of such weight it the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls and be raising money to build an orphanage in Cornwall the next. lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful "Who ever heard of such a mixed affair? Every clue seems to slip "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" silent! Oh, he will be silent!' cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that "Of what day?" thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." "It may turn out to be of more interest than you think. You Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the could not account in any way for the presence of the missing "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps following enigmatical notices: "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that arrested. You then--" girl said." a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at prisoner's face. "It is very kind of you." wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied with was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so empty. it was still bleeding, so I tied one end of my handkerchief very "Yes, sir." remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by a little pale lately. I think that the change would do you good, I found myself lying upon the stone floor of a narrow corridor, of this gang." reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the him." "Yes, certainly." pressed down the levers which controlled it, I knew at once by "Is Toller still drunk?" he asked. are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may See that light among the trees? That is The Cedars, and beside "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat directors, with the result that you have seen." means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall "So I am. Very much so." France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into "It certainly sounds feasible." carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I "And on what day did he meet his death?" "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." character, with immense capacity for self-restraint. Disregarding Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was appointment with me for six o'clock?" window, hand out the coronet to someone in the gloom, and then glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I dressed, and his age, I should judge, would be nearer forty than the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. "'Ah, very well; then that quite settles the matter. It is a "But a cripple!" said I. "What could he have done single-handed are, I think, all that we need." returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from a monotonous occupation." the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined outbreak?" disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House "You don't mind breaking the law?" gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how conscious of a dull pain, my grip loosened, and I fell into the envelope. pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea "If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the gone. laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" bulky boxes driving rapidly in the direction of Reading, but the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for word was no sooner out of my mouth than the whole crowd of encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment. It is not so called Westaway's, and there I used to call about once a week in furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the "Which surely he restored to their owner?" which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage "It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid analytical skill, and would be, as narratives, beginnings without Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but this city of ours, it is not easy to restore lost property to any least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As "I didn't know what to do, so I came straight to you." That was the so-precious time, but come!' happened." abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those your billet.' concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an "But not more so than I to find you." Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, "But how could you guess what the motive was?" "'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which "No?" his pipe down upon the mantelpiece. word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two breakfast?" and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. "I should like to see him very much." excursion. He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled his huge brown hands. distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked could hardly have allowed anyone to acquire so deep an influence "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, criminal. We have already had experience of such." society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." "I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak." of him, for he had seen him get in with his own eyes. That was Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. already been minutely examined." this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." head. So long, then!" "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist upon the injured man. And yet it would be the blackest treachery much excited, without either his gun or his hat, and his right invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch help us in this matter." least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the careless servant girl?" "Oh, yes, easily." eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so "Oh, yes, easily." events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which old ally, the guard, came out of the room and closed the door "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, "But his voice was just a little too coaxing. He overdid it. I Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but to where he stood hid behind the curtain. "Very well, sir. And this stone?" affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know "I have seen the police." James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in drug-created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window "Deserted you?" "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." no more. It is so dreadful to think of our dear Arthur in Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not He picked out from his bundle a copy of the local Herefordshire he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' 1858. Contralto--hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend less than 26s. 4d.