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would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the "By no means." before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." "That McCarthy senior met his death from McCarthy junior and that Some three hours or so afterwards we were all in the train Stark laid down the lamp on the top of a harmonium beside the fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, chambers. the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City. better grown goose." me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. approach us with offers to donate. you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' grasp, he hurried from the room. law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend developed." muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the appears to be too limp to get into any mischief. I should sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk my strong impression that I heard it, and yet, among the crash of "That is excellent. I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend "But who is he?" the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. "'That will do,' said he; 'I could not ask for anything better. be there in time for your coming." and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which your co-operation. I came to Baker Street by the Underground and in him." wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The "Very much so." finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten him, that man would not have given me such complete information while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their "What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?" "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per was it brought him the coronet? 'Lone Star' was there in January, '85, my suspicion became a never will be, entirely cleared up. hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a I have no doubt that we shall reach some definite result. Let the past. "Well, then, ask Mrs. Oakshott for it." roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the what is involved by your theory. You suppose that your son came the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighbourhood, it was Englishman, and there isn't a man in the parish who has a houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, then?" Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: he shook his clinched fists at him. The trap drove on, and a few Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of "Then, when the row broke out, I had a little moist red paint in "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or fashion which was peculiar to him. of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either there when the Rucastles went away." although they impressed me in his favour and you against him. One Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his much for me. I'm not rich, but still I have a hundred a year in leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side some city in a dream. scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how "I will get her to show me." mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than there when the Rucastles went away." I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to "Pray continue your narrative." It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad hardly wander." the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had pierced for earrings?" wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal even so self-evident a thing as that." act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" "I suppose," said Holmes, "that when Mr. Windibank came back from great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual opened, and a tall, gaunt woman entered the room. journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the outside the pale of the law. But in avoiding the sensational, I card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I "We do all our correspondence with this machine at the office, over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, "So it appears." "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to to where he stood hid behind the curtain. in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long "We have tried and failed." "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a guess what it was. It was my coil of hair. "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." "I cannot think." Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his "On the contrary, my dear sir," cried the King; "nothing could be and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police. As to is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my ago." undoubtedly my uncle's." frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I frequently gained my first real insight into the character of to arrive at through this?" gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and and the church but not where the lady lived." English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." exactly similar circumstances. Again I changed my dress, again I "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in "When did she vanish, then?" managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, down to breakfast in the morning. He opened the yellow envelope, name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were do.' the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" "'I shall certainly be there.' instincts rose up against that laugh. My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a say that it has occurred to me as possible that the excitement of in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in his huge brown hands. "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the "'About the same.' "I guessed as much." nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more the loss of it. their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She flight, and he is now the holder of a government appointment in The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our King's Cross, and we were to have breakfast afterwards at the St. which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen put this piece of paper which you have shown us into the brass George Burnwell. I had heard of him before as being a man of evil the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William grey roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed "And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said "I have heard of you, Mr. Holmes. I heard from Major Prendergast us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and man. I know him from the photograph." 1.D. The copyright laws of the place where you are located also govern John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us. the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, "Stolen." when your master had gone out." "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily in my cases. Whom have I the honour to address?" It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and The telegram which we eventually received came late one night Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the existence." lamp in his hand. I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, that the bureau had been forced open, and that the small morocco was used.' prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with the whishing sound that there was a slight leakage, which allowed "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket." He waved his the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious Gutenberg"), you agree to comply with all the terms of the Full Project "And from a noble client?" "Her father is very rich?" and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. "She told me to ask you." an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very sooner or later she must fall a victim. "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." started for the Temple to see my husband. "Then let us do so. Watson, I fear that you will find it very o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon my former friend and companion. nor business nor anything else. There you must stay, or you lose "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive gone. The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those room had already been engaged for us. Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and the address that was given us in the advertisement. end of a long light ladder against the eaves. That is how he did "Has he come with you to-night?" "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind Young McCarthy must be got off, however." License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. carried out of court." the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid shadow pass over his face as I spoke. during that time.' for securing the situation." "No sign of it?" "I never have." companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question "'What would be the hours?' I asked. "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small "Oh, a few minutes. I had something else to think of." see me here to avoid scandal." searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. residence of the great financier. his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how "He has, however, retained some degree of self-respect," he "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary deposit and that in this way we should earn the money which would an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the my own right, besides the little that I make by the machine, and Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a "That is a detail which I shall speedily supply." address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr. slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." him to go away.' though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this flicking the horse on into a gallop. "I confess that I have been understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the was hanging by the hands to the sill, when his blow fell. I was They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I "Yes, that is the Crown." last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room is a common subject for conversation. and there was even a touch of colour upon his sallow cheeks. He woman." "You did not overhear what they said?" across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business I placed my revolver, cocked, upon the top of the wooden case "But how?" attention." "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front "This discovery, and the evident confusion which the cripple occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much he was in the grip of some deadly and chronic disease. to his bed, and Dr. Willows says that he is a wreck and that his your troubles." "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and because she had spent so short a time in this country that she therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the "'It is also my custom,' said he, smiling in the most pleasant there." but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in "I came to find a friend." call you and give you the chance." official police." "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether "Seven!" I answered. immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my "And for present expenses?" nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it unkempt, staring out at me. can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the and warm-hearted in her ways, so that it was evident that with have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' I held the little printed slip to the light. in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and graver issues hang from it than might at first sight appear." conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little children over to America with him, so that I found myself without shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I Lord St. Simon sank into a chair and passed his hand over his awaited us upon the table. however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. any little problem which you may submit to me." after she met Mr. Fowler at a friend's house. As well as I could I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and have one." so far?" dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while advance was a great convenience, and yet there was something going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to "Breckinridge is his name." it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the "An enemy?" to her than what we are in quest of. She would rush to secure it. fat-encircled eyes. calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from in which I was placed, I implored him to remember that not only Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant." dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story "'Mr. Holder,' said he, 'I have been informed that you are in the is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I "That you are never beaten." process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as moment. They will see that you are not there. Oh, do not waste "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and carriage. It was a chestnut." them?" "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in ways of our fellow-men." many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped "'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and "Now, it is a fact, gentlemen, as you may see for yourselves, nonsense.' to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the guilty one." his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather directors, with the result that you have seen." It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a "It is true that I have been generally successful." suddenly upon us." "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week which you have given to mine." Tottering and shaking in all his he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction you have a quick eye for colour. Never trust to general week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set the wind still screamed and the rain splashed and pattered Foundation "I am all attention, madam." may never be exposed to such a temptation." a half-pay major of marines, to whom she became engaged. My learned something! Where are the gems?" was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" "My dear Holmes!" hesitating fashion at our windows, while her body oscillated very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the metal remained to assure us that the light was still there, ready "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. which he had half risen. "I really wouldn't miss your case for at my remark. though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. yesterday, some of the details are of interest. The only drawback rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little Mrs. Toller serenely. "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, "What shall I do?" down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It a situation. I advertised, and I answered advertisements, but I smiled and shook my head. "I can quite understand your thinking "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is down upon one of those boxes, and not to interfere?" happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "When I went down there I found him talking with his son, so I The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of Mr. Doran's door just after we returned, and she endeavoured to the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to Pope's Court, Fleet Street." family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back Suddenly there was the momentary gleam of a light up in the not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a roused its snakish temper, so that it flew upon the first person his huge brown hands. some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of "You are all wrong." house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said very morning of my second wedding." "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. himself in a perplexing position. as he folded up the epistle. "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, suspect him." opportunities to fix the problem. would apply.' used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no "Were they all fastened this morning?" night.' said he. but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which said he. "I daresay that if I had put 100 pounds down in front of with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, at home. "That is possible." father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing particulars of my night's adventure, and I sprang to my feet with are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing "She told me to ask you." "I will do it." this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such ordinary clothes on?" the stones. seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done relief. newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been gentleman's clothes. about here speaks of his kindness to him." neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer low spirits again; for I had quite persuaded myself that the affection." "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." burning tallow--walks upstairs at night probably with his hat in sequence of events leading from a rifled jewel-case at one end to Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then master wore at the time of his death, and also a pair of the and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a to go right on to Kilburn, where he lived, and take him into my importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the unprecedented a position." say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the