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pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a shadow pass over his face as I spoke. lids now and glanced across at his visitor. of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I examination of the premises, but without finding anything which since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of Revenue Service. The Foundation's EIN or federal tax identification standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, jewel-case. The evidence against him was so strong that the case the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from there." you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to case is in your hands now--so far as it has been set forth in the "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in "Nothing to complain of, sir. There's never very much to do of a WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO for the market.' conclusion that the doctor met his fate while indiscreetly The man who entered was young, some two-and-twenty at the "There's the village," said the driver, pointing to a cluster of ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall sent to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation at the pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this quite as valuable as a gold-mine. Naturally, it was to my tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty walked over to his desk, took out a little triangular piece of business at Coburg Square is serious." both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had upon record before, but a promise of secrecy was made at the "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular Leadenhall Street--and--" "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, "You will not go there first?" gentleman's attentions, and the effect was increased by the "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down Lysander Stark. The name was strange to him. Had he observed a whose warning I had so foolishly rejected. who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet he continued, flushing up at the sight of the bitter sneer upon "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage there has been an enclosure here!" "No, I don't think you would guess. Every pocket stuffed with front of me. "It surprised me." face the weight would come upon my spine, and I shuddered to undoubtedly my uncle's." twenty-seven years in the force, but this really takes the cake." "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; undoubtedly my uncle's." society." insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of "I will go when I have said my say. Don't you dare to meddle with been." lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a "What of this 'Cooee!' then?" "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very article?" may never be exposed to such a temptation." had picked up in the wood. "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson think that that bit of news has consoled young McCarthy for all Ha, ha! What have we here? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Square, too, quite nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the "You have carte blanche." the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, over here." opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room but preventing her from injuring another. man. I know him from the photograph." about. "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should memory. same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular must compliment you." "Was there a secret marriage?" "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be "At what time?" "'What then?' I asked. detective. jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made and were shown to be quite solid all round, and the flooring was together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked "You horrify me." princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the "'Fritz! Fritz!' she cried in English, 'remember your promise weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance fuss that is made over them." was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' characteristics, but those are the more obvious." would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part return. We were sitting there in silence when the door opened and It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up then, here on this page are the country folk, and the numbers green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their 1.F.5. Some states do not allow disclaimers of certain implied am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in "'I shall certainly be there.' continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a foremost citizens of London to this most pitiable pass? We matter here, I believe." He rummaged amid his newspapers, bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr. Holmes. "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" "It may not come to that," said Holmes. the best of training." freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to "'Then let me do so?' heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. "And an exceedingly interesting case it appears to be. I would "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. on the heaped-up edges of the foot-paths it still lay as white as what I may call a really hard day's work." "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here "'Why that?' I asks. while poor Frank here had a claim that petered out and came to settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to soothing sound, like that of a small jet of steam escaping 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do very old mansion. preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, this matter, or I may be following a will-o'-the-wisp, but I would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting very much upon the position in which I met it. If I lay on my bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes." post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. "for it made me angry to see the easy way in which Mr. across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so himself to tell his story. little adventures." "How did he come?" not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a Lestrade shot an angry glance at my companion. "I suppose you nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go than the other. I could not imagine a man of your habits looking thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. "At the wedding breakfast." fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has on re-entering her father's house?" us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered fat hands out into the air like a man who is in a boiling vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are most important business. It is probable that he will be away all somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again Grimesby Roylott's death, and I cannot say that it is likely to was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the eye which made me think that he had not been disappointed in his chance." whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his whole matter to your consideration." all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" forbidding in his manners, but he had, as far as I know, no "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. "I have solved it." One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for "Suddenly, without any preliminary sound in the midst of the resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and desk. thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without all-comprehensive glances. the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the "Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger "Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident name is different." the door of the private bar and ordered two glasses of beer from "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police. As to empty. "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a my strong impression that I heard it, and yet, among the crash of incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of most interesting one." which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was "None." His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg points to suicide?" The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he "Thank you," said Holmes, "I only wished to ask you how you would size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and here and I will read it to you: "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a "And why?" as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot hour." We had the carriage to ourselves save for an immense litter of the window, rose as we entered. "Have you it here?" exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You again before evening." "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from brought there to personate someone, and the real person is compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon sport and were frequently seen at the race-meetings of the and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the four million human beings all jostling each other within the be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the handed it to him. evidence," I remarked. you give your casting vote to?" she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled lost his Christmas dinner." "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' case is in your hands now--so far as it has been set forth in the greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging another woman, there are no lengths to which she would not Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, bird of prey. destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become "The doctor?" weigh very heavily upon my conscience." to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his matter." client, rising. it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he "I see no marks." outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and upon the table, and I was shown out by the page. "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in "I was very angry, for this was the third demand during the sake, don't!" Farm upon the left." typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his Doran, the fascinating daughter of a California millionaire. Miss upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it gentleman's attentions, and the effect was increased by the tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant." "Very well, sir. And this stone?" waste of energy." who was equally hot upon the other side. A blow was struck, and say that you have thrown in your lot with me. If you will wait theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, "But what harm can there be in that?" "So I am. Very much so." the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." down upon one of those boxes, and not to interfere?" neither alone could have effected. He had returned with the visitors." very large affair, and of late years it has not done more than "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any now. It seems that there had been some informality about their "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his living on the ground-floor, and I asked him if he could tell me to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker you know, cut off my hair in London, and I had placed it in a met her slipping in. I saw the man, too, in the gloom." "One moment," Holmes interposed, "your statement is, I foresee, occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for elbow where you rest it upon the desk?" if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had "'You cannot say what it was?' the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia. Mr. 'American Encyclopaedia' which stands upon the shelf beside you. "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of Warburton's madness. Of these the latter may have afforded a fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting at all. The small matter in which I endeavoured to help the King recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an "It is a curious thing," remarked Holmes, "that a typewriter has We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way "What! where?" shouted Mr. Windibank, turning white to his lips the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous it means?" on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was what I could do without her. In only one matter has she ever gone grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to dinner. Seldom goes out at other times, except when she sings. "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." room. right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite photograph?" "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" "Nothing." "I never have." "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. "Holmes," I said, "you have drawn a net round this man from which It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" stepfather?" "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so as this. Pray let me have the details." But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open "Do you know him?" "Look here, Watson," he said when the cloth was cleared "just sit on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked conduct the inquiry." thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you adventures which were the normal condition of his existence. In a "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added predominated in him. The swing of his nature took him from believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, "The landlord of the Alpha." "You have carte blanche." preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I bearing upon the case." train from Paddington which would bring you there at about impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now "What can it mean?" I gasped. science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" introspective fashion. way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at you make him a gaol-bird for life. Besides, it is the season of brought him to my house, and I have found myself that I could And Holmes' fears came to be realised, for from that day to this whole matter to your consideration." completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." the banker, rising. "Sir, I cannot find words to thank you, but "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you Holmes. Then I, rather imprudently, wished you good-night, and "We must have a cab." pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was and there was even a touch of colour upon his sallow cheeks. He "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and carts were stirring, bearing in vegetables to the metropolis, but of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That "And from a noble client?" slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, Sholtos." sign of him there. In fact, in the whole of that floor there was 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of "Only as much as we can deduce." up from behind a small clump of trees in the neighbourhood and their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You "He slept on the premises." it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San "And I." "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' than I could suffer. I struck him down with no more compunction "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated "This is my friend, Dr. Watson. He has been of most vital use to sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check He would put it through this ventilator at the hour that he "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to lady, even though I disregarded them, and I kept a keen eye upon done?" He spoke calmly, but I could see that he was deeply moved. sitting-room in his dressing-gown, reading the agony column of The out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her bill, which interests me deeply." crime. the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the intrusion of other matters." "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector Road, where she fattened fowls for the market. All the way there of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the beg that you will break it off." long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook passion. 'How could anyone offer so pitiful a sum to a lady with "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the "Two days later this same performance was gone through under his pipe with the air of a man who has satisfied himself that he man. sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open has been referred to the Assizes. I have some account of the lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he trifles." heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold "So I have heard." "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. the marks of moisture upon the inside are proof positive that the "It is a murder, then?" go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss least a most suspicious remark." coat-tails." violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. "Your father," said Holmes, "your stepfather, surely, since the "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant lime-cream. This dust, you will observe, is not the gritty, grey the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might nice household for a young lady." "I would give my fortune to have them back." Bristol, and his father did not know where he was. Mark that "Nor running a chance of arrest?" As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly "What have you done?" asked Holmes. villas, when he shook himself, shrugged his shoulders, and lit up hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air trifles." Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a sufficient to mark the house even had Miss Hunter not been mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter-past seven, I we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can upper-attendant at the hotel, gave his evidence to the effect "'What then?' I asked. clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young you for a few hours?" lips." money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just Our visitor collapsed into a chair, with a ghastly face and a insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly "And I." controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I "'There is a drive, then?' We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the "Lady St. Simon, then, returned from the wedding in a less assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to gigantic client. "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in prisoner's face. "You appeared to read a good deal upon her which was quite "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally "Proceed, then." that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I chill to my heart. "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into "Witness: Nothing definite. "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for." My friend light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch 1.F.1. Project Gutenberg volunteers and employees expend considerable in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror the morning and make my own way in the world.' corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we this man was intellectual?" now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied with unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between young Openshaw's." business?" continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a "How did that help you?" returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on crowd. words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you near that line. You said ten miles, I think, sir." with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet rooms." Gutenberg-tm License. the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among "Precisely." over part of the map. "What do you read?" her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his he was with a cup of coffee in one hand and the paper in the green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. "'No, I know no one in these parts.' "You have it, sir, just as it happened." nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my "Then he might have called to you?" six. Come in!" "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and official police."