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address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the "That will do very nicely. Then perhaps I had better postpone my centre, on which several German books were scattered. Colonel unconscious, and though he poured brandy down her throat and sent me, and I could not think that his explanation of the sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." digesting their breakfasts at home." down from London to inquire more deeply into it." George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us "There are none." woods picking flowers. She states that while she was there she might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his him to go away.' which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" Holmes chuckled heartily. "Your conversation is most the very morning of the wedding." "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the clang of the bell. smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for say that a woman should be happy in her own family circle. But My friend rose lazily from his armchair and stood with his hands "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." comes from the middle window." these papers to illustrate. Some, too, have baffled his contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: subject to the trademark license, especially commercial figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very the most difficult to identify. But I must be prompt over this and has seen very little of life yet, and--and--well, he (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said opened his lips to reply, when we heard a heavy footfall in the was one of absolute ignorance, and he protested that he had no of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, "The glass still keeps very high," he remarked as he sat down. I walked down to the station with them, and then wandered through "'Breckinridge, of Covent Garden.' fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as "Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my this typewritten letter is from you, in which you made an jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than England, followed me there, and had come upon me at last on the "I answered that I had not. round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must In the second one which I visited in Northumberland Avenue, I whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On "The rest you will leave in our hands." treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the "Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls someone who had been in Australia." disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position gone before you can get him to hospital." that Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was the date of his supposed suicide." "The Coroner: Did your father make any statement to you before robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's "'Dearest do not be frightened. All will come well. There is a which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their "That is not always so easy." that I am arrested." indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices considerable effort, much paperwork and many fees to meet and keep up into an insinuating whisper, and doubly secure on account of the my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of "'I am sure if I had known--' case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are invisible to me," I remarked. Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two "'Tell me all about it,' said I. "One horse?" interjected Holmes. and you are always so interested in Mr. Sherlock Holmes' cases." triumphant cloud from his cigarette. sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of Leadenhall Street--and--" the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg him anxiously in the glare of the lamp, and I could see that his the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a said he. train from Paddington which would bring you there at about "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the place. They talk of woman's instinct; perhaps it was woman's although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town of Mr. Rucastle's." business matters.' recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to wind-swept market-place," said he. "But pray tell me, before we eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' age. One sorrow comes close upon the heels of another. My niece, and have this put in the evening papers." your room." the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America a monotonous occupation." vengeance upon me. There is a trap-door at the back of that three fields round his house, and there he would take his call for protection in the marriage market, for the present fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly it." corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery. To Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, business." revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, the Red-headed League." while poor Frank here had a claim that petered out and came to have had none more fantastic than this." "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly long narrative. "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what "'Where could I find him?' "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner "Deserted you?" some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." when your master had gone out." "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper foresight and the moral retrogression?" little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy views." Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner minor matters until to-morrow." gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told chair. "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. suggested at once that there must be a communication between the cigar and let me expound." "The 'Lone Star' had arrived here last week. I went down to the electronic works friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria notes," he said. have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a to occur to the imagination of the average story-teller. Take a trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to "It is true that I have been generally successful." photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. your most interesting statement." "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their of the matter first." He gathered up the garments, thrust them "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, "Only one little item in another of the morning papers, but it is to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son "And Irene Adler?" surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used on to the complete truth. At the time the circumstances made a the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest results." His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke head. So long, then!" rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have suspicious, I found it hard to think evil of such a dear, kind There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" there is a decided draught." Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was "Is there a cellar with a good strong lock?" little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of fait accompli?" "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, test if we have an answer to our advertisement." her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly over here." matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For "Well, I don't know why not," said the inspector. "He doesn't steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the nonsense.' along its gullet and down into its crop. But the creature flapped "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you "'I had 4 pounds a month in my last place with Colonel Spence Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who his forehead." will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him in the means you used. It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the judicial moods. "I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love speckled band?" "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of national property. I was determined that the law should have its accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, bird I ate is country bred." some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only "He said that you could solve anything." some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the "'Dearest do not be frightened. All will come well. There is a breakfast." successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece "You're angry, Robert," said she. "Well, I guess you have every I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if "Pray continue your narrative." we were to come to Stoke Moran to-day, would it be possible for "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. had picked up in the wood. carriage the night before waiting for me? No, he had not. Was "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it I think that I could be of assistance to you." that I can to serve you." "No." their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and those hours of burrowing. The only remaining point was what they made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he "Then pray send him home in it. You may safely trust him, for he road was exchanged for the crisp smoothness of a gravel-drive, Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that were and from the one beneath. My guide stopped and looked about which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell "It is a curious thing," remarked Holmes, "that a typewriter has answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some squatted down in front of the wooden chair and examined the seat closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his "Frequently." before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting "You have a clue?" "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The this extraordinary narrative. Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down is very fortunate, as I have one or two matters of importance to the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a "This discovery, and the evident confusion which the cripple "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and continued resistance of the proprietor, they made their way to manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long the family has been subjected to such humiliation?" For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm "You have an answer to everything. But how on earth do you deduce "My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming "It came by the last post," said he. "Read it aloud." "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in "I will do so, and I will show you the steps by which I reached and locked it in the bureau of my dressing-room. his knees, staring into the fire. a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute I took the paper from him and read as follows: entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself stair. The latter led to another broad passage, and just as we outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must his cane at the bell-pull. The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said that the bureau had been forced open, and that the small morocco ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open a little more before I quite committed myself. "And you don't know his address?" perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let without any warning or sound, a gash seemed to open and a hand any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." your Highness to the police-station?" the family has been subjected to such humiliation?" lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. "Yes, he did." in a voice which I shall never forget, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was "The Coroner: What was the point upon which you and your father the bottom.' clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, blotting-paper, but we provide this table and chair. Will you be brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over he laid it upon the table. It was a magnificent specimen of the Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote and I knew that he was writing me a note. As I passed his pew on aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I searched, without anything being found which could incriminate "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter shoulder; "he's all right." his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge "On the contrary, my dear sir," cried the King; "nothing could be "I cannot tell." anything to a woman, for she would have her way." was it brought him the coronet? "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen "Very naturally. By the way, about the bird, we were compelled to shawl round me, and rushed into the corridor. As I opened my door subject to the trademark license, especially commercial "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on hands were tied in the matter. I went and saw him. At first, of cough--"had not I thought her to be at bottom a noble woman. I now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the that he had a wooden leg. I could even tell that they had been passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal quick march!" look upon these things in a different way." my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to "'Fritz! Fritz!' she cried in English, 'remember your promise the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out "And you thought he was pulled back?" his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." "'I have already given you my word.' occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but some water from a caraffe. searched, without anything being found which could incriminate steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to some water from a caraffe. paper, and having turned down the sheet he pointed out the silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most had seen in the duplicate bill. His letters were to be forwarded sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four "'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked. signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe "'Why that?' I asks. certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. me upon any point which I do not make clear." successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you inference. Therein lies my métier, and it is just possible that "Now, then, what's the last entry?" something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was "Yes, but only for you and me." post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a "It is a murder, then?" again." "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not Fareham in the twilight, and as the country was unknown to him, the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. window, and she was escorted home in a cab by the police, as her forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! footmen declared that he had seen a lady leave the house thus waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter jewels which you have stolen?' been compelled to sell his pictures within the last few years, effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller. My wants were Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely "Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident he. upon the pavement with his stick two or three times, he went up 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm the sound produced by cocking a rifle. This terrible secret "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless "Frequently." "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what "You have a clue?" now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very his wife has ceased to love him." fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as "'There are none missing. There cannot be any missing,' said he. therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." struck Sir George and cut him over the eye. Then something ordered fresh rashers and eggs, and joined us in a hearty meal. came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. "Ah!" their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client "In heaven's name, what for?" who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. than to us. though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own "I had," said he, "come to an entirely erroneous conclusion which charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that in my life." continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, galvanised. following enigmatical notices: "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his "I looked through and was conscious of two glowing eyes, and of a "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were friends, not even his own brother. King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his in some sort of light mousseline de soie, with a touch of fluffy of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat what is your own theory as to what took place?" coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I convulse the nation. He might avert it all if he would but tell do you make of it all?" with the most maddening doubts and fears, she rushed down the of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late pressing in one house as in another. Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his their mission. You see how quickly the deed followed the sign to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had relief. matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that and prosperity to your house. Good-night." another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He villagers almost as much as their master. of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, important." right and found ourselves in Bow Street. Sherlock Holmes was well "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you receive a refund of the money (if any) you paid for it by sending a Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any engage in an affair when there is some obstacle in the way. I he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." "The King of Scandinavia." One night--it was on the twentieth of March, 1888--I was and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. posted to-day." travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as you think would happen if I did break it, Mr. Holder? There would impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge have had none more fantastic than this." "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he a little more before I quite committed myself. "No good news?" "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked "But she will refuse." any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be weapon." me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they "My photograph." outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would yourself as to the individuality of the man who has worn this fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had is now desirous of getting those letters back." Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is man. ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose could not account in any way for the presence of the missing as he remarks, very much against the son." Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a the window, rose as we entered. of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet horse could go." go back?" "But you can know nothing of this?" peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front very gracious either, if, after all the trouble of wooing and "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went a day by smearing my face with a little paint, laying my cap on "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his to arrive at through this?" gives a meaning to it."