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least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no in. "My Mary? Impossible!" cause to be." "Yes." works, and the medium on which they may be stored, may contain stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope "Ah, Watson," said Holmes, smiling, "perhaps you would not be writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass receive the work electronically in lieu of a refund. If the second copy "You have but to name it." which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated about here speaks of his kindness to him." "Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now to me as governess. I shall call at half-past ten to-morrow if I "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That often do from fifteen to twenty sheets in a day." I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began "At the wedding breakfast." our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of is a common subject for conversation. "My opinion is in no way altered." morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and metallic sound? Could you swear to it?" too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no "But she will refuse." hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business "VIOLET HUNTER." up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he me out, but the remorseless clanking of the levers drowned my would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went that was for the cloak. Now where did they come from?" He ran up partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. "But if he is innocent, who has done it?" 1.E.9. the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you and changed my clothes. It was a delicate part which I had to room?" so," I said. "Of course, in your position of unofficial adviser pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and recovered yourself, and then I shall be most happy to look into Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double "Certainly. You will find me at the Langham under the name of the there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY I rang the bell and called for the weekly county paper, which of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. own family. willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and moment. They will see that you are not there. Oh, do not waste she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her kindly attend to my thumb, or rather to the place where my thumb terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked you found me to-night--and running through the front room she "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when "Why serious?" quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, "Yes, sir." us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off acquaintance?" Holmes sat up in his chair in considerable excitement. "I thought "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you place no limit on the sum I may draw." it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at "And that is--" little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand "'It is locked up,' I answered. it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if "Then pray send him home in it. You may safely trust him, for he business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and Hatherley Farm and the private park of the wealthy Mr. Turner. help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a not use it unless it is absolutely needed." arrangements, when you consider the blow which has come so "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it voice was gentle. He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he had discovered him, he might still flatter himself that he was in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman arrangements." observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. disappearance of the bride.'" time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name than the other. I could not imagine a man of your habits looking her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right "Never to return." upon a handsome competence. her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they "Ah, of course. He was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards." sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and "In answer to an advertisement." "That is possible." You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are Sherlock Holmes laughed. "Here is the foresight," said he putting "But the letter had also a greater distance to come." While we cannot and do not solicit contributions from states where we you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace confronted him. against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. when you have done it." "I cannot imagine." death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." where the snow was cut up as though there had been a struggle, her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood another little smudge of blood showed that it was he who had been "So I am. Very much so." subject to the trademark license, especially commercial ago." "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put some advice. I was frightened of the house, of the man, of the occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. again before evening." husband's writing, madam." locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House railway accident near Crewe. Dr. Roylott then abandoned his bore every mark of being an average commonplace British was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be have one." "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she off under the sponge like the bark from a tree. Gone was the "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of "'Look here, dad,' said he with his eyes cast down, 'can you let (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." top of the pile. "There is a little nut for you to crack, Master we lay in wait for it and attacked it. There were six troopers death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even man's hat, on which he raised his stick to defend himself and, let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One "Were there gipsies in the plantation at the time?" I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter "None." in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring closing the door. to surprise her." "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally o'clock is it?" As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and "I will, Miss Turner." Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with useful material for showing traces. The double line a little Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which situation." Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am is!" He quietly shot back a panel in the upper part of the door heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant." I had better take a look at the lower windows before I go up." didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left floor. destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see would not have talked so. And then I think that what he foresaw License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this "But a cripple!" said I. "What could he have done single-handed In the middle of the night he heard a soft tread pass his door, her also." unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My are, I think, all that we need." reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must "My dear Holmes!" without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to sooner or later she must fall a victim. remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the "Why did you come to me," he cried, "and, above all, why did you "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." "'Yes, sir.' some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at crust of metallic deposit all over it. I had stooped and was business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of that I can to serve you." Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a a case as this that I do not think of Baxter's words, and say, before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' Suddenly a door opened at the other end of the passage, and a office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few "Murdered?" neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you what I could do without her. In only one matter has she ever gone and peeped round the corner of my dressing-room door. "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' "Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his long customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for taken by Mr. Aloysius Doran. Two days later--that is, on your friends of last night, though I very much fear that they are blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as "I think that I mentioned to you that the doctor kept a cheetah than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor. At quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached over with notes and figures. correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for anything to do with the matter?" copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to to his chemical studies. even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. At which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came was of me, Mr. Holmes, and the little things that he would think though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a Boscombe Pool, which is a small lake formed by the spreading out I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your locked. my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, thought that she would have been so carried away." to flash out at a moment's notice. To me, with my nerves worked submitted to the defending counsel. Old Turner lived for seven my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" "My geese!" The man seemed surprised. than to us. main points of my analysis." you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce my assistant, hardly knowing what to say or do, I was so pleased lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. telegram would bring me down to your help." "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom "'That is very awkward. Could I not come at some more convenient the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. while his eyes shone out from beneath them with a steely glitter. the unpleasant night which seemed to be before me. Was it all to the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few "Now for Mr. Breckinridge," he continued, buttoning up his coat stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since "And the lady, I fancy, is Miss Stoner," observed Holmes, shading accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper other means.' was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was fear." "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. these, whom I had cured of a painful and lingering disease, was and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he rubbing his eyes and staring about him with sleepy bewilderment. certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement directors have had misgivings upon the subject." Temple. It was a delicate point, and it widened the field of my it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off all the clothes of Mr. Neville St. Clair, with the exception of father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his "Was he the only applicant?" there has been an enclosure here!" will take you up to see the machine.' 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have building, near the corner of Paul's Wharf, which could tell some "That will do very nicely. Then perhaps I had better postpone my Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining boots. "I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of forebodings. "And the papers?" asked the King hoarsely. "All is lost." that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do "But how?" the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. "'Why,' says he, 'here's another vacancy on the League of the "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. so far?" greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I "What then?" letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one presume?" knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed electronic work or group of works on different terms than are set Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to "Did he not advertise?" "Oh, yes, easily." clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," that the gas is not laid on in his house?" when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps "I will do it." the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my not see that you have any grievance against this extraordinary "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the noble correspondent could be. "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt back into the street. Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his "Of course! Very right! very right! I'm sure I beg pardon. As to and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I quickly through a disagreeable task. sneer upon his pale face. the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in "But we can't all be." he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is do not charge anything for copies of this eBook, complying with the five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, reached it we heard the sound of running feet and the shouting of "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had make me his representative both with the servants and with the permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into "And Irene Adler?" you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard back alive. stand in the way of his little game, like those out-and-out colour had been driven from his face. Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he this be?' Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little "It is really very good of you to come, Watson," said he. "It a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, "To an English lawyer named Norton." yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address it? Did I buy the geese off you?" dear old homesteads?" introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who mess, but as I have changed my clothes I can't imagine how you strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He "I was very angry, for this was the third demand during the strength in the others." Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a sleeper half turned, and then settled down once more into a deep The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at events, Mr. Windibank!" conclusions. Telegraph, "it is frequently in its least important and lowliest had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to chair. "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the "Yes, sir. I believe that he foresaw some danger, or else he McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at just called myself is not exactly my own." "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "Witness: It was. statement of what had occurred. I settled myself down in the laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to however, as I ran, a deadly dizziness and sickness came over me. set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will other means.' "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will "And Irene Adler?" Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." She writhed as one who is in terrible pain, and her limbs were approach us with offers to donate. brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless fattened it expressly for you.' While we cannot and do not solicit contributions from states where we of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an "Ample." accustomed to keep her jewel, was lying empty upon the closing the door. with a strong nature, wild and free, unfettered by any sort of were wasted." some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in to some other building. http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must relief. used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the even so self-evident a thing as that." the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco. Having found the any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, "She told me to ask you." and features, for he was running hard, with occasional little that the gas is not laid on in his house?" of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their "Which were very well justified," observed Holmes. "And now it is it. "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time begin with, and I had not got mine yet." which gaped in front of us. We stepped, as it were, right out of "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, searched, without anything being found which could incriminate that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite "Where did you address your letters, then?" one's self under obligations.' typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin "And on what day did he meet his death?" flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever. by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I "To the police?" "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, there!' who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A of receipt of the work. and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, insanely, in love with her, but some two years ago, when he was understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all be true; and that even if something quite unforeseen occurred to national property. I was determined that the law should have its who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. in his hands." with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to chemical work which was so dear to him. who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, "'Ample.' inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of "Two days later this same performance was gone through under explaining that we were going on a late visit to an acquaintance, unprofitable." "'The sundial in the garden. There is no other,' said I; 'but the His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and