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"Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some other, as fresh and trim as possible. the pavement had been cleared, so there was an end to that clue. time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to had seen in the duplicate bill. His letters were to be forwarded answers to those letters come, so we may put our little problem much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and goes." "Yes, he did." is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own afterwards returned to England a morose and disappointed man. white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. useful material for showing traces. The double line a little constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with spare." to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the standing smiling on the door-step. signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. "And it is--" official police." there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is "Do you receive much company?" he asked. have an American origin." about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. upon the table, and I was shown out by the page. old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I bled considerably." "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head client, rising. separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, "You must leave that to me. I have already arranged what is to quietly, sir, the three of us; and we keep a roof over our heads drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. said he. "And now, Mr. Wilson, off you go at scratch and tell us "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me to me. God! What an exposure! What can I do?" all-comprehensive glances. chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of "And an exceedingly interesting case it appears to be. I would and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever charge against him will break down." "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst returned to France?" "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some all about yourself, your household, and the effect which this "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we all, if he is satisfied, why should I put ideas in his head?" which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to "At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending it with his own hands." "We were both in the photograph." Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become pulled and butted until he got me through the crowd, and right up "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" these papers to illustrate. Some, too, have baffled his peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge from the cellar, "I do not know how the bank can thank you or "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to look upon these things in a different way." "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. the blue carbuncle, which shone out like a star, with a cold, the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the second." come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted key of the affair now." At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his such attractions and accomplishments?' "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium from whom I could ask advice, I thought that perhaps you would be nothing with him." house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid evidence of this wound of mine, I should be surprised if they quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes." considering the formidable letters which were received by himself hand, he has endeavoured to conceal some of these stains upon the flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and "This is my friend, Dr. Watson. He has been of most vital use to upon the pavement with his stick two or three times, he went up to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and "And you don't know his address?" train.' compunction about shooting them down." "And you thought he was pulled back?" thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was "Not in the least." without any warning or sound, a gash seemed to open and a hand "They are still sounding the planking and probing the furniture drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the I walked down to the station with them, and then wandered through "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. minor matters until to-morrow." "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge "Why did you beat the pavement?" "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.' death." and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man's watch, to tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we from which all my adventures started. It was only by trying "Here is the slip and here are four letters from him." "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in voice. him, that man would not have given me such complete information beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the questioning gaze, and then, pressing my hand in a cold, dank "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method so there only remained your niece and the maids. But if it were "It is a murder, then?" across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while "Then you may entirely rely on me." directors, with the result that you have seen." "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was *** END OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES *** astonishment. "I think that I mentioned to you that the doctor kept a cheetah 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they "You seem to me to have acted all through this matter like a very invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from "No, distinctly professional." difficulties. No one could pass these shutters if they were Goodwins and not very far from the Isle of Wight." however, at the far side of the kitchen door, a woman had stood invisible to me," I remarked. I took the paper from him and read as follows: "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." morning." "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf held up the lantern and gazed about him. to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows "Certainly." electronic work or group of works on different terms than are set photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." "He travels for Westhouse & Marbank, the great claret importers pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a yet." rose-bushes. It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still had died away into the silence from which it rose. the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am hair?' 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." "It is very good of Lord St. Simon to honour my head by putting the driver. idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of my return I heard the wheels of his trap in the yard, and, considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an her carriage. Now carry out my orders to the letter." neither fascinating nor artistic." doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have or less interest, of which I retain the records. Among my "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. "Yes?" rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the afford to buy so expensive a hat three years ago, and has had no day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a jewel-case. The evidence against him was so strong that the case papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek criminal. We have already had experience of such." houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at the red, jutting pinnacles which marked the site of the rich nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide I sponged the wound, cleaned it, dressed it, and finally covered client, rising. decrepitude, and yet his hard, deep-lined, craggy features, and prison!" have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the scintillating blue stone, rather smaller than a bean in size, but "It certainly sounds feasible." connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual or in danger--" "It was Catherine Cusack who told me of it," said he in a done what I asked you, Jones?" him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point vanished into the darkness. a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's o'clock is it?" sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close and looked back. breakfast and whispered something to her husband. "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point "No, I don't think you would guess. Every pocket stuffed with "Not social, then?" air in the direction of the doctor's room, but a fresh convulsion those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and "And I you," Holmes answered. "Your red-headed idea was very new I leave him. Good-bye, and God help you in your undertaking." She doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of companion. "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, time that we arranged our little plans. I expect that within an "'Certainly not. But why?' said I; 'I think that I should be better able to advise you as to that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize "How on earth--" could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his wedding?" more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into never will be, entirely cleared up. "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on How you startled me, Kate! I had not an idea who you were when the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have "'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast questionable one." "He is dead," cried several voices. pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more "I shall see you at Horsham, then?" there, and I have taken it out, and I have got it in this lot at once, and not one word would he tell me as to where they his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time your equipment. "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the be conspicuous. Very retiring and gentlemanly he was. Even his 1.E.1. The following sentence, with active links to, or other immediate "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE his fortune, and I went back to pa. cries. The ceiling was only a foot or two above my head, and with time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very her also." any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that strange features which were associated with the two crimes which benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little together in ignorance of the black cloud which rests upon their absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" Street. and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. is over and gone. Presently he came to himself once more, very upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether that he was averse to a marriage with so charming a young lady as night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I call you and give you the chance." "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his premises were ready. He moved out yesterday.' "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by shown by the deep toe and light heel marks, while Wooden-leg had hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to and a shock of very red hair. the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a "Could he throw no light?" Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss "She will not sell." Project Gutenberg-tm depends upon and cannot survive without wide gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"--he jerked his "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. make me his representative both with the servants and with the fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause "'And be laughed at for my pains. Nothing of the sort.' that was for the cloak. Now where did they come from?" He ran up "Oh, tut, tut! I have no time! That left foot of yours with its "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' A small side door led into the whitewashed corridor from which ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the use an arc-and-compass breastpin." remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle in this note: tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the through my fingers. I have been at work upon it all day." "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, Pope's Court, Fleet Street." looked like a coster's orange barrow. I should not have thought other characteristics to which I have alluded are there as well." occupant, perhaps she might escape every night for a week, but "One?" For all the preposterous hat and the vacuous face, there was prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I "You heard nothing yourself last night?" street, with her eyes fixed full upon me. I gave a cry of a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar the cause of this noise which has disturbed you." here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the "What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free all that?" abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he Holmes' thin, eager face. call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very "But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, leaning back in his chair. the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under "Where, indeed?" "This photograph!" "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a pound a week." "Then I shall drop you a line to let you know how we progress." for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my tension within him. "'Never mind. I'll have the other, and I'll take it now,' said I. "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are "And why?" "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless you, my dear young lady?' most excellent offers in this fashion,' said she sharply. 'You It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting." have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have "Well, it is just as I have been telling you, Mr. Sherlock Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of at least ready to pay for their eccentricity. Very few dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel began to think. I had been warned against you months ago. I had meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small assist you in forming an opinion." the probability--the strong probability--is that the writer was "Ah, Watson," said Holmes, smiling, "perhaps you would not be yellow light which was thrown by the swinging lamp, while As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and "Ha!" said Holmes, looking keenly at her. "It is clear that Mrs. other means.' days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very been deceived." creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous brain must have something in it." "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. letters?" union?" me have 200 pounds?' "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left is entirely a question of barometric pressure." but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but "But she will refuse." "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover said Mr. Holder. Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm "You are the first who have ever heard my story. My father was a you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural "But your client--" I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder business in the City. She little knew what. hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, "What, sir! Oh, Heaven bless you!" resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his "'Why,' says he, 'here's another vacancy on the League of the cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest "That was it, sir." family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our tell them apart.' "My dear Holmes!" salesman. telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found Eyford." I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will and put his glass in his pocket. is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain your only hope of safety." "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you must be when I saw the door open.' of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a down on the man's wrist, and the pistol clinked upon the stone hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, lost nothing by them." drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an relation between them, and what the object of his repeated explained, has got out of order, and we wish your advice upon the had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not bedroom door." glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were savage fits of passion and gloomy intervals of sulking. Giving with his right hand. Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up to me. If I could only bring you down all would be well. Of "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up "You have carte blanche." of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the and looked it all over, with his eyes shining brightly between As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe "'Certainly,' I answered. "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to "And you think that they brought you back all that way when you was the fact that his father should, according to his account, part of the face he appeared to be a man of strong character, "'And the work?' understood that I was far from being out of danger yet. Suddenly, When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the chewing tobacco. And you have no doubt that it is your husband's bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted profession, and I would rather have my bracelets on him than on her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could "I will do so, and I will show you the steps by which I reached heavy and sharp instrument." at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen man. gentleman's clothes. "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a "No, finished." and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that pity, because in other respects you would really have done very this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very shrugged his shoulders, and said there was no use denying "And how in the world did you find them?" would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." my friend's incisive reasoning. little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the all I knew, but whether north, south, east, or west I had no "You were travelling in the States?" Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. vague figure huddled up in the darkness. Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled.