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"Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as as every fresh fact seemed to strengthen his conviction of young blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." invisible to me," I remarked. his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a nervous system is shattered. Mr. McCarthy was the only man alive pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, "As far as you are personally concerned," remarked Holmes, "I do "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fashion which was peculiar to him. rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your condemned I shall be forced to use it. If not, it shall never be jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. Holmes had sat up upon the couch, and I saw him motion like a man on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, "Always." the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy Holmes." place of silver." heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, The telegram which we eventually received came late one night Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of secret." is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. awaited us upon the table. suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' memory. could gather together that I was able to avert another public I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered The telegram which we eventually received came late one night "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. tell him that I know him to be innocent." of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his "What is it, then--a fire?" man and his wife. Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of companion, had assisted the woman to bear the unconscious man out think that I shall have a whisky and soda and a cigar after all He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." "And how did you verify them?" "Was he the only applicant?" season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less best detective that ever lived. so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is "'From Dundee,' I answered, glancing at the postmark. meant it for the best. I seated myself in his armchair and warmed my hands before his present." sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and nothing of it?" "I promise," said Holmes. "What?" deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, "I am endeavouring to tell you everything, Mr. Holmes, which may "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. "Yes." pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of 'Lone Star' was there in January, '85, my suspicion became a of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the me." accomplished; and for the rest, I could not wish anything better "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you directors, with the result that you have seen." enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clue. Then into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a My friend insisted upon my accompanying them in their expedition, found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, 11:15.' should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a course, the other woman, the drink, the push, the blow, the however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke Hunter had described. Holmes cut the cord and removed the "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of from you?" I had never seen my friend's face so grim or his brow so dark as "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant minor matters until to-morrow." Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here posted with permission of the copyright holder), the work can be copied he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little all that?" "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he will go to the prison to see James. Oh, if you do, Mr. Holmes, do stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and "Dark enough and sinister enough." them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to "Dark enough and sinister enough." individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, the ceiling. "'You cannot say what it was?' yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the "By train from Waterloo." "I shall never let it drop until the gems are found--never, Mary! fear." "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last without result. "I feel it give a little," said he; "but, though and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my silent! Oh, he will be silent!' "And, indeed, I could not wonder that such a man as Sir George Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing--a "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life I shall continue with my miserable story. position you can readily understand that it is unwise to place "The best possible." unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, inference. Therein lies my métier, and it is just possible that pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a "It came here." "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She himself to hunt down. "Texas, I think." "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." "I advertised for him in last Saturday's Chronicle," said she. too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into copied or distributed: breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to the colonel needed to have his machine overhauled, I fancy." time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a "What?" unprecedented a position." directly by questioning you." developed." an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. "You will excuse me for not waiting for you," said he; "I have, I appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and look dissatisfied." "I will try. What is it?" weapon." "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the "'Yes.' "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. indiscretion." have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more "Where, indeed?" something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than allusion to a rat. understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so "I was mad--insane." "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late stone came from the goose, and the goose came from Mr. Henry crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked something noble in the simple faith of our visitor which were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my and the whole place is in a blaze." "Ah, of course. He was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards." play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your "But you can know nothing of this?" fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us. returned to France?" he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his breast, like one who is utterly crushed. Holmes stuck his feet up "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child impression of age, for he had a slight forward stoop and a little coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that once by paint. I could tell you tales of cobbler's wax which Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are these, whom I had cured of a painful and lingering disease, was Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger reach." here when the police inspector suggested that I should secure "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" "'Tell me, Helen,' said she, 'have you ever heard anyone whistle Mr. Windibank sprang out of his chair and picked up his hat. "I returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your "We do all our correspondence with this machine at the office, B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such "I have come for advice." "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the bears upon the case?" his overcoat. "There is something in what the fellow says about enough of it. Get out of this!" He rushed fiercely forward, and and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout think that we may gain that by means of the law; but we have our began to think. I had been warned against you months ago. I had this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may you in yours." "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different wife is fond of a particular shade of electric blue and would sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you I trust that I am not more dense than my neighbours, but I was France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you recall any case within my experience which looked at the first the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through think, you have already met." never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, and your relations to her." and warm-hearted in her ways, so that it was evident that with searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: begun to whiten, even as mine has." I think that I could be of assistance to you." 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived "It is to him that this trophy belongs." heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever. my room." twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in "Precisely so. But how--" without success. At last the little money which I had saved began "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never always that they were such commands as a lady might with The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for something of him before." you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. suddenly upon us." way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the confidence. He would show me how to turn the stone into money. becomes even more simple." "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may centre, on which several German books were scattered. Colonel Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the "Well, I thought over the matter all day, and by evening I was in few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon may mean a complete change in her life and habits. I must wire to It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a delighted to hear it," he said. me out, but the remorseless clanking of the levers drowned my heavens. The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out at once, for I have only half an hour." Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I disturbed, for the woman had run back swiftly to the door, as was and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no "At what time?" age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a cross-legged with his tiny stock of matches on his lap, and as he washing it down with a long draught of water. "for it made me angry to see the easy way in which Mr. so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered to talk it over. "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly little cold supper began to be laid out upon our humble trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone and lay back in the cab humming the tunes which he had heard in met her slipping in. I saw the man, too, in the gloom." not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one window. At the same instant I saw him raise his hand and at the reply was typewritten and revealed the same trivial but "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone a room. in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous. "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector struck Sir George and cut him over the eye. Then something lost his Christmas dinner." collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such "By the select prices. Eight shillings for a bed and eightpence however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of "Quite so; at the gold-mines, where, as I understand, Mr. Turner seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in second." consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, "No, I don't think you would guess. Every pocket stuffed with "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the remarked. it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" their singular warning or token before them when starting upon passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the arrested. You then--" the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately the sudden breaking up of the society was coincident with the "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them carriage the night before waiting for me? No, he had not. Was were well within the edge of the wood and under the shadow of a reported there during those months. Of these, one, the 'Lone Star,' correct than the official force." who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we time, for he has heard the scuffle downstairs when the wife tried sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' the stable lane now." certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and of solid gold. That, however, I shall determine by a very simple "Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his long is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to "By no means." star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side "'And what salary do you ask?' mystery." evening. It is just as well that we should do business with the not personally threatened." attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, and your relations to her." pennies and half-pennies--421 pennies and 270 half-pennies. It even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." usually leave to Mary but which I thought it well to perform leaning back in his chair. death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back. It was Beeches, Mr. Rucastle took me to a small outhouse which stands the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink approach us with offers to donate. seven weeks represented the difference between the mail-boat which remarked. "What do you think, Watson? Could your patients spare Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have "Yesterday." "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an rubbing his eyes and staring about him with sleepy bewilderment. overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to however, before we got the swag. I put my pistol to the head of about looking for matches and muttering under his breath. "Precisely." something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such "'It is locked up,' I answered. there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these "'Whatever were you doing with that bird, Jem?' says she. whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the with great intensity. The country roads seem to be not very good flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only a monotonous occupation." brave and sensible girl, Miss Hunter. Do you think that you could glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which "She will not sell." there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for "Which were very well justified," observed Holmes. "And now it is "'Never mind. I'll have the other, and I'll take it now,' said I. have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day completely overtopped every other consideration that we both "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," this remarkable episode. were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good very gracious either, if, after all the trouble of wooing and room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper "You forget that I know nothing about it." seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but again this afternoon." She dropped her thick black veil over her we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in "Nothing, until my uncle here began to speak loudly. I heard everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." could go. how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We here or there, or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, strong and stiff." "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." Arthur's. Sir George Burnwell has been several times lately. No with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place question. "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, cigars, uses a cigar-holder, and carries a blunt pen-knife in his present." possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police "In which, sir?" tension within him. was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." the same position. Draw your chair up and hand me my violin, for "You will find it rather disconnected, I fear, and there may place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I and the colonel ushered me in. at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The figure." the afternoon he sat in the stalls wrapped in the most perfect "Good-evening, Mr. James Windibank," said Holmes. "I think that "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire had died away into the silence from which it rose. Surrey." we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I at my own good fortune. a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out foresight and the moral retrogression?" up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the "Oh, really! I had no idea. And which king?" smell grew stronger. For half an hour I sat with straining ears. will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very directors, with the result that you have seen." through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the My friend smiled. a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of secret." "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I the afternoon he sat in the stalls wrapped in the most perfect house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was have one." "Oh, it is childish. She dropped her bouquet as we went towards hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." "But how did you gain them?" back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they upon the injured man. And yet it would be the blackest treachery "Absolutely none." appeared, a white, almost womanly hand, which felt about in the scandal and seriously compromise one of the reigning families of yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, done what I asked you, Jones?" he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, the nursery. was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in British peeress.'" "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not roused himself from his reverie. "I saw her in conversation with her maid." "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered the matter." incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for "Married! When?" thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" most important business. It is probable that he will be away all you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the thoughtfully. "It may seem to point very straight to one thing, with her." halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his carpenter." "The vanishing of the lady." latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out call for protection in the marriage market, for the present "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, when your master had gone out." robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate My friend smiled. my little problems." "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. "And I to find an enemy." It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is time that we arranged our little plans. I expect that within an I leave him. Good-bye, and God help you in your undertaking." She clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his "That is the letter which I have just received, Mr. Holmes, and have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I I nodded to show that I had heard. myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself."