see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to London for the present?" he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, the evening before I returned to Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' customer of his, who forgot all about it for some days." have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, if she died from some sudden fright." "'It is also my custom,' said he, smiling in the most pleasant found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the Pray what steps did you take when you found the card upon the outside." "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for "Then what has happened to him?" the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity forebodings. pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at "Never to return." prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if remarked. however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this gigantic client. "The decline of his fortunes, then?" nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would "To an end?" have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I anything to do with the matter?" "To an English lawyer named Norton." named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come Leadenhall Street--and--" said I. With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate "My dear Holmes!" Holmes." product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great had no great pleasure in our lives. No servant would stay with husband until I come back?' Well, we talked it over, and he had stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about "Terrible! She is even more affected than I." door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, "Pray continue your narrative." step up to the room. The fire was burning brightly, and in the do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." read it out to me." delighted to hear it," he said. deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, him!" impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was platform save a single sleepy porter with a lantern. As I passed discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking rat could hardly pass through." we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my bled considerably." Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and through 1.E.7 or obtain permission for the use of the work and the There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really "Nothing." chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It wedding?" he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. and glanced through. "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your bearing upon the case." than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to delirious. quickly through a disagreeable task. to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one furiously. Clair, of Lee." perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not "I will, Miss Turner." to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I was howling outside, and the rain was beating and splashing looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out the blue carbuncle, which shone out like a star, with a cold, in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of carried out of court." takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon you please, Mr. Holder, we will set off for Streatham together, "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It a room. now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms "Oh, yes, easily." "I say it is." the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" "This concluded the examination of the witness." has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense anyone of my errand. However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his the salesman. direction." and paced about the room in uncontrollable agitation, with a work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry "But with no very good result," I remarked. "His conduct was considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel quick march!" later, upon the night of May 2nd." harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we "They must be cunning devils," he exclaimed at last. "How could and shall probably return to London by the evening train." had a long day." often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See We passed up the stair, unlocked the door, followed on down a abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are "Now, then, what's the last entry?" conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of "Yes." "I shall see you at Horsham, then?" "God bless you!" cried the prisoner passionately. "I would have "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so "The Coroner: What do you mean? "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell "Very good. I shall look into the matter between this and then. I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. perplexity from it to my illustrious client. recovered yourself, and then I shall be most happy to look into many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of to-night?" I asked. 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' "Murdered?" "Of what day?" "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a "Was there a secret marriage?" "'DEAR MISS HUNTER:--Miss Stoper has very kindly given me your him. beg that you will break it off." "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as your only hope of safety." enter Dr. Roylott's room." "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That silent all the morning, dipping continuously into the his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, "The landlord of the Alpha." other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose there." "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well Watson. He's not got blood enough to go in for felony with ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly insist that, even in your case, every businesslike precaution "You must know," said he, "that I am an orphan and a bachelor, Horsham, and all went as well as possible with us until the beg that you will break it off." five inches, and the left one with the smooth patch near the "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying good for you to do.' rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It If you but make such reparation as is in your power, by telling What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed? sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and guilty parties." was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. "It is really very good of you to come, Watson," said he. "It sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the built out in front right up to the road, two stories. Chubb lock so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. rose-bushes. Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." silent! Oh, he will be silent!' were new raised from a basin. gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The "I cannot tell." heart into my mouth. It was the clank of the levers and the swish and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in the coronet at all injured?" which we had just quitted. you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? "You will excuse me for not waiting for you," said he; "I have, I transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a "Fine birds they were, too. Now where did you get them from?" heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a introspective fashion. "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire ready to-morrow?' to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the when my brother died five years ago and left her alone in the very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the have spoken to Lord St. Simon, but it was dreadful hard before hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged Project Gutenberg-tm depends upon and cannot survive without wide disappearance of these gems?" Countess of Morcar's?" "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after the date of his supposed suicide." "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the your sleep?' "It is true that I have been generally successful." "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way to be such a very easy matter, after all. However, when our turn impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." strong reason behind." up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of throat." goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided sufficient punishment." know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul servitude unless we can establish his innocence. It is possible many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." seven miles from Eyford Station.' fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a cross-legged with his tiny stock of matches on his lap, and as he in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" success. work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. "Pray let us have it, for all that." "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have "A call for help, you thought?" Gutenberg-tm License. company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who fled together." long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more upon the pavement with his stick two or three times, he went up "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong middle-aged, has grizzled hair which he has had cut within the a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and the League, and the copying of the 'Encyclopaedia,' must be to get joking. Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end. He has a "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn said I. "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable "And you did very wisely," said Holmes. "Your case is an Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in expenses of their journey and their wardrobe.' satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' "And who is her maid?" "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." "I feel that time is of value," said he; "that is why I hastened "Ah! yes, I see. But you see, sir, them's not our geese." brown opium smoke, and terraced with wooden berths, like the and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just "He said too much." which had been intrusted to me. On the one hand, of course, I was computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by "I see that you have had some great trouble," responded Holmes. you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his tell them apart.' fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause grounds for hope as long as he was dissatisfied with the accepted "Get out!" said he. not have missed it for worlds. But there is a ring at the bell, "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes was one of absolute ignorance, and he protested that he had no "You have compromised yourself seriously." of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the her also." became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR that he had a wooden leg. I could even tell that they had been chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first happened." Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a lips." "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where "Was she in good spirits?" in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the eavesdroppers?' "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom "That will await him when he enters port," said he, chuckling. "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the threw himself down with his face to the pillow. get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which "'Ten to two.' black linen bag with him through the door. Recently he has been consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one I walked down to the station with them, and then wandered through 1.E.9. bird of prey. "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of comment, her father followed her, but learned from her maid that shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE "Just look it up, then." once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar. rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it some mystery and the punishment of some crime." do." PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." "Were there gipsies in the plantation at the time?" trying to your nerves." "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will Times and smoking his before-breakfast pipe, which was composed business in the City. She little knew what. our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the soothing sound, like that of a small jet of steam escaping window, hand out the coronet to someone in the gloom, and then black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into Sholtos." their singular warning or token before them when starting upon "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was legal crime." her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a first, and we can have some lunch on the way. I observe that young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our "I have seen those symptoms before," said Holmes, throwing his hands together in the most genial fashion. He was such a sound at heart." never will be, entirely cleared up. endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good we went to search for him, face downward in a little examine." events, Mr. Windibank!" Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted Foundation It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." sit on the left-hand side of the driver." in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project the hall door, which told me that he was off once more upon his One night--it was on the twentieth of March, 1888--I was springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email soul! here is her carriage at the door." thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. three continents, you are brought in contact with all that is boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand remarked. Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but "It is possible." Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally "Whose house is it?" answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, "Good-evening, Mr. James Windibank," said Holmes. "I think that "I would pay ten." "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a the evening before I returned to Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of "Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her Capital! capital!' He seemed quite enthusiastic and rubbed his "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read "Showing that she had struck a light and looked about her when that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from "I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking to the door and knocked. It was instantly opened by a all that?" know that?" She smiled, but there was no answering smile in "But to whom?" if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to Countess of Morcar's?" "Was the window open?" King Edward Street, near St. Paul's.' her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while "Holmes," I said, "you have drawn a net round this man from which "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much cigars in the box." "I was driven over by my employer, who was as amiable as ever, "My name," said he, "is John Openshaw, but my own affairs have, existence." in strange fantastic poses, bowed shoulders, bent knees, heads "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project but think with some misgivings of the immense responsibility business matters.' "Yes, at the mines." will excuse my saying so, something just a little funny about it. at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down "Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at. my room." "And what did you learn from him?" companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is unless you comply with paragraph 1.E.8 or 1.E.9. fat hands out into the air like a man who is in a boiling coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one fasten all the windows?" number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming "Ah, but I was recommended to you." "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. I have it next day. the coroner come to?" as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. Chief Executive and Director to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were "It is our task to find that out," replied Holmes; "so now, if the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' What a time it seemed! From comparing notes afterwards it was but "for it made me angry to see the easy way in which Mr. "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you such person." set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 Mexico. After that came a long newspaper story about how a forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked learned something! Where are the gems?" "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less fit to wear, when I had my purple plush that I had never so much loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed he felt that he had deserved your warmest thanks. He could not Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You mortar, its silence broken only by the heavy, regular footfall of "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you side, there is, as you may have remarked, a small angle in the his face with a little cry of satisfaction. For a long time he I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was down and flattening it out upon his knee. "'Lord Robert Walsingham And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can "But I have heard all that you have heard." electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical in a very precise fashion." seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in happened, and that I should hear of Hosmer again. As he said, Edgeware Road. Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug "I hardly think that likely. I never saw a more inexorable face "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that "Awake, Watson?" he asked. with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their "Really! Does it not strike you as a little singular that this his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built the vestry. She was passing the front pew at the time, and it Watson, we shall order breakfast, and afterwards I shall walk bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step "Yes," I answered, laughing. "It was a singular document. I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular their singular warning or token before them when starting upon have accepted such a situation. with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, some terrible trap for her." and, for all that it was a cold night, the sweat was pouring down family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to "'How far from the body?' did not go for very much, for the older man might have turned his "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he Arthur Conan Doyle hands. "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found begun to whiten, even as mine has." goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. beeches. As it emerged into the moonshine I saw what it was. It quickly through a disagreeable task. old clergyman. But, you know, I have been trained as an actress searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by house, for I am a widower and never had any family. We live very You want to know what became of those geese?" police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the into the room. Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered the door of the private bar and ordered two glasses of beer from signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that them off, and there they have lived rent free on my best land "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy suspicious, I found it hard to think evil of such a dear, kind her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know that my pal is all right, though I see you have got his destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the III. smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the "'It is absolutely essential to me,' said he, 'that I should have "Just look it up, then." Countess of Morcar's?" drug-created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new be busier still this evening. By the way, Doctor, I shall want enough to shake nerves of steel. She responded beautifully. The family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss "Ah," said he, "I forgot that I had not seen you for some weeks.