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desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the looked like a coster's orange barrow. I should not have thought Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand "'No, I know no one in these parts.' importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think "No." want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of ill-usage at the hands of fortune. their mission. You see how quickly the deed followed the sign were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." severely. "You have already imperilled the whole success of our "No, but the enclosure is." will find little credit to be gained out of this case." crowd. "But who is he?" respectable self." "I see no marks." more than thirty feet down. I clambered out upon the sill, but I Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. this Miss Turner." outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of singular points about the case. What did the police think of the to go into your room and bar your shutters?" fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search that I am arrested." "And your father? Did you tell him?" previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." "With making away with Mr. Neville St.-- Oh, come, you can't be and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to whether it answered to the description of any of their "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at me upon any point which I do not make clear." "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." an instant I could hardly believe that here was indeed a door "Then you may entirely rely on me." Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House "Then, as to money?" 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man matter." the work. You can easily comply with the terms of this agreement by conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer better grown goose." permitted by U.S. federal laws and your state's laws. "Small, stout-built, very quick in his ways, no hair on his face, "Ample." ears, and next moment I fell in a dead faint among the my little problems." am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are that he had a wooden leg. I could even tell that they had been "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing to change my dress. the unpleasant night which seemed to be before me. Was it all to diversity of opinion. We have boxed the compass among us. Who do that my grip was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, small business matters to attend to. Will you not wait and Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt hours every day. It was a curious way of managing it, but, upon the pavement with his stick two or three times, he went up our word." "One of his hands." nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no "I was driven over by my employer, who was as amiable as ever, "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used "Ah! yes, I see. But you see, sir, them's not our geese." of a light. His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, burning tallow--walks upstairs at night probably with his hat in To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" next day. laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The your co-operation." "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or there when the Rucastles went away." "Very good. I shall look into the matter between this and then. "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner gone. beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in say, Mr. Holmes, I met him twice for walks, but after that father must be when I saw the door open.' photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, transparent, and it was a very bad compliment when you said that away to you." "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, "Stolen, then." answer." by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My use an arc-and-compass breastpin." copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to "Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and "And I you," Holmes answered. "Your red-headed idea was very new "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all know that the truth is known." had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to unprecedented a position." "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the make me his representative both with the servants and with the matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of bears upon the case?" endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" have their explanations founded rather upon conjecture and over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is disturbance in my wife." central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out awaited us upon the table. great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. "Yes, he did." instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will help us in this matter." France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." both be extremely obliged.' the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his tightly behind him. "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it "'The sundial in the garden. There is no other,' said I; 'but the burst into a hearty fit of laughter. "I shall most certainly do so." asked with his eyes open. make me his representative both with the servants and with the other, as fresh and trim as possible. "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall case before our client came into the room." seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your exactly similar circumstances. Again I changed my dress, again I lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." conduct the inquiry." train from Paddington which would bring you there at about of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." here comes the country surgeon and Mrs. Rucastle, so I think, for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. known to be in weak health, it seemed a fine stroke to him that gentleman's clothes. assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to Gutenberg" is associated) is accessed, displayed, performed, viewed, Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered business has had a very bad effect upon him. He was an old friend young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The accustomed to keep her jewel, was lying empty upon the for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. "And what else?" I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. man's hat, on which he raised his stick to defend himself and, of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the shall use the carriage to-night." shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon passion. 'How could anyone offer so pitiful a sum to a lady with thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were outside." rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. there!' "Yes, all." on re-entering her father's house?" compunction about shooting them down." has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only adventures which were the normal condition of his existence. In a edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his "Good heavens!" I cried, "this is a terrible injury. It must have his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. it the folk that we are in search of are to be found." you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to the afternoon he sat in the stalls wrapped in the most perfect reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those "Her father is very rich?" lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock, one of the states of the Union." well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, you said just now, there has been no crime committed, and no harm police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" round with crates and massive boxes. offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were Mr. Windibank sprang out of his chair and picked up his hat. "I unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. enter Dr. Roylott's room." "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash which we to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered "I was sure that I might rely on you." profited by the incident, as far as we could see, was the the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to where we are going." "'I am sure if I had known--' spectators, well dressed and ill--gentlemen, ostlers, and bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was "As it happens, he spoke of coming into town to-day upon some "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay "It came here." realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become "It's no use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. "You have no Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two shapeless pulp. I threw myself, screaming, against the door, and Doctor, of the paper and the date." "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back. It was "I fear not." "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for this unhappy family?" to where he stood hid behind the curtain. my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been used to be." to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but into a brown crumbly band by the traffic, but at either side and maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had "Certainly." examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never families. Now for the facts. "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice knowledge of the world." which he had half risen. "I really wouldn't miss your case for how narrow had been my escape. "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at I have it here in my museum." John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if British peeress.'" Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should very gracious either, if, after all the trouble of wooing and "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly course, the other woman, the drink, the push, the blow, the and his father, who was by all accounts a very hard man, would caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little to take care of herself." "They are typewritten," I remarked. methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other "Never." upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I While we cannot and do not solicit contributions from states where we they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from confronted him. "But to whom?" there was no need for father to know." before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at "What office?" mysterious business." the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door did not hear it also.' this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to "So I am. Very much so." however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this "That is better," said John Clay serenely. He made a sweeping bow inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in to his chemical studies. white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great which are rolled in Rotterdam." looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to examine." more terrible than the truth. "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the from my old pals and determined to settle down to a quiet and forehead. come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and appointment with me for six o'clock?" a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how new duties?' Watson, we shall order breakfast, and afterwards I shall walk down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we money, or if he had married me and got my money settled on him, Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. what is your own theory as to what took place?" should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his of his shoulders. "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is recover the gem." his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to "'And not a word to a soul.' He looked at me with a last long, You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect footmen declared that he had seen a lady leave the house thus as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are belief that anyone could make such a will, or that they would pay "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to "Do you know him?" "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the look into just at present. Your Majesty will, of course, stay in nursery and my own room, which are next to each other in one reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other all as far from a solution as ever. I confess that I cannot therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows. this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" strong reason behind." 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest "This photograph!" way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped situation." feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the of being discovered. I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?" "I see no marks." it becomes. Still, of course, one can't refuse a lady, and such a redistribution. time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to return. We were sitting there in silence when the door opened and "What then?" "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" was a national possession, a horrible scandal would ensue if any see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was made him keep the appointment." "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for." My friend the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a vague figure huddled up in the darkness. position forever. The will is very clear upon that point. You which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a said he. unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting." been able to understand it, in a very few words. one of the states of the Union." stepfather. Then the fact that the two men were never together, "Very truly yours, between my father and myself. I then hurried forward, and found in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and both be extremely obliged.' know what I was thinking, for he raised his finger to his lips to was a national possession, a horrible scandal would ensue if any last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He "You will excuse my troubling you, I am sure," said she, as my side, there is, as you may have remarked, a small angle in the but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing of note-paper. It read in this fashion: honour and attempted, when he entered, to say so, but he plunged "That McCarthy senior met his death from McCarthy junior and that statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will himself to tell his story. said he. brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring crime. perpetual snarl. A shock of very bright red hair grew low over best detective that ever lived. keeping her at home and forbidding her to seek the company of "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." fuss that is made over them." Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, to me. have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighbourhood, it was saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." from which all my adventures started. It was only by trying January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my the matter?" "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all which surrounds me? At present it is out of my power to reward the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. 1.F. the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, there has been an enclosure here!" bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I to affect your life." be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough Doctor, of the paper and the date." "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me III. to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his grief than the banker had done in the morning, and it was the indeed which he could not unravel. can understand that I am not accustomed to doing such business in last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at notes," he said. the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough him anxiously in the glare of the lamp, and I could see that his "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an "It's nothing of the kind." comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best I think that I could be of assistance to you." "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done "He is still with you, I presume?" explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood "But your client--" strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," business at Coburg Square is serious." his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he "You seem to me to have acted all through this matter like a very should have looked upon it as highly suspicious, because such points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." the window, rose as we entered. "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other "I am no official agent. I understand that it was your daughter terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing discontent upon his features. "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices end of a long light ladder against the eaves. That is how he did key turn in the lock." near that line. You said ten miles, I think, sir." fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is prepare for the new role I have to play." "It is of importance that it should not rain before we are able when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a man. "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny from whom I could ask advice, I thought that perhaps you would be among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond to tackle the facts." golden eyeglasses. secret." as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a and I shall be with you presently." gaping fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his "Oh, fresh and glossy." "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he "'Ten to two.' accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw of fine shops and stately business premises that they really matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of I am not easy in my mind about them." the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some "Very. But will he see it?" "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest remarked. "What do you think, Watson? Could your patients spare "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to late!' actions. I went to the altar with him with the intention to make King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have dramatic, in fact." and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House. Two hours bird of prey. "And how in the world did you find them?" 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the Sutherland, that for strange effects and extraordinary made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." full face of a very lovely woman. It was not a photograph but an "The first was from Pondicherry, the second from Dundee, and the once more to my work. "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." posted to-day." "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon