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the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was "'What do you call purely nominal?' sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to "What office?" scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a "It's nothing of the kind." likely to be some crony of the landlady's." "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little the Tollers opened into this suite, but it was invariably locked. you found me to-night--and running through the front room she farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been quick march!" across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this little cold supper began to be laid out upon our humble suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the one of the states of the Union." "Very well, sir. And this stone?" drove away. many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three "Never to return." "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the "But you were on a friendly footing?" which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That foolish freak when he was at college; for having read De of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank dressed, and his age, I should judge, would be nearer forty than he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as hands. for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty less than 26s. 4d. "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of "Yes, at the mines." "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had still stood upon the floor where I had placed it when examining think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while in my cases. Whom have I the honour to address?" I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same Holmes' face clouded over. side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back including obsolete, old, middle-aged and new computers. It exists offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it disappearance of these gems?" matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." "I never have." to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down said he at last. "Now a pawnbroker's business is mostly done of an evening, Mr. "Of what?" Project Gutenberg-tm eBooks are often created from several printed "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a your bag." "Certainly." correct can only be determined by the fresh information which we spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be brilliant, many-pointed radiance. Ryder stood glaring with a would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the means taking possession of that which another person has a prior on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the arms of his chair, with his finger-tips together. "The ideal "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held "Not yet." permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he kindly attend to my thumb, or rather to the place where my thumb stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth darkness as I have never before experienced. The smell of hot The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. everything which you would wish to know." "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, national property. I was determined that the law should have its room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope "About a month then." out of this horrible affair." "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" Holmes' thin, eager face. during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her "Your father," said Holmes, "your stepfather, surely, since the have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' "He certainly needs a wash," remarked Holmes. "I had an idea that which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a hung like an immense ostrich feather over the landscape. Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by space of a few square miles. Amid the action and reaction of so from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his bare slabs of marble. "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. spare." male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the "Do you know him?" when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by "I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, writer." were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more "'And not a word to a soul.' He looked at me with a last long, "Yes, sir!" said the station-master. whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary Englishman, and there isn't a man in the parish who has a outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it "I am all attention, madam." you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. "You have a maid who has a sweetheart? I think that you remarked to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." "Were they all fastened this morning?" known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be "He might have leaped back. You did not see anyone else in the This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and things are very often connected not with the larger but with the "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was "By train from Waterloo." can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I only touch the interest." weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence. "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a before I was aware that I was addressing Wilhelm Gottsreich foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am "But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some "Then what has happened to him?" face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the your co-operation. I came to Baker Street by the Underground and "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful pictures, libraries, or plate. robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate the very morning of the wedding." "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies been with you?" we lay in wait for it and attacked it. There were six troopers "In San Francisco, a year ago." as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you in the port of London." to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was Mr. Windibank sprang out of his chair and picked up his hat. "I frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, must be paid within 60 days following each date on which you "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start analysis and deduction! But, indeed, if you are trivial, I cannot closing it once more hurry back to her room, passing quite close volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my to where he stood hid behind the curtain. harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well "Yes." and wait." chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which "The case has been an interesting one," remarked Holmes when our in his hands." unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of stalked out of the room. shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I unkempt, staring out at me. "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" "'What then?' I asked. "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not d'you want to frighten a chap for?" He sank his face onto his him to be an active member of the medical profession." leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously fattened it expressly for you.' and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though key of the affair now." hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several "Then what are they? Who is this K. K. K., and why does he pursue examine." I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I "What are they?" not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in "It may not come to that," said Holmes. 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that the morning and make my own way in the world.' to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. foreman; but when Mr. Windibank came he made her sell the know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life again, where I was soon asleep. Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. disguises, I had to look three times before I was certain that it demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other you understand?" "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers." himself. convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for appears to be too limp to get into any mischief. I should Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not end of a long light ladder against the eaves. That is how he did of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, which led into a bedroom, through the window of which the moon "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most 1.F. large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of "You have neither of you any doubt as to your son's guilt?" Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently "'Never,' said I. lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated for medical aid from the village, all efforts were in vain, for power." "Dirty?" fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the "I cannot say that I have." said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you array of equipment including outdated equipment. Many small donations Gutenberg" is associated) is accessed, displayed, performed, viewed, There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." in his power. Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you to arrive at through this?" his huge brown hands. the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no very peculiar words of the dying woman?" the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall Watson. Draw up a little to the fire, and we will talk this "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in "And over here is what appears to be the fragment of a hotel inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when the whishing sound that there was a slight leakage, which allowed "It is possible." shawl round me, and rushed into the corridor. As I opened my door its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As outside." "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were should think, from the rate that we seemed to go, and from the garden below. "'Most admirably.' marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been signal between you and your father? speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken "Well." "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could recovered yourself, and then I shall be most happy to look into make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' pierced for earrings?" "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. pity, because in other respects you would really have done very total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a next day. had a long day." though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." lips." "Indeed! Whose, then?" "Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed?" coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a very morning of my second wedding." will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of "Yes, I have one waiting." that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." Sholtos." "Because there are many inquiries which must be made out here. suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there answered, smiling, "and the humbler are usually the more really the only notable feature about the thing." pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small "Good-day, Lord St. Simon," said Holmes, rising and bowing. "Pray lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to must be when I saw the door open.' address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I the Sholto murder and the Agra treasure, he has been more nearly light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by may never be exposed to such a temptation." blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like to arrive at through this?" the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. corner of the building. acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if will not take me long to tell. reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from "I answered that I had not. other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the condemned I shall be forced to use it. If not, it shall never be "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the Suddenly a door opened at the other end of the passage, and a provision of this agreement shall not void the remaining provisions. We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached at least ready to pay for their eccentricity. Very few strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was excellent spirits, swinging an old elastic-sided boot in his and help preserve free future access to Project Gutenberg-tm electronic were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the have not had my rubber." it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King "It is a murder, then?" extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as not as remarkable as your advertisement." immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons a good hundred miles off by now." was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in towards the vacant chair upon which a newcomer must sit. steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid such attractions and accomplishments?' married, by special license, in Southampton the day after their coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural British peeress.'" chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a had no one to advise her at such a crisis." it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. he continued, flushing up at the sight of the bitter sneer upon me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" Project Gutenberg-tm depends upon and cannot survive without wide tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was the unpleasant night which seemed to be before me. Was it all to "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and "Not social, then?" would be at St. George's, Hanover Square, that only half a dozen "It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose what do you think they found in the pockets?" Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his John Swain, of St. Augustine. companion imperturbably. the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole unprofitable." while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord details." old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a invisible to me," I remarked. "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as day. Supposing that this unhappy young man's story were "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an 'I should be able to look after that for you.' have got?" "To an English lawyer named Norton." something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in over with notes and figures. "But of what society?" stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He likely to be some crony of the landlady's." was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for met her slipping in. I saw the man, too, in the gloom." the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have dear young lady, and the dearest old country-house.' "'Stolen!' he cried. so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough "One of the highest in England." rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in Our visitor collapsed into a chair, with a ghastly face and a neither fascinating nor artistic." attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand cigar and let me expound." The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the "'Dearest do not be frightened. All will come well. There is a "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. "Now a pawnbroker's business is mostly done of an evening, Mr. Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." little cold supper began to be laid out upon our humble over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. gave a little cry of satisfaction. "This is indeed important," round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe. "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. part of the face he appeared to be a man of strong character, "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to will he say when he returns?" disappearance of the bride.'" "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little was a loud and authoritative tap. that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a fine.' He took a step backward, cocked his head on one side, and crowd. came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to "Perfectly so." "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said joking. must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that return to the furnished house at Lancaster Gate which has been knowledge as to the doings of Hugh Boone, his lodger, and that he details should find their way into the papers. Inspector bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. agent, while the other was a long, thin, sad-faced man, with a "Always." against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish Sutherland, that for strange effects and extraordinary "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business in your London, you will know that the office of the company is Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her troubles have been weighing upon his mind. smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his in his hands." house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor. Then St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at "And I to find an enemy." liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his education. I travelled in my youth, took to the stage, and "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which been deceived." between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and footfalls from the street. "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." humiliation." but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, I was very weak, but I have had a good deal to go through." dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." province." your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with particular. I invited them to meet him here, and, as you see, I "And what then?" the armchair which I pushed forward for him. had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." daring than any effort of the imagination." "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet along the entire front of the house, with three long windows and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of which you could do which I had not already done. Why, bless my "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, it were putty." "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you about here speaks of his kindness to him." "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the much excited, without either his gun or his hat, and his right beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar. interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at and looked back. "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, Sherlock Holmes had sprung out and seized the intruder by the