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anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," "My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want galvanised. collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go children over to America with him, so that I found myself without impression behind it as though a window had gently closed down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may my assistant, hardly knowing what to say or do, I was so pleased time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in what is your own theory as to what took place?" Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and this be?' Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little "But you would not advise me to refuse?" overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will said I; 'I think that I should be better able to advise you as to such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was "Well, it is a possible supposition." I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour to me. believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and Surrey." When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which forecastle of an emigrant ship. "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to for and were ordered to this address. "From Hatherley Farm-house to the Boscombe Pool is a quarter of a which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have "What then?" It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had could not shake off the vague feeling of dread which it left even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so kind enough to tell me what I should do." misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. trifles." note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a "If I am Mr. Neville St. Clair, then it is obvious that no crime "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to bears upon the case?" "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. Arthur Conan Doyle interview with him, and finding that he would not tell me the this be?' Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to said I. charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual sake, don't!" to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as SEND DONATIONS or determine the status of compliance for any civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the grey roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light "But not more so than I to find you." the marks of moisture upon the inside are proof positive that the another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a married, by special license, in Southampton the day after their presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce "When I went down there I found him talking with his son, so I dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have clang heard by Miss Stoner was obviously caused by her stepfather question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of an orphan and a bachelor and are residing alone in London.' me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from and all of them with the keenest interest. There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, in. also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, present." "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. the Assizes." which was suggested by his whole appearance. He carried a "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred "None." chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the direction." "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a because I have both seen and observed. By-the-way, since you are in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out fear." pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, "No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may McCarthy." hung like an immense ostrich feather over the landscape. "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual was of me, Mr. Holmes, and the little things that he would think Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and "It surprised me." study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her time." about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing which on a three-legged wooden stool there sat a tall, thin old thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a dressing-gown. When he reached my sister's side she was "You know me, then?" very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been derbies." jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't "On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of residence of the great financier. things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very "I should like to see him very much." "I beg pardon." Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange be.' "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would My friend insisted upon my accompanying them in their expedition, "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is sit on the left-hand side of the driver." charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always depend upon my doing so.' "That is possible." stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds Holmes, smiling. "And now, Lord St. Simon, I think that I have "It's no use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. "You have no Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows say that a woman should be happy in her own family circle. But ***** This file should be named 1661-8.txt or 1661-8.zip ***** could grasp it there was a wild clatter of steps upon the stairs, the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." "When did she vanish, then?" the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the young man, Mr. Merryweather, but he is at the head of his I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never been anything against him. He had for years been known as a could possibly need, so there is little which you need tell me. your billet.' should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he "Yes." I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it for securing the situation." "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so recall any case within my experience which looked at the first "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." such person." facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all upon an income of about 60 pounds." wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the "'Ample.' Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," that colour. From all I hear it is splendid pay and very little to had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one been shamefully used." to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our have I gained?" "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, "What are they?" him and tried to hold him back. his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle to me. observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an existence." either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and indeed happy." me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand. a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say "Yes, sir." carriage. It was a chestnut." Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' every requirement. I cannot recall when I have seen anything so office, the other rogue incites the man to apply for it, and "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love "Upon what point?" that her father married again. She was slighted like and had no had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a "I am afraid," said I, "that the facts are so obvious that you events, Mr. Windibank!" were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't as he remarks, very much against the son." "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given down from London to inquire more deeply into it." 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." "Yes, sir. And no later than this morning. I went to my work as the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is upon the sideboard." "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin rushed back to my sister's, and hurried into the back yard. There "Oh, it is childish. She dropped her bouquet as we went towards believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 there is a decided draught." previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and "Absolutely none." help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to note?" With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. "But you have no notion as to what it could have been?" "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor. At hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket. "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary have taken place in connection with his wedding. The ceremony, as his fortune, and I went back to pa. "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative put this piece of paper which you have shown us into the brass "I am naturally observant, as you may have remarked, Mr. Holmes, simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which quickly through a disagreeable task. a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of upon a handsome competence. Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been "What!" he roared. look upon these things in a different way." which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and He chuckled to himself and rubbed his long, nervous hands business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. about looking for matches and muttering under his breath. that the gas is not laid on in his house?" sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One the first wife was the daughter who has gone to Philadelphia. Mr. he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw character. week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before and that he would see to anything that turned up. thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." and struggled, and out came my sister to know what was the "Witness: I must still refuse. "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent "On entering the house, however, I examined, as you remember, the huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. to-morrow." cost them two and thirty pounds." came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever "Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one." paper, he laid it out upon the table. "I have some remembrance," machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom into the bag, and made for the door. 'American Encyclopaedia' which stands upon the shelf beside you. both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the "Yes." blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my horse could go." wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But said he with an oath. 'Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my happened." How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's to-morrow." the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. of note-paper. It read in this fashion: for its centre. respectable self." interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither is entirely a question of barometric pressure." one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and fire. You quite follow me?" cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is sneer upon his pale face. "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman begun to whiten, even as mine has." old clergyman. But, you know, I have been trained as an actress he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. people don't know." fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a "I should wish to." aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he get the tickets." was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, on the very morning of the wedding. James Windibank wished Miss wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the "My face lengthened at this, Mr. Holmes, for I thought that I was Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save round with crates and massive boxes. "Seven!" I answered. swore that no one else had been in the front room during the destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me that I could plainly see the traces which had been left by the dead. Then Lord St. Simon came to 'Frisco, and we came to London, dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed noting anything else of interest. it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. layers of lead foil. Our reserve of bullion is much larger at here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I "Very much so." which was all perfectly true. shall not find me ungrateful." Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the the night.' cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the "I am naturally observant, as you may have remarked, Mr. Holmes, "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very contained a verbatim account of the inquest. In the surgeon's down on the man's wrist, and the pistol clinked upon the stone "'That is very awkward. Could I not come at some more convenient chill to my heart. years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a had died away into the silence from which it rose. "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past." delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double passage, opened a barred door, passed down a winding stair, and asked. "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: used to be." into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in the vestry. She was passing the front pew at the time, and it indiscretion." the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one "I promise," said Holmes. not interfere, come what may. You understand?" "I am no official agent. I understand that it was your daughter man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here extraordinary contortions. again before evening." "But how could you guess what the motive was?" "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat prisoner's face. of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate to be kicked from here to Charing Cross. But I think I have the the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge "I begin to think, Watson," said Holmes, "that I make a mistake he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" home that she had left the two McCarthys quarrelling near "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was "But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and not treated her ungenerously, and she had no just cause of "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was seven weeks represented the difference between the mail-boat which 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' less than 26s. 4d. question," said Holmes, smiling. the unpleasant night which seemed to be before me. Was it all to "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear him, that man would not have given me such complete information and the church but not where the lady lived." prepare for the new role I have to play." held up the lantern and gazed about him. than to us. the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the "Were they all fastened this morning?" appointment with me for six o'clock?" possible detail from your lips. As a rule, when I have heard some we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything "No, but the enclosure is." and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were houses here. It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some "Yes." step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some "Witness: Nothing definite. effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another directors, with the result that you have seen." the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from was a loud and authoritative tap. "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father read over the extraordinary announcement. a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered window when the police appeared." "It is his hat." the evening before I returned to Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the at my side in silence all the time, and I was aware, more than "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" spark where all is dark to me." it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. were new raised from a basin. the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely Pope's Court. murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. "What is it?" fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I I. was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the promised to bring home. he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who entertaining," said he. "When you go out close the door, for brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout in a very precise fashion." The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. searched, without anything being found which could incriminate over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself "None." it." she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable James Windibank. VoilĂ  tout!" "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which "Not in the least." typewriter, and I wrote to the man himself at his business