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gained property under his arm. "There are a few of us who a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should three of the beryls in it, was missing. written, and locked the door of the office after me. Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like despaired of." these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen "Frequently." began to think. I had been warned against you months ago. I had preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no are sound, and that the door, window, and chimney are impassable, the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to to me as governess. I shall call at half-past ten to-morrow if I "Dirty?" "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 case-book, which he consulted. rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project Lestrade of Scotland Yard." ill-usage at the hands of fortune. too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each "'Some little time ago I bought a small place--a very small that I could plainly see the traces which had been left by the Where does the thing come from?' considering the formidable letters which were received by himself Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing past. said Mr. Holder. "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very "I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw questionable one." fatally injured? wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the "In heaven's name, what for?" leaning back in his chair. A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, it." and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in pressing in one house as in another. the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his "Your sister is dead, then?" he died? but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you "Yes?" by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking "There was nothing in the office but a couple of wooden chairs before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper if I call to-morrow?" "Come," cried the inspector, laughing; "it's a very pretty 1.E.9. expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" although they impressed me in his favour and you against him. One sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the enemy. I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he it were putty." shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the "You have carte blanche." "Was she in good spirits?" his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" reached it we heard the sound of running feet and the shouting of 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed corridor. Twice he struck at the chamber door without any reply "I fear not." be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call "And why?" dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every "The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is bears upon the case?" wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, decrepitude, and yet his hard, deep-lined, craggy features, and prisoner's face. and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord. Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or dates and names. shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was next day. a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which grasp, he hurried from the room. every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I "I will do so, and I will show you the steps by which I reached to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more had discovered him, he might still flatter himself that he was pinch of snuff. "Pray continue your very interesting statement." attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at Near Waterloo Bridge.' Here is the account: business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start "What on earth can be the matter with him?" I asked. "He is and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it been with you?" lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of "How do you know, then?" Mexico. After that came a long newspaper story about how a Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man "Fine birds they were, too. Now where did you get them from?" call for protection in the marriage market, for the present "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's knowledge of the world." heavily into it. than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more For all the preposterous hat and the vacuous face, there was footfalls from the street. lot at once, and not one word would he tell me as to where they either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to 11:15.' he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw empty, and a note for me lay upon the hall table. I had said to there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel "But how could you guess what the motive was?" "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which "Yes, it would be as well." hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried purpose of examination. "On the contrary, this is the right side." bright semicircle which was thrown from the fanlight. Just as I spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white "'Never,' said I. The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of becomes even more simple." "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears present it is not too much to say that it is of such weight it the bottom.' "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." however, when compared to the deep mystery through which we were circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind you for a few hours?" elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself side. some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom "Holmes, the busybody!" he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not hair-ends, clean cut by the scissors of the barber. They all herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy singular points about the case. What did the police think of the the same feet." He drew out a lens and lay down upon his if only as a check to my own memory." "He is dead," cried several voices. ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I country, and eventually married, without anyone having a been shamefully used." "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in "'There is a drive, then?' doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly you found me to-night--and running through the front room she doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: "This is my friend, Dr. Watson. He has been of most vital use to adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant signal between you and your father? some place of shelter and let the county police know what has Have you good authority for what you say?" Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further is worth.' actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps man and his wife. Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, that the bureau had been forced open, and that the small morocco maiden herself was most instructive." higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in "I would give my fortune to have them back." "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, "Yes, the wine-cellar." his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual my room." presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the "Yes, sir. He and a girl of fourteen, who does a bit of simple police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems "9th. McCauley cleared. "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, his forehead." latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." again to the corner, still looking keenly at the houses. Finally "How on earth--" "'Ample.' world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large "How often?" difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they should like to vanish away and never see any of them again--just my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than down in his armchair and closing his eyes. would apply.' window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." cost them two and thirty pounds." With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If and he would give these vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few "I cannot say that I have." gummed, if I am not very much in error, by a person who had been that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what have one." the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must man. the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." glided away to some other topic, until at last I gave it over in of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that "Not in a good cause." chewing tobacco. And you have no doubt that it is your husband's awkward doing business with an alias." from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done residence of the great financier. WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and "And Mademoiselle's address?" he asked. "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the "No, finished." he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, "Oh, it is childish. She dropped her bouquet as we went towards ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." to his chemical studies. "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very married, by special license, in Southampton the day after their 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Vincent Spaulding did what he could to A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I at once furnish information. In this case I found her biography premises were ready. He moved out yesterday.' will not take me long to tell. call you and give you the chance." and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. still time to take a train to Hereford and see him to-night?" "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody quiet and innocent one. There the matter stands at present, and gbnewby@pglaf.org I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were into the room. and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. "Entirely." "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and security.' seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A relation between them, and what the object of his repeated "Well, it is a possible supposition." not wake you. This case, I presume, contains the coronet. We must walking." face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though "No, he was averse to it also. No one but Mr. McCarthy was in "I will get her to show me." His face was bent downward, his shoulders bowed, his lips and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of "Then I shall certainly come." characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other had I set a price upon my own services, and it was possible that "You'll never persuade me to believe that." red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe tear off another piece?' "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." "How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. was no wonder that it had not been swept away by the tide. But a which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of as noiselessly as she had come. chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so meanly of me." Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at "Now, it is a fact, gentlemen, as you may see for yourselves, "'Tell me, Helen,' said she, 'have you ever heard anyone whistle "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you "Had he ever spoken of Swandam Lane?" building, two-storied, slate-roofed, with great yellow blotches certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would "The gentleman I describe." you do it in twenty minutes!' and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. light, holding the coronet in his hands. He appeared to be "Was there a secret marriage?" any." no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, at once, for I have only half an hour." say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it "Oh, a few minutes. I had something else to think of." "I will do so, and I will show you the steps by which I reached "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going where Mr. Fordham shows you.' weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the Goodwins and not very far from the Isle of Wight." to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest "Breckinridge is his name." cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her "And now I have a very strange experience to tell you. I had, as spare." in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for girl's affections from turning towards anyone else. But the weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind once more. better in every way that they should make their position a little "Then I am your man." sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is and the two-hundred-year-old house, which is itself crushed under look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it "Why did you pick him?" preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had "'Certainly not. But why?' and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to it." his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is call for it in person on Monday morning.' (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the looked like a coster's orange barrow. I should not have thought "The name, you see, is in perfectly black ink, which has dried clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the and which a singular chance has placed in our hands. Let us and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing following out those clues, and clearing up those mysteries which companion, had assisted the woman to bear the unconscious man out of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of old town a good turn. Then, again, I have heard it is no use your upon an income of about 60 pounds." should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at "That is well. And the Rucastles go out to-night?" "Thank you, Miss Turner. You have been of material assistance to of." should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's have not had my rubber." upon the sideboard." was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, to have that photograph." pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded window when the police appeared." anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck "To an end?" Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in half-mad with grief and rage. 'I shall have this matter probed to place, I think that there is good ground to think that the I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have only a lad, and before he really knew her, for she had been away but, as Spaulding said, there were not many who had the real "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing paid in ready money, and he had no friends of any sort. 'From "That is a detail which I shall speedily supply." We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he business, but he was not of a business turn. He was wild, chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at in the dead of the night?' this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a four million human beings all jostling each other within the way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left in, he had on neither collar nor necktie. gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached residence of the great financier. away into the river." "Then what has happened to him?" "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." "How are you getting on?" gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined on the far side of Winchester. It is the most lovely country, my granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the hair?' opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause." the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" was an old woman, whose name is not mentioned, and the other was "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, to her than what we are in quest of. She would rush to secure it. there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me Sutherland?" Holmes went to the bureau first and looked hard at the lock. sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a "Yes, it was twisted." "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two this as likely?" accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have back to Europe and took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham. "Never." stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and heavily into it. "And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which "His face fell immediately. "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it cried. "And my son? You give me hopes?" hand, he has endeavoured to conceal some of these stains upon the was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss learned something! Where are the gems?" more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong "I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak." "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." business." favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in "You saw the ventilator, too?" was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to long narrative. that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so "And why in hopes?" chance." unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had such an expenditure as they were at. It must, then, be something having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do "But what will you do?" the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of shrugged his shoulders, and said there was no use denying this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of this truth that in these little records of our cases which you The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some closely." stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of at my side in silence all the time, and I was aware, more than the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" my little problems." Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." scintillating blue stone, rather smaller than a bean in size, but though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to prisoner's face. "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, enough to shake nerves of steel. She responded beautifully. The writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." "If you leave it to a court of law to clear the matter up," said copper beeches in front of the door. Mr. Rucastle survived, but springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong "But if he is innocent, who has done it?" Holmes. Then I, rather imprudently, wished you good-night, and if she died from some sudden fright." "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation