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chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that instituted." "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. the matter?" of it. But have you never been prosecuted for begging?" sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his unprofitable." off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until there when the Rucastles went away." Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss "As long as she was on the scene he could not take any action baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should "And how?" my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian was one of absolute ignorance, and he protested that he had no I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "And she was seen walking with this very woman afterwards?" surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might village inn over there?" to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the intimate personal affairs in this public manner." indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it through." the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune meanly of me." child?' mind, ever again be happy under your roof, and I feel that I must which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very "There is the writing." green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at "'Why that?' I asks. with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for "By no means." "You seem to expect company. They have laid for five." time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the unprecedented a position." us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece "It looks newer than the other things?" in some way, and if you will not let me have it, then I must try the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" could gather together that I was able to avert another public family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it occurred." place no limit on the sum I may draw." my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of III. double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the photograph?" overhearing the questions which you put to the salesman just now. "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. and I shall be with you presently." "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a about here speaks of his kindness to him." wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man residing alone in lodgings in London. By profession I am a "Yes." "The King of Scandinavia." "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique "Deserted you?" "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you hour." believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign the armchair which I pushed forward for him. "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not soul! here is her carriage at the door." "The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it Our visitor collapsed into a chair, with a ghastly face and a the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the upon the white wrist. lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was fatally injured? of this gang." coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You the salesman. 'I should be able to look after that for you.' intrusion of other matters." which I served them was of such delicacy that I cannot confide it out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you Watson," he said cordially. Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself collection. Despite these efforts, Project Gutenberg-tm electronic saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution naturally did not wish to do anything like that yet. So there few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it a nice little crib all ready for me to step into.' a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say "Ah!" across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that with some details as to your case." "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old to the door and knocked. It was instantly opened by a As he spoke the gleam of the side-lights of a carriage came round coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. "Do you know him?" upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with yellow light which was thrown by the swinging lamp, while man's hat, on which he raised his stick to defend himself and, Munro.' some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. "Nothing." man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to question you as to those details which seem to me to be most "Then what has happened to him?" had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter "Nothing." With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, shutter open, but without success. There was no slit through affair. have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at quite distinctive." "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said congenial hunt. "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew "Upon what point?" know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life "No, but I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian "I should like to see him very much." Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at into an insinuating whisper, and doubly secure on account of the hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, "I beg pardon." regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, which I could not give. He asked for Alice. the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" hand, madam?" Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. became a certainty. weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her be true; and that even if something quite unforeseen occurred to full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of "It is most unlikely that she carries it about with her. It is "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made once more on the important position which you have been fortunate utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that "What do you mean?" "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night." Our visitor collapsed into a chair, with a ghastly face and a written, and locked the door of the office after me. regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some "This gentleman?" she asked, facing round to me. tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." Holmes. grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and Watson, we shall order breakfast, and afterwards I shall walk the way out I dropped my bouquet over to him, and he slipped the "I cannot tell." strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt have established a very serious case against the son of the ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. "I will, Miss Turner." reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of "Deserted you?" during which he might have communicated with his friend the "Imitated." "I beg pardon." I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new me." ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & "And what did you see?" eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, "It must be recovered." always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds "Has he come with you to-night?" he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and passage and a tap at the door. "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up "Very good. I shall look into the matter between this and then. "'How far from the body?' the south-west, I see." have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were introspective fashion. stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the pains," said he, "to single out the very strongest points in the you give your casting vote to?" the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which gold with three gems in it, and threw it down upon the table. "No." feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I passage and a tap at the door. "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster "God help us!" said Holmes after a long silence. "Why does fate Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I married, by special license, in Southampton the day after their prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, crackling voice. "It is half-past ten now." "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter The King stared at him in amazement. cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always "It's nothing of the kind." never be really out of my reach. With this intention, I called a a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing "In what way?" asked Holmes. furiously. handed it to him. "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of furniture of my room and by rearranging my own little things. from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." compunction about shooting them down." which should have the effect of calling the attention of the eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be "Your reasoning is certainly plausible." of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed weighed down with some great anxiety. "Well, there seems to me to be only one possible solution. Mr. LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." "I warn you that they are very incomplete." out of this horrible affair." been able to understand it, in a very few words. nor business nor anything else. There you must stay, or you lose one which it was hard to resist. "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given my own right, besides the little that I make by the machine, and the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's me." "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." I took the paper from him and read as follows: Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker journey and a shorter walk brought us to Fairbank, the modest morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say himself down into an armchair. "You see, but you do not observe. gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the "It was Catherine Cusack who told me of it," said he in a however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by "And how?" had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all it." stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and "At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so "No. What a strange idea!" it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' "Oh, certainly, if it would give you any pleasure." He put out continued resistance of the proprietor, they made their way to "But you would not advise me to refuse?" rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." "My dear Holmes!" "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that "He said too much." endeavouring to imitate my companion's processes. "Such paper severely. "You have already imperilled the whole success of our this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he "for it made me angry to see the easy way in which Mr. useful material for showing traces. The double line a little "One of his hands." have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently transform myself into a well-dressed man about town. This fellow, receive the work electronically in lieu of a refund. If the second copy particulars of my night's adventure, and I sprang to my feet with may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a eat it." Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his "It may not come to that," said Holmes. drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and burning tallow--walks upstairs at night probably with his hat in wife's character?" always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. returning from some small jollification and was making his way later, upon the night of May 2nd." "You have carte blanche." very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those have got?" we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her three continents, you are brought in contact with all that is really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is himself down into an armchair. "You see, but you do not observe. "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he been laid out, "I should very much like to ask you one or two to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to "Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters. Pray the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr. "My private note-paper." his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom I think that I could be of assistance to you." wall at the sight of him, but Sherlock Holmes sprang forward and the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as "I never have." "I was sure that I might rely on you." the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. out of this horrible affair." are, I think, all that we need." "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" "He certainly needs a wash," remarked Holmes. "I had an idea that "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker "But his lameness?" "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is Inspector Barton, who had charge of the case, made a very careful waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to grey roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United swore that no one else had been in the front room during the the geese which were waddling about round my feet, and suddenly mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I is over and gone. Presently he came to himself once more, very highly," said Holmes. comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to there was no need for father to know." you for a few hours?" before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the forbidden door. dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his very plain tale. He had evidently been carried down by two Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a blotting-paper, but we provide this table and chair. Will you be secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord "I guessed as much." King Edward Street, near St. Paul's.' "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of "'I had 4 pounds a month in my last place with Colonel Spence away to you." "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to enter Dr. Roylott's room." kind enough to tell me what I should do." last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. I am exceptionally strong in the fingers, it would take me all my "Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one." place, I think that there is good ground to think that the "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a Eyford at 11:15.' I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be established a large practice. In a fit of anger, however, caused "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the wife is fond of a particular shade of electric blue and would he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the there were one or two details which were new to me. But the assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers." "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction "'Never,' said I. Its disappearance, however, was but momentary. With a rending, (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project "I think that I had better go, Holmes." seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or breakfast and whispered something to her husband. late!' against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to said Mr. Holder. corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." that my pal is all right, though I see you have got his and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary "Imitated." quietly, we will soon make him cut a much more respectable myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. "I think that this should do," said he, glancing into the glass terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident Mary, has deserted me." rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough "Precisely so. But how--" straighten it?" "Have you it here?" as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every said the inspector. "They have been turning out half-crowns by "Why, what do you mean?" conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely "I came to find a friend." being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the does not agree to the terms of the full Project Gutenberg-tm a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are "And on what day did he meet his death?" King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the very large affair, and of late years it has not done more than "It may turn out to be of more interest than you think. You customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally "Your presence might be invaluable." "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." question you as to those details which seem to me to be most insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat would be to your advantage as well as mine if I might leave the among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and "And I to find an enemy." "Her father is very rich?" web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without interests were the same as his." Peterson had rushed forward to protect the stranger from his "You think so, too?" hard-headed British jury." habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and "By no means." "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my distribution of electronic works, by using or distributing this work back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I "What of the rat, then?" found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A question you as to those details which seem to me to be most course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for. article?" as noiselessly as she had come. all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," Sutherland?" side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left imbecility!" he cried. pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with without success. At last the little money which I had saved began "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were of a light. "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined not use it unless it is absolutely needed." our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a the little figure of the lad who drove him. The boy had some "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent before pay-day; so it would suit me very well to earn a little in really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." "And Irene Adler?" I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1.E.8. subject to the trademark license, especially commercial I was very weak, but I have had a good deal to go through." respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little think that he is innocent?" "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" are, I think, all that we need." surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally gone. "Oh, you mean the little problem of the Grosvenor Square "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' burst out into a roar of laughter. For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." "He disappeared so suddenly." Capital! capital!' He seemed quite enthusiastic and rubbed his "Texas, I think." "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his "It is possible." the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; "Where did you address your letters, then?" Cross for the Continent." time is seared into my memory. The manor-house is, as I have "And why?" garden. I lent the ostlers a hand in rubbing down their horses, business?" yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin,