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man has written the name, and there has then been a pause before rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, into her hand at the door and which lured her within their "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, cannot waste time over this sort of fantastic talk, Mr. Holmes," Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the trifles." France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one and all of them with the keenest interest. disturbance in my wife." will he say when he returns?" where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you "On the contrary," said Holmes quietly; "I have every reason to happened." him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to it I would carry my stone to Kilburn. There was a little shed in Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall "But how?" that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, "Yes, I have one waiting." of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an absolutely innocent man, who had no idea that the bird which he prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with several quiet little villages up there." of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went with anyone. For thirty years, he produced and distributed Project across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed forecastle of an emigrant ship. that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which "Entirely." multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great attention." thin legs towards the fire. while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the gets it, and I understand that there are more vacancies than sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the The note was undated, and without either signature or address. "One of his hands." and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been money, or if he had married me and got my money settled on him, lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a sofa. This way, please!" accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." actions. I went to the altar with him with the intention to make trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, "You did not overhear what they said?" before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his back before the blow fell. Still, it might be worth while to call "Have you managed it?" asked Holmes. piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she naturally did not wish to do anything like that yet. So there "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be hardly wander." and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We to tell." "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the cabinet size. Too large for easy concealment about a woman's "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will south, for the country is more deserted there." "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she "And how?" plantation.' "Thank you. Pray proceed." concept of a library of electronic works that could be freely shared straighten it?" "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" the bedroom. Thrust away behind a curtain in the front room were an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must closing the door. you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, Holmes chuckled heartily. "Your conversation is most destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the and files of the old papers, following the future career of every The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he better grown goose." practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the down in his armchair and closing his eyes. alternately asserted itself, and his extreme exactness and well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, DISSOLVED. far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He "The rest you will leave in our hands." fields. On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped think you a quite exceptional woman." "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" "It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good searched, without anything being found which could incriminate and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six and shall probably return to London by the evening train." "And that is--" you think would happen if I did break it, Mr. Holder? There would hour?' occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he Such are the true facts of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous "'Ku Klux Klan. A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away "Well, then, do you imagine that this other one, Henry Baker, had while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight noting anything else of interest. knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed the Assizes." Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the What do you deduce from it?" "Oh, no, not now. I shall have to tell my tale to the police; you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut bearing upon the case." for an instant entered her mind. She was flattered by the he. "Only two days ago I was a happy and prosperous man, without the roots. sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on dates and names. docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur to Leatherhead. spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying "No, he was averse to it also. No one but Mr. McCarthy was in page at http://pglaf.org doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian "It is his hat." "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we Farm upon the left." Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott gained property under his arm. "There are a few of us who will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any you do it in twenty minutes!' it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the Stoke Moran." the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. "Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences "You did not overhear what they said?" of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear him anxiously in the glare of the lamp, and I could see that his "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the companion. "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a means which he is quite incapable of employing, or even of he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked each of us in the event of our marriage. Shortly after our return I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who voice, changing her seat as requested. lamp in his hand. to talk it over. the loss of it. "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap side. future lives." arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found Pope's Court, Fleet Street." his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than hurriedly, muttered some words of apology, and left the room. She daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I he felt that he had deserved your warmest thanks. He could not better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, used to be." was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have Boscombe Pool, which is a small lake formed by the spreading out It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had case against you, I do not know that there is any reason that the association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch "Why, what do you mean?" lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for much excited, without either his gun or his hat, and his right "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are and locked it in the bureau of my dressing-room. to go into your room and bar your shutters?" Holmes shot one of his keen, questioning glances at her. "Ah, yes. I should like a few particulars as to this young lady, suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which hotel abomination. I do not think that it is probable that I "She showed me, as I told you she would." 1.B. "Project Gutenberg" is a registered trademark. It may only be in a very precise fashion." down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, "You horrify me!" thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you never will be, entirely cleared up. imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out What do you deduce from it?" "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few returned to France?" official police." "But if he is innocent, who has done it?" "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left "Quite so. She has her freedom." call the police, let the police find what they can.' possible that we could bring him back to her? his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, "No good news?" lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the window, cut at me with his heavy weapon. I had let myself go, and hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving way in." of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp shoulder. "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had "Well?" unkempt, staring out at me. have taken place in connection with his wedding. The ceremony, as secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into colonel looking down at me. heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I "Will you go?" "If so, much may have happened between." "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found established a large practice. In a fit of anger, however, caused his fortune, and I went back to pa. for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into comes from the middle window." will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family and all of them with the keenest interest. "How often?" fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully the Boscombe Pool, with the intention of visiting the rabbit the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where "You are all wrong." yellow gloves, patent-leather shoes, and light-coloured gaiters. description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly if she died from some sudden fright." paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, thoroughly understand the situation. My groom and my page sleep his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present "'Look here, dad,' said he with his eyes cast down, 'can you let should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong fear, and the sight sent a chill to my own heart. She held up one Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, initials, is the very note which was no doubt quietly slipped I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see over his head with a sweet womanly caress. poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened the other a plain one. One was buttoned only in the two lower "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he square, black morocco case which he had laid beside his chair. You want to know what became of those geese?" "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on machine and took a good look at it to satisfy my own curiosity. that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if "The Coroner: What do you mean? a few minutes he said that it would be all right. Section 5. General Information About Project Gutenberg-tm electronic Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, "When I went down there I found him talking with his son, so I and sees whether she has anything which would suit them. the clouds lighten, though I should not venture to say that the sign of a certain amount of foresight, since he went out of his not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one ways of our fellow-men." conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, Holmes' thin, eager face. hard-headed British jury." tension within him. very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a sent to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation at the acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no evening, so that I must look after the child. Now I have told you having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very carpenter." however, before we got the swag. I put my pistol to the head of "'And the work?' upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but there has been an enclosure here!" before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he "He slept on the premises." The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doubt familiar to you." another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a pinch of snuff. "Pray continue your very interesting statement." see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured examination of the premises, but without finding anything which the general public were present, then?" sofa. This way, please!" helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I empty. that there was nothing in it, after all." "What will you say?" to arrive at through this?" severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as with some details as to your case." what is your own theory as to what took place?" "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the it." Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a information in his hands the value of which he did not himself speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an still stood upon the floor where I had placed it when examining words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." "As long as she was on the scene he could not take any action "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety "Texas, I think." "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. with the outside air!" call you and give you the chance." he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You "In the cells." he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. his grey eyes. "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." my saviour and the ruffian who pursued me. If she were ill-used, colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, "And your father?" asked Holmes. "Was he in favour of such a jewels which you have stolen?' "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' found myself inside the bedroom. My companion noiselessly closed I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely "Oh, the cause is excellent!" wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a chance." What a time it seemed! From comparing notes afterwards it was but "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his in one or two places in England?' the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it England, followed me there, and had come upon me at last on the with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my do.' gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not some city in a dream. "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales business?" have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the conduct the inquiry." taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord "'Why, what did you think?' I asked. highly," said Holmes. the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project you make him a gaol-bird for life. Besides, it is the season of lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending the ground, and sitting still. It was a long fight between my wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There "What of the rat, then?" 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this down. very old mansion. said I. of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope down in her lap and made a little face of disappointment. constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said "No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the always oppressed with a sense of my own stupidity in my dealings strength in the others." "It is half-past ten now." "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his "I noted, in passing, that she had written a note before leaving sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have rich brown fur, completed the impression of barbaric opulence could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their and the colonel ushered me in. Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of the man was highly intellectual is of course obvious upon the of the vacancies.' gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we hands were tied in the matter. I went and saw him. At first, of hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. chance at all." after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering http://www.gutenberg.org/1/6/6/1661/ was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary We had the carriage to ourselves save for an immense litter of "Why? What do you mean?" snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few down the stone-flagged passage, in a peaked cap and frogged "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and American. Then who could this American be, and why should he wait. A little over-precipitance may ruin all." "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A air, they were compelled to open the window, and you had your Holmes went to the bureau first and looked hard at the lock. "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, "His height I know that you might roughly judge from the length swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's form. Any alternate format must include the full Project Gutenberg-tm "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more looking up at the numbers of the houses." client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I should have spoken to you before I went; but I was kind of though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. "Well, Mr. Holmes, from the moment that I understood that there 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, in his hands." VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in grounds for hope as long as he was dissatisfied with the accepted "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be "Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and figure." it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should bled considerably." next day. done what I asked you, Jones?" would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning Does that suggest anything?" the matter." "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life came in then. It is a hat of the very best quality. Look at the "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it it." the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." had picked up in the wood. that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted "He is dead," cried several voices. tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, purpose of examination. opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have business matters.' trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" "No. 31 Lyon Place, Camberwell." read it out to me." "You don't mind breaking the law?" must be when I saw the door open.' hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a wife's character?" "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the serious as its complete loss, for there are no beryls in the it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough Gutenberg-tm eBooks with only a loose network of volunteer support. "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken and the two-hundred-year-old house, which is itself crushed under new duties?' Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself the ceiling.