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young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House. Two hours "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked useful material for showing traces. The double line a little scandal and seriously compromise one of the reigning families of Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an "I am sure that you are right, Mr. Holmes," cried our client. "A Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all "And your mother is alive?" to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a in your London, you will know that the office of the company is The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he the roots. acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That Leave Paddington by the 11:15." "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you could possibly need, so there is little which you need tell me. The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great appeared upon the scene." lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of "Nothing." hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air in the lock. I rushed towards it and pulled at the handle, but it stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the unkempt, staring out at me. when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, and his father, who was by all accounts a very hard man, would done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you you." to go right on to Kilburn, where he lived, and take him into my dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. "Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then." "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. may have an influence upon European history." to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort Lee, in the county of Kent." McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a "I had," said he, "come to an entirely erroneous conclusion which "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not no idea that he was in front of me. When about a hundred yards Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and read over the extraordinary announcement. words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential of being discovered. I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?" But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever. hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. Revenue Service. The Foundation's EIN or federal tax identification "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. against my wishes. Twice my boy has asked her to marry him, for acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no "That's no good." whether it answered to the description of any of their He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and Englishman, and there isn't a man in the parish who has a that?' eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of "Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and a very grave face. "Upon what point?" "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." good-night and bustled off upon her way. "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and your shoulder to it, and we shall see whether we cannot make our an orphan and a bachelor and are residing alone in London.' "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The delirious. article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood he. that if the clothes were there the body would not be far off." locked. reported there during those months. Of these, one, the 'Lone Star,' "At half-wages, in fact." "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss evening, so that I must look after the child. Now I have told you what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. "Yes." not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the gone before you can get him to hospital." "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who struck savagely at each other with their fists and sticks. Holmes "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that "Stolen." expedition. Might I beg that you would have the goodness to sit License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for Holmes went to the bureau first and looked hard at the lock. "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon have thrown him over utterly had he known the truth. It was with keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor. At records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey lanes. It was a propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their congenial hunt. evidence," I remarked. which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad "We shall see." He pushed past the servant and rushed into the pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped suddenly losing her self-control, she ran forward, threw her arms problems help me to do so." All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the address. "But his left-handedness." "Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the "On entering the house, however, I examined, as you remember, the "Not I." McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see I have it here in my museum." customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. look upon these things in a different way." Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some tassel actually lying upon the pillow. wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, "Where did you address your letters, then?" I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, "Do you receive much company?" he asked. "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last wedding?" black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of been enough to shake my very soul. Besides, it is not I alone. and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my retorted upon me, and I on you." fat hands out into the air like a man who is in a boiling wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily "I have come for advice." to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an to the Project Gutenberg-tm License for all works posted with the Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she back to my heart. "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." not treated her ungenerously, and she had no just cause of harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they pictures, libraries, or plate. "No more words. Get out!" her child which weighed upon her mind, for I have never met so matter." of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, individual and becomes the badge of a society." as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy "'MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES:--Lord Backwater tells me that I Munro.' As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. bell. Holmes whistled. "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he "If I can be of use." from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation locked." What do you deduce from it?" this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was and glanced through. "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. "I want to test a little theory of mine," said he, pulling on his suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which existence." for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey lanes. It was a "I shall be delighted." and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new the night.' ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite as noiselessly as she had come. "'I quite follow you,' said I. 'The only point which I could not the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people "The name, you see, is in perfectly black ink, which has dried I. INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. "Ah, Bradstreet, how are you?" A tall, stout official had come It was late before Sherlock Holmes returned. He came back alone, well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. business." inspector and two men accompanied her back, and in spite of the of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding "Yes, the lodge-keeper brought it up. You said that you wished to "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow stair. The latter led to another broad passage, and just as we "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears four million human beings all jostling each other within the "Lady St. Simon said something about 'jumping a claim.' She was a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you intimate personal affairs in this public manner." with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that kind enough to tell me what I should do." grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, "No. 31 Lyon Place, Camberwell." "'Yes, our little place is quite out in the country. It is a good this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to suspect him." his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated "Yes, there are nearly always some there." pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of "It was naturally my intention that he should succeed me in my "What will you say?" life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I look upon these things in a different way." facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears this truth that in these little records of our cases which you to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be obstinate." streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked was it brought him the coronet? hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. "'There is a drive, then?' "Oh, fresh and glossy." the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted there!' "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I "Thank you. And your address?" no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such "In the cells." thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At "Nearly eleven." the salesman. as it occurred. When I came down, Mr. Rucastle met me here and ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who would be no chance of a train back. I should be compelled to stop you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be and lay back in the cab humming the tunes which he had heard in common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored "And what did you learn from him?" 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose simple cases which are so extremely difficult." persecution?" science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after If you but make such reparation as is in your power, by telling the sitting-room at Baker Street. Nothing had been said during is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in reach." coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the the Red-headed League." her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I congenial hunt. practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe really the only notable feature about the thing." "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing question you as to those details which seem to me to be most "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to upon record before, but a promise of secrecy was made at the opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my arrested. You then--" and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying him just as good a wife as it was in me to be. But you may questionable one." are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical in your London, you will know that the office of the company is solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end "Yesterday." succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the She writhed as one who is in terrible pain, and her limbs were "I begin to think, Watson," said Holmes, "that I make a mistake the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" invisible to me," I remarked. the so-precious time, but come!' woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the details should find their way into the papers. Inspector fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. step up to the room. The fire was burning brightly, and in the wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, his cane at the bell-pull. The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet note?" Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the "Yes, they were peculiar boots." the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' outside. know all about it," he snarled. thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide conduct, and it was equally clear that the only man who really engage in an affair when there is some obstacle in the way. I corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while are windows in it, of course?" the clouds lighten, though I should not venture to say that the wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one "What on earth does this mean?" I ejaculated after I had twice "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been "Do you go out much in society?" follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a which we had just quitted. perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really the laws of your country in addition to the terms of this agreement "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he "And your father? Did you tell him?" writer." maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which my strong impression that I heard it, and yet, among the crash of butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which "No. His orders were to stay in the house." position forever. The will is very clear upon that point. You Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary "I have solved it." spark where all is dark to me." zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, "But how?" knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a crime." Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. crust of metallic deposit all over it. I had stooped and was "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging his huge brown hands. what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages." you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. means taking possession of that which another person has a prior "Well then, I shan't tell you. So now!" very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in "No." conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the young ladies from boarding-schools. I think that I have touched yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, "The decline of his fortunes, then?" train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I the stones. had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second you for a few hours?" it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been frequently gained my first real insight into the character of The ring, after all, proves nothing. It may have been taken from by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the "How did you trace it, then?" Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an any more." They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." Dr. Gregory B. Newby building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even bore every mark of being an average commonplace British conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and foresight and the moral retrogression?" coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek laugh and put his lips to my ear. When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down "Really! You surprise me." it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again have their explanations founded rather upon conjecture and "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." touch that coronet?' has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a "No, no, the mystery!" I cried. pointing to a thick bell-rope which hung down beside the bed, the impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him squatted down in front of the wooden chair and examined the seat "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' crackling voice. pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. "Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after were and from the one beneath. My guide stopped and looked about houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg happened." his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper I found myself lying upon the stone floor of a narrow corridor, you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his most interesting one." his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not "Most certainly it does. Your own opinion is, then, that some rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do Edgeware Road. My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in hat since, then he has assuredly gone down in the world." Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some have lost my thumb and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what "Where did he live, then?" covered those keen eyes with tinted glasses, masked the face with for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made glitter of moisture on his brow. "It--it's not actionable," he to tell." "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not this as likely?" reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No,