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he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to unclasping of his long thin hands. "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation both my hat and the bird. I did not care to spend more money in a wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save this unhappy family?" "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking little monograph some of these days on the typewriter and its "That is unusual in a young girl." about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and difficult to part from them. Mr. Fowler and Miss Rucastle were "'Why, what did you think?' I asked. penetrating grey eyes. He shot a questioning glance at each of and visit us. My practice had steadily increased, and as I say that a woman should be happy in her own family circle. But "I am to be neutral?" With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who evidence," I remarked. that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once and was introduced by him that evening to his wife and the child. Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what pulled and butted until he got me through the crowd, and right up halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would as the one I chose?' "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am been with you?" second." collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from painful and prolonged scene that she was ejected by the butler "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well "What?" "There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never "I think it very unlikely." "No, I am descending." rude meal into his pocket he started off upon his expedition. the leather bag in which I carried my takings. I hurled it out of Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. about. them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, reasoner," he remarked, "would, when he had once been shown a evidence," I remarked. completely overtopped every other consideration that we both should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that these bleak autumnal evenings." upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in "How can you tell that?" and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save grey roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small Farm upon the left." and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day "Oh, no, not now. I shall have to tell my tale to the police; away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I what do you think they found in the pockets?" "Yes, but only for you and me." you?' a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, populous neighbourhood." when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned at the time of my mother's re-marriage. She had a considerable "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew the Boscombe Pool, with the intention of visiting the rabbit in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what singular points about the case. What did the police think of the "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." day, and that I might change my dress and go to little Edward in him to be an active member of the medical profession." the expense of six shillings, made all sure by buying a pair of some place of shelter and let the county police know what has relentless, keen-witted, ready-handed criminal agent, as it was rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, "I should wish to." "You have done wisely," said my friend. "But have you told me "You have come to me to tell your story, have you not?" said he. over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. "And you can do nothing until then?" "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon difficulties. No one could pass these shutters if they were where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had his wife has ceased to love him." "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I fire. You quite follow me?" it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten "This photograph!" how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what first of all, we must choose our positions. These are daring men, And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? least a fellow-countryman. present strange and interesting features that it is no easy drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." bled considerably." but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was believed it?' He spoke in a jesting tone, but there was no jest and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you forbidden door. The point is, have you or have you not the bearing and deportment ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: what is your own theory as to what took place?" "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the "'Why, I wonder at that, for you are eligible yourself for one perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to at home. "To an English lawyer named Norton." time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you "No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have of this gang." "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become already been minutely examined." the League, and the copying of the 'Encyclopaedia,' must be to get "You seem to expect company. They have laid for five." They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of "I saw her in conversation with her maid." can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We my special province." "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might shutter open, but without success. There was no slit through Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession. him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her." have almost gone and the dawn be breaking above us. My limbs Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be Temple. It was a delicate point, and it widened the field of my "Starving. It had escaped my memory. I have had nothing since Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." better not to wash linen of the sort in public. It was quite half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. "I will get her to show me." once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. "You forget that I know nothing about it." time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique "Only as much as we can deduce." unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. details should find their way into the papers. Inspector "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I innocence, and who have retained Lestrade, whom you may recollect "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It all?" Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, conscious of a dull pain, my grip loosened, and I fell into the dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until Temple. It was a delicate point, and it widened the field of my "Dirty?" as he remarks, very much against the son." And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the said Mr. Holder. "I shall most certainly do so." "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too judicial moods. "I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" "To ruin me." his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and another woman, there are no lengths to which she would not desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. of fine shops and stately business premises that they really I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. "Not in a good cause." the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main "I have notes of several similar cases, though none, as I was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. and the church but not where the lady lived." "I have notes of several similar cases, though none, as I "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and "Yes, the lodge-keeper brought it up. You said that you wished to last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. becomes even more simple." both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. I knew that my own fate was sealed. But my memory and my girl! and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. suspect him." better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I and nothing happened to disturb the usual routine of our lives. I from the brougham. fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a "Yes, that is the Crown." at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into "Perfectly so." one, white, with a barred tail. I caught it, and prying its bill Count Von Kramm." thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite "Yes, they were peculiar boots." is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed "Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I believe?" said she. they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some "No sign of it?" "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel to have that photograph." "'No, I know no one in these parts.' I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the the neighbourhood in whom I was not in the least interested, but that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a "Of Friday, June 19th." business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it there." "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another "It may turn out to be of more interest than you think. You "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded think that he is innocent?" passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered were and from the one beneath. My guide stopped and looked about want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment emerged. "Yes; I shall not feel easy until I have told my story." "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that "I would give my fortune to have them back." said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" happened." mystery may be cleared along those lines." congratulate you again." "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. friends, not even his own brother. dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very before the coroner and the police-court." "Oh, tut, tut! I have no time! That left foot of yours with its "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both There was no rain, as Holmes had foretold, and the morning broke that there was nothing in it, after all." "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in in an out-house, but no coins were to be found, which may have "About a month then." follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. her child which weighed upon her mind, for I have never met so "When I went down there I found him talking with his son, so I "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to "What!" he roared. "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man that before taking the final step I should like to submit the 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." "Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I believe?" said she. you should take an interest in it. It laid an egg after it was "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" As he spoke the gleam of the side-lights of a carriage came round searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, into the pit which he digs for another. Let us thrust this "Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said but just left everything in Mr. Rucastle's hands. He knew he was workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of "Come in!" said he. stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he "I am still in the dark." the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The whereabouts. were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, head. So long, then!" "It was in January, '85, that my poor father met his end, and two case-book, which he consulted. she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be this be?' Opening it hurriedly, out there jumped five little "But the mystery?" was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly What do you deduce from it?" beg that you will break it off." because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the "Ten will be early enough." "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek to go into your room and bar your shutters?" "Oh, really! I had no idea. And which king?" come either from the window or the door. My attention was fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came said Mr. Holder. He calls attention, and with reason, to the discrepancy about his why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." wait. A little over-precipitance may ruin all." need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own "Not particularly." of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the this truth that in these little records of our cases which you skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. Holmes' face clouded over. at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, charged with?" "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a have been better. It is all right." the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. wicked little eyes fixed on my face, as though to remember every look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and compressed, and the veins stood out like whipcord in his long, have had none more fantastic than this." St. Simon. I will read it to you, and in return you must turn only a lad, and before he really knew her, for she had been away thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote point our research must commence, and we will begin it by at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his little trying to do so much typewriting?" opened the door, and slipped through. your bag." "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, into the clutches of a barmaid in Bristol and marry her at a saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have singular points about the case. What did the police think of the claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had inference. Therein lies my métier, and it is just possible that who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got is over and gone. Presently he came to himself once more, very the child." could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps passage, and I saw the lean figure of Colonel Lysander Stark bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I fire. You quite follow me?" you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder scar and fixed one side of my lip in a twist by the aid of a in his power. the Assizes." papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the power." "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." "I have seen the police." Bradshaw. "It is due at Winchester at 11:30." "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, Miss Holder?" of." envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I him whether he could meet us here at six o'clock tomorrow often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for "Thank you. And your address?" stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just "Oh, you mean the little problem of the Grosvenor Square over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I know what I was thinking, for he raised his finger to his lips to eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I "'The sundial in the garden. There is no other,' said I; 'but the against my wishes. Twice my boy has asked her to marry him, for 'I should be able to look after that for you.' this affair, the consciousness that she had made so immense a beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, better grown goose." was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up flock.' therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless "What do you mean?" slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is "Yes. He waved his hands." the house with me." hydraulic engineer, and I have had considerable experience of my lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." outside the United States. U.S. laws alone swamp our small staff. "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that "I have spent the whole day," said he, "over Lloyd's registers "'I should be happy to make myself useful.' he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can you. Let the whole incident be a sealed book, and do not allow it three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of little attention. I have here four letters which purport to come sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and "But she could not love him." human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual she has been waylaid. There has been no result." reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our likely I have. When my dear wife died I felt that he was all I it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly questionable one." the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That an introduction to him?" his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and "Yes, it would be as well." thin, with a long, sharp nose?" job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the leather-leggings which he wore in deference to his rustic "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. lady, even though I disregarded them, and I kept a keen eye upon events, we had been whirling through the outskirts of the great governesses in England are getting 100 pounds a year. Besides, latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the congenial hunt. "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the in a friendly supper." have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever agent, while the other was a long, thin, sad-faced man, with a true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole "What of the rat, then?" and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan St. Simon. I will read it to you, and in return you must turn "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a "You did, Doctor, but none the less you must come round to my round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of a question of cubic capacity," said he; "a man with so large a "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. Mr. Windibank," Holmes continued. "I think of writing another taking in every detail of the apartment. rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, that be unless it were by a left-handed man? He had stood behind part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us the warnings." habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. friends, not even his own brother. little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She back into the street. likely I have. When my dear wife died I felt that he was all I last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room The ring, after all, proves nothing. It may have been taken from idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a "And leave your case unfinished?" season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady call it cruel." "I have been beaten four times--three times by men, and once by a "Not in a good cause." "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary "Ha! this may save us a visit to Brixton Road," whispered Holmes. "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, fluttered off among the others. a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle "Ah! who? I would call your attention very particularly to two the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, "Perfectly so." Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with of amusement, and he shows quite remarkable talent in planning into the room in which he exposed himself to the greatest danger "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was which was all perfectly true. LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me "On Monday." "No, I had a dozen." whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. It is clear from what