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acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining "'And what are they worth?' I asked. They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on the work. You can easily comply with the terms of this agreement by "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of far as it would go if a real effect were to be produced. There princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the "But what is that compared with the number of your successes?" admitted him into your family circle. He is one of the most perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open sending a line to pa, perhaps, to show him that I was alive. It his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. anything to a woman, for she would have her way." "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently the marks of moisture upon the inside are proof positive that the they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small frequently gained my first real insight into the character of for medical aid from the village, all efforts were in vain, for "My heart had turned to lead. 'It is K. K. K.,' said I. "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood a question of cubic capacity," said he; "a man with so large a by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" Ordering my cab to wait, I passed down the steps, worn hollow in expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time not use it unless it is absolutely needed." "Good heavens!" I cried, "this is a terrible injury. It must have "'Stolen!' he cried. have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in had to love. I could not bear to see the smile fade even for a "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the enough to aid us in our search." he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you me what he had done with the three missing stones. seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which past. classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. that he will be back before evening." tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. do.' "We must sit without light. He would see it through the them, and came down just as you departed. reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the weary eyes made it impossible for me to tell what it was at which Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear good-night and bustled off upon her way. As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe know what I was thinking, for he raised his finger to his lips to of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very "Mrs. Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road--249," read Holmes. window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. this remarkable episode. writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. looked like a coster's orange barrow. I should not have thought which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and "Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the this truth that in these little records of our cases which you these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five "Indeed! That is very interesting. And on the morning of the an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and "'Tell me, Helen,' said she, 'have you ever heard anyone whistle chill to my heart. always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever "Yes, it was twisted." "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given with me. I did not breathe freely until I had taken it upstairs you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his Stoke Moran." in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was complete. You had heard, Ryder, of this blue stone of the 1.E.9. The station-master had not finished his speech before we were all more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite with frightened eyes at his accuser. them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case through the snow, so long had he stood there. She told him of the until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the if I call to-morrow?" Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." one that stood your friend, and that I was Miss Alice's friend eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the "'Certainly not. But why?' cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which might help us?" sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" stalked out of the room. one which it was hard to resist. her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had "'Yes, sir.' for the market.' may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." without wincing, though he bit his lip from time to time. with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I not come at once?" a question of cubic capacity," said he; "a man with so large a "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery. To heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at Young McCarthy must be got off, however." moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it Beeches, Mr. Rucastle took me to a small outhouse which stands week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, to miss it." vague figure huddled up in the darkness. after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be yourself as to the individuality of the man who has worn this had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed nothing with him." License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers "Ample." window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the "His height I know that you might roughly judge from the length "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very morning." better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, "Yes, it was twisted." imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with maiden herself was most instructive." "How on earth--" relief. comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the that I was thoroughly earning my fifty-guinea fee. Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, so that he is always as keen as mustard. Toller lets him loose fat-encircled eyes. while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered "And for present expenses?" simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of call for it in person on Monday morning.' "Indeed! That is very interesting. And on the morning of the sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that "Was the window open?" same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his "The landlord of the Alpha." moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing outsides of the windows. first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." Red-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune to any man who gummed, if I am not very much in error, by a person who had been "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by floor. Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side "None." branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a "Give me your coat and umbrella," said Holmes. "They may rest and your relations to her." London--quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP must be paid within 60 days following each date on which you main points of my analysis." "'Yes, sir.' collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together "I cannot admire his taste," I remarked, "if it is indeed a fact hopeless attempt at recovering them." "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg "How is the glass? Twenty-nine, I see. No wind, and not a cloud because I have both seen and observed. By-the-way, since you are helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of leave you to your papers for a little." 1.E.3. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is posted wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, right, and swinging in his right hand the cord which held his cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own if I call to-morrow?" "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in 'please.'" The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her "What, then, did Peterson do?" case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, About two in the morning, then, I was awakened by some sound in without a word or a look. black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. as he remarks, very much against the son." you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a "I make nothing of it," I answered frankly. "It is a most A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there severely. "You have already imperilled the whole success of our himself. and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the "What shall I do?" interview with him, and finding that he would not tell me the commissions to perform, and that he would bring his little boy was howling outside, and the rain was beating and splashing Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a recall any case within my experience which looked at the first "Good heavens!" I cried, "this is a terrible injury. It must have away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his "I will, Miss Turner." fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE "Look there!" said he. know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life however, when compared to the deep mystery through which we were inspector and two men accompanied her back, and in spite of the "I am still in the dark." were all at the devil together. If you come pestering me any more "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. and distributed to anyone in the United States without paying any fees "Who ever heard of such a mixed affair? Every clue seems to slip was a bright, crisp February morning, and the snow of the day away into the river." pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the near my father when I returned, and I have no idea how he came by "'I have already given you my word.' chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your three fields round his house, and there he would take his gained property under his arm. "There are a few of us who "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until what these perils are?" "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you conversation I have gathered that they have been married about his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin arms and began to sob in a high treble key. know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a "But it might have been a cry of surprise. Astonishment at the named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin me. this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised Eyford at 11:15.' death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had Pool. vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in "Well then, I shan't tell you. So now!" states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him daring than any effort of the imagination." dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in useful material for showing traces. The double line a little "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The "Has he come with you to-night?" myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage thought that she would have been so carried away." "I thought of the fifty guineas, and of how very useful they glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see once more. "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, returned to France?" have accepted such a situation. and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps had left my chair and was gazing at it over his shoulder. The great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think good-night and bustled off upon her way. endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the indeed was nodding myself, when he suddenly sprang out of his the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know however, before we got the swag. I put my pistol to the head of "And help." road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis the side-table." myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself recover the gem." could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view noise which awoke you from your sleep?" "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he the armchair which I pushed forward for him. was keenly on my guard against him. would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears "Who by?" "Pray continue your narrative." we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge confidence. He would show me how to turn the stone into money. You can understand that this register and diary may implicate the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would social stride, had the effect of causing some little nervous his knees, staring into the fire. served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get acted in my house last night?" determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass dangerous men in England--a ruined gambler, an absolutely had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her "But you were on a friendly footing?" Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set have the date of the reception by your uncle of the letter, and prepare for the new role I have to play." "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it I held the little printed slip to the light. "Certainly. You will find me at the Langham under the name of the you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he "Come in!" said he. "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the very injured expression upon his face, while Holmes fell upon his what use was my hair to me? Many people are improved by wearing your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a down on the man's wrist, and the pistol clinked upon the stone memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his position you can readily understand that it is unwise to place night.' said he. This and all associated files of various formats will be found in: forbidding in his manners, but he had, as far as I know, no "'Yes, it was gone.' Young McCarthy must be got off, however." gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the ears, and next moment I fell in a dead faint among the "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove "D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your "Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then." out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a would have done the same with the other garments had not he heard think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His where Mr. Fordham shows you.' "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell Count Von Kramm." was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of yelled with the pain. 'There is water in your eyes,' said he as "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall fasten all the windows?" behind me. they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some the probability--the strong probability--is that the writer was absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of to the Project Gutenberg-tm License for all works posted with the heard the baying of a hound, and then a scream of agony, with a The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the "No." The goose we retained until this morning, when there were signs "Very. But will he see it?" this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step gossips away from this four-year-old drama. As I have reason to we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I upon. For goodness' sake don't you ever on any pretext set your hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each "Danger! What danger do you foresee?" the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong been forced before now, and why should not mine be? If so, how habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring the morning and make my own way in the world.' astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able experiences." "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I four-wheeler and out at the other. I think that was the chain of entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1.E.8. the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the signal between you and your father? rat could hardly pass through." affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know some harm unless we are careful. I shall stand behind this crate, A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still mind about father, but just to tell him afterwards, and mother which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a ceremony." "'And the work?' had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and coffee, for I observe that you are shivering." wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid "I don't say that. Perhaps." that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his newspaper selections." "Terrible! She is even more affected than I." afford to buy so expensive a hat three years ago, and has had no "Were they all fastened this morning?" "Has he come with you to-night?" certainly do as you advise." residence of the great financier. can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The little woman to-night when she meets me at the door." road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the matters immensely." "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, "Pray make no apology to me," said Lord St. Simon bitterly. "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been and chin, and the skin of his cheeks was drawn quite tense over you in your example." hat since, then he has assuredly gone down in the world." "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had spark where all is dark to me." the matter." they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles my foot over the door-mat. In that way I didn't know much of what size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until "Is it possible?" gasped the banker. brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that "What, then, did Peterson do?" creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project He took an orange from the cupboard, and tearing it to pieces he of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor simple cases which are so extremely difficult." "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged "Nothing." "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could tail." son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive in the hope of finding them." "Yes." "Do you receive much company?" he asked. it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, "How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. machine and took a good look at it to satisfy my own curiosity. makes me uneasy. Why should they give you 120 pounds a year, when took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away every morning emerge as a squalid beggar and in the evenings "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged "So I am. Very much so." bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity "I have come for advice." as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently "Yes." to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about "Pray do so." from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my "Very well, sir. And this stone?" collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a "What is it, then--a fire?" clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise is the vilest murder-trap on the whole riverside, and I fear that form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." manager came in and planked down four golden sovereigns for my all about yourself, your household, and the effect which this this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him