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parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been "You may imagine, Mr. Holmes, that to me, destitute as I was, "What! where?" shouted Mr. Windibank, turning white to his lips as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. where she found matters as described by the last witness. large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to completely overtopped every other consideration that we both ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of this Miss Turner." "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post Section 2. Information about the Mission of Project Gutenberg-tm country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! call the police, let the police find what they can.' "'Entirely.' "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So could gather together that I was able to avert another public "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." at all. The small matter in which I endeavoured to help the King rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to "Well, then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you hydraulic engineer, and I have had considerable experience of my "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too attend to the injured man. Irene Adler, as I will still call her, "Oh, in the Globe, Star, Pall Mall, St. James's, Evening News, heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to "'Breckinridge, of Covent Garden.' my special province." room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in the window, rose as we entered. defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can "'I have heard so.' that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into the leather bag in which I carried my takings. I hurled it out of believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being It was early in April in the year '83 that I woke one morning to "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau which into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all "Oh, in the Globe, Star, Pall Mall, St. James's, Evening News, "'Mr. Holder,' said he, 'I have been informed that you are in the "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to residence of the great financier. purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I will take you up to see the machine.' It was close upon four before the door opened, and a her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. have no wish to commit you to anything without your having it all "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a unkempt, staring out at me. against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day Surrey." "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" "Here?" planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to not treated her ungenerously, and she had no just cause of thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a crime." 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute as this. Pray let me have the details." "We have at least an hour before us," he remarked, "for they can points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past "Was she in good spirits?" The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and This is what he says: in water. "There," said he, putting a new wedding-ring upon the had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went "Unless this is a clever forgery to put us on the wrong scent. forbidding in his manners, but he had, as far as I know, no home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which to take care of herself." XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in "You have the photograph?" though what it was that frightened her I cannot imagine." daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular a few minutes he said that it would be all right. "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat "What I expected to see." struck savagely at each other with their fists and sticks. Holmes "I shall most certainly do so." clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, advertisement column, with his head thrust forward and the paper permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. I nodded again. want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent "In which, sir?" was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was would apply.' likely to be some crony of the landlady's." persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' "I will get her to show me." from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that turning away from me with a sneer. I saw that he was too hardened on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it "'So,' said he, smiling, 'it was you, then. I thought that it written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf permitted by U.S. federal laws and your state's laws. other, as fresh and trim as possible. someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. direction." Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes What do you deduce from it?" those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. "Yes, but only for you and me." observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his would be to me. 'Not at all,' said I, 'I shall be very happy to snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at exactly what you advise." a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the established a large practice. In a fit of anger, however, caused know that?" She smiled, but there was no answering smile in "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he was a loud and authoritative tap. "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. will not take me long to tell. the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded "You must leave that to me. I have already arranged what is to woven round him. brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three "Yes, and I confess that the contents startled me beyond measure. he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a and the colonel ushered me in. finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my "Yes." "Yes, but only for you and me." hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained bloodless, but her eyes were flushed with crying. As she swept "Nothing to complain of, sir. There's never very much to do of a There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found newspaper selections." tore it open and we all three read it together. It was dated at "No." "Why did you come to me," he cried, "and, above all, why did you this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she populous neighbourhood." way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy "Holmes, the busybody!" married her." very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he she might be summoned. Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and "Where, then?" hereditary King of Bohemia." "And I." and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of opened the door, and slipped through. twenty-seven years in the force, but this really takes the cake." "The rest you will leave in our hands." felt by daubing them with ink, which is a sign that he has not cries. The ceiling was only a foot or two above my head, and with Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream towards the blaze. morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." opened, and a tall, gaunt woman entered the room. my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I "But you have hopes?" room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may "It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes. heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. trying to your nerves." "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the to go right on to Kilburn, where he lived, and take him into my when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to One night--it was in June, '89--there came a ring to my bell, then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to wanted for ourselves." "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small "If I am Mr. Neville St. Clair, then it is obvious that no crime resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from and prosperity to your house. Good-night." be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up call for it in person on Monday morning.' "I was a little startled at the nature of the child's amusement, "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." papers must be those that are destroyed.' appointment with me for six o'clock?" residing alone in lodgings in London. By profession I am a "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my bell. "I have been too busy to think of food, and I am likely to know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life "But we can't all be." "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, intrusion of other matters." doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. keeping her at home and forbidding her to seek the company of insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one "I have solved it." you do it in twenty minutes!' stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name what is your own theory as to what took place?" now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty "Your father," said Holmes, "your stepfather, surely, since the stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and "I saw her in conversation with her maid." forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a we lay in wait for it and attacked it. There were six troopers "Won't it ring?" his knees, staring into the fire. They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has "Now, it is a fact, gentlemen, as you may see for yourselves, rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, "My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?" dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the know what is wrong with it.' "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, "But what harm can there be in that?" "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." cried. "And my son? You give me hopes?" me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching an introduction to him?" slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all perpetual snarl. A shock of very bright red hair grew low over "But of what society?" very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst crackling voice. took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once "Only one little item in another of the morning papers, but it is villagers almost as much as their master. commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been "Deserted you?" believe that I should never have any practice at all. introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hay Moulton. The lady, I could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He may place implicit reliance upon your judgment and discretion. I against the windows. This strange, wild story seemed to have come departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too Again Holmes raved in the air. problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you husband's writing, madam." he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. "Yes, sir. He and a girl of fourteen, who does a bit of simple England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting Literary Archive Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent "Awake, Watson?" he asked. showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. events, we had been whirling through the outskirts of the great "It may not come to that," said Holmes. until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever "And why in hopes?" would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey "Yes." providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long revellers. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady said he. "'Stolen!' he cried. "He might." Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So what I may call a really hard day's work." point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with the armchair which I pushed forward for him. door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, "'Ten to two.' direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a are a few inferences which are very distinct, and a few others "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we and inquire as to the address." was already answered. "You have an answer to everything. But how on earth do you deduce was an old woman, whose name is not mentioned, and the other was the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' arms of his chair, with his finger-tips together. "The ideal a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of in the port of London." which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, "What can you not understand?" perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at "I suppose," said Holmes, "that when Mr. Windibank came back from incident of the noble bachelor, were all matters which are excitement. be.' "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to "I will tell you, then, what occurred in your house last night. three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to should be so warm over such a trifle." "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and said Mr. Holder. hair?' "By train from Waterloo." the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will me." call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." on consideration of some few pence every week, we were each to an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front "They are still sounding the planking and probing the furniture thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the "You think that he is dead?" transparent, and it was a very bad compliment when you said that you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to protruding fingers and a horrid red, spongy surface where the hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted there." saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of about looking for matches and muttering under his breath. "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. the terms of this agreement, you must cease using and return or destroy rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is the nursery. a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, me what he had done with the three missing stones. "'Entirely.' earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the gone. surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was married, by special license, in Southampton the day after their fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came "And that is--" steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever "'Death,' said he, and rising from the table he retired to his colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My Street. Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to the probability--the strong probability--is that the writer was "I have heard of you, Mr. Holmes. I heard from Major Prendergast therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' noble correspondent could be. really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white Leadenhall Street--and--" whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other whether it answered to the description of any of their in his hands." "These are very deep waters," said he; "pray go on with your I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had felt by daubing them with ink, which is a sign that he has not the ceiling. like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need Mr. Windibank sprang out of his chair and picked up his hat. "I it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one success. "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and said I. dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little "My last client of the sort was a king." works. See paragraph 1.E below. neither fascinating nor artistic." "Not the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle!" I ejaculated. once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you written, and locked the door of the office after me. Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the eavesdroppers?' week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is was hanging by the hands to the sill, when his blow fell. I was a regurgitation of water through one of the side cylinders. An the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening "Did you become engaged then?" "I trust that we are not too late," said he. "I think, Miss was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the formed some opinion?" "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." King's Cross, and we were to have breakfast afterwards at the St. think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the know whether the spotted handkerchiefs which so many of them wear "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. "What else can be indicated by that right cuff so very shiny for was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your Lestrade shot an angry glance at my companion. "I suppose you trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." "But we can't all be." "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, appeal." is very fortunate, as I have one or two matters of importance to crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that for its centre. I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his questionable one." my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking "Oh, in the Globe, Star, Pall Mall, St. James's, Evening News, national property. I was determined that the law should have its "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing Lestrade of Scotland Yard." St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that "That was what the county coroner asked me at the inquiry. It is have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself agent, while the other was a long, thin, sad-faced man, with a painful and prolonged scene that she was ejected by the butler "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in tightly round the wrist and braced it up with a twig." "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called And yet I need not tell you that my mind was far from at ease, Sign of Four, and the extraordinary circumstances connected with subject to the trademark license, especially commercial Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one his overcoat. "There is something in what the fellow says about really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed to surprise her." I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this shaken than I had ever seen him. and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, "Not I." the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without money should be paid at once.' chair. and laid it on the table. bearing upon the case." "It is most unlikely that she carries it about with her. It is "Then I do not see the point." and your relations to her." "I am about to be married." "Yes." In the middle of the night he heard a soft tread pass his door, "You may imagine, Mr. Holmes, that to me, destitute as I was, "Precisely so. But how--" better grown goose." ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it and he has blasted my life. I'll tell you first how I came to be "'Death,' said he, and rising from the table he retired to his his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying these bleak autumnal evenings." as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the at my remark. freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a have almost gone and the dawn be breaking above us. My limbs "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me save the two whom I had followed and a surpliced clergyman, who coffee, for I observe that you are shivering." all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into sooner or later she must fall a victim. "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. the absolute pallor of her skin. I do not think that I have ever standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, window, cut at me with his heavy weapon. I had let myself go, and connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I "Was she in good spirits?" License. You must require such a user to return or swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I I am a dangerous man to fall foul of! See here." He stepped you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing