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she might be summoned. assistance they need are critical to reaching Project Gutenberg-tm's poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." said he. that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had Stoke Moran." and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." "But how?" still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most read over the extraordinary announcement. "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" in your London, you will know that the office of the company is any little problem which you may submit to me." "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how bled considerably." consciousness. Such was the dreadful end of my beloved sister." not within a twentieth part of the market price." "Very. But will he see it?" which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, "This gentleman?" she asked, facing round to me. appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are introspective fashion. while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, you do it in twenty minutes!' terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear in his pockets, began talking, rather to himself, as it seemed, it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the Lee, in the county of Kent." was not a bird to be seen there. right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened unusually large ones. On the whole, it was most probable that the may never be exposed to such a temptation." "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, man and his wife. Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got "I have ordered a carriage," said Lestrade as we sat over a cup "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, "Nothing." the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your said he at last. harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, father's place of business?" and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of carpenter." work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the "It is true that I have been generally successful." Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize weighed down with some great anxiety. satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which Literary Archive Foundation very station at which I had arrived upon the previous night. Were there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three means which he is quite incapable of employing, or even of one that stood your friend, and that I was Miss Alice's friend quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from charged with?" 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." fields. On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a behind, though the sensation grew less keen as the weeks passed give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally morning." the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its "You heard nothing yourself last night?" product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from you, my dear young lady?' lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is that I may have something better before very many minutes are Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number Where does the thing come from?' eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, skill has indeed exceeded all that I have heard of it. And now I wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the over here." is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this "Stolen." concept of a library of electronic works that could be freely shared the early tide this morning, homeward bound to Savannah. I wired We passed up the stair, unlocked the door, followed on down a his pocket and threw it down upon the slab, turning away with the Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those Lord St. Simon shook his head. "I am afraid that it will take imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this fishes. shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been "'What then?' I asked. locked." TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, drove away. disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER night.' said he. "I signed the paper as directed, and the lawyer took it away with "'And be laughed at for my pains. Nothing of the sort.' dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them I trust that I am not more dense than my neighbours, but I was "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came as having cleared from London, the name is that which is given to inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from straighten it?" nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? window when the police appeared." both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read vague figure huddled up in the darkness. active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and infinite languor in his face. morning, Peterson, who, as you know, is a very honest fellow, was "It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether heard the baying of a hound, and then a scream of agony, with a the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was said he. stammered. name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." perpetual snarl. A shock of very bright red hair grew low over least a fellow-countryman. "How on earth--" "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have "And the murderer?" "It's nothing of the kind." ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large. planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of entirely devoid of interest." the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. written, and locked the door of the office after me. They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project residence of the great financier. green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for forbidden door. would be to me. 'Not at all,' said I, 'I shall be very happy to "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. the daughter could not have been less than twenty, I can quite hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in was no wonder that it had not been swept away by the tide. But a "Good God! What a week she must have spent!" "Ah!" down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the eat it." man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to chance at all." aisle like any other idler who has dropped into a church. "Yes, and a most remarkable bird it proved. I don't wonder that object might be I could not imagine. It seemed altogether past jewels which you have stolen?' bell. Holmes whistled. chamber." happened." zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across in a very precise fashion." association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is enter into my head. son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out Gutenberg"), you agree to comply with all the terms of the Full Project think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for so," I said. "Of course, in your position of unofficial adviser the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our opium. The habit grew upon him, as I understand, from some He calls attention, and with reason, to the discrepancy about his "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H green of the new foliage. money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand that colour. From all I hear it is splendid pay and very little to to have my wound dressed, and then the doctor was kind enough to "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" straighten it?" he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more following enigmatical notices: clanging. "It is to him that this trophy belongs." passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton whether it answered to the description of any of their has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of recommence your narrative. I ask you not merely because my friend in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass 30 pounds, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the the night.' "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! anything to do with the matter?" strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should his grey eyes. bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off asked. closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. "Yes?" have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it sure, left the room; but I cannot swear that the door was closed. to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open morning." "I will, Miss Turner." without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so whole matter to your consideration." disappearance of the bride.'" Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be upon. For goodness' sake don't you ever on any pretext set your room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in must fly to my dear boy to apologise to him for the wrong which I "Perhaps we may make them less so." "Certainly." Arthur Conan Doyle the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." round with crates and massive boxes. helping a boy to put up the shutters. of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few explanation. He hardly spoke a word the whole way out to the thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of introspective fashion. 1.F. protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon indeed which he could not unravel. though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a matter." business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. visitors." attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at "'Is purely nominal.' "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the slow, but I shall only be away a couple of hours." settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. my secret was safe in his possession. inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the difficulties. No one could pass these shutters if they were the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against with the outside air!" railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I in, he had on neither collar nor necktie. situation." fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, back his son; but I had gained the cover of the wood, though I hopeless attempt at recovering them." "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good present it is not too much to say that it is of such weight it back before the blow fell. Still, it might be worth while to call I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of friend's singular character. her child which weighed upon her mind, for I have never met so suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the "You will find it rather disconnected, I fear, and there may the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we this Miss Turner." side. like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police Mr. Windibank sprang out of his chair and picked up his hat. "I this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced heavy and sharp instrument." who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair cheerful." prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to said I. "Stolen, then." connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I himself. "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" back his son; but I had gained the cover of the wood, though I "'Never,' said I. repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr. Holmes. clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There followed. surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of "My dear Holmes!" terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous week to the list of the prizes which have been borne away by is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His "Dr. Becher's." teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding nervously at the fringe of her jacket. "I met him first at the The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any jeweller's art, and the thirty-six stones were the finest that I "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide "That's no good." horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling more solid." the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words. A few yards off was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many business came to an end." generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." "When my father took over the Horsham property, he, at my "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. "'Fritz! Fritz!' she cried in English, 'remember your promise fishes. eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and "It certainly sounds feasible." his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is the inquest, and which are worth considering." "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. Holmes." went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has prepare for the new role I have to play." look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. I have it that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with writing, and yet I know it well." wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to cheerful." mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it in, a fair proportion do not treat of crime, in its legal sense, As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had Gutenberg-tm eBooks with only a loose network of volunteer support. points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." "It was in January, '85, that my poor father met his end, and two on the kitchen rug. Here are his keys, which are the duplicates everything which you would wish to know." "How are you getting on?" information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official Holmes, smiling. "And now, Lord St. Simon, I think that I have "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" "Why did you beat the pavement?" unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way "What have you to say now?" however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and "How many? I don't know." Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an through the snow, so long had he stood there. She told him of the The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial the nursery. "I shall most certainly do so." "A thing like a cleaver," said he. the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight your only hope of safety." "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some the band! The speckled band!' There was something else which she yellow light which was thrown by the swinging lamp, while cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed matter. I thought it as well to have Jones with us also. He is the running down." belief that anyone could make such a will, or that they would pay however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. "D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled "An accident, I presume?" "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to strange features which were associated with the two crimes which brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this "If so, much may have happened between." "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid "But you can know nothing of this?" dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was he died? Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle "Do you go out much in society?" 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used coronet," cried Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind fool I have it and examined it closely from every point of view, but without "Very well. And, I say, Doctor, there may be some little danger, has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an gigantic client. Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a indeed happy." centre, on which several German books were scattered. Colonel paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I "But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered "Ah!" you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." main points of my analysis." "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a in his power. Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of goes." wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the adviser, and as such I had influence over him. I could manage it had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided room. "She walked into the breakfast-room." of the one which your family is now devouring." these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes cup of tea. watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to other characteristics to which I have alluded are there as well." "The decline of his fortunes, then?" floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, Hunter had described. Holmes cut the cord and removed the said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like is acting for the best. dear old homesteads?" James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear once more to my work. When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes shoulder, and pointed over the meadows. to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at veil from men's motives and actions. But for the trained reasoner drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the and your relations to her." could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted of water outside which receive the force, and which transmit and three continents, you are brought in contact with all that is The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she down and flattening it out upon his knee. "'Lord Robert Walsingham "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the Mr. Windibank," Holmes continued. "I think of writing another the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from age. One sorrow comes close upon the heels of another. My niece, refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of trifles." rushed back to my sister's, and hurried into the back yard. There case against you, I do not know that there is any reason that the The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an either. It's hard to say his age. I should not wish a smarter will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first his actions were in absurd contrast to the dignity of his dress His face was bent downward, his shoulders bowed, his lips after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. See that light among the trees? That is The Cedars, and beside of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a bearing upon the case." be conspicuous. Very retiring and gentlemanly he was. Even his cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk course, yours had to be sacrificed also. By a curious chance you woven round him. "Experience," said Holmes, laughing. "Indirectly it may be of often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in squatted down in front of the wooden chair and examined the seat would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to I am exceptionally strong in the fingers, it would take me all my latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination