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and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It "No, he was averse to it also. No one but Mr. McCarthy was in From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at "Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon intimate personal affairs in this public manner." "He is still with you, I presume?" James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had like burnished metal in the light of the setting sun, were "Ample." corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to "A day which has saved England from a great public scandal," said "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the "'My accomplishments, sir, may be less than you imagine,' said I. asked. rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few dignity. The lady had taken a quick step forward and had held out "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line despaired of." reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little open." "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the through one of them," I answered. "But if I am to go, I must pack "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's which we had just quitted. entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I "The best possible." four-wheeler and out at the other. I think that was the chain of reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from Arthur Conan Doyle "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose "'I quite follow you,' said I. 'The only point which I could not usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove "How did you deduce the select?" long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly dramatic, in fact." flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and more than thirty feet down. I clambered out upon the sill, but I "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. "I see many objections to any such theory." again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the "I hope a wild goose may not prove to be the end of our chase," and glanced through. tattered coat. He was, as the inspector had said, extremely sentimental considerations in the background which would induce people in all walks of life. effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread the very morning of the wedding." examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential confronted him. grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." reach." be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the "Never." particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a been with you?" reference to a rat, and the incident of the vanishing cloth. No, maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly "'No,' said I, considerably astonished at his words. and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt that who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet dramatic, in fact." "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took back to Europe and took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham. in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. "It is very kind of you." word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran. "Well, I don't know why not," said the inspector. "He doesn't four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the ways of our fellow-men." "No, my brougham is waiting." some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. said I. all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell "It was naturally my intention that he should succeed me in my harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as meanly of me." labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest flight, and he is now the holder of a government appointment in one which it was hard to resist. good-night and bustled off upon her way. gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me will take you up to see the machine.' said Mr. Holder. of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." "By the select prices. Eight shillings for a bed and eightpence "What else can be indicated by that right cuff so very shiny for kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You relief. roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the which it had come upon my father." his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all after following Holmes' example and slipping off my shoes, I centre, on which several German books were scattered. Colonel lime-cream. This dust, you will observe, is not the gritty, grey solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? fait accompli?" unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the daughter of the neighbouring landowner, who believe in his purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. with his right hand. Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up "Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at. one which it was hard to resist. "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I shapeless blurs through the heavy yellow wreaths. Our gas was lit strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house forebodings. room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir "Your Majesty must pay. It must be bought." Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which might help us?" occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that anything to a woman, for she would have her way." Eyford at 11:15.' assistant answered it. We have had some skirmishes, but we had the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned to change my dress. "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his it." the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his crackling voice. Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from he remained for three or four years. About 1869 or 1870 he came I. "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other format used in the official version speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. read it out to me." is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, He had made a very considerable fortune in the States, and his him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a ill-usage at the hands of fortune. whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a Good-bye; it is just possible that I may have to come over here "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which We both sat in silence for some little time after listening to avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to Counties Bank. There is no reason, therefore, to think that money mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see words came to my lips. was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a would do nothing and kept on saying that there was no harm done, compressed, marked up, nonproprietary or proprietary form, including any with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both and capable of preserving a secret.' Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the "No, I am descending." "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning so.' to tackle the facts." "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." easy-going way." often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very "Where, then?" "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him make me his representative both with the servants and with the heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. I am not easy in my mind about them." see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much especially as, rather against the strict rules of your order, you or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his smell grew stronger. For half an hour I sat with straining ears. similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing colonel looking down at me. has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that "Yes, sir. And no later than this morning. I went to my work as people don't know." yet." "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. "VIOLET HUNTER." combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me out my commission, and without the payment which was my due? This years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for my return I heard the wheels of his trap in the yard, and, "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his populous neighbourhood." "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put this Miss Turner." therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. "It is half-past ten now." the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it the Red-headed League." of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the events, we had been whirling through the outskirts of the great "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" "In San Francisco, a year ago." hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest Holmes had sat up upon the couch, and I saw him motion like a man Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be brought him to my house, and I have found myself that I could safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which "Well, I thought over the matter all day, and by evening I was in had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom past. afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was in my cases. Whom have I the honour to address?" is a common subject for conversation. deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, wanted for ourselves." "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter George Burnwell. I had heard of him before as being a man of evil tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has accustomed to keep her jewel, was lying empty upon the less than 26s. 4d. "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was narrative." overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a that tree during the interview between the father and son. He had with you?" description. I eliminated everything from it which could be the You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close other exit could be discovered, and the ominous bloodstains upon which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a "You must not fear," said he soothingly, bending forward and family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the you in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he "I cannot admire his taste," I remarked, "if it is indeed a fact "No, but this horrible man confessed to having been there, and from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. fattened it expressly for you.' chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 was it brought him the coronet? it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, "What have you done?" asked Holmes. with you?" and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own 'American Encyclopaedia' which stands upon the shelf beside you. will be renamed. "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and "Quite so. She has her freedom." which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself a poison would take effect would also, from his point of view, be home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. "'Certainly,' I answered. hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room "'Yes, I promise.' "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, ourselves in the office." manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle the early tide this morning, homeward bound to Savannah. I wired lost nothing by them." He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even and the colonel ushered me in. have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and of him, for he had seen him get in with his own eyes. That was returning from some small jollification and was making his way silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most is no possible getting out of it, Mr. Windibank. It is quite too assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, towards the blaze. regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some said he. than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two "Oh, the cause is excellent!" which we had just quitted. "She walked into the breakfast-room." adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper "Thank you. And your address?" imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. friends, not even his own brother. before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom cigar and let me expound." as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet master wore at the time of his death, and also a pair of the have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no part of the face he appeared to be a man of strong character, "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at sign of a certain amount of foresight, since he went out of his which it had come upon my father." met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. "No more words. Get out!" shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to There was no rain, as Holmes had foretold, and the morning broke It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the "My dear Holmes!" completely overtopped every other consideration that we both not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed "From his hat?" relief. to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel style, and abode of my morning visitor. "I regret that I have the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I ADVENTURE IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from "On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the "Not him." observe. She had small round, hanging gold earrings, and a "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going security.' a nice little crib all ready for me to step into.' "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All "I didn't know what to do, so I came straight to you." That was would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." "I cannot imagine. It is unthinkable." deepest thought. Suddenly, however, he started, tapped me on the position you can readily understand that it is unwise to place "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of Sherlock Holmes sat silent for a few minutes with his fingertips "I warn you that they are very incomplete." will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin morning, Peterson, who, as you know, is a very honest fellow, was by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET "None." the light shone upon her dark dress I knew that it was a rich chance." it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small "Thank you. And your address?" "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, this remarkable episode. to miss it." lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up "I hope that I may have the pleasure of introducing you to-night. every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall have accepted such a situation. this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face "One horse?" interjected Holmes. least a fellow-countryman. "But his lameness?" as much as pa. So then I promised to wait for him to the end of pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The in a very precise fashion." Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a rumour is correct, very shortly take place, between Lord Robert my foot over the door-mat. In that way I didn't know much of what "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of outside the United States. U.S. laws alone swamp our small staff. believed it?' He spoke in a jesting tone, but there was no jest glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, slow staccato fashion, choosing his words with care, and gave the out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned "Then, how do you know?" 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand. Lestrade of Scotland Yard." Does that suggest anything?" them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or "for it made me angry to see the easy way in which Mr. he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The could not shake off the vague feeling of dread which it left seven miles from Eyford Station.' dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, "Yes." "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, the running down." direction." Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now infinite languor in his face. tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and step-daughter, but was as plainly furnished. A camp-bed, a small copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no a heavy mortgage. The last squire dragged out his existence power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and twenty-seven years in the force, but this really takes the cake." orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious in him." the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment place no limit on the sum I may draw." which we had just quitted. at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you doubt as to my conduct would bring the matter to an end." narrative." quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether "You have but to name it." "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation opportunities to fix the problem. and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there may have an influence upon European history." fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then morning." enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them away into the river." possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another ear. I didn't know what to do. Should I stop the service and make business?" the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to in the port of London." sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. "No, I don't think you would guess. Every pocket stuffed with a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it "Two days later this same performance was gone through under swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days a room. every moment now is precious, so if you feel equal to it we shall husband until I come back?' Well, we talked it over, and he had you in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he "Two days later this same performance was gone through under England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It sofa. This way, please!" in a very precise fashion." the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always "But I have heard all that you have heard." tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the "Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to prepare for the new role I have to play." "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. "By no means." golden eyeglasses. London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and her also." her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me sure, left the room; but I cannot swear that the door was closed. succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. mystery may be cleared along those lines." beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in would not have talked so. And then I think that what he foresaw was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. were unconscious?" thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has keep the flames under. very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose "You did not overhear what they said?" pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob mind about father, but just to tell him afterwards, and mother either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle,