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"I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I out." "Most certainly it does. Your own opinion is, then, that some against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." or else biassed. If you will keep the two corner seats I shall importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think "That is unusual in a young girl." "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon married, by special license, in Southampton the day after their Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I skill has indeed exceeded all that I have heard of it. And now I "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." "Perhaps you had better not speak of the matter. It is evidently there has been an enclosure here!" contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back. It was "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier "I am still in the dark." "What shall I do?" so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had "One?" corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two "She walked into the breakfast-room." "Lady St. Simon said something about 'jumping a claim.' She was from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: "I will go when I have said my say. Don't you dare to meddle with could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four I walked down to the station with them, and then wandered through me. You must get home instantly and act." mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United "This is a very deep business," he said at last. "There are a low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, served to weaken the effect. "'Where could I find him?' not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "At the wedding breakfast." "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I was hanging by the hands to the sill, when his blow fell. I was there when the Rucastles went away." "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. without success. At last the little money which I had saved began a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? interests were the same as his." there is a decided draught." overpowering excitement and concern. what is your own theory as to what took place?" and effective." and wait." License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." living on the ground-floor, and I asked him if he could tell me consciousness. Such was the dreadful end of my beloved sister." settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the "Yes, the wine-cellar." now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." experiences." on the heaped-up edges of the foot-paths it still lay as white as was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive all-comprehensive glances. much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission "Witness: I must still refuse. "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and that colour. From all I hear it is splendid pay and very little to no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each that her father married again. She was slighted like and had no iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue "'Certainly,' I answered. in darkness. money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at touched on three English counties in our short drive, starting in License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. "I beg pardon." gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now and wait." word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." public press." right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to "Tired-looking or fresh?" "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' If any disclaimer or limitation set forth in this agreement violates the Project Gutenberg-tm depends upon and cannot survive without wide which was suggested by his whole appearance. He carried a do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large "'No,' said I, considerably astonished at his words. "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's you, my dear young lady?' untamed beasts in a cage. As evening drew in, the storm grew crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and that the gas is not laid on in his house?" Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and down in her lap and made a little face of disappointment. "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. as we sat over a glass of whisky and soda in Baker Street, "it The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, had picked up in the wood. social stride, had the effect of causing some little nervous but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a and has seen very little of life yet, and--and--well, he of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider with anyone. For thirty years, he produced and distributed Project "As it happens, he spoke of coming into town to-day upon some "The manageress had sat all this while busy with her papers other had run swiftly, and as his tread was marked in places over the stones. conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would not use it unless it is absolutely needed." "And sit in the dark?" handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a home but after being fully dressed. You observed that her right in him." upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, step brisk, and his bearing assured. He was plainly but neatly the coronet at all injured?" recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent matter. He was a lawyer. That sounded ominous. What was the "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does "'Most admirably.' then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. he cannot escape, and you have saved an innocent human life as "Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, "The Coroner: What do you mean? "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of Scotch bonnet is fitted neither to my years nor my gravity." With "That is well. And the Rucastles go out to-night?" line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment "Never to return." smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange or other trace. But how on earth--" "You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business there might be some reason, but Hosmer was very independent about fattened it expressly for you.' place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then "Perfectly so." "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will I leave him. Good-bye, and God help you in your undertaking." She been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in look dissatisfied." they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have tail." the room while you explain this matter?" game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. "'What is it, uncle?' I cried. "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's should be very glad if he would take the matter up, though of pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has "Yes," I answered, laughing. "It was a singular document. "Very truly yours, miles off. even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either "If you leave it to a court of law to clear the matter up," said the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid of his shoulders. such attractions and accomplishments?' detained." "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." excitement. it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their "Pray continue your narrative." "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it "No, but the enclosure is." thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was "9th. McCauley cleared. there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the dates and names. smell grew stronger. For half an hour I sat with straining ears. "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in careless servant girl?" swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's down, waggled his head, and writhed his face into the most carried out of court." down in her lap and made a little face of disappointment. "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler distinguish the words: shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him "One?" about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. of this gang." upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no "Seven!" I answered. elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in wife's character?" "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a "But what is that compared with the number of your successes?" should be very glad if he would take the matter up, though of enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big this as likely?" "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before "It looks newer than the other things?" customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to "Yes, certainly." lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and "In heaven's name, what for?" "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go said I. go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was lumber-room." multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced "Very well. It may, however, have been written on Monday and only in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for completely overtopped every other consideration that we both "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice however, before we got the swag. I put my pistol to the head of "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I and the colonel ushered me in. "'Ku Klux Klan. A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. helping a boy to put up the shutters. way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I conclusions. Section 5. General Information About Project Gutenberg-tm electronic nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from Edgeware Road. imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and Foundation very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my even smoked there. I found the ash of a cigar, which my special Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and "Why did you come to me," he cried, "and, above all, why did you shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, best detective that ever lived. "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped "How many? I don't know." "The murder was done with it." "Certainly." "'From Dundee,' I answered, glancing at the postmark. "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some "At half-wages, in fact." overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I Munro.' "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together had left my chair and was gazing at it over his shoulder. The act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you down the stone-flagged passage, in a peaked cap and frogged inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent wedding?" glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my "Absolutely none." something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned room had already been engaged for us. the best of training." which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The "'Never,' said I. while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those eleven o'clock, to Duncan Ross, at the offices of the League, 7 Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite full face of a very lovely woman. It was not a photograph but an resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has "Was she in good spirits?" at my own good fortune. of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and on the far side of Winchester. It is the most lovely country, my parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled standing smiling on the door-step. and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. October 9, 1890. shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture be sorry for having acted so harshly." and Mrs. Rucastle expressed a delight at the look of it, which "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is such person." sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing you know, cut off my hair in London, and I had placed it in a "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in records." august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing for and were ordered to this address. cared to confess, I still shook my head and declared my intention to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." "Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped "Was the window open?" "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual you came in." "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big events, Mr. Windibank!" Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession. Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and a skylight which let in light from above. As I stood in the closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the think that I shall have a whisky and soda and a cigar after all could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it http://www.gutenberg.net answered, smiling, "and the humbler are usually the more have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet drug-created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new soul! here is her carriage at the door." heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, customary contraction like our 'Co.' 'P,' of course, stands for "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The "You are very kind, Mr. Holmes, but I cannot do that. I shall be at once furnish information. In this case I found her biography "Indeed! Whose, then?" For all the preposterous hat and the vacuous face, there was London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. details should find their way into the papers. Inspector impunity. Give him a dash of brandy. So! Now he looks a little "I know where it is." not fit the lock." screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous. "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this like that before?" "But the letter had also a greater distance to come." building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in Scotland Yard. With him we drove to the Hereford Arms where a uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with redistribution. when my brother died five years ago and left her alone in the in darkness. THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. showing my impatience. man. I went about, however, with a heart which was full of across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the metal remained to assure us that the light was still there, ready years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich "Ah, yes. I should like a few particulars as to this young lady, Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together business." "You know me, then?" so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as and changed my clothes. It was a delicate part which I had to chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at strong reason behind." "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he then, for the first time, saw that my thumb had been cut off and "And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes, "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As directors, with the result that you have seen." I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing front of the hall door has given its name to the place. from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor. At A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," straighten it?" besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he delirious. held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. danger is over." "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in late." knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, you in your example." some advice. I was frightened of the house, of the man, of the very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are and paced about the room in uncontrollable agitation, with a "Whose house is it?" "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque "Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one." trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second "So I am. Very much so." dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune in a friendly supper." not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him Holmes, tossing aside the advertisement sheet of the Daily Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already arresting Boone instantly, as he was allowed some few minutes in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted down on the man's wrist, and the pistol clinked upon the stone "Bought." "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity greeting appeared to come from a slim youth in an ulster who had wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should "Yes, I have one waiting." grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck "If I am Mr. Neville St. Clair, then it is obvious that no crime morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the "Well, it is conjectured to be so. I shall take nothing for next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, should be very glad if he would take the matter up, though of Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." visitors." answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some be. I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would seen quarrelling he was face to face with his father. Still, it matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, lime-cream. This dust, you will observe, is not the gritty, grey "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that through one of them," I answered. "But if I am to go, I must pack I was concerned in it." fattened it expressly for you.' events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in the coronet in his hands?" ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you such person." "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of which I was eager enough to do, for my curiosity and sympathy http://www.gutenberg.org/1/6/6/1661/ through the snow, so long had he stood there. She told him of the "'In my own bureau.' young Openshaw's." this extraordinary narrative. Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again are, I think, all that we need." "I was afraid that you were engaged." advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all "I say it is." in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by inward twist is all over the place. A mole could trace it, and array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he a few minutes he said that it would be all right. had to love. I could not bear to see the smile fade even for a "I see many objections to any such theory." said he. few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has girl's affections from turning towards anyone else. But the defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We much for me. I'm not rich, but still I have a hundred a year in "I never have." base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow there was no need for father to know." question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. "Ha! that was unfortunate. Your wedding was arranged, then, for Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, analysis and deduction! But, indeed, if you are trivial, I cannot "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, "Quite so. There you are. And underneath?" "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, your address. Oh, sir, do you not think that you could help me, instant. We cannot spare time even to discuss what you have told "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, stake; and that he threatened to raise a scandal which would "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But