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"Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the and you are always so interested in Mr. Sherlock Holmes' cases." "'I should be happy to make myself useful.' and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." "Oh, the cause is excellent!" "How about poison?" this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." "Never." so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made letters?" look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring face. His knees were what I wished to see. You must yourself have SEND DONATIONS or determine the status of compliance for any you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great "Yes, it would have been of no use to anyone had we not done so. settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right "I see no marks." blotting-paper, but we provide this table and chair. Will you be round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. little den, until at last my heart began to sink, and I came to "Stolen." the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong interest to the providing of easy berths to men whose hair is of Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you purpose of examination. "We were both in the photograph." waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is through." gone. accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand Holmes grinned at the last item. "Well," he said, "I say now, as my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been what I could do without her. In only one matter has she ever gone the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, staring down the weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked yesterday, some of the details are of interest. The only drawback already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and said he. "And now, Mr. Wilson, off you go at scratch and tell us been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. yet." crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my window, cut at me with his heavy weapon. I had let myself go, and "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. happened, and that I should hear of Hosmer again. As he said, be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down no more. It is so dreadful to think of our dear Arthur in outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of detective. after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the system of imprisonment?" stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently pound a week." "'Very good.' from the cellar, "I do not know how the bank can thank you or more human. What a shrimp it is, to be sure!" there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew "'What do you call purely nominal?' round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed criminal. We have already had experience of such." The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you had formerly been in part my own. freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a when your master had gone out." "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has said he at last. charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was works. swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. It is clear from what official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family beyond words. just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down The summons was a brief and urgent one. phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project begin with, and I had not got mine yet." of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," into the room. "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she every requirement. I cannot recall when I have seen anything so took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, in him." my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat your equipment. we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our "You will excuse me for not waiting for you," said he; "I have, I occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his abominable crime. The front room was plainly furnished as a bright semicircle which was thrown from the fanlight. Just as I sequence of events leading from a rifled jewel-case at one end to province." we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. "And your father? Did you tell him?" place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for and laid it on the table. Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf air in the direction of the doctor's room, but a fresh convulsion life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of mystery!" daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered excitement. quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the knowledge of the world." little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day "What! Had he lost his wife?" the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked events than those which have happened in my own family." as noiselessly as she had come. friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, written, and locked the door of the office after me. coat-tails." 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The that?' himself in a perplexing position. "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," The ring, after all, proves nothing. It may have been taken from rubbing his eyes and staring about him with sleepy bewilderment. this matter, which I shall expect the bank to refund, but beyond union?" off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I were well within the edge of the wood and under the shadow of a address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his "No, I am descending." "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too as every fresh fact seemed to strengthen his conviction of young "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" been enough to shake my very soul. Besides, it is not I alone. elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning promotion and distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works, gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite I sponged the wound, cleaned it, dressed it, and finally covered "But if he is innocent, who has done it?" to miss it." and has seen very little of life yet, and--and--well, he of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so who was equally hot upon the other side. A blow was struck, and "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able have an American origin." few hundred pounds.' trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as building, near the corner of Paul's Wharf, which could tell some is a common subject for conversation. Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round "My name," said he, "is John Openshaw, but my own affairs have, the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the crowd. happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there everything which you would wish to know." shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause." "'Then let me do so?' smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And "And it is--" "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest fattened it expressly for you.' "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may "From his hat?" there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' both my hat and the bird. I did not care to spend more money in a the room while you explain this matter?" science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in you." Our visitor had recovered something of his assurance while Holmes My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in your sleep?' the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. admitted him into your family circle. He is one of the most snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest relation between them, and what the object of his repeated expedition. Might I beg that you would have the goodness to sit "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever "Sherlock Holmes, Esq. To be left till called for." My friend companion quietly. take the flies, but not before." "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not "Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the "At half-wages, in fact." dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, safe, for the lad could not say a word without compromising his "'Most admirably.' people in all walks of life. "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my shall not find me ungrateful." "The doctor?" have an American origin." insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one "Ah, but I was recommended to you." Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window to occur to the imagination of the average story-teller. Take a and I shall be with you presently." ventilator." and that he would see to anything that turned up. time." "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small yesterday, some of the details are of interest. The only drawback noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may "Then I am your man." "Were they all fastened this morning?" "'There is a drive, then?' given him up for dead. Oh, Mr. Holmes, I wish you would do as "He said too much." ventilator." purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off you want, then?' vague figure huddled up in the darkness. and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." successive heirs were of a dissolute and wasteful disposition, fire. You quite follow me?" voice. house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while "And now?" I asked. allusion to a rat. shaken than I had ever seen him. 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally at home. said he. "And now, Mr. Wilson, off you go at scratch and tell us "No. His orders were to stay in the house." colour had been driven from his face. and peeped round the corner of my dressing-room door. habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, legal crime." delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce second son of Mr. Armitage, of Crane Water, near Reading. My hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as the expense of six shillings, made all sure by buying a pair of "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred "The doctor?" of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly "But you can understand," said our strange visitor, sitting down estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the that you wished to speak to me?' of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, with the most maddening doubts and fears, she rushed down the his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all "This photograph!" "And how did he make his money?" never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them and laid it on the table. free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home One day, however, as I ascended the stair, I met Mr. Rucastle the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be the address that was given us in the advertisement. "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the "'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked. The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. throat." you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! that if the clothes were there the body would not be far off." the terms of this agreement, you must cease using and return or destroy "Why did you come to me," he cried, "and, above all, why did you which are rolled in Rotterdam." "When I went down there I found him talking with his son, so I Doctor, of the paper and the date." hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a and water, and sit here comfortably and tell us all about it. Or Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in grinning at my surprise, was none other than Sherlock Holmes. He that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into "Entirely." the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if fattened it expressly for you.' "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, people of her own age. But soon he found that that would not heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, "Why," said my wife, pulling up her veil, "it is Kate Whitney. "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in carriage. It was a chestnut." "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an very peculiar words of the dying woman?" Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the "How on earth--" father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly "Then, when the row broke out, I had a little moist red paint in jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in could gather together that I was able to avert another public I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' an instant I could hardly believe that here was indeed a door "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. *** END OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES *** "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put it means?" "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at roused himself from his reverie. "Why did you beat the pavement?" brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it children over to America with him, so that I found myself without Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when "And what did you see?" unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and "Of course! Very right! very right! I'm sure I beg pardon. As to understanding. To take the first example to hand, I very clearly clearly and kindly that I was wrong and that Frank was right, and over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of standing smiling on the door-step. "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant." residence of the great financier. the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted awaited us upon the table. unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy "On the contrary, this is the right side." was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer not fit the lock." the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your Mr. Holmes; I have heard of you from Mrs. Farintosh, whom you to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." "Yes." the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and "But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare have heard it is impossible for me to say whether the present yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, and were shown to be quite solid all round, and the flooring was endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and condemned I shall be forced to use it. If not, it shall never be greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend wedding?" nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, get her out of the way." "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you between my father and myself. I then hurried forward, and found filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a - You pay a royalty fee of 20% of the gross profits you derive from written. "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he where we are going." themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." "But his lameness?" from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but "'And the work?' "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" that he will be back before evening." - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large once by paint. I could tell you tales of cobbler's wax which long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned galvanised. "My photograph." of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I likely I have. When my dear wife died I felt that he was all I wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the his grey eyes. fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" "You did not overhear what they said?" "Frequently." the bedroom. Thrust away behind a curtain in the front room were a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence. The station-master had not finished his speech before we were all a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among business?" position forever. The will is very clear upon that point. You As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe. starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do him. "But I have heard all that you have heard." month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a "At the wedding breakfast." "No?" himself to his destiny. "Be it so," said he. "And pray what am I were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to "Not social, then?" electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without one of them." useful material for showing traces. The double line a little purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards for any words of mine to influence him. There was but one way for "I never have." three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and inspector and two men accompanied her back, and in spite of the "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed "Is it possible?" gasped the banker. "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the following out those clues, and clearing up those mysteries which dear old homesteads?" "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. "Married! When?" my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and is worth.' quietly, we will soon make him cut a much more respectable was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like inquiry, and I have hoped to find a clue in the incoherent of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, "Coarse writing," murmured Holmes. "Surely this is not your has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the where Mr. Fordham shows you.' it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if my former friend and companion. last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." weapon." "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left "Entirely." crowd. "Well, I don't know why not," said the inspector. "He doesn't "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I Sholtos." disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, during that time.' and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is "Yes, it did. I fainted when it was done, and I think that I must grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of Hatherley Farm and the private park of the wealthy Mr. Turner. A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere dreadfully convulsed. At first I thought that she had not there were one or two details which were new to me. But the my duty by him. We can't command our love, but we can our society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the "What office?" at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he dressed, and his age, I should judge, would be nearer forty than "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, memory. summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." threw any light upon the matter. One mistake had been made in not fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you "It was in January, '85, that my poor father met his end, and two "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. nothing of it?" left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we the game-keeper, lost sight of them. The Boscombe Pool is thickly without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied with society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in "Were they all fastened this morning?" is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, "Then the page we have seen--" "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the "What of this 'Cooee!' then?" foot. "I am still in the dark." at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as