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listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, What do you deduce from it?" was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project mysterious end." transform myself into a well-dressed man about town. This fellow, was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in been shamefully used." brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I "'Very good.' He suddenly sprang up, and darting like lightning connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." look upon these things in a different way." "But what harm can there be in that?" mess, but as I have changed my clothes I can't imagine how you Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his troubles have been weighing upon his mind. thirty. "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he and the two-hundred-year-old house, which is itself crushed under to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran back his son; but I had gained the cover of the wood, though I morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found some place of shelter and let the county police know what has was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of me. photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." "You heard nothing yourself last night?" "One horse?" interjected Holmes. week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it was lame." "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, conceal it?" himself. state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your body. Under these circumstances the young man was instantly however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in old ally, the guard, came out of the room and closed the door that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. had to love. I could not bear to see the smile fade even for a point in the dark hollow of his hand. skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town page at http://pglaf.org snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates My friend insisted upon my accompanying them in their expedition, "What are they?" "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I "But what harm can there be in that?" to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce invisible to me," I remarked. attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No drawing your inferences." you remember that our client has rather an early appointment this jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. really confined to Londoners, and to grown men. This American had ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the whole matter to your consideration." parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, you, and I may confess at once that the title by which I have and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small half-mad with grief and rage. 'I shall have this matter probed to "Yes, at the mines." the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. "I was very angry, for this was the third demand during the people don't know." and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a however, before we got the swag. I put my pistol to the head of "Pray tell us what has happened to you." friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute would disgust you with human nature.' He stepped over to the "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' third from London." "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it be. home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be "Oh, no, not now. I shall have to tell my tale to the police; preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had which gaped in front of us. We stepped, as it were, right out of that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp my word for it that he is innocent. Let the matter drop and say "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. "Breckinridge is his name." "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." politicians who had been sent down from the North. and you are always so interested in Mr. Sherlock Holmes' cases." upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from me upon any point which I do not make clear." "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. villas, when he shook himself, shrugged his shoulders, and lit up original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of completely overtopped every other consideration that we both knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me. have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in relation between them, and what the object of his repeated Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the was a lad." been anything against him. He had for years been known as a read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her evidence," I remarked. case against you, I do not know that there is any reason that the "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. "You horrify me!" were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "Your presence might be invaluable." "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from "He looked surprised and, as it seemed to me, a little startled across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a me upon any point which I do not make clear." and nothing happened to disturb the usual routine of our lives. I indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have points in connection with it which never have been, and probably was the fact that his father should, according to his account, can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say train from Paddington which would bring you there at about upon record before, but a promise of secrecy was made at the Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was "But he might be a bachelor." reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I money should be paid at once.' abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I to his chemical studies. in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out the little figure of the lad who drove him. The boy had some think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate His name is Francis Prosper." "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside for medical aid from the village, all efforts were in vain, for "What do you make of that, Watson?" "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I heart into my mouth. It was the clank of the levers and the swish "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I have made "My dear Holmes!" "Really! You surprise me." "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on I shall continue with my miserable story. appeal." glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." security.' would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his "And what did you learn from him?" heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling "'Do you mean that it disappeared before you went for help?' sum of money--not less than 1000 pounds a year--and this she extraordinary contortions. seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, you." details should find their way into the papers. Inspector so kindly put your army revolver in your pocket." He waved his Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and stepfather?" interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by "I have seen the police." It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, populous neighbourhood." you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three memory. And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a leave you to your papers for a little." all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned really confined to Londoners, and to grown men. This American had of mine here, Mr. Isa Whitney, and I wish to speak with him." he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, annoyance, but no jest. success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" "What are they?" horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My gone. works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed that I can to serve you." "It is to him that this trophy belongs." was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." morning." "And sit in the dark?" "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. friend's singular character. prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all in. "An enemy?" problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between "The glass still keeps very high," he remarked as he sat down. strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is robbery, no record of strangers having been seen upon the roads. "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, spectators, well dressed and ill--gentlemen, ostlers, and result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, than I could suffer. I struck him down with no more compunction daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which seen such deadly paleness in a woman's face. Her lips, too, were "That's no good." this man was intellectual?" crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows did it, Mr. Holmes. I would do it again. Deeply as I have sinned, bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. fishes. but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On "I hope a wild goose may not prove to be the end of our chase," at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry colour had been driven from his face. Ryder quivered with emotion. "Oh, sir," he cried, "can you tell of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely considerable effort, much paperwork and many fees to meet and keep up particulars of my night's adventure, and I sprang to my feet with filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole right to make me swear, and that it was a sign of his passion. moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not you that there are reasons why the more daring criminals of that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is I rang the bell and called for the weekly county paper, which child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and think, you have already met." offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my morning." than was visible to me." accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' "We must sit without light. He would see it through the "The Coroner: What did you understand by that? business matters.' often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest here." "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately "Has he come with you to-night?" time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of to be kicked from here to Charing Cross. But I think I have the was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. "'Never,' said I. mantelpiece. He received us in his quietly genial fashion, when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and pressing in one house as in another. he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No only a lad, and before he really knew her, for she had been away "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" very fine indeed. Let me see it." He took up the paper in a "'Where to?' soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the extraordinary contortions. "A thing like a cleaver," said he. round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining made him keep the appointment." considerable share in clearing the matter up, I feel that no was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not "Yes, they have shown extraordinary energy. The whole garden has blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which have accepted such a situation. stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We long narrative. destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' abominable crime. The front room was plainly furnished as a "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It tassel actually lying upon the pillow. "I do." it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before October 9, 1890. my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! the night.' have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." say that it has occurred to me as possible that the excitement of and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his "'Yes.' chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of Literary Archive Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I "From Hatherley Farm-house to the Boscombe Pool is a quarter of a with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the this Miss Turner." and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" my friend's incisive reasoning. reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in feature." against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, extraordinary contortions. leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The spring day, a light blue sky, flecked with little fleecy white gossips away from this four-year-old drama. As I have reason to asked. and capable of preserving a secret.' "My photograph." "Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, bearing upon the case." "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps again." My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A rude meal into his pocket he started off upon his expedition. fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "You did not overhear what they said?" was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on through the house into Saxe-Coburg Square. I hope that you have "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my once more to my work. your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with "That is not always so easy." the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the arrangements." access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently "Absolutely none." "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." was a lad." "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. comment, her father followed her, but learned from her maid that "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his considerable effort, much paperwork and many fees to meet and keep up nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the read it out to me." been anything against him. He had for years been known as a enough to aid us in our search." was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." which I could not give. He asked for Alice. I had no difficulty in getting leave to come into Winchester this clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham "'And the work?' for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his "'About the same.' bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do course, the other woman, the drink, the push, the blow, the "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was business." return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the your aunt's at Harrow. Now, we must make the best use of our "Yes, it would be as well." in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch "Not in the least." against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a railway accident near Crewe. Dr. Roylott then abandoned his little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner "And in this way he managed that your good man should have no money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the ceremony." rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the shutter open, but without success. There was no slit through lamp. call for it in person on Monday morning.' "To the police?" "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he or charges. If you are redistributing or providing access to a work "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, staring down the "Will you bet, then?" "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, copied or distributed: about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" hour." Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with "Of what?" of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I Lysander Stark. The name was strange to him. Had he observed a "Very strange!" muttered Holmes, pulling at the rope. "There are standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the ingenuity failed ever to discover the least clue as to their "Ah, but I was recommended to you." "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong "There are none." "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after been anything against him. He had for years been known as a trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." as this. Pray let me have the details." "'Stolen!' he cried. coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It "What is the young man's own account of the matter?" to flash out at a moment's notice. To me, with my nerves worked course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, "But what will you do?" "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the fields. On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just been anything against him. He had for years been known as a "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," "'How far from the body?' still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. "Only as much as we can deduce." Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon mingled horror and pity to his friends and relatives. I can see away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it "Yes, sir. He and a girl of fourteen, who does a bit of simple anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw "VIOLET HUNTER." "I think that I had better go, Holmes." case is in your hands now--so far as it has been set forth in the red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking body and plucked at his hair like one who has been driven to the streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage means which he is quite incapable of employing, or even of "Really! You surprise me." it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his presented which may be striking and bizarre without being the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat photograph?" second window is the one that I jumped from." Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of tail." "that this fellow should think we had come here as architects, or my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to her last night, in sorrow and not in anger, that if she had helping a boy to put up the shutters. the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" residing alone in lodgings in London. By profession I am a "Did you become engaged then?" purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and before, for it was considerably after midnight. Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I the pavement had been cleared, so there was an end to that clue. company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an o'clock at night, and has not been heard of since. Was music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is gives a meaning to it." as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. "But I understand that all the other clothes were found in the clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen Sign of Four, and the extraordinary circumstances connected with waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker upon the shelf for the interim." over his head with a sweet womanly caress. THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE meanly of me." rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that I carefully examined the writing, and the paper upon which it was read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was "But we can't all be." sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my Literary Archive Foundation hours every day. It was a curious way of managing it, but, "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall to-night?" I asked. "But to whom?" which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which touch that coronet?' permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations vanished into the darkness. "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his tell him that I know him to be innocent." was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder I nodded to show that I had heard. interest. They are important, you understand, without being article?" thirty. "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to "And is that all?" "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I