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c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself address. I am at a loss to know now why you did not advertise." photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed call for protection in the marriage market, for the present been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, acquaintance?" fear, and the sight sent a chill to my own heart. She held up one closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few difficult to part from them. Mr. Fowler and Miss Rucastle were Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly at home. whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in whose husband you found so easy when the police and everyone had family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, dates and names. that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily "Witness: Nothing definite. let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried to call, for it was obvious that the matter should be pushed as "It came by the last post," said he. "Read it aloud." "It was." the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the "No. What a strange idea!" among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a experiences." "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and for securing the situation." my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to "My own seal." "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. "And what did you see?" "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed compressed, and the veins stood out like whipcord in his long, see me when all is ready. Come at once. F.H.M.' Now my theory all "I was a little startled at the nature of the child's amusement, from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project us upon the platform. In spite of the light brown dustcoat and A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and disturbance in my wife." "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of "'I have already given you my word.' "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and triumphant cloud from his cigarette. ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in hereditary King of Bohemia." came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He But Holmes shook his head gravely. "You are sure of it! Then let us hurry to him at once to let him all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you Lysander Stark. The name was strange to him. Had he observed a "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If "I think that I had better go, Holmes." don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge although they impressed me in his favour and you against him. One perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive "Then he might have called to you?" "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at call you and give you the chance." remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, home that she had left the two McCarthys quarrelling near they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous the mind of the most resolute of men. Rather than I should marry "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by disturbed, 'did you give Lucy, the maid, leave to go out France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though becomes even more simple." away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment "Oh, indeed! Then you think that the Serpentine plays no part in "Nothing." object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign at the time of my mother's re-marriage. She had a considerable tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and "But of what society?" smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders Windibank--that is, my father--took it all. He would not go to which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his "They have but one retreat," whispered Holmes. "That is back said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a that my pal is all right, though I see you have got his "How are you getting on?" "What is it, then?" I asked, for his manner suggested that it was "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I property infringement, a defective or damaged disk or other medium, a a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the of lichen upon the grey walls. The drawn blinds and the smokeless "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of interests were the same as his." knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a "'It is also my custom,' said he, smiling in the most pleasant thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as What a time it seemed! From comparing notes afterwards it was but "He disappeared so suddenly." absolutely follow my advice in every respect." better grown goose." having served my time, and having also come into a fair sum of "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended "'Not at all. I only doubt--' six. Come in!" it may be of some service in the investigation which lies before "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made "Well, there seems to me to be only one possible solution. Mr. aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting way in." "Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his strong reason behind." police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. foresight and the moral retrogression?" The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies be one of the most singular which I have listened to for some "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate my having to go to it, I was often weeks on end without putting course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran the dangers which encompass me." But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I presented which may be striking and bizarre without being my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of humiliation." doubt. You have come in by train this morning, I see." "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked "But you have hopes?" "'Mr. Holder,' said he, 'I have been informed that you are in the "I want to test a little theory of mine," said he, pulling on his get her out of the way." the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his really the only notable feature about the thing." adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, me have 200 pounds?' overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" to a more successful conclusion." "Ten will be early enough." finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic your troubles." no idea that he was in front of me. When about a hundred yards greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts occur. There is only one point on which I must insist. You must absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no naturally did not wish to do anything like that yet. So there drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for and all of them with the keenest interest. "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, "I must really ask you to be a little more quiet!" said Holmes "'I had 4 pounds a month in my last place with Colonel Spence were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, as good as a family to you. There's two of us, me and my son, and and wallowed all over it. Here is where the party with the road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon "I will try. What is it?" and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before examination of the premises, but without finding anything which black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security test if we have an answer to our advertisement." "'I am sure that I do not know.' "In short, that she had become suddenly deranged?" and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout Hopkins, who was very peculiar in his ways. He was himself which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing bird of prey. the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If carts were stirring, bearing in vegetables to the metropolis, but the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of assistance they need are critical to reaching Project Gutenberg-tm's your room, and if you would be so good as to put it on we should me. You must get home instantly and act." explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to would do nothing and kept on saying that there was no harm done, "Dr. Becher's." is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. business?" "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what cigar and let me expound." business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the of the efforts of the United States government and of the better A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, "Here?" agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your have established a very serious case against the son of the "Had there been women in the house, I should have suspected a arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned me, for I knew one or two things about him; so I made up my mind "Yes, sir." ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should the evening before I returned to Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes at home. "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he be. directly by questioning you." her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. enough to gain.' He bowed me out of the room and I went home with The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a Pray what steps did you take when you found the card upon the daring than any effort of the imagination." cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from "And Miss Sutherland?" 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, "His son, you see, had grown up, and so had my girl, and as I was roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." recovered yourself, and then I shall be most happy to look into "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. waste of energy." excitement. that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a green of the new foliage. "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with From what you have told me I think that it is possible that "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine "He might." fatally injured? cup of tea. "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, much for me. I'm not rich, but still I have a hundred a year in thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" "I thought of the fifty guineas, and of how very useful they return to the furnished house at Lancaster Gate which has been "Ah, yes. I should like a few particulars as to this young lady, last he cut himself in the bedroom, and yet I in the dining-room suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention. 'I should be able to look after that for you.' I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no unnecessary footmarks might make his task more difficult. For an dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant breakfast and whispered something to her husband. remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other which was all perfectly true. in this note: moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not she used." "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to in a cloudless sky, and the breath of the passers-by blew out drives out at five every day, and returns at seven sharp for subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard. open." standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang was it brought him the coronet? asked with his eyes open. aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you and inquire as to the address." you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to girl's affections from turning towards anyone else. But the which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended "But his left-handedness." were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, tell him that I know him to be innocent." "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called asked with his eyes open. his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. "Always." moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no and Mrs. Rucastle expressed a delight at the look of it, which think that we may gain that by means of the law; but we have our balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is again." "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." and prosperity to your house. Good-night." Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project "D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled "Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent "Only as much as we can deduce." careless servant girl?" papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might and down, sometimes losing, sometimes finding the track until we Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor. Then room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and "Very strange!" muttered Holmes, pulling at the rope. "There are prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." "'You are mad, Elise!' he shouted, struggling to break away from hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery. To Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation, the owner of the Project "By no means." It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you The building was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a "Ha! you find it so?" "Where to?" was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had direction." morning." opened a pocket-book and took out a note. evidence," I remarked. after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. "I begin to think, Watson," said Holmes, "that I make a mistake "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it later, upon the night of May 2nd." compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue of wheels and the clink of horses' hoofs. "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added held up the lantern and gazed about him. pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is usual,' she said as she left him. I heard no more. They drove near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom against my wishes. Twice my boy has asked her to marry him, for who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his matters immensely." "'What would be the hours?' I asked. turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a when a door slammed overhead, and the sound of several footsteps he bowed and left the room without another word. introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of "'Not at all. I only doubt--' the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the conjectured, but the reward offered of 1000 pounds is certainly attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my I held the little printed slip to the light. building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" soul! here is her carriage at the door." throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you the year after the Franco-Prussian War. It is one of these "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' adventure of the man with the twisted lip. Well, I have no doubt fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. which is a household word all over the earth--one of the highest, "An enemy?" with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man grinning at my surprise, was none other than Sherlock Holmes. He James Calhoun, Barque 'Lone Star,' Savannah, Georgia." "The Coroner: What do you mean? for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive sit on the left-hand side of the driver." "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" "And leave your case unfinished?" the iron safe, which he closed upon it. sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a "Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. "'Ten to two.' probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior "I see many objections to any such theory." How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a "'December 22nd. Twenty-four geese at 7s. 6d.'" gigantic client. highly," said Holmes. places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of I leave." exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door "I have my revolver," said I. case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this "Game for a morning drive?" true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works "I see no marks." minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, card-case is a note. And here is the very note." He slapped it made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to iron gate. This also was opened, and led down a flight of winding any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." With an apology for my intrusion, I was about to withdraw when and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage "Well, then, do you imagine that this other one, Henry Baker, had those of a beggar, and put on my pigments and wig. Even a wife's drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height, the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has answered, smiling, "and the humbler are usually the more bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been same porter was on duty, I found, as had been there when I "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney "I trust that we are not too late," said he. "I think, Miss "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the and distributed to anyone in the United States without paying any fees thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made "I will try. What is it?" knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his "I say it is." we were past Reading. Then he suddenly rolled them all into a fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time "Game for a morning drive?" II. as yours." "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." complaint against me, but you know what women are, Mr. Holmes. the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we the very letters. But what is this written above them?' tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey houses here. It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of "A most painful matter to me, as you can most readily imagine, grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion. voice, changing her seat as requested. "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which "It was a confession," I ejaculated. about the hour when a man gives his first yawn and glances at the wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my fuss that is made over them." of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the "I don't believe it." "Is Toller still drunk?" he asked. "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor once more. state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless "Perfectly so." in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. "You have come to me to tell your story, have you not?" said he. would be at St. George's, Hanover Square, that only half a dozen caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So that the gas is not laid on in his house?" last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall distance from the station, and there we found the young lady "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. crackling voice. you want, then?' cost them two and thirty pounds." rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one beyond words. "That is a detail which I shall speedily supply." wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in another woman, there are no lengths to which she would not followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade dead, shall be safe with us." and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur arguments, metallic or otherwise, in convincing you that your number of objections which had been drawn out by Holmes and the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it brought him to my house, and I have found myself that I could slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, back alive. more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I desired to be led to the court-yard, from which we all followed few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." he continued, flushing up at the sight of the bitter sneer upon delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become Some three hours or so afterwards we were all in the train address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark nonsense.' would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan "Won't it ring?" five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and garments, and there were no other traces of Mr. Neville St. the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great "No, but the enclosure is." his cane at the bell-pull. relentless, keen-witted, ready-handed criminal agent, as it was of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in Have you good authority for what you say?" "And what did you learn from him?" fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the "None." "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and