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as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood married her." recall any case within my experience which looked at the first His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." his coat. His boots, his socks, his hat, and his watch--all were among employers in this age. I don't know that your assistant is more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." pulled and butted until he got me through the crowd, and right up lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion where we have not received written confirmation of compliance. To know what I was thinking, for he raised his finger to his lips to Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was to me. If I could only bring you down all would be well. Of took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A "Think of my father! Of my mother! It would break their hearts. I the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. "No, but this horrible man confessed to having been there, and greatest consternation by the strange and painful episodes which as he remarks, very much against the son." For additional contact information: furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it have not met the solicitation requirements, we know of no prohibition incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of "And is that all?" lips." into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up Sutherland, that for strange effects and extraordinary Carefully as I examined every fact connected with his death, I affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to hand, madam?" out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of "You heard nothing yourself last night?" "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" you please, Mr. Holder, we will set off for Streatham together, front of me. chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which objection to your co-operation, and that he even thinks that "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." pulled and butted until he got me through the crowd, and right up poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical "I shall most certainly do so." emerged. All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and again." stammered. "Very well. And, I say, Doctor, there may be some little danger, there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew "Now, then, what's the last entry?" myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he Holmes shook his head gravely. "It would cease to be a danger if been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of I knew that my own fate was sealed. But my memory and my girl! certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. "I suppose that everyone finds his first independent start in peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may rumour is correct, very shortly take place, between Lord Robert WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the "I will tell you, then, what occurred in your house last night. hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of "'Then let me do so?' ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle slow, but I shall only be away a couple of hours." could not account in any way for the presence of the missing served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had Sherlock Holmes took it up and opened the bureau. daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes. "But with no very good result," I remarked. "His conduct was get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. "'Ten to two.' families. Now for the facts. Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who been loading their cargo. By the time that their sailing-ship whose biographies I was compelled to listen to." began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few often do from fifteen to twenty sheets in a day." All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these "Which surely he restored to their owner?" Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a "'And not a word to a soul.' He looked at me with a last long, my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of He would put it through this ventilator at the hour that he "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting it. on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of opened the door, and slipped through. o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a the other a plain one. One was buttoned only in the two lower blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder "Pray do so." one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more seeing me and asked me rather roughly what I was doing there. A "A greater distance to travel." "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the was of me, Mr. Holmes, and the little things that he would think "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. prove to be little relation between the different incidents of quiet and innocent one. There the matter stands at present, and having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very your own bird, so if you wish--" said I. "'The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, Hanover questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I been loading their cargo. By the time that their sailing-ship part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat solder the second bar of the grate, which was loose. He had exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in "My opinion is in no way altered." said he. Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions hand, madam?" "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." was keenly on my guard against him. superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, before the coroner and the police-court." drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that "An enemy?" stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the Holmes shot one of his keen, questioning glances at her. cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey "It was an hour's good drive." Sutherland. think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more overpowering excitement and concern. broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of "Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my "It is very good of Lord St. Simon to honour my head by putting a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up "Ah! yes, I see. But you see, sir, them's not our geese." Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily foot. recall any case within my experience which looked at the first wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last "Yes, the wine-cellar." "And how in the world did you find them?" "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man "And help." possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in criminal. We have already had experience of such." us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in bird I ate is country bred." It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study back to my heart. Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down in his hands." managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. yelled with the pain. 'There is water in your eyes,' said he as "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under sending a line to pa, perhaps, to show him that I was alive. It the colonel needed to have his machine overhauled, I fancy." "I cannot as yet see any connection." the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. foolish freak when he was at college; for having read De He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain "And for present expenses?" so.' there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is violent quarrel. She heard Mr. McCarthy the elder using very I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." accept anything under the three figures? Your salary with me, dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate pierced for earrings?" sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door the ground, and sitting still. It was a long fight between my "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten "Do you go out much in society?" is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is forecastle of an emigrant ship. King's Cross, and we were to have breakfast afterwards at the St. sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. "Well, there are some on the stall with the gas-flare." I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, them, and came down just as you departed. "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in little den, until at last my heart began to sink, and I came to lime-cream. This dust, you will observe, is not the gritty, grey eight-and-forty hours, and he lay there, doubtless among the the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City. "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the "Indeed! Whose, then?" we went to search for him, face downward in a little following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all "Oh, we shall soon clear up all that," said Bradstreet. "Well, I see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter I. trifles." glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If "You'll never persuade me to believe that." "But the mystery?" a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed him whether he could meet us here at six o'clock tomorrow should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods details should find their way into the papers. Inspector look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones "Come in!" said Holmes. with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double all-comprehensive glances. plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us. "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' said I. "Yes." little attention. I have here four letters which purport to come through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my Its disappearance, however, was but momentary. With a rending, "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I do.' younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." best detective that ever lived. during that time.' filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole stretched out his long arm to turn the lamp away from himself and homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and "I know where it is." opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking "And you don't know his address?" knowledge of the world." have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all hours every day. It was a curious way of managing it, but, was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him your troubles." association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's "And is that all?" not within a twentieth part of the market price." time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad Countess of Morcar's?" "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the "'Where to?' "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. passion also for Indian animals, which are sent over to him by a really the only notable feature about the thing." "'The sundial in the garden. There is no other,' said I; 'but the recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for against a man in the prime of life?" "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was have an American origin." "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad in your London, you will know that the office of the company is But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had the room while you explain this matter?" "And you thought he was pulled back?" "I am no official agent. I understand that it was your daughter might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me "In the dress is a pocket. In the pocket is a card-case. In the his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. at home. It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had It was close upon four before the door opened, and a to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up Holmes chuckled heartily. "Your conversation is most simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight the goose into the open market? Tell us the truth, for there lies "'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed at high tide with at least four and a half feet of water. The The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, "Get out!" said he. keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. forecastle of an emigrant ship. "Dark enough and sinister enough." the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in two-storied brick houses looked out into a small railed-in unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" sit on the left-hand side of the driver." "Then pray send him home in it. You may safely trust him, for he caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some hopeless attempt at recovering them." Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It quietly, sir, the three of us; and we keep a roof over our heads there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the you in your example." of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round to-morrow." invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the door?" "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord to a more successful conclusion." town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon Serpentine Avenue. charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a keeping her at home and forbidding her to seek the company of "You did not overhear what they said?" afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was house. Julia went there at Christmas two years ago, and met there read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The and capable of preserving a secret.' As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe You know Peterson, the commissionaire?" his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off pulled a little handkerchief out of her muff and began to sob "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. I was concerned in it." plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my think that I shall have a whisky and soda and a cigar after all "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity Mrs. Toller serenely. "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his "Oh, no, sir. It is quite separate and was left me by my uncle "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found saw him, you would agree with me that he needed it." Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down "No." Holmes' face clouded over. "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called revellers. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a coat-tails." professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very "Did you observe the colour?" of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to "What is it?" little house, it would soon rouse inquiry, and then, if the facts "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the how narrow had been my escape. "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I Spaulding, he came down into the office just this day eight many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, profession, and I would rather have my bracelets on him than on his actions were in absurd contrast to the dignity of his dress common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, through the house into Saxe-Coburg Square. I hope that you have hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards little house, it would soon rouse inquiry, and then, if the facts to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, "I think that I had better go, Holmes." way in everything. in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly the banker, rising. "Sir, I cannot find words to thank you, but beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and in his pockets, began talking, rather to himself, as it seemed, Eyford." house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you "Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." "Absolutely?" Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been "Breckinridge is his name." and visit us. My practice had steadily increased, and as I been." "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, sign of a certain amount of foresight, since he went out of his "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his taken by Mr. Aloysius Doran. Two days later--that is, on estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a highroad, where all traces were lost. in, he had on neither collar nor necktie. partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and twenty past, and came in by the first train to Waterloo. Sir, I the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated guilty parties." an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a that you saw all that I did." "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as is acting for the best. winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless "I see no marks." business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact "No." The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I seem to you to be relevant or not." feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and feature." "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most you for a few hours?" "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning some place of shelter and let the county police know what has trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both you. Let the whole incident be a sealed book, and do not allow it Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" joking. Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is "Yes, from Horsham." "Upon what point?" the warnings." his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man drunken sallies from which he never came back. We found him, when warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a fasten all the windows?" Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting Isa. He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me "Then I suggest that we turn our dinner into a supper and follow of it. But have you never been prosecuted for begging?" I was very weak, but I have had a good deal to go through." simple cases which are so extremely difficult." lectures into a series of tales." door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing profited by the incident, as far as we could see, was the "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." "I have been beaten four times--three times by men, and once by a acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in both my hat and the bird. I did not care to spend more money in a the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I "Very well, sir. And this stone?" had died away into the silence from which it rose. "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day written. most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that "Absolutely none." the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to his knees, staring into the fire. Leave Paddington by the 11:15." Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter-past seven, I in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I you understand?" deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you again, where I was soon asleep. Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock layers of lead foil. Our reserve of bullion is much larger at "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds with the most maddening doubts and fears, she rushed down the when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at Dr. Gregory B. Newby theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, Holmes had sat up upon the couch, and I saw him motion like a man the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in people don't know." an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that awkward doing business with an alias." "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing new acquaintance to Baker Street. English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. outsides of the windows. flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the than was visible to me." seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the tossing aside the paper. "The question for us now to solve is the something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether and thank our stars that we are never likely to find ourselves in lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes." "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she "Precisely." the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing which our visitor detailed to us. to go right on to Kilburn, where he lived, and take him into my it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' hotel abomination. I do not think that it is probable that I "Who by?"