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"It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the away in different directions, and I went off to make my own done what I asked you, Jones?" emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. direction." as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to "But he might be a bachelor." "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of "'Certainly not.' pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong "The impression of his right foot was always less distinct than to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right "Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in his pipe down upon the mantelpiece. card-case is a note. And here is the very note." He slapped it it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate third from London." great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its see, but no superscription except Leadenhall Street, which is devoted both to her husband and to her little son. Her light grey For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and "I will, Miss Turner." analysis and deduction! But, indeed, if you are trivial, I cannot the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and "Get out!" said he. with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows. "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. the station." force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging groping, and I found my attention wander so continually from the did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" "A most painful matter to me, as you can most readily imagine, "Texas, I think." started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated "And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage, that the telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his success. so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second concept of a library of electronic works that could be freely shared my saviour and the ruffian who pursued me. If she were ill-used, King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her have taken place in connection with his wedding. The ceremony, as "You seem to expect company. They have laid for five." our sitting-room, and ushering in a visitor. his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again persecution?" disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A this as likely?" by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 my friend's incisive reasoning. go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether despaired of." murdered man." business." himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his answered with a sidelong glance. arrangements, when you consider the blow which has come so Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and education. I travelled in my youth, took to the stage, and With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. introspective fashion. outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must what I could do without her. In only one matter has she ever gone completely overtopped every other consideration that we both direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while Pope's Court. corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous. lumber-room." Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, "I promise," said Holmes. "'Certainly not. But why?' weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer your sleep?' and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We the coroner come to?" "Terrible! She is even more affected than I." corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this lids now and glanced across at his visitor. from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains wait. A little over-precipitance may ruin all." license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of "Oh, yes. It is impossible to exclude them when the church is not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the "I am all attention, madam." is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the "It is a murder, then?" And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should said he, "my real name is James Ryder." down from London to inquire more deeply into it." "But it might have been a cry of surprise. Astonishment at the "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, the Boscombe Pool, with the intention of visiting the rabbit "How can you tell that?" of Fenchurch Street." "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be "No." Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to "His height I know that you might roughly judge from the length metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time evidently taken a strong part in opposing the carpet-bag come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel "A thing like a cleaver," said he. and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's guess what it was. It was my coil of hair. out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, "Yes. He waved his hands." it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more "I will soon make it clear to you," said she; "and I'd have done into an insinuating whisper, and doubly secure on account of the Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat closing the door. rat could hardly pass through." settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, "Good-evening, Mr. James Windibank," said Holmes. "I think that "Showing that she had struck a light and looked about her when matter here, I believe." He rummaged amid his newspapers, "None. Neville wrote those words." "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would hard-headed British jury." out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case my foot over the door-mat. In that way I didn't know much of what pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his of fine shops and stately business premises that they really daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I jewels which you have stolen?' Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was at once, for I have only half an hour." What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back. It was than if he had been some foul and venomous beast. His cry brought clang heard by Miss Stoner was obviously caused by her stepfather served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking key turn in the lock." effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller. My wants were "Dr. Becher's." Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely air, they were compelled to open the window, and you had your or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with constraint." Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes "There isn't a cat in it, for example?" wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which seemed to be expostulating with them. They were all three "Can I be of assistance?" near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the "Yes, at the mines." back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the foremost citizens of London to this most pitiable pass? We fear, and the sight sent a chill to my own heart. She held up one learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. and it need not interfere very much with one's other volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and exercise, though very often for weeks on end he would never leave hurried from the room as impulsively as she had entered, and we One night--it was in June, '89--there came a ring to my bell, but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is on the very morning of the wedding. James Windibank wished Miss only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into to arrive at through this?" once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, know. The initials were, of course, of the highest importance, which you could do which I had not already done. Why, bless my keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been had seen in the duplicate bill. His letters were to be forwarded but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs "I see no marks." assistance they need are critical to reaching Project Gutenberg-tm's bulky boxes driving rapidly in the direction of Reading, but two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we happened, and that I should hear of Hosmer again. As he said, "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to "'I had better put my hat on, I suppose.' which should settle the matter. One is to a firm in the City, the to call, for it was obvious that the matter should be pushed as some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere in my life." furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran the morning he was saying to me that, whatever happened, I was to you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building "Well, but China?" "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he "How did you deduce the select?" serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our families. Now for the facts. himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until wholesome the garden looked in the moonlight, and it could not be person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was dinner. Seldom goes out at other times, except when she sings. afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was customer of his, who forgot all about it for some days." fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The you?" in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there cup of tea. boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand "This is a very deep business," he said at last. "There are a up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent that the gas is not laid on in his house?" of solid gold. That, however, I shall determine by a very simple enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in he continued, flushing up at the sight of the bitter sneer upon servitude unless we can establish his innocence. It is possible It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. the Assizes." chamber." old town a good turn. Then, again, I have heard it is no use your overpowering excitement and concern. returned to France?" smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case delirious. out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told that the gas is not laid on in his house?" caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to ways including including checks, online payments and credit card shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the "There's a cold-blooded scoundrel!" said Holmes, laughing, as he province." "Yes. I heard his wife tell Mrs. Rucastle that she could do save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not awkward doing business with an alias." "Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we companion imperturbably. other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" over the forehead and settled upon the bridge of his nose. "It is relentless, keen-witted, ready-handed criminal agent, as it was preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and "Certainly," said Holmes, stepping over and turning the key in to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense "Do you know him?" goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own in an out-house, but no coins were to be found, which may have "What then?" "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if "On your arm?" The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on chill to my heart. that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." foreman; but when Mr. Windibank came he made her sell the "Then you may be so with me." little trying to do so much typewriting?" no more. It is so dreadful to think of our dear Arthur in clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. "That McCarthy senior met his death from McCarthy junior and that one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for which I took to be the police; but when I got into the stable the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the her also." third from London." "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a habits and exchange willingly the charming climate of Florida for "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." rushed back to my sister's, and hurried into the back yard. There "No more words. Get out!" developed." young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face "Eh? What was that?" my former friend and companion. have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler used to be." Red-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune to any man who "None." fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from note the peculiar construction of the sentence--'This account of results." whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its silently into the room she impressed me with a greater sense of "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me gives a meaning to it." full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was more terrible than the truth. at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss and all of them with the keenest interest. disappearance of these gems?" prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a that, and I came down." as noiselessly as she had come. Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf to-night's adventure." would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting your most interesting statement." in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a was used.' Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by He calls attention, and with reason, to the discrepancy about his in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the that this might be the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you had learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood appeared, a white, almost womanly hand, which felt about in the believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being it right.' spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The and struggled, and out came my sister to know what was the "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I upon the shelf for the interim." when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" "How can you tell that?" turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried straighten it?" "It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed a piece of Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down Sherlock Holmes sat silent for a few minutes with his fingertips got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through Temple. It was a delicate point, and it widened the field of my "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very existence." word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or who was a member of your goose club." all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was brought there to personate someone, and the real person is Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is there in twenty minutes." conduct the inquiry." "My dear Holmes!" of Heaven!' she whispered, 'get away from here before it is too "That is not always so easy." his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying interests were the same as his." his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have "None." man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon this case, Watson, if there is nothing else." thin, with a long, sharp nose?" side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' "How did he come?" creases of his neck. With much labour we separated them and left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a home that she had left the two McCarthys quarrelling near "Then he might have called to you?" with a strong nature, wild and free, unfettered by any sort of a suggestive one." station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before "'Yes, it was gone.' go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a indeed which he could not unravel. conceal it?" the loss of it. sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your which is a household word all over the earth--one of the highest, "Yes. I heard his wife tell Mrs. Rucastle that she could do He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon should be taken.' "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for retorted upon me, and I on you." returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two "There is the writing." our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be "And why in hopes?" their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant "I think that we may safely say," returned Holmes, "that she is lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us directors have had misgivings upon the subject." sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester He chuckled to himself and rubbed his long, nervous hands the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you his huge brown hands. our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted McCarthy." whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than God! What an exposure! What can I do?" ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss King's Cross, and we were to have breakfast afterwards at the St. danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he may have an influence upon European history." myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very suits you best. And now I beg that you will lay before us spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night." set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away to talk it over. following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his train.' he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance "Then how many are there?" and yet might appear to be the best policy to a scheming man. His opportunities to fix the problem. "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have The note was undated, and without either signature or address. the dangers which encompass me." a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys my friend's incisive reasoning. purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to anyone of my errand. However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate salesman. satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little "Thank you. And your address?" are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an cigar and let me expound." served to weaken the effect. any more." away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the "And your father? Did you tell him?" "Of what?" Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached "Yes. He waved his hands." come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and business came to an end." "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 "How about poison?" "In answer to an advertisement." have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash which we he remained for three or four years. About 1869 or 1870 he came "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. "I should like to see him very much." his privacy. There was one singular exception, however, for he of Warsaw--yes! Retired from operatic stage--ha! Living in "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to *** END OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES *** "It is true that I have been generally successful." returning from some small jollification and was making his way murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press "If I can be of use." "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he seen quarrelling he was face to face with his father. Still, it going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock "I think that I have seen now all that there is to see, Mr. distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? "Which surely he restored to their owner?" out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, staring down the focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet upon a handsome competence. mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than God, what shall I do! I have lost my honour, my gems, and my son written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different noise which awoke you from your sleep?" boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but DISSOLVED. Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she governesses in England are getting 100 pounds a year. Besides, dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were yourselves in at night?" more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency "Then, how do you know?" make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had into the room in which he exposed himself to the greatest danger autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a works. where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about closing it once more hurry back to her room, passing quite close the Assizes. Horner, who had shown signs of intense emotion heavy and sharp instrument." bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering "And that is--" me in several of my cases, and a lucky chance has made it of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that rat could hardly pass through." necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just reach." "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email just ask you whether you had heard it.' "Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of