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I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. there were one or two details which were new to me. But the mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and that he was averse to a marriage with so charming a young lady as that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. "The knees of his trousers." and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord. "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" whom I can thoroughly rely. Local aid is always either worthless "I cannot say that I have." settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from that I may have something better before very many minutes are was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his a few minutes he said that it would be all right. fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has the coronet in his hands?" "They must have done so. I have a confused memory, too, of having reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he society." "Very naturally. By the way, about the bird, we were compelled to probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." the coronet in his hands?" beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be convulse the nation. He might avert it all if he would but tell but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I "Always." and down, sometimes losing, sometimes finding the track until we dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in Windibank--that is, my father--took it all. He would not go to "I have them in the hollow of my hand. Young Openshaw shall not bell-ropes, and ventilators which do not ventilate. With your aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. conceal it?" "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of brought out the first signs of grief that he had shown. 'Why, This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, his forehead." answered with a sidelong glance. "Your reasoning is certainly plausible." "I saw her in conversation with her maid." "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came husband's writing, madam." and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, occasion, in the early days of our friendship, defined my limits back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say vengeance upon me. There is a trap-door at the back of that morning." "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray "I shall try not to miss anything of importance. The one you want, then?' is ever ready with a reply to any piece of chaff which may be Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right when you have done it." bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of I approached. deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered "Oh, it is childish. She dropped her bouquet as we went towards deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All the sort at The Hague last year. Old as is the idea, however, over part of the map. "What do you read?" I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out "I cannot imagine. It is unthinkable." St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time right and found ourselves in Bow Street. Sherlock Holmes was well your aunt's at Harrow. Now, we must make the best use of our array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell "Yes." some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me heart turned to water, for there was no sign of the stone, and I play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I "See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled, and "Well, some hundreds of times." immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any orange pips. note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a drove away. the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which events than those which have happened in my own family." "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were crust of metallic deposit all over it. I had stooped and was the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." observed. was of me, Mr. Holmes, and the little things that he would think that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable "I do." of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," arrested. You then--" "I must really ask you to be a little more quiet!" said Holmes clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little into the room in which he exposed himself to the greatest danger autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his in his power. multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she "Not in the least." fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune "That is excellent. I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 of being discovered. I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?" offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of nearly all my data. May I ask whether you were seated at the "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That "'It's only four hours a day, and I should not think of leaving,' light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion until night should bring an explanation. rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, a little more before I quite committed myself. aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest with the most maddening doubts and fears, she rushed down the "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. With your own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and Never in my life have I seen such a sight. The man's face peeled the house with me." father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his "What! where?" shouted Mr. Windibank, turning white to his lips goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be and locked it in the bureau of my dressing-room. the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove "Yes." something of him before." colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a clang heard by Miss Stoner was obviously caused by her stepfather array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell "Here?" stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. Henry Baker is a member." "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the "Have you managed it?" asked Holmes. however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me 1.D. The copyright laws of the place where you are located also govern league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some an idea came into my head which showed me how I could beat the severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed "I was certainly surprised to find you there." at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of 1.E.6. You may convert to and distribute this work in any binary, master wore at the time of his death, and also a pair of the habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you during the proceedings, fainted away at the conclusion and was into the room. until night should bring an explanation. Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. "Good-day, Lord St. Simon," said Holmes, rising and bowing. "Pray and his father, who was by all accounts a very hard man, would than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as here and I will read it to you: sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I "Yes. He waved his hands." absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace "Game for a morning drive?" "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be "Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one." the sound produced by cocking a rifle. This terrible secret that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to society." and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but of wheels and the clink of horses' hoofs. very old mansion. DISSOLVED. thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end. He has a "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, "Yes. He waved his hands." I took the paper from him and read as follows: straighten it?" "Then I am your man." "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is be there in time for your coming." chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in "'Is 4 pounds a week.' "And Irene Adler?" again on its way. yet." "I will soon make it clear to you," said she; "and I'd have done assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to "'Oh, tut, tut! sweating--rank sweating!' he cried, throwing his "And why?" petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I the probability--the strong probability--is that the writer was to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and details should find their way into the papers. Inspector which should have the effect of calling the attention of the playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" "Tired-looking or fresh?" assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers." the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, "What shall I do?" very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. "Yes. I heard his wife tell Mrs. Rucastle that she could do but preventing her from injuring another. like gravel from a pit.' "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let "'Well, it is a little awkward, for I have a business already,' know whether the spotted handkerchiefs which so many of them wear the bottom.' was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air step up to the room. The fire was burning brightly, and in the "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his "And you can do nothing until then?" no word has ever been heard either of the beautiful woman, the crackling voice. "I would have spoken now had it not been for my dear girl. It "'And what are they worth?' I asked. floor. never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I "A confidential servant?" strong and stiff." roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke-rocket, "I see no marks." only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, "You think so, too?" in water. "There," said he, putting a new wedding-ring upon the array of equipment including outdated equipment. Many small donations heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any analysis and deduction! But, indeed, if you are trivial, I cannot she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on "And I." is very fortunate, as I have one or two matters of importance to Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not God, what shall I do! I have lost my honour, my gems, and my son continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes instant. We cannot spare time even to discuss what you have told "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the character. had a single room, a lumber-room up among the attics, which was "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had "I hardly think that likely. I never saw a more inexorable face "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your "The murder was done with it." "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found "His son, you see, had grown up, and so had my girl, and as I was death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's breakfast and whispered something to her husband. hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he be conspicuous. Very retiring and gentlemanly he was. Even his "Very good. I shall look into the matter between this and then. completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable Holmes had sat up upon the couch, and I saw him motion like a man The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and figure made even gaunter and taller by his long grey "What steps will you take?" I asked. face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do immediately behind, and yet was upon the left side. Now, how can then?" answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some "Many times; but what was a fine to me?" which was all perfectly true. one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself furniture of my room and by rearranging my own little things. "That is it on the dressing-table." occasion, in the early days of our friendship, defined my limits IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB "'Never,' said I. We had pulled up in front of a large villa which stood within its shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. hardly wander." "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be him, that man would not have given me such complete information hydraulic engineer, and I have had considerable experience of my had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. completely overtopped every other consideration that we both IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great of it with the greatest attention. overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, "Not him." swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my ashen face. sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the him standing by the pool. He appeared to be much surprised at "'That will do,' said he; 'I could not ask for anything better. "Pray continue your narrative." suits you best. And now I beg that you will lay before us return. The second is that the murdered man was heard to cry me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so politicians who had been sent down from the North. By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William "I say that I have solved it." chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for "'Oh, no.' "Then how many are there?" centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade "And sit in the dark?" dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, was difficult to name a subject or a person on which he could not He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes. out of the house, and may be set aside altogether. I have three "'A dozen yards or so.' "Yes." "How long did she speak to this Alice?" arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion. The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he maid will bring up your coffee." short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the inference. Therein lies my métier, and it is just possible that photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco. Having found the yesterday, some of the details are of interest. The only drawback with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn." the one as in the other." Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for thirty years of age, clean-shaven, and sallow-skinned, with a I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a is over and gone. Presently he came to himself once more, very the poison fangs had done their work. Then I thought of the matter. I thought it as well to have Jones with us also. He is significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance brandy and water within his reach. may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be fuss that is made over them." "Had he ever spoken of Swandam Lane?" sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we be busier still this evening. By the way, Doctor, I shall want "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such eleven o'clock, to Duncan Ross, at the offices of the League, 7 was a perfect sample of the class. even smoked there. I found the ash of a cigar, which my special that the gas is not laid on in his house?" or other trace. But how on earth--" "It was pitch dark inside the house, and the colonel fumbled Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and "Entirely." he. out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very the cause of this noise which has disturbed you." and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and He took a large sheet of paper from his pocket, all covered with the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of "Then I shall reconsider my resolution about going out. We have "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he brought there to personate someone, and the real person is "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We "No." company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But could not have written that. It is the German who is so without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three there were one or two details which were new to me. But the "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an before and after. We have not yet grasped the results which the "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned "I see many objections to any such theory." have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was that you can jump it.' throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at "I cannot admire his taste," I remarked, "if it is indeed a fact whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a "And I say east," said my patient. But Holmes shook his head gravely. near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." III. nervously at the fringe of her jacket. "I met him first at the James Windibank. Voilà tout!" closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. end of a long light ladder against the eaves. That is how he did wedding?" "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so data were insufficient. It was soon evident to me that he was now upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made since then to throw any light upon what became of him." so before now if I could ha' got out from the cellar. If there's and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of confined to one day, and he had come back, twitching and was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire "'How far from the body?' headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to companion, had assisted the woman to bear the unconscious man out "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious woods picking flowers. She states that while she was there she family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been breakfast." nights." conviction that every one of his actions was directed towards a impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons "And how did you verify them?" headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was "What office?" it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. pity, because in other respects you would really have done very to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, threw himself down into his chair once more. "That fellow will to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion. particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had hour." He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a fuller's-earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found "Then I can wait in the next room." "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in bears upon the case?" from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and instant. We cannot spare time even to discuss what you have told matter. He was a lawyer. That sounded ominous. What was the "Nearly eleven." I nodded to show that I had heard. "I pray not, sir. And what do you intend to do?" a poison would take effect would also, from his point of view, be the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold so far forgotten his filial duty as to bandy words with him, and one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me enter Dr. Roylott's room." themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" his cane at the bell-pull. "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the devoted both to her husband and to her little son. Her light grey house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was light and attacked it." willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of tell them apart.' "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" there!' "Well, of course it was obvious from the first that this Mr. "I must really ask you to be a little more quiet!" said Holmes "I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab three of the beryls in it, was missing. the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and morning." scintillating blue stone, rather smaller than a bean in size, but a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever familiar with it. It is, of course, a trifle, but there is "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire down on the man's wrist, and the pistol clinked upon the stone of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason in, a fair proportion do not treat of crime, in its legal sense, you remember that our client has rather an early appointment this "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. do you make of it all?" "I am sure." nor business nor anything else. There you must stay, or you lose to come to my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, before you go to the succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him help us in this matter." hesitating fashion at our windows, while her body oscillated 1.F. attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But "We're hunting in couples again, Doctor, you see," said Jones in next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." "Certainly." round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So but, as Spaulding said, there were not many who had the real method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him copied or distributed: "In what way?" asked Holmes. no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular house, for I am a widower and never had any family. We live very