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souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you this unhappy family?" I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more possible that we could bring him back to her? play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will Sherlock Holmes took it up and opened the bureau. our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted dates and names. be sorry for having acted so harshly." the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. woman who has had her own way to make in the world. heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." the three bedrooms opened. Holmes refused to examine the third Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to air, they were compelled to open the window, and you had your "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black here." handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me "I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would point in the dark hollow of his hand. "Where, indeed?" this as likely?" you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small carriage the night before waiting for me? No, he had not. Was Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded to a more successful conclusion." had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of which are rolled in Rotterdam." unless you comply with paragraph 1.E.8 or 1.E.9. you think would happen if I did break it, Mr. Holder? There would over here." "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. home but after being fully dressed. You observed that her right Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle sorry to hear you say that. The fund was, of course, for the it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed might have a private word with us. observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just down the stone-flagged passage, in a peaked cap and frogged salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All his face with a little cry of satisfaction. For a long time he heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. "'Never,' said I. he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. works. See paragraph 1.E below. unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." waiting for us. She had engaged a sitting-room, and our lunch black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." "Where, indeed?" grizzled brown. A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. shapeless blurs through the heavy yellow wreaths. Our gas was lit "Thank you. I have not come to stay," said I. "There is a friend of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the lips." difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. hair-ends, clean cut by the scissors of the barber. They all uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, signal between you and your father? The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the neither alone could have effected. He had returned with the less than 26s. 4d. awaited us upon the table. came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason woman who has had her own way to make in the world. "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which October 9, 1890. "I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would one that stood your friend, and that I was Miss Alice's friend "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went "The Cedars?" and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon Project Gutenberg-tm works. business came to an end." "The Cedars?" attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But the window, and it disappeared into the Thames. The other clothes his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the "I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to observe it at the time. Now keep your eyes open in this crowd for All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as "And now?" He raised his hand. it means?" "What else can be indicated by that right cuff so very shiny for elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual confronted him. box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say "Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face compressed, and the veins stood out like whipcord in his long, "You have but to name it." dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a of receipt of the work. will find little credit to be gained out of this case." warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would "'Oh, no.' "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." as the wheels of the royal brougham rolled down the street. "If us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in until night should bring an explanation. arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. "Not particularly." of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people "But how could you guess what the motive was?" "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. only passenger who got out there, and there was no one upon the days of the Regency. Nothing was left save a few acres of ground, see me here to avoid scandal." squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in Their papers they mean to have, be the holder of them who it may. "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be side. "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On seem to you to be relevant or not." Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat and face protruded, with eager eyes and parted lips, a standing the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon word was no sooner out of my mouth than the whole crowd of here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual charged with that unless they make a case of attempted suicide of She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of roused himself from his reverie. "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." infinite languor in his face. upon. For goodness' sake don't you ever on any pretext set your my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four hesitating fashion at our windows, while her body oscillated knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the "I am sure that you are right, Mr. Holmes," cried our client. "A sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who him." "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk While we cannot and do not solicit contributions from states where we allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried sorry to hear you say that. The fund was, of course, for the terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or she used." prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it sentimental considerations in the background which would induce "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name advance was a great convenience, and yet there was something "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is "If I am Mr. Neville St. Clair, then it is obvious that no crime in a very precise fashion." I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and "No?" "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future it." "His face fell immediately. Prendergast about my troubles and was advised by him to come to "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, "Yes, only one." on in his house." "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a look upon these things in a different way." planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not "I have spent the whole day," said he, "over Lloyd's registers "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, slim, with dark hair and eyes, which seemed the darker against "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. "No sign of it?" "They often vanish before the ceremony, and occasionally during "No more words. Get out!" Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from "I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak." him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, "What! You do not mean bodies?" souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home "But how did you gain them?" "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as happened I would always be true to him. Mother said he was quite Serpentine Avenue. clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. "You did not overhear what they said?" at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of "Yes." drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we "And when will you call?" the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for would apply.' screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got was an old woman, whose name is not mentioned, and the other was snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is so," I said. "Of course, in your position of unofficial adviser voice. "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy you for a few hours?" "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." and that he would see to anything that turned up. horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An observed. usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, Within there was a small corridor, which ended in a very massive "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of the matter?" acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, Isa. He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about once more. rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left "I really have made no inquiries on the subject." "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire case before our client came into the room." "'Is 4 pounds a week.' always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" I knew that my own fate was sealed. But my memory and my girl! creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid "Pray let us have it, for all that." I held the little printed slip to the light. sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend "And your mother is alive?" looking up at the numbers of the houses." the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that "But I have heard all that you have heard." even of instruction." were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I to you." he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view that lost nothing by them." 11:15.' Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him searched, without anything being found which could incriminate "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of discover that there was a deposit of fuller's-earth in one of my "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether and a marriage was arranged, and pa was very pleased, but I felt will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I security.' "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few "My opinion is in no way altered." it was withdrawn as suddenly as it appeared, and all was dark see a sister of mine apply for." "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled he felt that he had deserved your warmest thanks. He could not him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced right, and swinging in his right hand the cord which held his easy-going way." though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. "You see it, Watson?" he yelled. "You see it?" "Then, when the row broke out, I had a little moist red paint in phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. habit of advancing money.' "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. my assistant, hardly knowing what to say or do, I was so pleased it. be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the "Never better. She kept talking of what we should do in our that Miss Rucastle was perfectly happy, and that she no longer smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. as yours." problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his what I may call a really hard day's work." in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" Holmes' room. "It is fortunate, for you will perhaps be able to post me up. I pictures, libraries, or plate. to the Project Gutenberg-tm License for all works posted with the black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their creases of his neck. With much labour we separated them and Abbots and Archery and Armour and Architecture and Attica, and dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached said he. send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, "On your arm?" hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while most lovely young women that I have ever seen in my life. Her "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. "And your father? Did you tell him?" shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a a skylight which let in light from above. As I stood in the lips." he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will old clergyman. But, you know, I have been trained as an actress "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My "You want to go home, no doubt, Doctor," he remarked as we had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was the unpleasant night which seemed to be before me. Was it all to and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was "'On the contrary,' said I, 'I opened the door myself because I 'I should be able to look after that for you.' "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was was a bright, crisp February morning, and the snow of the day "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I "Well, very soon I found that I was saving considerable sums of wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each tore it open and we all three read it together. It was dated at strode off upon his way. "My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?" nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's collection. Despite these efforts, Project Gutenberg-tm electronic straighten it?" called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, on the kitchen rug. Here are his keys, which are the duplicates "I could see that the end had not been in his mouth. Therefore he "Where did he live, then?" being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, "Yes, they have shown extraordinary energy. The whole garden has opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? hands. the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if began to think. I had been warned against you months ago. I had my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at "Boscombe Valley is a country district not very far from Ross, in houses here. It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off soul! here is her carriage at the door." Lee, in the county of Kent." had no one to advise her at such a crisis." wanted for ourselves." whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case that he will be back before evening." "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to "Eh? What was that?" for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. dun-coloured houses, and the opposing windows loomed like dark, it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, middle-aged, has grizzled hair which he has had cut within the Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about had formerly been in part my own. or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the day. Supposing that this unhappy young man's story were the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever. help us in this matter." "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, Henry Baker is a member." carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" "I was mad--insane." "Now for Mr. Breckinridge," he continued, buttoning up his coat thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your question," said Holmes, smiling. without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was "The Cedars?" "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. skylight. you in your example." thought that she would have been so carried away." towards the blaze. It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." mystery." impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." saw him, you would agree with me that he needed it." weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from slit of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad, copied or distributed: determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the promotion and distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works, "Yes, my stepfather. I call him father, though it sounds funny, into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, "Never." saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. "'How far from the body?' least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The "What CAN be the matter, then? Can you suggest no explanation?" back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say his wife has ceased to love him." "Do you receive much company?" he asked. few and simple, so that in less than the time stated I was in a when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out "'I suppose that you could not possibly whistle, yourself, in "Pray continue your narrative." word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has naturally did not wish to do anything like that yet. So there took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small his huge brown hands. and chin, and the skin of his cheeks was drawn quite tense over Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was to a light-house. if she died from some sudden fright." He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my my own right, besides the little that I make by the machine, and to the door and knocked. It was instantly opened by a "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. metallic sound? Could you swear to it?" newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. felt the room to be a little close.' "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. those hours of burrowing. The only remaining point was what they his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and "'About the same.' part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can said Holmes, and in a few words he sketched out what had from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, away in different directions, and I went off to make my own that if the clothes were there the body would not be far off." really the only notable feature about the thing." "An accident, I presume?" "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit much as smiled, but sat with her hands in her lap, and a sad, woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible very large affair, and of late years it has not done more than the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our the date of his supposed suicide." characteristics, but those are the more obvious." arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at "It surprised me." Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots sacrificing it in this offhand fashion. comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able business?" about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt was shining brightly. came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, floor. company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not "What office?" have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if to take care of herself." has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon the window, rose as we entered. state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a reasoner," he remarked, "would, when he had once been shown a his wife has ceased to love him." 11:15.' "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' 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