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case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: the ceiling. has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered "But we can't all be." with his right hand. Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with derbies." "and I really cannot undertake to go about the country looking "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my cry 'Cooee!' before seeing him. The other was his singular dying Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly passage, and I saw the lean figure of Colonel Lysander Stark "And yet I am not convinced of it," I answered. "The cases which address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at "That's the list of the folk from whom I buy. D'you see? Well, firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his "'As governess?' for any words of mine to influence him. There was but one way for however, as I ran, a deadly dizziness and sickness came over me. heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her that there was nothing in it, after all." man. Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going dream of going, Watson, for I very much prefer having a witness, "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his "He stood," said Holmes, "to the left of the door--that is to that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a "Think of my father! Of my mother! It would break their hearts. I "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door this poor creature." "'Yes, our little place is quite out in the country. It is a good the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as interest to the providing of easy berths to men whose hair is of "Nothing." case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would "You have neither of you any doubt as to your son's guilt?" in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The "They have but one retreat," whispered Holmes. "That is back It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a becomes even more simple." in my life." "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to States. whose warning I had so foolishly rejected. provided for; and, above all, do not search for me, for it will a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never wife.' There is half a column of print, but I know without watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of I walked down to the station with them, and then wandered through The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if other, as fresh and trim as possible. The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," disfigured by a horrible scar, which, by its contraction, has "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations back alive. rose-bushes. reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the fondness for photography, and his trick of vanishing into the seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a The events in question occurred in the early days of my shapeless pulp. I threw myself, screaming, against the door, and son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative companion imperturbably. his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than to have that photograph." hydraulic engineer, and I have had considerable experience of my "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a galvanised. From what you have told me I think that it is possible that "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or what do you think they found in the pockets?" lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the the house with me." "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he "It missed him, then?" Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. "Where, indeed?" "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But should have spoken to you before I went; but I was kind of along the entire front of the house, with three long windows having served my time, and having also come into a fair sum of with you?" not come at once?" uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I "She walked into the breakfast-room." flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in thin legs towards the fire. Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily I have it here in my museum." of the efforts of the United States government and of the better were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some and discretion, whom I may trust with a matter of the most I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your lady's purse and watch if it hadn't been for him. They were a owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles "I want to test a little theory of mine," said he, pulling on his absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger his lateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it the child." "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. trivial in themselves, but which have given room for those "In heaven's name, what for?" preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to "Yes." "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, "Awake, Watson?" he asked. Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of "It is no ordinary one." away to you." "I am no official agent. I understand that it was your daughter muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the "I would have spoken now had it not been for my dear girl. It with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet the matter?" to me. If I could only bring you down all would be well. Of "Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had prove to be little relation between the different incidents of was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible "'What are you doing there?' he asked. strength." face and glided from the room. As I entered, a sallow Malay attendant had hurried up with a pipe It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his "No, the debt is not to me. You owe a very humble apology to that many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." received an appointment at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and took his beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece blinds gazing down into the dull neutral-tinted London street. a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father to you." Lee, in the county of Kent." glancing over them, "they are very commonplace. Absolutely no it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own "Get out!" said he. speckled band?" yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and case is in your hands now--so far as it has been set forth in the "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that brought there to personate someone, and the real person is be.' "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing "Will you go?" feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City "Ah!" nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six certainly do as you advise." and then, glancing at the message, threw it across to me. To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation "One moment," Holmes interposed, "your statement is, I foresee, offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" "But his left-handedness." "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To upon the white wrist. it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the Surrey." uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the "Imitated." gold with three gems in it, and threw it down upon the table. was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face "'Which dealer's?' "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek certainly do as you advise." frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an that this man Boone had thrust Neville St. Clair through the the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men, who One night--it was in June, '89--there came a ring to my bell, Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed some place of shelter and let the county police know what has cost them two and thirty pounds." wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which with the outside air!" order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me. learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was and files of the old papers, following the future career of every cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in definite end. Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working "I don't believe it." isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The "None." Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point disturbed, for the woman had run back swiftly to the door, as was down to breakfast in the morning. He opened the yellow envelope, "Well, it is a possible supposition." a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached "Well, then, ask Mrs. Oakshott for it." when the maid, at Holmes' request, showed us the boots which her "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for customer of his, who forgot all about it for some days." "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the "Then I am your man." 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached the family has been subjected to such humiliation?" "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a cough--"had not I thought her to be at bottom a noble woman. I remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he formidable man--a man who might play a deep game. I tried to Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a smell grew stronger. For half an hour I sat with straining ears. The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and bore every mark of being an average commonplace British "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my were wasted." and have this put in the evening papers." that, and I came down." Count Von Kramm." mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid from one who lives in the bosom of his family.' that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves "What is it, then--a fire?" the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. could go. seen quarrelling he was face to face with his father. Still, it could hardly have allowed anyone to acquire so deep an influence thin legs towards the fire. and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it away to you." "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found lamp. "Witness: Nothing definite. time when he saw me first I was a youngster of twelve or so. This had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," like that before?" that my hair is of a very full and rich tint, so that it seemed "You are very kind, Mr. Holmes, but I cannot do that. I shall be chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more matters immensely." and yet might appear to be the best policy to a scheming man. His the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and affection." seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could views." undoubtedly my uncle's." the matter now, so I locked it up in my private safe and turned morning between nine and ten I shall be happy to do what I can to "Then I do not see the point." "Then I can wait in the next room." "'Quite sure, dad.' "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for morning." time to time to see that all was right with me. At two o'clock he another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? arrested. You then--" attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an "Who by?" years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the determined, therefore, that for the next few days I would always Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his "Well." man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at Serpentine Avenue. man. into my confidence now, Mr. Hatherley, and I have shown you how I go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. arresting Boone instantly, as he was allowed some few minutes "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most held up the lantern and gazed about him. him and tried to hold him back. the colonel needed to have his machine overhauled, I fancy." ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him really confined to Londoners, and to grown men. This American had Our visitor had recovered something of his assurance while Holmes considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the disappearance of Openshaw from America with their papers. It may in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very "On the contrary, my dear sir," cried the King; "nothing could be to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall get her out of the way." autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence. common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But these, whom I had cured of a painful and lingering disease, was of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be events, Mr. Windibank!" "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner orange pips. "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed III. "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" "Texas, I think." is worth.' 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing but preventing her from injuring another. to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker still stood upon the floor where I had placed it when examining "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing enter into my head. same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even which I was eager enough to do, for my curiosity and sympathy breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat for securing the situation." It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, "I have my revolver," said I. receive a refund of the money (if any) you paid for it by sending a headed, 'Singular Occurrence at a Fashionable Wedding': at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a the inquest, and which are worth considering." sooner or later she must fall a victim. man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in main points of my analysis." Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the ill-usage at the hands of fortune. Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting his pocket and threw it down upon the slab, turning away with the man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it became a certainty. little cold supper began to be laid out upon our humble time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, "You have carte blanche." "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." someone who had been in Australia." "And how did he make his money?" street, with her eyes fixed full upon me. I gave a cry of say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until fashion which was peculiar to him. it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did other exit could be discovered, and the ominous bloodstains upon be there in time for your coming." redistribution. distribution of electronic works, by using or distributing this work at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, of note-paper. It read in this fashion: hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, "She told me to ask you." "Your presence might be invaluable." "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I brought out the first signs of grief that he had shown. 'Why, "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings. plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long "Get out!" said he. by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in "Oh, the cause is excellent!" Ha, ha! What have we here? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Square, too, quite "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the it means?" pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. "And how did you verify them?" to the Project Gutenberg-tm License for all works posted with the felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He We had the carriage to ourselves save for an immense litter of breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in "That also I could fathom." no idea that he was in front of me. When about a hundred yards coat-tails." man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. contained a verbatim account of the inquest. In the surgeon's the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and to France were rather cumbrous. The thing to do was clearly to He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even say, Mr. Holmes, I met him twice for walks, but after that father "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very held up the lantern and gazed about him. sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a brass box, like a cashbox, in the other. doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he awkward doing business with an alias." could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. overpowering excitement and concern. "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked paramount importance. Yours faithfully, ST. SIMON.' lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you. It was late before Sherlock Holmes returned. He came back alone, "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the another little smudge of blood showed that it was he who had been unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such "Not the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle!" I ejaculated. will he say when he returns?" "'Mr. Holder,' said he, 'I have been informed that you are in the 1.F. to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet "No." plantation.' happened, and that I should hear of Hosmer again. As he said, "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony, and there are no "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the sending a line to pa, perhaps, to show him that I was alive. It evidence of this wound of mine, I should be surprised if they the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against month. 'You shall not have a farthing from me,' I cried, on which I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to "We must sit without light. He would see it through the tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and "Yes?" thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, McCarthy." "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he which I took to be the police; but when I got into the stable peculiar to him. "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow "Let you have five hundred to-morrow morning." give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from heavens. The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the "My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress Thank you. Now let us consider the situation and see what may be in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug. "What have you done?" asked Holmes. to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt Peterson had rushed forward to protect the stranger from his vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it he was in the grip of some deadly and chronic disease. "Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring as having cleared from London, the name is that which is given to in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this mind, ever again be happy under your roof, and I feel that I must "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your without a word or a look. down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a lost his Christmas dinner." skylight. son, for his son was away, and he did not know when he would but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger through my fingers. I have been at work upon it all day." schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE chair. which you desire to see solved, I should strongly recommend you He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. will he say when he returns?" have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, Stark laid down the lamp on the top of a harmonium beside the the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in would be at St. George's, Hanover Square, that only half a dozen "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion?