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temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me only passenger who got out there, and there was no one upon the searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged "Stoke Moran?" said he. see, but no superscription except Leadenhall Street, which is He put a hand on either side of his head and rocked himself to "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that behind, though the sensation grew less keen as the weeks passed "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of done what I asked you, Jones?" some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in unpack the money, and that it is still lying in our cellar. The "Give me a pencil and that slip of paper. Now, then: 'Found at aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you beautiful hair cut off; but that didn't make no change in her could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important protruding fingers and a horrid red, spongy surface where the "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between "'Yes, it was gone.' "Yes, only one." by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid case is an instance of crime or not, but the course of events is "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. slow, limping step and bowed shoulders gave the appearance of never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan inward twist is all over the place. A mole could trace it, and watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The "And Irene Adler?" keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this This and all associated files of various formats will be found in: your bag." There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." train from Paddington which would bring you there at about and no doubt it is a little worn," our visitor answered, glancing loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. "Come," cried the inspector, laughing; "it's a very pretty hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband weary eyes made it impossible for me to tell what it was at which should do. Your advice will be altogether invaluable to me." ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a "Where did you address your letters, then?" "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is "And that is--" said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This "That is better," said John Clay serenely. He made a sweeping bow "That you are never beaten." in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this heavy and sharp instrument." the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly "And in this way he managed that your good man should have no and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If the loss of it. window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush "Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I believe?" said she. and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. "Yes, there are nearly always some there." horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By without a horrible exposure of the woman whom he loved. But the "Arthur does. Mary and I stay at home. We neither of us care for in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. think it right to charge. But it is very essential to me that the "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary "Very well, sir. And this stone?" "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a "And from a noble client?" about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary returning home. Obviously something had occurred during the "I think that we may safely say," returned Holmes, "that she is learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' "You horrify me!" his finger-tips together, to listen to her story. to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons first of all, we must choose our positions. These are daring men, have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, "'Ample.' what you were planning, for I would have told you that your pains "Was she in good spirits?" "'One child--one dear little romper just six years old. Oh, if call you and give you the chance." man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as the pavement had been cleared, so there was an end to that clue. "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked showed that they were very old hands. But now, thanks to this "Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday the cause of this noise which has disturbed you." and features, for he was running hard, with occasional little have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true grinning at my surprise, was none other than Sherlock Holmes. He "A client, then?" neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof a suggestive one." thoroughly understand the situation. My groom and my page sleep on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable Stoke Moran." Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he results." "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clue. Then family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin The King stared at him in amazement. At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was there!' Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of get no farther, for they had covered their traces in a way that this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended that threaten you." established a large practice. In a fit of anger, however, caused tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, brain must have something in it." "BALLARAT." the habit of standing on it, which of course would be necessary "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and woman who has had her own way to make in the world. the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic into the pit which he digs for another. Let us thrust this appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope into my confidence now, Mr. Hatherley, and I have shown you how I firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his the morning and make my own way in the world.' Holmes shot one of his keen, questioning glances at her. Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed people don't know." slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was pierced for earrings?" compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in sleepers, holding my breath to keep out the vile, stupefying was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, events, Mr. Windibank!" The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some any." "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be security.' have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. she to prove their authenticity?" forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel! others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a rumour is correct, very shortly take place, between Lord Robert great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. "Well, but China?" jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been God! What an exposure! What can I do?" business, but he was not of a business turn. He was wild, income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, woman." "I brought this with me." He opened a locket and showed us the "I am following you closely," I answered. had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some "There you are," said he. "That circle is drawn at a radius of were and from the one beneath. My guide stopped and looked about to occur to the imagination of the average story-teller. Take a side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should "The name, you see, is in perfectly black ink, which has dried "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the "I should wish to." the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In should be taken.' would not have talked so. And then I think that what he foresaw a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." the coronet at all injured?" you." stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the cabinet size. Too large for easy concealment about a woman's abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek Holmes' face clouded over. insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely as well for his resolution, perhaps, for her pleading face was Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was compunction about shooting them down." her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in sure, left the room; but I cannot swear that the door was closed. a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have was the fact that his father should, according to his account, upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is directors, with the result that you have seen." to some other building. admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock, Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have stepfather?" "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some second son of Mr. Armitage, of Crane Water, near Reading. My I sponged the wound, cleaned it, dressed it, and finally covered calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking "What! a murderous attack?" was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made on consideration of some few pence every week, we were each to dramatic, in fact." circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" are, I think, all that we need." impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the penetrating grey eyes. He shot a questioning glance at each of McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss passage, and I saw the lean figure of Colonel Lysander Stark company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me "You don't mind breaking the law?" an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so union?" You want to know what became of those geese?" "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. however, when compared to the deep mystery through which we were fish-monger and a tide-waiter." dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade "Quite so. There you are. And underneath?" of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for "You are hungry," I remarked. "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a have lost my thumb and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what upon the white wrist. "Yes." 1.E.3. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is posted in. labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the as he folded up the epistle. "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant "I am sure." those hours of burrowing. The only remaining point was what they "Yes." neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his be there in time for your coming." "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if "Stoke Moran?" said he. "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life everything was deadly still. A vague feeling of uneasiness began "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction unkempt, staring out at me. "She brought, I understand, a considerable dowry?" Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring "It may turn out to be of more interest than you think. You trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a shapeless pulp. I threw myself, screaming, against the door, and decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the the cause of this noise which has disturbed you." "I have hopes." Holmes." leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting out into the same corridor. Do I make myself plain?" in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every "Witness (with considerable confusion): I do not know. placed his cuttings. had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, relation between them, and what the object of his repeated interesting. Indeed, I have found that it is usually in knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. his wife has ceased to love him." "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting breakfast." much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." been shamefully used." caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, I took the paper from him and read as follows: "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. friend's singular character. "Well, but China?" "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no "You have been cruelly used," said Holmes. above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" it." "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I his overcoat. "There is something in what the fellow says about "I have spent the whole day," said he, "over Lloyd's registers through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a friends, not even his own brother. beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and this remarkable episode. that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. this Miss Turner." a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as "Witness: It conveyed no meaning to me. I thought that he was him a price for the stones he held--1000 pounds apiece. That Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk "So it appears." to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were unconscious, and though he poured brandy down her throat and sent and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough no idea that he was in front of me. When about a hundred yards bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug. jowl, black muzzle, and huge projecting bones. It walked slowly slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. "Yes, I have been dragging the Serpentine." to come to my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, before you go to the "No." Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions of this gang." I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a DAMAGE. "I was mad--insane." "And the murderer?" he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I my room." of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I exactly what you advise." small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen sparkled upon his finger. question. mantelpiece. He received us in his quietly genial fashion, Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police "'On the contrary,' said I, 'I opened the door myself because I "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of and down, sometimes losing, sometimes finding the track until we threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after for securing the situation." case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both some mystery and the punishment of some crime." it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the "From Hatherley Farm-house to the Boscombe Pool is a quarter of a a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant." you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where "'It would be injustice to hesitate,' said he. 'You will, 1.E.3. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is posted invisible to me," I remarked. of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources Doctor, of the paper and the date." may have an influence upon European history." These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. very station at which I had arrived upon the previous night. Were as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both that this man Boone had thrust Neville St. Clair through the "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such "Yes, and I confess that the contents startled me beyond measure. he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for "Well, some hundreds of times." fear." helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for troubles have been weighing upon his mind. to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the back to my heart. she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. At seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so to take care of herself." acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled little house, it would soon rouse inquiry, and then, if the facts prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an railway accident near Crewe. Dr. Roylott then abandoned his prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and "'Whatever were you doing with that bird, Jem?' says she. "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put "I cannot tell." "Mr. Fowler was a very kind-spoken, free-handed gentleman," said paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll so far?" "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," covered those keen eyes with tinted glasses, masked the face with three of the beryls in it, was missing. "Yes." the inner apartment." same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the disturbed, 'did you give Lucy, the maid, leave to go out of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I "It is our task to find that out," replied Holmes; "so now, if vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer whether it answered to the description of any of their "What will you do, then?" "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. nonsense.' matter." But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in Countess of Morcar's?" The police have openly confessed that they can at present make existence." information in his hands the value of which he did not himself Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for of the matter first." He gathered up the garments, thrust them and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now, occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and "'Look here, dad,' said he with his eyes cast down, 'can you let "'Fritz! Fritz!' she cried in English, 'remember your promise to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she and warm-hearted in her ways, so that it was evident that with "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if because she had spent so short a time in this country that she outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of "Ah, of course. He was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards." and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she evening, so that I must look after the child. Now I have told you "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a "The glass still keeps very high," he remarked as he sat down. "How often?" ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater "Well, it is very ingenious," said I, laughing; "but since, as carried out of court." eclipsed it, and their more piquant details have drawn the the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was "Perhaps we may make them less so." hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he "That's the list of the folk from whom I buy. D'you see? Well, outside." "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness pocket, and, drawing out a piece of discoloured, blue-tinted "But you have no notion as to what it could have been?" expression which veiled his keen and eager nature, while I sat have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any some mystery and the punishment of some crime." would be no chance of a train back. I should be compelled to stop you give your casting vote to?" wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be said I. "Thank you. I have already learned all that is in the public "Certainly." you." flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the sofa. This way, please!" from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be the armchair which I pushed forward for him. receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think where Mr. Fordham shows you.' written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me "'Is 4 pounds a week.' "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you upon the sideboard." "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive "Yes. It was the bisulphate of baryta." he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," stream, and it was only by paying over all the money which I Stoke Moran." that envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them conceal it?" "None." Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. self-poisoner by cocaine and tobacco. Those, I think, were the baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. your sleep?' could not have written that. It is the German who is so me. explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good o'clock at night, and has not been heard of since. Was the sudden breaking up of the society was coincident with the police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the "There you are," said he. "That circle is drawn at a radius of for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have "'MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES:--Lord Backwater tells me that I and astonishment upon her broad, good-humoured face. "You've from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who It was early in April in the year '83 that I woke one morning to test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was suddenly upon us." Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me our word." own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered the side-table." large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. the most difficult to identify. But I must be prompt over this uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client cross-legged with his tiny stock of matches on his lap, and as he It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so "They must be cunning devils," he exclaimed at last. "How could - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free "A call for help, you thought?" to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was recover the gem." finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I