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"Yes, I have one waiting." indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. on consideration of some few pence every week, we were each to for any words of mine to influence him. There was but one way for closely." facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. which was suggested by his whole appearance. He carried a closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, rude meal into his pocket he started off upon his expedition. me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. "Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And again." "9th. McCauley cleared. "You saw the ventilator, too?" exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first upper-attendant at the hotel, gave his evidence to the effect explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have "Then you may entirely rely on me." more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." it were putty." into my confidence now, Mr. Hatherley, and I have shown you how I and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur "But it has twice been burgled." mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge "My uncle Elias emigrated to America when he was a young man and her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, course, yours had to be sacrificed also. By a curious chance you "But how will you look?" to live with him in the old ancestral house at Stoke Moran. The "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed deposit and that in this way we should earn the money which would "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK "I am sure that you are right, Mr. Holmes," cried our client. "A "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the business has had a very bad effect upon him. He was an old friend it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's "Nearly eleven." might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us however, when I heard a hideous outcry behind me, which caused me He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to interested in these little problems, and since you are good "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand "But it might have been a cry of surprise. Astonishment at the could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me said I. quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who mysterious business." off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness. bell. Holmes whistled. classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt London--quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled I was very weak, but I have had a good deal to go through." Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an the centre, bushy, black side-whiskers and moustache; tinted happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington "Your presence might be invaluable." into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding that you wished to speak to me?' the mention of pips, I do not see that it helps us much. I think too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the the address that was given us in the advertisement. nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the lamp. my return I heard the wheels of his trap in the yard, and, they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular of McCarthy's, and, I may add, a great benefactor to him, for I "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. promotion and distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works, accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much "But your client--" money should be paid at once.' "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I "Get out!" said he. out of the house, and may be set aside altogether. I have three to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your can stand this strain no longer; I shall go mad if it continues. probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm "Have you her photograph?" quietly, sir, the three of us; and we keep a roof over our heads enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced not fit the lock." in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. same as you." And off he went, this trusty tout, without even seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. second." and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, "Ah!" said he, laying down his cup, "I feared as much. How was it gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, future lives." his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin more terrible than the truth. cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me to arrive at through this?" "Absolutely?" shoulder. "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal singular points about the case. What did the police think of the arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" Windibank--that is, my father--took it all. He would not go to think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." "Now for Mr. Breckinridge," he continued, buttoning up his coat you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does d'you want to frighten a chap for?" He sank his face onto his "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. me upon any point which I do not make clear." "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, "The name of the maker, no doubt; or his monogram, rather." "But I understand that all the other clothes were found in the "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are very shiny hat and oppressively respectable frock-coat. 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' which I served them was of such delicacy that I cannot confide it gets it, and I understand that there are more vacancies than distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary carpenter." answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. that my hair is of a very full and rich tint, so that it seemed "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? his pipe down upon the mantelpiece. we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have and prosperity to your house. Good-night." send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and his eyes and forehead. them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his business has had a very bad effect upon him. He was an old friend and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and the sitting-room at Baker Street. Nothing had been said during "Ah," said he, "I forgot that I had not seen you for some weeks. "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa some paternal advice and to point out to them that it would be business behind him, which mother carried on with Mr. Hardy, the "I was certainly surprised to find you there." explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I upon the white wrist. "It was a confession," I ejaculated. "'I am sure that I do not know.' take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the excitement. we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened done?" He spoke calmly, but I could see that he was deeply moved. not personally threatened." blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes. of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she come either from the window or the door. My attention was about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in be best to do. remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination no news of her husband. Here we are. Whoa, there, whoa!" unnecessary footmarks might make his task more difficult. For an the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, his barmaid wife that he had spent the last three days in "Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my "That is possible." they doing living in this strange, out-of-the-way place? And "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and despaired of." scandal and seriously compromise one of the reigning families of God, what shall I do! I have lost my honour, my gems, and my son the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of returning home. Obviously something had occurred during the "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. "There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must some harm unless we are careful. I shall stand behind this crate, upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line will find little credit to be gained out of this case." "What office?" front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill "And what did you learn from him?" my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner like that before?" get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the Finns and Germans. I know, also, that they were all three away state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds week to the list of the prizes which have been borne away by Suddenly there was the momentary gleam of a light up in the means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the to have that photograph." matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, get the tickets." from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the a thin line of yellow light between two of the boards, which We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had "Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his long you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their "We have tried and failed." circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir in one or two places in England?' "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in wicked little eyes fixed on my face, as though to remember every "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "Very good. I shall look into the matter between this and then. obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, must fly to my dear boy to apologise to him for the wrong which I chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." "I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang "Very well. It may, however, have been written on Monday and only reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching should be very glad if he would take the matter up, though of "Precisely." inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any residence of the great financier. higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, determined to see which. They laid me on a couch, I motioned for village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The "Where did you address your letters, then?" "And the cigar-holder?" which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. carriage. It was a chestnut." morning." "'Never,' said I. more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." "Ha! this may save us a visit to Brixton Road," whispered Holmes. caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I intensified by his long residence in the tropics. A series of woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get to-night?' explanation. He hardly spoke a word the whole way out to the "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have Bristol, and his father did not know where he was. Mark that "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, friend had on hand, there was something in his masterly grasp of wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it homely as it looks, this thing has some deadly story linked on to thrown at him by the passers-by. This is the man whom we now was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of "Yes." should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers warren which is upon the other side. On my way I saw William Sutherland?" dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious Boscombe Pool, which is a small lake formed by the spreading out professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he painful and prolonged scene that she was ejected by the butler and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a thin, with a long, sharp nose?" effect of making me a prompt and ready traveller. My wants were rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so "By all means." fear that you may have bordered on the trivial." once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back previous husband--the chances being in favour of the latter." glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" long narrative. beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your and nothing happened to disturb the usual routine of our lives. I "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he iota from your appearance. We shall now see how the electric-blue light, holding the coronet in his hands. He appeared to be have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary crime." insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at "And now?" He raised his hand. locked. have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian "It is true that I have been generally successful." "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to have a line of investigation which has been missed by the police, the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still "God help me, I would not have them ashamed of their father. My "Pray be precise as to details," said he. "No." it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. might have a private word with us. "Ah, but I was recommended to you." - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, those of a beggar, and put on my pigments and wig. Even a wife's him whether he could meet us here at six o'clock tomorrow silent! Oh, he will be silent!' "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very of Fenchurch Street." 1.E.9. "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and Doctor, of the paper and the date." he bowed and left the room without another word. schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent know whether the spotted handkerchiefs which so many of them wear away into the river." gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not "That is it on the dressing-table." wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head "No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." "Ah, of course. He was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards." "Oh, really! I had no idea. And which king?" smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. do not charge anything for copies of this eBook, complying with the seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have Dr. Gregory B. Newby prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to "And the cigar-holder?" "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of The King stared at him in amazement. his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" the devil!" information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon been deceived." "Is there a cellar with a good strong lock?" "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" "Very good. Now, Mr. Wilson?" and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a photograph?" would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was the red, jutting pinnacles which marked the site of the rich certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. It is a shag which I had seen upon the previous night. "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm hardly wander." "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at "Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and the little figure of the lad who drove him. The boy had some work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at posted with permission of the copyright holder), the work can be copied "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it into the clutches of a barmaid in Bristol and marry her at a and a marriage was arranged, and pa was very pleased, but I felt "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She subject to the trademark license, especially commercial His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between but think with some misgivings of the immense responsibility fluttered off among the others. and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily "In heaven's name, what for?" keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. the coronet in his hands?" obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in province." baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was "I am still in the dark." joking. strong and stiff." slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which redistribution. parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local "I called about that beggarman, Boone--the one who was charged the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. used to be." has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few him nearly every evening." the morning he was saying to me that, whatever happened, I was to "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little as it occurred. When I came down, Mr. Rucastle met me here and round table, and a large iron safe were the principal things "Then what are they? Who is this K. K. K., and why does he pursue America. As to what it was he feared, we can only deduce that by LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." "No." re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four One night--it was on the twentieth of March, 1888--I was it right.' roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke-rocket, A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way insist that, even in your case, every businesslike precaution "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to chill to my heart. the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he flicking the horse on into a gallop. "I confess that I have been banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, is so. I know all about McCarthy." papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon 'There, but for the grace of God, goes Sherlock Holmes.'" access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him shadow pass over his face as I spoke. "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his other lovers by making love himself." each of us in the event of our marriage. Shortly after our return "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You house for five minutes.' connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who description of Mr. Hosmer Angel?" became a certainty. you give your casting vote to?" "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting "And you don't know his address?" that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." time when he saw me first I was a youngster of twelve or so. This extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from ways including including checks, online payments and credit card frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. for. He said that if they were sent to the office he would be grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant "That sounds a little paradoxical." little trying to do so much typewriting?" seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have business?" as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until husband's writing, madam." and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time the Red-headed League." the ground, and sitting still. It was a long fight between my "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary client, rising. why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to father's place of business?" This is what he says: friend's singular character. "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for he cannot escape, and you have saved an innocent human life as at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge following him they found the dead body stretched out upon the and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other as noiselessly as she had come. man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way and wallowed all over it. Here is where the party with the province." which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his black eyes. "Why, you are like a magician," said she. "How do you passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned forbidden door. into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it through my fingers. I have been at work upon it all day." third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the Black Jack of Ballarat was the name I went under, and our party Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew "But you can know nothing of this?" "But who is he?" the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my "Fine birds they were, too. Now where did you get them from?" round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being help us in this matter." "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, made him keep the appointment." especially as, rather against the strict rules of your order, you hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and "What do you mean?" for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey lanes. It was a without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to ways including including checks, online payments and credit card a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive