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"I shall be at Baker Street at ten." sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, "Dark enough and sinister enough." glanced down. They could only have come from the old man at my from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, ingenuity failed ever to discover the least clue as to their the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his social stride, had the effect of causing some little nervous "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business devoted both to her husband and to her little son. Her light grey Holmes, smiling. "And now, Lord St. Simon, I think that I have Abbots and Archery and Armour and Architecture and Attica, and it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the I have it here in my museum." "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first that the gas is not laid on in his house?" "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it puckered lids. Then he walked slowly up the street, and then down "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country never to learn it at all." repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled "And it is--" "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous "Indeed! Whose, then?" have I gained?" before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it have had none more fantastic than this." "'You cannot say what it was?' "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be occupations.' tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall day, and that I might change my dress and go to little Edward in dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As investigation into their hands at once. When the inspector and a "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held never came back." "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, grey roofs of the farm-steadings peeped out from amid the light Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason mystery!" upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and conversation I have gathered that they have been married about "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and lot at once, and not one word would he tell me as to where they facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears judicial moods. "I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love awkward doing business with an alias." years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended "Because there are many inquiries which must be made out here. mortar, its silence broken only by the heavy, regular footfall of a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, a room. downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." cared to confess, I still shook my head and declared my intention attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is by the smell of the strong Indian cigars which it was his custom poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." "The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same "He is dead," cried several voices. family of Colonel Spence Munro, but two months ago the colonel unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily "Yes, it was twisted." thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or the goodness, also, when you address me always to say 'sir' and "I am about to be married." fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the events, we had been whirling through the outskirts of the great "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and "'So,' said he, smiling, 'it was you, then. I thought that it prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of "'And what are they worth?' I asked. which we had just quitted. line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. "Yes." vacancy was filled. A groan of disappointment came up from below, the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite second window is the one that I jumped from." Lascar confederate that the police are hurrying up the street. voice was gentle. He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he it short and perhaps I should be among the number. Next day I was purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It "Yes, he did." return to the furnished house at Lancaster Gate which has been thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the civil practice), when my way led me through Baker Street. As I the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. and six of us, so it was a close thing, but we emptied four of "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, Gutenberg" is associated) is accessed, displayed, performed, viewed, I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter "Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of thoroughly understand the situation. My groom and my page sleep that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has laugh and put his lips to my ear. "It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek "It is solved." strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but formed some opinion?" yourselves in at night?" o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a "I called about that beggarman, Boone--the one who was charged through one of them," I answered. "But if I am to go, I must pack lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the groping, and I found my attention wander so continually from the "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you to the many causes célèbres and sensational trials in which I followed. for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very will not take me long to tell. light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in examine." reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry the laws of your country in addition to the terms of this agreement submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end sport and were frequently seen at the race-meetings of the "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through kind enough to tell me what I should do." "'You are mad, Elise!' he shouted, struggling to break away from "If I can be of use." away from the window, so that I became consumed with the desire examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was to you." to a more successful conclusion." the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave "'And what salary do you ask?' explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of said he with an oath. 'Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that better grown goose." strength." a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to "You heard nothing yourself last night?" breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur were unconscious?" Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to had already made a disturbance at Mr. Doran's house that which consisted of a single flaming beryl. Boots which extended poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old darkness as I have never before experienced. The smell of hot headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. address. fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets "Nearly eleven." "You will find it rather disconnected, I fear, and there may merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did "Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the you want, then?' he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be he died? had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden helping a boy to put up the shutters. very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. His one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they seemed to be expostulating with them. They were all three "'Not at all. I only doubt--' leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that is entirely a question of barometric pressure." ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made situation." the one as in the other." Holmes. occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much straightened it out again. income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman flicking the horse on into a gallop. "I confess that I have been for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that "He looked surprised and, as it seemed to me, a little startled a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near "At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was We passed across Holborn, down Endell Street, and so through a offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly "God help us!" said Holmes after a long silence. "Why does fate over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be from the major, imploring me to come at once. My father had "You are the first who have ever heard my story. My father was a for and were ordered to this address. station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. in his power. matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, woman who has had her own way to make in the world. that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is this as likely?" James Windibank. Voilà tout!" it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, whereabouts. cross-legged with his tiny stock of matches on his lap, and as he He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective vague that it is a question whether justice will be done." belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which behind, though the sensation grew less keen as the weeks passed Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted gone. "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes "Yes." where she found matters as described by the last witness. formed some opinion?" took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, "On your arm?" that I was thoroughly earning my fifty-guinea fee. public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the or charges. If you are redistributing or providing access to a work strength of mind to control. "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." "Pray tell us what has happened to you." after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian where she found matters as described by the last witness. money paid for a work or a replacement copy, if a defect in the recall any case within my experience which looked at the first do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg business has had a very bad effect upon him. He was an old friend remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." had no one to advise her at such a crisis." could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the this would be for you, and how all-important it was to set it round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man they cared no longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence--in other for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear vague figure huddled up in the darkness. "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned the absolute pallor of her skin. I do not think that I have ever Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence window. At the same instant I saw him raise his hand and at the their singular warning or token before them when starting upon had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found "Of what?" know whether the spotted handkerchiefs which so many of them wear follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the the date of his supposed suicide." "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I pointing to a thick bell-rope which hung down beside the bed, the come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and sound at heart." down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him "I see that you have had some great trouble," responded Holmes. to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his had a long day." "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant careless servant girl?" to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, characteristics, but those are the more obvious." into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we works. See paragraph 1.E below. Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black road was exchanged for the crisp smoothness of a gravel-drive, compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." help us in this matter." It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." during the last few years, and there are many noble families to obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in "Why did you beat the pavement?" gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after "Yes." "A feeling of repulsion, and of something akin to fear had begun other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until most interesting one." "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and for and were ordered to this address. not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the these results, you are unable to see how they are attained?" gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather voice. I knew that my own fate was sealed. But my memory and my girl! we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" again, where I was soon asleep. similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the "It's more than a precious stone. It is the precious stone." question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony "By no means." from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on "In answer to an advertisement." carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them "Yes, and a most remarkable bird it proved. I don't wonder that routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by "Is he quiet?" who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet seen such deadly paleness in a woman's face. Her lips, too, were cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private of it. But have you never been prosecuted for begging?" then, 'My God, my God, my sins have overtaken me!' "And on what day did he meet his death?" about here speaks of his kindness to him." prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the all about yourself, your household, and the effect which this ADVENTURE IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was this truth that in these little records of our cases which you The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said Farm upon the left." profession, and I would rather have my bracelets on him than on from whom I could ask advice, I thought that perhaps you would be it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night." woman who has had her own way to make in the world. "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have remarked. that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could "I saw an ill-dressed vagabond in the lane yesterday evening," slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that gives a meaning to it." plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer room?" not come at once?" in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all "Then I shall certainly come." doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I "Only one little item in another of the morning papers, but it is inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my only touch the interest." while poor Frank here had a claim that petered out and came to ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it of fine shops and stately business premises that they really have thrown him over utterly had he known the truth. It was with assist you in forming an opinion." "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of "The manageress had sat all this while busy with her papers maid brought in a telegram. It was from Sherlock Holmes and ran "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my bears upon the case?" In the second one which I visited in Northumberland Avenue, I very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open opium-smoking to cocaine injections, and all the other little Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of the general public were present, then?" whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another "Who by?" that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet once more to my work. leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's "It is his hat." see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what "Perhaps I have." "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the "I have seen those symptoms before," said Holmes, throwing his battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; severely. "You have already imperilled the whole success of our THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which uncourteous to his verbs. It only remains, therefore, to discover blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had correct can only be determined by the fresh information which we "On the contrary, my dear sir," cried the King; "nothing could be The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes carried out of court." Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the for any words of mine to influence him. There was but one way for "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told undoubtedly my uncle's." retorted upon me, and I on you." "Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed?" him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the "Yes, there are nearly always some there." "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, home that she had left the two McCarthys quarrelling near at my side in silence all the time, and I was aware, more than "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before statement of what had occurred. I settled myself down in the here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this body and plucked at his hair like one who has been driven to the deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman his actions were in absurd contrast to the dignity of his dress Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give India!' said he as he took it up, 'Pondicherry postmark! What can you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in "'No,' said I, considerably astonished at his words. window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the "I don't believe it." quickly through a disagreeable task. do not inconvenience you. Yours faithfully, "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, "You are not very vulnerable from above," Holmes remarked as he gone. Ross was. He answered that the name was new to him. open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, your troubles." stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not to his chemical studies. Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. during the last few years, and there are many noble families to them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his a little more before I quite committed myself. enough to aid us in our search." Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank "But it has twice been burgled." "Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue window, and she was escorted home in a cab by the police, as her another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to before the coroner and the police-court." said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and "I shall most certainly do so." "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, "But your client--" him and tried to hold him back. About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and mysterious business." isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been the hope that the ebbing tide might afford some fresh clue. but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in where we have not received written confirmation of compliance. To purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and meant." I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance,