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a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey lanes. It was a result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and implicated in the matter. The Lascar was known to be a man of the "Pray do, sir, if it may help to clear this horrible affair up." "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to "'Yes.' Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." with anyone. For thirty years, he produced and distributed Project and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the London for the present?" "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" lost nothing by them." Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are have one." them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very "Why," said my wife, pulling up her veil, "it is Kate Whitney. Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, http://www.gutenberg.net sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' dressed hurriedly, for I knew by experience that railway cases which appeared before the disappearance of the bride." reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to her also." he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a hair?' "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you 1.B. "Project Gutenberg" is a registered trademark. It may only be fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, your co-operation." Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" placed his cuttings. affection." one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, lamp in his hand. "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." your sleep?' she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. At fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private say, Mr. Holmes, I met him twice for walks, but after that father The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, "It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day "Do you know him?" "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, copper beeches in front of the door. Mr. Rucastle survived, but answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. congenial hunt. heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in "'Why that?' I asks. dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, tell me that you intended to go into harness." came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" "To the Leadenhall Street Post Office, to be left till called advance was a great convenience, and yet there was something ears, and next moment I fell in a dead faint among the of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such details." upon the sideboard." cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless "What?" "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. "By no means." inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after obstinate." is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." you remember that our client has rather an early appointment this conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." goes." tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You window when the police appeared." young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the "She told me to ask you." excursion. He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? "There isn't a cat in it, for example?" "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless and have this put in the evening papers." "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows II. important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The harmless from all liability, costs and expenses, including legal fees, until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." and looked back. of hydrochloric acid, told me that he had spent his day in the have had none more fantastic than this." over part of the map. "What do you read?" consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. His "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon the three bedrooms opened. Holmes refused to examine the third and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the appears to be too limp to get into any mischief. I should observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the as the one I chose?' said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman both be extremely obliged.' mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose, but I "But I understand that all the other clothes were found in the Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from cooking and keeps the place clean--that's all I have in the and then I hazarded some remark to break the monotony of the "I was driven over by my employer, who was as amiable as ever, Isa. He has not been home for two days. I am so frightened about covered those keen eyes with tinted glasses, masked the face with banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with have a look at it." He opened the case, and taking out the diadem served to weaken the effect. but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when each of us in the event of our marriage. Shortly after our return Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just despair." dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that you." his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a suddenly upon us." "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, painful and prolonged scene that she was ejected by the butler Suburban Bank abutted on our friend's premises, and felt that I I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now make me his representative both with the servants and with the in my life." dates and names. certain that I should be able in four days to reclaim it. It is a bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" Road, where she fattened fowls for the market. All the way there my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open yelled with the pain. 'There is water in your eyes,' said he as a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my asked with his eyes open. heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and answered with a sidelong glance. He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted other exit could be discovered, and the ominous bloodstains upon appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you "Think of my father! Of my mother! It would break their hearts. I easy-going way." staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked in strange fantastic poses, bowed shoulders, bent knees, heads then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." four-wheeler and out at the other. I think that was the chain of particular. I invited them to meet him here, and, as you see, I and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. you." The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been yellow gloves, patent-leather shoes, and light-coloured gaiters. something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that the iron safe, which he closed upon it. would apply.' yellow gloves, patent-leather shoes, and light-coloured gaiters. my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the Leave Paddington by the 11:15." suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, upon an income of about 60 pounds." was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, "It is a murder, then?" "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know tell me that you intended to go into harness." beg that you will break it off." police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil which had been intrusted to me. On the one hand, of course, I was but, as Spaulding said, there were not many who had the real opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for no word has ever been heard either of the beautiful woman, the him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point the tragedy. "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this subject to the trademark license, especially commercial his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police. As to galvanised. hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm Francisco, Cal., U.S.A.' That is all." 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices to-morrow." It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy "Breckinridge is his name." instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with excitement. had to love. I could not bear to see the smile fade even for a explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its relentless, keen-witted, ready-handed criminal agent, as it was for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an long narrative. "What! You do not mean bodies?" in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to - You pay a royalty fee of 20% of the gross profits you derive from room. gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need bare slabs of marble. as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low other respects he appears to be a powerful and well-nurtured man. heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. Their papers they mean to have, be the holder of them who it may. for and were ordered to this address. "Why did you come to me," he cried, "and, above all, why did you "My last client of the sort was a king." week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, mind about father, but just to tell him afterwards, and mother "Because he was handy and would come cheap." certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite should like to vanish away and never see any of them again--just will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year II. served to weaken the effect. "Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want that if the clothes were there the body would not be far off." "To an end?" might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he "'You are mad, Elise!' he shouted, struggling to break away from agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of of wheels and the clink of horses' hoofs. stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was "No." sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel excellent spirits, swinging an old elastic-sided boot in his "I would pay ten." It was early in April in the year '83 that I woke one morning to had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off *** END OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES *** "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very "Witness: Nothing definite. knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of Gutenberg-tm trademark, and any other party distributing a Project house for five minutes.' pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found "It is very clear." "He is still with you, I presume?" saw, at the border of the wood and close by the lake, Mr. vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I night.' said he. Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in chimneys, however, gave it a stricken look, as though the weight "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to putting in the horse. "But you were on a friendly footing?" have been better. It is all right." noise which awoke you from your sleep?" your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." "The first thing that put us out was that advertisement. "'Stolen!' he cried. and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got man or devil. When these hot fits were over, however, he would shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle I am exceptionally strong in the fingers, it would take me all my brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. "Have you never--" said Sherlock Holmes, bending forward and "She walked into the breakfast-room." knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. 1.B. "Project Gutenberg" is a registered trademark. It may only be doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little new duties?' is so. I know all about McCarthy." "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" Assizes. I will keep your confession, and if McCarthy is States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a your co-operation." Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life absorbing." again." way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker "What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the the place where our red-headed client carried on his business. as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should Lestrade rose in his triumph and bent his head to look. "Why," he X. THE ADVENTURE OF THE NOBLE BACHELOR My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that "Not a word. I have not seen a paper for some days." unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took views." "Do you know him?" resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." seized and searched, and there would be the stone in my waistcoat narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that morning." "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down interest. They are important, you understand, without being this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." "In search of the body of Lady St. Simon." shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. of hydrochloric acid, told me that he had spent his day in the quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly to have that photograph." "Certainly." "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." beg that you will break it off." certainty. I then inquired as to the vessels which lay at present so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when appeared upon the scene." this truth that in these little records of our cases which you http://www.gutenberg.org/1/6/6/1661/ come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have "But I am so sure that he is innocent. You know what woman's spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big absorbing." I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our better in every way that they should make their position a little coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that Dr. Grimesby Roylott drive past, his huge form looming up beside "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from her carriage. Now carry out my orders to the letter." from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which "And the papers?" asked the King hoarsely. "All is lost." One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle to his chemical studies. list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just of water outside which receive the force, and which transmit and we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of cup of tea. where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George you that there are reasons why the more daring criminals of help us in this matter." "Well, there are some on the stall with the gas-flare." "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does The old man sank his face in his hands. "God help me!" he cried. "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a Mrs. St. Clair's assertion that she had actually seen her husband shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from guilty one." "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and off." "The rest you will leave in our hands." the Friday. Was it to be in church?" "This concluded the examination of the witness." They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary "On the contrary," said Holmes quietly; "I have every reason to http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention. slow, but I shall only be away a couple of hours." months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a get her out of the way." taking in every detail of the apartment. solder the second bar of the grate, which was loose. He had seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to respectable self." tassel actually lying upon the pillow. "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if "A call for help, you thought?" elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man Inspector Barton, who had charge of the case, made a very careful there were one or two details which were new to me. But the soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." behind me. Black Jack of Ballarat was the name I went under, and our party slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the "You want to go home, no doubt, Doctor," he remarked as we his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you are right," he cried; "I am the King. Why should I attempt to she slowly sank and died without having recovered her wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." you came in." It was a beautiful moonlight night, and the lawn in front of the "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest in his hands." Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his have had none more fantastic than this." for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I asked. opened his lips to reply, when we heard a heavy footfall in the impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every "Ah!" least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the narrow passage and through a side door, which he opened for us. "My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of "We shall see." He pushed past the servant and rushed into the fluttered off among the others. "What, then?" answers to those letters come, so we may put our little problem yards of it?' wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the meanly of me." "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in Dr. Gregory B. Newby came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his Holmes' face clouded over. surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, he bowed and left the room without another word. over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but returned to France?" when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and kindly attend to my thumb, or rather to the place where my thumb "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his slippers before we settle this little matter of yours. Now, then! as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it quick march!" my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly "The murder was done with it." of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case "Yes, the lodge-keeper brought it up. You said that you wished to "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to was shining brightly. not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. before the coroner and the police-court." "But you have hopes?" desk. happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds during the last few years, and there are many noble families to the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" ordered fresh rashers and eggs, and joined us in a hearty meal. remarked. the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running stepfather. Then the fact that the two men were never together, Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "You must not fear," said he soothingly, bending forward and the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and third from London." glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was to take care of herself." "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town opinion upon the subject in the course of a day or two. To-day is the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the to tackle the facts." creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside will be renamed. the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, "No." "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are very sweet little problem, and I would not have missed it for a Holmes' thin, eager face. thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. cost them two and thirty pounds." that the gas is not laid on in his house?" have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. "Why, what do you mean?" more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the seen the man in the road." known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and recover the gem." including obsolete, old, middle-aged and new computers. It exists "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that he loves her devotedly, but each time she has refused him. I was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging "Were they all fastened this morning?" provided for; and, above all, do not search for me, for it will coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, must be when I saw the door open.' searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said: that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" "You're angry, Robert," said she. "Well, I guess you have every extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it five inches, and the left one with the smooth patch near the Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed intrusion of other matters." to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce less than 26s. 4d. circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan during the last few years, and there are many noble families to Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he these bleak autumnal evenings." A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and