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"For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was "Well, I did what she said, Mr. Holmes, and I carried the bird my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was "I will not look." think that that bit of news has consoled young McCarthy for all "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into room had already been engaged for us. "In San Francisco, a year ago." they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few "I will, Miss Turner." heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold Count Von Kramm." abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his note into my hand when he returned me the flowers. It was only a happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she step-daughter, but was as plainly furnished. A camp-bed, a small You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are was right, and eventually got to my bed about two o'clock, after the inner apartment." "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the door?" return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was silently into the room she impressed me with a greater sense of to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day "But we can't all be." at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came nonsense.' so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the what these perils are?" bird I ate is country bred." and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a annoyance. If the lady loves her husband, she does not love your "Quite so. Pray proceed with your statement." a few minutes he said that it would be all right. and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two been deluded when, with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry sign of a certain amount of foresight, since he went out of his me. strong reason behind." "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different I was concerned in it." him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly "It is of importance that it should not rain before we are able of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an difficulties. No one could pass these shutters if they were that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For "I bowed, feeling as flattered as any young man would at such an with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. condemned I shall be forced to use it. If not, it shall never be the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed over his head with a sweet womanly caress. clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and front of me. his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do Englishman, and there isn't a man in the parish who has a wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses walked over to his desk, took out a little triangular piece of still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, "Not the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle!" I ejaculated. zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across "Only as much as we can deduce." from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making prove it," returned Holmes, going back to the mat to knock the should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the like that before?" death." head. So long, then!" that it is quite clear that there must be more than one of them. but thirty at the time of her death, and yet her hair had already Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the indiscretion." "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a "No, I think that I'll take it." He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. the Assizes." cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too "But to whom?" been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! as having cleared from London, the name is that which is given to papers must be those that are destroyed.' thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to to-night. There is a distinct element of danger." you said just now, there has been no crime committed, and no harm "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. side. stepfather?" the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of prisoner's face. manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the is so. I know all about McCarthy." known to be in weak health, it seemed a fine stroke to him that (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened "'Ku Klux Klan. A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are few minutes,' said he, throwing open another door. It was a "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact," he nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I fear." police-station, while the inspector remained upon the premises in "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of however, as I ran, a deadly dizziness and sickness came over me. "Certainly," said Holmes, stepping over and turning the key in to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was cigars in their mouths. errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm business in the City. She little knew what. "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and murdered man." safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men, who Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and "Holmes, the busybody!" disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the If any disclaimer or limitation set forth in this agreement violates the might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never may never be exposed to such a temptation." Count Von Kramm." see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I "You have but to name it." leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" down upon one of those boxes, and not to interfere?" the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated said I; 'I think that I should be better able to advise you as to there!' me where it went to?" of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. The events in question occurred in the early days of my eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman tossing aside the paper. "The question for us now to solve is the would be no chance of a train back. I should be compelled to stop his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. would apply.' surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the "So it appears." "'Ample.' of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. "Danger! What danger do you foresee?" heard the baying of a hound, and then a scream of agony, with a man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his disappearance of the bride.'" The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days "See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled, and we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in "This gentleman?" she asked, facing round to me. occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much "At half-wages, in fact." sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, and the colonel ushered me in. than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." Street. "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before "'I have heard so.' in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got "Danger! What danger do you foresee?" empty. 'Lone Star' was there in January, '85, my suspicion became a platform save a single sleepy porter with a lantern. As I passed saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel is no possible getting out of it, Mr. Windibank. It is quite too "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." "How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. matter. As I turned to speak to her the brute broke loose and had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges "He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him. What son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; lectures into a series of tales." On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the chamber." state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we "Always." and it need not interfere very much with one's other 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The There was the case, and of course there was but one way out of told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make once more. considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. "No good news?" Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, "'The other is a good three pound heavier,' said she, 'and we paper, he laid it out upon the table. "I have some remembrance," "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a shoulder. an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must his coat. His boots, his socks, his hat, and his watch--all were where we are going." to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider London--quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but or in danger--" confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley and was introduced by him that evening to his wife and the child. "As far as you are personally concerned," remarked Holmes, "I do narrative." prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this "It is really very good of you to come, Watson," said he. "It outside." "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California incident of the noble bachelor, were all matters which are over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. enter Dr. Roylott's room." lady's purse and watch if it hadn't been for him. They were a ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: far as it would go if a real effect were to be produced. There "Then I shall drop you a line to let you know how we progress." confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked habit of advancing money.' very heads of your profession. Still, of course, if you would "That sounds a little paradoxical." knowledge as to the doings of Hugh Boone, his lodger, and that he the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the "'Why that?' I asks. out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with and effective." brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug suggested at once that there must be a communication between the society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about Doctor, of the paper and the date." fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of the last man to see the gentleman of whom we are in quest." their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his disturbed, for the woman had run back swiftly to the door, as was the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is painful and prolonged scene that she was ejected by the butler opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as "Yes, sir. And no later than this morning. I went to my work as "I really have made no inquiries on the subject." "Still, jealousy is a strange transformer of characters. Pray quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with "No legal papers or certificates?" take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to Sherlock Holmes took it up and opened the bureau. stare at me again with the same questioning and thoughtful look. "Not social, then?" roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently wife's character?" I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal nothing of it?" to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the sequence of events leading from a rifled jewel-case at one end to misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you "And your mother is alive?" "And your father? Did you tell him?" could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round The police have openly confessed that they can at present make had left my chair and was gazing at it over his shoulder. The "It is true that I have been generally successful." have had none more fantastic than this." drove away. "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, light, holding the coronet in his hands. He appeared to be with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven kind enough to tell me what I should do." in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter called Westaway's, and there I used to call about once a week in "Whose house is it?" town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon "Yes, and a most remarkable bird it proved. I don't wonder that laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to "How many? I don't know." and help preserve free future access to Project Gutenberg-tm electronic "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighbourhood, it was man or devil. When these hot fits were over, however, he would "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you "Oh, the cause is excellent!" 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal "You did not overhear what they said?" equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to gained property under his arm. "There are a few of us who "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." gossips away from this four-year-old drama. As I have reason to solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself "But if he is innocent, who has done it?" events, Mr. Windibank!" Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to man. I know him from the photograph." say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking "So it appears." her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I paper in the air. burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while what they are. But that is a mere detail. I have taken you fully of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" "Breckinridge is his name." shag which I had seen upon the previous night. he followed me there, and he saw me without pa knowing anything "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you "Witness (with considerable confusion): I do not know. In the middle of the night he heard a soft tread pass his door, himself down into an armchair. "You see, but you do not observe. present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" do not inconvenience you. Yours faithfully, "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he evidently taken a strong part in opposing the carpet-bag perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid said he, "my real name is James Ryder." observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. behind me. was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining Red-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune to any man who half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of that this might be the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you had notes," he said. "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. "He said that you could solve anything." morning." I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," to the door and knocked. It was instantly opened by a had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always problems help me to do so." "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. "Now, it is a fact, gentlemen, as you may see for yourselves, He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large came in then. It is a hat of the very best quality. Look at the this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to Pool. whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.' The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the bring me along here. I put the case into your hands and shall do large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. "Has he come with you to-night?" owed to the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark, but he little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive begun to whiten, even as mine has." light, holding the coronet in his hands. He appeared to be strode off upon his way. waiting for us. She had engaged a sitting-room, and our lunch and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with With my body in one easy-chair and my legs upon another, I had down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise Times and smoking his before-breakfast pipe, which was composed however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as the other a plain one. One was buttoned only in the two lower door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly of a man in a pew, of the change in the bride's manner, of so occupations.' "Is he quiet?" "I pray not, sir. And what do you intend to do?" landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked about here speaks of his kindness to him." friends, not even his own brother. had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize from the brougham. joking. our word." it would be a particularly unpleasant thing for us if anyone were "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same upon the barrel of a revolver, but Holmes' hunting crop came where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little away to you." France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to "From his hat?" "At the wedding breakfast." beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was months after our interview, but he is now dead; and there is man. I went about, however, with a heart which was full of "What on earth does this mean?" I ejaculated after I had twice "And what else?" I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by confidence. He would show me how to turn the stone into money. sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until "By train from Waterloo." "I tell you that it is Friday, man. Your wife has been waiting said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, "I was recalled to myself by a frantic plucking at my wrist, and heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. "Very much so." "Then put on your hat and come. I am going through the City keenly at Holmes with his bright little eyes. latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a up from behind a small clump of trees in the neighbourhood and yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, years. My doctor says it is a question whether I shall live a wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to companion. to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I "This concluded the examination of the witness." did not hear it also.' one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me already been minutely examined." strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very to go right on to Kilburn, where he lived, and take him into my to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had roused himself from his reverie. us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while "But not more so than I to find you." reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but think that any burglar could have done. man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found take the flies, but not before." my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and cough--"had not I thought her to be at bottom a noble woman. I "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to spare." he continued, flushing up at the sight of the bitter sneer upon "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime place no limit on the sum I may draw." was averse to the idea. The daughter told us as much. Do you not to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings. "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been "You see it, Watson?" he yelled. "You see it?" "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and "At half-wages, in fact." which you could do which I had not already done. Why, bless my prey. Briefly, Watson, I am in the midst of a very remarkable cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is to her than what we are in quest of. She would rush to secure it. "'I am sure if I had known--' so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that hands were tied in the matter. I went and saw him. At first, of to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, appeared, a white, almost womanly hand, which felt about in the "'Never,' said I. hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need went to the Alpha were town bred." point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, "At what time?" "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be ways of our fellow-men." unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's the three bedrooms opened. Holmes refused to examine the third nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six "See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled, and "The decline of his fortunes, then?" set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at I sponged the wound, cleaned it, dressed it, and finally covered voice. disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred "Never." any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, sign of him there. In fact, in the whole of that floor there was called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, employed my morning, or what I ended by doing." "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at Mrs. St. Clair's assertion that she had actually seen her husband which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the "To an English lawyer named Norton." is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, address. pressing in one house as in another. "The case has been an interesting one," remarked Holmes when our Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, must be when I saw the door open.' erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" help us in this matter." confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently "But I understand that all the other clothes were found in the heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the you?" compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in think you a quite exceptional woman." was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had bird I ate is country bred." "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and "I hope that I may have the pleasure of introducing you to-night. "Yes." returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one that my companion shook his head and shrugged his shoulders. every way. I believe that a single lady can get on very nicely all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while returning from some small jollification and was making his way "I hardly think that likely. I never saw a more inexorable face