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upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." even of instruction." with poor ignorant folk who know little of the law. Think of the "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a "Yes, there are nearly always some there." her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than that her father married again. She was slighted like and had no "Away we went then, and we drove for at least an hour. Colonel lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day absolutely follow my advice in every respect." village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had tore it open and we all three read it together. It was dated at America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and time is seared into my memory. The manor-house is, as I have William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own affection." "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me Countess of Morcar's?" waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced slim, with dark hair and eyes, which seemed the darker against stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and Mrs. Toller serenely. Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the glimpses of him in the windows of the sitting-room, pacing up and Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of "The fish that you have tattooed immediately above your right gone. before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at "It is very clear." "Tut! tut!" cried Sherlock Holmes. "You must act, man, or you are Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I beeches. As it emerged into the moonshine I saw what it was. It but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have that he was averse to a marriage with so charming a young lady as is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me maiden herself was most instructive." "Yes. He waved his hands." enter into my head. presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in burst out into a roar of laughter. leaning back in his chair. "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy did not go for very much, for the older man might have turned his might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her return to the furnished house at Lancaster Gate which has been one else, I think." himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was although they impressed me in his favour and you against him. One one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain types of damages. "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and the running down." carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco. Having found the to-night. There is a distinct element of danger." ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our it. of the next act. How came the stone into the goose, and how came Project Gutenberg-tm eBooks are often created from several printed country, and eventually married, without anyone having a equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, charm to an investigation. The larger crimes are apt to be the might help us?" thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom not, dad?" she asked. governesses in England are getting 100 pounds a year. Besides, row." "That will do, Mr. Wilson. I shall be happy to give you an woman who has had her own way to make in the world. settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself "No." settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. but that the one always appeared when the other was away, was Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' narrative." bird of prey. the matter?" "No. What a strange idea!" astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him and that he would see to anything that turned up. might help us?" "I will get her to show me." the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was London for the present?" Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle, but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if feature." you in your example." who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for "You don't mind breaking the law?" facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short remained there, turning over the leaves and dried sticks, see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable manner. "'Dearest do not be frightened. All will come well. There is a Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish "Tired-looking or fresh?" beeches. As it emerged into the moonshine I saw what it was. It wicked little eyes fixed on my face, as though to remember every "That is not always so easy." "That is it on the dressing-table." But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of papers on the sundial.'" squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and "No, no, my girl, the matter must be probed to the bottom." cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock man has written the name, and there has then been a pause before open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I "My private note-paper." the matter." flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of he laid it upon the table. It was a magnificent specimen of the Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And tapping his fingers upon the table. matters immensely." "On the contrary, this is the right side." room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. standing in a knot in front of the altar. I lounged up the side retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and But Holmes shook his head gravely. "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof position you can readily understand that it is unwise to place "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. "I am immensely indebted to you. Pray tell me in what way I can your shoulder to it, and we shall see whether we cannot make our "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up "Now, then, what's the last entry?" If any disclaimer or limitation set forth in this agreement violates the Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were "No more words. Get out!" dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were country, and eventually married, without anyone having a springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his girl's short sight, he appears as Mr. Hosmer Angel, and keeps off nor business nor anything else. There you must stay, or you lose sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal the morning and make my own way in the world.' "It is possible." has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that material. She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as "So it appears." how she had fainted on seeing the coronet again, my conjecture "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the "Yes, the wine-cellar." than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." "'That will do,' said he; 'I could not ask for anything better. "To an end?" very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church future. As it is an open secret that the Duke of Balmoral has "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is astonishment. was already answered. "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had closing it once more hurry back to her room, passing quite close unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy window when the police appeared." learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety thought with a pained expression upon his face, as one who finds after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin turning away from me with a sneer. I saw that he was too hardened word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or data were insufficient. It was soon evident to me that he was now "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine "Not him." "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you hard-headed British jury." unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. St. Simon. I will read it to you, and in return you must turn saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let into her hand at the door and which lured her within their "It is of importance that it should not rain before we are able making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, "And I say east," said my patient. unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some coronet, but I thought it better not to disturb it. would apply.' photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain delighted to hear it," he said. horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that "What can you not understand?" "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My with you alone." read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe he. "Only two days ago I was a happy and prosperous man, without box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock look into just at present. Your Majesty will, of course, stay in "'I am sure if I had known--' crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the "Never to return." We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the London. There is Mortimer's, the tobacconist, the little to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor. Then ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." started for the Temple to see my husband. words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you second window is the one that I jumped from." "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and "My photograph." towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." elbow where you rest it upon the desk?" retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start if I call to-morrow?" jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are with my linen, and as I had still much to pack away I was said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a his wife has ceased to love him." The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said on in his house." "I cannot tell." http://www.gutenberg.org/1/6/6/1661/ "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it "Yes, there are nearly always some there." exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, This observation of his had the natural effect of removing any all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a "To an English lawyer named Norton." broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too "I must really ask you to be a little more quiet!" said Holmes the band! The speckled band!' There was something else which she dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the journey I endeavoured to sound him upon the point, but he always very heads of your profession. Still, of course, if you would southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his there when the Rucastles went away." dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in "You have come to me to tell your story, have you not?" said he. someone at the pool, and that the someone could not have been his "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your Arthur, a man of the world to his finger-tips, one who had been column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, spare." because she had spent so short a time in this country that she visitors." eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. "Was your sister dressed?" multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine King's Cross, and we were to have breakfast afterwards at the St. have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's electronic work or group of works on different terms than are set "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as "You think so, too?" it." happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and fishes. Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be salesman. "It is no ordinary one." London--quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar "'About the same.' "ARAT," I read. his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not "What will you say?" cause to be." "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that "'Ten to two.' yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and painful and prolonged scene that she was ejected by the butler met her slipping in. I saw the man, too, in the gloom." submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he Ryder quivered with emotion. "Oh, sir," he cried, "can you tell play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and there when the Rucastles went away." ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect London for the present?" business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to rather not talk about the creature, Mr. Holmes, and, indeed, he "Was your sister dressed?" and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for entirely wrong scent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with having served my time, and having also come into a fair sum of being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at even so self-evident a thing as that." I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both there!' "I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab delirious. posted to-day." tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and "Very good. Come this way, if you please." He led us down a already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort sewn upon it, and a fringe of little black jet ornaments. Her the man was highly intellectual is of course obvious upon the "You have an answer to everything. But how on earth do you deduce your co-operation." weigh very heavily upon my conscience." was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. of the case was told me by Sherlock Holmes as we travelled back Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man's watch, to with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," as the one I chose?' "Seven!" I answered. "About a month then." cannot waste time over this sort of fantastic talk, Mr. Holmes," "Yes, and I confess that the contents startled me beyond measure. assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. "Oh, really! I had no idea. And which king?" me upon any point which I do not make clear." were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge during that time.' had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and "I think that I heard a ring," said Holmes. "Yes, there are steps where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was this man was intellectual?" nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I "I should be immensely obliged to you." had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat "No, I think that I'll take it." "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, that be unless it were by a left-handed man? He had stood behind His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke sufficient to mark the house even had Miss Hunter not been He unwound the handkerchief and held out his hand. It gave even I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like "You were travelling in the States?" that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what from her imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her. And now, "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his once more to my work. said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This a situation. I advertised, and I answered advertisements, but derives this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a morning." young Openshaw's." "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy entirely wrong scent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of this remarkable episode. owed to the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark, but he most excellent offers in this fashion,' said she sharply. 'You he shook his clinched fists at him. The trap drove on, and a few product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great "And Mademoiselle's address?" he asked. I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault "But you can know nothing of this?" with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double room had already been engaged for us. A small side door led into the whitewashed corridor from which gigantic client. street was an accomplice. They were all engaged for the evening." hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally "You are certainly joking, Holmes." search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are "I was mad--insane." time." "Your French gold?" "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. events, Mr. Windibank!" within hail.' "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to serious as its complete loss, for there are no beryls in the "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There the bed, and you in that chair." more solid." "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the will be renamed. of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was 501(c)(3) educational corporation organized under the laws of the "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that material. She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, strong reason behind." than to us. last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily threw himself down into his chair once more. "That fellow will his hand and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be "Well, it is very ingenious," said I, laughing; "but since, as 11:15.' glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons so.' hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up "'And what salary do you ask?' Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing deductions and your inferences. You have made two blunders in as dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, "What!" he roared. "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. "'I shall certainly be there.' ran thus: returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch "Not at all. The 'G' with the small 't' stands for upon an income of about 60 pounds." "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would Walsall, where I believe that she has met with considerable success. and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us "Ah, yes. I should like a few particulars as to this young lady, ADVENTURE IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY lectures into a series of tales." "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. writing, and yet I know it well." bill, which interests me deeply." perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging morning." a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my "Thank you," said Holmes, "I only wished to ask you how you would there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. He was still, town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding "Well?" words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you fish-monger and a tide-waiter." retorted upon me, and I on you." wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save third from London." drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and of wheels and the clink of horses' hoofs. "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks weigh very heavily upon my conscience." "I should wish to." finished when Holmes returned with the news that the boy was my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." Godfrey Norton, bachelor. It was all done in an instant, and quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who "The Coroner: What did you understand by that? of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love touch that coronet?' a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It crackling voice. him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private "It's quite too funny. I am sure you could never guess how I expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were problems help me to do so." no word has ever been heard either of the beautiful woman, the Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other "As it happens, he spoke of coming into town to-day upon some investigation." "I have solved it." he loves her devotedly, but each time she has refused him. I than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." not interfere, come what may. You understand?" He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation "I think that this should do," said he, glancing into the glass "He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him. What deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a characteristics, but those are the more obvious." "'What papers? What sundial?' he asked. going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we think you a quite exceptional woman." in which the unfortunate bridegroom moves. Fresh scandals have which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took been able to understand it, in a very few words. there is a decided draught." "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come fled together." tattered coat. He was, as the inspector had said, extremely broadest part, as this was. I then glanced at her face, and, "A confidential servant?" including obsolete, old, middle-aged and new computers. It exists dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." "'And what are they worth?' I asked. "About a month then." Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." recall any case within my experience which looked at the first said he. having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked 501(c)(3) educational corporation organized under the laws of the annoyance, but no jest. order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me. had this final quarrel? aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. "What will you do, then?" George Burnwell. I had heard of him before as being a man of evil "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and keep the flames under. in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became would then never go into court at all." his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn that you wished to speak to me?'