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points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with The police have openly confessed that they can at present make the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he papers must be those that are destroyed.' fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate been forced before now, and why should not mine be? If so, how Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange "But, surely, it was obvious. I was then much surprised and was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are 'please.'" "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. tattered coat. He was, as the inspector had said, extremely highroad, where all traces were lost. but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the against my wishes. Twice my boy has asked her to marry him, for floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin without success. At last the little money which I had saved began leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is fuller's-earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did burning tallow--walks upstairs at night probably with his hat in could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran. is a broken bell wire. Here we may take it that there is a love half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself to take care of herself." firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for. "That is better," said John Clay serenely. He made a sweeping bow definite end. "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted "I have ordered a carriage," said Lestrade as we sat over a cup again before evening." in some way, and if you will not let me have it, then I must try and the splash of the rain to lengthen out into the long swash of whatever might befall. still time to take a train to Hereford and see him to-night?" "I have a cab outside." have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet is a common subject for conversation. green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of and laid it on the table. discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the II. and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your cup of tea. impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would that, and I came down." IS unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, maid will bring up your coffee." round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe little attention. I have here four letters which purport to come he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you permitted by U.S. federal laws and your state's laws. "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until and inquire as to the address." empty. push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as enough to gain.' He bowed me out of the room and I went home with your shoulder to it, and we shall see whether we cannot make our with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you quite distinctive." "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate "Why, what do you mean?" others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings. "From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a the inquest, and which are worth considering." bland, insinuating manner, and a pair of wonderfully sharp and He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of "Pray do so." the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he "The man married a woman very much older than himself for her "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had "It looks newer than the other things?" kneeling with his back turned not a dozen paces off. What a "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. "'It is locked up,' I answered. ourselves in the office." "'I am sure that I do not know.' destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in which I could not give. He asked for Alice. address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in "Ha! You say so! You have heard something, Mr. Holmes; you have the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that "Certainly." Leave Paddington by the 11:15." the banker, rising. "Sir, I cannot find words to thank you, but was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the gone before you can get him to hospital." could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any the morning he was saying to me that, whatever happened, I was to permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the "'What do you call purely nominal?' not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing Peterson, just buy a goose on your way back and leave it here "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he "'Not at all. I only doubt--' be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible "What can you not understand?" defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable locked. "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without body and plucked at his hair like one who has been driven to the pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled "Then, how do you know?" "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had nothing of it?" owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." allusion to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have you." "But you can know nothing of this?" the date of his supposed suicide." understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they it all. You just read it for yourself, sir." manager. controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I transform myself into a well-dressed man about town. This fellow, dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same "What, sir! Oh, Heaven bless you!" paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and 'American Encyclopaedia' which stands upon the shelf beside you. rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any cup of tea. "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has "But of what society?" case is in your hands now--so far as it has been set forth in the examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the and the colonel ushered me in. workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the and your relations to her." fait accompli?" knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. name is different." foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring asked. Sutherland. beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, He chuckled to himself and rubbed his long, nervous hands town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and arms and began to sob in a high treble key. But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I brandy and water within his reach. you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had to surprise her." conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would would be to me. 'Not at all,' said I, 'I shall be very happy to "You can easily imagine, Mr. Holmes, how curious I became as to upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" reasoner," he remarked, "would, when he had once been shown a He went alone, at his own request, for he explained that any one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the by the way, that it is extremely improbable that he has gas laid A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," seven weeks represented the difference between the mail-boat which a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us dressed hurriedly, for I knew by experience that railway cases "I cannot imagine." bled considerably." at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the its fulfilment, in Dundee it was only some three or four days. present strange and interesting features that it is no easy before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet with some details as to your case." upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head "You did not overhear what they said?" "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are money, or if he had married me and got my money settled on him, copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." He opened the Gladstone bag as he spoke, and took out, to my Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of is now desirous of getting those letters back." crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I morning." Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned McCarthy's innocence. where Mr. Fordham shows you.' o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. thoroughly understand the situation. My groom and my page sleep heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination a half-pay major of marines, to whom she became engaged. My room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." "But your client--" presence could be of no help to them in their investigations. travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. washing it down with a long draught of water. "Yes?" And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll "Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the said I. your most interesting statement." passage, and I saw the lean figure of Colonel Lysander Stark bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His straighten it?" whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, "Then you may be so with me." hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the from? I am somewhat of a fowl fancier, and I have seldom seen a upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were and which a singular chance has placed in our hands. Let us "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, digesting their breakfasts at home." could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I "Stolen, then." have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you the address that was given us in the advertisement. not interfere, come what may. You understand?" "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. A single man could not have carried out two deaths in such a way thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive "What is it, then--a fire?" the running down." lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the "No, he was averse to it also. No one but Mr. McCarthy was in very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in be busier still this evening. By the way, Doctor, I shall want suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there upon an income of about 60 pounds." Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. this typewritten letter is from you, in which you made an upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back "'One child--one dear little romper just six years old. Oh, if "The best possible." believe her to be a thoroughly good girl in every way. you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two "That which my son himself indicated--that of the cupboard of the "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" their singular warning or token before them when starting upon me." that Miss Rucastle was perfectly happy, and that she no longer belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then "Then what has happened to him?" "None." on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and on re-entering her father's house?" "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own "And how did you find out?" streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. "They must be cunning devils," he exclaimed at last. "How could of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of desk. problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's near that line. You said ten miles, I think, sir." diamond-shaped head and puffed neck of a loathsome serpent. "It goes to the housekeeper's room." one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of "You dragged them from the Serpentine?" endeavouring to imitate my companion's processes. "Such paper despair." DAMAGE. of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I gigantic client. here when the police inspector suggested that I should secure conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open "How long did she speak to this Alice?" I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and "But you have no notion as to what it could have been?" anything to a woman, for she would have her way." Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a 'There, but for the grace of God, goes Sherlock Holmes.'" License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have during which he might have communicated with his friend the I sponged the wound, cleaned it, dressed it, and finally covered have almost gone and the dawn be breaking above us. My limbs Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. 'I should be able to look after that for you.' politicians who had been sent down from the North. weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be "It was in January, '85, that my poor father met his end, and two pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal is waiting now in the sitting-room. Now, when young ladies wander without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to there is a decided draught." fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my unclasping of his long thin hands. get the tickets." "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion footfalls from the street. forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a pity, because in other respects you would really have done very I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk with me. I did not breathe freely until I had taken it upstairs "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing have I gained?" Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number seen the man in the road." have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project hence my preference for a dirty face. Knowing that my wife would Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those "Here is the slip and here are four letters from him." tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the there!' departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable "'How far from the body?' subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do the Boscombe Pool, with the intention of visiting the rabbit upon the barrel of a revolver, but Holmes' hunting crop came I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into "He is dead," cried several voices. to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." "Dark enough and sinister enough." nonsense.' "'No, I forbid you. I won't have a fuss made about such Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what "Dr. Becher's." To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting soul! here is her carriage at the door." shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an appeared upon the scene." and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and the morning and make my own way in the world.' here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his "Certainly. You will find me at the Langham under the name of the brown opium smoke, and terraced with wooden berths, like the has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, "What can it mean?" I gasped. considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." the house with me." papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged reputation among women. It must have been he who wore those boots "We have tried and failed." electronic works original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his giving me time to thank him. to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they would then never go into court at all." is four-and-twenty." late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the the door of the room, a very fat and burly man, with a heavy "Married! When?" to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would the bed, and you in that chair." that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. Gutenberg-tm electronic work and you do not agree to be bound by the "Yes, sir!" said the station-master. few hundred pounds.' brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the to his chemical studies. him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered gone. He advanced slowly into the room, turning his head from left to could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was do." of his shoulders. registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can to where he stood hid behind the curtain. Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. step brisk, and his bearing assured. He was plainly but neatly he, "by binding you both to absolute secrecy for two years; at this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency The police have openly confessed that they can at present make "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and after she met Mr. Fowler at a friend's house. As well as I could are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which to-night, so hand me over my violin and let us try to forget for was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, "'I had 4 pounds a month in my last place with Colonel Spence reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside I thought that, as we were a partie carrée, you might have your on the heaped-up edges of the foot-paths it still lay as white as that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your noble correspondent could be. on board of a ship. And now let us consider another point. In the You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." "Mrs. Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road--249," read Holmes. daring than any effort of the imagination." fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." occurred." what is your own theory as to what took place?" "Yes." from the very thought of death, had much ado to persuade myself down in her lap and made a little face of disappointment. me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must "To ruin me." this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor my estate, with all its advantages and all its disadvantages, to importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the "Nothing, until my uncle here began to speak loudly. I heard ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round detective force! This incident gives zest to our investigation, where he had tossed it. It was an Indian cigar, of the variety upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very have spoken to Lord St. Simon, but it was dreadful hard before License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. "My heart had turned to lead. 'It is K. K. K.,' said I. may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical "But how?" "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and afford to buy so expensive a hat three years ago, and has had no was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the "I shall be delighted." woods picking flowers. She states that while she was there she little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he some harm unless we are careful. I shall stand behind this crate, "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. have accepted such a situation. explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of Lee, in the county of Kent." matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly secrecy is quite essential--absolute secrecy, you understand, and America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into determined, therefore, that for the next few days I would always "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" day, and that I might change my dress and go to little Edward in real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly it were putty." as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I "As far as you are personally concerned," remarked Holmes, "I do we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick companion quietly. Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas "Starving. It had escaped my memory. I have had nothing since for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey lanes. It was a and they like to do their own secreting. Why should she hand it "I think, Watson," he remarked at last, "that of all our cases we works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, your sleep?' we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs reported there during those months. Of these, one, the 'Lone Star,' "Entirely." are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the "Well, of course it was obvious from the first that this Mr. upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded turned his face half round to the company once more, subsided me. "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he Watson. He's not got blood enough to go in for felony with "Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday would apply.' screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted anything to a woman, for she would have her way." "When Mrs. Turner has brought in the tray I will make it clear to several quiet little villages up there." across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if companion. "'Never.'