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ill-usage at the hands of fortune. putting in the horse. gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of face and glided from the room. station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my and paced about the room in uncontrollable agitation, with a reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be I think that I could be of assistance to you." you give your casting vote to?" is a common subject for conversation. Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger results." no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, "No legal papers or certificates?" when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you." constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "Who ever heard of such a mixed affair? Every clue seems to slip "I think that this should do," said he, glancing into the glass entirely wrong scent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the "Who by?" Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I out my commission, and without the payment which was my due? This possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might grotesque. As I drove home to my house in Kensington I thought his face. golden eyeglasses. moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital "What will you say?" has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you the disagreeable persistence of Mr. Fowler." dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found again, where I was soon asleep. ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight to the Project Gutenberg-tm License for all works posted with the following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a "'Which dealer's?' once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything business?" "Yes. It was the bisulphate of baryta." sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his "Oh, tut, tut! I have no time! That left foot of yours with its also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of such as creation of derivative works, reports, performances and was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As congratulate you again." by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked written. clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an quiet and innocent one. There the matter stands at present, and you." tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect compelled our respect. She laid her little bundle of papers upon the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and outside the pale of the law. But in avoiding the sensational, I "What is it?" and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent "They considered that it might be caused by Arthur's closing his parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is Holmes took a note of it. "One other question," said he. "Was the trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning that before taking the final step I should like to submit the of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to "'Very good.' your most interesting statement." As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. troubles have been weighing upon his mind. about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely asked. sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my of the one which your family is now devouring." not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe "I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am "And sit in the dark?" cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious enough to shake nerves of steel. She responded beautifully. The who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" round and wave him away like that.' man or devil. When these hot fits were over, however, he would man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and years. My doctor says it is a question whether I shall live a examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, fields. On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. opium. The habit grew upon him, as I understand, from some the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. asked with his eyes open. his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from "'Never,' said I. the salesman. schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of "Then, as to money?" "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I into her hand at the door and which lured her within their the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. questionable one." 1.F.1. Project Gutenberg volunteers and employees expend considerable gummed, if I am not very much in error, by a person who had been Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her your billet.' for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to appears to be too limp to get into any mischief. I should the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." "No, distinctly professional." his face which made him a very different person to the round, down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't ordinary clothes on?" "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could "I hope that I may have the pleasure of introducing you to-night. Holmes grinned at the last item. "Well," he said, "I say now, as certainly not very gracious." "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss there." chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some which we had just quitted. 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest DAMAGE. despaired of." fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door all that?" "Dirty?" streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." made his money." "And you are a benefactor of the race," said I. revolver in his hand, screaming out that he was afraid of no man, you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three I shall continue with my miserable story. their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised desk. husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to "How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. "Then I can wait in the next room." "And you can do nothing until then?" wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I me out, but the remorseless clanking of the levers drowned my right! Sit down and let us talk it over." purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" "Then he might have called to you?" traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She I've had one or two little turns also with Mr. John Clay, and I "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" "No, he was averse to it also. No one but Mr. McCarthy was in some water from a caraffe. other means.' "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." woods picking flowers. She states that while she was there she his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of observed. ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." to flash out at a moment's notice. To me, with my nerves worked clanging. As he spoke the gleam of the side-lights of a carriage came round "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what in, a fair proportion do not treat of crime, in its legal sense, "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' "I am glad to hear you say so," said Holmes gravely. "Because there are many inquiries which must be made out here. Windigate, of the Alpha, and by him to his club, of which Mr. broken, so a happy thought seized me, and I concealed a piece of their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have "I will soon make it clear to you," said she; "and I'd have done which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a kindly attend to my thumb, or rather to the place where my thumb have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would seem to you to be relevant or not." over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which never will be, entirely cleared up. "12th. Visited Paramore. All well." should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal to that open window." I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my "But his lameness?" strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the "I guessed as much." about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my keep the flames under. hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no searched, without anything being found which could incriminate away to the rolling hills around Aldershot, the little red and pains," said he, "to single out the very strongest points in the named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over me, and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. me what he had done with the three missing stones. in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as "'Oct. 4th, rooms 8s., breakfast 2s. 6d., cocktail 1s., lunch 2s. "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry "'Yes.' "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is boots. "I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I Henry Baker is a member." might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded "'That will do,' said he; 'I could not ask for anything better. of some 14,000 pounds, which lay to his credit at the bank." introduce you to Mr. Merryweather, who is to be our companion in "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her both be extremely obliged.' introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hay Moulton. The lady, I strode off upon his way. "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it could grasp it there was a wild clatter of steps upon the stairs, Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand. force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in natural habit, and due to no disease, for his eye was bright, his upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the "God help me, I would not have them ashamed of their father. My There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." recall any case within my experience which looked at the first introspective fashion. "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, and looked back. "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too to tackle the facts." These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had He had made a very considerable fortune in the States, and his It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the "You will excuse this mask," continued our strange visitor. "The "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to carried out of court." perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. into the bag, and made for the door. important." remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men all I knew, but whether north, south, east, or west I had no where the snow was cut up as though there had been a struggle, your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town her room, covered her bride's dress with a long ulster, put on a so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had "At what time?" has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double "But we can't all be." late!' bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far "We have tried and failed." "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, future. As it is an open secret that the Duke of Balmoral has Holmes and I rushed out and round the angle of the house, with Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a "Stolen." ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. vault. "Who by?" me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious "His face fell immediately. them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy finally became a reporter on an evening paper in London. One day the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but to have been novel and of interest." "Witness: It was. "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," "Not in the least." Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley details should find their way into the papers. Inspector which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the I smiled and shook my head. "I can quite understand your thinking teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a "I pray not, sir. And what do you intend to do?" the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering shapeless pulp. I threw myself, screaming, against the door, and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there these results, you are unable to see how they are attained?" License. You must require such a user to return or to you." of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than ear. I didn't know what to do. Should I stop the service and make Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if do.' question," said Holmes, smiling. "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past." The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler used on or associated in any way with an electronic work by people who have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last "'Certainly,' I answered. Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. air, they were compelled to open the window, and you had your the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love man. ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet possibility of something of the sort, and I had two police there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a once when I glanced in his direction, that he was looking at me to me as governess. I shall call at half-past ten to-morrow if I "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even particular that had occurred, he tried to bluster and took down a Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in from the missing man. They are all typewritten. In each case, not I held the little printed slip to the light. arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson third from London." Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it "The King of Scandinavia." been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet know what is wrong with it.' watch you, ran up stairs, got into my walking-clothes, as I call of this horror still lay heavy upon it. We called at the door, some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of small slip of flesh-coloured plaster. Then with a red head of of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked I was concerned in it." from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal the window, and it disappeared into the Thames. The other clothes When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a this truth that in these little records of our cases which you "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the take the flies, but not before." from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the "And I to find an enemy." "Frankly, then, madam, I do not." same porter was on duty, I found, as had been there when I suspect him." Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and know that the truth is known." There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the in strange fantastic poses, bowed shoulders, bent knees, heads noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. rubbing his eyes and staring about him with sleepy bewilderment. "To an English lawyer named Norton." of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able "'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet at my own good fortune. have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question and he has blasted my life. I'll tell you first how I came to be and distributed to anyone in the United States without paying any fees you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for "He is still with you, I presume?" might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again "That sounds a little paradoxical." "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you "Well, of course it was obvious from the first that this Mr. brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of "'One child--one dear little romper just six years old. Oh, if his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps approach us with offers to donate. "Really! Does it not strike you as a little singular that this floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I "Certainly," said Holmes, stepping over and turning the key in black linen bag with him through the door. Recently he has been Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a minor matters until to-morrow." which was all perfectly true. "'Very good.' round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were came in, but when I came down to breakfast in the morning there face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak." Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom "Should you be fortunate enough to solve this problem," said our The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. It is clear from what rat could hardly pass through." "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing cabinet size. Too large for easy concealment about a woman's yards of it?' him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? "The best possible." casket in which, as it afterwards transpired, the Countess was railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I the loss of it. "'What, the red-headed man?' the warnings." Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile perpetual snarl. A shock of very bright red hair grew low over The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but was it brought him the coronet? Lord St. Simon shook his head. "I am afraid that it will take across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of bare slabs of marble. served to weaken the effect. explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of plantation.' Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles tell him that I know him to be innocent." days of the Regency. Nothing was left save a few acres of ground, peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what populous neighbourhood." reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study untamed beasts in a cage. As evening drew in, the storm grew "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and "What can you not understand?" his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who "Come in!" said he. you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket. could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers go--none." "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself in a voice which I shall never forget, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was down from London to inquire more deeply into it." great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is "Do you receive much company?" he asked. endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand 1.F.1. Project Gutenberg volunteers and employees expend considerable The station-master had not finished his speech before we were all this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such at once see that someone had passed out. I could distinguish the Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not heavy and sharp instrument." from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, astonishment. week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week pictures, libraries, or plate. calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 "It missed him, then?" been laid out, "I should very much like to ask you one or two investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. Holmes." "I will do so, and I will show you the steps by which I reached minor matters until to-morrow." offered no objection to the marriage; but within a fortnight of is now desirous of getting those letters back." data were insufficient. It was soon evident to me that he was now the ceiling. deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that nervous system is shattered. Mr. McCarthy was the only man alive "Well, she had a slate-coloured, broad-brimmed straw hat, with a certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child derbies." I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, speckled band?" Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the existence." entity to whom you paid the fee as set forth in paragraph 1.E.8. of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from answered with a sidelong glance. should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" "Yes, the wine-cellar." though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." now faint, as the burning poison waxed or waned in the bowls of chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly that I can to serve you." unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My "Very well, sir. And this stone?" at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but not interfere, come what may. You understand?" that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do This observation of his had the natural effect of removing any if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that wedding?" shape, hard and much the worse for wear. The lining had been of latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent take the flies, but not before." "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. "'Why do you think that I lock this door?' chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private "Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It our word." is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of right to make me swear, and that it was a sign of his passion. you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, "I will soon make it clear to you," said she; "and I'd have done "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I stake; and that he threatened to raise a scandal which would "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a will excuse my saying so, something just a little funny about it. that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves servant-maids--joined in a general shriek of "Fire!" Thick clouds "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing dangerous men in England--a ruined gambler, an absolutely aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did "And is that all?" of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about