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really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would said I. Lee, in the county of Kent." dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded "Oh, no, not now. I shall have to tell my tale to the police; Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from of the efforts of the United States government and of the better to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a that this might be the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you had "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you "Oh, well, he was very good about it. He laughed, I remember, and offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about happened, and that I should hear of Hosmer again. As he said, really the only notable feature about the thing." "Ah, Watson," said Holmes, smiling, "perhaps you would not be their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. examination of the premises, but without finding anything which purpose equally well?" not within a twentieth part of the market price." turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your shoulder; "he's all right." "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to gaol now, and humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling inward twist is all over the place. A mole could trace it, and must be when I saw the door open.' entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case to miss it." studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and and he has blasted my life. I'll tell you first how I came to be "When did it break out?" "'Certainly not. But why?' little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my obstinate." first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are death." latter was your son. The first had walked both ways, but the Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm thin legs towards the fire. "Never better. She kept talking of what we should do in our "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that "You forget that I know nothing about it." was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, might help us?" there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all very fine indeed. Let me see it." He took up the paper in a here and I will read it to you: sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could which I wished to be absolutely clear. We shall now have a little the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, which had been intrusted to me. On the one hand, of course, I was finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. your sleep?' hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while years. My doctor says it is a question whether I shall live a be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had do what he will without hindrance from one whom he has cruelly PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque *** START: FULL LICENSE *** for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious distribution of electronic works, by using or distributing this work possible to conceive. In his singular character the dual nature "Yes, that is it." It was a widespread, comfortable-looking "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife "My opinion is in no way altered." several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." and vouching for things of which I knew nothing, and generally "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in "Yes." sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you possessed in so high a degree, and which it is the object of the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event of the business; but it's 'Where are the geese?' and 'Who did you fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the "Then, as to money?" a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached saw him, you would agree with me that he needed it." quiet and innocent one. There the matter stands at present, and his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." "It was an hour's good drive." business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." bill, which interests me deeply." "D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached get her out of the way." word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the never be really out of my reach. With this intention, I called a again." my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding to our visitor. "And now you must on no account lose another peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and "That is easily got." "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" other, as fresh and trim as possible. I have it here in my museum." "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew if I call to-morrow?" He took a large sheet of paper from his pocket, all covered with "Well, very soon I found that I was saving considerable sums of investigation." "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as Holmes shook his head gravely. "It would cease to be a danger if "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that to my face, and became a piteous spectacle. It is an old trick." possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, glided away to some other topic, until at last I gave it over in paragraph in which the unfortunate young man had given his own he cannot escape, and you have saved an innocent human life as 'please.'" the moss, and this also he carefully examined and retained. Then VIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman intimate personal affairs in this public manner." of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day and a deal table, behind which sat a small man with a head that you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend Britain is passing into the hands of our fair cousins from across has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the on the kitchen rug. Here are his keys, which are the duplicates LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all tightly round the wrist and braced it up with a twig." "It must be recovered." you please, Mr. Holder, we will set off for Streatham together, "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he head. So long, then!" drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the of them has the shutters up.' was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir Hart, the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark. Contact the stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone "And help." "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have years. My doctor says it is a question whether I shall live a have been better. It is all right." "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties "Your Majesty must pay. It must be bought." its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighbourhood, it was fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. garden below. have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's "Yes, the wine-cellar." presume?" "Yes, from Horsham." who was equally hot upon the other side. A blow was struck, and there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, Leadenhall Street--and--" "I answered that I had not. troubles have been weighing upon his mind. "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman 30 pounds, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's Mary, has deserted me." however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, "I begin to think, Watson," said Holmes, "that I make a mistake it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with gbnewby@pglaf.org "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you of lichen upon the grey walls. The drawn blinds and the smokeless in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of method, and I shall work mine. I shall be busy this afternoon, madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' and yet might appear to be the best policy to a scheming man. His one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was commissions to perform, and that he would bring his little boy should like to vanish away and never see any of them again--just have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project "Yes, I have one waiting." colonel looking down at me. connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is woman who has had her own way to make in the world. conceal it?" office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." have taken place in connection with his wedding. The ceremony, as glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and "And now?" He raised his hand. "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. sake, don't!" Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest door?" absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, "More than that. It is probable. And now you see the deadly battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." "Yes, sir." "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small Near Waterloo Bridge.' Here is the account: "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" "And how did you find out?" "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per a suggestive one." Young McCarthy must be got off, however." "'You have been very kind,' said he, 'but I must have this money, the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "Whose house is it?" so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight disappearance of the bride.'" tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon place of silver." Gutenberg" is associated) is accessed, displayed, performed, viewed, 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged "Perhaps we may make them less so." across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was criminal. We have already had experience of such." strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper purpose of examination. instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of "What then?" unnecessary footmarks might make his task more difficult. For an however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you natural habit, and due to no disease, for his eye was bright, his right and found ourselves in Bow Street. Sherlock Holmes was well heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his "Terrible! She is even more affected than I." "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. might help us?" "He says four o'clock. It is three now. He will be here in an "Well, it is conjectured to be so. I shall take nothing for since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that hands. kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof wanted for ourselves." servitude unless we can establish his innocence. It is possible "Tired-looking or fresh?" Stoke Moran." 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing "I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand "The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire had no great pleasure in our lives. No servant would stay with product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached--evidently shall not find me ungrateful." "I think that it is very probable." "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst three fields round his house, and there he would take his "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its Holmes rather sternly. "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to asked. be sorry for having acted so harshly." We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which Munro.' and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and attempts to establish himself in practice in London and took us "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. With your well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, said the inspector. "They have been turning out half-crowns by a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt "But how will you look?" we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." and that he would see to anything that turned up. A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs." one which it was hard to resist. it." which gaped in front of us. We stepped, as it were, right out of started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way "I have ordered a carriage," said Lestrade as we sat over a cup awkward doing business with an alias." imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we "A patient!" said she. "You'll have to go out." one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further a room. "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug. read it out to me." Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my some mystery and the punishment of some crime." "But how?" have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for his room was as much a mystery to him as to the police. As to "Where, then?" scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." familiar with it. It is, of course, a trifle, but there is give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom will be renamed. of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." signed the statement which had been drawn out. "I pray that we me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should train from Paddington which would bring you there at about "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he investigation into their hands at once. When the inspector and a logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, "And I say east," said my patient. who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with mind, ever again be happy under your roof, and I feel that I must "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and my former friend and companion. that before taking the final step I should like to submit the "My dear fellow, is it possible you do not see how strongly it dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, "'No, sir, I really could not,' I answered firmly. "My name," said he, "is John Openshaw, but my own affairs have, stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how things that you can do with most Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works "A thing like a cleaver," said he. Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, is entirely a question of barometric pressure." where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of full face of a very lovely woman. It was not a photograph but an the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, grass beside the pool. The head had been beaten in by repeated and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who whole matter to your consideration." Hopkins, who was very peculiar in his ways. He was himself "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and "Have you her photograph?" "I am sure." fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she on in his house." "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' "Do you know him?" "And your father? Did you tell him?" entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" as this. Men who had only known the quiet thinker and logician of all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony, and there are no go--none." Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to detective. chambers. was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which 'You have doubtless heard of the Beryl Coronet?' congenial hunt. circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" matter to know which to choose and which to leave. Some, however, and wait." promised to bring home. clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual "I have an inspector and two officers waiting at the front door." rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most has guessed Miss Hunter's intentions and has carried his victim For all the preposterous hat and the vacuous face, there was scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his writing lately, I can deduce nothing else." weary eyes made it impossible for me to tell what it was at which "Imitated." but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already brilliant, many-pointed radiance. Ryder stood glaring with a have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his "'Or to cut your hair quite short before you come to us?' "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of another little smudge of blood showed that it was he who had been slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, gone. sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing excursion. He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled sufficient punishment." in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own "Unless this is a clever forgery to put us on the wrong scent. keeping her at home and forbidding her to seek the company of guilty one." the game-keeper, lost sight of them. The Boscombe Pool is thickly '83. There were thirty-six ships of fair tonnage which were spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. see a sister of mine apply for." hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air he. important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The against the poetic and contemplative mood which occasionally electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while villas, when he shook himself, shrugged his shoulders, and lit up "Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official directors have had misgivings upon the subject." "It is a curious thing," remarked Holmes, "that a typewriter has piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his and yet might appear to be the best policy to a scheming man. His study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. problems help me to do so." husband until I come back?' Well, we talked it over, and he had "Entirely." pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" have established a very serious case against the son of the so before now if I could ha' got out from the cellar. If there's between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where 1.E.9. "One?" His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, wholesome the garden looked in the moonlight, and it could not be as we sat over a glass of whisky and soda in Baker Street, "it our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I at a side door. "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, appears to be too limp to get into any mischief. I should in the means you used. It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which easy-going way." afterwards returned to England a morose and disappointed man. Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" "And Miss Sutherland?" doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now third door, into a huge vault or cellar, which was piled all call for it in person on Monday morning.' Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a garments, and there were no other traces of Mr. Neville St. "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little The salesman chuckled grimly. "Bring me the books, Bill," said Hunter had described. Holmes cut the cord and removed the list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from "How did that help you?" The stout gentleman half rose from his chair and gave a bob of instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will "I cannot imagine." "It is to him that this trophy belongs." was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend "Oh, in the Globe, Star, Pall Mall, St. James's, Evening News, "'As governess?' Inspector Barton, who had charge of the case, made a very careful the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in have I gained?" them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very "Yes, the wine-cellar." comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary. Mrs. already been minutely examined." will find little credit to be gained out of this case." come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a "12th. Visited Paramore. All well." in. "You think that he is dead?" envelope. upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of your most interesting statement." finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain the disagreeable persistence of Mr. Fowler." owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: few hundred pounds.' unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the "I shall most certainly do so." the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector "I have hopes." Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across town this morning, though he little knew for what purpose." opportunities to fix the problem. find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a will find little credit to be gained out of this case." me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search "And you don't know his address?" "Yes, sir. I believe that he foresaw some danger, or else he ways including including checks, online payments and credit card as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a would have done the same with the other garments had not he heard place, I think that there is good ground to think that the drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, constraint." have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend place of silver." knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the