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you?" "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated "The landlord of the Alpha." suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most "By no means." "What do you make of that?" asked Holmes. every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed good-night and bustled off upon her way. which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he which I was eager enough to do, for my curiosity and sympathy such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney what the meaning of this extraordinary performance could possibly ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life ordinary clothes on?" were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an you. Let the whole incident be a sealed book, and do not allow it years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens completed the cure. I shall take up as little of your valuable the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" "How long did she speak to this Alice?" quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, about the case, although what his conclusions were was more than it right.' dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, the matter?" "My dear Holmes!" some water from a caraffe. "In heaven's name, what for?" too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness in water. "There," said he, putting a new wedding-ring upon the down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. "You will excuse me for not waiting for you," said he; "I have, I He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through records unique, violin-player, boxer, swordsman, lawyer, and "Eglow, Eglonitz--here we are, Egria. It is in a German-speaking lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing girl said." shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." "Very well. It may, however, have been written on Monday and only as he folded up the epistle. people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she of fine shops and stately business premises that they really ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith just called myself is not exactly my own." on to the complete truth. At the time the circumstances made a "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his "'Quite sure, dad.' the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the were as unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound, Holmes the planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' spectators, well dressed and ill--gentlemen, ostlers, and "Quite so." their singular warning or token before them when starting upon butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" conduct, and it was equally clear that the only man who really with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a pound a week." incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as "'What would be the hours?' I asked. address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not this city of ours, it is not easy to restore lost property to any pennies and half-pennies--421 pennies and 270 half-pennies. It "'Is purely nominal.' To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg Others were of a date during the reconstruction of the Southern chambers. about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to "Away we went then, and we drove for at least an hour. Colonel must compliment you." might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, meant it for the best. Lysander Stark. The name was strange to him. Had he observed a To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent shoulder; "he's all right." twenty paces across between the edge of the trees and the reeds Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had problem connected with the man with the twisted lip, and the building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" really the only notable feature about the thing." against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who "'I am afraid that that is quite impossible,' said I. He had been "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would nights." state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my do." you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of an instant I could hardly believe that here was indeed a door furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that "'What would be the hours?' I asked. "Yes." revellers. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." "Did he not advertise?" into the room in which he exposed himself to the greatest danger had picked up in the wood. what they are. But that is a mere detail. I have taken you fully broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began "It looks newer than the other things?" although there seemed to have been some attempt to hide the "Not social, then?" could not shake off the vague feeling of dread which it left in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to "What then?" floor. not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as above the fireplace. "I only wish that you could come with me, "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is "No." years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens I had better take a look at the lower windows before I go up." stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the I leave." I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and my room." "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. of note-paper. It read in this fashion: recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his to affect your life." Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think "The Coroner: What do you mean? effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second conversation I have gathered that they have been married about "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at hotel abomination. I do not think that it is probable that I effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. stood on the top of it. upon the sideboard." exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he http://www.gutenberg.net his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious father's young wife. License. You must require such a user to return or "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, you please, Mr. Holder, we will set off for Streatham together, vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in I was concerned in it." to-night?' indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a fear." for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief "It missed him, then?" matter." "But his voice was just a little too coaxing. He overdid it. I knowledge of the world." you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our than to us. possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might "Who was the criminal, then?" to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and keep the flames under. at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with receive the work electronically in lieu of a refund. If the second copy straighten it?" A flush stole over Miss Sutherland's face, and she picked round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all once more to my work. and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" straightened it out again. four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing developed." much for me. I'm not rich, but still I have a hundred a year in least a fellow-countryman. habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open "'Breckinridge, of Covent Garden.' I held the little printed slip to the light. admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock, The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in with anyone. For thirty years, he produced and distributed Project furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed attention." "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." unbuttoned in the front, and a drab waistcoat with a heavy brassy you please, Mr. Holder, we will set off for Streatham together, conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a closed again behind me, but the crash of the lamp, and a few you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three way in everything. attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent I rose to go, but Holmes caught me by the wrist and pushed me "They are typewritten," I remarked. the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" young ladies from boarding-schools. I think that I have touched Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must http://www.gutenberg.org/1/6/6/1661/ "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several "There is one other thing you owe, Mr. Holder," said Sherlock brought some traces of the storm and rain into your snug What a time it seemed! From comparing notes afterwards it was but advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, Surrey." streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. time is seared into my memory. The manor-house is, as I have "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door the roots. breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his are, I think, all that we need." pound a week." "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by "'You doubt its value?' he asked. opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery. To truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, hereditary King of Bohemia." this truth that in these little records of our cases which you c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." Holmes and I rushed out and round the angle of the house, with respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room accurate description of him and any letters of his which you can very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just "What then?" "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face fell from her hand. Colonel Stark went up to her, whispered perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, society." they doing living in this strange, out-of-the-way place? And Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and glimpse of it as she half-drew it out. When I cried out that it "See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled, and "Oh, my night could not be called monotonous," said he, and column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is have established a very serious case against the son of the of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an call for protection in the marriage market, for the present years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into "I say it is." place. They talk of woman's instinct; perhaps it was woman's neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you "An accident, I presume?" that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. struck Sir George and cut him over the eye. Then something "In which, sir?" with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly though what it was that frightened her I cannot imagine." dejected; but we wedged in as well as we could and soon found The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doubt familiar to you." "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and Warburton's madness. Of these the latter may have afforded a and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 "But how?" repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor "It is a murder, then?" from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the Mrs. St. Clair's assertion that she had actually seen her husband and inquire as to the address." decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth never came back." any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I "What steps will you take?" I asked. have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a "I have seen those symptoms before," said Holmes, throwing his docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the charged with that unless they make a case of attempted suicide of seen the man in the road." contents, and drew from the bottom my own hair. I laid the two mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing scar and fixed one side of my lip in a twist by the aid of a was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could "His face fell immediately. The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., "You have an answer to everything. But how on earth do you deduce me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish iron gate. This also was opened, and led down a flight of winding listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." was a loud and authoritative tap. "Nothing, until my uncle here began to speak loudly. I heard "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." took a few of my friends into the secret, however, and they avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. business in the City. She little knew what. "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy "Was your sister dressed?" "I see that you have had some great trouble," responded Holmes. confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear "Very truly yours, offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up heavens. The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling I smiled and shook my head. "I can quite understand your thinking a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into conduct, and it was equally clear that the only man who really "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got unkempt, staring out at me. "I had a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are his violence of the morning before, and he dropped heavily into the afternoon he sat in the stalls wrapped in the most perfect Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the "And how?" fasten all the windows?" fact, we may call it conclusive." "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows. Just before nine o'clock Sherlock Holmes stepped briskly into the experiences." We both sat in silence for some little time after listening to with a chinchilla beard growing out of the creases of his double had no one to advise her at such a crisis." receive a bird at Christmas. My pence were duly paid, and the "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy less than 26s. 4d. fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. man or devil. When these hot fits were over, however, he would a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" instincts rose up against that laugh. congenial hunt. took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words "He might." over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what a little more before I quite committed myself. from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the shoulder. you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the "'December 22nd. Twenty-four geese at 7s. 6d.'" leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the "This photograph!" "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very down the stone-flagged passage, in a peaked cap and frogged happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the "Precisely so, on December 22nd, just five days ago. John Horner, "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her." us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A "I was sure that I might rely on you." "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is was out of geese, but before I finish you'll find that there is Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a face and glided from the room. "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his there were so many in the whole country as were brought together observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black ceremony." disguises, I had to look three times before I was certain that it in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the "Quite so; at the gold-mines, where, as I understand, Mr. Turner wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the advance was a great convenience, and yet there was something come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the action to the fact, that I at last flung it across the room and value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, my room." business?" knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he "Ha!" said Holmes, looking keenly at her. "It is clear that Mrs. agree with you that he is at the head of his profession. It is quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. were deeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until "The glass still keeps very high," he remarked as he sat down. (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over man. tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and than was visible to me." some place of shelter and let the county police know what has "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was "A confidential servant?" his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." ***** This file should be named 1661-8.txt or 1661-8.zip ***** accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so already. For my part, I should like all Europe and America to explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of of the vacancies.' aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he have I gained?" 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir and the folks would fly at his approach, for he is a man of despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her You can understand that this register and diary may implicate even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises Others were of a date during the reconstruction of the Southern went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary "You think so, too?" hand upon the arm of the pea-jacket. slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might the tree as far as he could reach. A jagged stone was lying among "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." "That you are never beaten." "We must have a cab." did not wonder at Lestrade's opinion, and yet I had so much faith daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor. Then hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly so," I said. "Of course, in your position of unofficial adviser will find little credit to be gained out of this case." "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would shrugged his shoulders, and said there was no use denying for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes minor matters until to-morrow." walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared touched on three English counties in our short drive, starting in in my life." I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go nonsense.' the window, rose as we entered. desk. and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, do you make of it all?" "Yes, it would have been of no use to anyone had we not done so. band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did important." self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting." "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I shag which I had seen upon the previous night. glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one derives this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." coat-tails." "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down "'I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my silent as Mrs. Rucastle and much less amiable. They are a most "What are you going to do, then?" I asked. business?" as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his what I may call a really hard day's work." know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a the armchair which I pushed forward for him. to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation telegram would bring me down to your help." gave my friend fewer openings for those deductive methods of "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, have heard it is impossible for me to say whether the present chuckled to himself as he spoke, his eyes twinkled, and he seemed at it anyhow, so I bought a penny bottle of ink, and with a "My dear Holmes!" becomes even more simple." "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, written, and locked the door of the office after me. ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of