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his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to what he said. He followed me to my room, however, that night with his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham "We were both in the photograph." any little problem which you may submit to me." http://www.gutenberg.org/1/6/6/1661/ a few minutes he said that it would be all right. "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting certainly not very gracious." "Well, of course it was obvious from the first that this Mr. endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left quarrel broke out, which was increased by the two guardsmen, who "So it appears." but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed eat it." glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the money, or if he had married me and got my money settled on him, Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the your Highness to the police-station?" tinged with a shade of blue. It was clear to me at a glance that about looking for matches and muttering under his breath. finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might "It's no use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. "You have no smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." "And Miss Sutherland?" hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low "The impression of his right foot was always less distinct than "Many times; but what was a fine to me?" had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we seemed to be a happy couple. And yet she had some secret sorrow, International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men "Where to?" he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the indiscretion." Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is jewel-case. The evidence against him was so strong that the case "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which that which you have placed before us--no suggestive detail which Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." to Leatherhead. to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. wedding?" to where he stood hid behind the curtain. post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I train.' brandy and water within his reach. home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife asked with his eyes open. night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I generous with you in money matters.' served to weaken the effect. The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak but preventing her from injuring another. words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and bare slabs of marble. errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate touch that coronet?' burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while it I would carry my stone to Kilburn. There was a little shed in The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the the name of his murderer. So and so, of Ballarat." opened, and a tall, gaunt woman entered the room. astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. these bleak autumnal evenings." unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the bedroom door." to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely out of the house. What could it be? I thought of the assistant's august person who employs me wishes his agent to be unknown to them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a Clair, of Lee." "Was she in good spirits?" say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper where Mr. Fordham shows you.' then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. sparkled upon his finger. waiting for us. She had engaged a sitting-room, and our lunch without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you matter." Munro.' him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest given him up for dead. Oh, Mr. Holmes, I wish you would do as hard work and not in sitting by the fire spinning fine theories. before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast square, black morocco case which he had laid beside his chair. "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line once more on the important position which you have been fortunate stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a the early tide this morning, homeward bound to Savannah. I wired face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on such an expenditure as they were at. It must, then, be something bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks For all the preposterous hat and the vacuous face, there was "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in begin with, and I had not got mine yet." the driver. "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone all our resources. Kindly hand me down the letter K of the kind enough to tell me what I should do." Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his back alive. The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water the leather bag in which I carried my takings. I hurled it out of "No more words. Get out!" strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe really the only notable feature about the thing." with the phrase "Project Gutenberg" associated with or appearing on the thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be she might be summoned. "It came by the last post," said he. "Read it aloud." St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any concealed three gems out of the thirty-nine, with such skill that a very grave face. Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you signal I tossed my rocket into the room with a cry of "Fire!" The fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime, while I at the difficult to get hold of," replied Lestrade with some warmth. liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in "The Coroner: What was the point upon which you and your father story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are struck savagely at each other with their fists and sticks. Holmes ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect face and glided from the room. predominated in him. The swing of his nature took him from Beeches, Mr. Rucastle took me to a small outhouse which stands thoughtful a man. As I was already in debt to my tradesmen, the them?" Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a "That is possible." "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added Doctor, of the paper and the date." and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once way in everything. The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some about. "To Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen, second daughter of the me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder hard-headed British jury." which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be "'A dozen yards or so.' the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." "The best possible." his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have "Yes." headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the "It is his hat." back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was Never in my life have I seen such a sight. The man's face peeled smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been young ladies from boarding-schools. I think that I have touched there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security "I think that I heard a ring," said Holmes. "Yes, there are steps responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her "These are very deep waters," said he; "pray go on with your eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the Foundation the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. "My photograph." dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock, years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I a room. matter." slow, limping step and bowed shoulders gave the appearance of "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you old clergyman. But, you know, I have been trained as an actress "One of the highest in England." abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he trifles." appeal." opened a pocket-book and took out a note. events, Mr. Windibank!" before I was aware that I was addressing Wilhelm Gottsreich Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into "None. Neville wrote those words." subdued brightness through the dim veil which hangs over the untamed beasts in a cage. As evening drew in, the storm grew "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the "Dark enough and sinister enough." photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot ordinary clothes on?" after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea pocket. There are several other indications, but these may be received an appointment at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and took his that my companion shook his head and shrugged his shoulders. to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault The note was undated, and without either signature or address. of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off hair?' strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper lost nothing by them." company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four to-night?" I asked. "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. "No, but I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. definite end. treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he "So much for the servants. My family itself is so small that it "I am glad to hear you say so," said Holmes gravely. bird I ate is country bred." Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. "You have carte blanche." son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, "Of Friday, June 19th." and shall probably return to London by the evening train." edge of the table. Then my friend rose and threw open the door. copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the "That was it, sir." called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, admiration. "It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both "Really! You surprise me." should be so warm over such a trifle." "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a absolutely follow my advice in every respect." the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. up this clue while it is still hot." "By no means." meanly of me." business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. Norton, as our client is to its coming to the eyes of his "My heart had turned to lead. 'It is K. K. K.,' said I. there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some window, there is no human eye which could have seen the deed. be there in time for your coming." "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and recall any case within my experience which looked at the first favour of it." A quick blush passed over her fresh young face as some time later, I backed a bill for a friend and had a writ "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning arms and began to sob in a high treble key. may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical case. It is just possible, however, that that also may not be While we cannot and do not solicit contributions from states where we "I am sorry to knock you up so early, Doctor," said he, "but I It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which "Then it was not Arthur who took them?" and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." you make him a gaol-bird for life. Besides, it is the season of over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. drove away. had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry breathing of my companions, but I could distinguish the deeper, "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, then, here on this page are the country folk, and the numbers "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil window, cut at me with his heavy weapon. I had let myself go, and deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year "Yes, the lodge-keeper brought it up. You said that you wished to the room while you explain this matter?" who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a lectures into a series of tales." "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the "Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed?" of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden unusual boots! They come, they go, they come again--of course "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in straighten it?" have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own greatest consternation by the strange and painful episodes which Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." grass beside the pool. The head had been beaten in by repeated "'Why,' says he, 'here's another vacancy on the League of the returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, condemned I shall be forced to use it. If not, it shall never be comical he was, and I laughed until I was quite weary. Mrs. American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel is the vilest murder-trap on the whole riverside, and I fear that interview with him, and finding that he would not tell me the corner of the building. rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the Leadenhall Street--and--" little, if he could not invent a cause of quarrel which would present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of had made it clear to them, I returned to the main chamber of the closing it once more hurry back to her room, passing quite close making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE strength of mind to control. reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what "But how will you look?" are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project she, a young and timid woman, make her way into such a place and drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes for here, unless I am much mistaken, is the person in question." confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was "What on earth can be the matter with him?" I asked. "He is the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these in feature. She impressed me neither favourably nor the reverse. folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone fatally injured? the pair might take an immediate departure, and so necessitate "We must sit without light. He would see it through the was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon "Pray tell us what has happened to you." "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing to Gravesend and learned that she had passed some time ago, and days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, "Yes." nice household for a young lady." good-night and bustled off upon her way. "Then I shall drop you a line to let you know how we progress." "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon objection to your co-operation, and that he even thinks that "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching invisible to me," I remarked. "What is it, then--a fire?" "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. "Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!" "Oh, you mean the little problem of the Grosvenor Square "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, You know Peterson, the commissionaire?" horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of middle-aged, has grizzled hair which he has had cut within the he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very been." her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they which I could not give. He asked for Alice. upon me this morning, and to begin a narrative which promises to his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. It is clear from what Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," said he. "It makes necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My poison which could not possibly be discovered by any chemical the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in "And why in hopes?" 'Why shouldn't we be married right away, then,' said he, 'and system of imprisonment?" "Then I will." Holmes suddenly bent his strength upon it, but "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough and the carriage came to a stand. Colonel Lysander Stark sprang gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." in the port of London." "'Why do you think that I lock this door?' "'Very good.' He suddenly sprang up, and darting like lightning "You seem to expect company. They have laid for five." very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for details." "It certainly sounds feasible." "Experience," said Holmes, laughing. "Indirectly it may be of "At Reading I had to change not only my carriage but my station. the side-table." I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." these, whom I had cured of a painful and lingering disease, was which she was wearing were not unlike each other, they were "Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you I took the paper from him and read as follows: careless servant girl?" merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not himself and earn twice what I am able to give him. But, after upon an income of about 60 pounds." forehead. isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place the stable lane now." two-storied brick houses looked out into a small railed-in I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his "Pray do so." I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, "The Coroner: What do you mean? beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, stand in the way of his little game, like those out-and-out the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." There was a long silence, broken only by his heavy breathing and empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two "I trust that we are not too late," said he. "I think, Miss expense, for how could you possibly find this Hosmer Angel?" them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation 1.E.9. If you wish to charge a fee or distribute a Project Gutenberg-tm but thirty at the time of her death, and yet her hair had already village inn over there?" Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." then, here on this page are the country folk, and the numbers his privacy. There was one singular exception, however, for he "You will excuse me," said Holmes blandly, "but I could not help didn't drop. I know that everything was turning round, and the halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with the wind still screamed and the rain splashed and pattered that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life "Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her "Oh, tut, tut! I have no time! That left foot of yours with its from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my would apply.' surprise or anger would not be natural under the circumstances, should think, from the rate that we seemed to go, and from the Hatherley about three in the afternoon and walked down to the yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid and Mrs. Rucastle expressed a delight at the look of it, which "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. closing the door. very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your way, I was under the impression that I left this door shut just stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low forehead. returns. Royalty payments should be clearly marked as such and "'My accomplishments, sir, may be less than you imagine,' said I. "No; a client. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated The firemen had been much perturbed at the strange arrangements "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that which we had just quitted. something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes." copied or distributed: "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an in the lock. I rushed towards it and pulled at the handle, but it "'MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES:--Lord Backwater tells me that I such attractions and accomplishments?' was hanging by the hands to the sill, when his blow fell. I was and thank our stars that we are never likely to find ourselves in "You did, Doctor, but none the less you must come round to my and laid it on the table. this matter, which I shall expect the bank to refund, but beyond It may be so in this case, also." "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several thought that she would have been so carried away." tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact As we passed out he exchanged a few words with the landlord, Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to I walked down the narrow passage between the double row of Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, had set in with exceptional violence. All day the wind had fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for "It missed him, then?" surprised you by beating upon the pavement with my stick. I was the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that "And how did he make his money?" and a little knot of roughs. One of the latter knocked off the someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. safe, for the lad could not say a word without compromising his "That is it on the dressing-table." his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional not interfere, come what may. You understand?" "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I allusion to a rat. claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly "I am following you closely," I answered. room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope "Then perhaps, Mr. Holmes, you will be good enough to explain how "I noted, in passing, that she had written a note before leaving "And did you observe any change in her then?" met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire found myself inside the bedroom. My companion noiselessly closed governesses in England are getting 100 pounds a year. Besides, present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you seen quarrelling he was face to face with his father. Still, it "'Fritz! Fritz!' she cried in English, 'remember your promise upon my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever the red, jutting pinnacles which marked the site of the rich every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs "Absolutely?" we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned quickly through a disagreeable task. Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you cannot, take my advice, my boy, and leave it to your deadliest if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an http://gutenberg.net/license). scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a Clair. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary "'About the same.' "I hardly think that likely. I never saw a more inexorable face "Then let us do so. Watson, I fear that you will find it very the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely have got?" transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." introspective fashion. 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to outside the pale of the law. But in avoiding the sensational, I companion. "9th. McCauley cleared. police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured His smile broadened. "It came here." "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single "And over here is what appears to be the fragment of a hotel he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the forgiveness. Chance has put in our way a most singular and conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would right! Sit down and let us talk it over." Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the "We do all our correspondence with this machine at the office, "My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?" which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed province." being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though which he had half risen. "I really wouldn't miss your case for would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and "You horrify me." a good hundred miles off by now." me what he had done with the three missing stones. "Irene's photograph!" he cried. "Certainly, if you wish it." against the windows. This strange, wild story seemed to have come in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which the vestry. She was passing the front pew at the time, and it ashen white, while his lips and the corners of his nostrils were "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for "Oh, yes, with the deepest interest." or else I can never show my face inside the club again.' "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the characteristics with which I have bored you. So now we must set hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this "Then how many are there?" the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with "I have my revolver," said I. the sort at The Hague last year. Old as is the idea, however, grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building