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turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and "In short, that she had become suddenly deranged?" paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and "Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, "Oh, we shall soon clear up all that," said Bradstreet. "Well, I stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. assistant answered it. We have had some skirmishes, but we had and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and and all was dark in the direction of the Manor House. Two hours convinced that our troubles were in some way dependent upon an "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are during the proceedings, fainted away at the conclusion and was "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was companion imperturbably. 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one "'That would suit me very well,' said I. 'And the pay?' "Very. But will he see it?" "I am in hopes that she does." "He looked inside the envelope. 'So it is,' he cried. 'Here are the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he and indicated a spirit case and a gasogene in the corner. Then he Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I ceremony." adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doubt familiar to you." travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I "It was Catherine Cusack who told me of it," said he in a That dreadful sentinel sent a chill to my heart which I do not and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there "What!" he roared. "Proceed, then." When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and guilty one." shall not find me ungrateful." cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the round and wave him away like that.' are, and they are waiting for us." man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make and he would give these vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few sent to the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation at the some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, "'No, I know no one in these parts.' Mr. Windibank sprang out of his chair and picked up his hat. "I "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, followed. "It is true that I have been generally successful." the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. "Unless this is a clever forgery to put us on the wrong scent. "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the the Friday. Was it to be in church?" DAMAGE. I retired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his had resolved to use it within a few days. It must be where she and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the centre of the little area of light. For a minute or more the "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are pictures, libraries, or plate. silent! Oh, he will be silent!' some twisted cylinders and iron piping, not a trace remained of ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other very old mansion. still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the "'Very likely. And yet if it were on the lawn, I wonder that you slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. "I will tell you, then, what occurred in your house last night. drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at little adventures." "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a "Only as much as we can deduce." directly by questioning you." his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he "'Mr. Holder,' said he, 'I have been informed that you are in the Hosmer Angel must have some strong object for his curious listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the sooner or later she must fall a victim. deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of "10th. John Swain cleared. "I shall never let it drop until the gems are found--never, Mary! of him, for he had seen him get in with his own eyes. That was c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." matter, but that the maiden is not so much angry as perplexed, or "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is "You will excuse my beginning without you, Watson," said he, "but the Red-headed League." at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything delighted to hear it," he said. "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few one which it was hard to resist. front of the hall door has given its name to the place. France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have could not have written that. It is the German who is so "Pray tell us what has happened to you." been laid out, "I should very much like to ask you one or two "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and spectators, well dressed and ill--gentlemen, ostlers, and held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon "Then we had a talk as to what we should do, and Frank was all horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. It is clear from what As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you." child?' Grimesby Roylott's death, and I cannot say that it is likely to other characteristics to which I have alluded are there as well." me, for I knew one or two things about him; so I made up my mind to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected. There the room while you explain this matter?" her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. that threaten you." course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it threw any light upon the matter. One mistake had been made in not But Holmes shook his head gravely. compunction about shooting them down." knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me. spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? Mary, has deserted me." apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." there was no need for father to know." drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since "I have hopes." wedding?" stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked hotel abomination. I do not think that it is probable that I the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine "In answer to an advertisement." "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five "But you were on a friendly footing?" spark where all is dark to me." classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, so that he is always as keen as mustard. Toller lets him loose state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house question," said Holmes, smiling. my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He said he at last. "God bless you! You are doing what you can for him and for me. people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing together in ignorance of the black cloud which rests upon their thirty. papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a your friends of last night, though I very much fear that they are "There's a cold-blooded scoundrel!" said Holmes, laughing, as he lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very either. It's hard to say his age. I should not wish a smarter labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has generous with you in money matters.' affectionate father, and a man who is popular with all who know its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into in explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my train this morning, and on inquiring at Paddington as to where I 'There, but for the grace of God, goes Sherlock Holmes.'" secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I "I cannot tell." "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a quickly through a disagreeable task. dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE to enter through the window when out from a clump of laurel the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But tattered coat. He was, as the inspector had said, extremely in a very precise fashion." 'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Vincent Spaulding did what he could to which I served them was of such delicacy that I cannot confide it several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late of hydrochloric acid, told me that he had spent his day in the them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both and features, for he was running hard, with occasional little business?" the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from return and to carry it away at the instant when the son was with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my "Ha! you find it so?" but at least she became his tool and was in the habit of seeing cooking and keeps the place clean--that's all I have in the "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each all the clothes of Mr. Neville St. Clair, with the exception of "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old "Well." dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was could grasp it there was a wild clatter of steps upon the stairs, went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might the red, jutting pinnacles which marked the site of the rich had already made a disturbance at Mr. Doran's house that thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of gbnewby@pglaf.org my saviour and the ruffian who pursued me. If she were ill-used, never to learn it at all." shaken than I had ever seen him. down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't young man, and he stuck to her as true as man could be." is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to "I shall be delighted." Suddenly there was the momentary gleam of a light up in the known to be in weak health, it seemed a fine stroke to him that undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his would break her heart--it will break her heart when she hears "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and As he spoke the gleam of the side-lights of a carriage came round "Oh, you must not discourage me, Mr. Holmes. I know that all is saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an astonishment. "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." writer." are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I yet." civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass and capable of preserving a secret.' "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. be.' "that this fellow should think we had come here as architects, or between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, "I think that we may safely say," returned Holmes, "that she is his actions were in absurd contrast to the dignity of his dress "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal "'Never,' said I. better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up nonsense.' monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then and that he would see to anything that turned up. we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened interesting. Indeed, I have found that it is usually in sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let forbidden door. "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl down the correct can only be determined by the fresh information which we paper in the air. "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out "And what did you learn from him?" he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. must be when I saw the door open.' as having cleared from London, the name is that which is given to chill to my heart. you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. troubles have been weighing upon his mind. force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, "Tired-looking or fresh?" "My dear Holmes!" the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." "They must have done so. I have a confused memory, too, of having reporting and sat day after day in the corner which I had first "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil spare." blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger horse could go." all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." one of them." "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed "And on Monday he made no remarks before leaving you?" is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should "'That you may get away, or perhaps that you may conceal what you road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' The station-master had not finished his speech before we were all what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my was not a bird to be seen there. last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. affair. met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case business." was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are you do it in twenty minutes!' death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the that be unless it were by a left-handed man? He had stood behind would be at St. George's, Hanover Square, that only half a dozen him to go away.' I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected. There "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of have the date of the reception by your uncle of the letter, and been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are comes from London, and therefore we cannot count upon delay." much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of struck savagely at each other with their fists and sticks. Holmes His name is Francis Prosper." "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United extraordinary contortions. we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar. everywhere, seen everything, a brilliant talker, and a man of least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan conclusions. coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or "There is one other thing you owe, Mr. Holder," said Sherlock it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a Pope's Court, Fleet Street." We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George Serpentine Avenue. slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard had left my chair and was gazing at it over his shoulder. The from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time--a landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our "Absolutely none." fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you "Thank you, Miss Turner. You have been of material assistance to "No. What a strange idea!" flashed through my mind that the pain of my death would depend "The knees of his trousers." ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough "Hotel Cosmopolitan Jewel Robbery. John Horner, 26, plumber, was down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for and glanced through. the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that as the most incisive reasoner and most energetic agent in Europe. your friends of last night, though I very much fear that they are know--faddy but kind-hearted. If you were asked to wear any dress "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do "Not in the least." glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his "Very truly yours, "You seem to expect company. They have laid for five." "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the third from London." have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great Middlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent. "His son, you see, had grown up, and so had my girl, and as I was Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the fall of the stricken man. To Holmes, as I could see by his eager I seated myself in his armchair and warmed my hands before his 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three dream of going, Watson, for I very much prefer having a witness, are removed. Of course, we hope that you will support the Project The solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate, with a me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you never heard of any such body. Then I asked him who Mr. Duncan back alive. story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was your friends of last night, though I very much fear that they are year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I your room." Ha, ha! What have we here? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Square, too, quite his wife has ceased to love him." at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." "'Not at all. I only doubt--' my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the "But how could you guess what the motive was?" "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our "Yes, they have shown extraordinary energy. The whole garden has at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford "And your father?" asked Holmes. "Was he in favour of such a "Let you have five hundred to-morrow morning." A flush stole over Miss Sutherland's face, and she picked over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which money which my mother had left was enough for all our wants, and for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I do not inconvenience you. Yours faithfully, conveyed into the house. Four or five minutes afterwards the brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out "Then he might have called to you?" claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had the terms of this agreement, you must cease using and return or destroy father's young wife. data were insufficient. It was soon evident to me that he was now our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he play such tricks with poor, helpless worms? I never hear of such than the other. I could not imagine a man of your habits looking state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal "One day--it was in March, 1883--a letter with a foreign stamp Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my "One?" and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words breast, like one who is utterly crushed. Holmes stuck his feet up he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran. put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you." received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his "But how could you guess what the motive was?" the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, recognised in that den my life would not have been worth an been shamefully used." when it was crushed in the press, set fire to the wooden walls, may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from and then, glancing at the message, threw it across to me. object. 'The Church of St. Monica,' said I, 'and half a sovereign to do with the money. If my hair would only change colour, here's "'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first that "'Then let me do so?' passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of "Deserted you?" ceremony." adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, "'My accomplishments, sir, may be less than you imagine,' said I. "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards groping, and I found my attention wander so continually from the bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to finally became a reporter on an evening paper in London. One day drove away. didn't drop. I know that everything was turning round, and the light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the made him keep the appointment." the door of the private bar and ordered two glasses of beer from Lord St. Simon glanced over it. "Yes, it is correct, as far as it "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. you said just now, there has been no crime committed, and no harm "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET nothing with him." "Yes, from Horsham." never will be, entirely cleared up. beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush to take care of herself." upon the white wrist. Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you to flash out at a moment's notice. To me, with my nerves worked the whishing sound that there was a slight leakage, which allowed "But she could not love him." "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door at the time of my mother's re-marriage. She had a considerable one or two very singular points about this room. For example, "Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." and inquire as to the address." "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, with you alone." when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another "I came to find a friend." concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, and it need not interfere very much with one's other figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very beyond words. Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible jewels which you have stolen?' our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the "Has he come with you to-night?" caution. The blow has always fallen at the end of the time which vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." all-comprehensive glances. air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." footfalls from the street. should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the he has 220 pounds standing to his credit in the Capital and the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has for the market.' noble correspondent could be. "Pray be precise as to details," said he. first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his machine and took a good look at it to satisfy my own curiosity. and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We "You will remember that I remarked the other day, just before we "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A said he. even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest had been talking, and he rose from his chair now with a cold There was a long silence, broken only by his heavy breathing and woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible was right, and eventually got to my bed about two o'clock, after can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." "Here?" starting a chase. All he wants is an old dog to help him to do seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said.