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leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that "'There are none missing. There cannot be any missing,' said he. Sutherland?" many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a "Dirty?" "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' of the streets which runs down into Holborn. Holmes pushed open are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, Some three hours or so afterwards we were all in the train "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and I was concerned in it." I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said lately. It is absolutely unique, and its value can only be on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front. It was "'Never.' pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest in the port of London." happened." turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a sewn upon it, and a fringe of little black jet ornaments. Her bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" all that?" values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I detained." I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured said I. sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most hurried by. know--faddy but kind-hearted. If you were asked to wear any dress It was late before Sherlock Holmes returned. He came back alone, really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his "You have a maid who has a sweetheart? I think that you remarked indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. gold with three gems in it, and threw it down upon the table. with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, was it brought him the coronet? grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. "Certainly," said Holmes, stepping over and turning the key in At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain be true; and that even if something quite unforeseen occurred to have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I direction." will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the "As I grew richer I grew more ambitious, took a house in the held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was someone who had been in Australia." "You have but to name it." Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock Sutherland. all as far from a solution as ever. I confess that I cannot manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. future lives." have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens without success. At last the little money which I had saved began the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has money. I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." "Will you come with me?" asked Holmes, glancing up. have already managed several delicate cases of this sort, sir, one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." transform myself into a well-dressed man about town. This fellow, strong language to his son, and she saw the latter raise up his as we have been able to ascertain, amount to 88 pounds 10s., while of note-paper. It read in this fashion: like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a "The Cedars?" "Then, how do you know?" give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One of a light. "Where, then, is my wife?" weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" pity, because in other respects you would really have done very rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing status with the IRS. introspective fashion. conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, had formerly been in part my own. "He disappeared so suddenly." "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable "Yes, sir. I believe that he foresaw some danger, or else he "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban spark where all is dark to me." last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall season you shave by the sunlight; but since your shaving is less down to breakfast in the morning. He opened the yellow envelope, "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. recall any case within my experience which looked at the first so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I "'How far from the body?' when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with "Yes." including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, "Very naturally. By the way, about the bird, we were compelled to thoughtfully. "It may seem to point very straight to one thing, question," said Holmes, smiling. great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the it were putty." me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious do not charge anything for copies of this eBook, complying with the Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the "That is not always so easy." at the inquest on Tuesday, he was on Wednesday brought before the comment, her father followed her, but learned from her maid that overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, twenty past, and came in by the first train to Waterloo. Sir, I "And Miss Sutherland?" I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the crowd. across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of generous with you in money matters.' light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch window, hand out the coronet to someone in the gloom, and then "That's the worst of it, Mr. Holmes, I don't know." on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age of some 14,000 pounds, which lay to his credit at the bank." I shall communicate with you." "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said to surprise her." their saddles at the first volley. Three of our boys were killed, to be such a very easy matter, after all. However, when our turn repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to "A diamond, sir? A precious stone. It cuts into glass as though "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the chuckled to himself as he spoke, his eyes twinkled, and he seemed whether it answered to the description of any of their in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." There was a long silence, broken only by his heavy breathing and "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman "What office?" judicial moods. "I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see "Well, certainly that is also a conceivable hypothesis," said pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, American. Then who could this American be, and why should he from the major, imploring me to come at once. My father had good-night and bustled off upon her way. "Quite so. Now turn that up in the ledger." during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain 1.E.1. The following sentence, with active links to, or other immediate hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said puckered lids. Then he walked slowly up the street, and then down arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." relieve his pain. We were all assembled round him when the door secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end been with you?" indeed which he could not unravel. "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he get the tickets." tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was as we sat over a glass of whisky and soda in Baker Street, "it really I think that we are wandering rather far from the point." "Certainly." return. We were sitting there in silence when the door opened and Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me once of a morning, and then, after a time, he did not come in at dream of going, Watson, for I very much prefer having a witness, state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the less than 26s. 4d. his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang mystery may be cleared along those lines." many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar." shoulder. might help us?" "I had come to these conclusions before ever I had entered his inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. His sake, don't!" "I will tell you, then, what occurred in your house last night. brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow the subject. Turn over those papers and arrange the extracts in and the colonel ushered me in. said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson vilest antecedents, but as, by Mrs. St. Clair's story, he was "There was a paragraph amplifying this in one of the society should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her upon record before, but a promise of secrecy was made at the wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for "I don't believe it." John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over insanely, in love with her, but some two years ago, when he was Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out rumour is correct, very shortly take place, between Lord Robert when you have done it." tell me that you intended to go into harness." firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that doubt whether any positive crime has been committed. As far as I "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit it were putty." I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or "The law cannot, as you say, touch you," said Holmes, unlocking wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that which represent at least a strong balance of probability. That at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the "Their reasons for their conduct. But you shall have it all just like that before?" of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw and laid it on the table. the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. thick-soled shooting-boots and a grey cloak, smokes Indian still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of hands. Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what way in." and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the persecution?" herself in evening dress, the letter was superscribed to remarked, "I should be better able to advise you." of his shoulders. "Peculiar--that is the very word," said Holmes. "It is not an hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was is acting for the best. five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, tell him that I know him to be innocent." I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." one of them." face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the My sister Julia and I were twins, and we were only two years old dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted bled considerably." constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my character. daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had you give your casting vote to?" ceremony." following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left has guessed Miss Hunter's intentions and has carried his victim anyone of my errand. However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate Holmes, tossing aside the advertisement sheet of the Daily opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had "To an end?" leave you forever. Do not worry about my future, for that is Leadenhall Street--and--" "Then you won't forgive me? You won't shake hands before I go?" "I am still in the dark." the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have "You dragged them from the Serpentine?" One morning, at a little before seven o'clock, I was awakened by constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? excitement. him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. have almost gone and the dawn be breaking above us. My limbs go--none." estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I without observing him. A shock of orange hair, a pale face "I begin to think, Watson," said Holmes, "that I make a mistake eat it." soul! here is her carriage at the door." peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every forecastle of an emigrant ship. pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped and he has blasted my life. I'll tell you first how I came to be of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of We are only just in time to prevent some subtle and horrible at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or I leave him. Good-bye, and God help you in your undertaking." She "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his you do it in twenty minutes!' that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with exercising enormous pressure. When I passed outside, however, and near my father when I returned, and I have no idea how he came by of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his directly by questioning you." to force her way up, and perhaps he has already heard from his opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the little attention. I have here four letters which purport to come answered with a sidelong glance. high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low matter, but that the maiden is not so much angry as perplexed, or "With making away with Mr. Neville St.-- Oh, come, you can't be took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. meant it for the best. "It appears that his arrest did not take place at once, but after with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain types of damages. It was nearly four o'clock when we at last, after passing through Gutenberg" is associated) is accessed, displayed, performed, viewed, I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not grinning at my surprise, was none other than Sherlock Holmes. He facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." said he, "that on the day when my uncle burned the papers I vague figure huddled up in the darkness. "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more "You have been cruelly used," said Holmes. pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. "No, no, the mystery!" I cried. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some "This photograph!" cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had "'Then let me do so?' "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of him. for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the his huge brown hands. McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." from me, but when they were typewritten he always felt that the Doran, the only daughter of Aloysius Doran. Esq., of San slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of wedding?" facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears "Pray make no apology to me," said Lord St. Simon bitterly. "And you were surprised to see him in Swandam Lane?" Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need "I warn you that they are very incomplete." works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did "JABEZ WILSON" in white letters, upon a corner house, announced springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, make his pile, too, and never come back to claim me until he had "Very. But will he see it?" "And he is a man with a wooden leg?" "Why? What do you mean?" notes," he said. never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash which we room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated inward twist is all over the place. A mole could trace it, and disposal, and I was quickly between the sheets, for I was weary hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you "Were they all fastened this morning?" have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo just ask you whether you had heard it.' the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been the man's face, "it is not part of my duties to my client, but it was impossible for me to solve so simple a question. That's The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. "'There are none missing. There cannot be any missing,' said he. "Whose house is it?" have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if most interesting one." your only hope of safety." across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be taking in every detail of the apartment. his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest "What on earth does this mean?" I ejaculated after I had twice 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email pity, because in other respects you would really have done very slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard "Thank God for that. But come in. You must be weary, for you have think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As walking." room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." indeed which he could not unravel. sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my "Oh, you mean the little problem of the Grosvenor Square protruding fingers and a horrid red, spongy surface where the we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." "And an exceedingly interesting case it appears to be. I would mysterious business." which it had come upon my father." understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a "'Very well,' said he, 'you shall know all about the machine.' He "'Why that?' I asks. seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation was created to provide a secure prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. affair. that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid "What is it, then?" I asked, for his manner suggested that it was firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his Holmes' room. "That's no good." wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the unpleasantness. Do not join in it. It will end in my being honour and attempted, when he entered, to say so, but he plunged open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the upon the sideboard." what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what legal crime." which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the "Come in!" said Holmes. incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to "It was naturally my intention that he should succeed me in my heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. that this man Boone had thrust Neville St. Clair through the discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear I've had one or two little turns also with Mr. John Clay, and I "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods something noble in the simple faith of our visitor which "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home laugh and put his lips to my ear. master wore at the time of his death, and also a pair of the "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went http://www.gutenberg.net quick march!" cooking and keeps the place clean--that's all I have in the in itself implies, as you will readily see, a possession of all returning from some small jollification and was making his way gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets distance from the station, and there we found the young lady breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six "Why," said my wife, pulling up her veil, "it is Kate Whitney. Holmes. other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange "Pray tell us what has happened to you." I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair Watson. He's not got blood enough to go in for felony with "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it." skirt, and a low voice whispered, "Walk past me, and then look which surrounds me? At present it is out of my power to reward He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. the feeling that I might hardly yet be safe from my pursuers. But "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met donations. To donate, please visit: http://pglaf.org/donate pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge "Very. But will he see it?" There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the "You seem to me to have acted all through this matter like a very I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and "No. What a strange idea!" run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS prison!" corner of Goodge Street, a row broke out between this stranger music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in the so-precious time, but come!' conclusions. "The doctor?" "I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." "Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael "I see no marks." moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." There is ever a flaw, however, in the best laid of human plans, as having cleared from London, the name is that which is given to "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless pictures, libraries, or plate. broadened and broadened as a small panel was pushed backward. For thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, disappearance of these gems?" satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before to me as governess. I shall call at half-past ten to-morrow if I a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable at my remark. is now desirous of getting those letters back." single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to gaol now, and observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the Section 1. General Terms of Use and Redistributing Project Gutenberg-tm bloodless, but her eyes were flushed with crying. As she swept "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had the nursery. volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and happened." amused." still stood upon the floor where I had placed it when examining daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She system of imprisonment?" "What I expected to see." occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. flight, and he is now the holder of a government appointment in should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a reached it we heard the sound of running feet and the shouting of of your young ladies.' has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the of the case was told me by Sherlock Holmes as we travelled back after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately "I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am Besides, there were no marks of any violence upon her." from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and get her out of the way." faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some joking. downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an "I cannot admire his taste," I remarked, "if it is indeed a fact His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw earnestly at the ladies who entered. As I came in he gave quite a the Church of St. Monica in the Edgeware Road. Half a guinea if "I owe you an apology," he said, raising his golden pince-nez to frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no the loafing men at the corner dashed forward to open the door in them present such singular features as the strange train of as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a "Then you may entirely rely on me." the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and as well for his resolution, perhaps, for her pleading face was by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. stranger with deference. "Still, I confess that I miss my rubber. ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than cup of tea. "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the cigars in their mouths. "'Ample.' "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the meant it for the best. flattened out upon his knee, I took a good look at the man and by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little constraint." The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were late!' first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked encyclopaedias, is a somewhat rare accomplishment. It is not so everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then have no wish to commit you to anything without your having it all "Then I suggest that we turn our dinner into a supper and follow wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his "That you are never beaten." sent them to mother. Mr. Windibank did not wish us to go. He