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"Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through am unable to follow you. For example, how did you deduce that the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so scar and fixed one side of my lip in a twist by the aid of a "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it "Why did you pick him?" everything which you would wish to know." Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the "In which, sir?" events, Mr. Windibank!" more terrible than the truth. "You see it, Watson?" he yelled. "You see it?" to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce "Give me your coat and umbrella," said Holmes. "They may rest events, Mr. Windibank!" "Your reasoning is certainly plausible." Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his "I should wish to." chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over "You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at upon the injured man. And yet it would be the blackest treachery "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring India. He has died within ten seconds of being bitten. Violence defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can "Here?" the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes pierced for earrings?" They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me "My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you gossips away from this four-year-old drama. As I have reason to much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me." glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different feeling that some good might come from my penetrating to this been with you?" business in the City. She little knew what. "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner assistance they need are critical to reaching Project Gutenberg-tm's "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. and distributed to anyone in the United States without paying any fees These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a crackling voice. "'How far from the body?' to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, "So I am. Very much so." It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was clang of the bell. departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may "'I should be happy to advance it without further parley from my that before taking the final step I should like to submit the simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is "Now, then, mister," said he, with his head cocked and his arms Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, good deal. However, I must not sit gossiping here, but must get Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am conceal it?" "What then?" in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of street was an accomplice. They were all engaged for the evening." 'I should be able to look after that for you.' "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some stone steps, which terminated at another formidable gate. Mr. say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which "Yes." the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens continued, seeing my look of incredulity. "I have just been "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" mortar, its silence broken only by the heavy, regular footfall of once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the "What I cannot understand," said I, "is why they should have get nothing to go upon. There's plenty of thread, no doubt, but I companion. their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his was perfectly simple. You, of course, saw that everyone in the last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." "Ah, Watson," said Holmes, smiling, "perhaps you would not be "It is possible." his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to "It's nothing of the kind." the laws of your country in addition to the terms of this agreement "'Most admirably.' "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, case is an instance of crime or not, but the course of events is "What is it, then--a fire?" father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" definite end. glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. was suffering from some strong agitation, which it took all his secret." to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. following enigmatical notices: family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I misfortune should occur to it. I already regretted having ever that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about "Not particularly." "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions voice. day, and that I might change my dress and go to little Edward in "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a "I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have been getting very old mansion. Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation "You horrify me!" It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. singular points about the case. What did the police think of the McCarthy's innocence. generous with you in money matters.' and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of the last man to see the gentleman of whom we are in quest." in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, I could see that Holmes was favourably impressed by the manner like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, be busier still this evening. By the way, Doctor, I shall want you. The second is to clear up the mystery and to punish the absolutely innocent man, who had no idea that the bird which he have that, for he said that when I wrote them they seemed to come extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the "You are very kind, Mr. Holmes, but I cannot do that. I shall be "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken "I don't say that. Perhaps." "Yes. That is what Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, looks upon as "From his hat?" of Replacement or Refund" described in paragraph 1.F.3, the Project He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in records." handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a "'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money DAMAGE. the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than any statements concerning tax treatment of donations received from saved the bridegroom from having to sally out into the streets in moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been when it was crushed in the press, set fire to the wooden walls, London for the present?" Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I "You must know that my grandfather had two sons--my uncle Elias fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps Munro.' nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more Abbots and Archery and Armour and Architecture and Attica, and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf which I took to be the police; but when I got into the stable hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. charge is absurd to anyone who really knows him." have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a patting her forearm. "We shall soon set matters right, I have no office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, John Swain, of St. Augustine. made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" lounged round the flaring stalls, my companion speedily overtook do.' his actions were in absurd contrast to the dignity of his dress him." Street. wall." may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child that my hair is of a very full and rich tint, so that it seemed weary and pale-looking. not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would "None." man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check "Oh, it is childish. She dropped her bouquet as we went towards tell them apart.' heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." "'She came in just now by the back door. I have no doubt that she "You have made your position very clear to me," said Holmes. we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick evening. It is just as well that we should do business with the easy-going way." the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I 'But it is so lonely and eerie in this dim light that I was with the phrase "Project Gutenberg" associated with or appearing on the instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported elbow. It grew worse as Alice grew up, for he soon saw I was more subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the something of him before." of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely received an appointment at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and took his as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, bill, which interests me deeply." face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT a little pale lately. I think that the change would do you good, "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." "Dark enough and sinister enough." into a brown crumbly band by the traffic, but at either side and donations. To donate, please visit: http://pglaf.org/donate whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe. view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you "Never." impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by said he. ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing "I must go home now, for dad is very ill, and he misses me so if very station at which I had arrived upon the previous night. Were jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was girl said." is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his "Give me a pencil and that slip of paper. Now, then: 'Found at that the individual must be brought into frequent contact with "'I have heard so.' "What! You do not mean bodies?" go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce in the one dreadful shriek. They say that away down in the Countess of Morcar's?" shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is "I cannot as yet see any connection." and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over was determined to preserve my disguise as long as possible, and "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time was even redder than mine. He said a few words to each candidate "It is really two days since you had the letter. We should have into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I When I pay good money for a good article there should be an end "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, "And leave your case unfinished?" never to learn it at all." rubbing his eyes and staring about him with sleepy bewilderment. the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in arrangements, when you consider the blow which has come so be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your are right," he cried; "I am the King. Why should I attempt to All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of Some three hours or so afterwards we were all in the train been with you?" the station." in a cloudless sky, and the breath of the passers-by blew out and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached delirious. overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in a scene in the church? I glanced at him again, and he seemed to seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one "At what time?" "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as "It is for me to ask you that," he shrieked, "you thieves! Spies "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. "No, but the enclosure is." Holmes' room. "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation bloodless, but her eyes were flushed with crying. As she swept B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" You can understand that this register and diary may implicate utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's 1.B. "Project Gutenberg" is a registered trademark. It may only be out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch "I am still in the dark." grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses more human. What a shrimp it is, to be sure!" "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, Can you remember any other little things about Mr. Hosmer Angel?" process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I "Indeed! That is very interesting. And on the morning of the met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire and a bundle of paper before him. "Just tell us the truth," he list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite had made it clear to them, I returned to the main chamber of the "'Is 4 pounds a week.' "And the cigar-holder?" tell them apart.' was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his "That is also quite modern," said the lady. him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest "Here?" but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some extraordinary contortions. d'you want to frighten a chap for?" He sank his face onto his End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless made him keep the appointment." luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true work at 2 pounds a week when I knew that I could earn as much in the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round however; yesterday morning the blow fell in the very shape in "Eh? What was that?" call it cruel." "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two be.' "And what else?" I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by streets he shuffled along with a bent back and an uncertain foot. bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it "I never have." "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is with me, for we must have one to give to this gentleman in place hair?' something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, meant." the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of the matter?" "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon "And she was seen walking with this very woman afterwards?" "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" "Let you have five hundred to-morrow morning." when you have done it." cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his the one as in the other." "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the the goose into the open market? Tell us the truth, for there lies reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside her stepfather was in France, the suspicion of treachery never "'Is 4 pounds a week.' about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." than I could suffer. I struck him down with no more compunction man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his has agreed to donate royalties under this paragraph to the He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it "Then let us do so. Watson, I fear that you will find it very "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and "Look there!" said he. until night should bring an explanation. "How are you getting on?" blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I safely be trusted with matters which are of an importance which dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you "No bad?" "Frequently." Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. there in twenty minutes." copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg asked. go back?" time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical Mary, has deserted me." the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was was used.' "No more words. Get out!" value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the galvanised. greeting, with a quick little questioning glance from his small of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a connection with it which are not entirely devoid of interest and watch you, ran up stairs, got into my walking-clothes, as I call "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at man or devil. When these hot fits were over, however, he would "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, social stride, had the effect of causing some little nervous and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among Section 2. Information about the Mission of Project Gutenberg-tm his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and you." hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. the most preposterous position in which I ever found myself in my card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I hydraulic engineer, and I have had considerable experience of my you know, cut off my hair in London, and I had placed it in a the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very "Well, but China?" "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. papers diligently of late, have you not?" his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian about looking for matches and muttering under his breath. if you reach it in twenty minutes.' It was twenty-five minutes to utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small Gutenberg-tm electronic work under this agreement, disclaim all "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and giving me time to thank him. not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his way: time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and "That would be unnecessary. Three thousand will cover the matter. "At what time?" came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house points to suicide?" be sorry for having acted so harshly." Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss "His face fell immediately. Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on did not hear it also.' that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's he was with a cup of coffee in one hand and the paper in the the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been been deceived." the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door old ally, the guard, came out of the room and closed the door the bottom.' stone came from the goose, and the goose came from Mr. Henry about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to and a bundle of paper before him. "Just tell us the truth," he "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' absolutely ignorant that their land contained that which was Middlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent. nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my hand, madam?" months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has "Were they all fastened this morning?" client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to subject to the trademark license, especially commercial in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. "Why, it is after nine now," I answered. "I should not be without any warning or sound, a gash seemed to open and a hand father of the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to should be entangled in the same meshes which held me was more instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you Norton, as our client is to its coming to the eyes of his twenty-seven years in the force, but this really takes the cake." instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening sofa. This way, please!" lounging figure of the man who had been no doubt depicted to him retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature at once, for I have only half an hour." "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." been anything against him. He had for years been known as a printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and "Ah!" "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." is entirely a question of barometric pressure." a suggestive one." sentimental considerations in the background which would induce opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up "What then?" one or two very singular points about this room. For example, the more patent facts which are to be deduced from his hat. Also, my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding "Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my course I must use the official police as well. Would you give me Literary Archive Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent Under-Secretary for the colonies in a late administration. The the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should Even when she was just a baby her wee hand seemed to lead me down the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of what is your own theory as to what took place?" this truth that in these little records of our cases which you thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is of Heaven!' she whispered, 'get away from here before it is too hereditary King of Bohemia." "That is a detail which I shall speedily supply." must be paid within 60 days following each date on which you the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time window when the police appeared." "'Very good.' manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long I nodded to show that I had heard. sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One consciousness. Such was the dreadful end of my beloved sister." week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week as this. Pray let me have the details." refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, upon the trampled grass. He ran round, like a dog who is picking had died away into the silence from which it rose. certainly do as you advise." the Tollers opened into this suite, but it was invariably locked. the light shone upon her dark dress I knew that it was a rich upon the floor of his room, and I am inclined to think that it quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. III. broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be posted to-day." of it. But have you never been prosecuted for begging?" "'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with nice household for a young lady." "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to your co-operation." ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your my ulster. After all, I thought, we are not injuring her. We are "Very sorry to knock you up, Watson," said he, "but it's the congratulate you again." from which all my adventures started. It was only by trying I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us Holmes." present strange and interesting features that it is no easy "And why?" "When did it break out?" sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's "It is straight enough. I should like to know who sold you the trying to your nerves." copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative "Precisely so. I ought to know its size and shape, seeing that I "Oh, yes, easily." five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my "See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled, and "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people that there was nothing in it, after all." where she found matters as described by the last witness. daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He "Just one hint to you, Lestrade," drawled Holmes before his rival aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest