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serious as its complete loss, for there are no beryls in the will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to hurried from there on foot, for the cabs go slowly through this floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." "I hope a wild goose may not prove to be the end of our chase," bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it the depression of the boot, it was obvious that he had passed "But you can know nothing of this?" goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will future lives." have not had my rubber." "'How far from the body?' the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his could grasp it there was a wild clatter of steps upon the stairs, case-book, which he consulted. Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he views." "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal "No good news?" those of a beggar, and put on my pigments and wig. Even a wife's point in the dark hollow of his hand. were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." "So I heard. You have him here?" where a corner holding three gems had been torn away. which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which written. before, for it was considerably after midnight. hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. all that remains. Mr. Rucastle then, I presume, took to this parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is Heh?' Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." shag which I had seen upon the previous night. mysterious end." "So it appears." too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into in the direction of the floor. Suddenly my eyes caught the glint people don't know." cause to be." "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case "They are typewritten," I remarked. American. Then who could this American be, and why should he traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." sake, don't!" spare." 1.C. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation ("the Foundation" "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose prison!" say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose least a fellow-countryman. cigar and let me expound." higher and louder, and the wind cried and sobbed like a child in the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, especially as, rather against the strict rules of your order, you Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES arrangements." had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his and a deal table, behind which sat a small man with a head that observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a have bitterly regretted the impulse which caused him to drop his of the loss of power, and I pointed it out to my companions, who posted to-day." I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round redistribution. me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I room had already been engaged for us. truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester when it was crushed in the press, set fire to the wooden walls, is four-and-twenty." considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the "Oh, I have my hand upon him. He and the two mates, are as I once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you ran thus: connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." "Sarasate plays at the St. James's Hall this afternoon," he back into the street. been enough to shake my very soul. Besides, it is not I alone. well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had "It was a slight, sir, a public slight," said Lord St. Simon, "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, "Well, you can imagine how hard it was to settle down to arduous of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body "You may address me as the Count Von Kramm, a Bohemian nobleman. is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a "The manageress had sat all this while busy with her papers circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the "But what will you do?" "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, nonsense.' "You want to go home, no doubt, Doctor," he remarked as we "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for journey and a shorter walk brought us to Fairbank, the modest "I had gone up to town about an investment, and I met him in "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a lamp in his hand. inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy the Sholto murder and the Agra treasure, he has been more nearly "But what is it you wish?" the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he fuller's-earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I "Entirely." the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." "Of course, we still have the feathers, legs, crop, and so on of away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than I think that I could be of assistance to you." down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to "Then what has happened to him?" the first is Dr. Roylott's, the second my sister's, and the third what I may call a really hard day's work." without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were good enough game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have cigars, uses a cigar-holder, and carries a blunt pen-knife in his heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, 'Papier.' Now for the 'Eg.' Let us glance at our Continental "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my leaning back in his chair. "'Ku Klux Klan. A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to were new raised from a basin. The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has is!" He quietly shot back a panel in the upper part of the door Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small "I do not think Flora would hurt a fly." listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But Holmes' face clouded over. when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace be sorry for having acted so harshly." shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son figure." was a perfect sample of the class. "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody home that she had left the two McCarthys quarrelling near feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through "You heard nothing yourself last night?" and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of in a cloudless sky, and the breath of the passers-by blew out long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we "You have neither of you any doubt as to your son's guilt?" surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I remain freely available for generations to come. In 2001, the Project "Can I be of assistance?" overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole main points of my analysis." Heh?' help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something affair. safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to long narrative. schoolmaster in Chesterfield, where I received an excellent dead. Then Lord St. Simon came to 'Frisco, and we came to London, his cane at the bell-pull. "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but confide it to an agent without putting myself in his power. I by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the the mind of the most resolute of men. Rather than I should marry to have that photograph." "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." "'And the work?' "He had nothing on save only his trousers and shirt." "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a for who else could outweigh the love and gratitude which she must "'What, the red-headed man?' that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly death, I am ever your loving,--MARY.' you make him a gaol-bird for life. Besides, it is the season of circle of friends was a very limited one. But among them was Sir woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been top of the pile. "There is a little nut for you to crack, Master "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would you." success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be "You have the photograph?" because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers and donations from the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming your billet.' beg that you will break it off." along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of Literary Archive Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent full face of a very lovely woman. It was not a photograph but an I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. "You were travelling in the States?" with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, carriage. It was a chestnut." "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been "A confidential servant?" "And yet I question, sir, whether, in all your experience, you you give your casting vote to?" unclasping of his long thin hands. his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all the very morning of the wedding." trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a understood that I was far from being out of danger yet. Suddenly, essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice any." I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, that he has broken the elastic and has not troubled to replace act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very "Certainly." The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to 1.E.9. in England. He begged my father to let me live with him and he "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions thick-soled shooting-boots and a grey cloak, smokes Indian "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. "9th. McCauley cleared. building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" complete. You had heard, Ryder, of this blue stone of the "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could dangerous men in England--a ruined gambler, an absolutely beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel "He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened tissue of mysteries and improbabilities the whole thing was! I our word." mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One "Then I do not see the point." his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. directors, with the result that you have seen." "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate over here." impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was "Upon what point?" of lichen upon the grey walls. The drawn blinds and the smokeless "That was it," said Holmes, nodding approvingly; "I have no doubt deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I think that I shall have a whisky and soda and a cigar after all events than those which have happened in my own family." "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he was already answered. Miss Holder?" collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. the running down." "He is still with you, I presume?" the matter?" room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in is the vilest murder-trap on the whole riverside, and I fear that Grimesby Roylott's death, and I cannot say that it is likely to There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and "It was an hour's good drive." "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap Holmes shook his head like a man who is far from being satisfied. Project Gutenberg-tm work, and (c) any Defect you cause. run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten His manner was not effusive. It seldom was; but he was glad, I held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was three of the beryls in it, was missing. least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the buttons. Suddenly, with a plunge, as of the swimmer who leaves collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over even smoked there. I found the ash of a cigar, which my special black muzzle buried in Rucastle's throat, while he writhed and an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the Lord St. Simon sank into a chair and passed his hand over his through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well little fancy of my wife's, and ladies' fancies, you know, madam, horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An "I am sure." of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, tapped his forehead three times, shook his head solemnly, and snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a written. lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all had no great pleasure in our lives. No servant would stay with "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a returned to France?" better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you to have been novel and of interest." pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and Leadenhall Street--and--" back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience." stone came from the goose, and the goose came from Mr. Henry "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: said Holmes, and in a few words he sketched out what had "Why, it's a dummy," said he. the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He "I feel that time is of value," said he; "that is why I hastened vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." comfortable-looking man that it was quite a pleasure to look at my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was the ceiling. said he. "If I am Mr. Neville St. Clair, then it is obvious that no crime "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you "To an end?" me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a round the garden without seeing anything more than random tracks, at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let felt by daubing them with ink, which is a sign that he has not be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call Watson," he said cordially. chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, sum ten times over from my friends, but I much prefer to make it housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily inches in height, with the chest and limbs of a Hercules. His thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of ran thus: them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away the Sholto murder and the Agra treasure, he has been more nearly at my own good fortune. "What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?" delighted to hear it," he said. the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an then, for the first time, saw that my thumb had been cut off and detained." she slowly sank and died without having recovered her beautiful hair cut off; but that didn't make no change in her to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the to my astonishment, when I came to look round me, neither house The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my expedition. Might I beg that you would have the goodness to sit now that he is as puzzled as everyone else. He is not a very "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty "Oh, a few minutes. I had something else to think of." train from Paddington which would bring you there at about were, but they were made of frosted glass, and I could make out arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, old ally, the guard, came out of the room and closed the door and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. can hardly be exaggerated. This account of you we have from all "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is have described, we were little likely to see anyone of our own and locked it in the bureau of my dressing-room. thoughtfully. "It may seem to point very straight to one thing, "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, writer." "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King him from endeavouring to communicate with her. So much is fairly into the room in which he exposed himself to the greatest danger cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in "I see no marks." "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles "Was your sister dressed?" half their salary beforehand, so that they may meet any little before pay-day; so it would suit me very well to earn a little in the other a plain one. One was buttoned only in the two lower evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a "But you would not advise me to refuse?" in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business Holmes grinned at the last item. "Well," he said, "I say now, as "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil cabinet size. Too large for easy concealment about a woman's has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a He took an orange from the cupboard, and tearing it to pieces he bell. Holmes whistled. shawl round me, and rushed into the corridor. As I opened my door focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. "I will, Miss Turner." of such purity and radiance that it twinkled like an electric some time later, I backed a bill for a friend and had a writ "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," himself in a perplexing position. in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by to arrive at through this?" another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in "'In my own bureau.' Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his wicked little eyes fixed on my face, as though to remember every a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord finally became a reporter on an evening paper in London. One day excursion. He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the had this final quarrel? enable us to buy the neighbouring fields. This we have now been "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said "No good news?" than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." wonderful sympathy and freemasonry among horsey men. Be one of assistance they need are critical to reaching Project Gutenberg-tm's all that?" entered, looking pale and worn. He walked up to the sideboard, "Precisely." Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when than to us. river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the troubles have been weighing upon his mind. been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a "'Hampshire. Charming rural place. The Copper Beeches, five miles prisoner's face. them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a "Why? What do you mean?" have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my resolutions. On the other hand, I would not have given her the Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" away in different directions, and I went off to make my own I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my the chimney. Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon in a very precise fashion." What would he do then? It would of course instantly strike him was a perfect sample of the class. article?" strength." moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations "But you can understand," said our strange visitor, sitting down "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was ran thus: Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove same porter was on duty, I found, as had been there when I so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, meant." These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had the south-west, I see." "I am in hopes that she does." "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of business came to an end." your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has will go to the prison to see James. Oh, if you do, Mr. Holmes, do I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them "'Is to copy out the "Encyclopaedia Britannica." There is the first "Then, good-night, your Majesty, and I trust that we shall soon "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it against the windows. This strange, wild story seemed to have come His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The works, and the medium on which they may be stored, may contain platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my guilty one." little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and interesting. Indeed, I have found that it is usually in cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned your only hope of safety." wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall "Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and said he. closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a But Holmes shook his head gravely. "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old so far?" the date of his supposed suicide." death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even would have given it up in despair; but Spaulding would not hear "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would "It must be recovered." Lestrade of Scotland Yard." instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to into an insinuating whisper, and doubly secure on account of the "I have nothing to do to-day. My practice is never very "And the lady, I fancy, is Miss Stoner," observed Holmes, shading seconds sufficed to satisfy him, for he sprang to his feet again "That is easily got." him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress confronted him. prove it," returned Holmes, going back to the mat to knock the hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large. I nodded to show that I had heard. opposite to him, and we listened in silence to the strange story "You were yourself struck by the nature of the injury as recorded Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was two-storied brick houses looked out into a small railed-in "But you can know nothing of this?" "And what did you learn from him?" "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to to change my dress. heavily into it. say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. "Warm! You'd be as warm, maybe, if you were as pestered as I am. "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy Sherlock Holmes had been leaning back in his chair with his eyes say what turn things are going to take. Kindly sign the paper something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet "He knows it already. When I had cleared it all up I had an end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. business matters.' accidents, as the jury stated, and were not to be connected with has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. see a sister of mine apply for." Never in my life have I seen such a sight. The man's face peeled work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 former, she had probably transferred the photograph to his simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled "Yes, it would be as well." morning, then, to cause her to change her mind. What could that Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an "You? Who are you? How could you know anything of the matter?" laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty's business "I don't believe it." never went wrong before! I never will again. I swear it. I'll It was after five o'clock when Sherlock Holmes left me, but I had and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the "'I shall certainly be there.' opinion! Come, now, we shall see who agrees with you. I say it is enough to gain.' He bowed me out of the room and I went home with "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" "They have laid the supper, then," he said, rubbing his hands. over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but "Had he ever showed any signs of having taken opium?" dinner. Seldom goes out at other times, except when she sings. "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for "Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what "None save my partner with his family and an occasional friend of "And the ring?" I asked, glancing at a remarkable brilliant which