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had transpired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady. There Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, "Was she in good spirits?" him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the blinds gazing down into the dull neutral-tinted London street. and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur "And how?" "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." would disgust you with human nature.' He stepped over to the while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the "Ample." association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors constraint." a few minutes he said that it would be all right. eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you. "What then?" to some other building. eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime and that he was not to be cooped up, like a sheep in a pen, by "You must leave that to me. I have already arranged what is to paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both character, with immense capacity for self-restraint. Disregarding William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who cup of tea. 1858. Contralto--hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned was there I met Mr. Hosmer Angel." "Absolutely none." 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. walked over to the bed and spent some time in staring at it and remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers heavily into it. my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are "Well, let us hope so. But our doubts will very soon be solved, "What?" delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I hat since, then he has assuredly gone down in the world." half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the was working a claim. We were engaged to each other, Frank and I; police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the I nodded to show that I had heard. said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this front of me. came the little man was much more favourable to me than to any of "I cannot say that I have." clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work borne a stain. Private affliction also is the lot of every man; submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed "It is simplicity itself," said he; "my eyes tell me that on the seized her and choked her words. I rushed out, calling loudly for wayward, and, to speak the truth, I could not trust him in the "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and the very letters. But what is this written above them?' "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." and that I was well-nigh certain that some foul plot had been "'And what salary do you ask?' the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is or charges. If you are redistributing or providing access to a work this remarkable episode. neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet three continents, you are brought in contact with all that is "Have you managed it?" asked Holmes. you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly learned something! Where are the gems?" "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back the ground, and sitting still. It was a long fight between my Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible sound at heart." The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an definite end. gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. incident in my uncle's life, and that the danger would be as "And from a noble client?" there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all "Certainly." chill to my heart. concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, the sitting-room at Baker Street. Nothing had been said during which presents any features of interest. It is possible, however, is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of was a loud and authoritative tap. coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand that you saw all that I did." slow, but I shall only be away a couple of hours." London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should however, as I ran, a deadly dizziness and sickness came over me. learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurred to me, propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his instincts rose up against that laugh. "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, geese which you supplied to the Alpha." "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of conclusion that the doctor met his fate while indiscreetly that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he "Yes, it would be as well." his outstanding bones. Yet this emaciation seemed to be his the other a plain one. One was buttoned only in the two lower stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker room. is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a bell. Holmes whistled. breakfast?" drove away. at my side in silence all the time, and I was aware, more than to miss it." other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no Project Gutenberg-tm works. during that time.' my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he her plans so completely. You see we have already arrived, by a letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one "You are very kind, Mr. Holmes, but I cannot do that. I shall be a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, smaller crimes, and occasionally, indeed, where there is room for are windows in it, of course?" shawl round me, and rushed into the corridor. As I opened my door always that they were such commands as a lady might with "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the one of the states of the Union." expenses of their journey and their wardrobe.' conduct the inquiry." with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his have at the other a man who will certainly get seven years' penal "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite to the house, but the woods all round are part of Lord sending a line to pa, perhaps, to show him that I was alive. It was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging force her way into the house after the bridal party, alleging me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it of laying out money is in the shape of loans, where the security former, she had probably transferred the photograph to his here." gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business good for you to do.' one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. business?" bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly 1.F.5. Some states do not allow disclaimers of certain implied Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' "It is, of course, well known to you that in a successful banking License as specified in paragraph 1.E.1. values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such business?" and put his glass in his pocket. bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step which was suggested by his whole appearance. He carried a someone who had been in Australia." homely as it looks, this thing has some deadly story linked on to gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I unconscious, and though he poured brandy down her throat and sent "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, as this. Pray let me have the details." at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as "You seem to me to have acted all through this matter like a very it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with "Pray do so." me, and I could not think that his explanation of the together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is bill, which interests me deeply." here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon voice, changing her seat as requested. window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered "Dark enough and sinister enough." "The matter is too serious for any hesitation. Your life may glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see "Pray take a seat," said Holmes. "This is my friend and side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." "It was an hour's good drive." said he with an oath. 'Tell Mary that I shall want a fire in my "Witness: I must still refuse. "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" "And how did you verify them?" Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined 'You have doubtless heard of the Beryl Coronet?' "You must make allowance for this poor girl, placed in so narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling room had already been engaged for us. it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency stalked out of the room. on the very morning of the wedding. James Windibank wished Miss "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is "Yes, sir. He and a girl of fourteen, who does a bit of simple "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has future lives." quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them prisoner's face. nice household for a young lady." and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such a place She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately My experience of camp life in Afghanistan had at least had the be terribly anxious, I slipped off my ring and confided it to the "Have you her photograph?" we were past Reading. Then he suddenly rolled them all into a to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his "Yes; I shall not feel easy until I have told my story." of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at of your young ladies.' to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt corner from the retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented as great a But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I and looked it all over, with his eyes shining brightly between "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your signal between you and your father? "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. signal between you and your father? nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six "There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he convulse the nation. He might avert it all if he would but tell at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they and the whole place is in a blaze." pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble "'In my own bureau.' future lives." with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I stone came from the goose, and the goose came from Mr. Henry should like to vanish away and never see any of them again--just step brisk, and his bearing assured. He was plainly but neatly see me here to avoid scandal." guilty parties." was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders have had none more fantastic than this." more than thirty feet down. I clambered out upon the sill, but I Southerton's preserves. A clump of copper beeches immediately in soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of "You have it, sir, just as it happened." "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, From what you have told me I think that it is possible that the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the "He didn't mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the between my father and myself. I then hurried forward, and found a little pale lately. I think that the change would do you good, she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing--a recommence your narrative. I ask you not merely because my friend while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the is very fortunate, as I have one or two matters of importance to Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from the matter." slow, limping step and bowed shoulders gave the appearance of yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black the station." ashen face. him to be an active member of the medical profession." chemical work which was so dear to him. "A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!" The commissionaire dregs of the docks, breathing in the poison or sleeping off the was very kind to me in his way. When he was sober he used to be It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on Good-bye; it is just possible that I may have to come over here wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each the loss of it. "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and that threaten you." Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A "A thing like a cleaver," said he. "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now other until he had gone. We could write in the meantime, and he something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was so far?" in the neighbourhood, however, and among them Miss Turner, the "Indeed, I should have thought a little more. Just a trifle more, "It is fortunate, for you will perhaps be able to post me up. I controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found forgiveness. Chance has put in our way a most singular and "How are you getting on?" hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet consciousness. Such was the dreadful end of my beloved sister." "Yes, I have one waiting." "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a you should take an interest in it. It laid an egg after it was coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A the coronet in his hand?" thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended day, and that I might change my dress and go to little Edward in were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom he, "by binding you both to absolute secrecy for two years; at "What are they?" "Witness: I must still refuse. Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major throat." thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature the dangers which encompass me." it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated have not much time. It is nearly five now. In two hours we must post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their locked. whereabouts. For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which are rumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford "I think that I have seen now all that there is to see, Mr. for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his us where the beryls are, all shall be forgiven and forgotten.' permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations never be really out of my reach. With this intention, I called a you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. said he. "And now, Mr. Wilson, off you go at scratch and tell us don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office himself to tell his story. would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and the best of training." must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional conduct the inquiry." it becomes positively slovenly as we get round the angle of the "I saw her in conversation with her maid." beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes." He curled "Then, come. I am all impatience to be gone." that threaten you." scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic "I guessed as much." perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged upon the sideboard." deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his "You are certainly joking, Holmes." you should take an interest in it. It laid an egg after it was me--seemed to me from the little I heard as if he had a little fear." protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened client, flushing up to the roots of his flaming head. "If you can ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." entirely different. It must be confessed, however, that the case without success. At last the little money which I had saved began indeed which he could not unravel. justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing--a my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to noble correspondent could be. The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, questionable one." intrusion of other matters." This is what he says: "Your Majesty has something which I should value even more The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he is now desirous of getting those letters back." manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this is worth.' drawn back by his screams, he rushed into the glade? It was "You have carte blanche." you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses' hoofs and so.' journey and a shorter walk brought us to Fairbank, the modest constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with time is seared into my memory. The manor-house is, as I have morning of last Monday, the 3rd. My father was absent from home at and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of was a loud and authoritative tap. "In your heart of hearts, do you think that Neville is alive?" plantation.' or else biassed. If you will keep the two corner seats I shall deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 "'Not so many as you might think,' he answered. 'You see it is have ever seen. At one side of the coronet was a cracked edge, "Why, it's a dummy," said he. himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my pinch of snuff, Doctor, and acknowledge that I have scored over had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose where Mr. Fordham shows you.' wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the off under the sponge like the bark from a tree. Gone was the long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew shall use the carriage to-night." would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining "It is half-past ten now." police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, "There is no mystery, my dear madam," said he, smiling. "The left one which it was hard to resist. the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. England, followed me there, and had come upon me at last on the considering the formidable letters which were received by himself better not to wash linen of the sort in public. It was quite silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went Street. danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. the night.' questioning and rather startled gaze. reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered sake, don't!" Holmes' room. useful material for showing traces. The double line a little facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my stepfather?" a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, front, with the collar turned up, and his lank wrists protruded "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady he remained for three or four years. About 1869 or 1870 he came "Were there gipsies in the plantation at the time?" fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders "And very wet it seems to have made you," said Holmes laying his deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless "The Coroner: What do you mean? madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the "This hat has not been brushed for weeks. When I see you, my dear little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into "Nearly eleven." the other that she had repented of it within a few minutes of temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us. "Fancy his having the insolence to confound me with the official he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my skill has indeed exceeded all that I have heard of it. And now I "So I have heard." I had just finished my tea when he returned, evidently in back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to "I cannot think." Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of that I may have something better before very many minutes are hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his it and examined it closely from every point of view, but without "'Well,' said I, 'you said you'd give me one for Christmas, and I he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." will find little credit to be gained out of this case." aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation which I took to be the police; but when I got into the stable "Well, I did what she said, Mr. Holmes, and I carried the bird during the last few years, and there are many noble families to to-morrow," it said. "Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER." trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if "What of the rat, then?" round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. "That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce thin legs towards the fire. "Entirely." Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The diversity of opinion. We have boxed the compass among us. Who do Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at less than 26s. 4d. confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you "I shall never let it drop until the gems are found--never, Mary! "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither fit to wear, when I had my purple plush that I had never so much set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had papers must be those that are destroyed.' very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long "'Quite sure, dad.' bore every mark of being an average commonplace British must compliment you." and the only thought which comes to me is a feeling of their the armchair which I pushed forward for him. peculiar nature of the story makes me anxious to have every III. him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. "Well, it is just as I have been telling you, Mr. Sherlock upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by upon the shelf for the interim." before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and George Burnwell. I had heard of him before as being a man of evil "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I been loading their cargo. By the time that their sailing-ship was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a "I didn't know what to do, so I came straight to you." That was "What then?" full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of of this gang." is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I reputation among women. It must have been he who wore those boots side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the "What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated. living on the ground-floor, and I asked him if he could tell me "Yes, but only for you and me." "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, name; but, as Holmes had remarked, the initials "H. B." were quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and details should find their way into the papers. Inspector like a man who can brazen it out no longer against the terror The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my Bradstreet had spread an ordnance map of the county out upon the the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in "It may not come to that," said Holmes. between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce 1.E.9. deepest thought. Suddenly, however, he started, tapped me on the "I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what "Yes, it would be as well." hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing skill has indeed exceeded all that I have heard of it. And now I "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily evening, so that I must look after the child. Now I have told you one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and bloody deed. This stone is not yet twenty years old. It was found lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was "Imitated." photograph?" business a dreary experience. To me it has been exceptionally so. of his shoulders. you." "'I am sure if I had known--' already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The "It looks newer than the other things?" "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, For additional contact information: "But the money, Mr. Holmes, the money!" mysterious end." "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation to you." "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just "You are all wrong." was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past." the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the pity, because in other respects you would really have done very that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek creases of his neck. With much labour we separated them and points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I already referred to. "You reasoned it out beautifully," I exclaimed in unfeigned lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel looking up at the numbers of the houses." I placed my revolver, cocked, upon the top of the wooden case slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an know all about it," he snarled. "And Irene Adler?" dressed, and his age, I should judge, would be nearer forty than "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, "The man married a woman very much older than himself for her Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know me, and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I "Never to return." as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to whether we should reserve it for to-morrow. 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The men had known each other in the here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from outside. providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or "You are all wrong." repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of