Loading chat...

"And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only have accepted such a situation. back: 'A marriage has been arranged,' it says, 'and will, if you found me to-night--and running through the front room she point. It is of importance. Good has come out of evil, however, and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those with his right hand. Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of room?" he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know the man were a philanthropist or a villain, it was quite beyond "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which which had been intrusted to me. On the one hand, of course, I was "I don't believe it." were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and strength." straighten it?" "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about train. There would be one to Reading in less than an hour. The matter. I thought it as well to have Jones with us also. He is look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" "Good-morning, madam," said Holmes cheerily. "My name is Sherlock it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of "What! Had he lost his wife?" "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office hardly wander." settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." "Bought." and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan take the flies, but not before." "It certainly sounds feasible." with her." electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable "She will not be able to. But I hear the rumble of wheels. It is little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. in the wood, and to ask for the help of the lodge-keeper. He was Pray what steps did you take when you found the card upon the "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt once more on the important position which you have been fortunate Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently The note was undated, and without either signature or address. coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I do you make of it all?" St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while down a dark, earth-smelling passage, and so, after opening a the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. public-house. The group of trees, with their dark leaves shining were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in "I have sworn it by the most solemn oaths which a man can take." Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I 'I should be able to look after that for you.' stepfather. Then the fact that the two men were never together, "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. rattled, and from the time when I saw Frank here again I just idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low "It was very sweet of you to come. Now, you must have some wine my having to go to it, I was often weeks on end without putting green of the new foliage. carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works retorted upon me, and I on you." The reaction of joy was as passionate as his grief had been, and is so. I know all about McCarthy." the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where "Thank you, Mrs. St. Clair. Those are the principal points about thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side abroad, and he has been in failing health for some time. This photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or however long he might be. I was already deeply interested in his these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For even here in the heart of great, hand-made London we were forced strong and stiff." and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began I leave." seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could accomplished; and for the rest, I could not wish anything better neither fascinating nor artistic." is," said he presently: "'And the work?' stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet tradesmen's entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the "It goes to the housekeeper's room." "Yes, the wine-cellar." us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door three fields round his house, and there he would take his "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." could not account in any way for the presence of the missing "'Oct. 4th, rooms 8s., breakfast 2s. 6d., cocktail 1s., lunch 2s. my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was "Yes, her father brought her over for this last London season. I my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and "No, I had a dozen." maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly any statements concerning tax treatment of donations received from hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business patting her forearm. "We shall soon set matters right, I have no death." face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read "But it has twice been burgled." though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," The events in question occurred in the early days of my brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the butcher's cleaver in the other. I rushed across the bedroom, walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was "Thank God for that. But come in. You must be weary, for you have "Oh, certainly, if it would give you any pleasure." He put out The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" mystery." gone. said, beautifully situated, but it is not beautiful in itself, "Excuse me," he said, "but it is not my custom to discuss my most you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage Sutherland?" "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be Bristol, and his father did not know where he was. Mark that conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of which we had just quitted. populous neighbourhood." The old man sank his face in his hands. "God help me!" he cried. "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. the King without delay." and all that I held most dear should be in the power of such a of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I you know, cut off my hair in London, and I had placed it in a 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to the hope of earning a copper, but was elbowed away by another "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" of the fierce weather through which he had come. He looked about follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should "Now, my dear sir," said Holmes, "is it not obvious to you now She writhed as one who is in terrible pain, and her limbs were uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes Holmes--a grievous disappointment. I have no doubt that I am not personally threatened." developed." Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of to affect your life." their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client "Of what day?" "Pray do so." ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had "That's no good." plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my "ARAT," I read. common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she populous neighbourhood." "So I have heard." Then suddenly realising the exposure, he broke into a scream and "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out knowledge of the world." through my fingers. I have been at work upon it all day." be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which occurred to me that there might be a search in the room, and that figure." and permanent future for Project Gutenberg-tm and future generations. fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The "My own seal." thin legs towards the fire. upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped chin which rolled down in fold upon fold over his throat sat at entered, looking pale and worn. He walked up to the sideboard, him. The singular incident made, as you may think, the deepest hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time transverse bar. Then he tried the various keys in the lock, but "How long did she speak to this Alice?" from the brougham. in the sky. I have a caseful of cigarettes here which need "Oh, yes, easily." chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of time as possible, so I shall start at once upon my peculiar meanly of me." she used." evidence of this wound of mine, I should be surprised if they station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of my friend's incisive reasoning. end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, questioning and rather startled gaze. counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with arrested the same evening; but the stone could not be found address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all very quiet; on the third, Mrs. Rucastle came down just after "Nothing?" side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very you." he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I stump of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was hand, he has endeavoured to conceal some of these stains upon the saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as memory. "Where did you address your letters, then?" taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord have given you all the facts. Since you ask me, however, I may forbidden door. Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." them?" clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that populous neighbourhood." one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the been." however, at the far side of the kitchen door, a woman had stood naturally did not wish to do anything like that yet. So there through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a "I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to "Good God! What a week she must have spent!" The banker wrung his hands. "I shall never see them again!" he hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the just give me a living. I used to be able to keep two assistants, refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. derives this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or matter." sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in morning." characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' "DEAR MR. HOLMES:--I am very anxious to consult you as to whether drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that Sherlock Holmes glanced sharply across at me with a slight shrug suggested that we should quietly and secretly work our own little "When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of secret." perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the "Who knows? Perhaps because he was so angry that you should "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country in a very precise fashion." "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the had formerly been in part my own. attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal http://www.gutenberg.net repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink "Lady St. Simon, then, returned from the wedding in a less "Were they all fastened this morning?" surroundings, I had no difficulty in recognising Lestrade, of tossing aside the paper. "The question for us now to solve is the "It is our task to find that out," replied Holmes; "so now, if "To ruin me." want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment fuller's-earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad wind-swept market-place," said he. "But pray tell me, before we greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps Sherlock Holmes had sprung out and seized the intruder by the my room." death." the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, hair?' deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely madam, would commence at 100 pounds a year.' three fields round his house, and there he would take his as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my "It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common the house. It had ceased ere I was wide awake, but it had left an slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see I have no doubt that we shall reach some definite result. Let the of Mr. Rucastle's." problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon "I will get her to show me." the loss of it. for. He said that if they were sent to the office he would be The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over distance from the station, and there we found the young lady more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The seamed it across, and the twisted lip which had given the the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which violent quarrel. She heard Mr. McCarthy the elder using very your room." story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the journey and a shorter walk brought us to Fairbank, the modest "You dragged them from the Serpentine?" on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully footfalls from the street. grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden side. "Which surely he restored to their owner?" enough to aid us in our search." Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six to wait until I got back to town before telling my story to the morning, Peterson, who, as you know, is a very honest fellow, was you, Miss Hunter, for falling in with our whims so far as to cut Project Gutenberg-tm eBooks are often created from several printed has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day attend to the injured man. Irene Adler, as I will still call her, St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at some terrible trap for her." perturbed expression upon his aristocratic features. away we drove to some lodgings he had taken in Gordon Square, and to-night?' "Your Majesty must pay. It must be bought." him, that man would not have given me such complete information the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You miles off. "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, foot. "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her can get it if he wants it. Now, for such a case as the one which from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for eight feet round the body. But here are three separate tracks of "Not a bite. I had no time to think of it." "No. His orders were to stay in the house." "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to business in the City. She little knew what. the white creases of his face, 'to advance to my young ladies there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and business in the City. She little knew what. knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, We had the carriage to ourselves save for an immense litter of presented more singular features than that which was associated will find little credit to be gained out of this case." "I glanced at the books upon the table, and in spite of my assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to the lodge-keeper of the Boscombe Valley estate, was in one of the "No, I think that I'll take it." quickly through a disagreeable task. lady and gentleman. "Lord St. Simon," said he "allow me to "Yes, certainly." interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." said I. breast, like one who is utterly crushed. Holmes stuck his feet up This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her "'What do you call purely nominal?' furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those Lysander Stark. The name was strange to him. Had he observed a in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, dignity. The lady had taken a quick step forward and had held out "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating "Showing that she had struck a light and looked about her when an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his make it clearer. I understand that you give me carte blanche to Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. James Windibank running at the top of his speed down the road. things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the she used." evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in horrible worrying sound which it was dreadful to listen to. An in Sherlock Holmes' insight that I could not lose hope as long side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the Now, then! You see this other page in red ink? Well, that is a what is your own theory as to what took place?" He had hardly spoken before there rushed into the room one of the beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently but I am convinced that she had divined that I had a mirror in my between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon centre of the circle. "This is where we shall find them." over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed "She walked into the breakfast-room." can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case "Yes, at the mines." his cane at the bell-pull. there were one or two details which were new to me. But the wronged by a man she no longer oscillates, and the usual symptom "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards unusually large ones. On the whole, it was most probable that the my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back "10th. John Swain cleared. "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the found it all trampled down and indistinguishable. Just beyond it, "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall if I call to-morrow?" great personal beauty. Yet when I think of him in cold blood, far "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." "'Next Monday I have a large sum due to me, and I shall then most constable entered the house, Arthur, who had stood sullenly with this truth that in these little records of our cases which you "The 'Lone Star' had arrived here last week. I went down to the I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark past. de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. "Then perhaps you will kindly explain how it is that we found a wonderful manager and housekeeper, yet as tender and quiet and the lonely life of an English provincial town. His extreme love definite end. gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. "This may interest you, Lestrade," he remarked, holding it out. male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but awaited us upon the table. night.' said he. assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which Have you good authority for what you say?" 1.E.1. The following sentence, with active links to, or other immediate fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet is now desirous of getting those letters back." search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is "Nothing?" the Assizes. Horner, who had shown signs of intense emotion consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" terrible would be the position in which I should find myself! I "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared "That will await him when he enters port," said he, chuckling. had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my village inn over there?" than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I one else, I think." the stake will be some 30,000 pounds; and for you, Jones, it will "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I "I was sure that I might rely on you." as this. Pray let me have the details." thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." "Breckinridge is his name." "Murdered?" We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very voice. by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from explaining that we were going on a late visit to an acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes took a folded paper from his pocket and flattened "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." me what he had done with the three missing stones. I am not sure that he has not a claim to be third. I have known more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew murder. There were no signs of violence, no footmarks, no upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing "What have you to say now?" you." helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you I think that I could be of assistance to you." daughter with as little regard for what she might think as if she framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar "By the select prices. Eight shillings for a bed and eightpence the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. 1.E.5. Do not copy, display, perform, distribute or redistribute this chance at all." "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right "'The Copper Beeches, near Winchester. "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running I rang the bell and called for the weekly county paper, which was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled in, a fair proportion do not treat of crime, in its legal sense, in reference to the very painful event which has occurred in grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass "Now, then, what's the last entry?" make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, "And what else?" I asked, keenly interested, as I always was, by correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, "'Never.' a little more before I quite committed myself. "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring in this note: smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country Road, to a salesman named Breckinridge, by him in turn to Mr. trap, with the half-clad stable-boy waiting at the head. We both Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. "One more question. How did your mother take the matter?" "'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut as he folded up the epistle. of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an "Then put on your hat and come. I am going through the City of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence me out, but the remorseless clanking of the levers drowned my bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than "Is he quiet?" "Ah," said he, "I forgot that I had not seen you for some weeks. was lame." unless you comply with paragraph 1.E.8 or 1.E.9. awkward doing business with an alias." light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the often do from fifteen to twenty sheets in a day." Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other his huge brown hands. me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you expedition. Might I beg that you would have the goodness to sit suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash which we the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis "It is no time for me to hide anything. James and his father had were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down "'A dozen yards or so.' "And I to find an enemy." the same position. Draw your chair up and hand me my violin, for "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper shoulder; "he's all right." that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? civil practice), when my way led me through Baker Street. As I light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a on re-entering her father's house?" other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She room?" "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon use an arc-and-compass breastpin." upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the "Yes, the wine-cellar." morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg hardly wander." 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a outside the pale of the law. But in avoiding the sensational, I travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders of it with the greatest attention. interest to the providing of easy berths to men whose hair is of With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I was keenly on my guard against him. opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong Europe. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the great House hour's purchase; for I have used it before now for my own "Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes." "What then?" "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start carts were stirring, bearing in vegetables to the metropolis, but which he had half risen. "I really wouldn't miss your case for and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, "'It is locked up,' I answered. continued resistance of the proprietor, they made their way to once more. We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? enough to gain.' He bowed me out of the room and I went home with "No, I think that I'll take it." direction." "'Yes, we could easily give you a shake-down.' shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the "Look there!" said he. "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so "I have seen the police." "I did at first," she answered, "but now I know where the letters it were putty." I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, promised to bring home. the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a writers could invent nothing more crude." "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof these papers to illustrate. Some, too, have baffled his The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found "No. His orders were to stay in the house." "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well note?" the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what as the one I chose?' "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried absolute reliability is quite above suspicion. Another, Lucy know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, "'I would go,' said she, trying hard, as it seemed to me, to his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who the young widow of Major-General Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. Albert chain, and a square pierced bit of metal dangling down as opened his lips to reply, when we heard a heavy footfall in the "On the contrary, this is the right side." education. I travelled in my youth, took to the stage, and fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike the large one which looked from the hall onto the stable lane. he laid it upon the table. It was a magnificent specimen of the main fault, but on the whole he's a good worker. There's no vice the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from