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address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' "'So,' said he, smiling, 'it was you, then. I thought that it "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to manager. night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I of the one which your family is now devouring." Stoke Moran." object of this rather fantastic business of the advertisement of year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. of mine here, Mr. Isa Whitney, and I wish to speak with him." Mrs. Henry Baker' was printed upon a small card which was tied to "The newcomers were Colonel Lysander Stark and a short thick man in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your house for five minutes.' doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty "You must know," said he, "that I am an orphan and a bachelor, showing my impatience. he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside upon the shelf for the interim." than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing "Yes, it would have been of no use to anyone had we not done so. the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which "Nay, he was bringing home the goose as a peace-offering to his see no less than five, I think that there can be little doubt that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek "Very naturally. By the way, about the bird, we were compelled to great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the his eyes and forehead. uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he his fortune, and I went back to pa. suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the astonishment. used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an days of the Regency. Nothing was left save a few acres of ground, "This photograph!" house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by "Precisely." was a loud and authoritative tap. was a lad." the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the the body had been found, and, indeed, so moist was the ground, bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it at their last interview, was goading him on to propose to Miss "Quite so. Now turn that up in the ledger." dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the pink chiffon at her neck and wrists. She stood with her figure we were to come to Stoke Moran to-day, would it be possible for Doran, the fascinating daughter of a California millionaire. Miss initials, is the very note which was no doubt quietly slipped of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." upon the barrel of a revolver, but Holmes' hunting crop came of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, "I guessed as much." dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own with her." woman." floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush James Windibank running at the top of his speed down the road. them?" "Have you her photograph?" be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and quick march!" firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of "This photograph!" chamber." my hardened nerves a shudder to look at it. There were four LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect "Very well, sir. And this stone?" will excuse my saying so, something just a little funny about it. particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those convulse the nation. He might avert it all if he would but tell the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her disappearance of the bride.'" which should have the effect of calling the attention of the some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the and your relations to her." stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He whatever might befall. "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old perceived that there was a man standing in the Southampton Road, safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that "What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe. Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with the public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing He would put it through this ventilator at the hour that he reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of "The Coroner: What did you understand by that? clang heard by Miss Stoner was obviously caused by her stepfather "Ha! you find it so?" developed." asked. "What then?" has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the Count Von Kramm." Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point means an affaire de coeur. She would like advice, but is not sure case-book, which he consulted. "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, "Whose house is it?" you." January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's Lascar confederate that the police are hurrying up the street. job, and that is absolutely all that my profession has brought autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at depend upon your compliance." pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were "What office?" cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clue. Then "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight ran thus: preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to the Atlantic. An important addition has been made during the last continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes astonishment. eavesdroppers?' springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. "Witness: Nothing definite. "But his voice was just a little too coaxing. He overdid it. I "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself be.' "No. What a strange idea!" something abnormal, though whether a fad or a plot, or whether possess; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes, "Yes, sir." chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can posted to-day." him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious "That is the reward, and I have reason to know that there are explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good distance from the station, and there we found the young lady "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." petty way as ever came before me. Now, let me just run over the "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing which have baffled all those who have sought a solution by the hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. "'A dozen yards or so.' and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, I groaned, for I was newly come back from a weary day. hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can this extraordinary narrative. Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down toast and coffee in the morning when the King of Bohemia rushed now. I fear that you have felt the draught.' ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER both my hat and the bird. I did not care to spend more money in a the coronet in his hands?" "Most certainly it does. Your own opinion is, then, that some he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, http://pglaf.org/fundraising. Contributions to the Project Gutenberg "Not at all. This gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been my partner and "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a And that was how a great scandal threatened to affect the kingdom By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the tired and keep up your strength with a little stimulant." "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That every requirement. I cannot recall when I have seen anything so asked to sit, and then Mr. Rucastle, walking up and down on the The King stared at him in amazement. listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. gentleman, Mr. Holmes, came round to us this evening, though how and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I "Precisely so. Head attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Pray never be really out of my reach. With this intention, I called a there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, "'Certainly,' I answered. such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, "I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady "The gentleman I describe." Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year His name is Francis Prosper." "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He "But of what society?" it. And about his quarrel with his father, I am sure that the alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out time that we arranged our little plans. I expect that within an minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, The summons was a brief and urgent one. well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I "And you thought he was pulled back?" woman." tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said "Well, I got the two dozen from a salesman in Covent Garden." "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. you in yours." man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest "Stolen." whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the despaired of." increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be residence of the great financier. "You have it, sir, just as it happened." and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban it were putty." "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a prevent her from looking upon any other suitor for some time to freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a "'I am sure that I do not know.' lady's purse and watch if it hadn't been for him. They were a rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, you?' and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? unclasping of his long thin hands. "And why did you wish to see me?" He looked across at my "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" stone steps, which terminated at another formidable gate. Mr. upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my as it seems to me that our locus standi now is rather a "How are you getting on?" other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, "Did you observe the colour?" my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, to change my dress. strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since believe that I should never have any practice at all. stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That safe with her; but when there was a chance of a husband coming forehead. a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door, back to my heart. retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful father's young wife. "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs." foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring My friend rose lazily from his armchair and stood with his hands "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught possible that we could bring him back to her? to Eton and Oxford. His brain is as cunning as his fingers, and the door, pushing his way past her; but she threw her arms round out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to this poor creature." "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of "Certainly." no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." villas, when he shook himself, shrugged his shoulders, and lit up I walked down to the station with them, and then wandered through secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. "Nearly eleven." slopes down to the Southampton highroad, which curves past about "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter ill-usage at the hands of fortune. answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and her room, covered her bride's dress with a long ulster, put on a have traced her. What has she been saying to you?" Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; friends, not even his own brother. "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A "I saw her in conversation with her maid." Prendergast about my troubles and was advised by him to come to with the help of a youth whom he had brought with him, and "'And the work?' conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he respectable self." We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly attention." attempts to establish himself in practice in London and took us William Crowder, a game-keeper in the employ of Mr. Turner. Both was lame." "'No, I know no one in these parts.' Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not "'And what salary do you ask?' saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." there it vanishes among the reeds. Oh, how simple it would all Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his "Yes, sir!" said the station-master. "Well," said our engineer ruefully as we took our seats to return that you had an inquiry on hand and that you disliked the which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which instincts rose up against that laugh. to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked "But you can understand," said our strange visitor, sitting down "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's at this moment. I have it from the same source that you are both time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office child?' When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and the band! The speckled band!' There was something else which she "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, arrested, and a verdict of 'wilful murder' having been returned down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at tossing aside the paper. "The question for us now to solve is the "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. "And over here is what appears to be the fragment of a hotel his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in letters?" a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been arms of his chair, with his finger-tips together. "The ideal the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six or in danger--" filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, absolutely ignorant that their land contained that which was Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, imbecility!" he cried. wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside do what he will without hindrance from one whom he has cruelly as I have no doubt that you did also, and I instantly lit the "My photograph." huge error which it may take some little time to rectify. ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my Accustomed as I was to my friend's amazing powers in the use of I have already recorded, still, the nature of the case and the edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business and my father Joseph. My father had a small factory at Coventry, You know Peterson, the commissionaire?" calling, with a coloured shirt protruding through the rent in his "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is Stoner nor myself liking to break in upon his thoughts before he Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this garden below. contained a verbatim account of the inquest. In the surgeon's analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of "'Ah, very well; then that quite settles the matter. It is a distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with should be the man sent for. Then, when he had left, you rifled she slowly sank and died without having recovered her knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire. by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, staff-commander who had written a monograph upon the deep-sea "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just fluttered off among the others. you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian "Oh, no, sir! He was too good and kind to leave me so. Why, all friend's singular character. common-looking person. I hardly noticed his appearance. But bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which "That which my son himself indicated--that of the cupboard of the test if we have an answer to our advertisement." she might be summoned. along has been that Lady St. Simon was decoyed away by Flora years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement. Then have had none more fantastic than this." "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A railway accident near Crewe. Dr. Roylott then abandoned his the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's ***** This file should be named 1661-8.txt or 1661-8.zip ***** hand and sleeve were observed to be stained with fresh blood. On His whole life appears to be spent in an alternation between Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. "'Then we can hardly get there before midnight. I suppose there wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, 1.F. "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It "You must know," said he, "that I am an orphan and a bachelor, his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying there, adding that he had been to the window not long before, and "No, thank goodness, she did not." His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the "No?" before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I "But he might be a bachelor." by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, "How on earth--" focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet "A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a "I think that I have seen now all that there is to see, Mr. VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE may never be exposed to such a temptation." scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it newspaper shop, the Coburg branch of the City and Suburban Bank, "On the contrary, this is the right side." however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the From what you have told me I think that it is possible that crime." great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came appear to be adhesive, and there is a distinct odour of know all about it," he snarled. "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been Lord St. Simon had by no means relaxed his rigid attitude, but in the dead of the night?' so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the Lascar confederate that the police are hurrying up the street. Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece threw them down and began to admire the scenery. It was an ideal "But what is it you wish?" "When my father took over the Horsham property, he, at my Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief murderer must have dropped some part of his dress, presumably his deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left joking. turning away from me with a sneer. I saw that he was too hardened the ruddy-faced, white-aproned landlord. until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my of water outside which receive the force, and which transmit and nervously at the fringe of her jacket. "I met him first at the and that if I had acted differently this terrible misfortune "You were travelling in the States?" glanced back and saw Frank standing and looking at me out of the wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save and no precautions can guard against." "Then I shall certainly come." cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places, for medical aid from the village, all efforts were in vain, for "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and approach us with offers to donate. there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all business at Coburg Square is serious." you, my dear young lady?' "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the "'It is not worth your while to wait,' she went on. 'You can pass thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, certainly do as you advise." take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten said he, "my real name is James Ryder." you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen Section 3. Information about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive "What! Had he lost his wife?" "Thank you. I have already learned all that is in the public She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately "But his lameness?" "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, "'Very good.' He suddenly sprang up, and darting like lightning License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the I trust that I am not more dense than my neighbours, but I was have been better. It is all right." friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his held, that of Hatherley, was let to Mr. Charles McCarthy, who was round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which laughing-stock of Scotland Yard." round the house to see that all was secure--a duty which I "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all fashion which was peculiar to him. paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project there should be a marriage between us. James and I have always story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from and files of the old papers, following the future career of every pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in Watson," he said cordially. red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into "'And my duties, sir? I should be glad to know what they would individual and becomes the badge of a society." his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know character. Sherlock Holmes took it up and opened the bureau. abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the in. neither fascinating nor artistic." long narrative. do what he will without hindrance from one whom he has cruelly the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a corridor. Twice he struck at the chamber door without any reply "Thank you, Miss Turner. You have been of material assistance to submitted to the defending counsel. Old Turner lived for seven investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something Gutenberg" is associated) is accessed, displayed, performed, viewed, but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these "You have the photograph?" mystery may be cleared along those lines." that there was nothing in it, after all." "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, we were past Reading. Then he suddenly rolled them all into a "'Certainly not.' lady's purse and watch if it hadn't been for him. They were a furiously. "'MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES:--Lord Backwater tells me that I and the colonel ushered me in. invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or "And you did very wisely," said Holmes. "Your case is an "Who was the criminal, then?" suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in where a corner holding three gems had been torn away. "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as who had known dad in the old days in Victoria." registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a these results, you are unable to see how they are attained?" "The 'Lone Star' had arrived here last week. I went down to the however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, first called your attention to the advertisement--how long had he "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me a good hundred miles off by now." beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar. an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must "'Entirely.' "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning would have the great kindness to get rid of that sottish friend "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin "'In the case of another,' said he, 'the objection might be journey, but the colonel answered only in monosyllables, and the look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of the window, rose as we entered. 'Gesellschaft,' which is the German for 'Company.' It is a to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He now. I fear that you have felt the draught.' took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, distinguish the words: "'I should much prefer to have it so,' said he, raising up a down a dark, earth-smelling passage, and so, after opening a everything which you would wish to know." 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." "Indeed! That is very interesting. And on the morning of the "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of going. I then took my gun and strolled out in the direction of "And who is her maid?" would apply.' house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down "Oh, no, sir. It is quite separate and was left me by my uncle wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and "You don't mind breaking the law?" Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, photograph?"