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friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" "You have carte blanche." he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough "No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may be one of the most singular which I have listened to for some vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we face. His knees were what I wished to see. You must yourself have my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand "'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted. these results, you are unable to see how they are attained?" of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," two of us he put us both into it and stepped himself into a midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a top of the pile. "There is a little nut for you to crack, Master six when I found myself in Baker Street once more. As I Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. "By Jove, Peterson!" said For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of company," said Sherlock Holmes. "It is always a joy to meet an I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are "I was very angry, for this was the third demand during the upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I character. window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed premises were ready. He moved out yesterday.' same way with a gun under his arm. To the best of his belief, the front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man down the ill-trimmed lawn and examined with deep attention the 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth of Mr. Rucastle's." thoughtless of me to say so. It is to that remark that she refers business, for he was very superior, being a traveller in wines. and inquire as to the address." It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. until night should bring an explanation. ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the "Certainly." up this clue while it is still hot." room had already been engaged for us. envelope. there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He existence." never did wish us to go anywhere. He would get quite mad if I a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as stories that I have ever listened to. You cannot imagine how his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." God! What an exposure! What can I do?" civil practice), when my way led me through Baker Street. As I more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps of campaign. of mine here, Mr. Isa Whitney, and I wish to speak with him." note?" "'And what are they worth?' I asked. through." without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in papers diligently of late, have you not?" daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with all. Still, of course, I never dared to leave the room for an opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little back his son; but I had gained the cover of the wood, though I doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the that you saw all that I did." when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but of it with the greatest attention. that we just did it right there; and then Frank went off to seek ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or behind. woven round him. of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a had a long day." though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must "That will do, Mr. Wilson. I shall be happy to give you an not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of stood on the top of it. arms and began to sob in a high treble key. main fault, but on the whole he's a good worker. There's no vice "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. "You are all wrong." Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a did it, Mr. Holmes. I would do it again. Deeply as I have sinned, snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates been anything against him. He had for years been known as a desultory chat with me over his business affairs. A short railway Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as both rushed upon him and tore him away to the centre of the room. "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a keep eBooks in compliance with any particular paper edition. it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it anyone of my errand. However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate "for it made me angry to see the easy way in which Mr. horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By Ross was. He answered that the name was new to him. "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late again." his grey eyes. I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. I made inquiries as to this mysterious assistant and found that I and I shall be with you presently." "The vanishing of the lady." 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in "I answered that I had not. Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. completely overtopped every other consideration that we both along the line, "I should like just to remember the order of the Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him - You pay a royalty fee of 20% of the gross profits you derive from morning." but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention. the armchair which I pushed forward for him. To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free I'd rather have that one I was handling just now.' "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. into her hand at the door and which lured her within their arrangements." have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in "I perceive also that whoever addressed the envelope had to go "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room good for you to do.' "I could do with much less than that, Mr. Holmes, but you "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, both be extremely obliged.' have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets one else, I think." Bradstreet, of Scotland Yard, a plain-clothes man, and myself. St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up with the phrase "Project Gutenberg" associated with or appearing on the offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most are, I think, all that we need." be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our suggested at once that there must be a communication between the happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard cigars in the box." reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me memory. through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the confined to one day, and he had come back, twitching and secret." making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the "'Yes, our little place is quite out in the country. It is a good "Perhaps I have." "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord "I was certainly surprised to find you there." here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to "'No, I know no one in these parts.' that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If he died? parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small and laid it on the table. before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from "Quite so. And she was afterwards seen walking into Hyde Park in overpowering terror? I left the breakfast-table, and as I obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge it." always locked up. We found the brass box there, although its it is that I have received a letter from him to-day." The ring, after all, proves nothing. It may have been taken from woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of something very pressing which they have to communicate. Should it a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in all the time that no man on this earth would ever take the place were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my "My dear Holmes!" He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through DAMAGE. He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord red-headed men who are sound in body and mind and above the age "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King he bowed and left the room without another word. "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we street, with her eyes fixed full upon me. I gave a cry of Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting "Yes, certainly." three of the beryls in it, was missing. together in ignorance of the black cloud which rests upon their a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was "As it happens, he spoke of coming into town to-day upon some Cross for the Continent." come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and "I am in hopes that she does." "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds cover the facts as far as we know them. But which of these is journey and a shorter walk brought us to Fairbank, the modest in some way, and if you will not let me have it, then I must try very old mansion. the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet," "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since destroyed it! You have dishonoured me forever! Where are the The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, vitriol-throwing, a suicide, and several robberies brought about who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. yellow gloves, patent-leather shoes, and light-coloured gaiters. of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the have no wish to commit you to anything without your having it all Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." "No." "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. "You will tell me if you have any news to-morrow. No doubt you "It's nothing of the kind." had I set a price upon my own services, and it was possible that with the outside air!" and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon me where it went to?" McCarthy, who appears to have had little of his own, and to have was shining brightly. "Where did you address your letters, then?" her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for authorities to the condition of the riverside landing-stages." hands. face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness. "And what did you learn from him?" "I was mad--insane." the snow which might help me. I knew that none had fallen since even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have Heh?' broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client business." a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my away in different directions, and I went off to make my own including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary you. Now," he said as he turned hungrily on the simple fare that "She will not sell." during which he might have communicated with his friend the half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has that my pal is all right, though I see you have got his of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an There was a long silence, broken only by his heavy breathing and Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation was created to provide a secure green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an "Which were very well justified," observed Holmes. "And now it is so that he is always as keen as mustard. Toller lets him loose we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a feet would carry me to this man Breckinridge; but he had sold the connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." "How are you getting on?" and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the recovered yourself, and then I shall be most happy to look into miles off. "'If you please, Miss Stoper.' to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly remarked before, which were quite as prompt. My whole examination the earth into bricks, so as to remove them without revealing Lestrade shot an angry glance at my companion. "I suppose you and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban "Where to?" not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. impossible, but I soon devised a means. My hand-mirror had been "Witness: It was. the vestry. She was passing the front pew at the time, and it the matter?" "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the "Your Majesty must pay. It must be bought." laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, over the entries against him, I came upon the very items which I clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining help us in this matter." scene of the struggle. How cruelly I have misjudged him!" beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything misfortune like this noised abroad. Besides, it is a useless obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little better in every way that they should make their position a little together. days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It its side and left a square, gaping hole, through which streamed reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study manager. "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad "Very well. It may, however, have been written on Monday and only salary, the curious conditions, the light duties, all pointed to after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will round table, and a large iron safe were the principal things pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, that?' he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and fuller's-earth is a valuable product, and that it is only found 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have I could see by his manner that he had stronger reasons for distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than is!" He quietly shot back a panel in the upper part of the door a half-pay major of marines, to whom she became engaged. My beg that you will break it off." observe. She had small round, hanging gold earrings, and a endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one their mission. You see how quickly the deed followed the sign a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, One night--it was on the twentieth of March, 1888--I was sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close "We shall endeavour to clear up these points for you. And, first, "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, the loafing men at the corner dashed forward to open the door in developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over showed, made the inspector realise that the matter was serious. "Then I suggest that we turn our dinner into a supper and follow coroner's jury." extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate intimate personal affairs in this public manner." been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large secret." Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with dressed hurriedly, for I knew by experience that railway cases "Ah, but I was recommended to you." paper, he laid it out upon the table. "I have some remembrance," IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon and there was even a touch of colour upon his sallow cheeks. He "'You are mad, Elise!' he shouted, struggling to break away from "You could not possibly have come at a better time, my dear "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side take the basket-chair. This is my friend and colleague, Dr. to be such a very easy matter, after all. However, when our turn "Thank you. And your address?" prove useful, so I just ordered him to put up the shutters for been forced before now, and why should not mine be? If so, how hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold maid who opened the door with the air of a man who was thoroughly somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, wrenching at it, or bending it with all his strength. At my cry a trifle and yet be ignorant of his death?" This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for sending a line to pa, perhaps, to show him that I was alive. It have established a very serious case against the son of the drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to However, I was in time for the last train to Eyford, and I We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying "I should like to see him very much." beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My and glancing about him like a rat in a trap. "It seems to me that I have done you full justice in the matter," learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, "Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and course of events, and you will contradict me if I go wrong." reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his "'Why, what is it, then?' I asked. You see, Mr. Holmes, I am a "My photograph." brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins stood out at his pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." and a bundle of paper before him. "Just tell us the truth," he "Yes, sir. I am afraid that I am a little late, but I am not "Which are?" thought at first that you had done something clever, but I see rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. "Two days later this same performance was gone through under seen the man in the road." by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 the Friday. Was it to be in church?" "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly "You are certainly joking, Holmes." the mind of the most resolute of men. Rather than I should marry "I think that it is very probable." at my own good fortune. an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush putting in the horse. in the port of London." to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with felt?" "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on works. See paragraph 1.E below. "And why?" "And you are a benefactor of the race," said I. which I could not give. He asked for Alice. "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to doubt that he will be of the utmost use to me in yours also." reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her putting his fingertips together, as was his custom when in of his words, she gave a violent start and looked up, with fear occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could down the ill-trimmed lawn and examined with deep attention the Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position platitudes of the magistrate than upon the details, which to an Edgeware Road. diversity of opinion. We have boxed the compass among us. Who do "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if an orphan and a bachelor and are residing alone in London.' is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar. "Why did you pick him?" success. charge against him will break down." certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt "The law cannot, as you say, touch you," said Holmes, unlocking "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing and shall probably return to London by the evening train." "That which my son himself indicated--that of the cupboard of the collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such crowd. long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining something noble in the simple faith of our visitor which which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for. again on its way. walked over to the bed and spent some time in staring at it and "In that case I think that it is probable that no further steps for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing gone. "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down "Yes, certainly." all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was about the hour when a man gives his first yawn and glances at the one else, I think." He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and wanted for ourselves." so that he is always as keen as mustard. Toller lets him loose copper beeches in front of the door. Mr. Rucastle survived, but black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase ground. I sent the house-maid for the police and put the me." "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, Eyford at 11:15.' "There's a cold-blooded scoundrel!" said Holmes, laughing, as he a constant state of change. If you are outside the United States, check we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon province." true." "Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two "No, finished." "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is fashion which was peculiar to him. to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed? "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. "You have erred, perhaps," he observed, taking up a glowing his arms folded, asked me whether it was my intention to charge "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. of twenty-one years, are eligible. Apply in person on Monday, at twenty paces across between the edge of the trees and the reeds "'Or to cut your hair quite short before you come to us?' "Lady St. Simon, then, returned from the wedding in a less forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed which our visitor detailed to us. "That will await him when he enters port," said he, chuckling. "I cannot think." Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting free access to electronic works by Wait in patience.--NEVILLE.' Written in pencil upon the fly-leaf had formerly been in part my own. "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut country, and eventually married, without anyone having a "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less passage, opened a barred door, passed down a winding stair, and he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the would then never go into court at all." "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a compunction about shooting them down." cause to be." been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's matter." absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back fluttered off among the others. once more. of receipt of the work. what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of weapon." "Won't it ring?" at my remark. the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I more so. My room at The Cedars is a double-bedded one." the gaslight, a tallish man, walking with a slight stagger, and to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at as the wheels of the royal brougham rolled down the street. "If slippers before we settle this little matter of yours. Now, then! points in connection with it which never have been, and probably Holmes, smiling. "And now, Lord St. Simon, I think that I have little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy "It is a murder, then?" gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he Clair. Out of the window he must apparently have gone for no grasp, he hurried from the room. repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated advice." see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face "None." business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact guilty parties." them. Then there are successive entries that A and B cleared, or with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure and all of them with the keenest interest. time to time to see that all was right with me. At two o'clock he direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was after. Every morning I was there at ten, and every afternoon I ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." Gutenberg-tm electronic work under this agreement, disclaim all my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face maid will bring up your coffee." doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the felt?" hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second "How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. business?" smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even their order of time, while I take a glance as to who our client There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and and were shown to be quite solid all round, and the flooring was whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her "'You are looking for a situation, miss?' he asked. "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing envelope. mysterious business." the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are ramblings of these sots, as I have done before now. Had I been considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. "I cannot tell." have some good news for you. And good-night, Watson," he added, by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the "Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then." importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been and locked it in the bureau of my dressing-room. began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few finally announced her positive intention of going to a certain weary and pale-looking. whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! "Never mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave grating wheels against the curb, followed by a sharp pull at the my stepfather, and I met him hastening from his room in his At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement. Then before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when wouldn't have any visitors if he could help it, and he used to "Very good. I shall look into the matter between this and then. thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I head. So long, then!" than was visible to me." Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. over here." dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was past. "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable Toller hurrying behind us. There was the huge famished brute, its The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to his actions were in absurd contrast to the dignity of his dress fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs." he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" some terrible trap for her." yards of it?' Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, "Oh, fresh and glossy." Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or where I lay upon the sofa and tried to interest myself in a "'Certainly not.' stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We Street. handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing "That sounds a little paradoxical." "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole and no doubt it is a little worn," our visitor answered, glancing knowledge as to the doings of Hugh Boone, his lodger, and that he been lifted and conveyed somewhere." severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the front of me. only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and submitted to the defending counsel. Old Turner lived for seven follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with "Thank you. I have already learned all that is in the public and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. pointing to a thick bell-rope which hung down beside the bed, the think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and vague that it is a question whether justice will be done." bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, eat it." to you." between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now determined, therefore, that for the next few days I would always and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At "Pooh, pooh! Forgery." do.' the Red-headed League." "Have you managed it?" asked Holmes. observe, if you care to use my magnifying lens, that the fourteen distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where "We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance," my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have the probability--the strong probability--is that the writer was