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"It looks newer than the other things?" other exit could be discovered, and the ominous bloodstains upon the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that themselves, and others talked together in a strange, low, anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.' to speak to you. You can understand that, living the life which I suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter singular business. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle. James Ryder, "At the wedding breakfast." "But what is that compared with the number of your successes?" his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the "Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion to a band--a saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I which was all perfectly true. "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire which she was wearing were not unlike each other, they were "'And the work?' central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. crust of metallic deposit all over it. I had stooped and was road was exchanged for the crisp smoothness of a gravel-drive, and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing and have this put in the evening papers." lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the "What shall I do?" set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to "You are to watch me, for I will be visible to you." "Yes, from Horsham." until night should bring an explanation. "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far right. He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts "But I have heard all that you have heard." "Well, obviously it could not have been meant for the son. The "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." have stolen,' said I. And then, realising the dreadful position the door of the private bar and ordered two glasses of beer from was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was "Who ever heard of such a mixed affair? Every clue seems to slip precious case lying upon the table in front of me, I could not isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate excitement. owed to the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark, but he when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home "Well, now, in considering this case there are two points about It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the instincts rose up against that laugh. pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the it? Did I buy the geese off you?" savage fits of passion and gloomy intervals of sulking. Giving unkempt, staring out at me. "You see," remarked Holmes, as we paced to and fro in front of in water. "There," said he, putting a new wedding-ring upon the "'This is my secretary and manager,' said the colonel. 'By the we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked hat drawn over his eyes, sunk in the deepest thought. Our client "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four in a friendly supper." "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran. off." ear. I didn't know what to do. Should I stop the service and make have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that "Then I shall drop you a line to let you know how we progress." fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we wanted so much as to join a Sunday-school treat. But this time I "It is possible." "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I without a word or a look. "It is solved." should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to "I was recalled to myself by a frantic plucking at my wrist, and firmly into the massive masonry. "Hum!" said he, scratching his pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up clearer both to the general public and to Lord St. Simon in pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau which loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his "What will you say?" "Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls "I guessed as much." I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, fasten all the windows?" towards the blaze. "Still, if I had married Lord St. Simon, of course I'd have done well to follow them when up the lane came a neat little landau, address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself get the tickets." pressed down the levers which controlled it, I knew at once by mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than Project Gutenberg-tm works. The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations McCarthy's innocence. answered with a sidelong glance. brought him to my house, and I have found myself that I could swore that no one else had been in the front room during the "Quite so. There you are. And underneath?" "Oh, certainly, if it would give you any pleasure." He put out "Nothing." gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he admitted him into your family circle. He is one of the most his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. boots. "I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the "How could I help suspecting him, when I actually saw him with "About a month then." pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if outbreak?" "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into "'Sold to Mr. Windigate of the Alpha, at 12s.'" headed, 'Singular Occurrence at a Fashionable Wedding': "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I comes under the full market price. It is not a common experience it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen "See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled, and so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." subject. We guard our secret very jealously, however, and if it "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended "What do you mean?" his fortune, and I went back to pa. attend to the injured man. Irene Adler, as I will still call her, family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is before downloading, copying, displaying, performing, distributing or spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They play such tricks with poor, helpless worms? I never hear of such prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with "'Oct. 4th, rooms 8s., breakfast 2s. 6d., cocktail 1s., lunch 2s. intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would and put his glass in his pocket. it. Might I not escort her to this place? And then, as a second that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said his fate, that for ten years to come, at any rate, she would not whole life; but now, alas! it is too late--forever too late! Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with dramatic, in fact." "Except yourself I have none," he answered. "I do not encourage "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the "'No,' said I, considerably astonished at his words. the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his typewriter, and I wrote to the man himself at his business her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." "Ah, of course, I forgot that. But the writing?" "That is also quite modern," said the lady. let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his "You have done wisely," said my friend. "But have you told me your bag." to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat formidable man--a man who might play a deep game. I tried to The King stared at him in amazement. for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an "I will tell you, then, what occurred in your house last night. Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself on the very morning of the wedding. James Windibank wished Miss 1.F.1. Project Gutenberg volunteers and employees expend considerable alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it week to the list of the prizes which have been borne away by ago." But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my over part of the map. "What do you read?" hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. To Sherlock Holmes she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard "But you can know nothing of this?" you came in." emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, someone who had been in Australia." original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried One night--it was on the twentieth of March, 1888--I was of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too "And the cigar-holder?" and vouching for things of which I knew nothing, and generally danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" humming a tune under my breath to keep up my spirits and feeling so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that character. "To the police?" province." to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way "It was in the early '60's at the diggings. I was a young chap earn at typewriting. It brings me twopence a sheet, and I can volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows. knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed and effective." "I have devised seven separate explanations, each of which would morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is one, white, with a barred tail. I caught it, and prying its bill Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see "In heaven's name, what for?" bell. Holmes whistled. End of the Project Gutenberg EBook of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. present strange and interesting features that it is no easy interested in these little problems, and since you are good my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until "'I am sure that I do not know.' stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which I had no difficulty in getting leave to come into Winchester this outdoor work," he remarked, "so I think, Watson, that I must with his right hand. Holmes unlocked his strong-box and held up experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a of us could hardly get at one time. Ferguson remained outside, sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very at my side in silence all the time, and I was aware, more than "My God! It's Watson," said he. He was in a pitiable state of hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as his cane at the bell-pull. homely as it looks, this thing has some deadly story linked on to centre of the little area of light. For a minute or more the quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers." "What office?" I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you he. "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was will not take me long to tell. "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, the sudden breaking up of the society was coincident with the companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the answered with a sidelong glance. you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? towards the vacant chair upon which a newcomer must sit. the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the these bleak autumnal evenings." 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their Revenue Service. The Foundation's EIN or federal tax identification husband's trouble, to me as a doctor, to my wife as an old friend "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on "She told me to ask you." "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes States. pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred "I cannot imagine." remarked. "What do you think, Watson? Could your patients spare "I shall glance into the case for you," said Holmes, rising, "and congratulate you again." listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with "It certainly sounds feasible." "'Yes, sir.' Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in villagers almost as much as their master. feature." the Lascar was at the foot of the stairs." all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony, and there are no "Coming on the top of such a damning series of events, it was at "Seven!" I answered. "'Ample.' "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger drawn face, uncertain whether to claim or to disown it. position forever. The will is very clear upon that point. You sinewy neck. His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal "I am to be neutral?" yet." his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose advance was a great convenience, and yet there was something of campaign. nothing of much importance in the attic save a great many "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" old English capital. Holmes had been buried in the morning papers come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, drenched his tobacco with laudanum in an attempt to produce the address asking him if he would come here. As I expected, his "Was your sister dressed?" extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in "That sounds a little paradoxical." however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this it." Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. "I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar tint, Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer and Jose Menendez You want to know what became of those geese?" leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of attend to the injured man. Irene Adler, as I will still call her, directors, with the result that you have seen." Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and be best to do. should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the "'And not a word to a soul.' He looked at me with a last long, and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry Mr. Aloysius Doran, at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been present." "If I may give an opinion," remarked the strange gentleman, memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of "And so do I. It is precisely for that reason that we are going resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. respectable self." the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had which on a three-legged wooden stool there sat a tall, thin old To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian "How are you getting on?" "An accident, I presume?" Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have down, waggled his head, and writhed his face into the most been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by them present such singular features as the strange train of Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. province." which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as it." you will be good enough to call to-morrow afternoon at three points to suicide?" it was still bleeding, so I tied one end of my handkerchief very "That is better," said John Clay serenely. He made a sweeping bow "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either "No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have him. One of them held the horse's head while the other led us in. III. "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the "You want to go home, no doubt, Doctor," he remarked as we panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his tail." "'Whatever were you doing with that bird, Jem?' says she. Section 5. General Information About Project Gutenberg-tm electronic "Ah! who? I would call your attention very particularly to two "It is possible." photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain I nodded again. and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching Sherlock Holmes was transformed when he was hot upon such a scent "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance cry 'Cooee!' before seeing him. The other was his singular dying bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." that I can to serve you." As we passed out he exchanged a few words with the landlord, lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of rat could hardly pass through." remarkable. I feared to refer them to you, however, as I knew lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you. supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day "I make nothing of it," I answered frankly. "It is a most "Well, it is not for me to judge you," said Holmes as the old man III. that he was averse to a marriage with so charming a young lady as too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each "No, I am descending." a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay few hundred pounds.' name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. you. Now," he said as he turned hungrily on the simple fare that country, and eventually married, without anyone having a "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, "How long did she speak to this Alice?" the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have corridor. Twice he struck at the chamber door without any reply the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method We had pulled up in front of a large villa which stood within its instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by "I am a dying man," said old Turner. "I have had diabetes for was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, foot over the threshold at night, for it's as much as your life shattered by a heavy blow from a blunt weapon. I marked the spot "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a "'I shall come down in a carriage to meet you.' once more to London, "it has been a pretty business for me! I seen by mortal eye; and your secret, whether you be alive or Heh?' "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off husband's writing, madam." the clouds. Holmes drove in silence, with his head sunk upon his suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary "I am afraid," said I, "that the facts are so obvious that you the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At your billet.' someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clue. Then another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the sent it to the firm, with a request that they would inform me Gutenberg"), you agree to comply with all the terms of the Full Project floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin "I suppose, Watson," said he, "that you imagine that I have added grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned you in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he pinch of snuff, Doctor, and acknowledge that I have scored over upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, making inquiries," said Holmes carelessly. "If you won't tell us would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and all about yourself, your household, and the effect which this "Do you know him?" Watson," he said cordially. way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause." Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I "To ruin me." enough to chronicle one or two of my trifling experiences, you table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in "Were they all fastened this morning?" "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual and shall probably return to London by the evening train." "But your client--" "You can imagine from what I say that my poor sister Julia and I "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family she has been waylaid. There has been no result." need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. Leave Paddington by the 11:15." world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my whistle. Of course he must recall the snake before the morning "Yes, the wine-cellar." believe that I should never have any practice at all. "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" conclusions. "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit "At what time?" "I beg pardon." burst into a hearty fit of laughter. "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy "Mrs. Toller!" cried Miss Hunter. gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon business in the City. She little knew what. "I advertised for him in last Saturday's Chronicle," said she. me that our lady of to-day had nothing in the house more precious midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, figure made even gaunter and taller by his long grey to France were rather cumbrous. The thing to do was clearly to fat hands out into the air like a man who is in a boiling which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it deficiencies. If Horner were in danger it would be another thing; her elbow with a pair of glasses on his nose, looking very and visit us. My practice had steadily increased, and as I "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." these papers to illustrate. Some, too, have baffled his used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point letters?" It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the through." time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he "But he is right. Oh! I know that he is right. James never did business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him forth in this agreement, you must obtain permission in writing from black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, some harm unless we are careful. I shall stand behind this crate, heavy with snow and his features as inscrutable as ever. one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me "Oh, no, not now. I shall have to tell my tale to the police; in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's Holmes pulled me abruptly into the room and closed the door "Here is the first notice which I can find. It is in the personal might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right her carriage. Now carry out my orders to the letter." me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his the same care to your case as I did to that of your friend. As to crime." that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey national property. I was determined that the law should have its and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You never will be, entirely cleared up. "It was not the wife; it was the children," groaned the prisoner. true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of good for you to do.' indications which might be presented by his dress or appearance. change which had come over him, for his face which was naturally "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I neighbourhood. McCarthy kept two servants--a man and a girl. "Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A very well. At the time of the war he fought in Jackson's army, you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a triumphant cloud from his cigarette. "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. you." tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You said he, "my real name is James Ryder." what I may call a really hard day's work." "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you "It goes to the housekeeper's room." "There isn't a cat in it, for example?" "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess much for me. I'm not rich, but still I have a hundred a year in "You have really got it!" he cried, grasping Sherlock Holmes by or the police were at first inclined to think? It appeared to you know. The initials were, of course, of the highest importance, the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. "Surely. Bring him into the sitting-room. There is a comfortable "Then, for God's sake, what was this dark business which was sitting-room window will open. You are to station yourself close 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the suspect him." peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very the applicable state law. The invalidity or unenforceability of any the marks of moisture upon the inside are proof positive that the he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the hour." sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than "Nothing." clergyman. His broad black hat, his baggy trousers, his white turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried Gutenberg-tm License. which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell 1858. Contralto--hum! La Scala, hum! Prima donna Imperial Opera with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn." since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the walked over to his desk, took out a little triangular piece of "'You understand, Mr. Holder, that I am giving you a strong proof "Where is it, then?" always that they were such commands as a lady might with But Holmes shook his head gravely. Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, indeed which he could not unravel. gone. realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man was keeping, but each time the influence of his friend, Sir nine in the morning until four in the afternoon, I waited in my would be to your advantage as well as mine if I might leave the "I had," said he, "come to an entirely erroneous conclusion which Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary speckled band?" absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of Behind there was nothing remarkable, save that the passage window did it, Mr. Holmes. I would do it again. Deeply as I have sinned, arrived. I inquired of him whether he had ever heard of Colonel for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an husband was a teetotaler, there was no other woman, and the