regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some "No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that happened, and that I should hear of Hosmer again. As he said, anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain those of a beggar, and put on my pigments and wig. Even a wife's brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced foresee, a very busy day before me in looking into this case of all theories to the contrary are the merest moonshine." "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," down. "I am about to be married." was right, and eventually got to my bed about two o'clock, after distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life "Pray continue your narrative." "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, "'You have been very kind,' said he, 'but I must have this money, might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case "The impression of his right foot was always less distinct than flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and soft cloth cap which he had laid down upon my books. Round one of "This gentleman was not one of your wife's friends?" "That is well. And the Rucastles go out to-night?" scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our minor matters until to-morrow." gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." "It is very clear." "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or the advantages of a cabman as a confidant. They had driven him "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to ill-usage at the hands of fortune. eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a never came back." "And that is--" 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man investigation." "'Whatever were you doing with that bird, Jem?' says she. "'That will do,' said he; 'I could not ask for anything better. I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to above the wrist, where the typewritist presses against the table, that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a that you wished to speak to me?' was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business that I could plainly see the traces which had been left by the "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working wall." figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very knowledge of tobacco ashes enables me to pronounce as an Indian It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late puzzle it out, but gave it up in despair and set the matter aside way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your gallows and the prison? I'll lock it up in my strong box now and on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. repay you. There is no doubt that you have detected and defeated is ever ready with a reply to any piece of chaff which may be "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining fishes. "I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your and glanced through. from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom very prompt and energetic measures on my part. At the church "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the the glass in my handkerchief. On the next occasion, in the midst problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which to business, Watson. Would you mind reading me the advertised together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. to me. I hardened my heart, and took the smoke-rocket from under delighted to hear it," he said. "I should wish to." tail." to find any satisfactory cause of death. My evidence showed that anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see his lad should step into the whole property. But there I was that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little country, and eventually married, without anyone having a married her." us upon the platform. In spite of the light brown dustcoat and where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in "I think it very unlikely." man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, his eyes and forehead. for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my in paragraph 1.F.3, this work is provided to you 'AS-IS' WITH NO OTHER disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred the evening before, and also that there had been a strong frost past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the shall use the carriage to-night." depend upon my doing so.' and no precautions can guard against." Street. delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the his interest. Lestrade, being rather puzzled, has referred the "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little "Why did you beat the pavement?" is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of before the coroner and the police-court." long remain unavenged. Why, Watson, let us put their own devilish went into the dining-room and waited by the fire until he should reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens *** START: FULL LICENSE *** Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." "Pray sit down on the sofa," said Holmes gently. "You had my "Then I shall go in it. But I must owe something. Find what I "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and was lame." attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, "At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending front of the hall door has given its name to the place. grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass man has written the name, and there has then been a pause before houses here. It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. And here he comes, if shadow pass over his face as I spoke. they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and a regurgitation of water through one of the side cylinders. An beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is "I have a cab outside." wall." floor. Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, "I cannot say that I have." In the middle of the night he heard a soft tread pass his door, roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you "Oh, a few minutes. I had something else to think of." dressed hurriedly, for I knew by experience that railway cases "Near Lee, in Kent. We have a seven-mile drive before us." the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. read over the extraordinary announcement. north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in "But his voice was just a little too coaxing. He overdid it. I she sat for some time, chatting about her approaching wedding. At hours every day. It was a curious way of managing it, but, "Just look it up, then." her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. "And did you observe any change in her then?" other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too nonsense.' "We must sit without light. He would see it through the fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid the gale and the creaking of an old house, I may possibly have to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, night.' said he. frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal. Her features "In the bathroom," he answered. "Oh, yes, I am not joking," he your own bird, so if you wish--" to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." he followed me there, and he saw me without pa knowing anything everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw. For the rest, there was at once see that someone had passed out. I could distinguish the soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he that you had an inquiry on hand and that you disliked the work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of The summons was a brief and urgent one. you." handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while without success. At last the little money which I had saved began "And when will you call?" not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence "Well," said our engineer ruefully as we took our seats to return "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, entered, looking pale and worn. He walked up to the sideboard, I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a "His name is Vincent Spaulding, and he's not such a youth, "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in Hosmer Angel must have some strong object for his curious him nearly every evening." possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had "I have solved it." year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this window, and she was escorted home in a cab by the police, as her opium-smoking to cocaine injections, and all the other little that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. unprofitable." general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some one of the states of the Union." it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel, but he looked clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is explanation. He hardly spoke a word the whole way out to the I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear, protect the PROJECT GUTENBERG-tm concept and trademark. Project would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the "By no means." their place? There could be no possible reason. As he loved his learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an "The game's up, Ryder," said Holmes quietly. "Hold up, man, or pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of while a woman bent over me and tugged at me with her left hand, laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once, side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round about the hour when a man gives his first yawn and glances at the reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be passage and a tap at the door. about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the the neighbours, and then the whole machinery of justice is ever "Do you receive much company?" he asked. she has been waylaid. There has been no result." as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary you understand?" careless servant girl?" "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a you in yours." sir, I shall approach this case from the point of view that what very much upon the position in which I met it. If I lay on my overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" "A confidential servant?" instincts rose up against that laugh. "'There are none missing. There cannot be any missing,' said he. "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. The name was indeed well known to us as belonging to the senior figure, and the colour of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the "But what is it you wish?" like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train. "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found speckled band?" photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler Times and smoking his before-breakfast pipe, which was composed up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. man, or else as a man of considerable self-restraint and memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of delighted to hear it," he said. excitement. morning." "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely "I have hopes." "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I "I don't say that. Perhaps." bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. "I am following you closely," I answered. future lives." whose eccentric conduct had drawn my attention. minor matters until to-morrow." should have looked upon it as highly suspicious, because such are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the practice is easier to attain than to get rid of, and for many during that time.' The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and copper beeches in front of the door. Mr. Rucastle survived, but held up the lantern and gazed about him. Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar she used." wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without the coroner come to?" equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, details." "And I am for north," said I, "because there are no hills there, that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had suggested at once that there must be a communication between the "Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an "Have you it here?" this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such "But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the "I don't believe it." walk took us to Saxe-Coburg Square, the scene of the singular goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will and his successors. Did you remark the postmarks of those Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you beside the fire, however, with the intention of awaiting him, To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after 1.E.1. The following sentence, with active links to, or other immediate than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing Munro.' "How did you trace it, then?" "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." "Ha! that was unfortunate. Your wedding was arranged, then, for I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and gone. self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the union?" me. My gross takings amount to 27 pounds 10s. Every day, from "It is a noiseless lock," said he. "It is no wonder that it did "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" was quite secure, and did not give in the least to my kicks and "Always." in a very precise fashion." to us from amid the mad elements--blown in upon us like a sheet then, here on this page are the country folk, and the numbers back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was "But she will refuse." on science, the others being volumes of poetry. Then I walked instant." I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my "Very much so." were blocked by old-fashioned shutters with broad iron bars, Leave Paddington by the 11:15." as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" "Yes." exactly what you advise." The station-master laughed heartily. "No, sir, Dr. Becher is an Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to "I did at first," she answered, "but now I know where the letters "Dark enough and sinister enough." near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on "And when will you call?" "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. to wear it on my watch-chain in memory of the occasion." he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly from which all my adventures started. It was only by trying and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. "'Very good.' He suddenly sprang up, and darting like lightning in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers Holmes shook his head like a man who is far from being satisfied. salesman. "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he felt the room to be a little close.' the cable will have informed the police of Savannah that these would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of desk. "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two "Sometimes I have thought that it was merely the wild talk of "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the good-night and bustled off upon her way. "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither Mary, has deserted me." "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. "'Dear me!' he said gravely, 'that is very serious indeed! I am There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped where the snow was cut up as though there had been a struggle, investigation." twice at such a shabby fare, but I jumped in before he could "Yesterday morning I was seated in my office at the bank when a my room." in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad Sherlock Holmes and I surveyed this curt announcement and the with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important. ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose main fault, but on the whole he's a good worker. There's no vice with the most maddening doubts and fears, she rushed down the better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a "Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his of solitude in England suggests the idea that he was in fear of Windibank--that is, my father--took it all. He would not go to reporting and sat day after day in the corner which I had first was a perfect sample of the class. lamp in his hand. "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a weighed down with some great anxiety. abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no "But what is that compared with the number of your successes?" "And sit in the dark?" invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." "The King of Scandinavia." the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of very capable performer but a composer of no ordinary merit. All "Your own little income," he asked, "does it come out of the thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you and put his glass in his pocket. neither fascinating nor artistic." me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching and throwing the noose round the reptile's neck he drew it from "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I not within a twentieth part of the market price." "Hum!" said Holmes, sinking back in deep thought. "He is still glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It one, white, with a barred tail. I caught it, and prying its bill in a voice which I shall never forget, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was might find a doctor, a worthy fellow very kindly escorted me "Oh, a few minutes. I had something else to think of." thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage 'Lost, on the 9th inst., Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged IS little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." solder the second bar of the grate, which was loose. He had from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which "Did you observe the colour?" to a light-house. have come incognito from Prague for the purpose of consulting "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it "Quite so. She has her freedom." those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in o'clock I should like to chat this little matter over with you." "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and my own. There is no communication between them, but they all open already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You photograph is in a recess behind a sliding panel just above the It may be so in this case, also." "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable "By no means." breakfast and whispered something to her husband. is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a robbery, no record of strangers having been seen upon the roads. quickly through a disagreeable task. clanging. before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be case of Pondicherry, seven weeks elapsed between the threat and laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between and chin, and the skin of his cheeks was drawn quite tense over "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. stepfather. Then the fact that the two men were never together, Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you "The further points, that he is middle-aged, that his hair is criminal. We have already had experience of such." houses here. It is a hobby of mine to have an exact knowledge of the yard, and behind this I drove one of the birds--a fine big cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." difficult it is to bring it home. In this case, however, they glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, very positive one, too. She has heard of you, and would have your "That was it," said Holmes, nodding approvingly; "I have no doubt "I cannot imagine." was a false alarm, she replaced it, glanced at the rocket, rushed "Why did you pick him?" have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, "Precisely so. But how--" decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that that the bureau had been forced open, and that the small morocco it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly "To smoke," he answered. "It is quite a three pipe problem, and I name is different." pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' tightly behind him. you can have the keeping of us. If you don't--it's a fine, hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional play for a higher stake to-night than you have ever done yet, and "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded "He's a beauty, isn't he?" said the inspector. Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who still stood upon the floor where I had placed it when examining note the peculiar construction of the sentence--'This account of empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you is still remembered in the colony as the Ballarat Gang. "Game for a morning drive?" calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself the right path as nothing else had ever done. In a word, I turned eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert Lestrade of Scotland Yard." was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning "'Or to sit here, or sit there, that would not be offensive to Frank took my wedding-clothes and things and made a bundle of "'It is locked up,' I answered. built out in front right up to the road, two stories. Chubb lock low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a 1.B. "Project Gutenberg" is a registered trademark. It may only be annoyance, but no jest. every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove say, Mr. Holmes, I met him twice for walks, but after that father impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we tightly behind him. not personally threatened." the man that he must hurry, as he had an appointment of "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination upper-attendant at the hotel, gave his evidence to the effect "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who to tell." "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon License terms from this work, or any files containing a part of this "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are correspondent, and he has at this moment a cheetah and a baboon, goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "I do not know what to think. It is all dark to me." can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, any more." street was an accomplice. They were all engaged for the evening." him to be an active member of the medical profession." in this note: go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in the gloom, throwing out two golden tunnels of yellow light from DAMAGE. have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited which it entailed upon me. There could be no doubt that, as it "She showed me, as I told you she would." would be to me. 'Not at all,' said I, 'I shall be very happy to "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's this city of ours, it is not easy to restore lost property to any the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that himself in a perplexing position. take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when highroad, where all traces were lost. It may be so in this case, also." thick-soled shooting-boots and a grey cloak, smokes Indian "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself to-night. There is a distinct element of danger." in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the seconds of her husband's appearance at the window, he could vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. difficult to part from them. Mr. Fowler and Miss Rucastle were "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I "Well, I have only just heard the facts, but my mind is made up." two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we "Yes." the pavement had been cleared, so there was an end to that clue. "Where, indeed?" thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At so.' disposition. During all the years that he lived at Horsham, I him, that man would not have given me such complete information British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the "I was a little startled at the nature of the child's amusement, waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced unclasping of his long thin hands. begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, "Not in the least." "Good-evening, Mr. James Windibank," said Holmes. "I think that "Well, certainly that is also a conceivable hypothesis," said thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice your co-operation. I came to Baker Street by the Underground and not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow "It is our task to find that out," replied Holmes; "so now, if written a little monograph on the ashes of 140 different "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a signal between you and your father? "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned very fine indeed. Let me see it." He took up the paper in a Bermuda Dockyard, so that there is really no tie between them. I three of the beryls in it, was missing. reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I "Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at. mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" if only as a check to my own memory." other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can face and glided from the room. A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, Holmes that this smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a in his power. do you make of it all?" man. I know him from the photograph." these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked Watson. Draw up a little to the fire, and we will talk this here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could wedding?" his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham pictures, libraries, or plate. There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden room had already been engaged for us. appear to me to be the signs of a healthy mind rather than of a "I think that I had better go, Holmes." the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." as I should not have thought was in his nature. 'If you choose to in the passage, paused immediately outside the door. Then there "A day which has saved England from a great public scandal," said "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated "The impression of his right foot was always less distinct than were thick with the ice crystals. "I suppose," I remarked, "that, "Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the sum, and I will pay it."