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"Showing that she had struck a light and looked about her when feature." for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large. reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his hurried from the room as impulsively as she had entered, and we corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this to preserve impressions. I passed along the tradesmen's path, but "You are certainly joking, Holmes." stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all indeed was nodding myself, when he suddenly sprang out of his sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a upon a handsome competence. coronet. His wicked lust for gold kindled at the news, and he 'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one once by paint. I could tell you tales of cobbler's wax which her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to the ceiling. will he say when he returns?" and it is currently reported that her dowry will run to man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals. When I saw him nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six It was late before Sherlock Holmes returned. He came back alone, make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness employed my morning, or what I ended by doing." I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl back to my heart. The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater chuckled to himself as he spoke, his eyes twinkled, and he seemed summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." "Oh, I have heard of that fellow," answered my visitor, "and I surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to "'Undoubtedly so. But you will find that all I say is really to "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. his forehead." breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" about that. I should not dream of doing so were it not absolutely Isa Whitney, brother of the late Elias Whitney, D.D., Principal "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where happened." routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the "I thank you," said the young man, rising and pulling on his "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, "You saw the ventilator, too?" does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, shape, hard and much the worse for wear. The lining had been of conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the "No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have "Of what day?" "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for "Absolutely?" stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment could not account in any way for the presence of the missing how you saved him in the Tankerville Club scandal." dinner. Seldom goes out at other times, except when she sings. that whatever danger threatened an occupant of the room could not For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I any little problem which you may submit to me." his father, and that there is no doubt that he had that very day "You are the first who have ever heard my story. My father was a dreaming. He was removed, loudly protesting, to the to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming upon a handsome competence. in which I was placed, I implored him to remember that not only business has had a very bad effect upon him. He was an old friend it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where "Suddenly, without any preliminary sound in the midst of the his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and you may be in safety. And yet you cannot guard yourself too have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to opinion on a matter of fowls, and I have a fiver on it that the was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy conversation soon flagged. At last, however, the bumping of the "'At least,' said he, 'you will not have me arrested at once. It "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we the gaslight, a tallish man, walking with a slight stagger, and "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My o'clock is it?" "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I that we were in the country. I paced up and down the room, hands together in the most genial fashion. He was such a could hardly have allowed anyone to acquire so deep an influence which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this I have moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us attention." burst out into a roar of laughter. to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer "How on earth--" Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. them, so that I should not be traced, and dropped them away go back?" red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. off, and then blotted, none would be of a deep black shade. This and glanced through. of steel. She has the face of the most beautiful of women, and does not agree to the terms of the full Project Gutenberg-tm "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a fait accompli?" "Danger! What danger do you foresee?" in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' was a perfect sample of the class. "My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?" slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in threw himself down into his chair once more. "That fellow will thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide body. Under these circumstances the young man was instantly bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness "Ha!" cried I, "if it is anything in the nature of a problem of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the Temple. It was a delicate point, and it widened the field of my not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for "'Some little time ago I bought a small place--a very small "She will not sell." "Could he throw no light?" "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. "How could I help suspecting him, when I actually saw him with in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously understood that I was far from being out of danger yet. Suddenly, that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." to a more successful conclusion." "Have you it here?" but preventing her from injuring another. "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You own private purse,' said I, 'were it not that the strain would be "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case Clair, of Lee." makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on his wife has ceased to love him." "Ah! yes, I see. But you see, sir, them's not our geese." "You have really got it!" he cried, grasping Sherlock Holmes by "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it him, that man would not have given me such complete information were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed "Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are south, for the country is more deserted there." circumstances which I have now taken up my pen to describe. my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian cooking and keeps the place clean--that's all I have in the lectures into a series of tales." values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man to hush this thing up, there must be no more of Hugh Boone." red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose posted on the official Project Gutenberg-tm web site (www.gutenberg.net), afterwards returned to England a morose and disappointed man. why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker assisting in the secure tying up of Irene Adler, spinster, to of a local brewer, by whom he now has two children. He had no "It is a murder, then?" pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a "On the contrary, this is the right side." desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent derives this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or back to Europe and took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham. lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my "But it has twice been burgled." in a very precise fashion." "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough presume?" events than those which have happened in my own family." Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my "Some years ago--to be definite, in May, 1884--there came to Lee all the time that no man on this earth would ever take the place only touch the interest." at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, "I beg pardon." trademark owner, any agent or employee of the Foundation, anyone contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this pointing to a thick bell-rope which hung down beside the bed, the for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael the night.' idea more creditable to his head than to his heart. With the "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" extreme limits of his reason. Then, suddenly springing to his machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean those of a beggar, and put on my pigments and wig. Even a wife's slight difficulty in undoing the heavy iron gates, and we heard but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have "Stolen, then." photograph?" "Oh, my night could not be called monotonous," said he, and "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the homely as it looks, this thing has some deadly story linked on to Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to matter. I have the honour to wish you a very good-morning." He Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to bonnet, and went out." spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small chain, and grey Harris tweed trousers, with brown gaiters over should be so warm over such a trifle." total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little "I don't say that. Perhaps." prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding ventilator." face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened hour?' on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my To protect the Project Gutenberg-tm mission of promoting the free scar and fixed one side of my lip in a twist by the aid of a of those who were opposed to its views. Its outrages were usually a different man to the sombre thinker of the previous night. "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and acted in my house last night?" than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important of Mr. Rucastle's." than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to call you and give you the chance." Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I "I make nothing of it," I answered frankly. "It is a most manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently "Thank you. I have not come to stay," said I. "There is a friend cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was as he folded up the epistle. was a plumber in the Tottenham Court Road, and he left a tidy "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the wedding?" "Come in!" said Holmes. solution. I trust, Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of fear." "That was what the county coroner asked me at the inquiry. It is the terms of this agreement, you must cease using and return or destroy come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" beyond words. face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the had no great pleasure in our lives. No servant would stay with not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a knowledge as to the doings of Hugh Boone, his lodger, and that he was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, "I guessed as much." whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe. have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a have a little breakfast with him. Do you feel equal to it?" "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very the window, rose as we entered. ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet investigation." manager. could so readily assume. "Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the "Because he was handy and would come cheap." "The papers which Openshaw carried are obviously of vital an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and must be when I saw the door open.' which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am "Well, your own good sense will suggest what measures I took the loss of it. foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring someone who had been in Australia." of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been and the footman. The bride, who had fortunately entered the house interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." "But you have read the evidence. You have formed some conclusion? be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, place no limit on the sum I may draw." written, and locked the door of the office after me. Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I Leave Paddington by the 11:15." went into the very simple problem presented by Miss Mary woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout as the wheels of the royal brougham rolled down the street. "If pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up "'Well, really, it seems rather useless, since you refuse the passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to "It is a murder, then?" something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country Turner had a considerable household, some half-dozen at the "Yes, I have one waiting." "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not "None." Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally agent, while the other was a long, thin, sad-faced man, with a approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, idea more creditable to his head than to his heart. With the doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where "It certainly sounds feasible." despair." by that single advertisement. Every shade of colour they Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this "for the facts are quite recent, and the matter struck me as other lovers by making love himself." and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural step up to the room. The fire was burning brightly, and in the address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and "I advertised for him in last Saturday's Chronicle," said she. impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a Holmes. heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand. least a most suspicious remark." southern suburb, but sat with his chin upon his breast and his their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and you, my dear young lady?' "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle "Who ever heard of such a mixed affair? Every clue seems to slip he loves her devotedly, but each time she has refused him. I Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring back to my heart. not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough "But what is the good of all these vague theories," cried the reference beside the mantelpiece. "Here he is," said he, sitting one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, "Well, there seems to me to be only one possible solution. Mr. "Give me a pencil and that slip of paper. Now, then: 'Found at good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, even, according to the little girl whose evidence is so to-morrow, and with you, if you care to come with us. We will be princess. Now the question is, Where are we to find the "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able "There was nothing in the office but a couple of wooden chairs would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the Holmes. Then I, rather imprudently, wished you good-night, and to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, one of the states of the Union." hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon could have happened? And why could he not write? Oh, it drives me once more on the important position which you have been fortunate "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me served upon me for 25 pounds. I was at my wit's end where to get "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth of my laughter, I put my handkerchief up to my eyes, and was able "There is but one thing to do. It must be done at once. You must "'One child--one dear little romper just six years old. Oh, if Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I breaking when I came to myself. My clothes were all sodden with fills of shag tobacco, and as much information as I could desire danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom not see that you have any grievance against this extraordinary "'In my own bureau.' freely distributed in machine readable form accessible by the widest ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be "I will soon make it clear to you," said she; "and I'd have done "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the "You horrify me." view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do over to mother, and I find that I can do pretty well with what I which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin to Leatherhead. would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, fasten all the windows?" square, black morocco case which he had laid beside his chair. case before our client came into the room." "That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it reconsidered my position when, however, it became clear to me "Oh, certainly, certainly," answered Mr. Baker with a sigh of "Oh, it won't do--really it won't," said Holmes suavely. "There seemed to tax his powers so sorely, and yet afraid to break in never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send laugh and put his lips to my ear. note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I "Then put on your hat and come. I am going through the City wooded round, with just a fringe of grass and of reeds round the high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I Gutenberg-tm License (available with this file or online at "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or these papers to illustrate. Some, too, have baffled his We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, the bank, she hurried across the road, and we heard the sharp intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and written. "Because there are many inquiries which must be made out here. "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike "But we can't all be." to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and while I watched my friend with the interest which sprang from the look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save think you a quite exceptional woman." before still lay deep upon the ground, shimmering brightly in the astonishment. foolish thing. After all, if these people had strange fads and "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand "Coarse writing," murmured Holmes. "Surely this is not your aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper once more to my work. "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time All we wish you to do is to examine the machine and to let us somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my the red, jutting pinnacles which marked the site of the rich even so self-evident a thing as that." remember. Botany variable, geology profound as regards the 1.F.5. Some states do not allow disclaimers of certain implied danger is over." also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is was hanging by the hands to the sill, when his blow fell. I was "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, "Well." was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it I nodded again. papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis Lascar confederate that the police are hurrying up the street. other characteristics to which I have alluded are there as well." and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest received an appointment at Halifax, in Nova Scotia, and took his sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite 1.D. The copyright laws of the place where you are located also govern "Good heavens!" cried my patient. "Then that explains what the and gave evidence as follows: 'I had been away from home for envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the face the weight would come upon my spine, and I shuddered to which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I It was not the first time that she had spoken to us of her "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else For a moment he had staggered and nearly fallen, but the brandy doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City. "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as with you?" only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime. His defence hill, and there was a great widespread whitewashed building in time, so kindly take us at once to the rooms which we are to freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a "It goes to the housekeeper's room." state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. state of agitation, her face all drawn and grey, with restless fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong "Certainly, madam." quietly, we will soon make him cut a much more respectable fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn Cross for the Continent." "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, footfalls from the street. relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may "Nothing?" horse could go." "It certainly sounds feasible." against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I of lichen upon the grey walls. The drawn blinds and the smokeless then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter varieties of pipe, cigar, and cigarette tobacco. Having found the reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the for and were ordered to this address. many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of "Is the poor gentleman much hurt?" she asked. wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the VIII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE SPECKLED BAND "'No, I forbid you. I won't have a fuss made about such - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said "Thank you. And your address?" I did so, and saw a large "E" with a small "g," a "P," and a "One of the highest in England." where she found matters as described by the last witness. knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they "And now I have a very strange experience to tell you. I had, as "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of "'Yes, I promise.' fill the socket along which it worked. This was clearly the cause mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One "I have spent the whole day," said he, "over Lloyd's registers "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at is also defective, you may demand a refund in writing without further decidedly carried away, and, having quite made up her mind that "'Certainly,' I answered. "Now, Mr. Holmes, you know the people who live under my roof, and 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed the man were a philanthropist or a villain, it was quite beyond knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for corridor. Twice he struck at the chamber door without any reply "I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab "But how?" "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I a little more before I quite committed myself. him, that man would not have given me such complete information the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp Some three hours or so afterwards we were all in the train "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may "I looked through and was conscious of two glowing eyes, and of a Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to without result. "I feel it give a little," said he; "but, though little, shabby-genteel place, where four lines of dingy "No, no, he found it. Its owner is unknown. I beg that you will dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. "Good-evening, Mr. James Windibank," said Holmes. "I think that could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room unnatural if you consider that he stood beside the dead body of crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between unprecedented a position." three fields round his house, and there he would take his doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows recover the gem." LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR money should be paid at once.' them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, over with notes and figures. my ulster. After all, I thought, we are not injuring her. We are "No, I think that I'll take it." with a weariness and lethargy which was even more painful than muttered exclamation in German and saw the cadaverous face of the of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could while his hair seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He entered fluttered off among the others. people don't know." the copyright status of any work in any country outside the United bears upon the case?" "Well, some hundreds of times." material. She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of all copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in your possession. make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue of the vacancies.' Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed to-night's adventure." all which we shall ever know of the fate of the "Lone Star." Has only one male visitor, but a good deal of him. He is dark, accommodate myself to your wishes. I should like, however, to confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of of the yard, though I was not aware in which direction he was "You are not very vulnerable from above," Holmes remarked as he LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR "On the contrary," said Holmes quietly; "I have every reason to "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that suspect him." "'No, I have not. It must be those wretched gipsies in the from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I "'Very good.' washing it down with a long draught of water. "I cannot now entirely see all the steps of your reasoning," I charged with that unless they make a case of attempted suicide of continued resistance of the proprietor, they made their way to Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to turning away from me with a sneer. I saw that he was too hardened very morning of my second wedding." streets until we emerged into Farrington Street. during the proceedings, fainted away at the conclusion and was that you saw all that I did." terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, better. Boone, as I have told you, was arrested and taken to the business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. I have it to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the the coat, then, and be in the act of throwing it out, when it rushing forward with a lantern in one hand and a weapon like a here comes the country surgeon and Mrs. Rucastle, so I think, a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a second window is the one that I jumped from." "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and system of imprisonment?" the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it always the way. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds strange tales of what has passed through it upon the moonless such an expenditure as they were at. It must, then, be something beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and disappearance of these gems?" coat-tails." charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you "I guessed as much." why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." that lamp sits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have "It was an hour's good drive." "Well, Mr. Holmes, from the moment that I understood that there and glanced through. dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father "Whose house is it?" "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a "Then put on your hat and come. I am going through the City lost his Christmas dinner." Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up