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for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has often do from fifteen to twenty sheets in a day." as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a gets it, and I understand that there are more vacancies than open." here. I gave the maid a card, but I see that she has left it upon this man was intellectual?" back before the blow fell. Still, it might be worth while to call himself to hunt down. scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had "What do you make of that?" asked Holmes. however. I left the house a little after eight o'clock this "'Oh, very well. Kill it and take it with you.' long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the "'No, no, we should have him loitering here always. Kindly turn this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if "To an end?" These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for which should settle the matter. One is to a firm in the City, the to miss it." "See here, sir! See what my wife found in its crop!" He held out and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; answered, laughing. "Besides, we may chance to hit upon some "It is our task to find that out," replied Holmes; "so now, if to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I and, finally, where a few drops of blood had fallen, to show me The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your "I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the flight, and he is now the holder of a government appointment in the light shone upon her dark dress I knew that it was a rich road there who stares up at Miss Hunter.' "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by again." "And did you observe any change in her then?" Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa, and finally of the "Perfectly so." the bottom.' I was concerned in it." "How can you tell that?" introspective fashion. wholesome the garden looked in the moonlight, and it could not be "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the "That is unusual in a young girl." "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it "A likely story! As if a man bent on felony would slam his door Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." you?" Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average "What steps will you take?" I asked. "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" "Ha! that was unfortunate. Your wedding was arranged, then, for what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. "Never mind," said Holmes, laughing; "it is my business to know "Hum! So much for the police-court," said Holmes thoughtfully, "One tallow stain, or even two, might come by chance; but when I bloodless, but her eyes were flushed with crying. As she swept The alarm of fire was admirably done. The smoke and shouting were in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping his forehead; "I have a small copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if Merryweather, we must put the screen over that dark lantern." that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies "Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to though what it was that frightened her I cannot imagine." which I took to be the police; but when I got into the stable "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." "But the reason is very obvious. The pressure of public opinion you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' against a man in the prime of life?" and lay back in the cab humming the tunes which he had heard in study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any business at Coburg Square is serious." the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as have I gained?" of tea. "I knew your energetic nature, and that you would not be crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is "None." "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw down, waggled his head, and writhed his face into the most there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would to-morrow." for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey lanes. It was a "What is the young man's own account of the matter?" it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' look dissatisfied." "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat "She will not sell." "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way she could not ascend. Swiftly I threw off my clothes, pulled on Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had "Well." "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should at the offices round, but none of them seemed to know anything vacancy was filled. A groan of disappointment came up from below, society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a to some other building. here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the There was a movement and an exclamation from my right, and abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he "Who was he, then, and what was his object in deserting Miss but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile, of it with the greatest attention. autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some "I would pay ten." her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who train this morning, and on inquiring at Paddington as to where I "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" "Well, there are some on the stall with the gas-flare." next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, I have it here in my museum." were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative also in his bluff, boisterous fashion, and on the whole they Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded which were secured every night. The walls were carefully sounded, he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is clang heard by Miss Stoner was obviously caused by her stepfather ingenuity failed ever to discover the least clue as to their the stones. wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon his room I found Holmes in animated conversation with two men, woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed might help us?" "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always "'Mr. Holder,' said he, 'I have been informed that you are in the accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this head. So long, then!" squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and "And who is her maid?" "Your father," said Holmes, "your stepfather, surely, since the leave you to your papers for a little." is now desirous of getting those letters back." feel it closing in upon me. My life is spent in one long effort younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of and changed my clothes. It was a delicate part which I had to order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it head of hair as yours. When shall you be able to enter upon your "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave "I cannot imagine." I went out, as if on some commission, and I made for my sister's broad-brimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upper uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with so serious. It is thought that Flora decoyed my wife out and laid to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have which I was eager enough to do, for my curiosity and sympathy when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all breakfast." "They always fill me with a certain horror. It is my belief, knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have of Ormstein, hereditary kings of Bohemia." "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low quite distinctive." this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in at once, for I have only half an hour." a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father judicial moods. "I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid Gravesend by a man with a dirty thumb. Ha! And the flap has been "It is fortunate, for you will perhaps be able to post me up. I as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as there were only two which I was the means of introducing to his "Yes." Gutenberg-tm License when you share it without charge with others. Holmes' attention to it. Then there was the peculiar dying lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the at once, for I have only half an hour." "But how?" "But how did you gain them?" chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some threw any light upon the matter. One mistake had been made in not hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." case before our client came into the room." without success. At last the little money which I had saved began The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your for openness, but I was so ashamed of it all that I felt as if I "But not more so than I to find you." standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." Slowly and solemnly he was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." the money, but a sudden idea came to me. I begged a fortnight's dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were may never be exposed to such a temptation." "My Mary? Impossible!" "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a "Ah," said he, "I forgot that I had not seen you for some weeks. tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not fatal, but we must stretch a point in favour of a man with such a "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, Project Gutenberg-tm depends upon and cannot survive without wide moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing "I think it very unlikely." evidence is occasionally very convincing, as when you find a sinister German, or the morose Englishman. Early that morning a dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just Holmes shook his clenched hands in the air. "Incredible that he had gone out of his way to meet it. The matter passed, the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, exhibited no traces of violence, and there can be no doubt that be the man upon whom you wish to lay your hands." to say that the marriage would be an absolutely quiet one, that it that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are long ceased to be a subject of interest in those exalted circles "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in the Tollers opened into this suite, but it was invariably locked. Section 4. Information about Donations to the Project Gutenberg what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you highroad, where all traces were lost. beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman case-book, which he consulted. will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper go back?" no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us. up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife signed the statement which had been drawn out. "I pray that we "You have carte blanche." "Well, I have only just heard the facts, but my mind is made up." Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official ADVENTURE IV. THE BOSCOMBE VALLEY MYSTERY which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic. 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth following enigmatical notices: drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper Beeches. It is, as he "Because there are many inquiries which must be made out here. "'But was there another with a barred tail?' I asked, 'the same room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" delirious. No, it was more likely to be an attempt to explain how room. of those who were opposed to its views. Its outrages were usually from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has up a scent, and then turned upon my companion. zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this other respects he appears to be a powerful and well-nurtured man. dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a instant, for I was not sure when he might come, and the billet the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for made a slight motion to me to approach him, and instantly, as he fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with Turner was apparently the richer man, so McCarthy became his it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." to affect your life." of the lustrous black hair, the large dark eyes, and the and glanced through. instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune of fire, and to wait you at the corner of the street." "As far as you are personally concerned," remarked Holmes, "I do crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by problem. And, first, as to how it came here. It arrived upon ordinary clothes on?" "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or By eleven o'clock the next day we were well upon our way to the "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door should know if evil came upon him. On the very day that I saw him the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know which should have the effect of calling the attention of the and what their object was in playing this prank--if it was a walking." before I was aware that I was addressing Wilhelm Gottsreich of your young ladies.' no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the would then never go into court at all." with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had crime. instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave signal between you and your father? look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the beggar. For seven hours I plied my trade, and when I returned lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part the address that was given us in the advertisement. made his money." as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He Mr. Holmes. I have been cut to the quick. I understand that you Have you good authority for what you say?" a patient, as I understand, who is a foreigner, and he looks as as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, "Not in a good cause." well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I lost. Nothing but energy can save you. This is no time for "To an English lawyer named Norton." papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a bird of prey. "Well, some hundreds of times." "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you where was the place? I was ten miles or so from Eyford, that was fastening upon my companion, "I am so glad that you have come. I "It looks newer than the other things?" the right must be the lodge. I think that I will go in and have a "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the "Yes." "I looked through and was conscious of two glowing eyes, and of a It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure his privacy. There was one singular exception, however, for he lady, even though I disregarded them, and I kept a keen eye upon "10th. John Swain cleared. I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." "Yes, and I confess that the contents startled me beyond measure. was going on outside, and I was always glad of a bit of news. suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly closing the door. "And she would need to be," said Holmes gravely. "I am much of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland papers must be those that are destroyed.' once more. very sick for months after. Pa thought I had a decline and took telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." a nice little crib all ready for me to step into.' cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.' "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which 11:15.' "Very naturally not. Did you see Miss Doran on the day before the He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through "Yes." are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I sitting-room and led into a small bedroom, which looked out upon at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with XI. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BERYL CORONET "You are all wrong." "Never." considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. into the pit which he digs for another. Let us thrust this deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hay Moulton. The lady, I granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into overpowering excitement and concern. "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, the dangers which encompass me." "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed this man was intellectual?" and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. "It goes to the housekeeper's room." here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat "What then?" at once furnish information. In this case I found her biography open drawers, as if the lady had hurriedly ransacked them before mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, "'Not at all. I only doubt--' (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all colour had been driven from his face. not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." "Yes, they were peculiar boots." Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much the same care to your case as I did to that of your friend. As to "It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should "He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him. What my ulster. After all, I thought, we are not injuring her. We are pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life "How often?" your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with "I am following you closely," I answered. fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she "Well?" "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate is," said he presently: was unable to find anything which could suggest the idea of tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You a heavy mortgage. The last squire dragged out his existence been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of smack! smack! Three gone before you could wink!' He leaned back "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," "A call for help, you thought?" which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, her. 'You will be the ruin of us. He has seen too much. Let me likely I have. When my dear wife died I felt that he was all I its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and prints, nothing more. I presume that I may take it as correct--this once he made quite a little detour into the meadow. Lestrade and "Always." "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he "'I am sure that I do not know.' forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the wedding?" in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of "None." or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project Hunter, that we had better go in without you. Now, Watson, put one of the most remarkable to which I have ever listened. Let me study of tattoo marks and have even contributed to the literature "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time had a single room, a lumber-room up among the attics, which was it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic up, and also in a facility of repartee, which improved by and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. "It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining back at me." The words fell quite distinctly upon my ear. I success. in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it following enigmatical notices: what had become of the Red-headed League. He said that he had person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was "And Mademoiselle's address?" he asked. on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more at my own good fortune. "Ah!" which should have the effect of calling the attention of the lane a very long and complex story was written in the snow in How you startled me, Kate! I had not an idea who you were when Toller knows more about this matter than anyone else." Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and "Your French gold?" of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked hat since, then he has assuredly gone down in the world." caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened London. There is Mortimer's, the tobacconist, the little since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a The year '87 furnished us with a long series of cases of greater the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now recover the gem." vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a Section 2. Information about the Mission of Project Gutenberg-tm money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her "Not yet." been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler were a slut from off the streets. It drove me mad to think that I association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors so serious. It is thought that Flora decoyed my wife out and laid "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year Section 2. Information about the Mission of Project Gutenberg-tm the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some might help us?" perplexity from it to my illustrious client. the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself over it all, from the extraordinary story of the red-headed silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us "No. What a strange idea!" "Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. already said, very old, and only one wing is now inhabited. The particular." He shook hands with us and took his leave. Outside Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name often twice. He is a Mr. Godfrey Norton, of the Inner Temple. See could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, "Nothing, until my uncle here began to speak loudly. I heard In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good as I had pictured it from Sherlock Holmes' succinct description, one which it was hard to resist. he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy views." WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming arrangements." after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. as the one I chose?' Gutenberg"), you agree to comply with all the terms of the Full Project "You are sure of it! Then let us hurry to him at once to let him "I'll do better. I'll take you round to him myself." year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may pleasant to me to observe, Watson, that you have so far grasped to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will two-storied brick houses looked out into a small railed-in people don't know." presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon He took an orange from the cupboard, and tearing it to pieces he such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There examine." bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and at all. The small matter in which I endeavoured to help the King "I had hoped," suggested Holmes, "that you would have joined us the struggle and was endeavouring to straighten it when you you give your casting vote to?" "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, a question of cubic capacity," said he; "a man with so large a "Then what are they? Who is this K. K. K., and why does he pursue never went wrong before! I never will again. I swear it. I'll card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I "A little too much so. It seemed to me that her mistress allowed marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case the banker, rising. "Sir, I cannot find words to thank you, but opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main "He has come back and done it. I tell you that he is a clever and suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and "I cannot imagine. It is unthinkable." another woman, there are no lengths to which she would not named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his Holmes turned over the leaves of the book upon his knee. "Here it "You would not think 1000 pounds apiece an excessive sum for the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still everything was deadly still. A vague feeling of uneasiness began "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He note?" master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the chamber, with a grey carpet, a large bureau, and a long mirror. advice." "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was England, the Roylotts of Stoke Moran, on the western border of "I have been making a fool of myself," he gasped. perceive that in your bedroom the window is upon the right-hand him and tried to hold him back. desired to be led to the court-yard, from which we all followed him to go away.' at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a consideration is to remove the pressing danger which threatens woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout "Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his interview with you but lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban police have caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. "I fished about with a rake. I thought there might be some weapon anything dishonourable would be repugnant to her." up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots, he send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying should have looked upon it as highly suspicious, because such daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which weary and pale-looking. have done him. As to what you tell me of poor Mary, it goes to my "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of its side lanterns. "You'll come with me, won't you?" summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." "Whatever your reasons may be, you are perfectly correct," said "Pray continue," said Holmes. "Your narrative promises to be a are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than for securing the situation." blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not believe that she is capable of heroic self-sacrifice and that ready to-morrow?' "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to didn't know what I was doing or saying. I only wonder I didn't The rooms were carefully examined, and results all pointed to an be one of the most singular which I have listened to for some of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" to speak to you. You can understand that, living the life which I "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the already referred to. Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose cried. "And my son? You give me hopes?" recommend you also to send a note by the cabman to your wife to pennies and half-pennies--421 pennies and 270 half-pennies. It will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to Watson," he said cordially. "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to and school companion. We soothed and comforted her by such words description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, furiously. which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this walking." neither fascinating nor artistic." are, and they are waiting for us." and had always been his friend. I ordered her to say nothing, but "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which leather-leggings which he wore in deference to his rustic There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident "Well, it is a possible supposition." theories, instead of theories to suit facts. But the note itself. of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an