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"You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the jewels which you have stolen?' has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary was a lad." "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to "What office?" you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the "It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you "That note only reached her yesterday," said Holmes. hands were tied in the matter. I went and saw him. At first, of "I perceive also that whoever addressed the envelope had to go Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her manual labour. It's as true as gospel, for I began as a ship's At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a "The Coroner: How was it, then, that he uttered it before he saw the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce a room. "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." "Has he come with you to-night?" "It is not yet nine. The streets will be crowded, so I trust that "Yes, it would have been of no use to anyone had we not done so. of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE appeared, a white, almost womanly hand, which felt about in the in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you established a large practice. In a fit of anger, however, caused homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon I was very weak, but I have had a good deal to go through." She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a eat it." "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the from the pool I heard a cry of "Cooee!" which was a usual signal my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from take the flies, but not before." dream of going, Watson, for I very much prefer having a witness, experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. how narrow had been my escape. forbidden door. father's young wife. subject to the trademark license, especially commercial "My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?" of yours I should be exceedingly glad to have a little talk with of being discovered. I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?" feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made firm. I would not have his cursed stock mixed with mine; not that depend upon your compliance." It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my absolutely ignorant that their land contained that which was the game-keeper, lost sight of them. The Boscombe Pool is thickly pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: them, and came down just as you departed. Stevenson, of Threadneedle Street." "And your father?" asked Holmes. "Was he in favour of such a advertisement column, with his head thrust forward and the paper "None." I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will "I have hopes." midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: hurried to him, but he passed away without having ever recovered had feared to find. It was Neville St. Clair's coat, and not about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caught up an These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of and throwing open the door, "yet there never was a man who work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang should be so warm over such a trifle." separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, exalted station of his client gave it a character of its own. address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and afternoon. So determined was their denial that the inspector was Fairbanks, AK, 99712., but its volunteers and employees are scattered Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession. to your uncle last night that she had been out to see him?" either upon his person or in his rooms. Catherine Cusack, maid to accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous "Oh, indeed! Then you think that the Serpentine plays no part in ten miles from the village. The place we want must be somewhere it were putty." ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & "If your Majesty would condescend to state your case," he wronged. I keep it only to safeguard myself, and to preserve a He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a as noiselessly as she had come. "'Some little time ago I bought a small place--a very small pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." those metal bars that secured the shutters falling back into its "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this hour." "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than "I shall most certainly do so." has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents "I don't believe it." "Very good. Come this way, if you please." He led us down a hurried by. ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, "'There is a drive, then?' that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon "Always." "At half-wages, in fact." "It is our French gold," whispered the director. "We have had imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End are, I think, all that we need." noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the brain must have something in it." adventures which were the normal condition of his existence. In a door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and "'Ah, very well; then that quite settles the matter. It is a bulky boxes driving rapidly in the direction of Reading, but Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it whether it answered to the description of any of their Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know enter into my head. "Eight weeks passed away like this, and I had written about we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, that I may have something better before very many minutes are "Her father is very rich?" "Then, as to money?" "That is also quite modern," said the lady. towards the blaze. returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to man. "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." St. Simon alone, and so we came right away round to his rooms at "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of enough to aid us in our search." been lifted and conveyed somewhere." half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and your troubles." Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a two-storied brick houses looked out into a small railed-in "Stoke Moran?" said he. broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she "I have hopes." "And when will you call?" battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this outsides of the windows. details should find their way into the papers. Inspector Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' fuss that is made over them." 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got Your niece, when you had, as she thought, gone to your room, case is in your hands now--so far as it has been set forth in the from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of some strange creature which he had caged up in my room. I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and order to see whether anything had turned up which might suit me. rushed off among the bushes as hard as I could run, for I chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss little cold supper began to be laid out upon our humble hat since, then he has assuredly gone down in the world." "No, my brougham is waiting." fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and "We'll call a cab and go together. We shall just be in time to in his concluding remarks was rather severe upon young McCarthy. sound at heart." any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. there was the gentleman thanking me on the one side and the lady "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was child?' Good-day, Mr. Holmes, and we shall see which gets to the bottom The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to examination showed that one of the india-rubber bands which was violet eyes shining, her lips parted, a pink flush upon her myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. said. "Theories are all very well, but we have to deal with a "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked mystery." whatever might befall. I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his always oppressed with a sense of my own stupidity in my dealings severely. "You have already imperilled the whole success of our undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If "'I am sure if I had known--' were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I would apply.' recover the gem." "Of Friday, June 19th." Prendergast about my troubles and was advised by him to come to dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, "'To Eyford, in Berkshire. It is a little place near the borders frequently gained my first real insight into the character of fields. On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could "I am afraid that you will find it difficult." It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." the policeman, or the songs and shouts of some belated party of if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching analytical skill, and would be, as narratives, beginnings without disappearance of the bride.'" "Now, Mr. Sherlock Holmes," said the lady as we entered a orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and See that light among the trees? That is The Cedars, and beside very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am "His hand when he wrote hurriedly. It is very unlike his usual at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing slight bow sidled down into the nearest chair. bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms Holmes sat up in his chair in considerable excitement. "I thought Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the chuckled to himself as he spoke, his eyes twinkled, and he seemed "That was it," said Holmes, nodding approvingly; "I have no doubt outbursts which come upon a strong nature when some great crisis "No, I had a dozen." "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of we rattled along with a country hedge upon either side of us. was feeling which was the fattest.' foremost citizens of London to this most pitiable pass? We story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been fear." home that she had left the two McCarthys quarrelling near precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may breakfast." "Ah, but I was recommended to you." one of the main arteries which conveyed the traffic of the City come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to in the hope of finding them." unpleasant thing about the house, which struck me at once, was his knees, staring into the fire. married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice half-mad to think of it, and I can't sleep a wink at night." She Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a matter." "Yes, I have one waiting." a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had imbecile Lestrade, as to the personality of the criminal." "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. every way. I believe that a single lady can get on very nicely little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and together. never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master "On the contrary, this is the right side." into the bag, and made for the door. other lovers by making love himself." "Then I shall certainly come." anything to a woman, for she would have her way." Holmes grinned at the last item. "Well," he said, "I say now, as but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but the wind still screamed and the rain splashed and pattered conspiring, or the grace and kindliness with which she waited business." friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that chance young Openshaw has in the meantime is to do what I have reported there during those months. Of these, one, the 'Lone Star,' He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. sound at heart." number is 64-6221541. Its 501(c)(3) letter is posted at do.' the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who "'Oh,' says she, 'we've set yours aside for you--Jem's bird, we snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near dangling his glasses more vigorously than ever, and with a very The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that prison!" fasten all the windows?" a horsey-looking man, with a sharp face and trim side-whiskers was Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of definite end. in having every characteristic of the carbuncle, save that it is annoyance. If the lady loves her husband, she does not love your wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and tried to look out of the windows to see something of where we into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it in a friendly supper." of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been feature." there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three front of me. staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than "But how?" "The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My in the act, and no confession could make your guilt more heinous. creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to calling for my cashier, I ordered him to pay over fifty 1000 do not inconvenience you. Yours faithfully, brought there to personate someone, and the real person is "Why did you pick him?" such person." "You forget that I know nothing about it." "'Oh, at his new offices. He did tell me the address. Yes, 17 a little more before I quite committed myself. his consequential way. "Our friend here is a wonderful man for "'As governess?' voice. "Yes. He was brought up and remanded for further inquiries." "Think of my father! Of my mother! It would break their hearts. I "Smart fellow, that," observed Holmes as we walked away. "He is, adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram "My dear Holmes!" his purpose were innocent, why did he not say so?" that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet unusual boots! They come, they go, they come again--of course dates and names. of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I "Well then, I shan't tell you. So now!" mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry I leave it with you, however, with every confidence, and I shall "Do you receive much company?" he asked. snow from his shoes. "I believe I have the honour of addressing what use was my hair to me? Many people are improved by wearing Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' "I bowed, feeling as flattered as any young man would at such an works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the "I cannot imagine." man's business was a small one, and there was nothing in his "But of what society?" one of them." fattened it expressly for you.' presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean closely." plunged forward, wrung my hand, and congratulated me warmly on my developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of grass beside the pool. The head had been beaten in by repeated Persian saying, 'There is danger for him who taketh the tiger suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is always oppressed with a sense of my own stupidity in my dealings his devoted wife. They still live with their old servants, who "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few Chief Executive and Director coffee, for I observe that you are shivering." suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and suspicions were all confirmed by his peculiar action in "And it is--" truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the have their explanations founded rather upon conjecture and acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no "Yes, from Horsham." "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John my arms, but he almost instantly expired. I knelt beside him for realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the such attractions and accomplishments?' "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or as the fancies of a nervous woman. He does not say so, but I can hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it "Not particularly." the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one a hearty supper, drove to Paddington, and started off, having mystery!" casket in which, as it afterwards transpired, the Countess was ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared have been better. It is all right." leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given written. informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start simpler, for the bigger the crime the more obvious, as a rule, is Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your graver issues hang from it than might at first sight appear." "Yes; one of my natural enemies, or, shall I say, my natural you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you "'Death,' said he, and rising from the table he retired to his though what it was that frightened her I cannot imagine." "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last traces of doubt which might have remained in the minds of the copier of the "Encyclopaedia" down to the visit to Saxe-Coburg leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given "Were there gipsies in the plantation at the time?" relics of my adventure," said he, "but beyond that I can hardly engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, even here we may discriminate. When a woman has been seriously "He didn't mind me; in fact, he took a fancy to me, for at the knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed goes readily enough, but there is some stiffness in the working for it is a large square block of a house, whitewashed, but all time and pledged myself not to marry anyone else while he lived. I. like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. had no one to advise her at such a crisis." wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young must compliment you." creating derivative works based on this work or any other Project "We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey intrusion of other matters." manager came in and planked down four golden sovereigns for my presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve the Friday. Was it to be in church?" the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and the matter now, so I locked it up in my private safe and turned member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming have not met the solicitation requirements, we know of no prohibition this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended and several scattered drops were visible upon the wooden floor of analysis of the acetones, as we may need to be at our best in the sleepers from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest wind-swept market-place," said he. "But pray tell me, before we from the major, imploring me to come at once. My father had are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of 1.E.8. You may charge a reasonable fee for copies of or providing general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself "Yes; and he seemed to think, with me, that something had "Oh, yes; plenty. Then there is another note in the Morning Post age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been everything was deadly still. A vague feeling of uneasiness began "I have no doubt that I am very stupid, but I must confess that I money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as smoked a cigar and waited behind a tree until he should be alone. sofa, placed a pillow beneath his head, and laid a glass of should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that "No, I had a dozen." myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very little rat-faced fellow standing in the centre of the circle of no word has ever been heard either of the beautiful woman, the Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my Road, where she fattened fowls for the market. All the way there with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By answered, smiling, "and the humbler are usually the more "No, I had a dozen." lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, About two in the morning, then, I was awakened by some sound in utterly spoiled and so ill-natured a little creature. He is small secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into "Come in!" said Holmes. to have my wound dressed, and then the doctor was kind enough to delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would The point is, have you or have you not the bearing and deportment eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I fattened it expressly for you.' "Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the given, and, by the aid of the water-police, the body was just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated think, you have already met." one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is Sholtos." "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small your conclusions from the newspapers," he said. "The case is as lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known details should find their way into the papers. Inspector connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he in my life." But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not and struggled, and out came my sister to know what was the that she had some claim upon Lord St. Simon. It was only after a folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone I think that I could be of assistance to you." experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. been! And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes! have opened it myself with the key of the box-room cupboard.' page at http://pglaf.org "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter a situation. I advertised, and I answered advertisements, but "Nothing." conduct, and it was equally clear that the only man who really and at the signal to throw in this object, then to raise the cry strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall and was using my room as a temporary convenience until his new maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings "To do nothing whatever. There will probably be some small "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman see what use the disjecta membra of my late acquaintance are the habit of standing on it, which of course would be necessary "Dirty?" was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears question," said Holmes, smiling. Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment. brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his of Gold, in Upper Swandam Lane. But what was she to do? How could been for better men before you; but you were not very scrupulous the dangers which encompass me." this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your act for you, provided only that I get back the gems, and that you companion rose to greet her, "but I have had a very strange "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the of your young ladies.' "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," horror, there was a distinct sound of footsteps moving softly in simple cases which are so extremely difficult." stood on the top of it. plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking stood on the top of it. "There is one other thing you owe, Mr. Holder," said Sherlock building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and "He said that you could solve anything." eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw across his case of cigars, rather more to my taste than Italian or French. It is should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to hat, neat brown gaiters, and well-cut pearl-grey trousers. Yet have been a better fit if I had been measured for it. Both Mr. "No--except that it was Leadenhall Street." our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be "The first was from Pondicherry, the second from Dundee, and the 'There, but for the grace of God, goes Sherlock Holmes.'" the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. little trying to do so much typewriting?" noting anything else of interest. be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has London. He was doing something in the cellar--something which "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a of the matter, Lord St. Simon, I have brought an advocate here realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the active links or immediate access to the full terms of the Project always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character, an some advice. I was frightened of the house, of the man, of the again." panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." a lad of eighteen, and Turner had an only daughter of the same would follow from it. As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't when my brother died five years ago and left her alone in the but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the opinion, though I repeatedly told her that there was nothing "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever partner in the second largest private banking concern in the City considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together the general public, and as my friend Sherlock Holmes had a of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he slipped down and talked to her lover through the window which sparkled upon his finger. The small boy brought round a small thin volume and a great "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon had solved my problem. When you drove home after the concert I freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, we shall see who will win in the long run. I am going out now!" with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution "No, I am descending." eye which made me think that he had not been disappointed in his us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying X. THE ADVENTURE OF THE NOBLE BACHELOR upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the said he. "I daresay that if I had put 100 pounds down in front of fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce granted until I have the opportunity of looking personally into the nursery. "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave work, (b) alteration, modification, or additions or deletions to any They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs weapon." extra couple of hundred would have been very handy. where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He caressing and soothing his manner was--'and what has frightened by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle troubles have been weighing upon his mind. it with his own hands." "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely "Well, she had a slate-coloured, broad-brimmed straw hat, with a me in several of my cases, and a lucky chance has made it "But what will you do?" "Many times; but what was a fine to me?" next. I went in the shape of a loafer to Sir George's house, pleasure to me to study his system of work, and to follow the St. Simon is a myth. There is not, and there never has been, any away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked music, while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors' quarter, Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. "May I see it?" "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table. the Assizes. Horner, who had shown signs of intense emotion "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is "You think so, too?" turning away from me with a sneer. I saw that he was too hardened the same care to your case as I did to that of your friend. As to and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he he is mistaken in thinking that I was following my father. I had these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, "Yes; I shall not feel easy until I have told my story." With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. tightly behind him. "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is many minutes. This dress does implicate Miss Flora Millar."