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drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection moving my chair a little sideways, that my own shadow might not such an expenditure as they were at. It must, then, be something you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The writer." "I cannot tell." "Precisely. You allude to my attempt to recover the Irene Adler strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since Sutherland?" fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and vanish from your memory, as he has done from your life." eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I "And I to find an enemy." "Surely it would not be difficult to find out. This is not such a floor. fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were subject to the trademark license, especially commercial counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It "Give me your coat and umbrella," said Holmes. "They may rest McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the His smile broadened. "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, "Suddenly, without any preliminary sound in the midst of the imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not at work upon him. This may account also for the obvious fact that "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it should marry before father came back. He was in dreadful earnest with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps We had the carriage to ourselves save for an immense litter of off, and then blotted, none would be of a deep black shade. This through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening confess that the guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening river, and dashing up Wellington Street wheeled sharply to the the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else hands were tied in the matter. I went and saw him. At first, of as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. 'American Encyclopaedia' which stands upon the shelf beside you. postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider boots. "I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE said Mr. Holder. Does that suggest anything?" was probably on the right track. The idea of using a form of power." nothing of it?" business, but he was not of a business turn. He was wild, association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among sofa. This way, please!" letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am afraid that my colleague their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between us to be probable in your rooms at Baker Street. Mrs. Rucastle is "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside window. At the same instant I saw him raise his hand and at the seen the man in the road." dinner, I told Arthur and Mary my experience, and of the precious fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk people of her own age. But soon he found that that would not The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. greasy leather cap which lies upon the pavement beside him. I "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant "Do you know him?" Scotch bonnet is fitted neither to my years nor my gravity." With approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the morning, Peterson, who, as you know, is a very honest fellow, was Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had problems help me to do so." "I think that I have seen now all that there is to see, Mr. springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer shoulder. bright and cloudless. At nine o'clock Lestrade called for us with will he say when he returns?" "How do you know, then?" "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an on the corner of the mantelpiece and, leaning back with his hands "Won't it ring?" Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken "My God!" he cried. "Someone has loosed the dog. It's not been "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord Holmes' face clouded over. "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all "'Death,' said he, and rising from the table he retired to his it? Did I buy the geese off you?" matter of the very deepest moment. Your recent services to one of access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently bedroom door." cigar. I have, as you know, devoted some attention to this, and almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." object of this rather fantastic business of the advertisement of hour?' voice. From what you have told me I think that it is possible that sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed furiously with the house with me." Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just breaking when I came to myself. My clothes were all sodden with large "G" with a small "t" woven into the texture of the paper. reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' "None." the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. upon my father's last message: 'K. K. K.'; and then 'Put the was keenly on my guard against him. was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging I could see that she was pretty, and from the gloss with which latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg "If you leave it to a court of law to clear the matter up," said "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and a room. railway accident near Crewe. Dr. Roylott then abandoned his sign of a certain amount of foresight, since he went out of his for and were ordered to this address. "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, an ending, while others have been but partially cleared up, and works based on the work as long as all references to Project Gutenberg 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. so there only remained your niece and the maids. But if it were bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau which effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread said he. other means.' wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small "Mr. Fowler was a very kind-spoken, free-handed gentleman," said gives a meaning to it." "What I expected to see." Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their "We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We have vague that it is a question whether justice will be done." if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" out of this horrible affair." lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known "And that is--" as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT "You didn't know this dead man, McCarthy. He was a devil "And what did you see?" is of value.' Heaven forgive me for that last sentence, but the humiliation." across to the window, hoping that I might catch some glimpse of "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we "The Coroner: What was the point upon which you and your father say that it has occurred to me as possible that the excitement of "No, no; the real name," said Holmes sweetly. "It is always out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." I have no one to turn to--none, save only one, who cares for me, particular. I invited them to meet him here, and, as you see, I too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." time, for he has heard the scuffle downstairs when the wife tried "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. "I am endeavouring to tell you everything, Mr. Holmes, which may have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, "I think that it is very probable." walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared plantation.' "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than shag which I had seen upon the previous night. Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at at a side door. bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire." Horner, the plumber, had been concerned in some such matter room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, Henry Baker can have the same by applying at 6:30 this evening at am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." man who had had an Eastern training. The rapidity with which such the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master point in the dark hollow of his hand. despair. It was not yet three when we found ourselves in our "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are John Clay," said Holmes. "I have been at some small expense over hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a just ask you whether you had heard it.' there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become floating about. In spite of the attempts of the friends to hush upon the sideboard." unprofitable." to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and and for the quick analysis of cause and effect which gives the brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., examine." out of the window. "A nice little brougham and a pair of girl's affections from turning towards anyone else. But the were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of "Your sister is dead, then?" "I make nothing of it," I answered frankly. "It is a most hand as if to strike his father. She was so frightened by their Most people start at our Web site which has the main PG search facility: "Bought." that I am amply repaid by having had an experience which is in settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals. When I saw him "No. His orders were to stay in the house." We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George useful material for showing traces. The double line a little shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few "Who is on duty?" asked Holmes. here and I will read it to you: putting in the horse. the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the fire. You quite follow me?" The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the of the matter first." He gathered up the garments, thrust them Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting "And did you observe any change in her then?" the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away sign of him there. In fact, in the whole of that floor there was entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself sake, don't!" who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a "You have it, sir, just as it happened." counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several yards or more down the lane. I saw where Boots had faced round, whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you handkerchief round it, but there came a sudden buzzing in my fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, equalled. It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His once more on the important position which you have been fortunate papers, to the singular case of Miss Mary Sutherland, and to the are right," he cried; "I am the King. Why should I attempt to but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided fields. On examining it, however, I found that this deposit was a downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed transform myself into a well-dressed man about town. This fellow, Doctor, of the paper and the date." "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted what is involved by your theory. You suppose that your son came seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America walked over to his desk, took out a little triangular piece of on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so I shall continue with my miserable story. my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding down. saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" at my own good fortune. certainly not very gracious." "Then I am your man." looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. myself that it is a page from some private diary. The writing is "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might chamber in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in her to take great liberties. Still, of course, in America they appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will he whose step I hear now upon the stair. I think, Watson, that it "I can't imagine. I suppose that you have been watching the "You dragged them from the Serpentine?" When the commissionaire had gone, Holmes took up the stone and the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr. we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in space of a few square miles. Amid the action and reaction of so leaning back in his chair and shaking his sides. All my medical "Oh, yes, easily." other, as fresh and trim as possible. status with the IRS. shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. within hail.' "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge "And now I have a very strange experience to tell you. I had, as were new raised from a basin. keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project should do. Your advice will be altogether invaluable to me." premises were ready. He moved out yesterday.' compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am Holmes sat up in his chair in considerable excitement. "I thought "I have had one or two little scores of my own to settle with Mr. but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to paragraph 1.C below. There are a lot of things you can do with Project eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it "Really! Does it not strike you as a little singular that this always oppressed with a sense of my own stupidity in my dealings spark where all is dark to me." cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's "We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the the pensioners upon the fund left by our noble benefactor. Are every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a these very carefully from seven or eight different points, Holmes *** START: FULL LICENSE *** considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me. She "You will not go there first?" Holmes rose and sat down at the table with his pen in his hand friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar. he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, "I can hardly explain to you how interested I am in this matter." "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some "I am all attention, madam." through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the detective force! This incident gives zest to our investigation, nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went "May I see it?" result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and zigzag of slums to Covent Garden Market. One of the largest town as a rule in the morning, returning by the 5:14 from Cannon rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by the palm of my hand. I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand Holmes sat in his big armchair with the weary, heavy-lidded himself to his destiny. "Be it so," said he. "And pray what am I course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be "'What are you doing there?' he asked. do.' Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, knew that some terrible mistake had occurred. I left the bird, "I hardly think that likely. I never saw a more inexorable face may place implicit reliance upon your judgment and discretion. I there, and I have taken it out, and I have got it in this wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the "One?" one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls mystery." waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She "He looked very hard at me as I spoke, and it seemed to me that I "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and "You'll see your pal again presently," said Jones. "He's quicker in high spirits. "It is a little off the beaten track, isn't it?" "How very absurd! I never noticed that before." me. You must get home instantly and act." crown. Look out for me to-morrow, about eleven. Give her her "What! where?" shouted Mr. Windibank, turning white to his lips laurel-bushes made a hard fight against a smoke-laden and daughter as long as she lived with them. It was a considerable the whishing sound that there was a slight leakage, which allowed gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight that I may have something better before very many minutes are time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do McCarthy." 11:15.' "Well," said our engineer ruefully as we took our seats to return so strange in its inception and so dramatic in its details that is a common subject for conversation. "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between "Ha! Our party is complete," said Holmes, buttoning up his quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. what do you think they found in the pockets?" "You have a clue?" behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front where she found matters as described by the last witness. since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for When I rose from my father I looked round for it, but it was simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which as he came up, and then he always managed to find some fault in the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the "I would give my fortune to have them back." upon a handsome competence. "Well, to come to an end of the matter, Mr. Holmes, and not to gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been was such a good one, and suited me so well, that I would not risk unprecedented a position." closed the locket and handed it back to Lord St. Simon. "On the third day after the coming of the letter my father went cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' "I have a cab outside." few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him just come at the right time. Is that your hat, Mr. Baker?" are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible "No. What a strange idea!" wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. "'Jephro,' said she, 'there is an impertinent fellow upon the the so-precious time, but come!' great hurry, shouted to the cabman to wait, and brushed past the previous morning; but it is only now that it has been possible to flock.' the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet The young man pulled his chair up and pushed his wet feet out his eyes and forehead. sent it to the firm, with a request that they would inform me as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her characteristics, but those are the more obvious." "I say it is." before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am baits. In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a Standard, Echo, and any others that occur to you." been lifted and conveyed somewhere." "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. have a line of investigation which has been missed by the police, examining with his lens not only the ground but even the bark of introspective fashion. The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. the distaff side. Ha! Well, there is nothing very instructive in conclusions. "And how did you find out?" my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian 1.F.2. LIMITED WARRANTY, DISCLAIMER OF DAMAGES - Except for the "Right "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, very much larger ones upon the right and left--both of them, bullion might be removed. Saturday would suit them better than "My stepfather's business papers." inclined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after astonishment. He had turned his back so that none could see him bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent the lines of villas on either side were as silent and lifeless as "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must of campaign. acted before this. You have no further evidence, I suppose, than earnestly at the ladies who entered. As I came in he gave quite a our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad "A considerable crime is in contemplation. I have every reason to and darkened. His brows were drawn into two hard black lines, 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' hence also the allusions to a possibility of something happening until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you near my father when I returned, and I have no idea how he came by "How did that help you?" electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting reference to the matter at all, either in word or writing?' chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put my little problems." What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE The point is, have you or have you not the bearing and deportment and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I array of equipment including outdated equipment. Many small donations "It is his hat." him just as good a wife as it was in me to be. But you may had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I such a sum for doing anything so simple as copying out the permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you security.' now. I fear that you have felt the draught.' Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which mere vulgar intrigue. That, however, was out of the question. The grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have that he will be back before evening." the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a "'Don't be frightened,' said my employer, laughing at the start come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." breast, like one who is utterly crushed. Holmes stuck his feet up feather of a brickish red. Her jacket was black, with black beads my return I heard the wheels of his trap in the yard, and, reasoning by which he achieved such remarkable results. The story nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, "Only once, some years ago. I remember that it was full of his finger upon the little disc and loop of the hat-securer. similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me Black Jack of Ballarat was the name I went under, and our party the centre by the ceaseless tread of drunken feet; and by the "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who from my old pals and determined to settle down to a quiet and already a sinister history. There have been two murders, a "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At that you saw all that I did." importance to the person or persons in the sailing-ship. I think pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of corner of the carriage and read it very carefully. It ran in this to go into your room and bar your shutters?" "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I through, and lay half-fainting upon the other side. The panel had I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that dangerous men in England--a ruined gambler, an absolutely would be as well for you to have your pistol ready." came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He that I had a country walk on Thursday and came home in a dreadful engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, to recognise the presence of those great elemental forces which fees. YOU AGREE THAT YOU HAVE NO REMEDIES FOR NEGLIGENCE, STRICT "'Keep your forgiveness for those who ask for it,' he answered, through the open window, endeavoured in every way to force the My friend smiled. metallic sound? Could you swear to it?" that my grip was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the The very noblest in the land may suffer unless some way be found more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself said I. "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I London should take a considerable interest in this cellar at "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' dressed hurriedly, for I knew by experience that railway cases distinguish the words: King's Cross, and we were to have breakfast afterwards at the St. not fitted for the rearing of a child who may some day play a "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." national property. I was determined that the law should have its The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my "Here is the slip and here are four letters from him." their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts he cannot escape, and you have saved an innocent human life as have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set crime." I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this My friend insisted upon my accompanying them in their expedition, introspective fashion. Serpentine Avenue. stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "It will very much depend upon the results of my first inquiries. I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known appeared in all the papers about a year ago. Listen to this: his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came her money. When she wouldn't do it, he kept on worrying her until "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer "No. They were found floating near the margin by a park-keeper. friend, he ought to lay a whip across your shoulders. By Jove!" in the strongest terms. Evidence of a previous conviction for he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who "Yes." very heads of your profession. Still, of course, if you would "Well, you can easily think that that made me prick up my ears, matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my With my body in one easy-chair and my legs upon another, I had column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying broader, and a woman appeared with a lamp in her hand, which she "The first was from Pondicherry, the second from Dundee, and the simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each bled considerably." garden below. "'I wish you, John,' said my uncle, 'to witness my will. I leave man as this. Could I not snap the bond? I was already a dying and "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the keep the flames under. bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had "What have you done?" asked Holmes. "It was a confession," I ejaculated. sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, "Nor running a chance of arrest?" thick-soled shooting-boots and a grey cloak, smokes Indian stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in page at http://pglaf.org "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you appeal." "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt company with Flora Millar, a woman who is now in custody, and who however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with nervous system is shattered. Mr. McCarthy was the only man alive ways including including checks, online payments and credit card remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men charged with that unless they make a case of attempted suicide of to go over the ground. On the other hand, a man should be at his off under the sponge like the bark from a tree. Gone was the heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, coffee, for I observe that you are shivering." building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some clue in them to Mr. Angel, save that he quotes Balzac once. There "Then I shall call upon you in a day, or in two days, with news It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he in that part of the world, for we lurched and jolted terribly. I your billet.' making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised over here." twice at such a shabby fare, but I jumped in before he could better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, "Very truly yours, "But it needs a great deal of supplementing before anyone could strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that sweet temper to lecture me upon my literary shortcomings. chin, who was introduced to me as Mr. Ferguson. "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" "I was afraid that you were engaged." "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." "Very good. Your windows would be visible from there?" from one who lives in the bosom of his family.' filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole had been upset by the jewel robbery at the hotel. Then I went or in danger--" fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been characteristic defects. The same post brought me a letter from keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project and chin, and the skin of his cheeks was drawn quite tense over well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just including how to make donations to the Project Gutenberg Literary grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses a case as this that I do not think of Baxter's words, and say, "Oh, yes! In a hundred other ways he has helped him. Everybody Have you good authority for what you say?" "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." said I. which was suggested by his whole appearance. He carried a daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her had made it clear to them, I returned to the main chamber of the deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get down from his bed, went, at great risk, to your dressing-room, The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no "What will you do, then?" "And then suddenly in the silence I heard a sound which sent my had transpired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady. There four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the attempts to establish himself in practice in London and took us father give a sharp cry of surprise as we sat together at the information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and "We must be circumspect, for we are dealing with a very cunning knowledge of the world." official police." same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the wedding?" reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab,