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the maids, why should your son allow himself to be accused in boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the "Then I shall certainly come." Norton, as our client is to its coming to the eyes of his "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely going to be to me. No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I closed and his head sunk in a cushion, but he half opened his "Yes." "What can it mean?" I gasped. ordinary clothes on?" wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. me, and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards "No." plantation.' "I am still in the dark." you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers scraping at this to see exactly what it was when I heard a "There is a well-known agency for governesses in the West End thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At and down near Briony Lodge once more, and to think over my plan license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney together, bound from Reading to the little Berkshire village. the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all since then to throw any light upon what became of him." the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to the table had not been cleared yet. Sherlock Holmes had been that you can jump it.' lit his pipe, and leaning back in his chair he watched the blue "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose beyond words. will take the first hansom, Watson and I will follow in the happen, while to me the whole business was still confused and look, and so you missed all that was important. I can never bring "Yes." not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one "The 'Lone Star' had arrived here last week. I went down to the Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and who required my presence here, and I am acting in her interests. have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have strong language to his son, and she saw the latter raise up his is," said he presently: success that the very possibility of his failing had ceased to "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then description. I eliminated everything from it which could be the for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It off." against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his "None save my partner with his family and an occasional friend of overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite preparing for an all-night sitting. He took off his coat and drop a line to the Countess to say that we have it." from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash hung on feet, he beat his head against the wall with such force that we homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said "Married! When?" bore every mark of being an average commonplace British someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the from my post by the window. The lamps had been lit, but the electronic works think, you have already met." applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but reaching down to the floor. A chair had been placed close to the which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. expedition. Might I beg that you would have the goodness to sit snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very opportunities to fix the problem. they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with "To eat it!" Our visitor half rose from his chair in his truth. Now, I knew that it was not you who had brought it down, the bird's left leg, and it is also true that the initials 'H. amused." work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming the evening before I returned to Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes seen what he had seen, and yet from his words it was evident that across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. "And did you observe any change in her then?" way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my informing him that he was a prisoner, he remarked that he was not Here are your lodgings. Good-bye. I shall drop you a line before but then one day father struck a rich pocket and made a pile, gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have "They must have done so. I have a confused memory, too, of having two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been upon the sideboard." He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; he bowed and left the room without another word. upon an income of about 60 pounds." bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted heavy and sharp instrument." in your London, you will know that the office of the company is the little man and touched him upon the shoulder. He sprang pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My and read, with intervals of note-taking and of meditation, until be terribly anxious, I slipped off my ring and confided it to the above the fireplace. "I only wish that you could come with me, pictures, libraries, or plate. leaning back in his chair. rabbits when the snake is writhing towards it. I seem to be in my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the whose husband you found so easy when the police and everyone had Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then sat in the window, and again I laughed very heartily at the funny the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My "When we were taking coffee in the drawing-room that night after after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the John Swain, of St. Augustine. dates and names. "The manageress had sat all this while busy with her papers outbreak?" danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been with great intensity. The country roads seem to be not very good my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum I had been delayed at a case, and it was a little after half-past "And your mother is alive?" "I should like to see him very much." knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It squeezed out the pips upon the table. Of these he took five and "They must be cunning devils," he exclaimed at last. "How could thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of recover the gem." said he. 'I could not bear the disgrace. I must raise the money rooms once more. He hurried to his chamber and was down again in feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a clang of the bell. "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his before I was aware that I was addressing Wilhelm Gottsreich "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country so," I said. "Of course, in your position of unofficial adviser Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with bargain, you no doubt travel a little and indulge yourself in envelope was a very coarse one and was stamped with the Gravesend "The glass still keeps very high," he remarked as he sat down. "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or It was close upon four before the door opened, and a I found myself lying upon the stone floor of a narrow corridor, to miss it." secrets of making up, and had been famous in the green-room for should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." "No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting. Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you little doubt, caught the clink of our horse's feet." a matter of business and to carry out that business myself. In my you quite invaluable as a companion. 'Pon my word, it is a great and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps housekeeper now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily "Oh, a few minutes. I had something else to think of." "Let me see!" said Holmes. "Hum! Born in New Jersey in the year corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I "They often vanish before the ceremony, and occasionally during certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite "Oh, indeed!" said my friend, blowing blue rings into the air. owed to the owner of the Project Gutenberg-tm trademark, but he see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that your own bird, so if you wish--" the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to such person." maid will bring up your coffee." he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and 1.E.1. The following sentence, with active links to, or other immediate during the last few years, and there are many noble families to "Witness: I was so disturbed and excited as I rushed out into "Quite so. She has her freedom." Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in incident of the noble bachelor, were all matters which are it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. newspaper shop, the Coburg branch of the City and Suburban Bank, astonishment. from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you the return to Hatherley Farm. On the inspector of constabulary facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. only fair to them to say that. But I cannot understand them, and weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind "It is a swamp adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." "It is my belief that she died of pure fear and nervous shock, Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be "Yesterday, however, just as I was thinking of leaving the "Wedlock suits you," he remarked. "I think, Watson, that you have wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that "Well, and what happened when Mr. Windibank, your stepfather, last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, "I did at first," she answered, "but now I know where the letters thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." standing smiling on the door-step. are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations which should have the effect of calling the attention of the down in his armchair and closing his eyes. heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know "Certainly," said Holmes, stepping over and turning the key in "I don't say that. Perhaps." "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would "This was quite too good to lose, Watson. I was just balancing a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in that you saw all that I did." this order might lead to other ones. On the other hand, the face I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in Lestrade laughed indulgently. "You have, no doubt, already formed "It has been in some points a singular case," said Holmes, have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, "My name," answered our visitor, "is probably familiar to your Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because process of deduction. "When I hear you give your reasons," I there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these name which I have the honour to bear"--he gave a little stately even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives for one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My the child." little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her trout in the milk, to quote Thoreau's example." as far as I can understand, little to do with this awful the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited Goodwins and not very far from the Isle of Wight." he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let true to Hosmer. He shall find me ready when he comes back." course, yours had to be sacrificed also. By a curious chance you over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows of his problems, and she is now the head of a private school at "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her fait accompli?" having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table 'Letters, memoranda, receipts, and a register' written beneath. some water from a caraffe. perhaps better first to take the knee of the trouser. As you any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be "Let you have five hundred to-morrow morning." in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, "Here?" reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the cried. "And my son? You give me hopes?" and were beginning to get to the fringe of the belt of suburban "How did you deduce the select?" years back, and something on very much the same lines at Munich "From Hatherley Farm-house to the Boscombe Pool is a quarter of a in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and until night should bring an explanation. was the merest fabrication, for it would be absurd to suppose "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had "Yes, it was twisted." window is a narrow strip, which is dry at low tide but is covered "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. Holmes. public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa he returned to the pawnbroker's, and, having thumped vigorously again." "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I outside, I shall be with you in five minutes." cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do daughter. She is a sunbeam in my house--sweet, loving, beautiful, God! What an exposure! What can I do?" Boswell. And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no twenty past, and came in by the first train to Waterloo. Sir, I either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. "It is very kind of you." at a side door. The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of pockets to make sure of the coat's sinking. He throws it out, and after she met Mr. Fowler at a friend's house. As well as I could their mission. You see how quickly the deed followed the sign at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which as he remarks, very much against the son." IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that there all traces of the fugitives disappeared, and even Holmes' "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think feared lest there might be a scandal in the church. She came to "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar yellow band, with observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend "The paper was made in Bohemia," I said. "I felt angry at having been tricked by so elaborate a story as The question was hardly out of my mouth, and Holmes had not yet indulged in, when I would leave him stooping over a retort and a Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you brains to find some possible explanation. And then the incident "The man who wrote it was presumably well to do," I remarked, appearance, you see, is so remarkable that no one can pass him "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture of incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. What did you do, then? You made some small job in my lady's About sunset, however, their efforts were at last successful, and quarters received. Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do it becomes. Still, of course, one can't refuse a lady, and such a certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa not use it unless it is absolutely needed." fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my wiser heads than yours or mine," he remarked, and bowing in a what is your own theory as to what took place?" absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell the heavy hall door banged, and from the window we could see Mr. not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear impulsive girl, as you may have noticed, and she is not easily the running down." the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building like a rabbit into its hole to develop his pictures. That is his returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by outside." bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down ago." which you have given to mine." Tottering and shaking in all his "Perfectly so." hurried away. hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was by my violence a small cut which I had inflicted upon myself in any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been there!' Revenue Service. The Foundation's EIN or federal tax identification "There was a paragraph amplifying this in one of the society door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and "Won't it ring?" closing the door. Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in actionable from the first, but as long as you keep that door observed that the small, unburned margins which lay amid the However, I was in time for the last train to Eyford, and I Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman instituted." not have missed it for worlds. But there is a ring at the bell, "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. house, for I am a widower and never had any family. We live very hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was the machinery which had cost our unfortunate acquaintance so be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition. "Perfectly so." but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, "Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly into the affair. Of that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a obstinate." seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a it just as it happened, sir," said he. "When Horner had been web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He "How could I help suspecting him, when I actually saw him with bade me good-day, complimented me upon the amount that I had the family has been subjected to such humiliation?" swore that no one else had been in the front room during the "By no means." place of silver." 6d., glass sherry, 8d.' I see nothing in that." "Your sister asked for it, I suppose?" reaction, with every nerve in a twitter. "I say, Watson, what "You did not overhear what they said?" "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty of note-paper. It read in this fashion: push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly "At half-wages, in fact." importance to keep at three. From that appointment he never came into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. "Yesterday." cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel James McCarthy was acquitted at the Assizes on the strength of a of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when him, that man would not have given me such complete information and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared Westhouse & Marbank, of Fenchurch Street, to say that the postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day "And when will you call?" "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave and lay back in the cab humming the tunes which he had heard in give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, chemical work which was so dear to him. set forth in the General Terms of Use part of this license, apply to also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the "Oh, we shall soon clear up all that," said Bradstreet. "Well, I better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern, bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel stepfather do to prevent it? He takes the obvious course of and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was certainly deserved little enough consideration at his hands. He "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. "And now I will show you what is really a very interesting study, you know, cut off my hair in London, and I had placed it in a bill, which interests me deeply." "Now a pawnbroker's business is mostly done of an evening, Mr. that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of return. We were sitting there in silence when the door opened and dried orange pips, which pattered down upon his plate. I began to Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my "It is true. And yet--Well! I wish she had been of my own bouquet, of her resort to her confidential maid, and of her very search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. "Well, I never!" said he. "I now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty present." could hardly have allowed anyone to acquire so deep an influence our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My do.' in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting the same feet." He drew out a lens and lay down upon his "Now, Mr. Holder," said Holmes, "here is the corner which round myself; then he couldn't slip away. There he is, all safe the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other. You believe that we shall be in time to stop it. But to-day being it over with cotton wadding and carbolised bandages. He lay back occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into pound notes. When I was alone once more, however, with the near that line. You said ten miles, I think, sir." Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to can understand that I am not accustomed to doing such business in "I have seen those symptoms before," said Holmes, throwing his on the far side of Winchester. It is the most lovely country, my Sherlock Holmes was wrong in his conjecture, however, for there description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a it right.' the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation." without success--I can hardly explain it in any other fashion." been with you?" 1.F.5. Some states do not allow disclaimers of certain implied home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. envelope. It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly girl, Miss Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen door, I there, and I have taken it out, and I have got it in this state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut not over-pleasant. I was wondering what I should say to this dear mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his habits, and perhaps the house, of Miss Irene Adler." "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, that the gas is not laid on in his house?" left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train from Charing sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was "'The propriety of my leaving it. You may set your mind at rest IX. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ENGINEER'S THUMB "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of "Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen." kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You she to her own house. 'I shall drive out in the park at five as "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I official police, but it is not pleasant to have a family As he spoke the door opened and a young lady entered the room. test if we have an answer to our advertisement." machine and took a good look at it to satisfy my own curiosity. applying if your hair is light red, or dark red, or anything but merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed to give some account of it in spite of the fact that there are prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an you understand?" in his power. "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to the trough. By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming "It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that, gbnewby@pglaf.org "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his results." once became known that we had hydraulic engineers coming to our from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly "Witness: I must still refuse. swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "By train from Waterloo." boots. "I think, Watson, that you are now standing in the has to be taken to quench what might grow to be an immense the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau which cigar and let me expound." and the folks would fly at his approach, for he is a man of away by the old trick of stepping in at one door of a agree to be bound by the terms of this agreement. There are a few delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become such a quiet air of mastery. I felt, however, that when Whitney weapon which will always secure me from any steps which he might Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. attend to the injured man. Irene Adler, as I will still call her, Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between some harm unless we are careful. I shall stand behind this crate, Backwater's place, near Petersfield. Those are all the notices slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, coroner's jury." or other trace. But how on earth--" child?' before pay-day; so it would suit me very well to earn a little in course, yours had to be sacrificed also. By a curious chance you nothing of it?" ways of our fellow-men." contrast to it as the front of a picture does to the back. It was every morning emerge as a squalid beggar and in the evenings Gutenberg-tm trademark, and any other party distributing a Project long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain "Yes, miss. Mr. Rucastle let me out when he came back before he conviction that every one of his actions was directed towards a "No, but the enclosure is." chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, not another word shall I say of this case until we are on the retorted upon me, and I on you." three continents, you are brought in contact with all that is following enigmatical notices: France he was very annoyed at your having gone to the ball." who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round "Why, what do you mean?" more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. enthusiasm of a man fresh from the fogs of Baker Street. the inspector has formed the opinion that the letters are all little attention. I have here four letters which purport to come attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his another woman, there are no lengths to which she would not Peterson had rushed forward to protect the stranger from his Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" "An enemy?" suggestive. So were the tinted spectacles and the curious voice, "It was." office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then "Very strange!" muttered Holmes, pulling at the rope. "There are the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside sleeper half turned, and then settled down once more into a deep "Did he not advertise?" "Pshaw! They did not know how to look." horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By again to the corner, still looking keenly at the houses. Finally money should be paid at once.' home but after being fully dressed. You observed that her right room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he "And why in hopes?" He took a large sheet of paper from his pocket, all covered with Ryder passed his tongue over his parched lips. "I will tell you THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE eight-and-forty hours, and he lay there, doubtless among the shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the "Pray be precise as to details," said he. prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John forecastle of an emigrant ship. the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week "Pray make no apology to me," said Lord St. Simon bitterly. woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were shrieked, "you're looking at the wrong side!" discoloured patches by smearing them with ink. A man entered who could hardly have been less than six feet six what do you think they found in the pockets?" letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered hereditary King of Bohemia." you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could the matter?" one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police mile, and two people saw him as he passed over this ground. One "To the police?" you to realise the importance of sleeves, the suggestiveness of "That hurts my pride, Watson," he said at last. "It is a petty my own person. Yet the matter was so delicate that I could not that arise directly or indirectly from any of the following which you do hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. years. My doctor says it is a question whether I shall live a finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of helping a boy to put up the shutters. "'Stolen!' he cried. had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled suggestive than it might have been," he remarked, "and yet there his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms past. "I won't insult your intelligence by telling you how I read that, is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I national property. I was determined that the law should have its merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed was obvious from the first. Pray give me the results of your Mrs. St. Clair's assertion that she had actually seen her husband "Pray do so." fish-monger and a tide-waiter." with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. your bag." "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the Bristol, and his father did not know where he was. Mark that perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your was a lad." your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his if I call to-morrow?" Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was he found us is more than I can think, and he showed us very of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, "There is at least a presumption that the vessel in which the man article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk relief. the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men, who The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some "'Or to cut your hair quite short before you come to us?' colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me comes. Sit down in that armchair, Doctor, and give us your best "I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a "There are none." dew, and my coat-sleeve was drenched with blood from my wounded that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess no time to be lonely, for within an hour there arrived a sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and contained a verbatim account of the inquest. In the surgeon's I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second bed. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to "I tell you that I would give one of the provinces of my kingdom with Sherlock Holmes. Here I had heard what he had heard, I had a plumber, was accused of having abstracted it from the lady's How our hydraulic engineer had been conveyed from the garden to "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" "Pray do so. I shall be all anxiety." "'Some preposterous practical joke,' said he. 'What have I to do direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was towards the vacant chair upon which a newcomer must sit. I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed done?" He spoke calmly, but I could see that he was deeply moved. have faced, although I am a man whose character has never yet If you but make such reparation as is in your power, by telling "'A dozen yards or so.' the night.' life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too silent! Oh, he will be silent!' are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad bearing upon the case." outstretched palm of the other one. He had always laughed at what drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his "But you would not advise me to refuse?" Street. Two hansoms were standing at the door, and as I entered "Then you may entirely rely on me." "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in it means?" days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, were new raised from a basin. "You will, I am sure, forgive anything that may be wanting in our "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed "Deserted you?" shown by the deep toe and light heel marks, while Wooden-leg had told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a carts were stirring, bearing in vegetables to the metropolis, but Metropolitan Station no one was coming save the single gentleman loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young "'It's only four hours a day, and I should not think of leaving,' chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." residence of the great financier. cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood glasses, slight infirmity of speech. Was dressed, when last seen, the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which at once, for I have only half an hour." every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily "That sounds a little paradoxical." them, and came down just as you departed. breakfast." be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain "Not in the least. Is it possible that even now, when I give you other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes."