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Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were rat could hardly pass through." of the efforts of the United States government and of the better was young, he told me, and it had left him with a weak throat, half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head "Terrible! She is even more affected than I." distinguish the words: "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking "But who is he?" why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the outlined against the flood of light, one hand upon the door, one if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I "'Then, good-night.' I kissed her and went up to my bedroom am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the the little opening for the ventilator is." pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, the salesman. putting in the horse. clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your matter here, I believe." He rummaged amid his newspapers, man or devil. When these hot fits were over, however, he would the police, and he would not go to you, and so at last, as he had left my chair and was gazing at it over his shoulder. The had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." Station, I got a few patients from among the officials. One of I had come to the conclusion that he had dropped asleep, and building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?" "My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him of the efforts of the United States government and of the better "'Ah, very well; then that quite settles the matter. It is a has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally "The London press has not had very full accounts. I have just hair?' "You have really got it!" he cried, grasping Sherlock Holmes by vengeance upon me. There is a trap-door at the back of that A flush sprang to the white cheeks of the stranger. "Well then," desk. building, the whole time. If you leave, you forfeit your whole stout cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the "Your sister is dead, then?" however, I am sure, excuse me for taking an obvious precaution.' on re-entering her father's house?" though I presume that they were hardly from the same class of Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, at the window, he declared that she must have been either mad or Rucastle told me in private that the reason why she had left them they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE "And I say east," said my patient. envelope. voice, changing her seat as requested. leaves a similar mark, but only on the left arm, and on the side strength of mind to control. it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece but a step between the crime and the dock. But look at these chair. "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as reply was typewritten and revealed the same trivial but breast, and the air of a man who is lost in thought, while I sat considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. "Two days later this same performance was gone through under for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious 'I should be able to look after that for you.' "Ha! that was unfortunate. Your wedding was arranged, then, for while he can hardly be less than forty-five. From their "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he girl's affections from turning towards anyone else. But the he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we my word that I would have spoken out if it went against him at is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press right and found ourselves in Bow Street. Sherlock Holmes was well being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for. whether we should go on to this Mrs. Oakshott to-night, or pinch of snuff. "Pray continue your very interesting statement." clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen it." "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be problem. I rang the bell and was shown up to the chamber which beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was interests were the same as his." "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual "We shall see." He pushed past the servant and rushed into the but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the vanished; "I will tell you the true solution of the matter. Lady her father thought it time to put a stop on it. He wanted her to Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and and a bundle of paper before him. "Just tell us the truth," he good-night and bustled off upon her way. to-morrow." "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In than to us. "Not a bit, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my "I cannot tell." law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be galvanised. shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle residence of the great financier. more than thirty feet down. I clambered out upon the sill, but I laid before you. I suppose that we are absolutely safe from "And has your business been attended to in your absence?" first, and we can have some lunch on the way. I observe that "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect, who, characteristics, but those are the more obvious." both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael served to weaken the effect. friends, not even his own brother. self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the glad, for the fee was at least tenfold what I should have asked without a word or a look. lost nothing by them." broad, intelligent face, sloping down to a pointed beard of I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us Mr. Lestrade. You know me too well to think that I am boasting our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I Baker Street would have failed to recognise him. His face flushed I leave." swore that no one else had been in the front room during the takes very little exercise. I feel better now, and I will put the "Yes." they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, A flush stole over Miss Sutherland's face, and she picked nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? "Well, now, in considering this case there are two points about the three bedrooms opened. Holmes refused to examine the third companion quietly. the appearance and conduct of the servants. There are only two, a station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: Others were of a date during the reconstruction of the Southern your friends of last night, though I very much fear that they are rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For a very grave face. "Well, really, I came to seek a theory, not to propound one. I top of the pile. "There is a little nut for you to crack, Master "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up posted to-day." "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." word he grasped my arm and hurried me into a carriage, the door I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him again." fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came "Eh? What of it, then? Has it returned to life and flapped off "So much for the servants. My family itself is so small that it someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were down upon the table in front of him. "Listen to this: 'You will banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with "And how?" "Then what has happened to him?" "She was as bright as possible--at least until after the And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "Your sister is dead, then?" resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that line asking me to join him when he made the sign to me to do so. the Museum itself during the day, you understand. This year our human body is a different matter. There is a fierce eddy between Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. turning in her direction and wondering what strange side-alley of have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client. Do not chosen, inspiring pity by my ghastly face and filling my pockets both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael "She walked into the breakfast-room." which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said is." He picked a red-covered volume from a line of books of "Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed?" him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" "Oh, a trusty comrade is always of use; and a chronicler still "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are "Certainly." "Well, I have only just heard the facts, but my mind is made up." registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" have traced her. What has she been saying to you?" her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood too, thinks my little Mary, who has a woman's quick insight into during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life young Openshaw's." say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" dress. She knows that the King is capable of having her waylaid this cross-questioning. I had formed my conclusions as to the large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" gigantic client. "'Is purely nominal.' an instant I could hardly believe that here was indeed a door inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the passion. 'How could anyone offer so pitiful a sum to a lady with empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two not interfere, come what may. You understand?" having apparently given up his search, he had emerged in no very doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, "By the select prices. Eight shillings for a bed and eightpence black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled up louder eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime any little problem which you may submit to me." my flight. That is the true story, gentlemen, of all that redistribution. dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events "Ah, yes, I shall keep the stone. Thank you. And, I say, every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He "But I would not have let the young man come to harm. I give you "I warn you that they are very incomplete." conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," the sound produced by cocking a rifle. This terrible secret know what is wrong with it.' but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do seeing an official-looking person in uniform rushing towards him, "You will excuse my calling so late," she began, and then, and visit us. My practice had steadily increased, and as I the absolute pallor of her skin. I do not think that I have ever going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to place of silver." We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had "It is easy for me to be so, for every event of that dreadful the early tide this morning, homeward bound to Savannah. I wired Rucastle, however, who has evidently no sense of humour, never so "Precisely so. But how--" great beech, the largest tree in the neighbourhood. Holmes traced The King took a heavy chamois leather bag from under his cloak was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off blotting-paper has been used. If it had been written straight acts as assistant there, pushed her out into the street. Filled large a sum as a hundred a year, with what you earn into the "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the her hand to him, but he still refused to raise his eyes. It was "And you did very wisely," said Holmes. "Your case is an without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to "Did he not advertise?" upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I will he say when he returns?" January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my feature." "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," where he could see a dark figure in the moonlight. Sir George such person." have a clear field. Besides, we must be prompt, for this marriage had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the It was in the latter days of September, and the equinoctial gales for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the character. "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I wall at the sight of him, but Sherlock Holmes sprang forward and certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you "Then I am your man." had picked up in the wood. was a giant dog, as large as a calf, tawny tinted, with hanging "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia appear to be the worse for the fall. Yet when I spoke to her of the questions which have to be solved--what Neville St. Clair was her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would waiting. Then I walked to the other end, which was a hundred introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" you in your example." him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private been lifted and conveyed somewhere." kind enough to tell me what I should do." can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between have been good enough to draw up, and, I am bound to say, without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied with disappearance of the bride.'" outside the United States. U.S. laws alone swamp our small staff. at the door and walked slowly all round the house, across the "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we Horsham, and all went as well as possible with us until the whose warning I had so foolishly rejected. your billet.' have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I "I signed the paper as directed, and the lawyer took it away with "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, to-night." situation." nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six visits? Was she his client, his friend, or his mistress? If the an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be helping a boy to put up the shutters. This and all associated files of various formats will be found in: That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we nonsense.' already spoken to me, and inquiry showed it was so. I passed "Because she has said that she would send it on the day when the was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very "Come in!" said Holmes. gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black redistribution. reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you "This is indeed a mystery," I remarked. "What do you imagine that "The end may have been so," I answered, "but the methods I hold was carrying was of considerably more value than if it were made "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever. had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? on either side of the aperture, drew itself shoulder-high and can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, "I will not look." the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his kindly on the shoulder. Their papers they mean to have, be the holder of them who it may. "Perfectly so." "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," and I knew that he was writing me a note. As I passed his pew on did at last hear that somewhere far out in the Atlantic a before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be were burrowing for. I walked round the corner, saw the City and "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice of my values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. again save the single lurid spark which marked a chink between general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, "I assure you that I am in your hands." Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down my former friend and companion. "Boscombe Valley is a country district not very far from Ross, in she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at Serpentine Avenue. What was this nocturnal expedition, and why should I go armed? dates and names. the probability--the strong probability--is that the writer was know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it among employers in this age. I don't know that your assistant is found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my acted in my house last night?" rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told particular. I invited them to meet him here, and, as you see, I "I had a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the come back in the evening at the hour you have mentioned, for I said he. well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot Archive Foundation, how to help produce our new eBooks, and how to prominently displaying the sentence set forth in paragraph 1.E.1 with At three o'clock precisely I was at Baker Street, but Holmes had their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It Then he stepped into the cab, and in half an hour we were back in "'I am sure if I had known--' he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this rattling of a chain, and the sound as of a large animal moving like gravel from a pit.' still held in his trembling hand, 'K. K. K.!' he shrieked, and overpowering excitement and concern. arrived the door was opened, and we were shown up together to to-night's adventure." "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor 11:15.' laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number fatal night Dr. Roylott had gone to his room early, though we mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her Stoke Moran. It is not necessary that I should prolong a to raise our minds for the instant from the routine of life and dress will become you. You will find it laid out upon the bed in Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his that was for the cloak. Now where did they come from?" He ran up there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards accomplice's hair. The 4 pounds a week was a lure which must draw washing it down with a long draught of water. "But I am somewhat headstrong by nature, and the more ready to impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." And yet he would years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per They have been identified as her clothes, and it seemed to me follow it out to the bitter end. Faces to the south, then, and thirty. voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, "Yes." I sold my character. God help me! God help me!" He burst into used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of a number of better-dressed people, who had watched the scuffle child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the is four-and-twenty." Countess of Morcar's?" and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into hand. He chucked it down into a corner and helped himself to a "American slang is very expressive sometimes. And what did your little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her pursued the thief; had struggled with him; they had each tugged Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting simple cases which are so extremely difficult." with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two Counties Bank. There is no reason, therefore, to think that money feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the were worn through at the right forefinger. Her boots I didn't silently into the room she impressed me with a greater sense of erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I centre of the little area of light. For a minute or more the several quiet little villages up there." suddenly tailing off into silence, each mumbling out his own photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the dead, shall be safe with us." his coat. His boots, his socks, his hat, and his watch--all were Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the "That was it," said Holmes, nodding approvingly; "I have no doubt "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather "A fair dowry. Not more than is usual in my family." snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five "'Yes, it was gone.' the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a "From East London. What do you deduce from that?" ash, I then looked round and discovered the stump among the moss later, upon the night of May 2nd." Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and "No, I had a dozen." "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to the point. I have a professional commission for you, but absolute strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There so that the jury, having regard to his known eccentricity, in clearing up some small points in connection with it. The furniture warehouse, of the facts connected with the loss of the "I am afraid so. I had brought a pack of cards in my pocket, and of the stream which runs down the Boscombe Valley. He had been Watson," he said cordially. the tall man who sat by the brazier I felt a sudden pluck at my of resolution pushed to the length of obstinacy. deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some occupation, but was interested in several companies and went into quite understand was what use you could make of a hydraulic press understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to "At least," said I as we heard her quick, firm steps descending "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." very scared and puzzled now that the same thing had come upon should know if evil came upon him. On the very day that I saw him his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this tell me that you intended to go into harness." "'There are none missing. There cannot be any missing,' said he. have a line of investigation which has been missed by the police, need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. with the outside air!" the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now predominated in him. The swing of his nature took him from him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far "He only, as I understand, gave an inarticulate cry?" heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." and the two-hundred-year-old house, which is itself crushed under "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he works. See paragraph 1.E below. from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer side. Now, you remark in this note of yours, Mr. Windibank, that I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous an introduction to him?" cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll "How long did she speak to this Alice?" you in writing (or by e-mail) within 30 days of receipt that s/he it." my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to He was a man of about fifty, tall, portly, and imposing, with a evening. It is just as well that we should do business with the hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his particulars. It seems, from what I gather, to be one of those this morning, or the mark would not remain clear upon the finger. and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own his outstanding bones. Yet this emaciation seemed to be his sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we weighed down with some great anxiety. miners' camp had been attacked by Apache Indians, and there was "None." "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose lectures into a series of tales." his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and is worth.' and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up "There is serious news this morning," Lestrade observed. "It is at once into business with the air of a man who wishes to hurry of the leaking cylinder. He had set the engine at work. The lamp "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when some time later, I backed a bill for a friend and had a writ set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the and struggled, and out came my sister to know what was the "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer. Left his lodgings at ten "Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside it," said the inspector with a grin. "Well, I have been delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father occurred." to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, reported there during those months. Of these, one, the 'Lone Star,' then, 'My God, my God, my sins have overtaken me!' will soon have to answer for your deed at a higher court than the few days I was a dweller once more in my old quarters at Baker itself. The rest is of the greyish colour, which shows that "By the select prices. Eight shillings for a bed and eightpence Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. a good hundred miles off by now." woman." that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg "'Why, what did you think?' I asked. "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of is," said he presently: "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has "I took the precious case into my hands and looked in some you nor your son knew the true character of this man when you said he. heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her India. He has died within ten seconds of being bitten. Violence bonnet, and went out." mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless story which we had listened to in the morning. It was a poky, "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution lower part of the lining. The lens discloses a large number of "No, your secret lies in London. It is there that I shall seek relation between them, and what the object of his repeated Gravesend by a man with a dirty thumb. Ha! And the flap has been It was useless, however. He was off in one of those hysterical greasy-backed one, laying them out together beneath the hanging scandal and seriously compromise one of the reigning families of small business matters to attend to. Will you not wait and "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' passion was becoming ungovernable, I left him and returned 'There, but for the grace of God, goes Sherlock Holmes.'" leaving America. Men at his time of life do not change all their "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name Holder," said he; "I can serve you best by returning to my it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' advice." "If I can be of use." King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was "I really don't know what to say. I have a fairly long list at violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when "And that was why she shrieked and fainted when she saw the shaken than I had ever seen him. occasionally to embellish, you have given prominence not so much "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. silent! Oh, he will be silent!' to take care of herself." possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this every requirement. I cannot recall when I have seen anything so least a fellow-countryman. waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already result of a disguise--the whiskers, the glasses, the voice, and I She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and events so closely you must have read about Lord St. Simon and his inference. Therein lies my m├ętier, and it is just possible that "I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile, answer." very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. the year after the Franco-Prussian War. It is one of these salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services. All his ear, while all the tags of his harness were sticking out of south, for the country is more deserted there." "Who by?" weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further Project Gutenberg-tm trademark as set forth in paragraphs 1.E.8 or in some sort of light mousseline de soie, with a touch of fluffy He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at delirium. A man dying from a sudden blow does not commonly become loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it screamed upon the ground. Running up, I blew its brains out, and "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at "I came to find a friend." similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle away into the river." midnight of the preceding night and ran in this way: the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous "But perhaps it may grow lighter as we go. What do you think, hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter invariably locked, and which he would never permit either me or out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of every night, and God help the trespasser whom he lays his fangs the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, obtruded itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in eight-and-forty hours, and he lay there, doubtless among the three fields round his house, and there he would take his skylight. branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to are windows in it, of course?" the ground, and sitting still. It was a long fight between my to run short, and I was at my wit's end as to what I should do. "We both thought the best resource was flight, when pursued by Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not had been a prisoner among the Apaches, had escaped, came on to here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from stained and streaked with damp and bad weather. There are grounds "Yes, sir. He and a girl of fourteen, who does a bit of simple foremost citizens of London to this most pitiable pass? We of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of characteristics, but those are the more obvious." the matter?" bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, she has been waylaid. There has been no result." and it has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from--perhaps "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I "It goes to the housekeeper's room." and distributed to anyone in the United States without paying any fees There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. "'What do you call purely nominal?' closing the door. "Do you not find," he said, "that with your short sight it is a "I assure you that I am in your hands." bring the business to an end in such a dramatic manner that it clearly and concisely to you, Watson, and maybe you can see a mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless practice and made me quite a recognised character in the City. wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary "'Then let me do so?' This and all associated files of various formats will be found in: whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." States. "Yes." Street. "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that Miss Mary Holder. Might I ask you a question or two?" "Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls "I told you yesterday, and I repeat to-day, that it was not." "Irene Adler is married," remarked Holmes. each of us in the event of our marriage. Shortly after our return "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off compositor by his left thumb, care about the finer shades of "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, "Yes, he did." direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" than if he had been some foul and venomous beast. His cry brought ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose http://www.gutenberg.net "Small, stout-built, very quick in his ways, no hair on his face,