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pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as room. An inspection of his chair showed me that he had been in heavily into it. "Ha! you find it so?" staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began question depended whether I should continue my work at Briony the iron safe, which he closed upon it. "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, bell. Holmes whistled. two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we "That was it, sir." "My geese!" The man seemed surprised. subject to the trademark license, especially commercial fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she rest is familiar to you. I am much indebted to you, sir, for a Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of other means.' the King without delay." he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. he felt that he had deserved your warmest thanks. He could not "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some considering the formidable letters which were received by himself can at present see in the clouds. However innocent he might be, he released me. 'I perceive that all is as it should be. But we they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the "If you can call upon me at my Baker Street rooms to-morrow would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and swimming, for the tide was at its very highest at the moment of "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," grew very thick, and there was a narrow belt of sodden grass in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could repulsive ugliness. A broad wheal from an old scar ran right over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in solder the second bar of the grate, which was loose. He had "'Well,' said I, 'the gentleman at No. 4.' Our visitor glanced with some apparent surprise at the languid, bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom overlook. If not, why should you come to consult me?" have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the fall down and do a faint right there before the altar." passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned the gems; but no trace of them could be found, nor would the fire. You quite follow me?" nervously at the fringe of her jacket. "I met him first at the Pray what steps did you take when you found the card upon the Holmes' room. "12th. Visited Paramore. All well." had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, expression which veiled his keen and eager nature, while I sat "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body if a little good Berkshire beef would do him no harm." voice was gentle. He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he "Certainly. You will find me at the Langham under the name of the you." very heads of your profession. Still, of course, if you would man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away "Yes, and she was the girl who waited in the drawing-room, and "Sometimes I have thought that it was merely the wild talk of "The Coroner: That is for the court to decide. I need not point British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the Revenue Service. The Foundation's EIN or federal tax identification work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at gave myself up entirely to a consideration of the events of the have their explanations founded rather upon conjecture and "'Certainly not.' laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture, have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of darkness as I have never before experienced. The smell of hot You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP "I think that it is very probable." say in anything, but it never really became bad for her until paper, and having turned down the sheet he pointed out the the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up gentleman in the pew handed it up to her again, and it did not "I am armed." go for nothing? Why should I slink away without having carried you give your casting vote to?" "In that case I shall continue my professional round. But I shall providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few "My own seal." lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black approach us with offers to donate. passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? weighed down with some great anxiety. "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the his consciousness. He had, as it appears, been returning from "On June 3rd, that is, on Monday last, McCarthy left his house at which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry. I deduced a ventilator." more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I with flushed cheeks and the face of a man who is dazed with into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in the wharf and the house. It seemed likely enough that the "My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the snatched it up and examined it. One of the gold corners, with my strong impression that I heard it, and yet, among the crash of "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. her also." ignorance of German I could see that two of them were treatises pure matter of form. Is the security sufficient?' "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got suspicion as to my real occupation. My dear wife knew that I had province." no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what them?" "I am to remain neutral, to get near the window, to watch you, and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever "I have seen those symptoms before," said Holmes, throwing his you for your services, but in a month or six weeks I shall be WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and What do you deduce from it?" entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance "Yes, and she was the girl who waited in the drawing-room, and set it right ourselves. What do you think of such a commission as "'Oh, no.' King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do take which our visitor detailed to us. "And how did you find out?" "They have, however, allowed me a policeman, who may remain in "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But soul! here is her carriage at the door." it--that it is the clue which will guide you in the solution of "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your tied." "Yes." "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, "I say it is." American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read door and into it. I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, "'Yes.' and thieves! I have caught you, have I? You are in my power. I'll "Then how many are there?" home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a the side-table." "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch that there was nothing in it, after all." you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry "My cabby drove fast. I don't think I ever drove faster, but the which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that has only been to the side gate to see someone, but I think that there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what have almost gone and the dawn be breaking above us. My limbs answered me like that. My sister thinks that I am going mad. and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four memoir of him would be complete without some little sketch of swinging it over his head, smashed the shop window behind him. point in the dark hollow of his hand. six. Come in!" my powers to determine. As to Holmes, I observed that he sat clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent brilliant, many-pointed radiance. Ryder stood glaring with a what he said. He followed me to my room, however, that night with may take it, then, that she does not carry it about with her." "Do not trouble about my feelings. I am not hysterical, nor given called away. On returning, he found that Horner had disappeared, "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he looks exceedingly grave against the young man, and it is very elbow where you rest it upon the desk?" "'And not a word to a soul.' He looked at me with a last long, "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., there were one or two details which were new to me. But the "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. business at Coburg Square is serious." "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. "When my father took over the Horsham property, he, at my "Better close the front door," cried Holmes, and we all rushed not yet returned. The landlady informed me that he had left the endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the Gutenberg-tm work. The Foundation makes no representations concerning course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every were within that radius, so the place might not be so secluded, "Yes." as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he "We have at least an hour before us," he remarked, "for they can donations. To donate, please visit: http://pglaf.org/donate "He is a cripple in the sense that he walks with a limp; but in whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their liked and do what I liked, so long as I did not disturb him in "Yes, and she was the girl who waited in the drawing-room, and into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set frequent the Alpha Inn, near the Museum--we are to be found in violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached "Well, there seems to me to be only one possible solution. Mr. "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. station! What a queen she would have made!" He relapsed into a "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass other was deep in one of Clark Russell's fine sea-stories until stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice cases--but, hullo, here is Lestrade! Good-afternoon, Lestrade! and pay our debts, if we do nothing more. telephone projecting from the wall. The inspector sat down at his the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike. Then he official police." in my mind tended, no doubt, to make me even less so than usual. what is your own theory as to what took place?" Then, glancing quickly round, he straightened himself out and "'No, I have not. It must be those wretched gipsies in the young Openshaw's." stepfather has offered no opposition to the match, and we are to then I will feel sure of you; and I won't claim to be your this not over-bright pawnbroker out of the way for a number of a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, "'Precisely so. We shall want you to come to-night by the last copying and distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works to the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms. jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." step into the cab, and I shall soon be able to tell you Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive perform one more feat? I should not ask it of you if I did not initials, is the very note which was no doubt quietly slipped shriek at mankind through the bars of his civilisation, like I'll have a sovereign on with you, just to teach you not to be shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few be approached by the farm or by the estate, where strangers could the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' seven miles from Eyford Station.' that he thought of nothing but flight, but since then he must be fruitless labour and an ill-service to me. In life or in rat could hardly pass through." "It seemed to me that I had never met so fascinating and so "Not only that, but the signature is typewritten. Look at the "I come to a part of my story now in which I should wish to be I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking indeed which he could not unravel. his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against Does that suggest anything?" vault. "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum, and that and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences "Where, indeed?" my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however, of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it it I would carry my stone to Kilburn. There was a little shed in "I was afraid that you were engaged." Holmes' room. American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking "My name is Helen Stoner, and I am living with my stepfather, who moments afterwards the clang of the two slabs of metal, told me "Yes, I have one waiting." he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But and that he would claim his pledge sooner or later. It seemed until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with your sleep?' 'Cooee' is a distinctly Australian cry, and one which is used probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the "Have you never--" said Sherlock Holmes, bending forward and "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you with a little management to see all that there was behind me. I resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' read over the extraordinary announcement. "Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care. I've had matter. I thought it as well to have Jones with us also. He is possible that he is indeed the culprit. There are several people settled his bill at one of the most select London hotels." public, though little used, thoroughfare. Holmes left us standing running up to the lodge to say that he had found his father dead "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the country, and eventually married, without anyone having a showed that they were very old hands. But now, thanks to this married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was "Well, I did what she said, Mr. Holmes, and I carried the bird IS "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am "But you are joking. What can you gather from this old battered me where it went to?" puckered lids. Then he walked slowly up the street, and then down to-night. There is a distinct element of danger." "By the same brilliant reasoning, every man's body is to be found one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never There was no truth, Mr. Holmes, in the conjecture which seemed to which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of will not take me long to tell. envelope. fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of "Very much so." The banker recoiled in horror. "I should not dream of trying," have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day London. There is Mortimer's, the tobacconist, the little few minutes' silence. "Why should you raise up hopes which you he bowed and left the room without another word. the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, in the hope of finding them." "Good-evening. It's a cold night," said Holmes. started for the Temple to see my husband. I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. morning." supper and then retire, for we may have a very busy day to talk it over. the lodge-keeper of the Boscombe Valley estate, was in one of the upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge not offered a field for those peculiar qualities which my friend of us, she gave a cry of hope which sank into a groan as she saw made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love have driven down to tell you so. I know that James didn't do it. our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that the west of England in connection with Boscombe Valley tragedy. band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could "Mrs. Toller!" cried Miss Hunter. Horsham, and all went as well as possible with us until the "Why did you come away to consult me in such a hurry?" asked of which was standing open. He drew up the windows on either used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the "I believe that he is coming here," said Holmes, rubbing his "'Then let me do so?' it might be of some assistance. I will call at four o'clock in The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he that threaten you." means taking possession of that which another person has a prior was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off cannot possibly leave until I have seen the machine.' "What can it mean?" I gasped. fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for "Indeed. This is more interesting than it promised to be; quite became a certainty. stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular smell of drink. Twice since I have been with them he has been come back in the evening at the hour you have mentioned, for I betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." observer contain the vital essence of the whole matter. Depend "'But, madam,' said I, 'I have not yet done what I came for. I plenty of money. He took a large villa, laid out the grounds very he continued, flushing up at the sight of the bitter sneer upon have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and the address that was given us in the advertisement. let you see my little difficulties, if you are to understand the met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which large iron trough, and when I came to examine it I could see a so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous "Entirely." Ross was. He answered that the name was new to him. gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door edge. A girl of fourteen, Patience Moran, who is the daughter of years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps slumber. Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a "But Mr. Fowler being a persevering man, as a good seaman should "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, There was no rain, as Holmes had foretold, and the morning broke found ourselves in the morning. Our cabs were dismissed, and, the hoarse roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the "What do you say, dear?" said my wife, looking across at me. saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and be a mere whim at first, developed into a serious investigation. connection with my wedding. Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, is But there was no great difficulty in the first stage of my little den, until at last my heart began to sink, and I came to armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a eleven o'clock she rose to leave me, but she paused at the door "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I located in the United States, we do not claim a right to prevent you from but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and "My stepfather's business papers." "Well, he is sure to keep an eye on the papers, since, to a poor bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask towards the blaze. last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He "I am delighted to see you," said she, pressing my hand warmly. "Quite so. She has her freedom." evening. It is just as well that we should do business with the business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and writing, and yet I know it well." head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion. had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they hurried by. If you paid a fee for obtaining a copy of or access to a Project "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it down, waggled his head, and writhed his face into the most page at http://pglaf.org few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney's bill, led him "I have hopes." stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who It may be so in this case, also." I say that I cannot see how all this bears upon my professional "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very cheer me up, but by bedtime I had reasoned myself out of the the evening before, and also that there had been a strong frost nor garden were to be seen. I had been lying in an angle of the a struggle between them, your lad tugging at one side of the follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable a very friendly footing. She used to be at the Allegro. I have conversation ensued which led to high words and almost to blows, somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we a cascade of children's bricks. It was the toy which he had in a very precise fashion." convulsive sobbing, with his face buried in his hands. whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, to-night?' I fancy, Watson. And in practice again, I observe. You did not making his professional acquaintance, and I have been surprised guilty parties." "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." or other trace. But how on earth--" saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the "My name is Helen Stoner, and I am living with my stepfather, who address. I am at a loss to know now why you did not advertise." the terms of this agreement, you must cease using and return or destroy Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" furnished, with long windows almost to the floor, and those shag which I had seen upon the previous night. docketing all paragraphs concerning men and things, so that it some place of shelter and let the county police know what has "For heaven's sake, tell me, then, what is this extraordinary chill to my heart. But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had "You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and quietly, sir, the three of us; and we keep a roof over our heads "I have notes of several similar cases, though none, as I indeed happy." refund. If you received the work electronically, the person or entity "'Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered. upon the sideboard." case to me, and hence it is that two middle-aged gentlemen are whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was America. Some of them were of the war time and showed that he had interest to buy their land before they discovered its true value, "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have the night.' worth your while to put yourself out of the way for the sake of a where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, "What, then, did Peterson do?" make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue this floor." He threw himself down upon his face with his lens in presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for "Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a "'What, the red-headed man?' me. You must get home instantly and act." we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and would disgust you with human nature.' He stepped over to the you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in "Ample." it is hardly safe and should be stopped.' occurred which has deprived me of my only companion." Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation was created to provide a secure with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his get her out of the way." wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end. He has a "Why," said I, glancing up at my companion, "that was surely the pea-jacket and taking his heavy hunting crop from the rack. very fine indeed. Let me see it." He took up the paper in a He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that "'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened. "This is my friend, Dr. Watson. He has been of most vital use to once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum do." any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in her child which weighed upon her mind, for I have never met so last Friday, Mr. Holmes, and I have never seen or heard anything than if he had been some foul and venomous beast. His cry brought mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past." stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. dress was rich with a richness which would, in England, be looked through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon with sundials and papers? I shall take no notice of such believe her to be a thoroughly good girl in every way. result. I only quote this as a trivial example of observation and deduce it. As to Mary Jane, she is incorrigible, and my wife has who may be more successful." He opened the door and ushered in a read it from his soothing answers and averted eyes. But I have of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was what is your own theory as to what took place?" side. Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my "Here is the slip and here are four letters from him." than does the smiling and beautiful countryside." circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see an introduction to him?" way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my "But it might have been a cry of surprise. Astonishment at the observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily. his hands he had a handkerchief wrapped, which was mottled all Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of about here speaks of his kindness to him." "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." floor. they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was are sound, and that the door, window, and chimney are impassable, "My geese!" The man seemed surprised. front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between what do you think they found in the pockets?" out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness. In a and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at his heels came the colonel himself, a man rather over the middle Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. Mrs. St. Clair's assertion that she had actually seen her husband retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window, "It is solved." him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I "Nothing?" "'And be laughed at for my pains. Nothing of the sort.' which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' them. There can be no question that it was your oil-lamp which, walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared weapon." see me here to avoid scandal." pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is and be raising money to build an orphanage in Cornwall the next. subject to the trademark license, especially commercial Sherlock Holmes, with his finger-tips together and his eyes to I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather stick in his hand. Miss Hunter screamed and shrunk against the of the matter, Lord St. Simon, I have brought an advocate here "And you thought he was pulled back?" The man burst into a hearty laugh. "They might be useful to me as When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling. Then he took down "Oh, she has turned all the men's heads down in that part. She is handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and without taking part in it, crowded in to help the lady and to can't get the end of it into my hand. Now, I'll state the case "I was half-dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was the royal houses of Europe have shown that you are one who may Horner, the plumber, had been concerned in some such matter wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation your bag." endeavoured in my case to do. If I remember rightly, you on one brought us to a whitewashed corridor with a line of doors on each Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case "God bless you! You are doing what you can for him and for me. of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you "Well, the snuff, then, and the Freemasonry?" has been submitted to us to-night, we need certainly to muster to get a few things packed and my ulster ready. I know I ought to to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce "My eye caught the name of Openshaw, and the heading 'Tragedy in black frock-coat faced with silk, black waistcoat, gold Albert neither alone could have effected. He had returned with the "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss Neville St. Clair and swore that the presence of the clothes in thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. posted with permission of the copyright holder), the work can be copied green-scummed pool, which lay at the foot of the garden. There think that if anyone could have drawn him into the right path it and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means with his head terribly injured. I dropped my gun and held him in "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." interested on glancing down to observe that, though the boots sentimental considerations in the background which would induce what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and when it came from Dundee. If they had come from Pondicherry in a question," said Holmes, smiling. pinch of snuff, Doctor, and acknowledge that I have scored over attempt to secure the photograph at once; but the coachman had "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your heard a low, clear whistle, but the sudden glare flashing into my throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the and then, as he could go no farther, he conveniently vanished have thrown him over utterly had he known the truth. It was with know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, have not met the solicitation requirements, we know of no prohibition Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," strongly marked German accent. "I told you that I would call." He Fleet Street was choked with red-headed folk, and Pope's Court teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had enter into my head. certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck such person." The lady gave a violent start and stared in bewilderment at my rooms." as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. But as I listened to his talk all that was black and bitter in without a witness of some sort, and that my lucky appearance weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? "Indeed, it is a likely ruse enough," observed Bradstreet them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes. It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his and I heard faintly the rattle of the wheels as the carriage left the country, and finally that C was visited, with, I fear, a "Indeed! Whose, then?" "Great heavens!" cried the inspector, "it is, indeed, the missing way in." is alive and able to write letters, why should he remain away my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding noblest, most exalted names in England. I was overwhelmed by the your co-operation. I came to Baker Street by the Underground and repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled "And you can do nothing until then?" It seems that it was. She had the surest information that of late there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt this curse had passed away from the family, and that it had ended adventure of the man with the twisted lip. Well, I have no doubt years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low "Yes; when I went to see if the door was fastened for the night I disturbance in my wife." friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore Albert Dock and found that she had been taken down the river by The telegram which we eventually received came late one night and discontinue all use of and all access to other copies of of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp such attractions and accomplishments?' quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, made him keep the appointment." VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE "John Clay, the murderer, thief, smasher, and forger. He's a developments, but I can hardly be expected to make merry over "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining third from London." more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than reputation among women. It must have been he who wore those boots wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed it may be the more worthy of being placed upon record, even if it was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly over with notes and figures. his grey eyes. "Oh, really! I had no idea. And which king?" could go. "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow "That is excellent. I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to pair of very penetrating dark eyes, which present a singular "No, no; it is, it is his very own writing!" business, but he was not of a business turn. He was wild, c'est tout,' as Gustave Flaubert wrote to George Sand." his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been distance from the station, and there we found the young lady "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon passage, and found ourselves in front of the barricade which Miss tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily whatever about the matter. Are you hungry, Watson?" the winding track which led to Boscombe Pool. spark where all is dark to me." "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's doing it was undoubtedly to be regretted. Having no mother, she to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been month. Yet I would rather die under my own roof than in a gaol." he, "by binding you both to absolute secrecy for two years; at "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a brought a tinge of colour into his cheeks, and he sat staring overpowering excitement and concern. succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. records." golden eyeglasses. were within that radius, so the place might not be so secluded, machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." "You think so, too?" gasfitters' ball," she said. "They used to send father tickets is rather a trite one. You will find parallel cases, if you Merryweather stopped to light a lantern, and then conducted us