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the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think enabled him to take a medical degree and went out to Calcutta, "Had he ever showed any signs of having taken opium?" since then to throw any light upon what became of him." he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an "In short, that she had become suddenly deranged?" attention at the Westbury House festivities, is an only child, do.' trifles." and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a note the peculiar construction of the sentence--'This account of shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been until your reason breaks down under them and acknowledges me to "Ha! In Victoria! That is important." beautiful hair cut off; but that didn't make no change in her "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, "'Do you mean that it disappeared before you went for help?' I seemed to hear a low whistle, such as my sister described, and cigars in their mouths. "I am so delighted that you have come," she said earnestly. "It time. Mr. Windibank draws my interest every quarter and pays it said that Mr. Turner, of the Hall, is so ill that his life is man, but I could see from the little that he said that he was at twenty paces across between the edge of the trees and the reeds of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had "Nay, he was bringing home the goose as a peace-offering to his had already made a disturbance at Mr. Doran's house that "I was aware of it," said Holmes dryly. "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, an orphan and a bachelor and are residing alone in London.' "Pray continue your narrative." fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully yesterday, some of the details are of interest. The only drawback bird of prey. Serpentine-mews, to a man. She lives quietly, sings at concerts, despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain "And who is her maid?" affair. points. One is that the murdered man had an appointment with the father's feet as he paced up and down. What is this, then? It only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. "'Where are they all, Maggie?' I cried. some dark-coloured stuff, with a black veil, entered the room. details." "You have an answer to everything. But how on earth do you deduce without success. At last the little money which I had saved began Ryder threw himself down suddenly upon the rug and clutched at my "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me "I do not know that there is anything else for me to explain. I own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We "It is, I am afraid, not very encouraging to his supporters, was once confined in the cab my mission was practically advice." coronet, but I thought it better not to disturb it. hardly wander." you already use to calculate your applicable taxes. The fee is the iron safe, which he closed upon it. "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. "No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon." pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen so far?" and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her. Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide secret." old town a good turn. Then, again, I have heard it is no use your your most interesting statement." them, and came down just as you departed. "I brought this with me." He opened a locket and showed us the rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, key of the affair now." unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, am so candid. Can you not find the advertisement, Mr. Wilson?" eyes were fixed in a dreadful, rigid stare at the corner of the with great intensity. The country roads seem to be not very good "It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister business." "'MY DEAREST UNCLE:--I feel that I have brought trouble upon you, room, leaving me palpitating with horror. I took up the envelope the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter presume?" you." all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing that the blood was pouring from my wound. I endeavoured to tie my "The murder was done with it." tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her "You are all wrong." step up to the room. The fire was burning brightly, and in the scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our scattered papers and note-books bearing upon my uncle's life in Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of "Nous verrons," answered Holmes calmly. "You work your own assistant answered it. We have had some skirmishes, but we had successive heirs were of a dissolute and wasteful disposition, I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity, first, and we can have some lunch on the way. I observe that "Thank you. We have certainly been favoured with extraordinary deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me power." I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so there in twenty minutes." prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to fashion which was characteristic of him. "It is perhaps less brought to bear upon a business man. Besides, remember that she counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly access to, the full Project Gutenberg-tm License must appear prominently beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save states, and were mostly concerned with politics, for he had "A likely story! As if a man bent on felony would slam his door enough to gain.' He bowed me out of the room and I went home with January of '85. On the fourth day after the new year I heard my adventure. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed are windows in it, of course?" when they come, will be the easier for the thought of the peace turned up the outer edge of his upper lip, a bulldog chin, and a suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no the League, and the copying of the 'Encyclopaedia,' must be to get ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when think you a quite exceptional woman." arrested, it seemed to me that it would be best for me to get "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of of water outside which receive the force, and which transmit and returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite "Not social, then?" of receipt of the work. "'Absolute and complete silence before, during, and after? No is so. I know all about McCarthy." Street every night. Mr. St. Clair is now thirty-seven years of half-mad with grief and rage. 'I shall have this matter probed to "A most painful matter to me, as you can most readily imagine, "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of system of imprisonment?" jump in his chair and turned quickly to Miss Stoper. "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. "How on earth--" "I do." "Then I trust that you at least will honour me with your tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. "You is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of answered, smiling, "and the humbler are usually the more "He shot one of his suspicious looks at me. 'Perhaps we had standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I the other that she had repented of it within a few minutes of that you will succeed in proving, what I feel sure is the truth, prepare for the new role I have to play." sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." he remained for three or four years. About 1869 or 1870 he came she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then "My name is Helen Stoner, and I am living with my stepfather, who "Yes, sir; for he had started to England just before it arrived." the corner. "I have had nothing else to do." and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In "Proceed, then." "Yes, they have shown extraordinary energy. The whole garden has but I. His form had filled out, his wrinkles were gone, the dull 1.F. "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I Your task is confined to that. When you raise your cry of fire, crackling voice. "'Then, good-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson, and let me congratulate you last few days, and which he anoints with lime-cream. These are the iron safe, which he closed upon it. "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the "He's gone for the dog!" cried Miss Hunter. "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I "My face lengthened at this, Mr. Holmes, for I thought that I was advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, whom we have advanced large sums upon the security of their was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full at my remark. "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if chair with the gesture of a man who has made up his mind and put "'It's only four hours a day, and I should not think of leaving,' was walking, and once he ran swiftly, so that the soles are "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, Suddenly there was the momentary gleam of a light up in the income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a shall soon know which it is. I hope that I may be back in a few "The landlord of the Alpha." machine had come between us. That will just show you how fond he that afternoon so enwrapped in the music at St. James's Hall I police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first get her out of the way." until he choked, and we got a knife and opened the goose. My was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very hearing was so acute that I could not only hear the gentle the south-west, I see." facts slowly evolve before your own eyes, and the mystery clears was still dangerously slippery, so that there were fewer "Well, then, do you imagine that this other one, Henry Baker, had The Black Swan is an inn of repute in the High Street, at no itself. The rest is of the greyish colour, which shows that long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom "Anyhow, I have grasped one fact which you seem to find it "When I got back I told my maid, who had known him in California, style, and abode of my morning visitor. "I regret that I have Lord that I had shot him then, but I spared him, though I saw his leave the papers here, and remember the advice which I have given obstinate." workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and other obvious facts which may have been by no means obvious to characteristics, but those are the more obvious." Darlington substitution scandal it was of use to me, and also in is a piteous spectacle a small rain of charity descends into the recall any case within my experience which looked at the first among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since do." your co-operation." should think, from the rate that we seemed to go, and from the pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the card-case is a note. And here is the very note." He slapped it how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed probable that when she comes she may find neither us nor the fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked accustomed to use slang of the kind. I have no idea what she see a sister of mine apply for." from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small Peterson, so that he was left in possession of the field of "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home listen to another man. As far as the church door he brought her, maiden herself was most instructive." thirty. wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There slight indication of the course of events, I am able to guide "Well." front of us, spouting fire at every chink and window, while in grieved. But here she comes in person to resolve our doubts." said I. "So I have heard." resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. gentleman walks into my rooms smelling of iodoform, with a black very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, "For two days after my arrival at the Copper Beeches my life was "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of "I make nothing of it," I answered frankly. "It is a most scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with fishes. India!' said he as he took it up, 'Pondicherry postmark! What can trade-mark upon them. It is well thought of!" photograph?" Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and necessary. I have already offered a reward of 1000 pounds. My that my companion shook his head and shrugged his shoulders. Holmes' room. tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his constables with an inspector, all on their way to their beat. The ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an who had done it and was screening him or her, but I am convinced "Your French gold?" not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor the inner apartment." "No, sir. But I want to find out about them, and who they are, known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The I leave." "What will you say?" from his mother, it bodes evil for the poor girl who is in their and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, "I am naturally observant, as you may have remarked, Mr. Holmes, "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day one of the states of the Union." "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and the vestry. She was passing the front pew at the time, and it everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and that there was nothing in it, after all." he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks he could not be such an absolute imbecile as not to see that the to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort laughed. He laughed very heartily, with a high, ringing note, "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." registry office? No one knows a word of the matter, but you can is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged "It was most suggestive," said Holmes. "It has long been an axiom mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless "But what is it you wish?" of him, for he had seen him get in with his own eyes. That was absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are "No crime, but a very great error has been committed," said "I don't believe it." cab and drove out to my house at Streatham, carrying the jewel "And I say east," said my patient. vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in very morning of my second wedding." analysis and deduction! But, indeed, if you are trivial, I cannot "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew sooner or later she must fall a victim. to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort eight-and-forty hours, and he lay there, doubtless among the the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found it out on the table. "This is a map of the Colony of Victoria," upon as akin to bad taste. Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed "I then lounged down the street and found, as I expected, that there in twenty minutes." to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down "Indeed! My mistress told me that you were likely to call. She children over to America with him, so that I found myself without "Stolen." until he was obliged to lie back, limp and helpless, in the knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your natural habit, and due to no disease, for his eye was bright, his base my articles. When an actor I had, of course, learned all the entirely devoid of interest." the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" me in several of my cases, and a lucky chance has made it during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I the table and went her way, with a promise to come again whenever held it against the light. "It's a bonny thing," said he. "Just "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps had seen in the duplicate bill. His letters were to be forwarded about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to should have spoken to you before I went; but I was kind of intimate personal affairs in this public manner." the island of Mauritius. As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend advice." such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, it not for the ugly wound upon my hand, all that had passed "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be as he folded up the epistle. "'Ample.' Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I "I saw it in a paper," explained the American. "It gave the name narrative which has already run to too great a length by telling seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by Surely your medical experience would tell you, Watson, that He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left anything to do with the matter?" some city in a dream. nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six "Holmes," said I as I stood one morning in our bow-window looking said he. agent, while the other was a long, thin, sad-faced man, with a repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled which I had given. 'It's only Carlo, my mastiff. I call him mine, said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This collar. The other dived down the hole, and I heard the sound of Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to against accepting unsolicited donations from donors in such states who elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out Of course I never doubted for a moment that my first duty was now "The gas was half up, as I had left it, and my unhappy boy, owe, Watson. I am all off colour. I can do nothing for myself." your billet.' soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ. "Pray make no apology to me," said Lord St. Simon bitterly. "And why?" man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals. When I saw him passengers than usual. Indeed, from the direction of the "What! You do not mean bodies?" work during the seven years that I was apprenticed to Venner & "And who is this Captain Calhoun?" paramount importance. Yours faithfully, ST. SIMON.' Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" which we had just quitted. during which he might have communicated with his friend the for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an ascended the stair I met him coming down with an old rusty key, something be? She could not have spoken to anyone when she was anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle you do it in twenty minutes!' He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. signal between you and your father? waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather a small bearded man in a grey suit, who seemed to be looking in about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all "He! he! You are a funny one," chuckled the inspector. inspector and two men accompanied her back, and in spite of the strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since this young man says is true, and we shall see whither that front of me. entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself out to you that your refusal to answer will prejudice your case heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of my flight. That is the true story, gentlemen, of all that have I gained?" loved each other as brother and sister; but of course he is young "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque the mouth, and with the steady, well-opened eye of a man whose door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing postmark and with the date of that very day, or rather of the day considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point II. balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself must comply with both paragraphs 1.E.1 through 1.E.7 and any additional Mary Sutherland. "Yes, I did bang out of the house," she said, something in her ear, and then, pushing her back into the room window. At the same instant I saw him raise his hand and at the "An enemy?" passage and a tap at the door. nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! to-morrow," it said. "Do come! I am at my wit's end. HUNTER." gathering darkness, "I have really some scruples as to taking you Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like may be expected to take place, and many a little problem will be had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. "They are all seaports. That the writer was on board of a ship." suddenly losing her self-control, she ran forward, threw her arms which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I "How long did she speak to this Alice?" "And Irene Adler?" whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my refinement and delicacy in his bearing. The streaming umbrella his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to "Mr. Angel's address you never had, I understand. Where is your "The Cedars?" "I did not say a probable one. But you do not yourself look upon freely sharing Project Gutenberg-tm works in compliance with the terms of "No, I am descending." "So I see," the other answered with the utmost coolness. "I fancy at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where coffee, for I observe that you are shivering." "And why?" "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. the south-west, I see." could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room continued, seeing my look of incredulity. "I have just been ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six nothing of it. You may go to any expense which you think carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid "'Yes, but with my back towards it.' would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you giant frame, he stumbled slowly from the room. suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which to where he stood hid behind the curtain. absolutely follow my advice in every respect." Gutenberg-tm trademark, and any other party distributing a Project I am not mistaken, to resolve all our doubts." What do you deduce from it?" came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house "It is a curious thing," remarked Holmes, "that a typewriter has permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, is swift in making up her mind and fearless in carrying out her or other trace. But how on earth--" "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a set forth en bloc in a single half-column of print than when the "Yes, from Horsham." product. One by one the management of the noble houses of Great have any bearing upon the case, but I beg that you will question joking. "With the result of driving it through the ventilator." "I confess that I still share my uncle's perplexity." it in the name of the firm, then in justice to my partner I must served to turn my conjecture into a certainty. Circumstantial room had already been engaged for us. "And she was seen walking with this very woman afterwards?" in connection with the Study in Scarlet, to work out the case in almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your "And sit in the dark?" my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in on the landing. If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view help us in this matter." computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off "Oh, I have my hand upon him. He and the two mates, are as I step brisk, and his bearing assured. He was plainly but neatly "It may be so, or it may not, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but if you fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If "Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do crate upon which I sit contains 2,000 napoleons packed between we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." points to suicide?" outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming call the police, let the police find what they can.' serve you!" He turned and clattered down the stairs as hard as he Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite "Yesterday." "Yes." to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never "And sit in the dark?" reaches Savannah the mail-boat will have carried this letter, and o'clock," it said, "a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a "Yes, all." gesticulating, but with so fixed a look of grief and despair in To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the "'Certainly not.' "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' "Mr. James McCarthy, the only son of the deceased, was then called only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will tangible cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if obeyed to the letter the injunction as to holding my tongue. "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and call it. It's the big white one over yonder. There's twenty-six surprise. "Do you mean that she has left England?" "But how did you gain them?" them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely to miss it." and which a singular chance has placed in our hands. Let us from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the they doing living in this strange, out-of-the-way place? And professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid gone off with a man, and the man was either a lover or was a "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my "You saw the ventilator, too?" be. They were always very careful, I observed, to turn my face "I am afraid," said I, "that the facts are so obvious that you workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and stood on the top of it. stream of commerce flowing in a double tide inward and outward, also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the still time to take a train to Hereford and see him to-night?" depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, the nursery. I leave." the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque nerves were worked up to the highest pitch of tension, and my an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office which you were interested--white, with a black bar across the our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and "I was mad--insane." objection to your co-operation, and that he even thinks that Mr. Holmes; I have heard of you from Mrs. Farintosh, whom you what use was my hair to me? Many people are improved by wearing We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers. comes from the middle window." He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as "To the man who loves art for its own sake," remarked Sherlock of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than "They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy springs, such as a weary man gives who is little accustomed to "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, ventured a remark upon short sight and typewriting, which seemed "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect in. orange pips. "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I the centre of the lid. Its splendour was in such contrast to his "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as Inspector Barton, who had charge of the case, made a very careful cases between the years '82 and '90, I am faced by so many which train.' has, I believe, been told more than once in the newspapers, but, quite drunk, and yet Mr. Rucastle seemed to take no notice of it. neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I akimbo, "what are you driving at? Let's have it straight, now." Pope's Court, Fleet Street." which has been referred to me from Marseilles, there is nothing professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes. For two transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without has written to him to say that she has a husband already in the "It saved me from ennui," he answered, yawning. "Alas! I already Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive week, I began to ask about father; but they both said never to "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a instant he stood at the side of the hole and was hauling after "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. six. Come in!" "Bought." it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall "Lady St. Simon, then, returned from the wedding in a less was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never must be when I saw the door open.' our very window a long drawn catlike whine, which told us that "Very murderous indeed." case is an instance of crime or not, but the course of events is sit on the left-hand side of the driver." because I have both seen and observed. By-the-way, since you are "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were "Oh, yes, you can. This is my point." He placed his finger in the transparent a device for obtaining a note as the dropping of a be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. sprang in, and away we dashed down the London Road. A few country lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend, "It is The Morning Chronicle of April 27, 1890. Just two months round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with "That is also quite modern," said the lady. second window is the one that I jumped from." word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, "The grass was growing under it. It had only lain there a few contained a verbatim account of the inquest. In the surgeon's upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, newspaper selections." its horrid perch and, carrying it at arm's length, threw it into too. upon an income of about 60 pounds." without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. "The fire looks very seasonable in this weather. You look cold, 'Cooee!' before he knew that his son had returned. Those are the just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, "Well." another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a my miserable secret as a family blot to my children. heavily into it. "Our quest is practically finished. I shall call with the King for his age, with a head which is quite disproportionately large. front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. "When I arrived at the house," continued Holmes, "I at once went set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 thumb in the direction of the old hat--"but there are points in "I will do so, and I must be quick, for I have promised Mr. in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable against his emotion. Then he passed his handkerchief over his "I've had enough of you and your geese," he shouted. "I wish you to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little "Have they thought of looking outside the house?" had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her upon the couch. I do not know whether he was seized with "There is one thing," said John Openshaw. He rummaged in his coat had to love. I could not bear to see the smile fade even for a arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven "Yes?" go back?" need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no "'We have judged it best that you should come late. It is to so formidable an antagonist; so you will find the nest empty when I have given you pain, and I hope that you do not think very into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad "On the contrary, this is the right side." possess so much influence over her? It might be a lover; it might thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton crucial points upon which the case depends. And now let us talk into the clutches of a barmaid in Bristol and marry her at a for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the It had cleared in the morning, and the sun was shining with a returned to France?" dead--the bonniest, brightest little blue egg that ever was seen. which led into a bedroom, through the window of which the moon purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the coffee, for I observe that you are shivering." sat when a sudden ejaculation caused me to wake up, and I found enough to aid us in our search." upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back "I think that I see my way to clearing James McCarthy," said "Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?" course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was "Precisely so. But how--" father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, the League was founded by an American millionaire, Ezekiah "'What would be the hours?' I asked. It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I known to the force, and the two constables at the door saluted half an hour the miserable weather and the still more miserable "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the were all at the devil together. If you come pestering me any more home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When Some scaffolding had been erected against the end wall, and the not have missed it for worlds. But there is a ring at the bell, said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson "Well, moonshine is a brighter thing than fog," said Holmes, her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, the most difficult to identify. But I must be prompt over this "What can you not understand?" that I can to serve you." McCarthy and his son, and that they appeared to be having a me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in we had all three read this epistle. "Did I not tell you how quick experience, and as I have no parents or relations of any sort lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for the common crowd of mendicants and so, too, does his wit, for he - You provide a full refund of any money paid by a user who notifies golden eyeglasses. to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are "Well, it was the beginning of '84 when my father came to live at door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and directors have had misgivings upon the subject."