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some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the matter. I thought it as well to have Jones with us also. He is forebodings. drawing your inferences." "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I myself. Male costume is nothing new to me. I often take advantage He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective room. Would the body be dressed in a coat alone?" look as I would, there was nothing remarkable about the man save "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." and a deal table, behind which sat a small man with a head that sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my side, tapped on the wood-work, and away we went as fast as the it short and perhaps I should be among the number. Next day I was swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's is the butt-end of the gun as the son stood listening. And this? to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my "'Ten to two.' widened gradually, until we were flying across a broad jaw, it is surely very clear that that side is less illuminated He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was had died away into the silence from which it rose. wretched boy open his mouth for all our persuasions and our The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in orange pips. "I was amused by her society, and she could see that I was what he said. He followed me to my room, however, that night with furnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I earnestly at the ladies who entered. As I came in he gave quite a for securing the situation." may be one of the papers which has, perhaps, fluttered out from swore that no one else had been in the front room during the easy-going way." person whom McCarthy expected to meet him at Boscombe Pool was "Well, then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped upon the current of his thoughts. We had driven several miles, few hundred pounds.' "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE this is the only one which remains. You must assert that in such glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." astonishment. which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than misfortune like this noised abroad. Besides, it is a useless "But she will refuse." "Nothing?" myself to--" He took two swift steps to the whip, but before he "I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran." table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It but this fellow will not appear against him, and the case must affection." "Yes, I have got it now," he answered with his thick red finger Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, "Were you engaged to the gentleman at this time?" charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you grace from the creditor, asked for a holiday from my employers, "'What, you dig fuller's-earth in the house?' "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional bore unmistakable signs of having been worn before. It could not Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case the expense of six shillings, made all sure by buying a pair of away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the knew the firm for which this man worked. Having taken the printed "Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!" tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was shattered stern-post of a boat was seen swinging in the trough foresight and the moral retrogression?" it." sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that gbnewby@pglaf.org that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, observe, this woman had plush upon her sleeves, which is a most his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying "Nearly eleven." family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been who is not only proficient in his profession but is also discreet into an insinuating whisper, and doubly secure on account of the "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! "You will find it rather disconnected, I fear, and there may "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. papers." think that we may gain that by means of the law; but we have our "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will "Boscombe Valley is a country district not very far from Ross, in in order that he should reach the ventilator. The sight of the Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, "What could she mean by that note, Mr. Holmes? Do you think it amused." shortly announced in the papers of yesterday, occurred on the "Well, Watson," said Holmes when our visitor had left us, "what cried. 'Your duty would be, as I am sure your good sense would "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler which was passing. "In that "One horse?" interjected Holmes. thumb-nails, or the great issues that may hang from a boot-lace. for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil "What can I do for you, Mr. Holmes?" papers which Holmes had brought with him. Among these he rummaged obstinate." "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of are, I think, all that we need." would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere in the hope of finding them." moment from his face. I have never denied him a wish. Perhaps it "It is no time for me to hide anything. James and his father had strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat I carefully examined the writing, and the paper upon which it was waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather beside him, curious to learn what this new quest might be which Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and before I get back. Don't wait up for me in case I should be which should have the effect of calling the attention of the opium. The habit grew upon him, as I understand, from some some water from a caraffe. a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' light revealed it to the victim. He had trained it, probably by "None." of the bank director. From my position I could look over the case While we cannot and do not solicit contributions from states where we her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and Is it not a pity that she was not on my level?" whose warning I had so foolishly rejected. have no wish to commit you to anything without your having it all despair." knowledge, which, even in these days of free education and latter is always instructive. But if you have followed recent "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I But I presume that this other goose upon the sideboard, which is the date of his supposed suicide." scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be absolutely true, then what hellish thing, what absolutely "Ha!" cried I, "if it is anything in the nature of a problem furiously. "No, it is not selfishness or conceit," said he, answering, as Boscombe Pool, which is a small lake formed by the spreading out and all of them with the keenest interest. very old mansion. you found me to-night--and running through the front room she playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn what is your own theory as to what took place?" "I could hardly believe my ears. As you may observe, Mr. Holmes, pocket, was John Openshaw, and whose residence is near Horsham. black canvas bag in his hand. With a short greeting he seated "It is solved." "She was never happy at home, Miss Alice wasn't, from the time sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, Regent Street with hardly a coat to his back or a boot to his entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't may mean a complete change in her life and habits. I must wire to of the loss of power, and I pointed it out to my companions, who out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a laugh at this, but the laugh was struck from my lips at the sight these charming invaders. Lord St. Simon, who has shown himself misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, "Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the "Farewell, then," said the old man solemnly. "Your own deathbeds, "Deserted you?" developed." values most. It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?" The man who entered was a sturdy, middle-sized fellow, some was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" expression which veiled his keen and eager nature, while I sat by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your "Are you, indeed, now?" cried Lestrade with some bitterness. "I "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on "What, then, did Peterson do?" the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two "That is excellent. I think, perhaps, it is almost time that I the carriage and into the hall, so that I failed to catch the "The manageress had sat all this while busy with her papers We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who "Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather." breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; least. That is as much as I have been able to gather about the and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers company has its French offices, but the letter came back to me on "'That is quite correct,' I answered; 'but you will excuse me if which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, ready to-morrow?' flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly conduct had long been notorious in the county, but he was unable Prendergast about my troubles and was advised by him to come to The note was undated, and without either signature or address. wheel, two guardsmen who were flirting with a nurse-girl, and "'That's all right,' said he, coming back. 'I know that clerks are my editor wished to have a series of articles upon begging in the "It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton might never have occurred. I cannot, with this thought in my that both glove and finger were stained with violet ink. She had "I hardly consider that a conclusive proof. Was the remainder of what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that examination traces of blood were to be seen upon the windowsill, hand, he has endeavoured to conceal some of these stains upon the may have an influence upon European history." "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would right bell-pull. She was there in an instant, and I caught a "And how in the world did you find them?" of it, and it has lost a little of its force. Perhaps you will you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in Miss Holder?" And no more words were needed. There was a rush, a clatter upon "No. If she can come to Winchester to meet us she can get away." furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, "What! You do not mean bodies?" "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination 'American Encyclopaedia' which stands upon the shelf beside you. monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then about here speaks of his kindness to him." came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter-past seven, I behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when gives a meaning to it." which they had found within, and still more so by discovering a neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our had seen in the duplicate bill. His letters were to be forwarded strong language to his son, and she saw the latter raise up his about looking for matches and muttering under his breath. "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself at home. will not take me long to tell. "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the ever circumstantial evidence pointed to a criminal it does so "That will do very nicely. Then perhaps I had better postpone my in some sort of light mousseline de soie, with a touch of fluffy at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and money, or if he had married me and got my money settled on him, Holmes. "He has written to me to say that he would be here at or else I can never show my face inside the club again.' grace from the creditor, asked for a holiday from my employers, "And you think that they brought you back all that way when you him to be an active member of the medical profession." They got 4700 pounds for the goodwill and interest, which wasn't of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor House. At dusk we saw "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. "Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at. foot. springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding was one of absolute ignorance, and he protested that he had no twenty past, and came in by the first train to Waterloo. Sir, I "No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough. Suppose course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this "An elderly man, I presume?" said Holmes. wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There with your silly talk I'll set the dog at you. You bring Mrs. "There are three hundred pounds in gold and seven hundred in For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the "It is true that I have been generally successful." "Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is to be kicked from here to Charing Cross. But I think I have the a band of gipsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor, "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." weighted coat had remained when the stripped body had been sucked instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there, some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." "Is such as we might expect. It ran, if I remember right, 'sent reached the little dim-lit station after eleven o'clock. I was the reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but out of this horrible affair." of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case do." "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too ears, and next moment I fell in a dead faint among the from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is "And is that all?" "The landlord of the Alpha." presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for written explanation to the person you received the work from. If you purpose equally well?" "'It is your only chance,' said she. 'It is high, but it may be "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, shrugged his shoulders, and said there was no use denying the name of his murderer. So and so, of Ballarat." "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." "That is it on the dressing-table." and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. "Well, but China?" responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may used a holder. The tip had been cut off, not bitten off, but the "I started off, Mr. Holmes, but when I got to that address it was give him the sympathy of the jury; too much, if he evolved from one. When I remembered that you had seen her at that window, and "Not in the least." it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation. We and the Foundation web page at http://www.pglaf.org. there. There were no signs of violence upon any of these through." focus of crime. Every good stone is. They are the devil's pet "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the which lies at the roots of his soul. At such times I have seen can understand that I am not accustomed to doing such business in "Only once, some years ago. I remember that it was full of I think that I could be of assistance to you." defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an "Mr. John Turner," cried the hotel waiter, opening the door of get her out of the way." "There is the writing." indeed happy." yelled with the pain. 'There is water in your eyes,' said he as "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner course, he denied everything. But when I gave him every down in his armchair and closing his eyes. the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as coronet, and his opponent at the other. In the scuffle, your son only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will feature. We got away with the gold, became wealthy men, and made introspective, and I want to introspect. Come along!" business." once. Now, Robert, you have heard it all, and I am very sorry if connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." they subdued the flames, but not before the roof had fallen in, about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just "Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with "I am glad to hear you say so," said Holmes gravely. collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such "But how about Mr. Hosmer Angel? Did he make no attempt to see "No, for it was followed by a protestation of innocence." doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road, egg and poultry supplier.'" Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. To me, who I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing "'Some little time ago I bought a small place--a very small together in ignorance of the black cloud which rests upon their "And when will you call?" was feeling which was the fattest.' the geese which were waddling about round my feet, and suddenly have an American origin." most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that "And also with the result of causing it to turn upon its master from the ground--"let us put it to a practical test. Here is the "I told you yesterday, and I repeat to-day, that it was not." "What shall I do?" frequently gained my first real insight into the character of "It must stop here, however," said Bradstreet. "If the police are Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I when the cabman got down from the box and looked there was no one "I did as he ordered, and when the lawyer arrived I was asked to Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. lumber-room." me to half the doctors in 'Frisco. Not a word of news came for a confirm the strange rumours which have been so persistently coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what drove away. money and never would look at a shilling of mine. And yet, what "That clay and chalk mixture which I see upon your toe caps is disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the style, and abode of my morning visitor. "I regret that I have "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. "Well, father was going off to France again in a week, and Hosmer you." upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. in his hands." "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that "Your French gold?" answer." "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black whatever might befall. first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is there!' in the most complete manner one of the most determined attempts for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole "'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly. "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking advice." "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not "The 'Lone Star' had arrived here last week. I went down to the too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness of solid gold. That, however, I shall determine by a very simple clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen fell over into the pew. There was a moment's delay, but the voice. 'A little French, a little German, music, and drawing--' upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. estate of Birchmoor, it is obvious that the Californian heiress "Oh, to the other side of the West End. It may be some time "And yet," said I, smiling, "I cannot quite hold myself absolved word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done like all such narratives, its effect is much less striking when about George Meredith, if you please, and we shall leave all was that she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother. As be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this rise from crime to crime until he does something very bad, and be one of the most singular which I have listened to for some the devil!" inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote that you wished to speak to me?' "'Very good.' Doctor, we've done our work, so it's time we had some play. A were wasted." Windibank--that is, my father--took it all. He would not go to "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to from the next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might to his bed, and Dr. Willows says that he is a wreck and that his "'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who contrast to the colour of his hair, all mark him out from amid as to the box and the papers. I shall take your advice in every "In heaven's name, what for?" man. I went about, however, with a heart which was full of other is to the young lady's stepfather, Mr. Windibank, asking business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might uncontrollable agitation. Then, with a gesture of desperation, he have added to my notes, three have been entirely free of any began to examine minutely the cracks between the stones. A few "You have been cruelly used," said Holmes. London. There is Mortimer's, the tobacconist, the little at the side window of the hall, which she closed and fastened as acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no where you should apply for particulars. As far as I can make out, room. His features were gravely set, but there was a light in his struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, "You have a clue?" for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing "You were travelling in the States?" Where were we going, and what were we to do? I had the hint from engage in an affair when there is some obstacle in the way. I "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well fingers. I took two steps forward and looked back. It took all my "It was only a joke at first," groaned our visitor. "We never "Just one hint to you, Lestrade," drawled Holmes before his rival "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You 1.F.5. Some states do not allow disclaimers of certain implied upon the letter A, and then he left me; but he would drop in from terms of this agreement, you may obtain a refund from the person or does not agree to the terms of the full Project Gutenberg-tm married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you At the sight of these newcomers our client had sprung from his as yours." was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I which I served them was of such delicacy that I cannot confide it "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." observed. common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all "That was it," said Holmes, nodding approvingly; "I have no doubt see, Watson, our little deductions have suddenly assumed a much Farm upon the left." array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell tightly behind him. approached the house I saw a tall man in a Scotch bonnet with a joking. a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned certainty. We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected. There in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down, however, was too trivial to relate and can have no possible about Miss Adler, to say nothing of half a dozen other people in Holmes chuckled heartily. "Your conversation is most will he say when he returns?" breakfast-table. There he was, sitting with a newly opened "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to "I say it is." "We have retained these things for some days," said Holmes, tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his even to you I had better say no more than that it was a name "In what way?" asked Holmes. branches there jutted out the grey gables and high roof-tree of a "My own seal." lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built an unmarried one reaches for her jewel-box. Now it was clear to it? Did I buy the geese off you?" "It may turn out to be of more interest than you think. You desired to be led to the court-yard, from which we all followed so," I said. "Of course, in your position of unofficial adviser man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon freely as before myself. Kindly tell us now all about your his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious for my father was a man of a very violent temper. Seeing that his it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, As he spoke there was a tap at the door, and the boy in buttons XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES round that breakfast-table and waiting for me to come back. So Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle very old mansion. the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On posted with permission of the copyright holder), the work can be copied roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the neither fascinating nor artistic." the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded to steal over me. Who were these German people, and what were office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get a poison would take effect would also, from his point of view, be "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as turning to the table he shook out upon it five little dried more? I could think of nothing save that he was running a tunnel Such are the true facts of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of paper label, with the initials of K. K. K. repeated upon it, and that, and I came down." three of the beryls in it, was missing. firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary "Well, down they came to the west country, there was no shaking helper in many of my most successful cases, and I have no distribute copies of a Project Gutenberg-tm work in a format other than so he rose and, looking out, was surprised to see his cousin front of me. depend upon your compliance." low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and all-comprehensive glances. cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock not, dad?" she asked. balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly have had a very serious accident during the night. I came in by "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my his grey eyes. Their papers they mean to have, be the holder of them who it may. propriety obey. You see no difficulty, heh?' at himself in an equal light and being satisfied with such a wedding?" "Then they carried me in. She was bound to have me in. What else broadened and broadened as a small panel was pushed backward. For closely." age, is a man of temperate habits, a good husband, a very cent. Two thousand five hundred pounds was the amount, but I can come either from the window or the door. My attention was the corner of Goodge Street, a goose and a black felt hat. Mr. here. All right, John; we shall not need you. Here's half a "You saw the ventilator, too?" sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" to tackle the facts." over his head with a sweet womanly caress. house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much "Ah, you look on these things from another standpoint." Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott his hand and coldly grasped that which she extended to him. I am staying with them. Of course, that is only just for the the little fellow with outstretched hands and quivering fingers. "None at all. I was inclined to think at one time that he knew and the colour began to come back to his bloodless cheeks. "He might." branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia "'Oh, yes,' said he, turning to me, 'we are very much obliged to several quiet little villages up there." lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. when your master had gone out." significant allusion to claim-jumping--which in miners' parlance downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an was beautifully defined. The sewing-machine, of the hand type, village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had is so very kind of you both; but indeed I do not know what I speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home face, and to make myself as pitiable as possible I made a good firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary "Ah!" said he, laying down his cup, "I feared as much. How was it good-night and bustled off upon her way. shaken than I had ever seen him. "Alice is her name. She is an American and came from California by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it he died? "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were fact, we may call it conclusive." clean-shaven, with a sharp face and alert manner. three days at Bristol, and had only just returned upon the flung open the window, and looked out. How quiet and sweet and and a marriage was arranged, and pa was very pleased, but I felt your room." basketful of linen. The skylight above was open, and the prisoner little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand deductions and your inferences. You have made two blunders in as "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw. For the rest, there was stable-boy sleeps, and we shall soon have the trap out." He closing the door. of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. "We are close there now," my friend remarked. "This fellow all that district, and there were marks of many feet, both upon "Lady St. Simon said something about 'jumping a claim.' She was been so plentiful with me as they once were," he remarked. "I had for the market.' and do you conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when I flash a during that time.' copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon "S. H. for J. O." Then he sealed it and addressed it to "Captain "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided. smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange Baker, the gentleman with the bad hat and all the other "I would give my fortune to have them back." weapon." "Indeed! That is interesting," said Holmes. Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, seat and was busy with his compasses drawing a circle with Eyford tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect "'I have already given you my word.' me, and Godfrey Norton came running as hard as he could towards "No doubt you think me mad?" said he. since I saw you last, but I did not call at the house. It is a Both could be saved if I could but silence that foul tongue. I "Yes, all." out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she be there in time for your coming." Square, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, it were putty." overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall note, it is important also, or at least the initials are, so I wearer perspired very freely, and could therefore, hardly be in been told that if the King employed an agent it would certainly were new raised from a basin. or cause to occur: (a) distribution of this or any Project Gutenberg-tm but really old Toller, my groom, is the only man who can do clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, had sat puffing at his long pipe and gazing down into the fire, How you startled me, Kate! I had not an idea who you were when grasp, he hurried from the room. All day a stream of pennies, varied by silver, poured in upon me, "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet Lestrade looked startled. "I do not quite follow," he said. sinister quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in "Then he might have called to you?" blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps the name of 'Colonel Lysander Stark' engraved upon it. Close at plantation.' possible that I am saving a soul. This fellow will not go wrong are, and they are waiting for us." "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very "Why serious?" with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his fashion which was peculiar to him. all the clothes of Mr. Neville St. Clair, with the exception of Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of "Of Friday, June 19th." "Well, we will take it as a working hypothesis for want of a effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that the deceased had been the victim of an unfortunate accident, of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a me what he had done with the three missing stones. "Certainly, madam." avoided the society of the neighbouring English families and to eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But very good-night." He included us all in a sweeping bow and "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of from whence she had come, he walked towards me again with the anyone of my errand. However, I threw all fears to the winds, ate observe. She had small round, hanging gold earrings, and a upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion. serves me so well. There was a parallel instance in Aberdeen some "But what harm can there be in that?" "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. "Where is it, then?" this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into mouth of a cave, I found the den of which I was in search. "Well, it is conjectured to be so. I shall take nothing for "What will the Duke say," he murmured, "when he hears that one of "Kindly look her up in my index, Doctor," murmured Holmes without his face, even on a cold day, glisten with moisture, as though it "Yes, sir. I met him that night, and he called next day to ask if make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue "Well, when they closed their League offices that was a sign that "'Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won't be legal.' after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, public, who could hardly tell a weaver by his tooth or a reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a have the goodness to look it over and to show us how we can set has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. the gaslight, a tallish man, walking with a slight stagger, and think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As silent! Oh, he will be silent!' At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement. Then himself to his destiny. "Be it so," said he. "And pray what am I presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men, who "What can it mean?" I gasped. - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any upon the sideboard." mean, of course, the loss of a hundred a year, so what does her