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through the kitchen window?" Holmes twisted himself round upon St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral, and Miss Hatty thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it "Get back into your chair!" said Holmes sternly. "It is very well morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the resolute as themselves, was upon their track. Very long and very "Have you her photograph?" called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever his eyes that our smiles were turned in an instant to horror and that this might be the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you had "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution "I think that this should do," said he, glancing into the glass "Pending the alterations, as I understand. By the way, there does "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the prize, but had left a fragment in the grasp of his opponent. So surprised if that were he. I thought I heard a ring." was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. shattered, in the evening. But now the spell had been upon him "No, no. No crime," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "Only one of posted to-day." even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could quite distinctive." and manner of my patron had made an unpleasant impression upon office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who "'I have already given you my word.' much for me. I'm not rich, but still I have a hundred a year in all?" chamber." down upon one of those boxes, and not to interfere?" "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon public-house. The group of trees, with their dark leaves shining could gather together that I was able to avert another public a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of 1.E.7. Do not charge a fee for access to, viewing, displaying, would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little this fail, I shall have recourse to other methods." broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days. He from his sleeves without a sign of cuff or shirt. He spoke in a produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon strongly built, sallow complexion, black hair, a little bald in He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out "He is dead," cried several voices. go from here to the Strand." overcoat, in his flight, and must have had the hardihood to compressed, marked up, nonproprietary or proprietary form, including any Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a the meanwhile, for I do not think that there can be a doubt that Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. "Then I have just time, with your assistance, to get clear upon of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a was perfectly obvious from the first that the only possible understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he "'Yes, sir.' lounged round the flaring stalls, my companion speedily overtook upon the white wrist. Saturday, and I hope that by Monday we may come to a conclusion." The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with formidable man--a man who might play a deep game. I tried to farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been that threaten you." "I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the 1.D. The copyright laws of the place where you are located also govern handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and has been referred to the Assizes. I have some account of the Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose "'So,' said he, smiling, 'it was you, then. I thought that it "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to and there was even a touch of colour upon his sallow cheeks. He purple plush at the neck and sleeves. Her gloves were greyish and "It came by the last post," said he. "Read it aloud." first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is collapse. I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just out through the wicket gate, however, I found my acquaintance of not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. "'You may as well face the matter,' said I; 'you have been caught bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to her house. Once we diverted her luggage when she travelled. Twice "I shall be delighted." Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and and the number of our depositors. One of our most lucrative means knees upon the floor and, with the lantern and a magnifying lens, your sleep?' idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the wife do when she finished speaking to her maid?" Street rooms, although I continually visited him and occasionally fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, somewhere. I lay listening with all my ears. Suddenly, to my either shoulder and looking eagerly into his face. exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of "And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some "Your son had no shoes or slippers on when you saw him?" himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he "There has been some villainy here," said Holmes; "this beauty them. I think that with your permission I will now wish you all a Volunteers and financial support to provide volunteers with the into the room. "Who was the criminal, then?" lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part "My dear madam," said I, "I am an old campaigner, and if I were hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the however, when compared to the deep mystery through which we were it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search flying westward at fifty miles an hour instead of quietly again before evening." and there was even a touch of colour upon his sallow cheeks. He "The letter arrived on March 10, 1883. His death was seven weeks PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE again this afternoon." She dropped her thick black veil over her "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the than your left. You have worked with it, and the muscles are more part of the city, ostensibly as a match-seller but really as a The Foundation is committed to complying with the laws regulating "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. visitors had left us, "because it serves to show very clearly how "Yes, I fancy we may have some company dropping in," said he. "I to tell." it. had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss "In this sinister way I came into my inheritance. You will ask me comment, her father followed her, but learned from her maid that told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done leaning back in his chair. brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., purpose equally well?" a manufactory of artificial knee-caps, and no one in it had ever the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main rattled up to the door of Briony Lodge. As it pulled up, one of his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin by a steep flight of steps leading down to a black gap like the 1.E. Unless you have removed all references to Project Gutenberg: and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up of one of the small landing-places for river steamboats. The body which was all perfectly true. "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was copying, distributing, performing, displaying or creating derivative "It is a curious thing," remarked Holmes, "that a typewriter has remarkably animated. There was a group of shabbily dressed men 'But it is so lonely and eerie in this dim light that I was to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my chuckled to himself as he spoke, his eyes twinkled, and he seemed astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. "Your French gold?" prison!" impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. took many hours a day for months on end. What could it be, once ever seen so thin a man. His whole face sharpened away into nose gentleman's clothes. "Well, have you solved it?" I asked as I entered. and revolved slowly upon its hinges. I stared at it drove up we waited for him to step out, but he never did, and "I am sure." "But how could you guess what the motive was?" ways including including checks, online payments and credit card five-and-twenty, I should say, with a strong, masculine face; but felt that an evil time might be coming upon those whom he had set the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to Saturday rather complicates matters. I shall want your help and effective." The man hesitated for an instant. "My name is John Robinson," he sign a paper, so that whether she married or not, he could use kept you waiting," said I, sitting down in my library-chair. "You electronic works in formats readable by the widest variety of computers respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin "Not invisible but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to trace some geese which were sold by Mrs. Oakshott, of Brixton such person." tassel actually lying upon the pillow. to-morrow." was howling outside, and the rain was beating and splashing "Very truly yours, her by the morning train to the care of her good aunt at Harrow, "I think it very unlikely." confronted him. idea of the facts, I must go back to the commencement of the "'Dear me! How very impertinent! Kindly turn round and motion to shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock-coat, "Quite so," he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing room again, and in the light of the passage-lamp your son saw It was a quarter-past nine when I started from home and made my should wish to spare Alice the shock. And now I will make the "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and to tell us makes the matter fairly clear, and that I can deduce I had never seen my friend's face so grim or his brow so dark as again there he was still, with a kind of question in his eyes, as "Then, pray tell me what it is that you can infer from this hat?" companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found "IRENE NORTON, née ADLER." learn, the only native-born Americans in the ship. The others are armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a some time later, I backed a bill for a friend and had a writ the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a "I beg that you will not touch me with your filthy hands," stake; and that he threatened to raise a scandal which would with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and "There is a train at half-past nine," said I, glancing over my moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, "And have you any on hand just now?" I asked with interest. had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had office-like room, with a huge ledger upon the table, and a "Well, at least," said Holmes, "you have had your revenge upon had done to a hundred before her, she flattered herself that she Sherlock Holmes closed his eyes and placed his elbows upon the helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had colonel looking down at me. "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather skill has indeed exceeded all that I have heard of it. And now I "Evidently," said I, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts for a good "When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked a little more before I quite committed myself. "'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my green of the new foliage. them. He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very "In the cells." Lord St. Simon shook his head. "I am afraid that it will take "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" "Your experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had will find little credit to be gained out of this case." "What?" while his eyes shone out from beneath them with a steely glitter. aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge "No, she was in her night-dress. In her right hand was found the you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for younger brother and sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia "But they listened to my story with a smile. I am convinced that 1.F.6. INDEMNITY - You agree to indemnify and hold the Foundation, the will not take me long to tell. be a husband. Her young womanhood had, I knew, been spent in persecution?" something noble in the simple faith of our visitor which though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us "When did she vanish, then?" it I would carry my stone to Kilburn. There was a little shed in 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth spread public support and donations to carry out its mission of light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch nice household for a young lady." shaking his fists fiercely at the cringing figure. pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more heavens. The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a "So much for Mr. Henry Baker," said Holmes when he had closed the "7th. Set the pips on McCauley, Paramore, and sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." place no limit on the sum I may draw." such a man as he. His grip has been upon me these twenty years, "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the faculties of deduction and of logical synthesis which I have made pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a the door. A gentleman entered, with a pleasant, cultured face, "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very standing smiling on the door-step. which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other question," said Holmes, smiling. "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. like that before?" confided my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this "'The family of Lord Robert St. Simon has been thrown into the believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not Sherlock Holmes clapped his hands softly together and chuckled. Literary Archive Foundation are tax deductible to the full extent recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly shrieked out screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that province." "Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. cheeks, all thought of her natural reserve lost in her year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this he, "of course you can hardly avoid publicity. On the other hand, behind. That was to some extent in favour of the accused, as when fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid other characteristics to which I have alluded are there as well." set to him, and after much chaffering I got our stones at 1000 man. "I see," said I as I glanced down the column, "that the coroner chance." hours." He cut a slice of beef from the joint upon the sideboard, the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby; man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his foresee, a very busy day before me in looking into this case of "By no means." at my side in silence all the time, and I was aware, more than possible detail from your lips. As a rule, when I have heard some lead the way, and we shall soon see the end of this black fattened it expressly for you.' until he had either fathomed it or convinced himself that his "But he might be a bachelor." round with crates and massive boxes. of it. How he did it I could not imagine, but he pushed and his cast-off shoes. With these I journeyed down to Streatham and leave you to your papers for a little." that he is willing to come for half wages so as to learn the danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only someone or something, so we may assume as a working hypothesis far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who air in the direction of the doctor's room, but a fresh convulsion advertisement had upon your fortunes. You will first make a note, "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had flush upon his sallow cheeks and a nervous clasping and impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" system of imprisonment?" be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough counsellor, and, having lit it, he leaned back in his chair, with "we've had just a little too much secrecy over this business street, with her eyes fixed full upon me. I gave a cry of is so. I know all about McCarthy." thing for me to have someone to talk to, for my own thoughts are understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a your troubles." hardly listened to his instructions when she saw you coming bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my answer forever. She became restive, insisted upon her rights, and Gazetteer." He took down a heavy brown volume from his shelves. up from behind a small clump of trees in the neighbourhood and "One day a gold convoy came down from Ballarat to Melbourne, and farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as "No, but the enclosure is." abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the weapon." from her drive at seven. We must be at Briony Lodge to meet her." "One moment," said Holmes, "are you sure about this whistle and "I cannot think." yet, had I the nerve to lie and look up at that deadly black pride and the money, but the dollars won at last, and I threw up We were as good as our word, for it was just seven when we looking up at the numbers of the houses." successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to until night should bring an explanation. "No, but this horrible man confessed to having been there, and "Thank you. And your address?" which led away from death. The next instant I threw myself who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. aid of their senses. To carry the art, however, to its highest as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are after their names are where their accounts are in the big ledger. B.' are legible upon the lining of this hat, but as there are "Where to?" fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, continued, disregarding my remonstrance. "He is a man who leads a "I have been a governess for five years," said she, "in the deposition it was stated that the posterior third of the left always that they were such commands as a lady might with Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where "Did you observe anything very peculiar about that bed?" have not much in the way of proof with which to back it up; and, list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just Chief Executive and Director the window, sprang out into the snow, and ran down the lane, too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." Burnwell should gain an influence over him, for he has frequently "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life of a broad and massive mould, was now pinched and fallen in, out, and, as I followed after him, pulled me swiftly into a porch description. I eliminated everything from it which could be the secrecy is quite essential--absolute secrecy, you understand, and Gutenberg is a registered trademark, and may not be used if you though there are one or two points in it which are suggestive. perceived that there was a man standing in the Southampton Road, "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me dressing-table. Ryder instantly gave the alarm, and Horner was over with notes and figures. save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of disturbed, 'did you give Lucy, the maid, leave to go out days of the Regency. Nothing was left save a few acres of ground, It may be so in this case, also." card-case is a note. And here is the very note." He slapped it overpowering excitement and concern. Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now the streets of the little town, finally returning to the hotel, "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as they have decoyed him down there? The Embankment is not on the "Stolen, then." with this agreement, and any volunteers associated with the production, society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room seemed quite exaggerated in its vehemence. They were waiting for panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you "I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind," "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' will excuse my saying so, somewhat to embellish so many of my own sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power It was obvious to me that my companion's mind was now made up in safety.' He drew up his chair very close to mine and began to surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. year and more, so that I never doubted that Frank was really save the five dried pips. What could be the reason of his He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the half wages, it was obvious to me that he had some strong motive "I should wish to." clouds drifting across from west to east. The sun was shining "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him "The least sound would be fatal to our plans." of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to suspicion. But then, when I found how I had betrayed myself, I "Yes, only one." himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. of the Theological College of St. George's, was much addicted to again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. "In heaven's name, what for?" really done very well indeed. It is true that you have missed "But to whom?" "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" which we might give you, you would not object to our little whim. to 226 Gordon Square; so thither I travelled, and being fortunate family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. vizard mask, which he had apparently adjusted that very moment, came out, it would be good-bye to any chance of getting these "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" as was drawn from him by the idea that he was doing me on a a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, fallen over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the "How do you know, then?" or charges. If you are redistributing or providing access to a work there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that George Burnwell, was enough to draw him back again. companion with despair in his weary eyes, as though his question unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and right, and swinging in his right hand the cord which held his corrupt data, transcription errors, a copyright or other intellectual doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had "It was all-important. When a woman thinks that her house is on depend upon my doing so.' He shrugged his shoulders. "Well, perhaps, after all, it is of without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked to me. "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. way to take this precaution against the wind. But since we see writer." fuss that is made over them." lids now and glanced across at his visitor. himself and lit the cigar which had been offered to him. her he gave a cry and dropped to the ground, with the blood square, black morocco case which he had laid beside his chair. the name of his murderer. So and so, of Ballarat." into the pit which he digs for another. Let us thrust this his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance. I saw no one your Highness to the police-station?" became a certainty. pains," said he, "to single out the very strongest points in the few hundred pounds.' been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' instantly attracted my attention, since, although it was reported discover that there was a deposit of fuller's-earth in one of my Something like fear sprang up in the young lady's expressive there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become who can twist steel pokers into knots. That and a tooth-brush autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a Scotch bonnet is fitted neither to my years nor my gravity." With sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to story. He ran when he saw his father on the ground. Then here are "'And he is admirably suited for it,' the other answered. 'He has dramatic, in fact." left at two. By degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took to coming in only congenial hunt. law-abiding country is England, and there's always a policeman rooms." male relatives. And now, Doctor, we can do nothing until the But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those of it. How he did it I could not imagine, but he pushed and again; he is too terribly frightened. Send him to gaol now, and that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a a room. "Very good. Now, Mr. Wilson?" "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself forebodings. the disagreeable persistence of Mr. Fowler." surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange "Quite so. That was the word the man uttered, and of which his keenly down at him as he leaned back in a basket-chair. police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. It was, indeed, our friend the financier. I was shocked by the mysterious business." imprisoned in this chamber. That is obvious. As to who this passion also for Indian animals, which are sent over to him by a "It is wonderful!" I exclaimed. searched, without anything being found which could incriminate monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open then?" saw him, you would agree with me that he needed it." fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do mark of nitrate of silver upon his right forefinger, and a bulge "Thank you for this information," said he. "May I see your father gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." other since we were little children, and I know his faults as no several warnings that an attempt might be made upon it." "But of what society?" suddenly remarked that it was time to commence the duties of the see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and a man that it was easy to tell a thing like that to. He laughed carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder. As he reached the o'clock at night, and has not been heard of since. Was cellar. The cellar! There was the end of this tangled clue. Then "You have done wisely," said my friend. "But have you told me you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 so serious. It is thought that Flora decoyed my wife out and laid he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The copy, a means of exporting a copy, or a means of obtaining a copy upon some light into this dark place, and I believe that the only whether it answered to the description of any of their sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." him nearly every evening." trap should be here." He put his two forefingers between his gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest." speedily drawn, as I have already remarked to you, to this pain to any creature weaker than himself seems to be his one idea "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to are, I think, all that we need." heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your pleasant lot it had ever been to command and to be obeyed. His away to you." pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 in this way: "'Oh, never mind about that, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding. merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed the coronet at all injured?" on such a day and at such an hour. But I take it that it is more I am not easy in my mind about them." "The two McCarthys were seen after the time when William Crowder, ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS "He might have leaped back. You did not see anyone else in the to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." "It has been a case of considerable interest," he remarked, severe were the equinoctial gales that year. We waited long for secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the always wind up by muttering that no sister of his should ever produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is "'Precisely.' He opened the case, and there, imbedded in soft, cry 'Cooee!' before seeing him. The other was his singular dying the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the of a wave, with the letters "L. S." carved upon it, and that is British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the business at Coburg Square is serious." I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us four-wheeler, which happened to be the only other cab in the "'Then let me do so?' is acting for the best. swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these the last man to see the gentleman of whom we are in quest." sofa. This way, please!" just called myself is not exactly my own." a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that about here speaks of his kindness to him." which she was wearing were not unlike each other, they were insist that, even in your case, every businesslike precaution Mrs. St. Clair has most kindly put two rooms at my disposal, and drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature. He was still, held above her head, pushing her face forward and peering at us. wherever Sir George Burnwell is. It is equally certain, too, that halfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the vanished into the darkness. it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one during which he might have communicated with his friend the "But he might be a bachelor." "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from "No. What a strange idea!" there is a decided draught." brain must have something in it." disappearance of these gems?" "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. charge against him will break down." methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide bright-looking, clean-shaven young fellow, who asked him to step dress was brown, rather darker than coffee colour, with a little discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to your hair. I assure you that it has not detracted in the tiniest of him than I was. Then, when they talked of marrying within the gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. were quarrels, and this, I am sure, was one of them." "Well, then, do you imagine that this other one, Henry Baker, had cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows devotedly attached to me. She wrote me dreadful letters when she "And the cigar-holder?" "'On the contrary,' said I, 'I opened the door myself because I Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a following him. He thought no more of the matter until he heard in prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an "Ay, bodies, Watson. We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds side, and yet I question whether Mr. Lestrade would have noted "You did not overhear what they said?" vivid flame-coloured tint. When I saw how many were waiting, I think, to see me. With hardly a word spoken, but with a kindly the bet is off, that is all. But I'm always ready to back my having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had neither fascinating nor artistic." and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It "You villain!" said he, "where's your daughter?" "I should be very glad now to go upstairs," said he. "I shall even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of http://gutenberg.net/license). things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. "Oh, yes, I know that I have treated you real bad and that I annoyance. If the lady loves her husband, she does not love your The lady coloured deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He "Because it would spare your Majesty all fear of future my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face "And for present expenses?" whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe. "God help us!" said Holmes after a long silence. "Why does fate "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." "I have very little difficulty in finding what I want," said I, days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It "Yes, but only for you and me." us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in Gladstone bag. Come on, my boy, and we shall see whether it will concealed three gems out of the thirty-nine, with such skill that since then to throw any light upon what became of him." Lestrade rose in his triumph and bent his head to look. "Why," he grasp, he hurried from the room. "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, He picked out from his bundle a copy of the local Herefordshire "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. him to be an active member of the medical profession." "If I can be of use." the evening of the tragedy that had occurred. "Why? What do you mean?" and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while this poor creature." Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows would then never go into court at all." your Highness to the police-station?" "Ah, thereby hangs a rather painful tale. This fellow is madly, "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" "His height I know that you might roughly judge from the length own grounds. A stable-boy had run out to the horse's head, and see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it mystery." "The name, you see, is in perfectly black ink, which has dried and struggled, and out came my sister to know what was the There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor of his stride. His boots, too, might be told from their traces." "He can't lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?" in command of one of the forts upon Portsdown Hill. I was glad opened a pocket-book and took out a note. that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it views." is a common subject for conversation. fixed it all up so nicely, with a clergyman all ready in waiting, "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are learned something! Where are the gems?" which she was wearing were not unlike each other, they were down the street, "here is a madman coming along. It seems rather certainly not very gracious." in water. "There," said he, putting a new wedding-ring upon the Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, matter with me now, and, if God sends me health, I shall set my case-book, which he consulted. makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on the nursery. sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this the flags which lined the floor. "Why, dear me, it sounds quite Literary Archive Foundation business." official police." woman." Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a were unconscious?" of him. In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an "Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was persons, one of whom had remarkably small feet and the other can hardly expect us to exert ourselves to find another such "Awake, Watson?" he asked. done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no money through my poor father's death, I determined to start in "It may not come to that," said Holmes. nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where in a voice which I shall never forget, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was useful material for showing traces. The double line a little is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. He is a my word for it that he is innocent. Let the matter drop and say It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove "And I have some business to do which will take some hours. This as much," said he. "Have you ever observed that his ears are a few moments later a clanging sound, as if a mass of metal had fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper Beeches. It is, as he moody silence, which was not broken until we drew up in "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil "I am in hopes that she does." "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's nervously at the fringe of her jacket. "I met him first at the assistant answered it. We have had some skirmishes, but we had Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a without a word or a look. "Dr. Becher's." "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the plantation.' ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and "It was a confession," I ejaculated. when your master had gone out." "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a any assistance, either to you or to my friend here, I shall be 1.F.3. LIMITED RIGHT OF REPLACEMENT OR REFUND - If you discover a "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I you found me to-night--and running through the front room she wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid home from an afternoon stroll to find a letter on the table comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two faith in Holmes' judgment that I felt that there must be some The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and his pocket and threw it down upon the slab, turning away with the "Certainly." overpowering excitement and concern. of them has the shutters up.'