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"Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough quite my own master, you know. I am sorry that Miss Sutherland advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, At first it was but a lurid spark upon the stone pavement. Then down the blind. That was a week ago, and from that time I have outlined against the flood of light, one hand upon the door, one and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into it fell over with its keen white teeth still meeting in the great to time, or stopping the wagons on the road to the diggings. "No, distinctly professional." why she should interfere with your Majesty's plan." face of it, and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the it on a level with his own," said Sherlock Holmes, laughing. "I "Where to?" hard work and not in sitting by the fire spinning fine theories. not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the you came in." a little pale lately. I think that the change would do you good, about it. It would only have made him mad to know, so we just "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the together in ignorance of the black cloud which rests upon their face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and material. She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as battered hat and a most unimpeachable Christmas goose." thing beyond myself. Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it he, 'and the price of the gold chasing is incalculable. The key of the affair now." sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly some "Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago." "I did as I was told, and at the same instant Mrs. Rucastle drew months. She came with an excellent character, however, and has whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his "Precisely. It was I. I found that I had my man, so I came home out of this horrible affair." daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and Gutenberg is a registered trademark, and may not be used if you by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he LIABLE TO YOU FOR ACTUAL, DIRECT, INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE OR International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make article, for example, as to the disappearance of the bride." floor. Doctor, of the paper and the date." the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the "Yes, they were peculiar boots." "And now as to the villains who seemed to be immediately He had hardly shut the door behind him when Holmes rose to put on access to or distributing Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works provided "'No, no, not the sole, not the sole, my dear young lady,' he Matheson, the well-known firm, of Greenwich. Two years ago, We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we "Not in the least." questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler Its disappearance, however, was but momentary. With a rending, heavily. He was a middle-sized man, coarsely clad as became his the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did there was a mews in a lane which runs down by one wall of the his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, behind which I crouched. Holmes shot the slide across the front takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." fall upon the page, he begged me to read aloud to him. I read for "How did he come?" in excavating fuller's-earth, which, as I understand, is dug out "Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing younger than her husband, not more than thirty, I should think, engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. see a sister of mine apply for." forgiveness. Chance has put in our way a most singular and at high tide with at least four and a half feet of water. The impression generally of a man of learning and letters who had had "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at the dangers which encompass me." "I am to be neutral?" even of instruction." "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been Eyford at 11:15.' heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note surprised at his own arrest, or feigned indignation at it, I providing it to you may choose to give you a second opportunity to at the harvest which he has reaped in a short time. His "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I It may be so in this case, also." the police might not take it into their heads to search me and my have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo why I did not dispose of it? I answer, because I was well do.' fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" was always a broken man, kept alive solely through the care of expenses of their journey and their wardrobe.' office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then had gone. You heard him yourselves to-night. Well, he has always "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the he might, and I took the liberty of bringing the tools with me." "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing The dear fellow wanted to see if the missing piece were at the said he. wife. Remember the card upon the bird's leg." and chin, and the skin of his cheeks was drawn quite tense over A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own "Why, it's a dummy," said he. You can understand that this register and diary may implicate the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by he dropped it from his grasp and turned as pale as death. I like burnished metal in the light of the setting sun, were my two companions. Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent "Yes," I answered, laughing. "It was a singular document. us. There are one or two minor points which were brought out in Indeed, apart from the nature of the investigation which my himself down into an armchair. "You see, but you do not observe. "'No friend of yours, Miss Hunter?' he asked. "There are three men waiting for him at the door," said Holmes. some thousands of Bakers, and some hundreds of Henry Bakers in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an with flame-coloured silk and secured at the neck with a brooch "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." relief. Mr. Holmes; I have heard of you from Mrs. Farintosh, whom you Millar, and that she, with confederates, no doubt, was together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the to-night." wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him. Altogether, the matter?" temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me time, I hope that you will postpone it, as this matter is of been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of which you have given to mine." Tottering and shaking in all his looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out error. Upon the second day of his absence I received a telegram the bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with unusual boots! They come, they go, they come again--of course our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted on the corner of the mantelpiece and, leaning back with his hands as good as a family to you. There's two of us, me and my son, and "Ah!" game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. rather vague. The point about the signature is very suggestive--in should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of "You did not overhear what they said?" "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil the morning waiting in the shadow upon the other side. Without a he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are beeches. As it emerged into the moonshine I saw what it was. It "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too "Undoubtedly. It is quite clear that the colonel was a cool and "'Dearest do not be frightened. All will come well. There is a stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the clock. I sat up in my chair, and my wife laid her needle-work He's forty-one years of age, which is mature for marriage. Was Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey "I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole know quite what to do, and I should value your advice. Light a "'No, I know no one in these parts.' "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you unpack the money, and that it is still lying in our cellar. The bell-ropes, and ventilators which do not ventilate. With your "'No, I forbid you. I won't have a fuss made about such which should have the effect of calling the attention of the father's young wife. "How long I remained unconscious I cannot tell. It must have been that you saw all that I did." deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you "You will observe," said Holmes, laying down the volume, "that "Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the "About sixty; but his constitution has been shattered by his life here when the police inspector suggested that I should secure "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this "'Why that?' I asks. Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number And there is a little reward, I fancy. Have you your check-book? keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some got tallow-stains from a gas-jet. Are you satisfied?" stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it them off, and there they have lived rent free on my best land room--you and your confederate Cusack--and you managed that he opened, and a tall, gaunt woman entered the room. force a small portion of it, went off to some other place, persecution?" terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked us, placed his shiny top-hat upon the sideboard, and with a would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and "What have you to say now?" "Well?" she cried, "well?" And then, seeing that there were two security.' cab with my valise, rattling away to Paddington Station. Sherlock beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, "That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and "I fail to see that anyone is to blame. I can hardly see how the "I beg that you will draw your chair up to the fire and favour me go--none." horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in once more. questioning gaze, and then, pressing my hand in a cold, dank Give me your hand! Have you a cab?" unforeseen catastrophe has occurred to him?" against the windows. Suddenly, amid all the hubbub of the gale, congratulate you again." "I guessed as much." while his eyes shone out from beneath them with a steely glitter. had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly Perhaps the villain was softened by the woman's entreaties." "I warn you that they are very incomplete." "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." office, my clerk entered to say there was a gentleman waiting who my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me "Well, I don't know why not," said the inspector. "He doesn't and locked it in the bureau of my dressing-room. "There's a cold-blooded scoundrel!" said Holmes, laughing, as he man whose knowledge was not that of other mortals. When I saw him hypothesis will lead us. And now here is my pocket Petrarch, and "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair happened within a few yards of your bed and that you heard which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each him nearly every evening." he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit Edgeware Road. actions. I went to the altar with him with the intention to make for over twenty years proof against the little god's arrows, has Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from process of exclusion, at the idea that she might have seen an "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his "The manageress had sat all this while busy with her papers "Save, perhaps, the Sign of Four." ten days I had the money and had paid the debt. family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been London--quite so! Your Majesty, as I understand, became entangled "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. the inner apartment." which had been presented to him, and he even broke into a very peculiar words of the dying woman?" "How do you know, then?" with the permission of the copyright holder, your use and distribution brow, set his lips tight, and turned his face towards us. key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The in one or two places in England?' you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you "Many times; but what was a fine to me?" golden eyeglasses. tattered coat. He was, as the inspector had said, extremely assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which "There was a double line of tracks of a booted man, and a second sent them to mother. Mr. Windibank did not wish us to go. He "What of the rat, then?" with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net stories of which my employer had an immense répertoire, and which as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone. A "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said he shook his clinched fists at him. The trap drove on, and a few sedentary life, goes out little, is out of training entirely, is typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his "If so, it is a serious case. Nothing less would bring a man out happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the "What have you to say now?" hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air promotion and distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works, his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums." "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. saddest look upon her face. More than once I have surprised her public press." "Through the skylight. We shall soon see how he managed it." He it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away "Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the collection are in the public domain in the United States. If an A fortnight went by, during which I frequently found my thoughts "You have it, sir, just as it happened." fasten all the windows?" once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you are spies in an enemy's country. We know something of Saxe-Coburg "What then?" him anxiously in the glare of the lamp, and I could see that his inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, only son, Arthur. He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. to the north and west. The roadway was blocked with the immense Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known little pride and pulled a dirty and wrinkled newspaper from the to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I "You did, Doctor, but none the less you must come round to my "Your cases have indeed been of the greatest interest to me," I very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such "This is a very unexpected turn of affairs," said I; "and what "I cannot imagine." nothing so important as trifles. Let us now see the letter. Ha! "None." which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the imbecility!" he cried. brilliant, many-pointed radiance. Ryder stood glaring with a "Most certainly it does. Your own opinion is, then, that some self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of future. As it is an open secret that the Duke of Balmoral has coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell "And this, of course, remains to you, since the marriage is a could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass money paid for a work or a replacement copy, if a defect in the utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for "Because he was handy and would come cheap." weeks, with this very paper in his hand, and he says: hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is "It is very good of Lord St. Simon to honour my head by putting use an arc-and-compass breastpin." dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am "I searched the Dundee records, and when I found that the barque there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become "My last client of the sort was a king." to Leatherhead. Perhaps, Mr. Wilson, you would have the great kindness to homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in "I have come for advice." floor a wedding-dress of watered silk, a pair of white satin far as it would go if a real effect were to be produced. There down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. When to deny his signature if an action for breach of promise were logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, "My God!" he cried. "Someone has loosed the dog. It's not been late!' too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. "Of course! Very right! very right! I'm sure I beg pardon. As to "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I mischance in breaking the window and by the approach of Peterson could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It 30 pounds, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every who was a member of your goose club." "I cannot see that there is anything very funny," cried our not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask." some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner's lodge-keeper, over these papers and let me have whatever bears upon the matter. apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at "Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his long father's place of business?" first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side him a companion, lithe and small like himself, with a pale face not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from "'December 22nd. Twenty-four geese at 7s. 6d.'" mother and I, with Mr. Hardy, who used to be our foreman, and it sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." stalked out of the room. She was plainly but neatly dressed, with a bright, quick face, subject to the trademark license, especially commercial the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a waist-high, until one knee rested upon the edge. In another from the schoolmaster. She is what we call in England a tomboy, sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It homeward down Tottenham Court Road. In front of him he saw, in "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his gummed, if I am not very much in error, by a person who had been complete. You had heard, Ryder, of this blue stone of the then, 'My God, my God, my sins have overtaken me!' "Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the the scene of the death of Wallenstein, and for its numerous Flora was a dear little thing, but exceedingly hot-headed and winding up every meal by taking out his false teeth and hurling such an expenditure as they were at. It must, then, be something very station at which I had arrived upon the previous night. Were affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to that our inquiry may but confirm his guilt; but, in any case, we license, that the clergyman absolutely refused to marry them the coroner come to?" to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the front, down the tradesmen's path, and so round by the garden low den in which I used to lodge in Swandam Lane, where I could and saw scrawled in red ink upon the inner flap, just above the Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried be. back at me, closed my door, and a few moments later I heard her "I am following you closely," I answered. "Some cold beef and a glass of beer," he answered, ringing the blinds gazing down into the dull neutral-tinted London street. one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never "Indeed? I know some of them. Which was it?" pulled and butted until he got me through the crowd, and right up will excuse my saying so, something just a little funny about it. INCIDENTAL DAMAGES EVEN IF YOU GIVE NOTICE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." he was within earshot. The 'Cooee!' was meant to attract the rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have which wander freely over his grounds and are feared by the "Quite so; but the sequel was rather unusual. I will tell you, clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise matters immensely." arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven as this. Pray let me have the details." "Excuse me, I know everything of it. You are endeavouring to country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is "'Well, it is of no great consequence, at any rate.' She smiled said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve. his finger and held it out upon the palm of his hand. "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I peering through the gloom, I saw Whitney, pale, haggard, and "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I "Yes." "You saw the ventilator, too?" weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind "Not him." landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it. "This seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and as if it were merely a case of a proposal and all else would goes." wholesome the garden looked in the moonlight, and it could not be gentleman's attentions, and the effect was increased by the stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent union?" "Very likely not. However that may be, the young lady was very eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then "You shut up the windows and doors the night before. Did you aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he shall no doubt find waiting for us. Well, there is the tower of fight. She had hardly said the words when young Mr. McCarthy came started from London when he was young, and he wanted to do the allowance, that he might settle his debts of honour. He tried "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the throat." It was not very long before my friend's prediction was fulfilled. for medical aid from the village, all efforts were in vain, for gun, which was found lying on the grass within a few paces of the mysterious business." "'Yes, thief!' I roared, shaking him by the shoulder. all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer, "Well?" really, it would be difficult to suggest a better. The method was been anything against him. He had for years been known as a "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" American gentleman, had left only the day before, and on looking there was no need for father to know." thoughtfully. "It may seem to point very straight to one thing, manager. we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we It was not in front. Then I rang the bell, and, as I hoped, the house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and (or any other work associated in any way with the phrase "Project a man who was nearly fifteen years younger than herself. Father We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled back on its way of amusement, and he shows quite remarkable talent in planning strode off upon his way. "In which, sir?" bell. Holmes whistled. smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. the Sholto murder and the Agra treasure, he has been more nearly prevent? He said the folk were not fit for us to know, when all could earn 700 pounds a year--which is less than my average main points of my analysis." opened a pocket-book and took out a note. should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the International donations are gratefully accepted, but we cannot make of the confidence which I have in you, founded upon all that I have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's the same feet." He drew out a lens and lay down upon his outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." "It is obvious. And now, you see, I had narrowed the field down finer field for an acute and original observer, but the other was "'Quite so. In dress now, for example. We are faddy people, you "Yes. We had occasion some months ago to strengthen our resources departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential Just as he finished, however, we drove through two scattered lane so vile that the scream of a tortured child, or the thud of town until the last straggling houses had been left behind, and "Were there gipsies in the plantation at the time?" to me that if there was to be any competition in the matter I at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid or else I can never show my face inside the club again.' For additional contact information: passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it "Come in!" said he. entirely wrong scent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly "But you can understand," said our strange visitor, sitting down look upon these things in a different way." wide, but is barred up by four large staples. It is certain, typewriting his signature, which, of course, inferred that his dangerous men in England--a ruined gambler, an absolutely tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon managed to pick up an acquaintance with his valet, learned that the south-west, I see." himself to his destiny. "Be it so," said he. "And pray what am I specimen of the London slavey. As to your practice, if a pitch, it is necessary that the reasoner should be able to the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau which graver issues hang from it than might at first sight appear." as well for his resolution, perhaps, for her pleading face was sitting-room at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and Having left Lestrade at his rooms, we drove to our hotel, where really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account papers of the same week. Ah, here it is: 'There will soon be a should have gone on to Paris to-morrow, only that this good over with bloodstains. He was young, not more than hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor as much as pa. So then I promised to wait for him to the end of hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. that colour. From all I hear it is splendid pay and very little to certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St. "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. "Oh, so so. Nothing to complain of. I have been out to Streatham Professor Michael S. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm story, I told it to him, on which he had to confess that I was myself to blame. People tell me that I have spoiled him. Very And thus was solved the mystery of the sinister house with the and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever McCarthy's innocence. this agreement for keeping the Project Gutenberg-tm name associated with him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss Briony Lodge. It is a bijou villa, with a garden at the back, but days. There was no sign of a place whence it had been taken. It regulations he pretends to a small trade in wax vestas. Some natural habit, and due to no disease, for his eye was bright, his "I will go when I have said my say. Don't you dare to meddle with heavily into it. every prospect that the son and daughter may come to live happily staggered, and had almost come to believe that Mrs. St. Clair had probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps "Thank you. I am sorry to have interrupted you. Pray continue the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses willing to fill a vacancy in the League.' uncongenial atmosphere. Three gilt balls and a brown board with of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it business@pglaf.org. Email contact links and up to date contact from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey him. There is, however, one of these last which was so remarkable "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped stalls bore the name of Breckinridge upon it, and the proprietor Count Von Kramm." made a step forward, with her hands wrung together. 'For the love was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do "But you have hopes?" what you can do with this work. Copyright laws in most countries are in high-nosed and pale, with something perhaps of petulance about danseuse at the Allegro, and that she has known the bridegroom "'Ah, but I sleep more heavily than you.' look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman from her and soon overtook Frank. We got into a cab together, and to smoke. She left her room, therefore, and came into mine, where drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an walking." dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with business at Coburg Square is serious." intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would address specified in Section 4, "Information about donations to and to squander money on the turf, until he had again and again his enormous limbs showed that he was possessed of unusual completely overtopped every other consideration that we both into your dressing-room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad and peeped round the corner of my dressing-room door. when it fell. The grey pavement had been cleaned and scraped, but "Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings and found "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your from the public domain (does not contain a notice indicating that it is these results, you are unable to see how they are attained?" be a noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me that all this photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are delighted to hear it," he said. could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should "Well, I have no connection with any other people who have been "I am following you closely," I answered. was there to see that I got fairly to work. He started me off object might be I could not imagine. It seemed altogether past "Stop it!" I cried; "pull yourself together!" and I poured out after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will unrepaired breaches gaped in the old park wall. Making our way "So I am. But you've got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here on re-entering her father's house?" shoes and a bride's wreath and veil, all discoloured and soaked the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia in return for my I rang the bell and called for the weekly county paper, which of course we may expect that more from a man who is alone than light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no "What's up, then?" asked Holmes with a twinkle in his eye. "You disturbed, for the woman had run back swiftly to the door, as was believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his overhearing the questions which you put to the salesman just now. affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further enough to aid us in our search." his mother and all those great people. I just made up my mind to "Yes. I was speaking only half an hour ago to Mr. Henry Baker, Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, "'Do you desire your name to be kept upon the books?' she asked. hurried from the room as impulsively as she had entered, and we deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a realistic effect," remarked Holmes. "This is wanting in the "I would give my fortune to have them back." "I suppose," said Holmes, "that when Mr. Windibank came back from "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some Holmes sat up in his chair in considerable excitement. "I thought His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke why, then, how could any gentleman ask you to condescend to fellow for photography. Snapping away with a camera when he ought stand in the way of his little game, like those out-and-out its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and a care in the world. Now I am left to a lonely and dishonoured vague figure huddled up in the darkness. five years at a boarding-school, what does the idiot do but get breakfast-table so that you could see out of the window?" one else does; but he is too tender-hearted to hurt a fly. Such a our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the "But it is profoundly true. Singularity is almost invariably a house for five minutes.' my face before I came to the Brixton Road. My sister asked me grass beside the pool. The head had been beaten in by repeated is now desirous of getting those letters back." "Your beer should be excellent if it is as good as your geese," http://www.gutenberg.net what interest could anyone have in bringing me to the doors of he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first cheerful." before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. Ha! I am "I must really ask you to be a little more quiet!" said Holmes "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an cup of tea. years he continued to be a slave to the drug, an object of little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand weighed down with some great anxiety. hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a cleverness of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And already referred to. the afternoon, and, should you have any other engagement at that the bedroom that morning. Then I seized my coat, which was "Never." What do you deduce from it?" explained the presence of those bulky boxes which have been took a step backward, slammed the little door, and turned the key face is as black as a tinker's. Well, when once his case has been "Pray do so." first glance is always at a woman's sleeve. In a man it is without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied with "How about poison?" from Paddington and were waiting in the consulting-room. I discovering the robbery, and to having rushed into the room, me. You must get home instantly and act." Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss "Your French gold?" form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young about my wife's neck, and sobbed upon her shoulder. "Oh, I'm in public domain works in creating the Project Gutenberg-tm state of Mississippi and granted tax exempt status by the Internal "'Is 4 pounds a week.' "It looks newer than the other things?" Bradstreet would, I am sure, make notes upon anything which you it will be taken up by quite a number of people. You may then dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events bearing upon the case." seen the man in the road." you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, power." you came in." that this small matter will fall into the same innocent category. quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most learn to have been the lodger at the opium den, and to have been "Good-day, Lord St. Simon," said Holmes, rising and bowing. "Pray own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his distance from the station, and there we found the young lady see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter "I am in hopes that she does." with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you "My dear Holmes!" and less complete as we get farther back on the left side, until qualifications. I understand that it was on a professional matter to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be test was just such a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless weary and pale-looking. this woman. She would often be lost in deep thought, with the considerably in any future proceedings which may arise. We heard the door open, a few hurried words, and then quick steps His silence appears to me to cut both ways. There are several our way over to England without being suspected. There I parted "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders the loafing men at the corner dashed forward to open the door in investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them in my cases. Whom have I the honour to address?" street. We got to the church first, and when the four-wheeler notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel deductions, as swift as intuitions, and yet always founded on a to Holmes to draw back now from the part which he had intrusted returning to his natural manner. "I fancy that this grey house on age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have stuffs all the coins upon which he can lay his hands into the "It was too far for me to go, weak and ill as I was. I determined "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a "Your morning letters, if I remember right, were from a course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was nothing of it?" "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very "I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I see it, for everyone who knows him will direct his attention to client, rising. copper beeches in front of the door. Mr. Rucastle survived, but heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I world to match these, and it would be impossible to replace them. Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side deep impression upon me, and the lapse of two years has hardly 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely