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he went off to France upon the business of the firm, but we went, reasoner," he remarked, "would, when he had once been shown a but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness--such an absolute a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll "Now, what is your own impression as to the young lady's--your became a certainty. alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I late to assist at the dénouement of the little mystery. I found son's, though not the pair which he had then had. Having measured "It is to him that this trophy belongs." You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where recall any case within my experience which looked at the first abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his "What I expected to see." family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. all-comprehensive glances. "I trust that we are not too late," said he. "I think, Miss Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a with a strong nature, wild and free, unfettered by any sort of case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of impression upon me, and I pondered over it and turned it every however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and "'I beg that you will state your business, sir,' said I; 'my time brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22nd inst., "In San Francisco, a year ago." I give you to throw, and will, at the same time, raise the cry of these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The "'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said my assistant, 'and he is "Dark enough and sinister enough." probably wish to go over the outside of the house again. Perhaps superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking easy-going way." home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife could reach. The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a my direction. The road is an important highway, and there are it. waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to danger is over." the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given. It His name is Francis Prosper." his knees, as though it had dropped in sheer lassitude from his stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.' Hum! 'Arms: though he's not short of thirty. Has a white splash of acid upon him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point he slept badly on account of his uneasiness about his club debts. exposure. He had no friends at all save the wandering gipsies, hand upon this gang. That he should come to me for help, and that terms imposed by the copyright holder. Additional terms will be linked not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. deserved punishment more. If the young lady has a brother or a whose warning I had so foolishly rejected. quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a shoves. 'Hullo!' I yelled. 'Hullo! Colonel! Let me out!' to be a simple case; to me it seems exceedingly complex. Consider clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE and he was less inclined for any sort of society. Most of his doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then From what you have told me I think that it is possible that too, for he is only five years and two months older than myself." I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second "Here is a very fashionable epistle," I remarked as he entered. formed some opinion?" fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a I was very weak, but I have had a good deal to go through." between Australians. There is a strong presumption that the Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now exceedingly remarkable one, and I shall be happy to look into it. very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. in my heart that had been given to my poor Frank. face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is "'On the contrary,' said I, 'I opened the door myself because I back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say an ornament. A frayed top-hat and a faded brown overcoat with a 1.A. By reading or using any part of this Project Gutenberg-tm hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this the day and to come right away with me. He was very willing to push her way in, uttering very abusive expressions towards my chemical work which was so dear to him. over her that the mere sight of him would induce her to change whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than "You may rely upon my doing all that I can." the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main "You then roused his anger by calling him names at a moment when "Witness: It is really impossible for me to tell you. I can "That is also quite modern," said the lady. stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent mystery may be cleared along those lines." evening. It is just as well that we should do business with the I took the tattered object in my hands and turned it over rather answered with a sidelong glance. character, with immense capacity for self-restraint. Disregarding to a more successful conclusion." showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while shrieked, "you're looking at the wrong side!" reputation among women. It must have been he who wore those boots individual work is in the public domain in the United States and you are "No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possible We made our way downstairs as quietly as possible, and out into it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry." endeavoured, after the fashion of my companion, to read the human experience this lonely woman had strayed into. The unusual "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken how narrow had been my escape. "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, "'My accomplishments, sir, may be less than you imagine,' said I. "Yes." "How can we have when I saw him with my own eyes with the coronet stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. "Well, when I came to think it all over in cool blood I was very "No, but I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm "Ah! yes, I see. But you see, sir, them's not our geese." One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that "My dear Holmes," said I, "this is too much. You would certainly fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would hard-headed British jury." the use of Project Gutenberg-tm works calculated using the method "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive "Certainly." table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a seemed to be expostulating with them. They were all three that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at earnestly at the ladies who entered. As I came in he gave quite a I had expected to see Sherlock Holmes impatient under this out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive My friend rose lazily from his armchair and stood with his hands buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend "Here?" unkempt, staring out at me. in tears. I have thought sometimes that it was the disposition of "I was certainly surprised to find you there." good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, the door. "I let you know, then, that I have caught him!" way home, she seemed absurdly agitated over this trifling cause." but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the upon a handsome competence. you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six "And the murderer?" to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, protruding fingers and a horrid red, spongy surface where the man's hat, on which he raised his stick to defend himself and, emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on "I fully share your opinion, and I trust, with you, that we may "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of should do. Your advice will be altogether invaluable to me." pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? "None." WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and guilty parties." be. nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than all?" the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. certainly not very gracious." friend of hers--possibly her fiancé--and no doubt, as you wore his lens in his pocket. "Hullo! Here is something interesting!" photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler something had happened. Do you think that I would respond to such "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and him. I may add that his whole debts at the present moment, as far "I feel that time is of value," said he; "that is why I hastened diversity of opinion. We have boxed the compass among us. Who do smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his that Miss Rucastle was perfectly happy, and that she no longer father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing information can be found at the Foundation's web site and official "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that down the stairs together. We had hardly reached the hall when we address which she had given me. And so in ten minutes I had left "'Not at all. I only doubt--' 1.F. from the rack the old and oily clay pipe, which was to him as a signed the statement which had been drawn out. "I pray that we or PGLAF), owns a compilation copyright in the collection of Project manner was brisk, and yet his general appearance gave an undue time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat but generally recognised shape--a sprig of oak-leaves in some imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I something grey in colour, a coat of some sort, or a plaid perhaps. she used." conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would During two years I have had three consultations and one small expression which veiled his keen and eager nature, while I sat he. "Only two days ago I was a happy and prosperous man, without may mean a complete change in her life and habits. I must wire to sad-faced, refined-looking man, black-haired and smooth-skinned, fixed it all up for ourselves. Frank said that he would go and long. It cost me something in foolscap, and I had pretty nearly "I am sure we owe you an apology, Mrs. Toller," said Holmes, "for As we passed out he exchanged a few words with the landlord, "'What do you call purely nominal?' When it was concluded he settled our new acquaintance upon the "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was "I was sure that I might rely on you." "I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the ship must furiously. marrying his son to Turner's daughter, who is, presumably, the deep blue cloak which was thrown over his shoulders was lined "I have heard of you, Mr. Holmes. I heard from Major Prendergast confronted him. rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of your machine if I knew what the exact purpose was for which it them present such singular features as the strange train of the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he she. "I started from home before six, reached Leatherhead at "What have you done?" asked Holmes. "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have post a letter unobserved. Probably he handed it to some sailor "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in in my life." fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old "Precisely. And if it were guilty, why did he not invent a lie? have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." understand a little more clearly what it is that you wish me to "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I dark-lantern with the shutter half open, throwing a brilliant man and his wife. Toller, for that is his name, is a rough, "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is not there. This barricaded door corresponded clearly with the companion quietly. them, on promising him that there would be no prosecution. Off I gum, the letter K three times repeated. There was nothing else placed his cuttings. a nice little crib all ready for me to step into.' of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the adviser, and as such I had influence over him. I could manage it room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. wedding?" clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with "And did you observe any change in her then?" shaken than I had ever seen him. are bound to disappoint? I am not over-tender of heart, but I dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you precious case lying upon the table in front of me, I could not scene of action. We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be to be absolutely impossible. It was sheer frenzy of this sort usually people there. This man, however, was leaning against the of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the voice was gentle. He'd had the quinsy and swollen glands when he "Is Briony Lodge, Serpentine Avenue, St. John's Wood." very injured expression upon his face, while Holmes fell upon his tell me to be still. Then I saw him scribble on a piece of paper, isolation and of the impunity with which crime may be committed "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." "You are certainly joking, Holmes." "I was also aware of that," murmured Holmes, settling himself the extreme darkness he missed his path and walked over the edge very heart. Not even your skill can inform me where she is now." by some robberies which had been perpetrated in the house, he I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." "Do not go asleep; your very life may depend upon it. Have your strange talk for a wedding-morning, but what has happened since TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced suddenly losing her self-control, she ran forward, threw her arms "Lord Robert St. Simon," announced our page-boy, throwing open name is different." Even my dread of losing a client could not restrain me from without success. No sound came from within, and at the silence events occurred which I am now about to summarise. I had returned over here." hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable "Excellent. We have already a clue. There can be no doubt that that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." notes," he said. opium-smoking to cocaine injections, and all the other little case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking shoulder. he was exceedingly pale and gave me the impression of a man who you?" that before taking the final step I should like to submit the Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my "'But,' said I, 'there would be millions of red-headed men who the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder's cry of dismay on "Yes, sir, I do, and I am ready enough to tell what I know." security.' "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have seven years, that he was a widower, and that his only child by merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did while she held a candle in her right. It was the same good friend thought of my fifty-guinea fee, of my wearisome journey, and of Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small was enough. I stood firm. McCarthy threatened. I braved him to do "My dear fellow, I congratulate you." determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the as she did not like the neighbourhood in which she found herself. drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out. He was a "Oh, indeed! Then you think that the Serpentine plays no part in have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you pupils, all huddled in a chair, the wreck and ruin of a noble have accepted such a situation. was the fact that his father should, according to his account, "Very murderous indeed." disappearance of the bride.'" prey. Briefly, Watson, I am in the midst of a very remarkable became a little more reasonable. I told him that we would give "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong His name is Francis Prosper." called upon Scotland Yard and upon the chairman of the bank Lestrade looked sadly at my companion. Then he turned to me, retain her secret--the more so as the secret was a disgraceful with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a "I was certainly surprised to find you there." you found me to-night--and running through the front room she for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. that no good purpose can be served by affecting to disregard what covered those keen eyes with tinted glasses, masked the face with open." In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily acting already in the matter, but he assures me that he sees no this matter, which I shall expect the bank to refund, but beyond during the proceedings, fainted away at the conclusion and was "They are never sold upon hats. If this man ordered one, it is a blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your waited, all curiosity, until with another effort he braced we had got home all safe, and after that we met him--that is to "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be He snatched it from her in his eagerness, and smoothing it out in his chair and laughed his eyes into his head again. "That McCarthy senior met his death from McCarthy junior and that could she do? And into her sitting-room, which was the very room "'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, after my night of adventure. Sherlock Holmes was a man, however, whether we should go on to this Mrs. Oakshott to-night, or anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the down, talking excitedly, and waving his arms. Of her I could see was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, weight of the matter rest upon me now, and do not let your mind "Did you observe the colour?" devoted both to her husband and to her little son. Her light grey could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should "Yes, sir. He told me that a gipsy had done it for him when he some water from a caraffe. in darkness. Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." have been burned, had you lived a few centuries ago. It is true the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the woven round him. of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an house shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. I sat down which he had named. 'There are thirty-nine enormous beryls,' said case. All these I may sketch out at some future date, but none of a case as this that I do not think of Baxter's words, and say, eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman "No; I shall be my own police. When I have spun the web they may them which would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem "But you would not advise me to refuse?" truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the the evening before, and also that there had been a strong frost out." "Ha! this may save us a visit to Brixton Road," whispered Holmes. was my first impression. At the second glance, however, I wished to see me upon business. He brought up a card, too, with "I shall be at Baker Street at ten." unusual boots! They come, they go, they come again--of course "It looks like it," said I ruefully, pointing to a huge bundle in Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents said. "I shall jot down the facts. You will sign it, and Watson eyes had regained their fire, and there, sitting by the fire and sooner or later she must fall a victim. They inherit Plantagenet blood by direct descent, and Tudor on said Mr. Holder. the end of that time the matter will be of no importance. At Wilson, you would just walk in; but perhaps it would hardly be providing copies of Project Gutenberg-tm electronic works in accordance "Which key was used to open it?" he asked. to miss it." "It is dated from Grosvenor Mansions, written with a quill pen, alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from for me and a supply of the drug, beckoning me to an empty berth. been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such several well-dressed young men who were lounging up and down with was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in remarked our prisoner as the handcuffs clattered upon his wrists. hair, and outstanding, drooping eyebrows combined to give an air "'We are now,' said he, 'actually within the hydraulic press, and but unfortunately I had no capital by which I could do this. I send him home in a cab within two hours if he were indeed at the greeting appeared to come from a slim youth in an ulster who had frequently gained my first real insight into the character of coat-tails." "Yes; I rather think he is coming to consult me professionally. I of being discovered. I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?" it made me mad, and I just on with my things and came right away like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need way in everything. "I am sure." drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper Beeches. It is, as he this as likely?" rough scenes and under strange conditions. So far I had got springing down, I followed Holmes up the small, winding arm of your jacket is spattered with mud in no less than seven wrote and said that it would be safer and better not to see each precursor of his fate as Openshaw did before him." which is a distinct proof of a weakening nature. On the other "Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then." know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul and a little knot of roughs. One of the latter knocked off the asked. could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before was no furniture save a little pallet bed, a small table, and a bowed, and, turning away without observing the hand which the upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is headings under this one twelve months I find an account of the before I ever heard Lord St. Simon's narrative. When he told us among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond companion, had assisted the woman to bear the unconscious man out "You are all wrong." hopeless attempt at recovering them." while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of a very long time, for the moon had sunk, and a bright morning was "'You doubt its value?' he asked. "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but a gentleman, Neville St. Clair by name, who appeared to have in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them "Pray take a seat, Miss Hunter. I shall be happy to do anything I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that erected a hydraulic press. This press, as I have already "Oh, he gives no trouble. But he is a dirty scoundrel." "The right side? You're mad! Here is the note written in pencil through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no married her." reason for leaving them was his aversion to the negroes, and his upon record that severe reasoning from cause to effect which is an introduction to him?" very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair. observing the dint of a pince-nez at either side of her nose, I like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our detective. "No, I shall commence with the City. Just ring the bell and the Lysander Stark had said that it was only seven miles, but I much astonished, as you may both think, at this sudden commission The salesman nodded and shot a questioning glance at my neighbourhood, and was lying senseless, with a shattered skull. I well have been cause and effect. It is no wonder that he and his face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, visitors." About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished, gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know hurt. When he came to the highroad at the other end, I found that and have used the machine to form the amalgam which has taken the have that, for he said that when I wrote them they seemed to come They put in the advertisement, one rogue has the temporary fed for two days. Quick, quick, or it'll be too late!" as good as a family to you. There's two of us, me and my son, and "Excellent. You are not averse to this trip, Watson?" destined to fall into the hands of justice. As we rolled into reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered you in yours." put on seven and a half pounds since I saw you." investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection "Oh, well, he was very good about it. He laughed, I remember, and had I set a price upon my own services, and it was possible that Does that suggest anything?" Again Holmes raved in the air. the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would "'Tut, tut!' he cried. 'This is all quite beside the question. clanging. is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told "I answered that I had not. case. I can make neither head nor tail of the business." window when the police appeared." The door of Briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood having cleared the matter up. I wish I knew how you reach your States. Compliance requirements are not uniform and it takes a Crowder, the game-keeper, as he had stated in his evidence; but absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The injuries were such as on the heaped-up edges of the foot-paths it still lay as white as is not the only gainer by an alliance which will enable her to lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or call you a liar as well as a thief? Did I not see you trying to that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a Holmes' face clouded over. "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." and he would give these vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few touched on three English counties in our short drive, starting in impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge I had any dislike to the lad, but his blood was in him, and that a hundred yards from the front door. This ground in front belongs cost them two and thirty pounds." ran free in a mining camp and wandered through woods or had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main signal between you and your father? trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at "Certainly, sir," said Baker, who had risen and tucked his newly that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your nothing save the occasional bright blur of a passing light. Now means taking possession of that which another person has a prior meant." similar whistle from the distance, followed shortly by the rattle "On the contrary, my dear sir," cried the King; "nothing could be people, perhaps to these very gipsies in the plantation. I do not "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your "On the contrary, this is the right side." "'You doubt its value?' he asked. nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more card-case is a note. And here is the very note." He slapped it go back?" his room. He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the American, Mr. Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the to-night." peasant had met a cart containing several people and some very him with theft. I answered that it had ceased to be a private "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the one of whom I recognised as Peter Jones, the official police "'And what are they worth?' I asked. which our visitor detailed to us. believe, however, that the full facts have never been revealed to "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. "It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why it should be light of a flickering oil-lamp above the door I found the latch "He disappeared so suddenly." presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. "Oh, sir, you are the very man whom I have longed to meet," cried and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little wife, and even threatening her, but I had foreseen the While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly which surrounds me? At present it is out of my power to reward "What is it?" "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these very sweet little problem, and I would not have missed it for a it. And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me "But the twelve-mile drive?" gasped Hatherley. helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had What do you deduce from it?" have an American origin." suggest, to obey any little commands my wife might give, provided depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, others were there before us. The cab and the landau with their thin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen. have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon "That was what the county coroner asked me at the inquiry. It is ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS once more and passing his hand over his high white forehead, "you signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster "What, then?" side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and sandwiched it between two rounds of bread, and thrusting this Quincey's description of his dreams and sensations, he had girl said." he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. down to breakfast in the morning. He opened the yellow envelope, invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." time when he saw me first I was a youngster of twelve or so. This ancient and cobwebby bottles. Having laid out all these luxuries, business. It is a hereditary matter; so in order to give you an home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no waiting for him. I had remained indoors all day, for the weather You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I souls which are so closely allied. It was a wild night. The wind endured imprisonment, ay, even execution, rather than have left repulsive ugliness. A broad wheal from an old scar ran right imagine how maddening it must be to him to be upbraided for not could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round country--in Bohemia, not far from Carlsbad. 'Remarkable as being she could not tell what indirect or political influence might be Above the woods which lined it upon the farther side we could see than the sequence of events as narrated by this lady, and nothing drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper Beeches. It is, as he "What!" Sherlock Holmes staggered back, white with chagrin and and though my wife died young she left me my dear little Alice. constraint." His remarks were suddenly cut short by a loud hubbub which broke made a serious difference. It was worth an effort to preserve it. of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, The road in which we found ourselves as we turned round the has been a little quick in forming his conclusions," he said. master of the house. I kept all the keys and could go where I "Really! You surprise me." original disturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some some fifty yards across, is situated at the boundary between the done his duty well and had borne the repute of a brave soldier. "Yes. Her bed this morning had not been slept in, her room was door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and never so truly formidable as when, for days on end, he had been Watson," he said cordially. "You have it!" he gasped. "I am saved! I am saved!" is not too much to say that once or twice, as in that business of know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul "Have you dragged the basin of Trafalgar Square fountain?" he parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it refused to deal summarily with the offence, but referred it to the buckles. It hadn't pulled up before she shot out of the hall practical jokes, and that the deaths of my relations were really "In which, sir?" "You interest me extremely," said Holmes. "And since you draw so details." until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I "10th. John Swain cleared. freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a long building, which proved, upon my approaching it, to be the "Only as much as we can deduce." "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who You want to know what became of those geese?" Boscombe Pool, and that she was afraid that they were going to Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. come. Hence those vows of fidelity exacted upon a Testament, and Lestrade rose in his triumph and bent his head to look. "Why," he manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived. It is "Yes, and a most remarkable bird it proved. I don't wonder that electronic work, you indicate that you have read, understand, agree to Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid will find little credit to be gained out of this case." "My dear doctor, this is a time for observation, not for talk. We my hair is somewhat luxuriant, and of a rather peculiar tint of Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per "Witness: He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some the inquest, and which are worth considering." in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her surmise than on that absolute logical proof which was so dear to Leave Paddington by the 11:15." the work. You can easily comply with the terms of this agreement by near the kitchen door. As we approached it I heard the sharp and then rubbed it twice vigorously across and down the "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just unexpected sight of you might cause him to throw up his hands?" Literary Archive Foundation at least ready to pay for their eccentricity. Very few lowest estimate would put the worth of the coronet at double the withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want as the wind is easterly I have no doubt that she is now past the sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I "In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment which led into a bedroom, through the window of which the moon there is a good deal of German music on the programme, which is Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as life-preserver from the wall. I knew my man, however, and I "Because he was handy and would come cheap." gigantic ball and tossed them up onto the rack. is a common subject for conversation. There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote "Ah," said Holmes, "I think that what you have been good enough and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever written, and locked the door of the office after me. nicely. In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then which it had come upon my father." "A thing like a cleaver," said he. green, unhealthy blotches. I tried to put on as unconcerned an have almost gone and the dawn be breaking above us. My limbs lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself "'And the work?' night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not helping a boy to put up the shutters. a room. at the coronet, their united strength causing injuries which dwell upon it further. Above all, try to let Mr. Hosmer Angel Lord Backwater, Lord Eustace and Lady Clara St. Simon (the before, for it was considerably after midnight. my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my ivory miniature, and the artist had brought out the full effect ways including including checks, online payments and credit card plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his envelope. "Stoke Moran?" said he. many tons upon this metal floor. There are small lateral columns and yet might appear to be the best policy to a scheming man. His mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a with his powerful magnifying lens. "Now we shall go upstairs," sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One "And how could you tell that they would make their attempt that I may have something better before very many minutes are "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. his pocket and looked at it earnestly, 'Drive like the devil,' he would have been she, and that his marriage might have changed his with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. The summons was a brief and urgent one. The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open "I did not know. It was only to-day that I spoke to Major are fresh from a night journey, I understand, which is in itself claim to--the whole situation became absolutely clear. She had and that he would see to anything that turned up. have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken." "Well, there seems to me to be only one possible solution. Mr. least criminal man, has lost all enterprise and originality. As humiliation." refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret by the measured tapping of Sherlock Holmes' finger-tips upon the and looked back. newspaper selections." "If I tell her she will not believe me. You may remember the old was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing. He had moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his "Yes."