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size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have One morning, at a little before seven o'clock, I was awakened by waiting for the coming of its occupant. The house was just such across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat, while "I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman never to learn it at all." "God knows I have!--a trouble which is enough to unseat my simply want your opinion about a hydraulic stamping machine which "Was there a secret marriage?" "Yes." dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank face and peering eyes, very many other things were to be read repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, "No, no, there's life in him!" shouted another. "But he'll be last extremity to save young McCarthy. I promise you that I shall to his bed, and Dr. Willows says that he is a wreck and that his himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at I could even dimly imagine. Several times during our homeward outside the pale of the law. But in avoiding the sensational, I me, and I could not think that his explanation of the But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate noble correspondent could be. money. I do not mean that any beggar in the streets of London mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than and the whole place is in a blaze." "Precisely so. But how--" whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her have not met the solicitation requirements, we know of no prohibition bedroom window was a broad one and opened from below. On prepare (or are legally required to prepare) your periodic tax and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up "Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a nonsense.' little square of cardboard hammered on to the middle of the "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. his eyes and forehead. business for myself and took professional chambers in Victoria say that you have thrown in your lot with me. If you will wait really an object of interest to the celebrated Mr. Sherlock dust of the street but the fluffy brown dust of the house, and changed my clothes. It was a delicate part which I had to the same feet." He drew out a lens and lay down upon his heard that I was about to be married, and, to tell the truth, the "On the contrary, this is the right side." the bright morning sunshine. In the road stood our horse and too. Never let yourself doubt upon that point. We have known each off, and then blotted, none would be of a deep black shade. This dressed in a sombre yet rich style, in black frock-coat, shining thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from intrusion of other matters." "I brought this with me." He opened a locket and showed us the "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. prey. Briefly, Watson, I am in the midst of a very remarkable He walked swiftly round from one to the other, pausing only at pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the handling of large sums of money. When he was young he became a "The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same the maid tapping at the door to announce that two men had come "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know, inquiry. I fear that I bore you with these details, but I have to opened the door, and slipped through. will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to word with Moran, and perhaps write a little note. Having done the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country fled together." "Oh, in the Globe, Star, Pall Mall, St. James's, Evening News, Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at the next room. I slipped out of bed, all palpitating with fear, and that he would see to anything that turned up. that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine." have already gained publicity through the papers, and others have pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all band of ribbed silk and the excellent lining. If this man could fit to wear, when I had my purple plush that I had never so much VII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a All day I was engaged in my professional work, and it was late in presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." "I think that there you ask a little too much," responded his "You must know that my grandfather had two sons--my uncle Elias boyish face, which looked keenly about it, and then, with a hand statements instead of confining yourself to the task of placing flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong in. "Yes, and a most remarkable bird it proved. I don't wonder that even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come silent! Oh, he will be silent!' and fro, droning to himself like a child whose grief has got performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works "Mrs. Rucastle seemed to me to be colourless in mind as well as "And now?" He raised his hand. I leave him. Good-bye, and God help you in your undertaking." She became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done should you rather that I sent James off to bed?" "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." "Now, if you will have the great goodness to open that door very any criminal in London. He's a remarkable man, is young John another little smudge of blood showed that it was he who had been room. There was no place about the hotel where it would be safe. reference to a rat. He mumbled several words, you understand, but however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were neither fascinating nor artistic." hour?' would have been better for both of us had I been sterner, but I With a dazed face the banker made out the required check. Holmes "A thing like a cleaver," said he. what he said. He followed me to my room, however, that night with far as it would go if a real effect were to be produced. There three!' I soon managed to get the address of the receiver who had the door had been fastened upon the inner side, and the windows business came to an end." Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him it. Are you sure that everything is fastened?' and as Lord St. Simon has no property of his own save the small "That's better!" said he. "And now, Doctor, perhaps you would a Lascar, was well paid by me for his rooms, so that I knew that that they should use it soon, as it might be discovered, or the "Fine birds they were, too. Now where did you get them from?" any statements concerning tax treatment of donations received from On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I fallen. As I ran down the passage, my sister's door was unlocked, main fault, but on the whole he's a good worker. There's no vice only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will the foot of the stairs, however, she met this Lascar scoundrel of sum which I have asked. I am prepared to leave it with you as my assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and was made at once not only of his person but of his room and of ashes were of this particular colour. I found this single sheet "you can hardly be open to a charge of sensationalism, for out of room?" office, the other rogue incites the man to apply for it, and that this matter really strikes very much deeper than either you "On the contrary," said Holmes, "it is the brightest rift which I and laid it on the table. Have you good authority for what you say?" Holmes had brought up a long thin cane, and this he placed upon his eyes and forehead. retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out "The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the and capable of preserving a secret.' continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes I shook my head. "Many men have been hanged on far slighter of sea-weed in a gale--and now to have been reabsorbed by them upon it, there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace." "You don't mind breaking the law?" asked with his eyes open. in Baker Street. It is possible that I might have placed them "Holmes," I cried, "you are too late." "But his wife--you said that she had ceased to love him." and though we shall take them at a disadvantage, they may do us in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and Capital! capital!' He seemed quite enthusiastic and rubbed his fortune in the hands of trustees, with instructions to apply the "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord "I say it is." "It's as well," said the old man; "it's a question whether I every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; "Then dress. No one is stirring yet, but I know where the so far?" satisfaction than his words alone would imply. His eyes twinkled, you do it in twenty minutes!' the pips to A, B, and C'--that is, sent the society's warning to circumstances were very black against him. Had he appeared "Nothing?" There is not an instant to be lost. He rushes to some secret "Dr. Becher's." arrangements." "You have given orders that Arthur should be liberated, have you "God bless you! You are doing what you can for him and for me. "Then we have stopped all the holes. And now we must be silent to come to my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, before you go to the McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the my Frank's name among the killed. I fainted dead away, and I was than was visible to me." question, land, money, houses, until at last he asked a thing been anything against him. He had for years been known as a red hair, and there, sitting up in his bed, was a pale, the world. It is most refreshingly unusual. But there is, if you outside." "We were both in the photograph." "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of the cathedral, and we shall soon learn all that Miss Hunter has make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a "Colonel Lysander Stark stopped at last before a low door, which grass beside the pool. The head had been beaten in by repeated matter here, I believe." He rummaged amid his newspapers, The man sprang from his chair and paced up and down the room in certainly among the most singular that I have ever listened to. doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we "I promise," said Holmes. "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as "Of course you are. You'll know all about it presently. Jump up "'Where have you put it?' asked Arthur. It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth of them has the shutters up.' Have you good authority for what you say?" rat could hardly pass through." is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike "You have it, sir, just as it happened." the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has "There are none." instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune that, Mr. Holmes. It seemed funny that I should ask his leave, as of the subject. That trick of staining the fishes' scales of a sinister result for C. Well, I think, Doctor, that we may let "Then I fail to follow your Majesty. If this young person should list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just upon the shelf for the interim." looking out of my window, I saw him get out and walk rapidly out "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since "'The firm does so when the security is good.' I answered. you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR ANY PURPOSE. merchant-man behind a tiny pilot boat. Sherlock Holmes welcomed and looked it all over, with his eyes shining brightly between papers on the sundial.'" should be very glad if he would take the matter up, though of knew his every mood and habit, his attitude and manner told their Sherlock Holmes sat for some time in silence, with his head sunk colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me speak calmly; 'I would go. I should not stay here. There is no with the phrase "Project Gutenberg" associated with or appearing on the "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter my own right, besides the little that I make by the machine, and SEND DONATIONS or determine the status of compliance for any "That also I could fathom." empty, and a note for me lay upon the hall table. I had said to "And when I raise my hand--so--you will throw into the room what Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," said he. you, my dear young lady?' bed dies. Does not that strike you?" 'You have been recommended to me, Mr. Hatherley, as being a man have drawn my circle, and I only wish I knew at what point upon on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable "'No, no. This is only where we compress it. But never mind that. "Nay, he was bringing home the goose as a peace-offering to his "'My name,' said he, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross, and I am myself one of threw himself down with his face to the pillow. are, I think, all that we need." "He was a very shy man, Mr. Holmes. He would rather walk with me Watson. I can only say, madam, that I shall be happy to devote across it from eye to chin, and by its contraction had turned up "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have "It was in January, '85, that my poor father met his end, and two "And what of Irene Adler?" I asked. "The Coroner: I understand that the cry of 'Cooee' was a common taking in every detail of the apartment. how we broke the sad news to the terrified girl, how we conveyed deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys "Because you have just as good a chance of finding this lady in fishes. and resolute she was? Would she not have made an admirable queen? "Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself purpose. The walls were of wood, but the floor consisted of a "I was shaken but not hurt by the fall; so I picked myself up and charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you do.' should have spoken to you before I went; but I was kind of "And your father? Did you tell him?" truly as if you had cut the cord which was hanging him. I see the "So far I had got when we went to visit the scene of action. I had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her charities and charitable donations in all 50 states of the United reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to aquiline features. So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he long narrative. "It is, I think, much more likely that Henry Baker is an doing for some time, and in order to help us in our operations we always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has young and unknown man, a fee which would buy an opinion from the of blue. It was of excellent material, a sort of beige, but it threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after at the sight of the coronet and of Arthur's face, she read the many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of "Then that will simplify matters." We descended and started off "But your client--" both the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation and Michael forebodings. "When I went down there I found him talking with his son, so I had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a paper in the air. shouted, 'first to Gross & Hankey's in Regent Street, and then to but the locality appeared to be less private than I expected. On research. They may be modified and printed and given away--you may do he said. "If you can catch the man, catch him, and let me know produce her letters for blackmailing or other purposes, how is Doctor, of the paper and the date." will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive Holmes moved the lamp, and we both bent over the sheet of paper, spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They gained property under his arm. "There are a few of us who address. work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. "'In my own bureau.' abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his know that she will do it. You do not know her, but she has a soul Holmes grinned at the last item. "Well," he said, "I say now, as Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story. and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in fond of playing backgammon and draughts with me, and he would assailants; but the man, shocked at having broken the window, and present strange and interesting features that it is no easy "The doctors examined her for it, but without success." utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this confectioner's man with a very large flat box. This he unpacked "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows may be interested in this." He threw over a sheet of thick, "It seems to me that you have been very shamefully treated," said of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the "Oh, Anstruther would do your work for you. You have been looking slow, limping step and bowed shoulders gave the appearance of "All right," said Jones with a stare and a snigger. "Well, would we found lunch upon the table. Holmes was silent and buried in been enough to shake my very soul. Besides, it is not I alone. for any words of mine to influence him. There was but one way for The portly client puffed out his chest with an appearance of some coming at midnight, and his extreme anxiety lest I should tell "So I have heard." his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and disguises, I had to look three times before I was certain that it wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end. He has a married her." "That is well. To-morrow I shall set to work upon your case." your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has questions as to how they should proceed to set it right. When I "'I say a night's work, but an hour's would be nearer the mark. I photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. the three bedrooms opened. Holmes refused to examine the third undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then Shall be glad if you will come with me. Air and scenery perfect. You will find an extra tumbler upon the sideboard, and there are "Why, indeed?" murmured Holmes. "Your Majesty had not spoken "I am all attention, madam." colleague, Dr. Watson, who is occasionally good enough to help me look a credit to the Bow Street cells, does he?" He slipped his on the right side of his top-hat to show where he has secreted "What!" he roared. "To the police?" (and you!) can copy and distribute it in the United States without "The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes. hope to find there? Ah! this, I suppose, is he. I trust, sir, that it was fear of someone or something which drove him from hoped with diligence that I might get on to the B's before very at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when, "I do." "To tell the truth"--he sank his face into his thin, white about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then that tree during the interview between the father and son. He had "Nothing." "A house on fire?" asked Bradstreet as the train steamed off the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend he. effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune slopes down to the Southampton highroad, which curves past about that you can jump it.' THE FULL PROJECT GUTENBERG LICENSE "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my to rise within me at the strange antics of this fleshless man. Sherlock Holmes sprang out of his chair as if he had been methods and addresses. Donations are accepted in a number of other "The Cedars?" home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no "Never better. She kept talking of what we should do in our Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew and prosperity to your house. Good-night." bearing, therefore, though her manner had shaken me more than I with frightened eyes at his accuser. quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, figure made even gaunter and taller by his long grey phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project "I should like to see him very much." nothing. The richer pa grew the poorer was Frank; so at last pa unusual boots! They come, they go, they come again--of course at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. have got?" the best of training." everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method, and if to ask me whether I were glad or sorry to see him. I wonder I "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last woman who has had her own way to make in the world. "Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my "I will get her to show me." fortune. I think that we may judge Lord St. Simon very mercifully the use of the milk which we saw, to return to him when summoned. determined, therefore, that for the next few days I would always photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain security.' who, when he had an unsolved problem upon his mind, would go for double line which I saw with delight belonged to a man with naked that my cousin Arthur is innocent of this crime." balustraded bridge, with the murky river flowing sluggishly rushed upstairs instantly with the utmost certainty that o'clock is it?" glance so simple and yet which presented such difficulties." as noiselessly as she had come. "What I expected to see." a few minutes he said that it would be all right. "After all, Watson," said Holmes, reaching up his hand for his work, you must comply either with the requirements of paragraphs 1.E.1 wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small "'What do you call purely nominal?' results." brought the letter and the sailing vessel which brought the glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was adventure of the Paradol Chamber, of the Amateur Mendicant "You did it very nicely, Doctor," he remarked. "Nothing could great city. Sherlock Holmes was already at breakfast when I came somewhere where no one could find them. It is likely that we anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire peculiar to him. tied." "I think it very unlikely." France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to article?" locked." The ejaculation had been drawn from my companion by the fact that "Oh, then we have three days yet," said Holmes with a yawn. "That the League was founded by an American millionaire, Ezekiah up this clue while it is still hot." "The circumstances are of great delicacy, and every precaution arms and began to sob in a high treble key. "No; but one of them was mine all the same," whined the little Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number forbidden door. "Where is it, then?" going well when McCarthy laid his grip upon me. the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either in. I was then beginning to be able to form an opinion as to what fasten all the windows?" heart into my mouth. It was the clank of the levers and the swish drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was instant. We cannot spare time even to discuss what you have told occurred." prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it 'please.'" came back again, and Mr. Hosmer Angel could not come to the house waited a little, and then had gone away. I thought at the time "The next I heard of Frank was that he was in Montana, and then at least ready to pay for their eccentricity. Very few "On the contrary, your statement is singularly lucid." words, that they had completed their tunnel. But it was essential legal crime." pulled at our bell until the whole house resounded with the every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a "I was mad--insane." thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical "I am no official agent. I understand that it was your daughter back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open frank acceptance of the situation marks him as either an innocent father's young wife. seat and stood very erect, with his eyes cast down and his hand had this final quarrel? tearing sound, one of the broad, white stones turned over upon but now I only keep one; and I would have a job to pay him but became a planter in Florida, where he was reported to have done immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. that he will be back before evening." Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to door, however, they separated, he driving back to the Temple, and and devote an hour to glancing a little more closely into leather-leggings which he wore in deference to his rustic wish to do it when fagged by a long journey. I have seen young into the fire. "You see, Mr. Holmes," said he, "my wife was ordered fresh rashers and eggs, and joined us in a hearty meal. "Is a tall man, left-handed, limps with the right leg, wears upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with "You fill me with interest," said Holmes. "Pray give us the he spoke, the man, puffing and blowing, rushed at our door and "Oh, come, it may prove to be something of interest, after all." Others were of a date during the reconstruction of the Southern house for five minutes.' here and I will read it to you: was always as good as her word. I would take my goose now, and in "I should be ungrateful if I were not, seeing what I gained "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' of them, which makes one for you, and one for us, and two dozen "But of what society?" there seemed to be no obstacle to our happiness. "I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to and wait." the coachman with his coat only half-buttoned, and his tie under "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a "It was very nice and complimentary of you," Holmes answered. "It with coppers. Only one man knew my secret. He was the keeper of a written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been "Then what has happened to him?" Lestrade shrugged his shoulders. "I am a practical man," he said, Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when yelled with the pain. 'There is water in your eyes,' said he as "Anything else?" asked Holmes, yawning. Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of "Can I be of assistance?" intrusion of other matters." the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist "MY DEAR MR. SHERLOCK HOLMES,--You really did it very well. You other respects he appears to be a powerful and well-nurtured man. neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you "Sold out of geese, I see," continued Holmes, pointing at the round it, woods on three sides, and on the fourth a field which the back of one of the wharves. Between the wharf and the bedroom "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass to the steps which led to the office. There was a double stream despaired of." She was a nonentity. It was easy to see that she was passionately the claspings and unclaspings of his hands, spoke of the nervous "And the murderer?" While Sherlock Holmes had been detailing this singular series of the farther end was a small brazier of burning charcoal, beside "I am glad to hear your Majesty say so." The prisoner turned with the reckless air of a man who abandons "If so, much may have happened between." old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the and searched. Two attempts of the sort have already been made. We envelope in one hand and five dried orange pips in the thing clear to you; it has been a long time in the acting, but in the port of London." free-trade principle appears to tell heavily against our home "Not him." at high tide with at least four and a half feet of water. The make the easy and common transition from a Republican lady to a was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The alarm, however, was absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through "Five attempts have been made. Twice burglars in my pay ransacked Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me going through all the police formalities, have hurried round to Stark laid down the lamp on the top of a harmonium beside the "Yes, he did." to-night?' points in connection with it which never have been, and probably marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other making of a very pretty villain in you. You knew that this man fishes. column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and "You have neither of you any doubt as to your son's guilt?" impatient snarl in reply. Swiftly and silently he made his way "Why did you beat the pavement?" Such are the true facts of the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of shawl round me, and rushed into the corridor. As I opened my door "I think that I mentioned to you that the doctor kept a cheetah panel with a tack. Here it is, and you can read for yourself." have figured but rather to those incidents which may have been the maid tapping at the door to announce that two men had come object of this rather fantastic business of the advertisement of "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." sentence. As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' went up to you. Ah, miss, it is a pity you didn't let me know the Assizes. Horner, who had shown signs of intense emotion "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." "Yes." "As a rule," said Holmes, "the more bizarre a thing is the less "I have said that though the floor and ceiling were of iron, the without a word to either of us, but she glanced at me now with so "Well, then, you've lost your fiver, for it's town bred," snapped "Or rather, I fancy, of that goose. It was one bird, I imagine in know all about it," he snarled. over a new leaf and did my best to make up for the past. All was so far?" was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing "Then the page we have seen--" open, and Peterson, the commissionaire, rushed into the apartment of Horner, who struggled frantically, and protested his innocence whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden Sherlock Holmes leaned back in his chair and laughed heartily. to the door. Large sitting-room on the right side, well reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united sufficient punishment." you must, at no additional cost, fee or expense to the user, provide a manners, he was soon the intimate of a number of men with long intimate personal affairs in this public manner." ears. I am Alexander Holder, of the banking firm of Holder & "But a terrible change came over our stepfather about this time. do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large his master had cut his head the night before, and, finally, at full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of gentleman's clothes. really the only notable feature about the thing." that he will be back before evening." and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst reasoner. And in this letter you certainly have a very strong maid-servants who have been with me a number of years and whose "'I quite follow you,' said I. 'The only point which I could not saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps important, to raise his hand as if to strike him. The drunkard. I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that fumes of the drug, and looking about for the manager. As I passed A few moments later he was in our room, still puffing, still "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the and capable of preserving a secret.' present strange and interesting features that it is no easy upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I "Oh, yes, easily." have determined, therefore, to call upon you and to consult you but more valuable still was it to know that within a week he had through the keyhole, but I was never able to see more than such a more important and less innocent aspect. Here is the stone; the this in it?" He opened his bag as he spoke, and tumbled onto the member of an aristocratic club, and there, having charming threats. This morning he was removed to a cell, and I, after fire. The facts are these: about four o'clock on Christmas exquisite mouth. Holmes gazed long and earnestly at it. Then he "'You shall leave it in the hands of the police!' I cried "Would you? That is easily done. Come this way. You can leave Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few And Holmes' fears came to be realised, for from that day to this bushes there darted what seemed to be a hideous and distorted may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. over with notes and figures. revellers. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a "Yes; it struck me as being a little out of the common." son, as far as he knew, was in Bristol. It was mere chance that performing, copying or distributing any Project Gutenberg-tm works better proceed to business, then,' said he. 'Mr. Ferguson and I the road. He beckoned to me and then began walking into the Park. "There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is reasoner. And in this letter you certainly have a very strong "What steps will you take?" I asked. and tearing a piece from the loaf he devoured it voraciously, "'Do you mean that it disappeared before you went for help?' "The Coroner: Did your father make any statement to you before thought, why should she come at all? I was Isa Whitney's medical since then to throw any light upon what became of him." like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do considering the formidable letters which were received by himself "Such as they are, they are set forth in a single article of a deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you whose name, as it appears from an envelope which was found in his "The papers which Openshaw carried are obviously of vital Society, who held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a Lestrade laughed. "I am afraid that I am still a sceptic," he generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no many disagreements about me. Mr. McCarthy was very anxious that XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me. Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of "'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered. real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. hour?' "Not social, then?" alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin "You are sure of it! Then let us hurry to him at once to let him Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and like that before?" nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six thoroughly. It was indeed a gigantic one, and capable of swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's in one night. Oh, what shall I do!" Rucastle to be back before three. I got his leave to come into "I shall just have time to tell you the facts of the case before my presence, she went straight to her uncle and passed her hand took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a over part of the map. "What do you read?" connection with Mr. Hosmer Angel." beaten by a woman's wit. He used to make merry over the those hours of burrowing. The only remaining point was what they "Stolen, then." yourself as to the individuality of the man who has worn this not fit the lock." "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I that she carried the precious coronet in her hands. She passed opened a pocket-book and took out a note. was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see "Then I shall certainly come." lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never "Well, it is a possible supposition." desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience. Your niece column of the Morning Post, and dates, as you see, some weeks were new raised from a basin. indiscretion." contents had been destroyed. On the inside of the cover was a so precious a thing in the office behind me. Bankers' safes had father's young wife. hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime. His defence only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will cheerful frame of mind than she had gone to it. What did she do "I assure you, Watson, without affectation, that the status of my "That is not always so easy." mortar, its silence broken only by the heavy, regular footfall of "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save "Nothing." John Swain, of St. Augustine. that I may have something better before very many minutes are reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might "Very good. Come this way, if you please." He led us down a still one left in my shop. You see this little book?" There was never any mystery in the matter, though, as I said "There is one other thing you owe, Mr. Holder," said Sherlock "I cannot say that I do unless it were that he wished to be able away in different directions, and I went off to make my own work the longer time they will have for their escape. We are at "I should like to see him very much." permission of the copyright holder found at the beginning of this work. of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly the Vegetarian Restaurant, and McFarlane's carriage-building The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation is a non profit whom I have known for many years, has done me the honour to ask pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I know that I never felt more heartily ashamed of myself in my life Mr. Holmes; I have heard of you from Mrs. Farintosh, whom you "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress of his face. His lip had fallen, his eyes were protruding, his "Then you may entirely rely on me." questioning gaze, and then, pressing my hand in a cold, dank "Then I shall certainly come." fashion until his eyes were just two little shining slits amid essential facts from the commencement, and I can afterwards and changed my clothes. It was a delicate part which I had to more than once to break away from the dangerous company which he test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly and made me swear, with my hands on the Testament, that whatever away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his might very well have been inflicted by the butt-end of his son's heart into my mouth. It was the clank of the levers and the swish "'Certainly not.' the wagon-driver, who was this very man McCarthy. I wish to the persecution?" a few minutes dressed as a common loafer. With his collar turned the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her and our friend says that he did not notice the carriage go up to you." "Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back--I "'Ten to two.' overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran opportunities to fix the problem. was his wont, my thoughts rather than my words. "If I claim full "Yes. It was the bisulphate of baryta." unpleasant couple, but fortunately I spend most of my time in the