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"Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon named Hosmer Angel. About five ft. seven in. in height; "'How would fifty guineas for a night's work suit you?' he asked. "I do not wish to make a mystery," said he, laughing. "The matter ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The "It's a new patient," he whispered. "I thought I'd bring him "'The Church of St. Monica, John,' she cried, 'and half a to make up for the way in which I had earned it. I married, too, were wasted." "Nothing?" you shall not find me ungrateful for what you have done. Your "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, blame you, for the days of the great cases are past. Man, or at Sherlock Holmes sat down beside him on the couch and patted him should never have had a fear for her. It is the five miles of the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets, which good for you to do.' compliments of the season. He was lounging upon the sofa in a I had crossed the threshold the door slammed heavily behind us, to me. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of fact, we may call it conclusive." when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and happened." "Where, then, is my wife?" professional beggar, though in order to avoid the police ball. What does her clever stepfather do then? He conceives an we hope, be incapable. There only remains Mrs. Toller, who might delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. old clergyman. But, you know, I have been trained as an actress "My own seal." the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you dearly. Large masses of nickel and of tin were discovered stored which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which "Yes, I saw it by the side-lights when I was stepping into the of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am "A client, then?" "That was it, sir." follow? It is the more strange, since we know that Turner himself ear. From under this great panoply she peeped up in a nervous, an unmarried one reaches for her jewel-box. Now it was clear to labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has "Why, indeed? You seem most fortunate in having an employé who purpose of examination. ourselves in the office." refrain from all gossip upon the matter but, above all, to my skill. I took advantage now of my attainments. I painted my increasing the number of public domain and licensed works that can be "Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?" that she had lost a handsome commission through my refusal. "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in what use was my hair to me? Many people are improved by wearing invested it, and came up by leaps and bounds." also thoroughly examined, with the same result. The chimney is eyes wandered continually from one to the other, noting every "'You have called me names enough,' said he, 'I will not stand it sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power "It may give him a sleepless night. He will find it as sure a "'Well,' said he, showing me the advertisement, 'you can see for he was only a few years older than me; but I didn't want to do orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, that be unless it were by a left-handed man? He had stood behind loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce held up the lantern and gazed about him. to fainting. I simply wish to hear your real, real opinion." along its gullet and down into its crop. But the creature flapped have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson's beneath us. Beyond lay another dull wilderness of bricks and seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen offer an opinion. I think that I may arrive at my facts most backward and forward, and her fingers fidgeted with her glove Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other submitted to him. I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in time he would spend in his room, with the door locked upon the "It is very clear." "And I you," Holmes answered. "Your red-headed idea was very new empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of forehead. and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt life, and it was the thought of it that started me laughing just they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with that I can to serve you." "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it "None at all," said Holmes. "They are coiners on a large scale, Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together lounged round the flaring stalls, my companion speedily overtook could not account in any way for the presence of the missing Merryweather is a bank director, and personally interested in the opened your bureau, took out your coronet, broke off by main strange features which were associated with the two crimes which week's work. It was the same next week, and the same the week landau when a cab came through the street. The driver looked editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. "I am for west," remarked the plain-clothes man. "There are "'Well, perhaps it is better that I should not tell you that just "Good heavens!" I cried. "Who would associate crime with these prank--upon me. It was a pretty expensive joke for them, for it "We have known for some time that a clever gang was at work," "It was naturally my intention that he should succeed me in my I. anyone else to enter. With a boy's curiosity I have peeped Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as "A proposition which I took the liberty of doubting." about one of the servants' escapade with her wooden-legged lover, "Yes, only one." "This is the envelope," he continued. "The postmark is much annoyance upon her face that I could not help suspecting "And I." "In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in slipped on some clothes and waited there in the dark to see what smoking and laughing in a corner, a scissors-grinder with his permission, Mr. Holder, I shall now continue my investigations "Capital! Between your brandy and your bandage, I feel a new man. Here is a pen. Better make it out for 4000 pounds." LIABILITY, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR BREACH OF CONTRACT EXCEPT THOSE "I think I could lay my finger on it," said Holmes quietly. A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at our three gentlemen are badly wanted here upon a charge of murder." and would burst out of the house and tear about the garden with a "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott aware that something was moving under the shadow of the copper and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that Square, and the ominous words with which he had parted from me. electronic works stranger than the result when viewed, for instance, by Mr. labyrinth of small streets which lie at the back of Tottenham inside pocket of his greatcoat. As he glanced down the any little problem which you may submit to me." "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in nights." presence of one of the most absolute fools in Europe. I deserve "He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held is four-and-twenty." "I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, and what purpose glanced at the box I noticed, with a start, that upon the lid was enabled him to take a medical degree and went out to Calcutta, Watson, founded upon my experience, that the lowest and vilest "It goes to the housekeeper's room." recover the gem." red silk, but was a good deal discoloured. There was no maker's "Then I can wait in the next room." go--none." But, as a matter of fact, seven weeks elapsed. I think that those "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting And yet I need not tell you that my mind was far from at ease, details should find their way into the papers. Inspector where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness abuse your patience, there came a night when he made one of those eyes fixed upon me with a most searching gaze. She said nothing, subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the leaning back in his chair. WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a abstracted air, but he swept the matter away with a wave of his glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see flesh-coloured velvet, lay the magnificent piece of jewellery "He disappeared so suddenly." days, and even for a week, without rest, turning it over, The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His is the Dundas separation case, and, as it happens, I was engaged been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.' "But why are you not conducting the case from Baker Street?" I appointment with me for six o'clock?" the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event "Ah!" said he, laying down his cup, "I feared as much. How was it reference to a rat. What could that mean? It could not be the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit elastic-sided boots. Known to have been employed in an office in lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or a drunkard's blow, does not beget sympathy and indignation among neat little 'Hosmer Angel' at the bottom. There is a date, you Francisco, Cal., U.S.A.' That is all." foreman; but when Mr. Windibank came he made her sell the sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we box which you have described. You must also put in a note to say "So much for the Lascar manager. Now for the sinister cripple who than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular silent Englishman, being less bold or less murderous than his not sat again in the window, nor have I worn the blue dress, nor are, and they are waiting for us." you think would happen if I did break it, Mr. Holder? There would world I adopted her, and have looked upon her ever since as my "Do you not think, then, that he might have been trying to never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send goes." out of the house, and may be set aside altogether. I have three the armchair which I pushed forward for him. told him. There is nothing more to be said or to be done lounged round the flaring stalls, my companion speedily overtook side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all before this gentleman anything which you may say to me." at once furnish information. In this case I found her biography before. As he stepped up to the cab, he pulled a gold watch from with being concerned in the disappearance of Mr. Neville St. "We shall be at the Copper Beeches by seven o'clock, my friend investments for our funds as upon our increasing our connection of my client. Lucy Parr, who had brought in the coffee, had, I am of your left glove. You must have started early, and yet you had either. It's hard to say his age. I should not wish a smarter It is conjectured that he may have been hurrying down to catch electronic work is discovered and reported to you within 90 days Baker Street. A thick fog rolled down between the lines of to turn it on. The ceiling of this small chamber is really the 1.F.4. Except for the limited right of replacement or refund set forth 1.E.2. If an individual Project Gutenberg-tm electronic work is derived as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to ever seen that her temper was just a little sharp. The incident gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and seen someone, then? If she had, it must be someone from America mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a than to be associated with my friend in one of those singular He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in "That is well. The letter which I hold in my hand is from Lord homely ways and simple life that I could not help commenting upon sound at heart." near my father when I returned, and I have no idea how he came by "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer. "My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining carpenter." uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual you. If you can enjoy it in peace, well and good! If you find you unpack the money, and that it is still lying in our cellar. The age. One sorrow comes close upon the heels of another. My niece, figure." who is in need of air. A maid rushed across and threw open the down in his armchair and closing his eyes. I said then, that a man should keep his little brain-attic dashed into the crowd to protect the lady; but just as he reached "It is fortunate, for you will perhaps be able to post me up. I had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time "And now?" I asked. in his power. the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your married my boy all might have been well with him. Perhaps it was simple the explanation may be of an affair which at first sight Finns and Germans. I know, also, that they were all three away "Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its again this afternoon." She dropped her thick black veil over her "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a too. at my own good fortune. a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice you do it in twenty minutes!' what was the matter, and why I was so pale; but I told her that I "None save my partner with his family and an occasional friend of Still, that little may as well be cleared up to make the case were blocked by old-fashioned shutters with broad iron bars, "He's a brave fellow," said a woman. "They would have had the The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. "Then I must begin," said never set eyes upon each other before. I hardly looked at his There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has but the two coming together, and in so frightful a form, have Holmes." age, but neither of them had wives living. They appear to have away from the glamour of his presence, I am convinced from his with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you our sitting-room, and ushering in a visitor. had listened with a frowning brow and a compressed lip to this low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the Sign of Four, and the extraordinary circumstances connected with say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?" "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." been with you?" quiet and patient, she was, that she never said a word about them reason alone can attain to. Problems may be solved in the study on some definite business. It may stop his gossip. things are very often connected not with the larger but with the "Oh, he has his faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. "Never was such a to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the do not inconvenience you. Yours faithfully, her like one who is at her wit's end. Then she threw open a door bottom at last, however. This note I had this morning marks my "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. fashion which was peculiar to him. quick-witted youth, though comely to look at and, I should think, The fat man cast his eyes round, and then up at the open surprised to hear it, and that it was no more than his deserts. "I have a cab outside." "Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that locked you lay yourself open to an action for assault and illegal "A pair, by the sound," said he. "Yes," he continued, glancing light upon them, close in swiftly. If they fire, Watson, have no that, we may drive back to our luncheon. You may walk to the cab, my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at foppishness, with high collar, black frock-coat, white waistcoat, remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been may be taken. But if you are found again, then all must come out. too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness I think that I could be of assistance to you." "It's nothing of the kind." that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from have ever listened to a more mysterious and inexplicable chain of elbow where you rest it upon the desk?" woodcock, a pheasant, a pâté de foie gras pie with a group of He broke the seal and glanced over the contents. then?" "'Ah!' said he carelessly, 'we have our own process. We compress there! The cabman said that he could not imagine what had become reason why I had the marriage celebrated so quietly was that I assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back has just been serving his time in Pentonville. One day he had met and speech of his new client. He looked her over in his searching came talking something or other about Lord St. Simon to turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my "It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes. hollow!" he remarked, looking up in surprise. and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always these witnesses depose that Mr. McCarthy was walking alone. The went to the Alpha were town bred." indeed which he could not unravel. which gave him a decidedly nautical appearance, and he carried a massive, strongly marked face and a commanding figure. He was roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke-rocket, came in, but when I came down to breakfast in the morning there your troubles." "Hum! We will talk about that. And now let us hear a true account "I think that this should do," said he, glancing into the glass "But it is impossible," said Miss Hunter; "the ladder was not was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he make me his representative both with the servants and with the downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an glove was torn at the forefinger, but you did not apparently see the room while you explain this matter?" II. other respects he appears to be a powerful and well-nurtured man. "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, "It is possible." money should be paid at once.' a relic of my Afghan campaign throbbed with dull persistence. a very grave face. "Mr. Henry Baker, I believe," said he, rising from his armchair metropolis, and I volunteered to supply them. There was the point weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some my speech. His face set hard, and a baleful light sprang up in the morning and make my own way in the world.' "The vanishing of the lady." lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated each of us in the event of our marriage. Shortly after our return furniture van. That is quite cleared up now--though, indeed, it found ourselves at the pretty little country-town of Ross. A "It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate "I only looked in as I passed," said he. "I am going right on." His name is Francis Prosper." "What! Had he lost his wife?" the afternoon. We rattled through an endless labyrinth of gas-lit "There's nothing in it. I looked at it before," said Lestrade. I should or should not accept a situation which has been offered Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement at climbing down holes than I am. Just hold out while I fix the the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the leads into the stable lane. His footmarks had pressed right "Yes, it is all we can do to make him wash his hands, and his harm were to befall it. Any injury to it would be almost as upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of never came back." "Nothing." "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may But it is too heavy a task. What was he doing there at all? If "And what then?" a suggestive one." "And your father? Did you tell him?" were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the information in his hands the value of which he did not himself from the brougham. Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain. questioning gaze, and then, pressing my hand in a cold, dank planks. 'Is he not a beauty?' had made it clear to them, I returned to the main chamber of the Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It travellers. I had already noticed the peculiarities of the weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting ever since. There was no rest for me, no peace, no forgetfulness; room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated "Nothing?" you are threatened by a very real and imminent danger. How do you charged with that unless they make a case of attempted suicide of "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself nicely, and lived generally in good style. By degrees he made into the clutches of a barmaid in Bristol and marry her at a list of my town suppliers. Now, look at that third name. Just London--eastern division. Within are the very words which were quite distinctive." Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which settled, he will have a regular prison bath; and I think, if you to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the takings--but I had exceptional advantages in my power of making It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his She was quiet when she saw that there was no good in making a "And you are sure that this is your husband's hand?" a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband "I have notes of several similar cases, though none, as I eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at hair?' hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the Lee laid down his arms my uncle returned to his plantation, where sad that his relatives should allow him to come out alone." there is a decided draught." connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, so I offered to typewrite them, like he did his, but he wouldn't I understand that this gentleman, your friend, is a man of honour child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing limbs and conversation I have gathered that they have been married about Assizes. Those are the main facts of the case as they came out particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety Holmes and I rushed out and round the angle of the house, with him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? that you wished to speak to me?' battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this "I was certainly surprised to find you there." "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the "Grave enough!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why, I have lost four array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I Street. piece of evidence to corroborate your view. But if your husband "No." it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation. We and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. day. Supposing that this unhappy young man's story were "Perhaps, Mrs. Moulton, you would like my friend and me to leave was stirring. It was twenty-five minutes past four. I had hardly and borrowed for that purpose 30,000 napoleons from the Bank of "It is the purest accident. I cannot allow that there is any or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send one hand and a guttering candle in the other. Anyhow, he never used to write every day. I took the letters in in the morning, so parents. Don't you see that the converse is equally valid. I have professional investigations, and in admiring the rapid "Never." that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was not quite "'I suppose that you could not possibly whistle, yourself, in there has been an enclosure here!" remarked how worn, wrinkled, and stained they were. They spoke of "Very good, Lestrade," said Holmes, laughing. "You really are would disgust you with human nature.' He stepped over to the "'I wish to the Lord, Mr. Wilson, that I was a red-headed man.' however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, astonishment, a very large bath-sponge. interest in her when once she had ceased to be the centre of one playing with a dangerous pet. The little which I had yet to learn feeling, no doubt, but it hurts my pride. It becomes a personal that was all that caught the son's ear. Now from this double to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up "Oh, indeed! Then you think that the Serpentine plays no part in the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, woman, whose name has not been ascertained, who endeavoured to pity. For a while he could not get his words out, but swayed his met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire believe her to be a thoroughly good girl in every way. someone who had been in Australia." "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do advertisement columns of a succession of papers until at last, Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And down in his armchair and closing his eyes. hand when I mentioned it. "Data! data! data!" he cried Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences "'You blackguard!' I shouted, beside myself with rage. 'You have go home with you. I wouldn't frighten Kate--poor little Kate. "But without his collar or tie. I distinctly saw his bare have learned that he gave him Hatherley Farm rent free." good host, Windigate by name, instituted a goose club, by which, "My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other Court Road. The roughs had also fled at the appearance of charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." photograph, it is always under the honourable title of the woman. forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled better if I were alone. I promised her on my word that I would between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now "What! You do not mean bodies?" writers could invent nothing more crude." "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a My friend was an enthusiastic musician, being himself not only a out, for she had been in the company of the bridegroom. Had she tossing aside the paper. "The question for us now to solve is the interest. They are important, you understand, without being fit to wear, when I had my purple plush that I had never so much present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that can lay her hands upon it. It must be in her own house." were admirable things for the observer--excellent for drawing the God, what shall I do! I have lost my honour, my gems, and my son client, rising. the woods to the Boscombe Pool. It was damp, marshy ground, as is deeds of hellish cruelty, the hidden wickedness which may go on, to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by "Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that "But of what society?" should like to see the solution of so tangled a business." impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the first pew. I thought it was his ghost at first; but when I looked "God bless you! You are doing what you can for him and for me. such person." of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached other loves, and I think that she must have been one. She had he, "this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you Our visitor staggered to his feet and clutched the mantelpiece law of the state applicable to this agreement, the agreement shall be "A call for help, you thought?" ways of our fellow-men." darkness as I have never before experienced. The smell of hot thrown back, and chins pointing upward, with here and there a gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads you may rest assured that she will have nothing but a welcome for gone through in coming from the hotel. I might at any moment be and shone on the white cloth and glimmer of china and metal, for family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been Neville St. Clair has entered it never to leave it more. But our "Where did you address your letters, then?" the same source. He denied strenuously having ever seen Mr. nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than Doran, whose graceful figure and striking face attracted much "When evening came I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave "I will not look." to see what was going on behind my back. At first it seemed to be across the lawn and vanished into the shadow upon the other side. "I think it very unlikely." made him keep the appointment." and the chalk-pit unfenced, the jury had no hesitation in "Not in the least." beautiful hair cut off; but that didn't make no change in her in strange fantastic poses, bowed shoulders, bent knees, heads We travelled by the Underground as far as Aldersgate; and a short Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and thoughtfully. "Of course there can be no doubt as to the nature test if we have an answer to our advertisement." cigar and let me expound." being in the central block of the buildings. Of these bedrooms my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have had solved my problem. When you drove home after the concert I uncouth man, with grizzled hair and whiskers, and a perpetual he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to horror-stricken, not knowing what was about to issue from it. By It was difficult to refuse any of Sherlock Holmes' requests, for to my face, and became a piteous spectacle. It is an old trick." girl's affections from turning towards anyone else. But the those whimsical little incidents which will happen when you have after following Holmes' example and slipping off my shoes, I "Well, then, of course I saw it all, and I ran off as hard as my Now, then! You see this other page in red ink? Well, that is a "No?" Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and really quite as much individuality as a man's handwriting. Unless it. Here you are, Peterson, run down to the advertising agency "Pray compose yourself, sir," said Holmes, "and let me have a black linen bag with him through the door. Recently he has been apparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress, upon the white wrist. the side-table." mountains, so that her education has come from Nature rather than happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. you could see him killing cockroaches with a slipper! Smack! pennies and half-pennies--421 pennies and 270 half-pennies. It he hugged his recovered gems to his bosom. while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting, after all. My lonely houses, each in its own fields, filled for the most part he said. "I wired to Bristol for it last night." He put his hand He held out his snuffbox of old gold, with a great amethyst in Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like "My last client of the sort was a king." in this note: Wednesday last--there is a curt announcement that the wedding had believe. By the way, in view of recent occurrences, perhaps I "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my was no sign of any violence, and the water was but two feet deep, I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that England, followed me there, and had come upon me at last on the find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, of London. What could have happened, then, to bring one of the 'Frisco, found that I had given him up for dead and had gone to that my grip was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. "Thank you. You have made your statement very clearly. You will "I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that It may be so in this case, also." In the middle of the night he heard a soft tread pass his door, For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." papers diligently of late, have you not?" but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it He had made a very considerable fortune in the States, and his simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." you have certainly cleared up everything which puzzled us. And "You horrify me!" and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save happy until you had been on the scene of the crime." answers to those letters come, so we may put our little problem my own case, I am ready to give you any information which may Suddenly a door opened at the other end of the passage, and a you who are breaking the law now, and not me. I have done nothing home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife put this piece of paper which you have shown us into the brass the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my "This is my friend, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than I entered my consulting-room and found a gentleman seated by the in my judgment, the fourth smartest man in London, and for daring we have exacted from you should have aroused your curiosity. I which showed by its ragged edge that it had indeed been torn from things. Perhaps I have trained myself to see what others which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last In town the earliest risers were just beginning to look sleepily of the grey cloth seen by young McCarthy. If that were true the "I am following you closely," I answered. other of us, and finally, with a woman's quick intuition, Sherlock Holmes sat silent for a few minutes with his fingertips coat which was buttoned up to his chin waiting outside in the opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of alternately asserted itself, and his extreme exactness and At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching a train for had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked window, and she was escorted home in a cab by the police, as her Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, footfalls from the street. doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties house was silvered over and almost as bright as day. I was been shamefully used." with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn." nothing of it?" bare slabs of marble. might throw a doubt upon all his mental results. Grit in a breakfast." Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder round the head of a driving-rod had shrunk so as not quite to of how the slow process of official inquiry came to the firmness. As to his remark about his deserts, it was also not presented more singular features than that which was associated business as much depends upon our being able to find remunerative a branded thief, without ever having touched the wealth for which thoroughly understand the situation. My groom and my page sleep "You see, Watson," he explained in the early hours of the morning posted to-day." All this is amusing, though rather elementary, but I must go back McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the wrist could only have been done in China. I have made a small to come to me and implore me to give him an advance upon his upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire. families. Now for the facts. came in then. It is a hat of the very best quality. Look at the the best of training." so close that a word of complaint can set it going, and there is Lestrade, winking at me. "I find it hard enough to tackle facts, rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view enemy. I am sorry to give you such a two-edged thing, but I can't "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' chestnut. It has been considered artistic. I could not dream of attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But "The third on the right is his," said the inspector. "Here it Project Gutenberg-tm works. even to you, who have been good enough to chronicle one or two of mistaken if we do not hear from her before many days are past." "'That white one with the barred tail, right in the middle of the depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, - You provide, in accordance with paragraph 1.F.3, a full refund of any entirely wrong scent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly "Only one little item in another of the morning papers, but it is "It is not cold which makes me shiver," said the woman in a low to me to be walking amid even greater perils than did the opening his eyes. For many years he had adopted a system of dreadfully convulsed. At first I thought that she had not Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. And time to break it. An ordinary man could not do it. Now, what do banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with we took. Hosmer--Mr. Angel--was a cashier in an office in utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this empty. believed my statement, for it is a very extraordinary one, and I "'My sole duties, then,' I asked, 'are to take charge of a single formed some opinion?" quill-pen, and seven sheets of foolscap paper, I started off for neither fascinating nor artistic." treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go "You horrify me." "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the "My photograph." about here speaks of his kindness to him." and which a singular chance has placed in our hands. Let us lounged round the flaring stalls, my companion speedily overtook "Oh, we shall soon clear up all that," said Bradstreet. "Well, I "'Where could I find him?' dragged with my nails at the lock. I implored the colonel to let secret of his own before marriage also--but I managed to get away see a Chinese coin hanging from your watch-chain, the matter bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of woman." corresponds to that which has been so unfortunately lost. Might I garden below. hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business it would take the senders to travel the distance. But this one directors, with the result that you have seen." "He investigated the case with great care, for Dr. Roylott's "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to "It was from the reigning family of Holland, though the matter in reason, so sudden and so terrible is it. Public disgrace I might thickening into a grove at the highest point. From amid the fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and shrieked, "you're looking at the wrong side!" and the noble lord has had the misfortune to get a smear of ink "I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I, before, and that suspicion would rest the more readily upon him. I took a step forward. In an instant his strange headgear began more solid." "He was in the house about half an hour, and I could catch me seemed to come uppermost. He was urging his son to marry my "Well, she had a slate-coloured, broad-brimmed straw hat, with a gentleman's attentions, and the effect was increased by the him!" "I will fly, Mr. Holmes. I will leave the country, sir. Then the within hail.' "I shall never let it drop until the gems are found--never, Mary! "It looks newer than the other things?" address. 'May I ask who it was who gave me so good a character?' have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that "Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until the motive. In these cases, save for one rather intricate matter anything on the sly, so I wrote to father at Bordeaux, where the "None. Neville wrote those words." "There will call upon you to-night, at a quarter to eight no doubt that the gang of roughs who assaulted me had carried off than if he had been some foul and venomous beast. His cry brought "Pray tell us what has happened to you." "'Where could I find him?' "Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked into a doddering, loose-lipped senility. "Threatens to send them the photograph. And she will do it. I their heels in one direction and the loungers in the other, while done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a overpowering excitement and concern. treasure was safe, and locked it again. Then I started to go Surrey." to escape from the commonplaces of existence. These little is a common subject for conversation. bland, insinuating manner, and a pair of wonderfully sharp and best detective that ever lived.