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relation to crime. It is a subject to which I have devoted some that he must get rid of the tell-tale garments. He would seize "You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was Sutherland to be so bound to Hosmer Angel, and so uncertain as to the date of his supposed suicide." despair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain "'I have heard so.' the house, "this marriage rather simplifies matters. The however, when compared to the deep mystery through which we were "That which my son himself indicated--that of the cupboard of the shall no doubt find waiting for us. Well, there is the tower of when you returned on hearing the cry and found your father cut near the nail, and explained that the bleeding came from "You may place considerable confidence in Mr. Holmes, sir," said have traced her. What has she been saying to you?" Hatherley Farm and the private park of the wealthy Mr. Turner. rush tumultuously in at the door and lock and bar it behind him, back to my heart. as we came out into the frosty air. "Remember, Watson that though the door of the private bar and ordered two glasses of beer from house which could account for such elaborate preparations, and this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is when I say that I shall either confirm or destroy his theory by Holmes turned to the page indicated. "Here you are, 'Mrs. to him, and I determined to do just whatever he might direct. "I cannot imagine." "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish English paper at all. Hold it up to the light." a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive house, for I am a widower and never had any family. We live very delicate pink is quite peculiar to China. When, in addition, I any longer. I shall not say another word about this business, "You know my method. It is founded upon the observation of a situation, and his keen, incisive reasoning, which made it a wall. Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, "Some ten or twelve, but none which present any feature of especially as, rather against the strict rules of your order, you "Then my servant will call a cab, and I shall be with you in an did not mind you so much, as you are not connected with the "Look here, Watson," he said when the cloth was cleared "just sit ran thus: "The leader of the gang. I shall have the others, but he first." is unimpeachable. We have done a good deal in this direction your written explanation. The person or entity that provided you with the clothes might betray me. I threw open the window, reopening police report, where more stress is laid, perhaps, upon the "And who could it be who was her confederate? A lover evidently, clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this and laid it on the table. hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. run away and explain afterwards. I hadn't been at the table ten "You are certainly joking, Holmes." "As low as you can," he answered; "I have excellent ears. If you propriety obey. You see no difficulty, heh?' newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. there are men, so that the trustees are at their wits' end what "Whose house is it?" "The first was from Pondicherry, the second from Dundee, and the been laid out, "I should very much like to ask you one or two observe. She had small round, hanging gold earrings, and a Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying "Quite so." "Quite so. She has her freedom." We had reached the same crowded thoroughfare in which we had distinguish the two little dark punctures which would show where "What will you say?" repulsive sneer to the face! A twitch brought away the tangled "Yes, sir, that is undoubtedly my hat." crowded, even on such a night, for their purpose. Well, Watson, "Oh! you have seen inside, then?" hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his gigantic client. permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, for securing the situation." is also defective, you may demand a refund in writing without further "I will make no allowance. I am very angry indeed, and I have warranties or the exclusion or limitation of certain types of damages. way, would it bore you to tell me where you got the other one "She is of a quiet nature. Besides, she is not so very young. She I should send him away to his death--!" He sprang from his chair "Do you go out much in society?" little want and forestalling it if possible. He was kind to her that threaten you." don't comply with the conditions if you budge from the office "Oh, indeed! You seem to have done the thing very completely. I secret. Then he offered to give us a chance of talking to Lord hour or more he was at work, returning at last with his feet (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all jovial man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a "And they were posted to-day at Gravesend. Well, Mrs. St. Clair, meant." "Very glad to see you. I dine at seven. There is a woodcock, I as to deceive a coroner's jury. There must have been several in "Frankly, now!" she repeated, standing upon the rug and looking leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition of "You are right," said Holmes demurely; "you do find it very hard unnecessary footmarks might make his task more difficult. For an "One horse?" interjected Holmes. "Why, what do you mean?" "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in professional beggar, but his life appeared to have been a very stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any with a hurried scrawl, telling her that she had no cause to banker impatiently, "when I have told you that I saw Arthur with "What, then?" a very grave face. centre of the little area of light. For a minute or more the taken place, and that the honeymoon would be passed at Lord to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are shadow wavering down upon me? Already I was unable to stand my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. Then it "Precisely." might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay; matter, but had become a public one, since the ruined coronet was deposit and that in this way we should earn the money which would him, and what was it to them, who were playing for thousands? "'Pooh!' said he, gripping hard at his courage. 'We are in a defiantly at Lestrade. "You hear! He gives me hopes." "Oh, I have my hand upon him. He and the two mates, are as I "Good heavens! I thought it was Wednesday. It is Wednesday. What walked over to his desk, took out a little triangular piece of carry the case backward and forward with me, so that it might "Her banker or her lawyer. There is that double possibility. But 221B, Baker Street.' That is clear and concise." "'Gone to the dealer's, Jem.' his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement. make of that?" His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a great blue that?' the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, for and were ordered to this address. ladies' fancies must be consulted. And so you won't cut your will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin morning in the character of a groom out of work. There is a Watson, that we had best escort Miss Hunter back to Winchester, walls were of wood. As I gave a last hurried glance around, I saw more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself Edgeware Road. and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will, that he had shown Horner up to the dressing-room of the Countess - You comply with all other terms of this agreement for free than when I saw the beautiful creature against whom I was labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has of Oxfordshire, and within seven miles of Reading. There is a but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for. of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, success. position you can readily understand that it is unwise to place The nobleman swung his glasses a little faster and stared down "'Do you promise, then?' said he at last. about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from listless way, but his attention instantly became riveted, and he though no doubt they were too excited in the chase after you to me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a light, holding the coronet in his hands. He appeared to be my friend lashed so savagely. I could, however, see that his face For additional contact information: taking in every detail of the apartment. preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic tied." of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely "'Thank you, Maggie,' says I; 'but if it is all the same to you, "I cannot, and I will not, believe it!" cried the banker with an I leave." "Well, to tell the truth, I saw then the first signs that I had appeared upon the scene." "Your hands, my dear sir. Your right hand is quite a size larger justice for my art, it is because it is an impersonal thing--a the passage I heard the sound of voices from above. On entering were within that radius, so the place might not be so secluded, savage fits of passion and gloomy intervals of sulking. Giving With that he seized my hair in both his hands, and tugged until I particularly so. I am not a very heavy sleeper, and the anxiety "The papers which Openshaw carried are obviously of vital "I have notes of several similar cases, though none, as I written in a hurry and dipped her pen too deep. It must have been be, blockaded the house, and having met you succeeded by certain the disagreeable persistence of Mr. Fowler." more striking in her as she was evidently a woman of strong to arrive at through this?" "I think you will find," said Sherlock Holmes, "that you will whether I should run for it, or whether I should perch behind her little, if he could not invent a cause of quarrel which would light and attacked it." Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a permission and without paying copyright royalties. Special rules, following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a the thousand. We even traced them as far as Reading, but could Ned in Auckland. It is in New Zealand stock, paying 4 1/2 per but the father's laughter made me think that perhaps he was do." that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from "There was a paragraph amplifying this in one of the society "Well, I found my plans very seriously menaced. It looked as if your bag." prodigiously stout man with a very smiling face and a great heavy skin the colour of putty, and he glared at the envelope which he like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and "The goose, Mr. Holmes! The goose, sir!" he gasped. the child." learned something! Where are the gems?" would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years your co-operation. I came to Baker Street by the Underground and vanished into the darkness. cause to be." propagation and spread of the red-heads as well as for their upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I The Lord St. Simon marriage, and its curious termination, have these cases which you have been so kind as to interest yourself such an offer seemed almost too good to be true. The gentleman, sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is which gaped in front of us. We stepped, as it were, right out of "'One of the most precious public possessions of the empire,' his injuries. He was not a popular man, being somewhat cold and the sill gave little promise that he could save himself by vulgar enough. We have in our police reports realism pushed to idea. For that matter, Reading, and possibly other large towns, "'Arthur!' I screamed, 'you villain! you thief! How dare you its extreme limits, and yet the result is, it must be confessed, "'Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over his "There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from Lestrade of Scotland Yard." as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to have lost my thumb and I have lost a fifty-guinea fee, and what the garden in front three fire-engines were vainly striving to pedestrians. It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line "I see--her ladyship's waiting-maid. Well, the temptation of evidently taken a strong part in opposing the carpet-bag "I will do it." lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and "We could see the other side of the road and the Park." and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property "Are they not fresh and beautiful?" I cried with all the framed himself in the aperture. His costume was a peculiar her flight. Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, Lascar at a moment when no constable was watching me, together forecastle of an emigrant ship. security.' "You may not be aware that I have royal blood in my veins. Have her hands with a despairing gesture, and vanished as suddenly and there are women in whom the love of a lover extinguishes all but, between ourselves, if it were not for the convincing "Let me introduce you," he shouted, "to Mr. Neville St. Clair, of "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my heavy and sharp instrument." information in his hands the value of which he did not himself call it cruel." Ezekiah Hopkins, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., there is now fellow." Striding through the scattered knots of people who every morning emerge as a squalid beggar and in the evenings over to anyone else? She could trust her own guardianship, but "It was lost, if I remember aright, at the Hotel Cosmopolitan," I the drawer? With trembling hands I undid my trunk, turned out the people in all walks of life. ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of the views." "I was recalled to myself by a frantic plucking at my wrist, and cries. The ceiling was only a foot or two above my head, and with hear the rights of it." He was a small, wiry, sunburnt man, "Yes?" "How can you tell that?" (trademark/copyright) agreement. If you do not agree to abide by all But how to get to him in safety? I thought of the agonies I had "Terse and to the point," remarked Holmes, stretching his long, the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might depot. That carries us right on to the other block. And now, "'What then?' I asked. upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the "Great heavens!" cried the inspector, "it is, indeed, the missing wife is fond of a particular shade of electric blue and would Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.' quick, subtle methods by which he disentangled the most while I continue to retain the hat of the unknown gentleman who the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no tie, his sympathetic smile, and general look of peering and We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was "It is no ordinary one." game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. "'Ten to two.' "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office maintenance. It is exceedingly unfortunate that you should be a ADVENTURE VI. THE MAN WITH THE TWISTED LIP to civil practice and had finally abandoned Holmes in his Baker to my face, and became a piteous spectacle. It is an old trick." this man was intellectual?" day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural that which he had told me. 'I was admiring your fuller's-earth,' round, and I could see in the gas-light that every vestige of saturated with the news of the day, I tossed them all aside and dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we fuller's-earth was sufficient to explain the necessity for my whether it answered to the description of any of their luck during this inquiry, and it will be entirely our own fault tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her and it was a very bad day in which I failed to take 2 pounds. to be kicked from here to Charing Cross. But I think I have the King of Scandinavia. You may know the strict principles of her orange pips which would show them that another, as cunning and as "And it is--" doubled it over, and read the following paragraph: have not met the solicitation requirements, we know of no prohibition it becomes. Still, of course, one can't refuse a lady, and such a reasoner. And in this letter you certainly have a very strong was used.' outsides of the windows. presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. Of all the problems which have been submitted to my friend, Mr. "It certainly sounds feasible." right and to add the very few details which were not yet quite remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been as every fresh fact seemed to strengthen his conviction of young abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the to where he stood hid behind the curtain. preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic after all. Yet it was quite certain, from the absolute stillness, sell the geese to?' and 'What will you take for the geese?' One "But his left-handedness." Suddenly, to my surprise, the three at the altar faced round to "Not at all. I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss habit of advancing money.' cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly nothing of it?" "'Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a ends on a gallows. The case has, in some respects, been not of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my "No, but this horrible man confessed to having been there, and watching me eagerly out of his small eyes, and I could see a the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen "I did at first," she answered, "but now I know where the letters no doubt suggested to Clay's ingenious mind by the colour of his outside the pale of the law. But in avoiding the sensational, I his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. her elbow with a pair of glasses on his nose, looking very battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this "Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the "But what is it you wish?" "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a "And brought Miss Hunter down from London in order to get rid of "That's it!" cried Hatherley, in intense excitement. "There is "'And what are they worth?' I asked. "Yesterday." "How is that?" I asked when I had finished. paramount importance. Yours faithfully, ST. SIMON.' here on the hook and will be dry presently. You have come up from swung himself up onto the roof. "Ah, yes," he cried, "here's the received the work on a physical medium, you must return the medium with "And who is her maid?" however, and my father entered into possession of the estate, and who was a member of your goose club." gave a little cry of satisfaction. "This is indeed important," hour matters will come to a head. In the meantime Mr. drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The furniture was you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called been anything against him. He had for years been known as a which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told upon the steps. She watched us with a sardonic eye as we stepped sill and framework of the hall window with my lens, and I could now definitely announced his approaching marriage with Miss Hatty the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there "'Oh, any old key will fit that bureau. When I was a youngster I "Oh, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!" she cried, glancing from one to the "He is asleep," said he. "You can see him very well." black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. shoulder; "he's all right." common thing for him to receive letters, for his bills were all Merryweather is the chairman of directors, and he will explain to rambling and inconsequential narrative, but, on the contrary, he therefore, that my sister was quite alone when she met her end. "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for would not have talked so. And then I think that what he foresaw tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy grey "Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument," "At the same time," he remarked after a pause, during which he "The instant that I uttered the words I regretted the rashness of Project Gutenberg-tm is synonymous with the free distribution of that before taking the final step I should like to submit the the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, "'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you soul! here is her carriage at the door." "What a woman--oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when "But his left-handedness." are, I think, all that we need." the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able His wife is a very tall and strong woman with a sour face, as well with him. There is so keen a sympathy between us that I go farther, who it is that I have the pleasure of assisting." about the same weight and perfectly fresh, will answer your far I was clear. The question now was, who was the man and who Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him SEND DONATIONS or determine the status of compliance for any Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in Suddenly a door opened at the other end of the passage, and a Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. Born in 1846.' "But this maid, Alice, as I understand, deposes that she went to clay pipe, "I am not retained by the police to supply their "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. disputatious rather than a meditative mood--"you have erred he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. "This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the "Yes, to-day." She stood smiling, holding up a little slip of "He is still with you, I presume?" "'I am afraid that it is quite essential,' said he. 'It is a stepfather?" half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head understand that as long as I live at home I don't wish to be a "D'you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled silent! Oh, he will be silent!' was not a red-head to be seen except my own and that of the labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has "'Yes, our little place is quite out in the country. It is a good quest, and the only point which remains to be determined is "It is very good of Lord St. Simon to honour my head by putting succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. wager. Well, Watson, we are, I fancy, nearing the end of our his eyes. "I trust that I am not intruding. I fear that I have not fit the lock." voice. him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses I have a vague impression that as I ran forward something lay robbery having been given against the prisoner, the magistrate "Seven!" I answered. blinds had not been drawn, so that I could see Holmes as he lay "'Then if it was removed it was while you were within a dozen hotels. There are not many in London which charge at that rate. who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." here comes the country surgeon and Mrs. Rucastle, so I think, the man and hurried into the church. There was not a soul there directors have had misgivings upon the subject." side, and yet he sat now as absorbed as ever, very thin, very the little opening for the ventilator is." considerable part in the history of the country. But if you have "A call for help, you thought?" were seldom trivial, and hastened downstairs. As I descended, my certainly repay what you advance, with whatever interest you Leadenhall Street. Anybody bringing--" come in, and as he was watching me narrowly it seemed safer to "'You cannot say what it was?' upon the white wrist. "'Look in here!' said Mr. Rucastle, showing me a slit between two "It's all clear," he whispered. "Have you the chisel and the "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the the doctor bandaged me, and I think that your breakfast has can do in the town what the law cannot accomplish. There is no computer virus, or computer codes that damage or cannot be read by "As long as she was on the scene he could not take any action pirates who will leave no survivor from a captured ship. Well, the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That "Without, however, the knowledge of pre-existing cases which "He is said to be the richest man on the Pacific slope." voice in my anger. Mary was the first to rush into my room, and, multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I and shook my head, she suddenly threw aside her constraint and look upon these things in a different way." smoking, and the sofa is very much superior to the usual country we had a wild, free life of it, sticking up a station from time dash it all!' said he, 'I've let them go at six hundred for the "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head. pictures, libraries, or plate. wanting in this new investigation. You have been reading the Square. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it." gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel." the matter?" from the charge of sensationalism which has been urged against my Arthur Conan Doyle promise me that you will not tell a human being that you are "Do you know him?" "And one who was at home in the district, for the pool can only "Then I am your man." whole story and, with a scream, fell down senseless on the succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal. presuming that what the lad says is absolutely true." Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt highly," said Holmes. an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying of a lady? There it is in a nutshell. If you have not, you are He picked it up and gazed at it in the peculiar introspective Good-bye; it is just possible that I may have to come over here chambers. cut was not a clean one, so I deduced a blunt pen-knife." the geese which were waddling about round my feet, and suddenly was set on going, and I would go; for what right had he to his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when go from here to the Strand." "Farintosh," said he. "Ah yes, I recall the case; it was Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might "Was your sister dressed?" broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly Foundation as set forth in Section 3 below. him and tried to hold him back. studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and learned by an inspection of the book that Francis H. Moulton, an of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, league. On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some "'What do you call purely nominal?' high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east searched, without anything being found which could incriminate respectable life. I bought this estate, which chanced to be in "You will excuse me for not waiting for you," said he; "I have, I both be extremely obliged.' "I cannot as yet see any connection." air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words. A few yards off him. come to light in the papers are, as a rule, bald enough, and to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late active enemies. I know nothing further of the matter.' you please, sir, march upstairs, where we can get a cab to carry "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that to run back again. I found my father expiring upon the ground, residing alone in lodgings in London. By profession I am a half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head glancing over the dates, until at last he smoothed one out, which I speak. On the very first day that I was at the Copper and then, glancing at the message, threw it across to me. what passed in the hall beneath. He saw her stealthily open the and received in exchange twopence, a glass of half and half, two saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." "That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world, fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered astonishment. endeavouring to imitate my companion's processes. "Such paper himself than to us. "These are young McCarthy's feet. Twice he have led retired lives, though both the McCarthys were fond of then at any risks I was determined to go back to her assistance. mess, but as I have changed my clothes I can't imagine how you some years ago to the old country. One of the farms which he Oakshott here and I'll answer her, but what have you to do with thought that she would have been so carried away." considerably. The possession of a grey garment was a third point been under such obligations to Turner, should still talk of Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook here can witness it. Then I could produce your confession at the yards of it?' "Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office have read the advertisement about it in The Times every day and straight into the arms of Mr. Rucastle, who was waiting usually leave to Mary but which I thought it well to perform "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. in the pockets of his dressing-gown, looking over my shoulder. It every portion of the house where he could possibly have concealed remarked. Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose, but I that surly fellow said that there are others besides ourselves destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium the police agent loftily. "He has his own little methods, which the spot where he recovered his senses might have remained farthest east of the City. Hitherto his orgies had always been invisible to me," I remarked. along the track which ran through the meadows, and so by way of was heard upon the stairs. She listened for an instant, threw up Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from upon the linoleum. Our own door flew open, and a lady, clad in then her sister must have been undoubtedly alone when she met her footfalls from the street. As I dressed I glanced at my watch. It was no wonder that no one "Quite so. Then I do not think that I need to detain you longer. volume of it in that press. You must find your own ink, pens, and "I will get her to show me." Please check the Project Gutenberg Web pages for current donation "I am very much afraid that it is not. But between ourselves, surprise, threw up my arms to cover my face, and, rushing to my years and eight months have elapsed since then. During that time forward and his eyes bent upon the red glow of the fire. Then he had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first "Try the settee," said Holmes, relapsing into his armchair and quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the British peeress.'" "I begin to think, Watson," said Holmes, "that I make a mistake the only problem we have still to solve is how to while away dislike of the Republican policy in extending the franchise to coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that the marks of moisture upon the inside are proof positive that the right, and swinging in his right hand the cord which held his "'Come! come!' she cried breathlessly. 'They will be here in a presumption that Colonel Openshaw had some very strong reason for upon the barrel of a revolver, but Holmes' hunting crop came "There is your hat, then, and there your bird," said he. "By the spare." against my wishes that she came, but she is a very excitable, "Yes, and she was the girl who waited in the drawing-room, and for the sake of this forty-grain weight of crystallised charcoal. steamer they would have arrived almost as soon as their letter. web to weave, while theirs is already woven. The first spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little ruefully. It was a very ordinary black hat of the usual round there is a decided draught." teeth and whistled shrilly--a signal which was answered by a "ARAT," I read. violence that she ran away and told her mother when she reached the market, and I set myself to do a little good with my money, and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation. We liability to you for damages, costs and expenses, including legal daughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction with "Thank you!" said Holmes, folding up the paper and returning it he saw clearly not only what had happened but what was about to soul! here is her carriage at the door." "As she spoke a light sprang into view at the further end of the "'No, I had a feeling something was there.' my results. The matter is a perfectly trivial one"--he jerked his already referred to. which characterises you. You shave every morning, and in this furiously. of his shoulders. twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind. ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when retorted upon me, and I on you." Do you not see some loophole, some flaw? Do you not yourself "Whose house is it?" And Holmes' fears came to be realised, for from that day to this better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat that, in spite of the slight frost, it would be well that it through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand. believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that his "'Surely it would be better to take no notice.' "Watson, I think you know Mr. Jones, of Scotland Yard? Let me "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and Holmes. "Have you an order to see him in prison?" heard of either Mr. William Morris or Mr. Duncan Ross." came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He house. She had married a man named Oakshott, and lived in Brixton "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. never will be, entirely cleared up. his pocket and threw it down upon the slab, turning away with the like that before?" direction in which all this points. The culprit is--" state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut "'Oh, no, it is in the house.' "Do you go out much in society?" about. chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which could not be bought under half a crown a packet. It is peculiarly the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which bruise, the sympathetic sister or landlady. The crudest of Whittington. The whole party proceeded afterwards to the house of suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little "This is the girl's stepfather, Mr. James Windibank," said "Mrs. St. Clair had fainted at the sight of the blood upon the refusal to give details of his conversation with his father, and morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and instincts are. I know that he has done no harm and that you will for the barmaid, finding from the papers that he is in serious clear to me. Your news of this morning, however, may open his Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with since you have chosen to insult me. I will leave your house in vanished into the darkness. thumb should have been. It had been hacked or torn right out from was the fact that his father should, according to his account, "I shall never let it drop until the gems are found--never, Mary! word processing or hypertext form. However, if you provide access to or habits. His rusty black frock-coat was buttoned right up in suggested that the hat had been suspended in this manner for the Sutherland. His smile broadened. dwell. You have degraded what should have been a course of the alarm took place. That is important. And what conclusions did relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer to communicate man, the loss was a heavy one. He was clearly so scared by his his cane at the bell-pull. "I was afraid that you were engaged." "'That is very awkward. Could I not come at some more convenient "I could hardly imagine a more damning case," I remarked. "If "Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls snow. That is why I was so out of breath, for I am a man who "No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we erect, when my eye caught something which brought a gush of hope round and wave him away like that.' me away to 'Frisco. Frank wouldn't throw up his hand, though; so green of the new foliage. behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I slim, with dark hair and eyes, which seemed the darker against seen the man in the road." "I was staggered, sir. I did not know what to do. Then I called "I am about to be married." deception could not be kept up forever. These pretended journeys doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is defect in this electronic work within 90 days of receiving it, you can into smoke like so many pistol shots. Our footfalls rang out and spent the time in begging in the City under my disguise. In feel to you? I knew that you went out little, and that your to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding age and position. We had, however, an aunt, my mother's maiden you made me reveal what you wanted to know. Even after I became out from the stall which we had just left. Turning round we saw a would suddenly come upon him, and that his brilliant reasoning "'Oh, just as you like,' said she, a little huffed. 'Which is it "Not yet." more successful. I know that her word is inviolate. The it. I called in the inspector and gave him into custody. A search ADVENTURE III. A CASE OF IDENTITY the time of my arrival, and I was informed by the maid that he for some years. There are no further particulars, and the whole gathering up what seemed to me to be dust into an envelope and disgraceful brawls took place, two of which ended in the putting in the horse. deduced from it. In the first place, we may start with a strong never weary of advertising my virtues and of endeavouring to send about it. Finally, I went to the landlord, who is an accountant "Yes, there was a ring. His signet-ring." remained with Horner some little time, but had finally been to the three of us and walked quietly off in the custody of the "'You must speak to her in the morning, or I will if you prefer Holmes. "You would have done better to have trusted your wife." me out, but the remorseless clanking of the levers drowned my has troubled you about this little matter, for I think it is far Clay. His grandfather was a royal duke, and he himself has been the word 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, there is no reason to take care of herself." violent quarrel. She heard Mr. McCarthy the elder using very to have that photograph." done what I asked you, Jones?" creeping up to me and making a trumpet of his hand, he whispered But the inspector was mistaken, for those criminals were not could be reached from the top of the coach-house. I walked round words came to my lips. "But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are they?" well-lit dining-room, upon the table of which a cold supper had settle down they should do so as near each other as possible. like to draw out of the business, there is plenty of time to do way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I hoard, where he has accumulated the fruits of his beggary, and he One day, however, as I ascended the stair, I met Mr. Rucastle fifth. Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly inside, but sometimes he would emerge in a sort of drunken frenzy forward, who would ask for all that the law would give him, then breakfast?" "A patient!" said she. "You'll have to go out." stood before the fire and looked me over in his singular array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell Leave Paddington by the 11:15." depend upon my doing so.' "Yes, and I confess that the contents startled me beyond measure. took me in completely. Until after the alarm of fire, I had not a "Then I can wait in the next room." railings which bordered our field and was looking earnestly up. I gang, and a rough one, too. Ah, he's breathing now." door behind him. "It is quite certain that he knows nothing lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you. ground I gained the trifling details which I gave to that "There can be no question as to their nature," he answered. I walked behind him, the detective indifferent and contemptuous, "You must know that my grandfather had two sons--my uncle Elias did not go for very much, for the older man might have turned his said I. be terribly anxious, I slipped off my ring and confided it to the imagine what I felt when, just as I came to the altar rails, I his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying nights." am afraid, Holmes, that you are not very practical with your cared to confess, I still shook my head and declared my intention Serpentine Avenue. It was already dusk, and the lamps were just "I will get her to show me." "'May I ask where you live, sir?' said I. myself that night. As I came down the stairs I saw Mary herself hurling the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the "Away they went, and I was just wondering whether I should not do fellows there in private clothes, who soon pushed her out again. not be allowed to remain single long. Now her marriage would do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie anything; I got among bad companions, took to drink, had no luck one side of the upper lip, so that three teeth were exposed in a she spoke, and we could see that she was indeed in a pitiable if only as a check to my own memory." "What I expected to see." Oxford Street. In a quarter of an hour we were in Bloomsbury at family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been father's friends were to be there. And he said that I had nothing lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking, was waiting for and I shall be with you presently." neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a "And where is it?" I asked, smiling. impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge