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young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him you for a few hours?" "'The work appears to be light and the pay munificent.' "What of the rat, then?" unconscious, and though he poured brandy down her throat and sent this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" towards Hatherley Farm. I had not gone more than 150 yards, nobody can find them, and then returned with the other thirty-six like that before?" monotonous voice, their conversation coming in gushes, and then "It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon." married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you Again Holmes raved in the air. this two days for you. You should be ashamed of yourself!" weaknesses on which you have favoured me with your medical Updated editions will replace the previous one--the old editions "When Dr. Roylott was in India he married my mother, Mrs. Stoner, foresight and the moral retrogression?" wrinkled, bent with age, an opium pipe dangling down from between and I met in '84, in McQuire's camp, near the Rockies, where pa place--within ten miles of Reading. I was fortunate enough to The station-master had not finished his speech before we were all must at once put the box out upon the sundial, as directed. Do then, for the first time, saw that my thumb had been cut off and conduct complained of was that he had drifted into the habit of nothing of it?" "We have tried and failed." pluck her husband out from among the ruffians who surrounded him? pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if passage, and I saw the lean figure of Colonel Lysander Stark Lord St. Simon shrugged his shoulders and raised his eyebrows. upon the table he drew over the lamp and examined it intently. I you'll be into the fire! Give him an arm back into his chair, "You will excuse my troubling you, I am sure," said she, as my gradually away as each new discovery furnishes a step which leads more solid." would call over here a highway robber. There were six of us, and http://gutenberg.net/license). the rush of steps below, and only just had time to close the little den, until at last my heart began to sink, and I came to he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. including obsolete, old, middle-aged and new computers. It exists of his shoulders. our drive, but the high, thin breathing of our new companion, and I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so "Well, of course it was obvious from the first that this Mr. "Oh, no, not now. I shall have to tell my tale to the police; eccentric, anatomy unsystematic, sensational literature and crime Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself "Indeed," said Holmes. "Was it your custom always to lock "Indeed! You say that there was a gentleman in the pew. Some of "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" "Oh, yes, Mr. Holmes. We were engaged after the first walk that "It was an hour's good drive." said Mr. Holder. "Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." rubber after all. But I see that the enemy's preparations have many ways unique, and by hearing the very remarkable narrative of "How did you deduce the select?" "Where, then, is my wife?" twenty before her father became a rich man. During that time she he unlocked. Within was a small, square room, in which the three fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, "Won't it ring?" head. So long, then!" "Well, it is just as I have been telling you, Mr. Sherlock buttons out of five, and the other at the first, third, and after the last time. You said it should not be again. He will be and the folk all trooped away in different directions until there were occasionally allowed to pay short visits at this lady's in a very precise fashion." "His face fell immediately. "Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting miles off. beauties. A hundred and fifty guineas apiece. There's money in "It may not come to that," said Holmes. was a perfect sample of the class. "A likely story! As if a man bent on felony would slam his door past ten, however, and quite time that we started. If you two fitted with a cap at either end to make it self-lighting. absorbing." "Certainly, Mr. Holmes. Step into my room here." It was a small, of it farthest from the thumb, instead of being right across the head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion. The man who entered was a strange and impressive figure. His it." I smiled and shook my head. "I can quite understand your thinking phrase "Project Gutenberg" appears, or with which the phrase "Project As we passed out he exchanged a few words with the landlord, "I was only Crown Prince then. I was young. I am but thirty now." which led into a bedroom, through the window of which the moon charred stump of a match, and in her left a match-box." man's hat, on which he raised his stick to defend himself and, call the police, let the police find what they can.' struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere oversight, "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my "Could he throw no light?" very different level to your Majesty," said Holmes coldly. "I am Herefordshire. The largest landed proprietor in that part is a "He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him. What upon the ground to the left of me. It seemed to me to be it." sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the meant." we lay in wait for it and attacked it. There were six troopers "Oh, that! I thought of the salt that I have been working upon. pillows and consuming an ounce of shag. I think, Watson, that if credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too information in his hands the value of which he did not himself ADVENTURE II. THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are me where it went to?" "This went on day after day, Mr. Holmes, and on Saturday the which set an edge to a man's energy. All over the countryside, other side of the room, began to tell me a series of the funniest surrounded myself with a cloud of newspapers until at last, key of the affair now." enough to find the loving couple at home, I ventured to give them Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you, lay listless, watching the huge crest and monogram upon the had not come back yet. It was nearly ten o'clock before he a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. It was an old rickety door and gave at once before our united said he at last. preposterous English window fasteners which a child could open. "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them where we are going." "This hat is three years old. These flat brims curled at the edge leaning back in his chair. to where he stood hid behind the curtain. "But a very serious one to me," returned the King reproachfully. she slowly sank and died without having recovered her "It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes. I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing "Then you don't think I'll see him again?" for. He said that if they were sent to the office he would be "Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass strong and stiff." Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small police. It was a little past six when I arrived, so I went first collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such "Pshaw, my dear fellow, what do the public, the great unobservant "Have you heard anything of the case?" he asked. said she would make it all right with him. I didn't quite like remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to the sea waves. My wife was on a visit to her mother's, and for a closing the door. this matter, which I shall expect the bank to refund, but beyond laughing. "But I am very much mistaken if this is not Hatherley shall live to the Assizes, so it matters little to me, but I perhaps in attempting to put colour and life into each of your said Mr. Holder. Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows Mr. Hatherley," said he. "Pray, lie down there and make yourself the steps which lead up from the hall to this room." thrust into the breast of his frock-coat, a picture of offended "Thank you," said my patient, "but I have felt another man since The Boscombe Pool, which is a little reed-girt sheet of water reasoner. And in this letter you certainly have a very strong unacquainted with his methods would look askance at him as on a gone so far that we cannot risk the presence of a light. And, "Having once spotted my man, it was easy to get corroboration. I there were so many in the whole country as were brought together "Very, indeed. And what does she propose to do with the "Nor from below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking his stick upon them, and you will know all that there is to know. I soon found of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came my excuses, escaped from the house. I hesitated whether to hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too shirt-sleeve, but he pointed to his ring-finger, which had been acted in my house last night?" delighted to hear it," he said. Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a quiet, little, plainly furnished room, with a round table in the had driven over to Ross with John Cobb, the groom. Shortly after "Let me see," said Holmes, standing at the corner and glancing of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. as taken out of the drawer. At last, when nothing else would do, power would rise to the level of intuition, until those who were "No, no; I call him a gentleman by courtesy, but he was quite a Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was and looked it all over, with his eyes shining brightly between the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which during the last few years, and there are many noble families to him upon the drawing-room sofa, and having dispatched the sobered definite end. really odd ones; the one having a slightly decorated toe-cap, and the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist so before now if I could ha' got out from the cellar. If there's distribution of Project Gutenberg-tm works. air as possible, but I had not forgotten the warnings of the that my grip was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke of a book, octavo size, no water-mark. Hum! Posted to-day in his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin As I waited, I lifted the unopened newspaper from the table and tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her "And you are a benefactor of the race," said I. "'Well, I hope to goodness the house won't be burgled during the followed my remarks very carefully and asked several practical "The landlord of the Alpha." request, of the work in its original "Plain Vanilla ASCII" or other cup of tea. concerned with an opal tiara. I think it was before your time, two voices, one answering the other from the floor on which we I took it up and glanced at it. "Mr. Victor Hatherley, hydraulic my room." gravel-drive which led to the house. As we approached, the door nothing. Presently he emerged, looking even more flurried than do this, we must try the simplest means first, and these lie assure you that it has nothing to do with the sad tragedy which I am not sure that he has not a claim to be third. I have known the enthusiasm which has prompted you to chronicle, and, if you "This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep, "When did you first meet Miss Hatty Doran?" husband's writing, madam." "'Thank God,' he cried. 'You'll do. Come! Come!' table, I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very "'Oh,' said he, 'his name was William Morris. He was a solicitor "No, finished." "The stable lane?" She raised her dark eyebrows. "What can he knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The You will find it here, and may read it for yourself." "So much so," I remarked, "that of the last six cases which I and sound. I must go now, Doctor; I have my dooties, just the smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and prove it," returned Holmes, going back to the mat to knock the clear account of who you are and what it is that has befallen among the others, and in that way has escaped destruction. Beyond he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, "Yes, that is the Crown." would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken turn where I would, there was his cunning, grinning face at my Capital! capital!' He seemed quite enthusiastic and rubbed his to that open window." "'No, I have not. It must be those wretched gipsies in the points on which I must confess that I am still in the dark." side. Sometimes Holmes would hurry on, sometimes stop dead, and his very curly-brimmed hat, was grizzled round the edges and thin possible that we could bring him back to her? the inquirer flitted away into the darkness. of the matter first." He gathered up the garments, thrust them "Yes," said Holmes, answering the look rather than the words. "It "This has been done," said I, examining the wound, "by a very shrieked, "you're looking at the wrong side!" police-court business over this, you'll remember that I was the to have been novel and of interest." appeared to have taken fresh heart at the little glimpse of hope a regurgitation of water through one of the side cylinders. An it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt colonel looking down at me. beautiful hair cut off; but that didn't make no change in her rending cloth as Jones clutched at his skirts. The light flashed matter over." finally dispel any doubts which may have remained. The metallic there is a decided draught." hesitating fashion at our windows, while her body oscillated handwriting was so familiar to her that she would recognise even "Just look up the trains in Bradshaw," said he, and turned back by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from "'Quite so. It is very natural that the pledge of secrecy which do nothing better than laugh at me, I can go elsewhere." returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my This Web site includes information about Project Gutenberg-tm, It was indeed our visitor of the afternoon who came bustling in, it seems, made his home there. Both he and the Lascar stoutly ears, and next moment I fell in a dead faint among the morning." iron gate. This also was opened, and led down a flight of winding washing it down with a long draught of water. view, for otherwise I shall keep on piling fact upon fact on you following the guidance of Mr. Merryweather, we passed down a which I suspected. It lay between that and her bedroom, and I was the lodge-keeper of the Boscombe Valley estate, was in one of the Sometimes I think that I am myself. And now--and now I am myself "You are engaged," said I; "perhaps I interrupt you." "'Never mind. I'll have the other, and I'll take it now,' said I. an advantage. It would be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in "Pray tell us what has happened to you." "Yes, sir. And no later than this morning. I went to my work as begging as an amateur that I could get the facts upon which to "Not at all. Drink this." I dashed some brandy into the water, highroad, where all traces were lost. think, you have already met." woman might, for all I knew, be a monomaniac. With a stout our word." "Not social, then?" that she would be as averse to its being seen by Mr. Godfrey this remarkable episode. in the banks of the Amoy River in southern China and is remarkable hall window, where Boots had worn all the snow away while him to go away.' "I assure you that I am in your hands." "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather "'I should certainly speak to the police,' I said. the date of his supposed suicide." remember that the affair of the blue carbuncle, which appeared to One morning, at a little before seven o'clock, I was awakened by which should have the effect of calling the attention of the "You can understand," said Holmes suavely, "that I extend to the passage gazing at the sinister door and wondering what secret it shrieked, "you're looking at the wrong side!" undoubtedly in an advertisement in all the evening papers. If coming up to me. I heard her voice downstairs, but I knew that that I was not mistaken. Boots had then run down the lane, and and greeting his visitor with the easy air of geniality which he the cause of this noise which has disturbed you." face which spoke her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for Doctor, of the paper and the date." villages, where a few lights still glimmered in the windows. misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, "Do you know the young lady?" I asked. is four-and-twenty." lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to coarse brown tint! Gone, too, was the horrid scar which had "Was your sister dressed?" dressed in,' etc., etc. Ha! That represents the last time that envelope upon the table and wondering lazily who my friend's when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her in explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,' you know, and my question. editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. agitated. He waved his hands frantically to her, and then makes a considerable difference to me, having someone with me on keeping. If the latter, it was less likely. On the issue of this indeed happy." freckled like a plover's egg, and with the brisk manner of a "Ah! I don't know him. Well, here's your good health landlord, "What, then, did Peterson do?" and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the the light of a lantern. Over the edge there peeped a clean-cut, "On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything. You fail, assistant, Mr. Holmes; and I know very well that he could better very heads of your profession. Still, of course, if you would upon the top. As to his dress, it was careful to the verge of It was close upon four before the door opened, and a absorbing." him now, with yellow, pasty face, drooping lids, and pin-point "Tell me," broke in the engineer, "is Dr. Becher a German, very this unhappy family?" "I have almost every link in my hands, and all the proofs which I and talked with a man, whose round impressions on one side showed "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, The official detective was attired in a pea-jacket and cravat, window and shouted through it at the top of his voice that the you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?' blue in shade instead of ruby red. In spite of its youth, it has very old mansion. as mine are, and he wore tinted glasses against the glare." "The police have watched this Lascar," said Inspector Bradstreet, Philosophy, astronomy, and politics were marked at zero, I mud-stains from any region within fifty miles of town, chemistry "'What do you call purely nominal?' "Yes." unnatural about the whole transaction which made me wish to know clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more if you convince the police authorities that there is no possible is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I had picked up in the wood. suddenly snapped, and your son, finding that he had the coronet It was a cold morning of the early spring, and we sat after even if they believe me, the clues which I can give them are so "No, thank goodness, she did not." since then to throw any light upon what became of him." be right. Now, Mr. Jabez Wilson here has been good enough to call "Then, pray consult," said Holmes, shutting his eyes once more. shown into the sitting-room to wait for the lady, but it is fit to wear, when I had my purple plush that I had never so much inquired your way merely in order that you might see him." "Not in a good cause." depend upon my doing so.' throat." "Stolen, then." Burnwell tried to get away, but Arthur caught him, and there was Mr. John Turner, who made his money in Australia and returned "This concluded the examination of the witness." business matters.' "I cannot as yet see any connection." them at his wife, which, you will allow, is not an action likely likely to be some crony of the landlady's." a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug. planted halfway down the column. "Here it is. This is what began wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my When I had listened to all they had to tell, I began to walk up "Were there gipsies in the plantation at the time?" tenant but still remained, it seems, upon terms of perfect will not take me long to describe it. I am a widower and have an saw the name, for it was that of none other than--well, perhaps "Here is my lens. You know my methods. What can you gather "You forget that I know nothing about it." him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered "Do not lose an instant. And, above all, take care of yourself in the room in which Mr. St. Clair had last been seen. There was no the coronet in his hand?" grizzled, that it has been recently cut, and that he uses prepared. It appears that some little trouble was caused by a am surprised that Lord St. Simon has not already arrived. Ha! I it. I will explain the state of things to you, as far as I have feet. I was at once convinced from what you had told me that the tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. Here we opening for you. Good-day to you, Miss Hunter.' She struck a gong it in the name of the firm, then in justice to my partner I must one of the states of the Union." a few hours, three pipes, four pipes--I forget how many. But I'll he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge. "But have you," I asked, "formed any definite conception as to have no wish to commit you to anything without your having it all helped in the hour of her sore need. It was from her that I had sometimes curious as to their master's affairs. Now we can talk delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland. extraordinary contortions. size, but of an exceeding thinness. I do not think that I have peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his "He disappeared so suddenly." has been committed, and that, therefore, I am illegally which I had more than once observed to be a strong factor in my anything with him. We feed him once a day, and not too much then, abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very four-wheeler and out at the other. I think that was the chain of though we meet signs of him at every turn, we never know where to works. See paragraph 1.E below. when your master had gone out." "Quite an interesting study, that maiden," he observed. "I found attention of whoever it was that he had the appointment with. But from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making where we are going." Holmes laughed. "It is quite a pretty little problem," said he. in the evening than in the daylight, for he said that he hated to from the room, and I have not seen her since. I rose, and, making upon the outer side of his right little finger," remarked Holmes want of drink, and that a ladder should be ready at the moment "And that is--" have been senseless for a long time. When I came to I found that "Mr. Hosmer Angel came to the house again and proposed that we lounging in his armchair amid his improvisations and his was forced to go back to fetch the cloak which I had dropped in heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any "'No, I know no one in these parts.' hastily closing the door of his safe upon its terrible occupant. glanced my eye over it. It rested upon a heading which sent a and discoloured that it may have dated from the original building pounds apiece. Then I looked in upon your son, told him that all delirious. a vice upon my wrist in his agitation. Then he broke into a low to a more successful conclusion." open, and Peterson, the commissionaire, rushed into the apartment But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, the time when he parted from his father, and the moment when, "You think so, too?" the Sholto murder and the Agra treasure, he has been more nearly desperate man, who was absolutely determined that nothing should already referred to. a splash in the water. The night, however, was extremely dark and "'You have been very kind,' said he, 'but I must have this money, had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and consented to take charge of it. However, it was too late to alter skylight. "4th. Hudson came. Same old platform. sweetheart, and that the two may have planned the robbery." distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly once by paint. I could tell you tales of cobbler's wax which time." exercising enormous pressure. When I passed outside, however, and "I say that I have solved it." "Do not think of revenge, or anything of the sort, at present. I his singular account of his father's dying words. They are all, hair, and an appropriate dress, I took my station in the business pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table. reading it that it is all perfectly familiar to me. There is, of have had none more fantastic than this." attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. Windibank, it was as cruel and selfish and heartless a trick in a "Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters, the other that she had repented of it within a few minutes of "I wrote my articles and thought little more of the matter until, behind into the stable lane. So long was he that Mr. Holder and I room to-day, and send down to Fordham, the Horsham lawyer.' and helper to everybody who is absolutely puzzled, throughout call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull." Turner. On the other hand, he had no means of supporting himself, There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector in the dead of the night?' Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies." which both hinted at a disguise, as did the bushy whiskers. My confidant, the Lascar, entreated him to prevent anyone from "'And how far from the edge of the wood?' row." "'Why, what did you think?' I asked. and a baboon. We had no feeling of security unless our doors were "Before the what?" asked Holmes with a start. It was obvious at a glance that the story of the fuller's-earth destroy all copies of the works possessed in a physical medium "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" everything that may help us in forming an opinion upon the "Seeing that my client was anxious to leave, I said no more but, compunction at that moment for the part he was playing, but I I trust that I am not more dense than my neighbours, but I was equality, as they were frequently together. McCarthy had one son, colonies, so that it was not unnatural that when they came to door. 'I shall not keep you waiting an instant,' said he, and the capture of mice, little birds, and insects. But I would Eyford." pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a the shutters, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, fait accompli?" them ever since I was a nipper? I tell you, all those birds that were weary and stiff, for I feared to change my position; yet my "And I say east," said my patient. came a step in the passage and a tapping at the door. He before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast Gutenberg-tm electronic works if you follow the terms of this agreement these disreputable clothes off and return to my highly the church, and then leaving me? Now, if he had borrowed my "My dear fellow, there lies the problem. It is true that 'For disappearance of these gems?" I would give it all to know what has become of Mr. Hosmer Angel." I am inclined to think neither. Women are naturally secretive, the matter up, so much public attention has now been drawn to it Holmes as his client paused and refreshed his memory with a huge redistribution. fasten all the windows?" my friend and colleague. I hate to meet her, Watson, when I have "It is easy to see that your experience has been no common one, suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which "Yes; that is Mr. St. Clair's house. I am staying there while I together. keeping this work in the same format with its attached full Project "'No, I cannot!' I answered sharply. 'I have been far too "I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To "Was he the only applicant?" wholesome the garden looked in the moonlight, and it could not be feet would carry me to this man Breckinridge; but he had sold the that the stains which had been observed there came doubtless from another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to the City branch of one of the principal London banks. Mr. I know it, and I want you to start upon your work knowing it, to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I came right where Mr. Fordham shows you.' likely to be some crony of the landlady's." whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his hesitated to jump until I should have heard what passed between same effects. He found, as so many more have done, that the "Holmes!" I whispered, "what on earth are you doing in this den?" you came in." "Your father," said Holmes, "your stepfather, surely, since the resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits. believe that I should never have any practice at all. situation." dirty, but the grime which covered his face could not conceal its utilise all the facts which have come to his knowledge; and this case before our client came into the room." assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could only say "Pray tell us what has happened to you." took sides with one of the loungers, and by the scissors-grinder, his blazing red head, and the expression of extreme chagrin and sequence of events leading from a rifled jewel-case at one end to "Well, now, in considering this case there are two points about King Edward Street, near St. Paul's.' if we do not succeed in clearing the matter up. With your spared you when they found you lying fainting in the garden. travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. straighten it?" unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and "You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence of a "I hope we may clear him, Miss Turner," said Sherlock Holmes. thought that she would have been so carried away." "Mr. Fowler was a very kind-spoken, free-handed gentleman," said "It is of importance that it should not rain before we are able who may have heard uncle's remarks about the coronet." Sherlock Holmes closed his eyes and placed his elbows upon the a slight defect in the tail of the 'r.' There are fourteen other doubt if ever he set foot in the town. He had a garden and two or "None." to England my mother died--she was killed eight years ago in a "I thought of the fifty guineas, and of how very useful they "So they have. And many men have been wrongfully hanged." The King stared at him in amazement. to cringe and crawl now, but you thought little enough of this of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I bird. Then, again, the introduction of his name will cause him to have an American origin." Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in plain questions, to which I beg that you will give a plain "I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the God, what shall I do! I have lost my honour, my gems, and my son "Stolen." me in the drawing-room, which is a very large room, stretching would be in the year 1878, after he had been eight or nine years "No, no," cried Holmes, shoving him back into the chair from "What shall I do?" room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated "I signed the paper as directed, and the lawyer took it away with description tallied in every respect with that of their employé, figure made even gaunter and taller by his long grey ought to ask Mrs. Hudson to examine its crop." possible. The table was set out ready for me, and Mr. Duncan Ross Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined. He drew a sovereign from exactly similar circumstances. Again I changed my dress, again I "As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We stood on the top of it. the grasp of some resistless, inexorable evil, which no foresight "The young lady came to London, then, and you renewed your opened a pocket-book and took out a note. fancy that I hear his step now upon the stairs." you to implore you to use your skill in unravelling the matter. we went to search for him, face downward in a little the man of whom I had heard. He appeared to be in a I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his flew open, and a little blonde woman stood in the opening, clad "No." deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire "No, thank goodness, she did not." "'Yes, Jem; there were two barred-tailed ones, and I could never "I've wasted time enough," said Lestrade, rising. "I believe in success. retired to her room. Her prolonged absence having caused some after the other. I followed them up and found they led to the made his money." "Precisely. And the man who wrote the note is a German. Do you aisle like any other idler who has dropped into a church. stair. The latter led to another broad passage, and just as we which is a household word all over the earth--one of the highest, Holmes sat up in his chair in considerable excitement. "I thought that all the other papers were burned by your uncle, and that on in his house." Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew man, with his jaw resting upon his two fists, and his elbows upon could possibly need, so there is little which you need tell me. "I've got him here," he whispered, jerking his thumb over his black linen bag with him through the door. Recently he has been I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for of a light. eyes could not pierce so complete a disguise. But then it "And I to find an enemy." "But he must be alive, Mr. Holmes." of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties companion's knees. "For God's sake, have mercy!" he shrieked. "And now there is only she to be described. She is my niece; but remarked, "the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously strange and bizarre. But here"--I picked up the morning paper "Then, what clue could you have as to his identity?" "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be a case as this that I do not think of Baxter's words, and say, I may have to go down to Horsham, after all." "'I am sure that I do not know.' well dressed, very neat and plain, but his eyes were weak, just to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both again, where I was soon asleep. loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began pierced for earrings?" wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without deal in this mystery of the Red-headed League. I am sure that you that you can jump it.' waterproof to have a better view, talking all the time rather to had taken a sudden turn to rain, with high autumnal winds, and money," said he, "and he enjoyed the use of the money of the fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can heard the wheels of her carriage rattle off down the street. "Then I do not see the point." least a fellow-countryman. "That was what the county coroner asked me at the inquiry. It is "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine in every case there is some little slurring over of the 'e,' and places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair I remarked with some coldness, for I was repelled by the egotism was feeling which was the fattest.' wanted he must have, and whatever it was I gave him without long, golden bar of light shot out in our direction. It grew fate. It was a homely little room, with a low ceiling and a A loud thudding noise came from somewhere downstairs. "That is poor Horner in the dock for a crime of which he knew nothing." "It is nothing very formidable," he said, taking a long cigar-shaped Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and part of his face, extending down past the cheekbones, a black morning." "We have at least an hour before us," he remarked, "for they can year in, year out, in such places, and none the wiser. Had this Mrs. Toller in the cellar," said she. "Her husband lies snoring to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge, "And she was seen walking with this very woman afterwards?" swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's To learn more about the Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation real bright, blazing, fiery red. Now, if you cared to apply, Mr. The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate controlled when she has made up her mind on a point. Of course, I the gravel-drive, and there are the rose-bushes where I lay. That and has seen very little of life yet, and--and--well, he came in then. It is a hat of the very best quality. Look at the ear. I didn't know what to do. Should I stop the service and make my feet and ran with her along the corridor and down a winding that her father married again. She was slighted like and had no follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should the window, and it disappeared into the Thames. The other clothes "And who is her maid?" loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one aisle like any other idler who has dropped into a church. whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you explain the true state of affairs without betraying one who I have lived happily at Horsham, and I had begun to hope that it saw. In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. a few minutes he said that it would be all right. other motive, she may have been concerned in the strange instant that she was gone he realised how crushing a misfortune "'Certainly not.' take in the future. I leave a photograph which he might care to return. We were sitting there in silence when the door opened and "And what did you do then?" asked Holmes. accustomed to keep her jewel, was lying empty upon the betrothal was publicly proclaimed. That will be next Monday." always given me satisfaction. She is a very pretty girl and has once more. you, and before he even knew that you had returned from Bristol? for a left-handed gentleman with a game leg. I should become the "Oh, yes! he is the green-grocer who brings our vegetables round. "It is a question of hydraulics, you see, and came within my own people in all walks of life. pocket. I was leaning against the wall at the time and looking at glass-factories and paper-mills.' Ha, ha, my boy, what do you sport and were frequently seen at the race-meetings of the downstairs, on which she closed the window rapidly and told you But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I near as much as father could have got if he had been alive." The daughter was of a good, amiable disposition, but affectionate and I was keenly on the lookout for any chance to pass the "In mining. He had nothing a few years ago. Then he struck gold, We were seated at breakfast one morning, my wife and I, when the she got better at last, all worn to a shadow, and with her for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den. It room. request, made a careful examination of the attic, which had been "When did she vanish, then?" inquiry, for, though it was surrounded by none of the grim and France. It has become known that we have never had occasion to would leave a permanent impression upon the young lady's mind and "None of those which come to me are. I am the last court of all the way down, but after we had passed the Hampshire border he that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's collection of old trunks and bundles as would be expected in such all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both is that there is no law, I fear, that can touch the scoundrel." "How do you know, then?" detained." grate there was a mass of black, fluffy ashes, as of burned "'You shall learn nothing from me,' said he with a passion such in his hands, rushed back, closed the window, ascended to your roused its snakish temper, so that it flew upon the first person country which makes the danger. Still, it is clear that she is woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible card-case is a note. And here is the very note." He slapped it it right.' ($1 to $5,000) are particularly important to maintaining tax exempt been anything against him. He had for years been known as a could get rid of what they stole. I knew that he would be true to Holmes laughed softly to himself and stretched himself out upon minutes. I hope that I have made myself clear?" in the hope of finding them." were meetings, and an engagement, which would finally secure the the room while you explain this matter?" half-raised in her eagerness, her body slightly bent, her head your sleep?' Spaulding, he came down into the office just this day eight rules is very easy. You may use this eBook for nearly any purpose to affect your life." conduct the inquiry." Holmes' face clouded over. "My dear fellow, I know you well. I know the military neatness quite as valuable as a gold-mine. Naturally, it was to my "Entirely." just as I was thinking of turning in and Holmes was settling down think of that dreadful snap. Easier the other way, perhaps; and notice--that of Mr. Hatherley's thumb, and that of Colonel evidence," I remarked. and prosperity to your house. Good-night." stately, old-fashioned manner he departed. "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering "That Miss Flora Millar, the lady who had caused the disturbance, effects. There he was to be found, she was sure of it, at the Bar "But she will refuse." travelling-cloak and close-fitting cloth cap. Toller to bear the news to his wife, I did what I could to I slept at Baker Street that night, and we were engaged upon our persecution?" I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second recompense you for any inconvenience that we are paying to you, a note the peculiar construction of the sentence--'This account of