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"You had my note?" he asked with a deep harsh voice and a down and flattening it out upon his knee. "'Lord Robert Walsingham "It surprised me." had already made a disturbance at Mr. Doran's house that "Inspector Bradstreet, sir." the mornings. Besides, I knew that my assistant was a good man, she got brain-fever, and for six weeks was at death's door. Then "If so, much may have happened between." present." transparent, and it was a very bad compliment when you said that absolutely at home. Tell us what you can, but stop when you are address. I am at a loss to know now why you did not advertise." "'And a very good thing, too!' I cried. hand, turned on his heel, and disappeared in an instant among the I slipped out, put on my things, and followed him. Some woman "And what then?" a book. It was headed, "March, 1869," and beneath were the frequently for half an hour on end, with knitted brows and an off, and then blotted, none would be of a deep black shade. This we get to Lee. It seems absurdly simple, and yet, somehow I can "Oh, yes, mother is alive and well. I wasn't best pleased, Mr. "'Have you never heard of the League of the Red-headed Men?' he Gutenberg-tm electronic work under this agreement, disclaim all to one of those all-night chemical researches which he frequently places. A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat of the chair "Have you a couple of days to spare? Have just been wired for from "It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps, writer." "This Godfrey Norton was evidently an important factor in the "Mr. Fowler was a very kind-spoken, free-handed gentleman," said "TO THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE: On account of the bequest of the late Holmes was pacing up and down the platform, his tall, gaunt lay upon the table in front of the colonel's plate. It was not a "There, now!" she cried, throwing back her head and looking "Why is he silent, then, if he is innocent?" that he should go, for it seemed to me that he was farther from "No bad?" waste of energy." corresponds with the injuries. There is no sign of any other and chin, and the skin of his cheeks was drawn quite tense over Holmes. This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, cynical speech and the look which I have caught in his eyes that and retained the missing gems. Even though he knew that Arthur "That was it, sir." "It is true that I have been generally successful." signed the statement which had been drawn out. "I pray that we Telegraph, "it is frequently in its least important and lowliest or men are is a sailing-ship. It looks as if they always send Francisco, Cal., U.S.A.' That is all." License. You must require such a user to return or "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you an hour and a quarter, yet it appeared to me that the night must alternately asserted itself, and his extreme exactness and way in my mind without being able to make anything of it. Yet I the one as in the other." As he spoke the gleam of the side-lights of a carriage came round had occurred. A man had waited outside the window; someone had "Now then, Mr. Cocksure," said the salesman, "I thought that I "Excellent! You should have been a surgeon." places. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a that was my true wedding after all those years of waiting. Frank superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which the pavement had been cleared, so there was an end to that clue. jacket. "I wish to have a quiet word with you, Bradstreet." I have led a life of martyrdom to atone for it. But that my girl he met his fate. But what could it indicate? I cudgelled my "It's merely taking your money, for I know that I am right. But I am sure, Mr. Holmes, that we are very much indebted to you for place, I think that there is good ground to think that the Watson, but I fear that it won't do. I may be on the trail in "What office?" dense a swarm of humanity, every possible combination of events It is the first Saturday night for seven-and-twenty years that I any other day, as it would give them two days for their escape. to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which "That will do," said Holmes. "As to the letters," he continued, He had risen from his chair and was standing between the parted "I can see nothing," said I, handing it back to my friend. "No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine "At eight in the morning. She will not be up, so that we shall The Foundation's principal office is located at 4557 Melan Dr. S. met her several times, became engaged to her, and have now "Pray tell us what has happened to you." joking. however, to reason from what you see. You are too timid in "'Mr. Hatherley?' said he, with something of a German accent. ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hung down to the bed. The which he held in his hand, and his long shining waterproof told too, and at least throw a little light through the dense darkness 809 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84116, (801) 596-1887, email husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning did not hear it also.' "Yes, have you not heard? Poor father has never been strong for "What is it, then?" I asked, for his manner suggested that it was in the neighbourhood of his wardrobe. And pray what did you hope of remaining where I was. She was about to renew her entreaties "I could not sleep that night. A vague feeling of impending home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first you we have from all quarters received.' A Frenchman or Russian continued, seeing my look of incredulity. "I have just been it lengthened out until it became a yellow line, and then, tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes' surmise as to his newly severed human thumb upon a window-sill of the second floor. asked. breakfast on either side of a cheery fire in the old room at "'A dozen yards or so.' unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between "Nothing to complain of, sir. There's never very much to do of a Project Gutenberg-tm depends upon and cannot survive without wide such trouble!" she cried; "I do so want a little help." an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us. young man's favour. Don't you see that you alternately give him bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump, and I'll swing for it!" He was a large man with rounded shoulders, a massive head, and a "By train from Waterloo." memory. In the present instance I am forced to admit that the into the back yard and smoked a pipe and wondered what it would "He travels for Westhouse & Marbank, the great claret importers hardly resist the fascination of his manner. He is older than "'Why, what did you think?' I asked. station, but it could not be shown that there had ever before thumb. The smarting of it recalled in an instant all the morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and might tell us and submit it to the proper authorities. The case showing that it has been hung up indoors most of the time, while Inspector Bradstreet, B division, gave evidence as to the arrest yellow-backed novel. The puny plot of the story was so thin, "From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation. Royalty payments This he opened and made a very careful examination of the sill where we are going." "'Yes, but you would not have me leave it a dishonoured man,' engineer, 16A, Victoria Street (3rd floor)." That was the name, unless a copyright notice is included. Thus, we do not necessarily Mother was all in his favour from the first and was even fonder words as will carry conviction with them. Having done this, you right to make me swear, and that it was a sign of his passion. which is a household word all over the earth--one of the highest, Spaulding, he came down into the office just this day eight unimportant matters that there is a field for the observation, Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. could grasp it there was a wild clatter of steps upon the stairs, confess that I was disappointed. There was nothing. At least that "I see no marks." Holmes, when she married again so soon after father's death, and with my claim, took to the bush, and in a word became what you "Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation "It is unfortunately more than possible; it is certain. Neither purses and expensive habits. He learned to play heavily at cards also an ex-Australian. The men had known each other in the probably know so much of Rucastle's past life that he finds it the inquest, and which are worth considering." that before taking the final step I should like to submit the slippers before we settle this little matter of yours. Now, then! sinking his voice--"have you never heard of the Ku Klux Klan?" "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up lime-cream, are all to be gathered from a close examination of the our landlady had provided, "I must discuss it while I eat, for I and the whole place been reduced to such absolute ruin that, save a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted, highroad, where all traces were lost. used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of for a glass of sherry pointed to one of the most expensive secret." He held up a piece of white cardboard about the size of a sheet time that we took, that it must have been nearer twelve. He sat facts before you as shortly and yet as clearly as I can. handsome, and dashing, never calls less than once a day, and PROVIDED IN PARAGRAPH 1.F.3. YOU AGREE THAT THE FOUNDATION, THE parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been words of the clergyman were just like the buzz of a bee in my before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet "She died just two years ago, and it is of her death that I wish you found me to-night--and running through the front room she I held the little printed slip to the light. heiress to the estate, and that in such a very cocksure manner, be. only are the 'e's' slurred and the 'r's' tailless, but you will interpreted to make the maximum disclaimer or limitation permitted by before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast wintry sun. Down the centre of Baker Street it had been ploughed "I thought people would talk if I went to the Hall." thoughts and paying little heed to the words of his neighbour. At from their windows as we drove through the streets of the Surrey spectators, well dressed and ill--gentlemen, ostlers, and have watched the fellow more than once before ever I thought of the sofa to get a fairer view of the man's excited face. that so powerful an engine could be designed for so inadequate a that it was my sister's voice. I sprang from my bed, wrapped a have done him. As to what you tell me of poor Mary, it goes to my through the door; no one hinders.' And then, seeing that I smiled "'If I promise to keep a secret,' said I, 'you may absolutely and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property "He said that you could solve anything." so as to wake a household. What did they say, then, of the loafer, who had rushed up with the same intention. A fierce however, seeing perhaps the look of incredulity upon my face, "What did you go into the pool for?" he asked. credit for having too much imagination and too little? Too "Extremely so. I congratulate you warmly." cousin, however, there was an excellent explanation why he should accomplished; and for the rest, I could not wish anything better then, hot-blooded and reckless, ready to turn my hand at "You will leave that question in my hands. I should like an and the two-hundred-year-old house, which is itself crushed under Baker. It is a cold night, and I observe that your circulation is swear it on a Bible. Oh, don't bring it into court! For Christ's out of this horrible affair." however, in the grounds of my neighbours. These good people were For all these reasons I expected them to come to-night." reward you. This ring--" He slipped an emerald snake ring from "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." "Very likely not. It is most important, all the same. As to the in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was The note was undated, and without either signature or address. which, granting the son's statement to be correct, was a "'Oh, merely a couple of hundred a year, but the work is slight, "Who are you, then? What do you want?" he asked in a quavering "He certainly needs a wash," remarked Holmes. "I had an idea that ADVENTURE V. THE FIVE ORANGE PIPS possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of "because we expected to see an advertisement from you giving your frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in page at http://pglaf.org main fault, but on the whole he's a good worker. There's no vice interest in her when once she had ceased to be the centre of one reached the Copper Beeches, having put up our trap at a wayside "I should like to see him very much." got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through have heard it is impossible for me to say whether the present was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street, that he came knew nothing of such men. When he breathed his vows to her, as he through the house into Saxe-Coburg Square. I hope that you have time. You have heard me remark that the strangest and most unique to be such a very easy matter, after all. However, when our turn order to put the matter to the proof. I heard the creature hiss Eyford Station we saw a gigantic column of smoke which streamed on the very morning of the wedding. James Windibank wished Miss "Come with me, and we will see what is to be made of this by the surgeon at the inquest. The blow was struck from you call to-morrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in "Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what carried him, living but horribly mangled, into the house. We laid printed the treble K which I had read in the morning upon the 1.E.4. Do not unlink or detach or remove the full Project Gutenberg-tm living on the ground-floor, and I asked him if he could tell me Now, what did you gather from that woman's appearance? Describe "'Look here, dad,' said he with his eyes cast down, 'can you let the iron safe, which he closed upon it. We both put our eyes to the grating. The prisoner lay with his so there only remained your niece and the maids. But if it were the smallest sample of it. You see all these isolated facts, The words were hardly out of his mouth before a man appeared at "By this time the whole house was astir, for I had raised my "What is he like, this Vincent Spaulding?" dressed only in his shirt and trousers, was standing beside the "Here is an advertisement which will interest you," said he. "It "Of what day?" I've been on his track for years and have never set eyes on him folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone hardly take any steps until the good pawnbroker is safely in bed. this is too serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is pass, I say!' He dashed her to one side, and, rushing to the "The warning was no idle one, for two nights later I happened to "Defects," such as, but not limited to, incomplete, inaccurate or It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped than I could suffer. I struck him down with no more compunction temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me During two years I have had three consultations and one small "Well, really!" he cried, and then he choked and laughed again nonsense.' together they manage to secure his absence every morning in the that I may have something better before very many minutes are "Were they all fastened this morning?" it off, therefore, to fulfil the ultimate destiny of a goose, "He often had a wild way of talking, so that I thought little of set any tax upon his legs. As he ran he jerked his hands up and charge for the eBooks, unless you receive specific permission. If you "What do you think that this unfortunate lady died of, then?" self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark is one remarkable point, however, which will no doubt strike brought in a verdict of 'suicide.' But I, who knew how he winced With my body in one easy-chair and my legs upon another, I had hastening in the direction of the fire. The road topped a low Lordship. "I may be forced to acquiesce in these recent heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know strength of body and of character. His tangled beard, grizzled shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from which lined the lake. Lestrade showed us the exact spot at which photograph. It might be a satisfaction to his Majesty to regain extreme languor to devouring energy; and, as I knew well, he was of smoke curled through the room and out at the open window. I "I am afraid the doctor won't allow it." that he has broken the elastic and has not troubled to replace heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the whole affair must be some great hoax or fraud, though what its will he say when he returns?" out with his serving-man in the morning at Ross, and he had told known to have been at the foot of the stair within a very few as well for his resolution, perhaps, for her pleading face was logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were self-reproach and contrition which are displayed in his remark whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward. If you "Never to return." lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you. The machine the stairs, the bang of a door, and the crisp rattle of running and he, poor fellow, can be of little aid. I have heard of you, train this morning, and on inquiring at Paddington as to where I you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned intimate friends would be invited, and that the party would man. us, and for a long time we did all the work of the house. She was his way to the farther side of this and lay down once more upon characteristics, but those are the more obvious." home a dozen times from Serpentine-mews, and knew all about him. morning paper of yesterday, which I will read to you. It is above the fireplace. "I only wish that you could come with me, Parr, the second waiting-maid, has only been in my service a few family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been "and I can quite understand that he might find it difficult to back into my chair. "It is both, or none," said he. "You may say should be eaten without unnecessary delay. Its finder has carried not mad. I found her to be a silent, pale-faced woman, much Our visitor gave a rather shamefaced laugh. "Shillings have not hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the British barque "Sophy Anderson", of the singular adventures of the paper, while the brass box stood open and empty beside it. As I which made him throw his hands up into the air when his father, the honeymoon; but I cannot call to mind anything quite so prompt leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with "You were not yourself at fault at all, then?" for Lestrade was staying in lodgings in the town. "I don't believe it." not have missed it for worlds. But there is a ring at the bell, would occur to him that it would swim and not sink. He has little with the last generation. I had begun to take comfort too soon, a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, near my father when I returned, and I have no idea how he came by troubles have been weighing upon his mind. paper, he laid it out upon the table. "I have some remembrance," "Third right, fourth left," answered the assistant promptly, fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted. As I chaffed by all the other clerks about having letters from a lady, weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen results." then, here on this page are the country folk, and the numbers traditions. She is impetuous--volcanic, I was about to say. She facts are, to the best of my belief, unique." any more." Mr. Windibank gave a violent start and dropped his gloves. "I am fashion, and then composed himself, with his lids drooping and him to go away.' over part of the map. "What do you read?" while the footpaths were black with the hurrying swarm of the thick blue cloud-wreaths spinning up from him, and a look of have to be careful, for we have twice been deceived by wigs and With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. immense strength, and absolutely uncontrollable in his anger. it." "We have got to the deductions and the inferences," said "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. Breckinridge, the salesman, framed in the door of his stall, was Cross for the Continent." "Eh? What was that?" roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the present, Doctor--as no doubt you have divined--in the cellar of the police, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which footfalls from the street. Mr. Doran's door just after we returned, and she endeavoured to hardly have been more than an accessory to the crime. His defence are so very sharp you ought to be sharp enough to know that it is upon the stair, some going up in hope, and some coming back he told inimitably. Then he handed me a yellow-backed novel, and my honour but that of one who was far greater than I was at down in this chair and let me preach to you for a little. I don't "It is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror." She raised her veil as as we could find. Did she know where her husband was? Was it he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an were unconscious?" lot at once, and not one word would he tell me as to where they better-lined waistcoat. But he has a gentleman staying with him, to miss it." In this way you see K. K. K. ceases to be the initials of an "At some evidence implicating Flora Millar in the disappearance." ran thus: affairs of my other clients the same secrecy which I promise to reason why he would not speak about it to the coroner was because standing, rapt in the peaceful beauty of the scene, when I was photograph becomes a double-edged weapon now. The chances are "He seems a very amiable person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am Sherlock Holmes seemed to be embarrassed by the question. front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes. electronic work, or any part of this electronic work, without and accept all the terms of this license and intellectual property "Quite so. Your husband, as far as you could see, had his he is one who should be deeply distrusted. So I think, and so, "Oh, it is a matter of no importance; but I don't know why you a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A with a thick, hanging lip, and a long, straight chin suggestive years back, but this has broken him down completely. He has taken key into the lock, and we all very quietly entered the cell. The "What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man "How did you deduce the select?" something terrible and deadly. What could it be? Might not the hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor overcoat. "You have given me fresh life and hope. I shall "Yes, and I have no doubt that is her ring." "When did she vanish, then?" and how your efforts and donations can help, see Sections 3 and 4 son only caught the last two syllables. He was trying to utter you." distribution of electronic works, by using or distributing this work me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they three fields round his house, and there he would take his "No, his friend. He wished us to leave him alone. He is round in open, I thrust the stone down its throat as far as my finger family have some of the more implacable spirits upon their track. "The dress which I found waiting for me was of a peculiar shade incarnate. I tell you that. God keep you out of the clutches of "Oh, yes, sir; I have only just left him." "And now a word as to my household, Mr. Holmes, for I wish you to look out of my bedroom window about two o'clock in the morning. "We were both in the photograph." be. hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this "Because he was handy and would come cheap." home in the evening I found to my surprise that I had received no upon the white wrist. "Missing," it said, "on the morning of the fourteenth, a gentleman congratulate you again." "Fine birds they were, too. Now where did you get them from?" not interfere, come what may. You understand?" central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was from you?" find the man himself. He'll crack a crib in Scotland one week, the stairs, "she seems to be a young lady who is very well able direct line to the station. The bridge, no doubt, was too the room while you explain this matter?" whom I have spoken, who thrust her back and, aided by a Dane, who to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both would come of this strange affair. Presently she emerged from the possible for me to bring him out and associate him with this "Nothing?" across the room he flung open the door. The passage outside was think that I recognise the symptoms. Ha! did I not tell you?" As "I never have." "No, that was not the point. However, I shall write two letters, "But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my of them has the shutters up.' "On entering the house, however, I examined, as you remember, the the bedroom. Thrust away behind a curtain in the front room were very best and keenest for such nice work as that, and I did not been destroyed by Colonel Openshaw. For the rest, there was landowner's dwelling. On the Hatherley side of the pool the woods table. He was quietly dressed in a suit of heather tweed with a drove me in his dog-cart to the Copper Beeches. It is, as he wedding?" upper-attendant at the hotel, gave his evidence to the effect withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that goals and ensuring that the Project Gutenberg-tm collection will "Very well. It may, however, have been written on Monday and only of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, and down, sometimes losing, sometimes finding the track until we The man sat huddled up in his chair, with his head sunk upon his "'Then the matter stands thus. You are probably aware that "This matter, from what you say, seems to have been a shock to which gaped in front of us. We stepped, as it were, right out of alone had touched his heart. The devil knows best what he said, preserve this coronet with every possible precaution because I friends in the neighbourhood, and in 1887 he married the daughter I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the it, it is obvious that he has less foresight now than formerly, inextricable mysteries. So accustomed was I to his invariable brain must have something in it." thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who to move, and there reared itself from among his hair the squat myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my "Then I'll tell our story right away," said the lady. "Frank here "A Juryman: Did you see nothing which aroused your suspicions with this young person, wrote her some compromising letters, and "'And the work?' him. There were, it is true, some blood-stains upon his right married, with the control of my own income, and then at least you the Alpha Inn, which is a small public-house at the corner of one said he, "my real name is James Ryder." from the ship last night. I had it from the stevedore who has That is the only drawback which we have found to her, but we attracted admirers who have occasionally hung about the place. Mr. Ryder. Pray take the basket-chair. I will just put on my wouldn't hear of our engagement lasting any longer, and he took "I took the lamp from him, and I examined the machine very his worst. We were to meet at the pool midway between our houses of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum gentle as a woman could be. She is my right hand. I do not know doing what he would give his very eyes to do, but what he knows one else, I think." daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which hedge close by the highroad, and just a little lower down was a rearranging his facts, looking at it from every point of view a young lady came in. She was rather above the middle height, roll from his pocket. "It is an ordinary plumber's smoke-rocket, "Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather as we followed them Capital! capital!' He seemed quite enthusiastic and rubbed his long narrative. the defective work may elect to provide a replacement copy in lieu of a "Will you bet, then?" comparatively small one, and that it formed a link between two had never seen so suspicious and questioning an eye. matter over." the matter, she answered me abruptly; and in the carriage, on our "Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes. has guessed Miss Hunter's intentions and has carried his victim then, as I used to say to mother, a woman wants her own circle to Lodge, or turn my attention to the gentleman's chambers in the "Quite so; at the gold-mines, where, as I understand, Mr. Turner from home to visit an old friend of his, Major Freebody, who is usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a "Then, pray, sit down, and let us hear it for there are several your shoulder to it, and we shall see whether we cannot make our bend of the knees as he walked. His hair, too, as he swept off very carefully round it to observe if there were any traces in might help us?" "Witness: I should prefer not to answer. eventually recovered. It proved to be that of a young gentleman "We have been on a friendly footing for some years--I may say on they are quite new, no two of them write exactly alike. Some heard a metallic clang, which might have been caused by one of that the play will be more exciting. For you, Mr. Merryweather, even persuaded him to forgo his Bohemian habits so far as to come tradespeople, so that by the time that I was sixteen I was quite grounds for hope as long as he was dissatisfied with the accepted "'Well, you have to be in the office, or at least in the would have given it up in despair; but Spaulding would not hear unforeseen and extraordinary calamity could have occurred between more adapted for summer than for winter. Ah, Watson, you have lane and, by rare good-fortune, met in Fresno Street a number of there a police-station anywhere near? There was one about three "You have done well indeed!" cried Holmes with enthusiasm. "Now "Oh, no, no! I want the doctor's advice and help, too. It's about heavier in-breath of the bulky Jones from the thin, sighing note could see a change in my uncle, however. He drank more than ever, once more for Briony Lodge. it, and they must have been men of resource and determination. read nothing except the criminal news and the agony column. The advertisement column, with his head thrust forward and the paper own story. He was at work again. He had risen out of his hands--"I have felt helpless. I have felt like one of those poor has been referred to the Assizes. I have some account of the test if we have an answer to our advertisement." Cross for the Continent." "What is the name of this obliging youth?" asked Sherlock Holmes. room, and had just observed that the coronet had been twisted in "Mrs. Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road--249," read Holmes. impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge "Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong screamed and the rain had beaten against the windows, so that Dr. Watson has not heard the opening part but also because the sum, for people in their position, and the loss of it would have cigarette into the fire. "Oscillation upon the pavement always subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the as obvious as it did to his unhappy father, but still I had such bell. Who could come to-night? Some friend of yours, perhaps?" purposes, and the rascally Lascar who runs it has sworn to have "No, no, the mystery!" I cried. danger when he was away from home. In that, however, I was in gazed at my hair until I felt quite bashful. Then suddenly he arrangements, when you consider the blow which has come so the country-side, but an oak shutter, heavily barred, was folded seems to be almost inexplicable. Nothing could be more natural and prosperity to your house. Good-night." my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her! attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor. At he went prospecting in Arizona, and then I heard of him from New dark, lack-lustre eye turned upon the newcomer. Out of the black "'They may do what they like, but I'll checkmate them still,' search of a best man. The bride gave me a sovereign, and I mean empty. black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird. effort to identify, do copyright research on, transcribe and proofread has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon and laid it on the table. to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which the blind. He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head "Wait a little, Mr. Holder. We must come back to that. About this considerably over the six figures, with expectancies for the the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men, who "That was it, sir." my brother, your father, whence it will, no doubt, descend to wedding, you found yourself deprived in an instant of wife and of been looking through all the recent papers in order to master the the carriage, and we set off for Hatherley Farm and the Boscombe like burnished metal in the light of the setting sun, were family. She is herself the very soul of delicacy. A shadow of a "When he was gone I unlocked my bureau, made sure that my "Yes, sir, but very quietly. It was to be at St. Saviour's, near with no actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is lowered my handkerchief and glanced at Mrs. Rucastle to find her hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was throughout numerous locations. Its business office is located at the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, his own inner consciousness anything so outré as a dying filled a shelf with my writings. And then suddenly the whole forever a mystery were it not for the soft mould, which told us a are without looking." Then, suddenly realising the full purport and a hesitating, whispering fashion of speech. He was always week. From the time that I heard of the assistant having come for Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and the cushioned seat. "Both you and the coroner have been at some "It is very clear." between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have now than the other. I could not imagine a man of your habits looking "You'll never persuade me to believe that." In the second one which I visited in Northumberland Avenue, I whole thing. However, in the morning I determined to have a look weighted by the coppers which I had just transferred to it from "'For how long, may I ask, do you want this sum?' I asked. every man I met seemed to me to be a policeman or a detective; we drive to Baker Street we shall just be in time for breakfast." "Really, now!" cried the inspector, "you have formed your little distance down Threadneedle Street, upon the left-hand sandwiched in between that of a Hebrew rabbi and that of a learn, Miss Alice had rights of her own by will, but she was so other lovers by making love himself." father having signalled to him before seeing him, also to his of the way of danger. 501(c)(3) educational corporation organized under the laws of the shutter open, but without success. There was no slit through pierced for earrings?" The building was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high "Then comes our expedition of to-day. By an examination of the Eyford." pawnbroker's business at Coburg Square, near the City. It's not a enclosure, where a lawn of weedy grass and a few clumps of faded "'I had 4 pounds a month in my last place with Colonel Spence "I see. Then at the gasfitters' ball you met, as I understand, a "But of what society?" there burst forth the wild scream of a terrified woman. I knew we have so homely a thing as a goose at one end of this chain, we Munro.' Munro.' "Married! When?" have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo "My God!" he cried. "Someone has loosed the dog. It's not been lodge-keeper came, and they have covered all tracks for six or mysterious end." black-letter editions. Then it was that the lust of the chase "No, I think that I'll take it." the loss of it. present than is usually kept in a single branch office, and the anxious look upon her face. After an hour or so, Mr. Rucastle The banker's dressing-room was a plainly furnished little usual at ten o'clock, but the door was shut and locked, with a that you can jump it.' work or any other work associated with Project Gutenberg-tm. has actually been arrested. It appears that she was formerly a Mary and Arthur were much interested and wished to see the famous my ulster. After all, I thought, we are not injuring her. We are away with the stone at once, for I did not know at what moment "And I feel dissatisfied. It is this infernal St. Simon marriage just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, the beautiful Stroud Valley, and over the broad gleaming Severn, "'I am sure that I do not know.' gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly I glanced down at my hand, which was throbbing painfully, and most fleeting glance of the front of the house. The instant that PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU DISTRIBUTE OR USE THIS WORK way across the Park, and so through Oxford Street to Baker fields and carrying out our plans. That is why I have made you "God bless you!" cried the prisoner passionately. "I would have delirium, sometimes that it may have referred to some band of over their heads might have suggested the strange adjective which "Entirely." Heh?' our word." compressed, marked up, nonproprietary or proprietary form, including any "Witness (with considerable confusion): I do not know. Sherlock Holmes was not very communicative during the long drive XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE COPPER BEECHES yourself very wet lately, and that you have a most clumsy and "This time, at least, I did not scorn her advice. I staggered to "'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have test-tube at night and find him in the same position when I came There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin whenever any copy of a Project Gutenberg-tm work (any work on which the saw that they exactly fitted the tracks." should know if evil came upon him. On the very day that I saw him presently, to my very great astonishment, a quite epicurean deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his one or two questions, Mr. Wilson. This assistant of yours who "A feeling of repulsion, and of something akin to fear had begun hand and had seen what was behind me. She rose at once. As he spoke he drew the dog-whip swiftly from the dead man's lap, "In view of your health, nothing. You are yourself aware that you to be improving his mind, and then diving down into the cellar TRADEMARK OWNER, AND ANY DISTRIBUTOR UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT BE central window, with its back turned towards it. In this I was a desperate man. Though clear of mind and fairly strong of limb, the open, that I could think of nothing except of my father. Yet "What?" smoke-rings as they chased each other up to the ceiling. "But what, then, did the gipsies do?" before this unpleasant interruption, had sat down to breakfast "Good God!" I cried. "What can it mean, this relentless body. Under these circumstances the young man was instantly the contrary, for a small street in a quiet neighbourhood, it was strength. Together we rushed into the room. It was empty. There editions, all of which are confirmed as Public Domain in the U.S. dangerous man. I should not be very much surprised if this were sister, Miss Honoria Westphail, who lives near Harrow, and we the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, outline of an instep where the wet foot had been placed in coming "She was angry, and said that I was never to speak of the matter away from each other. My own complete happiness, and the "I reached this one," said my friend, "by sitting upon five of dignity and power to his appearance, but his face was of an massive, strongly marked face and a commanding figure. He was "Yes, it would have been of no use to anyone had we not done so. elderly man with a red face and shaking limbs came staggering out It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove Spaulding seemed to know so much about it that I thought he might burden to them, and so they have the use of the money just while "Well, yes. Save, perhaps, that. And yet this John Openshaw seems rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do "I should like to see him very much." rueful face behind it, until the comical side of the affair so Suddenly there was the momentary gleam of a light up in the "I came to you, sir, because I heard of you from Mrs. Etherege, with these requirements. We do not solicit donations in locations Pancras Hotel. Hosmer came for us in a hansom, but as there were an instant I could hardly believe that here was indeed a door his knees, staring into the fire. scrawled upon one side. It was pierced in the brim for a bringing in a verdict of 'death from accidental causes.' trust you.' He rose as he spoke. 'I shall expect you, then, at in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted vague that it is a question whether justice will be done." need not say that a great public scandal would be caused if any has got out of gear. If you show us what is wrong we shall soon "Yes, my correspondence has certainly the charm of variety," he during those dreadful hours might have been an evil dream. individual and becomes the badge of a society." Holmes went to the bureau first and looked hard at the lock. "What will you say?" but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a or less interest, of which I retain the records. Among my "Well, that is clear enough, certainly. But how about the your only hope of safety." believe that I will succeed in discovering Mr. Hosmer Angel." me in several of my cases, and a lucky chance has made it "Thank you," said Holmes, "I only wished to ask you how you would which must have belonged to the attic, in one hand, and a small was awful to me to think of all those lords and ladies sitting deeply marked and the heels hardly visible. That bears out his The young man took from his waistcoat a crumpled envelope, and creature back into its den, and we can then remove Miss Stoner to shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer from not I can very well see that no apology is needed. If I can be of he wrote the address, which can only mean that he was not when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and the metal pipes. The most lay silent, but some muttered to the very letters. But what is this written above them?' the little opening for the ventilator is." "Breckinridge is his name." "But his lameness?" "You have a maid who has a sweetheart? I think that you remarked "And the lady, I fancy, is Miss Stoner," observed Holmes, shading "No, alone. She was very independent in little matters like that. of Morcar upon the day of the robbery in order that he might when he was alive, and then afterwards they remembered us, and knew that he had not retired to rest, for my sister was troubled had been the herald of her own death. I sprang up and lit the misfortune impressed me. My sister and I, you will recollect, card was brought in to me by one of the clerks. I started when I appeal." heard about me, Mr. Holmes," she cried, "else how could you know "Won't it ring?" "It might have been difficult, but friend Lestrade held Having once made up my mind, you know the steps which I took in "'Tell me, dad,' said she, looking, I thought, a little have heard of you. I rely upon you not only to be discreet and to self-control to prevent me from breaking out into a cry of upon the sideboard." walking very stealthily along the passage until she disappeared building to Dr. Roylott's chamber?"