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Arthur Conan Doyle The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes short story collections – 5
The Adventure of the Illustrious Client The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone The Adventure of the Three Gables The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire The Adventure of the Three Garridebs The Problem of Thor Brid e The Adventure of the Creepin Man The Adventure of the !ion"s Mane The Adventure of the Veiled !od er The Adventure of Shoscombe #ld Place The Adventure of the $etired Colorman
The A !enture of the "llustr#ous Cl#ent
"It can't hurt now," was Mr. Sherlock Holmes's comment when, for the tenth time in as many years, I asked his leave to reveal the following narrative. So it was that at last I obtained permission to put on record what was, in some ways, the supreme moment of my friend's career. oth Holmes and I had a weakness for the !urkish bath. It was over a smoke in the pleasant lassitude of the drying"room that I have found him less reticent and more human than anywhere else. #n the upper floor of the $orthumberland %venue establishment there is an isolated corner where two couches lie side by side, and it was on these that we lay upon September &, '()*, the day when my narrative begins. I had asked him whether anything was stirring, and for answer he had shot his long, thin, nervous arm out of the sheets which enveloped him and had drawn an envelope from the inside pocket of the coat which hung beside him. "It may be some fussy, self"important fool+ it may be a matter of life or death," said he as he handed me the note. "I know no more than this message tells me." It was from the ,arlton ,lub and dated the evening before. !his is what I readSir .ames /amery presents his compliments to Mr. Sherlock Holmes and will call upon him at 0-&) tomorrow. Sir .ames begs to say that the matter upon which he desires to consult Mr. Holmes is very delicate and also very important. He trusts, therefore, that Mr. Holmes will make every effort to grant this interview, and that he will confirm it over the telephone to the ,arlton ,lub. "I need not say that I have confirmed it, 1atson," said Holmes as I returned the paper. "/o you know anything of this man /amery2" "#nly that this name is a household word in society." "1ell, I can tell you a little more than that. He has rather a reputation for arranging delicate matters which are to be kept out of the papers. 3ou may remember his negotiations with Sir 4eorge 5ewis over the Hammerford 1ill case. He is a man of the world with a natural turn for diplomacy. I am bound, therefore, to hope that it is not a false scent and that he has some real need for our assistance." "#ur2" "1ell, if you will be so good, 1atson." "I shall be honored."
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"!hen you have the hour 6 0-&). 7ntil then we can put the matter out of our heads." I was living in my own rooms in 8ueen %nne Street at the time, but I was round at aker Street before the time named. Sharp to the half"hour, ,olonel Sir .ames /amery was announced. It is hardly necessary to describe him, for many will remember that large, bluff, honest personality, that broad, clean"shaven face, and, above all, that pleasant, mellow voice. 9rankness shone from his gray Irish eyes, and good humor played round his mobile, smiling lips. His lucent top"hat, his dark frock"coat, indeed, every detail, from the pearl pin in the black satin cravat to the lavender spats over the varnished shoes, spoke of the meticulous care in dress for which he was famous. !he big, masterful aristocrat dominated the little room. "#f course, I was prepared to find /r. 1atson," he remarked with a courteous bow. "His collaboration may be very necessary, for we are dealing on this occasion, Mr. Holmes, with a man to whom violence is familiar and who will, literally, stick at nothing. I should say that there is no more dangerous man in :urope." "I have had several opponents to whom that flattering term has been applied," said Holmes with a smile. "/on't you smoke2 !hen you will e;cuse me if I light my pipe. If your man is more dangerous than the late <rofessor Moriarty, or than the living ,olonel Sebastian Moran, then he is indeed worth meeting. May I ask his name2" "Have you ever heard of aron 4runer2" "3ou mean the %ustrian murderer2" ,olonel /amery threw up his kid"gloved hands with a laugh. "!here is no getting past you, Mr. Holmes= 1onderful= So you have already si>ed him up as a murderer2" "It is my business to follow the details of ,ontinental crime. 1ho could possibly have read what happened at <rague and have any doubts as to the man's guilt= It was a purely technical legal point and the suspicious death of a witness that saved him= I am as sure that he killed his wife when the so"called 'accident' happened in the Splugen <ass as if I had seen him do it. I knew, also, that he had come to :ngland and had a presentiment that sooner or later he would find me some work to do. 1ell, what has aron 4runer been up to2 I presume it is not this old tragedy which has come up again2" "$o, it is more serious than that. !o revenge crime is important, but to prevent it is more so. It is a terrible thing, Mr. Holmes, to see a dreadful event, an atrocious situation, preparing itself before your eyes, to clearly understand whither it will lead and yet to be utterly unable to avert it. ,an a human being be placed in a more trying position2" "<erhaps not." "!hen you will sympathi>e with the client in whose interests I am acting." "I did not understand that you were merely an intermediary. 1ho is the principal2" "Mr. Holmes, I must beg you not to press that ?uestion. It is important that I should be able to assure him that his honored, name has been in no way dragged into the matter. His motives are, to the last degree, honorable and chivalrous, but he prefers to remain unknown. I need not say that your fees will be assured and that you will be given a perfectly free hand. Surely the actual name of your client is immaterial2" "I am sorry," said Holmes, "I am accustomed to have mystery at one end of my cases, but to have it at both ends is too confusing. I fear, Sir .ames, that I must decline to act." #ur visitor was greatly disturbed. His large, sensitive face was darkened with emotion and disappointment. "3ou hardly reali>e the effect of your own action, Mr. Holmes," said he. "3ou place me in a most serious dilemma for I am perfectly certain that you would be proud to take over the case if I could give you the facts, and yet a promise forbids me from revealing them all. May I, at least, lay all that I can before you2" " y all means, so long as it is understood that I commit myself to nothing." "!hat is understood. In the first place, you have no doubt heard of 4eneral de Merville2" "/e Merville of @hyber fame2 3es, I have heard of him." "He has a daughter, Aiolet de Merville, young, rich, beautiful, accomplished, a wonder"woman in every way. It is this daughter, this lovely, innocent girl, whom we are endeavoring to save from the clutches of a fiend." " aron 4runer has some hold over her, then2"
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"!he strongest of all holds where a woman is concerned 6 the hold of love. !he fellow is, as you may have heard, e;traordinarily handsome, with a most fascinating manner, a gentle voice and that air of romance and mystery which means so much to a woman. He is said to have the whole se; at his mercy and to have made ample use of the fact." " ut how came such a man to meet a lady of the standing of Miss Aiolet de Merville2" "It was on a Mediterranean yachting voyage. !he company, though select, paid their own passages. $o doubt the promoters hardly reali>ed the aron's true character until it was too late. !he villain attached himself to the lady, and with such effect that he has completely and absolutely won her heart. !o say that she loves him hardly e;presses it. She dotes upon him, she is obsessed by him. #utside of him there is nothing on earth. She will not hear one word against him. :verything has been done to cure her of her madness, but in vain. !o sum up, she proposes to marry him ne;t month. %s she is of age and has a will of iron, it is hard to know how to prevent her." "/oes she know about the %ustrian episode2" "!he cunning devil has told her every unsavory public scandal of his past life, but always in such a way as to make himself out to be an innocent martyr. She absolutely accepts his version and will listen to no other." "/ear me= ut surely you have inadvertently let out the name of your client2 It is no doubt 4eneral de Merville." #ur visitor fidgeted in his chair. "I could deceive you by saying so, Mr. Holmes, but it would not be true. /e Merville is a broken man. !he strong soldier has been utterly demorali>ed by this incident. He has lost the nerve which never failed him on the battlefield and has become a weak, doddering old man, utterly incapable of contending with a brilliant, forceful rascal like this %ustrian. My client however is an old friend, one who has known the 4eneral intimately for many years and taken a paternal interest in this young girl since she wore short frocks. He cannot see this tragedy consummated without some attempt to stop it. !here is nothing in which Scotland 3ard can act. It was his own suggestion that you should be called in, but it was, as I have said, on the e;press stipulation that he should not be personally involved in the matter. I have no doubt, Mr. Holmes, with your great powers you could easily trace my client back through me, but I must ask you, as a point of honor, to refrain from doing so, and not to break in upon his incognito." Holmes gave a whimsical smile. "I think I may safely promise that," said he. "I may add that your problem interests me, and that I shall be prepared to look into it. How shall I keep in touch with you2" "!he ,arlton ,lub will find me. ut in case of emergency, there is a private telephone call, 'BB.&'.' " Holmes noted it down and sat, still smiling, with the open memorandum"book upon his knee. "!he aron's present address, please2" "Aernon 5odge, near @ingston. It is a large house. He has been fortunate in some rather shady speculations and is a rich man, which naturally makes him a more dangerous antagonist." "Is he at home at present2" "3es." "%part from what you have told me, can you give me any further information about the man2" "He has e;pensive tastes. He is a horse fancier. 9or a short time he played polo at Hurlingham, but then this <rague affair got noised about and he had to leave. He collects books and pictures. He is a man with a considerable artistic side to his nature. He is, I believe, a recogni>ed authority upon ,hinese pottery and has written a book upon the subCect." "% comple; mind," said Holmes, "all great criminals have that. My old friend ,harlie <eace was a violin virtuoso. 1ainwright was no mean artist. I could ?uote many more. 1ell, Sir .ames, you will inform your client that I am turning my mind upon aron 4runer. I can say no more. I have some sources of information of my own, and I dare say we may find some means of opening the matter up." 1hen our visitor had left us Holmes sat so long in deep thought that it seemed to me that he had forgotten my presence. %t last, however, he came briskly back to earth. "1ell, 1atson, any views2" he asked. "I should think you had better see the young lady herself."
1atson2 1oman's heart and mind are insoluble pu>>les to the male. for it is down there." I have not had occasion to mention Shinwell .cellent antagonist. 1hen I had given . to say nothing of incurring some danger.ohnson in these memoirs because I have seldom drawn my cases from the latter phases of my friend's career . but I met him by appointment that evening at Simpson's. doss house. I rather fancy that Shinwell . ut I think we must begin from a different angle. ". 9inally he repented and allied himself to Holmes. and he finally broke into a gentle chuckle. a stranger.ohnson. sitting at a small table in the front window and looking down at the rushing stream of life in the Strand. 1atson.ohnson is on the prowl. Murder might be condoned or e. 'I rather thought I should see you sooner or later. . I have a respect for your brains. made his name first as a very dangerous villain and served two terms at <arkhurst. " 'My dear man. It is over.ed tips of hair under his nose.' " 'It is curious. and you are now in smooth waters. no doubt by 4eneral de Merville. /uring the first years of the century he became a valuable assistant. why should any fresh discovery of yours turn her from her purpose2" "1ho knows. but if you persist in this marriage you will raise up a swarm of powerful enemies who will never leave you alone until they have made :ngland too hot to hold you. It would not be pleasant for you if these facts of your past were brought to her notice.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I am glad to have had my attention called to aron %delbert 4runer. for I simply sent in my card. is it not2' "I ac?uiesced.ohnson his instructions I took a cab out to @ingston and found the aron in a most affable mood. 1ith the glamour of his two convictions upon him. It is not a case in which you can possibly succeed.' "!he aron has little wa. 5et me put it to you as man to man. He has breeding in him 6 a real aristocrat of crime with a superficial suggestion of afternoon tea and all the cruelty of the grave behind it. and gambling den in the town. and poisonous as a cobra. if her poor old broken father cannot move her. he had the entree of every nightclub.!l-e&. to endeavor to stop my marriage with his daughter." "3ou say he was affable2" "% purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice. like the short antennae of an insect. 'you will only ruin your own well"deserved reputation. Holmes. to be sure. $o one wants to rake up your past and make you unduly uncomfortable. He is an e. 3ou will have barren work. aron 4runer remarked to me D" "He remarked to you=" "#h. Had . and the little which I have seen of your personality has not lessened it. It was not possible for me to follow the immediate steps taken by my friend. Some people's affability is more deadly than the violence of coarser souls.ohnson might be a help. I had not told you of my plans.' said he. I like to meet him eye to eye and read for myself the stuff that he is made of. '3ou have been engaged. !hese ?uivered with amusement as he listened. cool as ice. 5et me very strongly advise you to draw off at once.plained. It was to him that Sherlock Holmes now proposed to turn. and his ?uick observation and active brain made him an ideal agent for gaining information. amid the black roots of crime. prevail2 %nd yet there is something in the suggestion if all else fails. . Aiolet. His greeting was characteristic. Is the game worth it2 Surely you would be wiser if you left the lady alone. 3es." said he. !hat is so. that we must hunt for this man's secrets.' I answered." "/id he recogni>e you2" "!here was no difficulty about that. but as he dealt with cases which never came directly into the courts. for I had some pressing professional business of my own. he told me something of what had passed.posed. I love to come to close grips with my man. 'but that was the very advice which I had intended to give you. how shall I.ohnson been a "nark" of the police he would soon have been e." " ut if the lady will not accept what is already known. "He may pick up some garbage in the darker recesses of the underworld.' said he. silky voiced and soothing as one of your fashionable consultants. acting as his agent in the huge criminal underworld of 5ondon and obtaining information which often proved to be of vital importance. I grieve to say. 0 "My dear 1atson. where. 1ell. Mr. and yet some smaller offense might rankle. his activities were never reali>ed by his companions. aron.
Mr.!l-e&. "!his is Miss @itty 1inter. She cares nothing. Mr. I disregard the blusterer. Mr.ohnson. I have no doubt. "1hat she don't know 6 well. but this is the sort of man who says rather less than he means. Mr. !his was given to me in spite of the fact that I told her very clearly of all the unhappy incidents in my past life.' " 'So I know. for she is ?uite amenable to her father's will 6 save only in the one little matter. "#h. the client= 1ell. you and I. <orky. you surely know enough about this devil to prevent any decent girl in her senses wanting to be in the same parish with him. 5et me make the thing clear to you.onsidering that he undoubtedly murdered his last wife. Holmes. !here was an intensity of hatred in her white. Holmes. He's after some other poor fool and wants to marry her this time. I also told her that certain wicked and designing persons 6 I hope you recogni>e yourself 6 would come to her and tell her these things." "I'm easy to find. y a curious coincidence he had been in?uiring into my affairs only a week before. It seems that he had dived down into what was peculiarly his kingdom. as I had my hand on the door"handle. So she is ready for you and. set face and her bla>ing eyes such as woman seldom and man never can attain. "I gather we have your good wishes. intense face. 3ou want to stop it." said the young woman. Mr. Miss 1inter. for my own hand is so strong that I can afford to show it. but. nothing but the smallest of the small. 5ondon. scorbutic man.' " 'So you think. "Hell. Holmes+ it's not a lucky thing to do." . 1ell." Holmes smiled. I should say it mattered very much.' said he. 4ood"bye=' "So there you are. " '/o you know what befell him2' "'I heard that he was beaten by some %paches in the Montmartre district and crippled for life. E " ':. esides. 3ou are up to date now. Holmes. 1atson. a huge. Holmes.' " '8uite true." said Shinwell . I'm yours to the rattle. for the blithe Shinwell will be there with his report. !hat's neither here nor there. She is madly in love. and I warned her how to treat them." 1e found him sure enough." said our visitor with fierce energy. gets me every time. Same address for <orky Shinwell. 'did you know 5e run. 1e're old mates. by cripes= there is another who ought to be down in a lower hell than we if there was any Custice in the world= !hat is the man you are after. go your own way and let me go mine. the 9rench agent2' " '3es." "Must you interfere2 /oes it really matter if he marries the girl2" ". Holmes ' 1ell you will see how it works for a man of personality can use hypnotism without any vulgar passes or tomfoolery.' said I. <ut my hand right on her. and beside him on the settee was a brand which he had brought up in the shape of a slim. 1hen you have finished your coffee you had best come home with me. ut. would give you an appointment. Mr. if I could only pull him into the pit where he has pushed so many=" "3ou know how the matter stands2" "<orky Shinwell has been telling me. red"faced. Mr.' said he. he stopped me. She has been told all about him. 'but it is really funny to see you trying to play a hand with no cards in it." "Mighty dangerous. and yet so worn with sin and sorrow that one read the terrible years which had left their leprous mark upon her. $ot a color card there. My last word to you is.ternal sign of the very cunning mind within. 3ou have heard of posthypnotic suggestion. If I could pull him down=" She clutched frantically with her hands into the air. flame"like young woman with a pale. I don't think anyone could do it better.' "1ell. " ' y the way. well. there. "3ou needn't go into my past. waving his fat hand as an introduction. I have been fortunate enough to win the entire affection of this lady.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." "If I can help to put him where he belongs. within an hour of your message. with a pair of vivid black eyes which were the only e. Mr. Holmes. 1atson. Holmes. Several have found that out.cuse my amusement. Holmes. youthful. /on't do it. we need not discuss that. ut what I am %delbert 4runer made me. there seemed to be no more to say. she'll speak for herself. so I took my leave with as much cold dignity as I could summon. coarse. but it is rather pathetic all the same." "She is not in her senses. Mr." "!he fellow seems dangerous.
He's a precise. However.' He could have put that on the outside if he had been so minded." said Holmes.ouldn't you lay proofs before her silly eyes2" "1ell. He can look after himself. Miss 1inter. by cripes= if it had not been for his poisonous. ut he has told her most of his sins and had pardon from her." "8uite so." said Miss 1inter. !he outer study is the one with the . ut it was %delbert 4runer's book all the same." I did not see Holmes again until the following evening when we dined once more at our Strand restaurant. I know where he kept it then. He had it all in that book. Maybe dear %delbert has met his match this time.' It wasn't hot air." cried the young woman." said Shinwell . tidy cat of a man in many of his ways. 3es.'He died within a month. you can't get it. "I caught a glimpse of one or two murders besides the one that made such a fuss. same as with this poor fool= !here was Cust one thing that shook me. and I've got all I've worked for 6 in the mud with my foot on his cursed face.!l-e&." "1here is it2" "How can I tell you where it is now2 It's more than a year since I left him. this man collects women. 'Souls I have ruined. as some men collect moths or butterflies." "1hat was it. I think he was a bit drunk that night. for the book would not serve you." "Is he not afraid of burglars2" "%delbert is no coward. Mr. It's a book he has 6 a brown leather book with a lock. then2" "I tell you.plains and soothes. . I would consider in the meanwhile whether your suggestion of seeing this lady personally may not be arranged. It was a beastly book 6 a book no man. Snapshot photographs. Holmes. He would speak of someone in his velvet way and then look at me with a steady eye and say." "My 5ord. /o you know his house2" "I've been in the study. even if he had come from the gutter. though2 3ou haven't been slow on the Cob if you only started this morning. dry statement needs some little editing to soften it into the terms of real life. "I am not out for money.ohnson with the decided voice of the e." "I'll lay he didn't tell her all. "1ell. can you help us do so2" "%in't I a proof myself2 If I stood before her and told her how he used me D" "1ould you do this2" "1ould I2 1ould I not=" "1ell. <orky here can tell you always where to find me. !hat's my price. lying tongue that e. now. esides. either. !here's a burglar alarm at night. "$o fence wants stuff of that sort that you can neither melt nor sell. she must have a nerve=" "She puts them all down as slanders. if you would call here tomorrow evening at five. 1hatever he did went with me. He shrugged his shoulders when I asked him what luck he had had in his interview. I'd have left him that very night. so maybe it is still in the pigeonhole of the old bureau in the inner study." said Holmes. what is there for a burglar 6 unless they got away with all this fancy crockery2" "$o good. details. ut I took little notice 6 you see. "Have you.ceedingly obliged to you for your cooperation.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . that's neither here nor there. it might be worth trying. F "!old about the murder2" "3es. His worst enemy couldn't say that of him. !hen behind his desk is the door that leads to the inner study 6 a small room where he keeps papers and things. Mr." ". !hen he told the story. His hard. I'm with you tomorrow or any other day so long as you are on his track. names. could have put together. I need not say that my clients will consider liberally D" "$one of that. and. which I would repeat in this way.hinese crockery in it 6 big glass cupboard between the windows. and I understand she will not reopen the ?uestion. 5et me see this man in the mud. everything about them. I am e. and takes a pride in his collection.pert. and his arms in gold on the outside. or he would not have shown it to me. if it would. I loved him myself at that time. Holmes.
turned up according to schedule. the caveman to the angel. If your head is inclined to swell. #ne could really believe that she was living above the earth in some ecstatic dream. though I learn that you are a paid agent who would have been e?ually willing to act for the aron as against him. as I understand. It's not out of love for you I'm speaking. "She knew what we had come for.' "I was about to answer when the girl broke in like a whirlwind. where the old soldier resides 6 one of those awful gray 5ondon castles which would make a church seem frivolous. I pictured to her the awful position of the woman who only wakes to a man's character after she is his wife 6 a woman who has to submit to be caressed by bloody hands and lecherous lips. I have seen such faces in the pictures of the old masters of the Middle %ges. so that at half"past five a cab deposited us outside ')0 erkeley S?uare. but he'll have you one way or the other. ut in any case I wish you to understand once for all that I love him and that he loves me.' "I was sorry for her. It is only by my father's re?uest that I see you at all. if you marry this man he'll be the death of you. "for the girl glories in showing abCect filial obedience in all secondary things in an attempt to atone for her flagrant breach of it in her engagement. and that the opinion of all the world is no more to me than the twitter of those birds outside the window. " '1ell. the hopelessness of it all. I am not clear' 6 here she turned eyes upon my companion 6 'who this young lady may be. %ll my hot words could not bring one tinge of color to those ivory cheeks or one gleam of emotion to those abstracted eyes.' said Miss de Merville coldly.actly as predicted. Miss 1inter's advent rather ama>ed her. Mr.' she cried. I use my head. and you can use your own gift of words. I thought of what the rascal had said about a posthypnotic influence. and the fiery Miss 1. % footman showed us into a great yellow"curtained drawing"room. 3ou are only the last of a series who have brought their slanders before me.!l-e&. her mouth all twisted with passion 6 'I am his last mistress. <erhaps you may meet her before we are through. as he will you also. and you needn't look at me like that. it may be that I have been specially sent to raise it to its true and lofty level.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . " 'I have listened to you with patience. the spiritual to the animal. '5et me say once for all that I am aware of three passages in my fiancG's life in which he became entangled with designing women. it was those two women. you foolish woman. It's out of hate for him and to spite him and to get back on him for what he did to me. self"contained. but she waved us into our respective chairs like a reverend abbess receiving two rather leprous mendicants.ible and remote as a snow image on a mountain. 3et there was nothing indefinite in her replies.' said she in a voice like the wind from an iceberg.' " 'I should prefer not to discuss such matters. my fine lady. H "!here was no difficulty at all about the appointment. <ossibly you mean well. Holmes. aron 4runer. She is beautiful. and that I am assured of his hearty repentance for any evil that he may have done. If his noble nature has ever for an instant fallen. ut I really did plead with her with all the warmth of words that I could find in my nature. as infle. and there was the lady awaiting us. How a beastman could have laid his vile paws upon such a being of the beyond I cannot imagine. I tell you. !he 4eneral phoned that all was ready. If ever you saw flame and ice face to face. but with the ethereal other"world beauty of some fanatic whose thoughts are set on high. I thought of her for the moment as I would have thought of a daughter of my own. 3our refuse heap is more likely to be a grave. for you may be lower than I am before you are through with it. my dear 1atson. the agony. It may be a broken heart or it may be a broken neck. that my fiancG. pale. and I warn you in advance that anything you can say could not possibly have the slightest effect upon my mind. has had a stormy life in which he has incurred bitter hatreds and most unCust aspersions. I am one of a hundred that he has tempted and used and ruined and thrown into the refuse heap. I spared her nothing 6 the shame. to malign my fiancG. "I don't ?uite know how to make her clear to you. '3ou fool= 3ou unutterable fool=' . 3ou may have noticed how e. sir. take a course of Miss Aiolet de Merville. 3ou never saw a worse case than this. I am aware that %delbert. not my heart. 1atson.tremes call to each other. 'your name is familiar to me. 3ou have called. 1atson." said Holmes. the fear. of course 6 that villain had lost no time in poisoning her mind against us. I don't care a tinker's curse whether you live or die. ut it's all the same. springing out of her chair. " 'I'll tell you who I am. and maybe that's the best.' said she.' " '!hree passages=' screamed my companion. I am not often elo?uent. I think. demure. '!he effect upon my mind is e.
though it is Cust possible that the ne. I think I could show you the very paving"stone upon which I stood when my eyes fell upon the placard. Holmes. I took most of them on my guard. So now once again you know e.haring .ross Hospital and afterwards insisted upon being taken to his rooms in aker Street. !he first thing is to e. In a cold way I felt pretty furious myself." %nd it did.' said the icy voice. receiving inCuries which the doctors describe as most serious. It was the second man that was too much for me. it was that damned fellow who set them on. 'I have obeyed my father's wish in seeing you. was the terrible news"sheetM7I/:I#7S %!!%. and Mr. I have my plans. !his was how it ran1e learn with regret that Mr. I beg that you will bring this interview to an end. but an interview of a few minutes would not be absolutely forbidden. was the victim this morning of a murderous assault which has left him in a precarious position. !heir blow fell 6 or his blow rather. !here are no e. and a pang of horror passed through my very soul. Sherlock Holmes. black upon yellow. 1e may be sure of that. I sat beside him and bent my head. who escaped from the bystanders by passing through the . ut their getaway had been well prepared. !he date was Cust two days after the last conversation.afe Ioyal and out into 4lasshouse Street behind it. "%ll right. outside the . of the remonstrance of the man. "!wo lacerated scalp wounds and some considerable bruises. !hey'll come to you for news. $o doubt they belonged to that criminal fraternity which has so often had occasion to bewail the activity and ingenuity of the inCured man. 1ait a little. 1atson. for she was beside herself with rage." 1ith this permission I stole into the darkened room. the well"known private detective. for there was something indescribably annoying in the calm aloofness and supreme self"complaisance of the woman whom we were trying to save. !he attack was made by two men armed with sticks.aggerate my inCuries.!l-e&. Morphine has been inCected and ?uiet is essential.actly how we stand.pert. the famous surgeon.haring . !he miscreants who attacked him appear to have been respectably dressed men. "It's not as bad as it seems. 1atson. and I heard my name in a hoarse whisper. for it is more than likely that you will have your part to play. <ut it on thick. and it is clear that I must plan some fresh opening move. !here. and if I had not caught her wrist she would have clutched this maddening woman by the hair. Several stitches have been necessary.ross Station.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I'll go and thrash the hide off him if you give the word. !hen I have a confused recollection of snatching at a paper. /on't look so scared. I dragged her towards the door and was lucky to get her back into the cab without a public scene.@ H#5M:S I think I stood stunned for some moments. "$o immediate danger. 1atson. He was carried to ." he muttered in a very weak voice." "4ood old 1atson= $o. I found Sir 5eslie #akshott. !he sufferer was wide awake. I'll keep in touch with you.act details to hand. Holmes was beaten about the head and body." was his report. 5ucky if I live the week out concussion delirium 6 what you like= 3ou can't overdo it. but one ray of sunlight slanted through and struck the bandaged head of the inCured man.t move may lie with them rather than with us. but the event seems to have occurred about twelve o'clock in Iegent Street. whom I had not paid. 1atson.' "1ith an oath Miss 1inter darted forward." . as you know. but I am not compelled to listen to the ravings of this person. for never could I believe that the lady was privy to it. It was between the 4rand Hotel and . I need not say that my eyes had hardly glanced over the paragraph before I had sprung into a hansom and was on my way to aker Street. where a one"legged news"vender displayed his evening papers.afe Ioyal. % crimson patch had soaked through the white linen compress. we can do nothing there unless the police lay their hands on the men. !he blind was three"?uarters down. of standing in the doorway of a chemist's shop while I turned up the fateful paragraph. for this gambit won't work. and." "!hank 4od for that=" "I'm a bit of a single"stick e.@ 7<#$ SH:I5#." "1hat can I do. J " 'Mr. Holmes2 #f course. finally. in the hall and his brougham waiting at the curb.
!hat is urgent. of the mystery of cyclical dates. then.ohnson that evening to take Miss 1inter to a ?uiet suburb and see that she lay low until the danger was past. His wiry constitution and his determined will were working wonders.hinese pottery. but left even his closest friend guessing as to what his e. ut he won't. I was nearer him than anyone else. and I had suspicions at times that he was really finding himself faster than he pretended even to me. etc.ome in each morning and we will plan our campaign. "9riday=" he cried. I was sucking in knowledge and committing names to memory.ohnson to get that girl out of the way. though you would not have guessed it from the published reports.act plans might be. It is said that the barrister who crams up a case with such care that he can e. Iight= .Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . sick or well. in spite of which there was a report of erysipelas in the evening papers.unard boat Iuritania. %nd now. I'll look after that. !ell Shinwell . and yet I was always conscious of the gap between." "4ood. the marks of the Hung"wu and the beauties of the 3ung"lo. If they dared to do me in it is not likely they will neglect her. %nd yet all that evening." "!hen hand me that little bo. put the matter to my friend 5oma. .ertainly I should not like now to pose as an authority upon ceramics.amine an e.t evening. who had some important financial business to settle in the States before his impending wedding to Miss Aiolet de Merville. Holmes. concentrated look upon his pale face.perience I had learned the wisdom of obedience. %nything more2" "<ut my pipe on the table 6 and the tobacco"slipper. My continual visits assured me that it was not so bad as that. Holmes listened to the news with a cold. 3ou could keep up an intelligent conversation on the subCect2" "I believe I could.t morning. etc." "I'll go now. " "!hat. He pushed to an e. revolving in my head how on earth I was to carry out so strange an order." I arranged with . to carry to my friend. !he same evening papers had an announcement which I was bound. and departed to my rooms with a goodly volume under my arm.pert witness upon the Monday has forgotten all his forced knowledge before the Saturday. have you learned your lessons2" "%t least I have tried to. I believe the rascal wants to put himself out of danger's way. #n the seventh day the stitches were taken out.. 1atson. that she was with me in the case. He was recovering fast. ( " ut Sir 5eslie #akshott2" "#h. and he sat with his much"bandaged head resting upon his hand in the depth of his favorite armchair. and the glories of the primitive period of the Sung and the 3uan.treme the a. . "if one believed the papers. and all ne. he won't= $ow. He shall see the worst side of me. Holmes." said he." He gave no e.ames's S?uare. ut when I had left his room I walked down aker Street. which told me that it hit him hard. was the aron %delbert 4runer. of course. !here I learned of the hallmarks of the great artist"decorators. He was out of bed now.!l-e&. from the mantelpiece. !he bulletins were very grave and there were sinister paragraphs in the papers.. "#nly three clear days. It was simply that among the passengers on the . y long e. 1atson. only daughter of. spend the ne. days the public were under the impression that Holmes was at the door of death.iom that the only safe plotter was he who plotted alone. 1atson= y the 5ord Harry. you are dying." "1ell. /o it tonight. starting from 5iverpool on 9riday. I was charged with all this information when I called upon Holmes ne. 9or si.t twenty"four hours in an intensive study of . !hose beauties will be after her now. he's all right. 9inally I drove to the 5ondon 5ibrary in St.planations and I asked for none." I said. I want you to do something for me. the writings of !ang"ying. and all that night with a short interval for rest. "is the very impression which I intended to convey. !here was a curious secretive streak in the man which led to many dramatic effects. the sublibrarian." "I am here to be used." "%nything else2" "3es. "1hy." . !hey know.
yes.cellent. you have heard of the aron's interest in the subCect. 3ou would certainly fall down badly if you did not know the value of your own wares. !he beautiful house and grounds indicated that aron 4runer was. and I will dictate the letter. 1atson= 3ou scintillate today. as Sir . %s he did so the yellow light beat upon his own features. % complete set of this would be worth a king's ransom 6 in fact. /octor. dark. His features were regular and pleasing. since that is a part which you can play without duplicity. hard gash in the face. and carefully wa. courteous. $o finer piece ever passed through . His face was swarthy." "!hat is your name for the evening. !his is the real eggshell pottery of the Ming dynasty. and the long. 1atson. ') He opened the lid and took out a small obCect most carefully wrapped in some fine :astern silk. and you are not averse to selling at a price. on which he is an acknowledged authority. and you will say that you are bringing him a specimen of an absolutely uni?ue set of Ming china.pert. from the collection of his client. showed me in and handed me over to a plush"clad footman. and terrible. % district messenger was duly dispatched with it. low house with the turrets at the corners. #n the same evening. 3our delicacy prevents your putting a price for yourself.ed. for it was growing dark. 1atson. He turned as I entered with a small brown vase in his hand. He seated himself at his desk. 3ou will merely say that you are coming. set as a warning to his victims." "1hat price2" "1ell asked. but was built upon graceful and active lines. 1atson. who ushered me into the aron's presence. I am sure you never saw finer workmanship or a richer gla>e. and why. save only his straight. . He was ill"advised to train his mustache away from it." ":.aggerate if you say that it could hardly be matched in the world. and disclosed a delicate little saucer of the most beautiful deep"blue color "It needs careful handling. His hair and mustache were raven black." "I could perhaps suggest that the set should be valued by an e. and at half"past eight he would probably be disengaged. His voice was engaging and his manners perfect. was imposing in its si>e and solidity. with banks of rare shrubs on either side.orable. though an architectural nightmare. compressed. 3ou may as well be a medical man. which dates from the seventh century. $o answer needed. almost #riental. a man of considerable wealth. He has the collection mania in its most acute form 6 and especially on this subCect. Sit down. 1atson. &F( Half Moon Street. 3ou will not e. Suggest . In age I should have put him at little over thirty. % butler. pulled over the lamp. He was standing at the open front of a great case which stood between the windows and which contained part of his ."/r." said he. for it was $ature's danger"signal. !he place had been built by a South %frican gold king in the days of the great boom. with the precious saucer in my hand and the card of /r. "<ray sit down. and set himself to e. though his record afterwards showed that he was forty"two. I know something of his habits. Hill arton. % long winding drive. ine. short. 3ou are a collector this set has come your way. "I was looking over my own treasures and wondering whether I could really afford to add to them. it is doubtful if there is a complete set outside the imperial palace of <eking. In figure he was not more than of middle si>e. % note will tell him in advance that you are about to call. !his he unfolded. and comes. would probably interest you. If ever I saw a murderer's mouth it was there 6 a cruel. pointed. who would have adorned a bench of bishops. 3ou will call upon aron 4runer. the latter short. languorous eyes which might easily hold an irresistible fascination for women.hristie's. Hill arton in my pocket. He was certainly a remarkably handsome man." It was an admirable document. he will see you. !he sight of this would drive a real connoisseur wild." "1hat am I to do with it2" Holmes handed me a card upon which was printed. I understand. !his little !ang specimen.ames.hristie or Sotheby. thin"lipped mouth. !his saucer was got for me by Sir . and stimulating to the curiosity of the connoisseur. with large.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Have you the Ming saucer with you of which you spoke2" I carefully unpacked it and handed it to him. opened out into a great graveled s?uare adorned with statues.!l-e&. and I was able to study them at my ease. I set off on my own adventure." " ut if he won't see me2" "#h.hinese collection. His :uropean reputation for beauty was fully deserved.ames had said.amine it.
eside it. 3ou said in your note that you were a connoisseur. "In dealing with obCects of such value. How do you e. 1ith a howl of rage the master of the house rushed after him to the open window. ." "Might I ask you a few ?uestions to test you2 I am obliged to tell you. would open up the ?uestion as to what your guarantee was worth. !he fellow is dying I hear. his head gin with bloody bandages. Hill arton. bracing myself for an attack. stood Sherlock Holmes. !he window leading out to the garden was wide open." "/ear me." "!hat is no answer." "1ho told you I was a connoisseur2" "I was aware that you had written a book upon the subCect. He may have suspected me from the first+ certainly this cross"e. !hat the piece is genuine is certain.amined as if I were a schoolboy. '' "Aery fine 6 very fine indeed=" he said at last." "My bankers would answer that. "I have given you the first offer as I understood that you were a connoisseur. !he languor had gone from his eyes. and I stepped back. 1ould it be indiscreet if I were to ask you. "%h=" he cried. this becomes more and more difficult for me to understand= 3ou are a connoisseur and collector with a very valuable piece in your collection. He dived his hand into a side"drawer and rummaged furiously.amination had shown him the truth+ but it was clear that I could not hope to deceive him. of course. I only know of one in :ngland to match this." said I. and I heard the crash of his body among the laurel bushes outside. I would ask you what do you know of the :mperor Shomu and how do you associate him with the Shoso"in near $ara2 /ear me. suspicious flash of his dark eyes. /octor 6 if you are indeed a doctor 6 that the incident becomes more and more suspicious. 1hat pu>>les me is that I should not have heard of such magnificent specimens. but I shall have no difficulty in other ?uarters. how you obtained this2" "/oes it really matter2" I asked with as careless an air as I could muster. !hey suddenly glared. I am content to take an e. but I certainly shall not answer ?uestions which have been put in so offensive a way.!l-e&. !hen something struck upon his ear." said I with indifference. "3ou can see that the piece is genuine. and it is certainly not likely to be in the market. If a man has a hobby he follows it up. !wo steps took me to the open door. !his is a trick that you are playing upon me. for he stood listening intently. /r. "1hat is the game2 3ou are here as a spy. to correspond." said he with a ?uick. ut suppose 6 I am bound to take every possibility into account 6 that it should prove afterwards that you had no right to sell2" "I would guarantee you against any claim of the son." I sprang from my chair in simulated anger. "%h=" and dashed into the room behind him. 3ou've made your way in here without leave.plain that2" "I am a very busy man. his face drawn and white." "3ou can do business or not. does that pu>>le you2 !ell me a little about the $orthern 1ei dynasty and its place in the history of ceramics.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . one naturally wishes to know all about the transaction. I am a doctor in practice. and." He had sprung to his feet. "!his is intolerable.t instant he was through the gap." "!hat. so he sends his tools to keep watch upon me. as to the value. by 4od= you may find it harder to get out than to get in. and yet you have never troubled to consult the one book which would have told you of the real meaning and value of what you held. 3ou are an emissary of Holmes." He looked at me steadily." "So I am. "I came here to do you a favor. !here was a gleam of teeth from between those cruel lips. and not to be e. "%nd you say you have a set of si." "Aery mysterious. sir. %nd yet the whole transaction strikes me as rather unusual. !he ne. My knowledge on these subCects may be second only to your own." "8uite so." "Have you read the book2" "$o. and my mind will ever carry a clear picture of the scene within. whatever his other pursuits may be. for the man was beside himself with rage. I have no doubts at all about that. looking like some terrible ghost. and.pert's valuation.
4od knows. "Here is the book the woman talked of.plained e. but it seems she had some of her own.ames. !hen I left that house of gloom and terror. "!he wages of sin. rolling and writhing. the she"devil= She shall pay for it= She shall pay= #h. 1ithin an hour I was at aker Street. "#h. nothing ever could. I said nothing at the time to indicate my thoughts. !herefore we had to act at once.all it what you will. and to him I handed my real card. I am very glad you have come=" #ur courtly friend had appeared in answer to a previous summons. and he listened with horror to my account of the aron's transformation. !he features which I had admired a few minutes before were now like some beautiful painting over which the artist has passed a wet and foul sponge." "It is his love diary2" "#r his lust diary. for my time was limited by your knowledge of . It would have been useless as well as foolish to do otherwise. and administered a hypodermic of morphine. Holmes was seated in his familiar chair. inhuman. but his visit to %merica forced my hand. !he vitriol was eating into it everywhere and dripping from the ears and the chin. "1ater= 9or 4od's sake.!l-e&. It was loathsome to feel the pawing of his burning hands. and I knew I had only a few minutes in which to act. '* %nd then= It was done in an instant. %part from his inCuries. came to relieve me of my charge. Sir . terrible. 4od in heaven. 1atson. "Sooner or later it will always come. !hey were blurred. %n inspector of police had also arrived. . closely followed by a specialist. while scream after scream resounded through the house. put cotton wadding on the raw surfaces. there was sin enough. 1atson 6 the wages of sin=" said he. %ll suspicion of me had passed from his mind in the presence of this shock. water=" was his cry. and he clung to my hands as if I might have the power even yet to clear those dead"fish eyes which gla>ed up at me." "I feared he would. If this will not break off the marriage. this pain is more than I can bear=" I bathed his face in oil. !herefore I gathered the girl up at the last moment. @itty 1inter=" he cried. for this woman might have given it away. so far as the vitriol attack was concerned. !he other was red and inflamed. !hat was where you and your blue saucer came in. In a few words I e. %n arm 6 a woman's arm 6 shot out from among the leaves. !hen he fell upon the carpet. I would have waited a little longer." "He guessed I came from you. !hen this assault upon me gave me the chance of letting the aron think that no precautions need be taken against me. #ne eye was already white and gla>ed. discolored. and yet I clearly saw it. even his iron nerves had been shocked by the events of the evening. and I was relieved when his family surgeon. %h. I remember that one of them fainted as I knelt by the inCured man and turned that awful face to the light of the lamp. ut I had to be sure of the position of the book.hinese pottery. "It was that hellcat. !he moment the woman told us of it I reali>ed what a tremendous weapon was there if we could but lay our hands on it.actly what had occurred. but it was dark and it had begun to rain.hausted. Some had climbed through the window and others had rushed out on to the lawn. ut there was a chance in the evening if I could only be sure that his attention was engaged. He clapped his two hands to his face and rushed round the room. He listened with the deepest attention to Holmes's account of what had occurred. %t the same moment the butler and several footmen ran in from the hall. etween his screams the victim raged and raved against the avenger. taking up a brown volume from the table. I sei>ed a carafe from a side"table and rushed to his aid. How could I guess what the little packet was that she carried so carefully under her cloak2 I thought she had come altogether on my business. I could have wept over the ruin had l not remembered very clearly the vile life which had led up to so hideous a change. !hat was all to the good. $o self"respecting woman could stand it. for I was nearly as well known by sight at the 3ard as Holmes himself. beating his head horribly against the walls.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . He takes precautions. ut it will. ." he added. He would never have left so compromising a document behind him. looking very pale and e. ut you held him in play Cust long enough for me to get the book. %t the same instant the aron uttered a horrible cry 6 a yell which will always ring in my memory. It must. though not long enough for an unobserved escape. urglary at night is impossible. ut I brooded over it.
'& "3ou have done wonders 6 wonders=" he cried when he had heard the narrative. and so I gave him some of my conclusions. I would take this opportunity to remark that if I burden myself with a companion in my various little in?uiries it is not done out of sentiment or caprice. are e. then surely our purpose of thwarting the marriage is sufficiently gained without the use of this horrible book." said Holmes. as it is among the strangest happenings in my collection though it chanced that 1atson had no note of it in his collection. I went down with him into the street. He sprang in. It is his moral side. Holmes.anuary. I do begin to reali>e that the matter must be presented in such a way as may interest the reader. %s I was myself overdue. but I had seen them in the glare of our fanlight none the less. and to whom the future is always a closed book. Sir . Mr. for his silence gave me more time for observation. as will be remembered was the lowest that was possible for such an offense.perience of my own. . /odd seemed somewhat at a loss how to begin the interview. I gasped with surprise. and drove swiftly away." Sir . sir.ames M. Holmes=" he has retorted. at any rate. since I have often had occasion to point out to him how superficial are his own accounts and to accuse him of pandering to popular taste instead of confining himself rigidly to facts and figures. .ames carried away both it and the precious saucer.ames may have managed it. 1atson describes. #r it is more probable that so delicate a task was entrusted to the young lady's father. having taken my pen in my hand. "1hy. not his physical. 9or a long time he has worried me to write an e. which we have to destroy. !he following case can hardly fail to do so. though limited. that I had my visit from Mr. with some surprise. but one to whom each development comes as a perpetual surprise. It is in his own writing. I have found it wise to impress clients with a sense of power. The A !enture of the Blanche Sol #er !he ideas of my friend 1atson. !hen I turned back and ascended the stair to Holmes's room. but it is that 1atson has some remarkable characteristics of his own to which in his modesty he has given small attention amid his e." Holmes shook his head. holding up a restraining hand. even the rigid ritish law becomes human and elastic. !he same paper had the first police"court hearing of the proceedings against Miss @itty 1inter on the grave charge of vitriol"throwing. is indeed an ideal helpmate. <erhaps I have rather invited this persecution. . was all that could be desired. !he effect. He flung his overcoat half out of the window to cover the armorial bearings upon the panel. " ut if these inCuries are as terrible as /r. sunburned. % brougham was waiting for him. Speaking of my old friend and biographer. the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. !he good 1atson had at that time deserted me for a wife." "3es. "I have found out who our client is. gave a hurried order to the cockaded coachman.tenuating circumstances came out in the trial that the sentence. Sherlock Holmes was threatened with a prosecution for burglary." I cried.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( .ceedingly pertinacious. "!ry it yourself. "1omen of the /e Merville type do not act like that. My friend has not yet stood in the dock. I find from my notebook that it was in . $o." he answered. it is D" "It is a loyal friend and a chivalrous gentleman.!l-e&. /odd. sir. "5et that now and forever be enough for us. upstanding riton.ames M. % confederate who foresees your conclusions and course of action is always dangerous. Such e. I did not attempt to help him. but when an obCect is good and a client is sufficiently illustrious. fresh. where the light falls full upon them.aggerated estimates of my own performances. I was alone. !hat book will bring her back to earth 6 and I know nothing else that could. '()&. She cannot get past it. and I am compelled to admit that. no. I perceive. !hree days later appeared a paragraph in the Morning <ost to say that the marriage between aron %delbert 4runer and Miss Aiolet de Merville would not take place." I do not know how the incriminating book was used. Cust after the conclusion of the oer 1ar. "9rom South %frica. It is my habit to sit with my back to the window and to place my visitors in the opposite chair. She would love him the more as a disfigured martyr. a big. bursting with my great news.
!hen. Holmes.olonel :msworth." My client grinned mischievously. /odd appeared to be the sort of person whom it would be better to have as a friend than as an enemy. and it was not likely that he would be back for a year. and also that his father and he did not always hit it off too well." said he. /odd. He was ." "I see no more than you." "!hat is so. after two years' absence.olonel :msworth had not kicked me outD" "@icked you out=" "1ell.rimean A. Mr. but I have trained myself to notice what I see. so it is no wonder he volunteered.ed this appointment in very pressing terms it was clear that something sudden and important had occurred. and he would not drop a pal like that. I've been awake all night pu>>ling my brain. 1e took the rough and the smooth together for a year of hard fighting.bury #ld <ark2" "Mr. 3our letter came with that heading. !hat was all. it was not to discuss the science of observation that you called upon me this morning. 6 and he had the fighting blood in him. that my own affairs needed a lot of straightening out. He was my mate 6 and that means a good deal in the %rmy. I wasn't satisfied. months and more. I got one letter from the hospital at . "I wasn't satisfied. I wrote to the mother. "<erhaps you will e.bury #ld <ark. too. '0 "Imperial 3eomanry. and a good deal has happened since then. !hen he was hit with a bullet from an elephant gun in the action near /iamond Hill outside"<retoria. your card has already shown me that you are a stockbroker from !hrogmorton Street.pression. He was a good lad. indeed. 3ou wear a short beard. If . He is a hard nail. . Mr. It happened. and we all got back. and the more I think the more incredible does it become. 3ou have the cut of a riding"man. and young 4odfrey had too much spirit to stand it. I waited a bit and then I wrote again.4odfrey was my chum." Mr. near edford. " ut I will give you the facts. and as you fi. "1ell. !his time I had a reply." I smiled at his bewildered e.ames M. 1e formed a friendship 6 the sort of friendship which can only be made when one lives the same life and shares the same Coys and sorrows. which shows that you were not a regular.. is . . I wrote to his father and asked where 4odfrey was. Holmes.anuary. what have you done2" I asked. !he whole thing seemed to me so damned unnatural. therefore 6 I had had ?uite enough of the curmudgeon of a father 6 and I made a clean frontal attack. Holmes D=" "My dear sir. you are a wi>ard. %s to Middlese. His blue eyes were stern and his s?uare Caw had set hard as he spoke.. !he old man was sometimes a bully. However. Holmes. "1ell. I couldn't have stuck the colonel if it had not been for 4odfrey's sake. "I had got into the way of supposing that you knew everything without being told. and he my closest pal. '()' 6 Cust two years ago 6 young 4odfrey :msworth had Coined the same s?uadron.ape !own and one from Southampton.orps. and I hope to 4od that you will be able to tell me what they mean." "3es. It was not like him. and it was a day of rough language. 1hat has been happening at !u. ut the letter was written in the afternoon. .olonel :msworth's only son 6 :msworth the . Mr. 4odfrey had gone on a voyage round the world." "Middlese. "My first move was to get down to his home. "1hen I Coined up in . and with his handkerchief in his sleeve instead of in his pocket. 1hat other regiment would you Coin2" "3ou see everything. when the war was over." ":.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . !here was not a finer lad in the regiment.plain what you are talking about. Mr. and I determined that I would get to the root of the matter. !he greatest martinet in the %rmy in his day. it is not difficult to place him. I happened to know that he was heir to a lot of money. $o.actly. $o answer. short and gruff. I fancy. I had a great deal . there is no mystery. however.!l-e&. ut since I have taken it up I mean to drop everything in order to see it through. and so it is only this week that I have been able to take up 4odfrey's case again. !u. no doubt. for si. and to see for myself how the ground lay. again. "1hen a gentleman of virile appearance enters my room with such tan upon his face as an :nglish sun could never give." I lit my pipe and leaned back in my chair. that was what it amounted to. Since then not a word 6 not one word.
'would take offense at your infernal pertinacity and would think that this insistence had reached the point of damned impertinence. a huge. sir. et cetera2 In reply I had ?uite an amiable answer from her and an offer to put me up for the night. of course. !he mother I liked also 6 a gentle little white mouse of a woman.periences. but the old man seemed morose and depressed. bare room on the ground floor. Mr. and has decided how to meet it. who seemed about the same age as the house. ' ut perhaps you would have the goodness to let me have the name of the steamer and of the line by which he sailed. " '1ell. Holmes. sir. !here was a butler.' " 'I have his letters to me in my pocket.' I answered. standing in a considerable park. !here was no getting past it.' " '3ou must put it down. and two fierce gray eyes glared at me from under tufted brows.!l-e&.pression of one who has seen his adversary make a dangerous move at chess.' said he.' "He glanced at the two which I handed him. I opened the . She had been 4odfrey's nurse. " '3es. so I had to walk. one is not too particular about one's ?uarters. sir.planation on to any other friends who may be interested in the matter. !hat was what took me down on Monday. bow"backed man with a smoky skin and a straggling gray beard. % red"veined nose Cutted out like a vulture's beak. Holmes. together with the date. as gloomy as the rest of the house.cuse as soon as I decently could and retired to my bedroom. the three of us. 'E of interest which I might tell her of our common e. "!u. faded old room. in a gloomy. starting on a half"timbered :li>abethan foundation and ending in a Aictorian portico. and I had heard him speak of her as second only to his mother in his affections. Many ties and memories united us.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( .' "My re?uest seemed both to pu>>le and to irritate my host. that I had already corresponded with you and had told you what had become of him. sir. seated behind his littered desk. 1e dined ?uietly. I could only pretend to accept the situation and register a vow inwardly that I would never rest until my friend's fate had been cleared up.bury #ld Hall is inaccessible 6 five miles from anywhere. I must ask you. and then he tossed them back. but I would ask you to let the present and the future alone. Mr. who might have been older. yes. " 'Many people. to drop these in?uiries.' "So I came to a dead end. so I was drawn to her in spite of her ?ueer appearance. He has gone upon a voyage round the world.periences. and he tapped his fingers impatiently on the table.' said he in a rasping voice. I should be in the neighborhood. 1e have. a house of shadows and mystery. to my real love for your son.ious to hear something of 4odfrey's past which you are in a position to tell her. " '1ell. :very family has its own inner knowledge and its own motives.' " ':. Is it not natural that I should wonder at his sudden silence and should wish to know what has become of him2' " 'I have some recollections. I have already made every allowance upon that score. sir. however well"intentioned. !here was no trap at the station. however. Inside it was all paneling and tapestry and half"effaced old pictures. Mr. you said that you had known 4odfrey in %frica. and there I found him. " 'I was fond of your son 4odfrey. He looked up at last with the e. I was shown straight into his study. and it was nearly dark before I arrived. My wife is an. His health was in a poor way after his %frican e. It was a large. Such in?uiries serve no useful purpose. and both his mother and I were of opinion that complete rest and change were needed. 'I should be interested to know the real reasons for this visit. /odd.' "I answered that I had e. carrying my suitcase.plained them in my letter to his wife.' " '@indly let me see them.actly. would there be any obCection. I could understand now why 4odfrey seldom spoke of his father. I should Cudge it was of all sorts of ages and styles. It is a great wandering house. I was so bored by the whole proceeding that I made an e. which cannot always be made clear to outsiders. His great eyebrows came down over his eyes. only your word for that. but after a year of sleeping upon the veldt.ertainly. I have no doubt that I should be able to get a letter through to him.' " '. what then2' he asked. It was a dull evening. @indly pass that e. "1e had a bit of barney right away. old Ialph. It was only the colonel himself whom I barred. and there was his wife. and place us in a delicate and difficult position. and I should have walked back to the station if I had not felt that it might be playing his game for me to do so. !he lady ?uestioned me eagerly about her son.
iously pondering the matter when I looked up. "!here was something shocking about the man. I reckon ghosts may look like that+ but his eyes met mine. ." My client had paused as one in deep emotion. "3ou will think.learly my poor friend had become involved in some criminal or. that I returned to my chair in no very happy state of mind. but it was his face which held my ga>e. sir. He was a fine boy 6 and oh. '3ou are going to answer one ?uestion before you leave if I have to hold you all night. I was an. but even now it was my duty to hunt him out and see if I could aid him. sir. sir. !hen I sat down by the roaring fire with the lamp on a table beside me.' "!he old butler rubbed his skinny hands. and they were the eyes of a living man. 3ou know. "<ray continue. His figure was framed in this gap. 3ou speak as if he were dead. at the least.!l-e&. however. !he window came down to the ground and I could see the whole length of it. with his face pressed against the glass. and. He was like a man hypnoti>ed !he answer was dragged from his lips. yes. ." "He was outside the window. !he old man's words seemed to me to bear only one interpretation. something guilty 6 something very unlike the frank. He pulled me out once from under the rifles of the oers. Mr. and he vanished into the darkness. Holmes. the old butler. !here's not a tree in the park. " '3es. who came in with a fresh supply of coals. $othing would stop him. " 'I wish to 4od he was=' he cried. and I was some little time before I could throw it up. if it was indeed so.' I said. and so I may say I am his foster "father. he keeps his nerve and acts ?uickly. He knows. Mr. by Ialph. that is Master 4odfrey all over. !hen I nipped through and ran down the garden path in the direction that I thought he might have taken. sir. and there was 4odfrey :msworth standing before me. Is 4odfrey dead2" "He could not face my eyes.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . He was easily influenced by those around him. manly lad that I had known. that he has not climbed. tearing himself free he dashed from the room.' "He was leaving the room. It's natural we should take an interest. sir. '3ou say he was. "3our problem presents some very unusual features. but I held his arm " '5isten. or maybe I should not be here. but he shrank away.' "He hesitated before leaving the room. sir. It wasn't merely that ghastly face glimmering as white as cheese in the darkness. " '5ook here=' I cried. I have told you that I looked out at the night. that my wife nursed him. %sk the master about Master 4odfrey. It was more subtle than that 6 something slinking. 1hen I did so I left the curtains partly open.' "I sprang to my feet. 1hat is all this mystery2 1hat has become of 4odfrey :msworth2' "I gripped the old man by the shoulder. disreputable transaction which touched the family honor. %nd you say he carried himself well. Mr. He was always courageous. 4odfrey was a reckless fellow. It was a terrible and une. Holmes. Holmes. He was deadly pale 6 never have I seen a man so white. It is bitter weather and these rooms are cold. It is not for me to interfere.pected one. remarking that it was a fine night with a bright half"moon. and endeavored to distract my mind with a novel. $o doubt he had fallen into bad hands and been misled to his ruin. " 'I thought you might run short in the nighttime. It was a piteous business. " ut when a man has been soldiering for a year or two with brother oer as a playmate. but I could not help hearing what you said of young Master 4odfrey at dinner. sir2' " '!here was no braver man in the regiment. he was a fine man. !here was an awkward catch. It left a feeling of horror in my mind. " ' eg your pardon. I was interrupted. and when I looked round he was standing facing me with a wistful look upon his wrinkled face. !hat stern old man had sent his son away and hidden him from the world lest some scandal should come to light." I said. He sprang back when he saw that I was looking at him. something furtive. " 'I don't know what you mean. 'F curtains and looked out into the garden. 4odfrey had hardly vanished before I was at the window. sir.
"I had a good look at the little house as I passed it. and he had shut a door behind him. !here was no difficulty in the way.' I continued. " '1hat a pity that he should be away on his travels. so far as one could see. somewhere in the darkness. but I knew the familiar slope of his shoulders. ". but where and why remained to be solved.' said he with a rather guilty air. He was leaning upon his elbow in an attitude of great melancholy.t day I found the colonel rather more conciliatory. 'H "It was a long path and the light was not very good. his body turned towards the fire. I might spoil my own game and even be ordered off the premises if I were too audacious. He was smoking a pipe and reading a paper. !hen he looked at me with some surprise on his face. !hat was enough. and I spent an uneasy night turning the matter over in my mind and trying to find some theory which would cover the facts. !herefore. #f that I was certain. so I concentrated my attention upon this. but when I turned I observed that he was standing watching me. "!he house was so large and so rambling that a regiment might be hid away in it and no one the wiser. so that I could see the inside of the room. . but ahead of me. "!here was nothing more I could do. 4odfrey had run away from me. it gave me an opening to ask whether my presence for one more night would incommode them. but the windows were heavily curtained." "<ossibly you observed whether it was a broad"leafed paper or of that smaller type which one associates with weeklies. Some light.olonel :msworth beside me. brisk. but at the end of the garden there was a detached building of some si>e 6 large enough for a gardener's or a gamekeeper's residence. I had little thought to spare upon such details. "I e. My client seemed annoyed at the interruption of his narrative. half"concealed by the laurels at the far end of the garden. was breaking through one of them.plained that I was and that I was a friend of 4odfrey's. and as his wife remarked that there were some places of interest in the neighborhood. for the old people were busy in their own fashion and left me to my own devices. to assure me that what I had seen was not a vision. 1hen I got to the end of the path there were several others branching in different directions to various outhouses. "It is most essential. it was empty. I was in luck. it was not large. a bright lamp and a bla>ing fire. I was hesitating as to what I should do when there was a sharp tap on my shoulder. and I could swear that this second man was 4odfrey. However. !o my surprise. however. I strolled back to the house and waited for night before I went on with my in?uiry. $e. and as I did so I heard distinctly the sound of a closing door. Mr. for a second man was seated with his back to the window. It was a cheery place enough. ut the door which I had heard close was certainly not in the house.ould this be the place whence the sound of that shutting door had come2 I approached it in a careless fashion as though I were strolling aimlessly round the grounds. for he would have so liked to see me. . a small. for I was still conscious that I was being watched. #pposite to me was seated the little man whom I had seen in the morning. "I have said that it was heavily curtained.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . :. I stood hesitating. I was already perfectly convinced that 4odfrey was in hiding somewhere near. and. " '%re you a visitor here2' he asked.plore the garden and see what I could find.an it matter2" he asked.' He passed on. 1hen all was dark and ?uiet I slipped out of my window and made my way as silently as possible to the mysterious lodge. %s I did so. and there was a crack in the shutter. but it was no use.!l-e&. Holmes. bearded man in a black coat and bowler hat 6 not at all the gardener type 6 came out of the door. for the curtain had not been ?uite closed. "!here were several small outhouses. % somewhat grudging ac?uiescence from the old man gave me a clear day in which to make my observations. and there was . he locked it after him and put the key in his pocket. but now I found that the windows were shuttered as well. If the secret lay there it was difficult for me to penetrate it. " '8uite so. '$o doubt you will renew your visit at some more propitious time." "$ow that you mention it. I ran on and called his name. I must e." "I really took no notice." "1hat paper2" I asked.actly. I could not see his face. It might have been the Spectator. but it seemed to me something was moving ahead of me. It was not behind me in the house.
'3ou have made a most damnable intrusion into the privacy of our family. " '!he matter will not bear discussion. I have no idea what your motives are in cutting him off in this fashion. %s we drove to :ustonn we picked up a grave and tacitum gentleman of iron"gray aspect. and I am convinced that for some reason of your own you are concealing him from the world.t week." "!here was no servant.' said he. '!he trap will be at the door at eight. !hey seemed to live in the simplest fashion." Such was the problem which my visitor laid before me.iety for my friend. However. He seemed. I warn you." "!hat was very wise. I took the appointed train in the morning." I asked+ "how many were in the house2" "!o the best of my belief there were only the old butler and his wife. Holmes. He had picked up a timetable in the hall. . after a long glare of rage he turned upon his heel and walked out of the room. Mr. however." "!oday2" It happened that at the moment I was clearing up the case which my friend 1atson has described as that of the %bbey School.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . in which the /uke of 4reyminster was so deeply involved. I will go back with you to !u. to narrow down the possible solutions. that I was able to start forth on my mission to edfordshire in company with Mr. I did see old Ialph carrying a basket down the garden walk and going in the direction of this house.ames M. fierce old giant. to be ?uite a superior person. "!he servants. and I shall certainly not allow myself to be intimidated by anything which you may say or do. as political conse?uences of the gravest kind might arise from its neglect.bury #ld <ark. elementary as it was. /odd. in the detached house2" "$one. with whom I had made the necessary arrangements." "3ou said nothing of your suspicions2" "$othing. !he matter should certainly be in?uired into. " 'I have seen your son. indeed. . and I spoke with some warmth. 3ou were here as a guest and you have become a spy. Had you any indication that food was conveyed from the one house to the other2" "$ow that you mention it. with the full intention of coming straight to you and asking for your advice and assistance at the appointment for which I had already written. I felt myself in so difficult a position that I could only stammer out a few incoherent apologies in which I tried to e. and. 'J " '!his way. It presented. " !here is a train to 5ondon at J-&).' said he abruptly. I now proceeded. oth of them assured me that he had gone for a voyage round the world.' "He was white with rage." "/id you make any local in?uiries2" "3es. then. sir.olonel :msworth. and I really thought he was about to attack me. that until I am assured as to the safety and well"being of my friend I shall never desist in my efforts to get to the bottom of the mystery. !herefore it was not until the beginning of the ne. save that I have no wish ever to see you again. there were points of interest and novelty about it which may e. 4odfrey :msworth.!l-e&.cuse my placing it upon record. Still. !he story was evidently universally accepted. for a very limited choice of alternatives must get to the root of the matter. I spoke to the stationmaster and also to the innkeeper in the village. !he idea of food did not occur to me at the moment. but I am sure that he is no longer a free agent. I have said that he was a gaunt. sir=' said he in a low voice. He walked in silence to the house. and I followed him into my own bedroom. unless the little man with the beard acted as such. He had come home and then had almost at once started off again. 9or my part.' "%t this I lost my temper. as my diary records. as the astute reader will have already perceived. I had also a commission from the Sultan of !urkey which called for immediate action.' "!he old fellow looked diabolical. ." "!hat seems very suggestive. I have nothing more to say. I did. few difficulties in its solution. and though I am no weakling I might have been hard put to it to hold my own against him. using my familiar method of logical analysis.cuse myself by urging my an. I simply asked if they knew anything of my old comrade.
sir= y 4od. laying them down on the hall"table as we passed in." said the old soldier." "/id you call to him2" "I was too startled and horrified for the moment. I had re?uisitioned the carriage for the day and had asked my elderly friend to remain within it unless we should summon him." !he narratives of 1atson have accustomed the reader. no. It seemed to center on the hall table. 1e heard his ?uick. after a considerable drive. it was he. !here is no opening for them here. placed my hat there. "3ou say that you saw your friend's face ?uite clearly at the window. that you are warned off the premises2 $ever dare to show your damned face here again.!l-e&. a little wrinkled old fellow." "I am not so easily altered. He wore brown leather gloves. it was undoubtedly from them that the curious tarry dour was oo>ing. Ialph." said I to /odd. '( "!his is an old friend. stooped to pick it up. !he door was flung open and he rushed in with bristling beard and twisted features. sir. !hen I pursued him. Mr. and contrived to bring my nose within a foot of the gloves. I turned." "#ne moment.olonel :msworth was not in his room. "Ialph. heavy step in the passage." "It could not have been someone resembling him2" "$o. I am familiar with your ignoble profession. but he came ?uickly enough on receipt of Ialph's message. #n the other hand. "It is possible that his presence may be entirely unnecessary. we arrived at the strange old rambling house which my client had described. 1hat the devil are you waiting for2 Iing up the police=" . %las." "I cannot leave here. and he tore them up and stamped on the fragments." he said. /odd seemed surprised. an abnormally acute set of senses." My case was practically complete. His face was 6 how shall I describe it2 6 it was of a fish"belly whiteness." " ut you say he was changed2" "#nly in color. who opened the door. as terrible an old man as ever I have seen. "telephone down to the county police and ask the inspector to send up two constables. "until I hear from 4odfrey's own lips that he is under no restraint. he should recogni>e that your action is prompted entirely by solicitude for his son." turning upon me." said I. "Ialph. !ell him there are burglars in the house. He held our cards in his hand. I will= %s to you. !he lamplight shone full upon him. 3es. to the fact that I do not waste words or disclose my thoughts while a case is actually under consideration. and the three of us continued our Courney together. and." "1as it e?ually pale all over2" "I think not. It was his brow which I saw so clearly as it was pressed against the window. It was bleached. as my friend 1atson may have remarked. that I should have to show my hand so when I tell my own story= It was by concealing such links in the chain that 1atson was enabled to produce his meretricious finales. and there was only one small incident needed to round it off. "Have I not told you. I have. but you must take your reputed talents to some other field. was in the conventional costume of black coat and pepper"and"salt trousers. no doubt. do what I have told you. the elderly butler. I passed on into the study with my case complete. it was Ialph. and a faint but incisive scent was apparent. If you enter again without my leave I shall be within my rights if I use violence." said my client firmly. which at sight of us he instantly shuffled off. as I have told you. so clearly that you are sure of his identity2" "I have no doubt about it whatever. His nose was pressed against the glass." #ur involuntary host rang the bell. It is not necessary at the present stage to go further into the matter.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . that . knocked it off. you infernal busybody. In the train I asked /odd one more ?uestion which I wished our companion to hear. /odd. I venture to hope that if I were allowed to have five minutes conversation with . with only one curious variant.olonel :msworth is within his rights and that we have no legal status within his house. but nothing more was said. it may be essential. but without result. "I e. "3ou must be aware. I'll shoot you. .tend the same warning to you. on the other hand. 1hen.olonel :msworth I could certainly alter his view of the matter.
!hen he made a gesture of resignation.traordinary nightmare. "How do you know2" he gasped. Ialph. In front of me was standing a small. very different from a crisp healthy frost." said he. 4odfrey see us2" "3es. and I had to run to my burrow when I heard the window go up. he is waiting inside. but you have me at a disadvantage. Mr. "!hat. It is no doing of mine.an Mr. I hoped you would not have seen me. 4odfrey.traordinary. "!his is very sudden. I saw you that night when you looked into my window. and it seemed to me that instead of coming out into a world of sanity I had emerged into some e.pression save ama>ement had vanished. waving two horrible hands which looked to me like brown sponges. !o my surprise there was a house close beside me. you may well stare= I don't ?uite look the smart 5ance". but I could have done without your friend. hardly conscious of what I did. sitting down heavily in his chair." I took out my notebook and scribbled one word upon a loose sheet. who was Cabbering e. "1hen I came to myself it was nightfall. "!hat's why I don't court visitors. old man." said I as I handed it to ." "!hree of us got separated from the others. !hat is my trade." said he. @ent that in five minutes we shall be with them. 4odfrey and Mr. *) "$othing of the sort. tell Mr." He sat in deep thought. and I could not let the matter rest till I had cleared things up. curtainless windows. I got an elephant bullet through my shoulder." said he. you may remember. It was unmade. a fairly large house with a broad stoop and many windows. a deadly. passing into a large room which contained several beds.olonel :msworth. . @ent. I have a dim memory of slowly ascending the steps.olonel :msworth. of S?uadron. "1hy. I heard that but I never got particulars. sickening sort of cold." He turned and led us into a large plainly furnished front room. you shall. and I raised myself up. however. but mottled in patches over this darker surface were curious whitish patches which had bleached his skin. do I2" His appearance was certainly e. but he lay low and got the three of us. I was chilled to the bone.immie.immie.orporal :msworth. whitewashed dormitory stood out hard and clear. . on the :astern railway line2 3ou heard I was hit2" "3es. @eep your distance. "It is my business to know things. but that troubled me not at all. I stuck on to my horse. "/on't touch me. !here was Simpson 6 the fellow we called aldy Simpson 6 and %nderson. "%ny police interference would bring about the very catastrophe which you dread. . and every detail of the great. "!his will disarrange all our plans." %t the end of that time we passed down the garden path and found ourselves in front of the mystery house at the end. bare. I suppose there is some good reason for it. It was deadly cold. 3es. % small bearded man stood at the door with a look of considerable astonishment upon his face. #ne could see that he had indeed been a handsome man with clear"cut features sunburned by an %frican sun." "I wanted to be sure that all was well with you. It was very broken country. #ur hands have been forced." He stared at the writing with a face from which every e." "#ld Ialph told me you were there. it's not a long story to tell.citedly in /utch. and he galloped several miles before I fainted and rolled off the saddle. "3ou remember that morning fight at uffelsspruit. entering a wide"opened door. !he %frican sun flooded through the big. 1ell. and I.!l-e&. "It was morning when I wakened. and I couldn't help taking a peep at you. outside <retoria. bulbous head. his gaunt hand tugging at his straggling beard. 1e were clearing brother oer. . putting my back to the door." " ut what in heaven's name is the matter2" "1ell. 3ou remember the kind of numb cold which used to come at evening.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . feeling very weak and ill." "I can't help it. this is fine=" ut the other waved him back. if you wish to see 4odfrey. and at the sight of him my client sprang forward with outstretched hand. "is what has brought us here. I drew the clothes over my shivering body and in a moment I was in a deep sleep. lighting a cigarette. I staggered to my feet and dragged myself along. and throwing myself down with a gasp of satisfaction upon one of them. % man was standing with his back to the fire. dwarf"like man with a huge. and my only hope seemed to lie in reaching that house. but you have forced my hand. "1ell. "I don't mind you. ." I said. !he other two were killed. 4odfrey.
!l-e&. into a prodigy. and I should have been dragged to my horrible doom. and he is ready to advise as a friend rather than as a specialist. I understand. !hen. 1hen I tell my own story I have no such aid. "I foresaw this situation. we may perhaps assemble in your study. which included 4odfrey's mother in the study of . 1hat was I to do2 I was in this lonely house. !he little monster was as strong as a bull.ames Saunders." "!hat is so. .olonel :msworth. 1e had two servants whom we could utterly trust. ut absolute secrecy was necessary. .olonel :msworth pointed to me. !he alternative was a dreadful one 6 segregation for life among strangers with never a hope of release. and my persecutor shrank away.olonel :msworth. It seemed simple enough on those lines. !hen he turned upon me. '1ait a bit= I see that you are tired out and that wounded shoulder of yours wants looking after." . *' ehind him stood a group of people who seemed to be intensely amused by the situation. he would none the less never have dared to do what I had done." "It seemed to me that if he knew so much as that it was safer that he should know all." !he prospect of an interview with 5ord Ioberts would not have e. May I ask. . which is but systemati>ed common sense. or even in this ?uiet countryside there would have been an outcry. 3ou have avoided this. treated me kindly. I understand. @ent. and within a week or so I was removed to the general hospital at <retoria. y cunning ?uestions and eCaculations of wonder he could elevate my simple art. if you are an authority on such complaints. "1ho knows but good may come of it2 I understand that only Mr. regardless of the fresh flow of blood from my wound.plained.ames to step this way.olonel :msworth. He put me in a private room. He is at present in the carriage outside the door. "!his is the gentleman who forced my hand. for fear that pressure should be put upon you to segregate the patient. @ent.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Meanwhile." he observed with some stiffness. %nd yet I will give my process of thought even as I gave it to my small audience. His name is Sir ." "%nd so it was. and. which are. @ent has seen the patient. their medical superintendent. ga>ing at me in the utmost ama>ement. man alive= you are in far greater danger here than ever you were on the battlefield. but the situation wanted clearing up. uttering wild"beast cries.planations. who assured me that. :ven you. I am a doctor.immie 6 even you had to be kept in the dark. he had laid his deformed hands upon me and was dragging me out of bed. and you have slept in a leper's bed. "It seemed that none of them could speak :nglish. "and I have brought with me a friend whose discretion may absolutely be trusted. "!hen I will ask Sir . I hoped against hope. "I have no doubt. who is a surgeon. 1hy my father has relented I cannot imagine. but it was not until I had reached home that the terrible signs which you see upon my face told me that I had not escaped. for the creature with the big head was growing furiously angry." I e. they had been brought back by this. that you are fully competent." he murmured. but I am sure that you will agree that in such a case a second opinion is valuable. 7nder pledge of secrecy.' "$eed I tell you more. but a chill came over me as I looked at them. where I could give the necessary e." He unfolded the scrap of paper on which I had written the word "5eprosy. "So there you have my tragedy. Mr. . tropical or semitropical in their nature2" "I have the ordinary knowledge of the educated medical man. was prepared to stay with me. "I shall indeed be proud.immie2 It seems that in view of the approaching battle all these poor creatures had been evacuated the day before. $ot one of them was a normal human being. ut." said ." said I. and I'll soon have you tied up. and I don't know what he might have done to me had not an elderly man who was clearly in authority been attracted to the room by the hubbub+ He said a few stern words in /utch. !he laughter of these strange monstrosities was a dreadful thing to hear. !here was a house where I could live. sir." %nd here it is that I miss my 1atson. as the ritish advanced. " 'How in the world did you come here2' he asked in ama>ement. :very one was twisted or swollen or disfigured in some strange way.cited greater wonder and pleasure in a raw subaltern than was now reflected upon the face of Mr. I was able once to do him a professional service. 3ou are in the 5eper Hospital. though he believed he was immune to the disease. sir.
% devoted medical man. the coincidence is a remarkable one. the coal"scuttle. I could see no e. ut for once his sphin. this constraint could not be severe or the young man could not have got loose and come down to have a look at his friend. % single word showed you.planations remain. Holmes. $o unsolved crime had been reported from that district. rare and unlikely as it was."like features had rela. who had helped . then. then whatever remains.traordinary chance this youth might have contracted it. and if I wrote rather than said it. then. everything seemed to fit. He looked round him at the scientific charts upon the wall. my last doubts were removed. "Insanity was more plausible. ** "!hat process. It may well be that several e. had gloves which are impregnated with disinfectants. then clearly it would be to the interest of the family to get rid of the delin?uent and send him abroad rather than keep him concealed at home.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . all this desperate desire for secrecy2 #nce again I could not get the theory to fit the facts. for e. it was to prove to you that my discretion was to be trusted. 9inally. the young but very wise and tactful page.olonel :msworth and shook him by the hand. !he presence of the second person in the outhouse suggested a keeper.planation that he was in hiding for a crime. or that he was mad and that they wished to avoid an asylum. the acid"charred bench of chemicals. /odd. to keep a lunatic upon private premises so long as there is a ?ualified person in attendance and that the authorities have been duly notified.planations of the seclusion or incarceration of this gentleman in an outhouse of his father's mansion. If it were some crime not yet discovered. "!his occasion is the more welcome.planation for such a line of conduct. 5eprosy is not uncommon in South %frica. in which case one tries test after test until one or other of them has a convincing amount of support.!l-e&. It is not leprosy. sir. 1atson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in aker Street which had been the starting"point of so many remarkable adventures. a scalelike affection of the skin. into which. obstinate. @ent was reading. but possibly curable. Mr. the violin"case leaning in the corner. had to be sifted and balanced against each other." I was finishing this little analysis of the case when the door was opened and the austere figure of the great dermatologist was ushered in. 1hen on arriving here I noticed that Ialph. Mr. since they would desire to save him from segregation. asking you.ed and there was a warm humanity in his eyes. that I felt round for points. leaching of the skin is a common result of the disease. !here was the e. must be the truth. "!he criminal solution would not bear inspection. 1e will now apply this principle to the case in point." "1hat2" "% well"marked case of pseudo"leprosy or ichthyosis. 3ou will remember. His people would be placed in a very dreadful position. !he fact that he locked the door when he came out strengthened the supposition and gave the idea of constraint.ample. which contained of old the pipes and tobacco. "starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible. Had it been the 5ancet or the ritish Medical . I pledge my professional reputation 6 ut the lady has fainted= I think that Mr. !hese. !he case was a strong one 6 so strong that I determined to act as if it were actually proved. or that he had some disease which caused his segregation. 4reat secrecy would be needed to prevent rumors from getting about and subse?uent interference by the authorities." said he. that your secret was discovered. #n the other hand. @ent had better be with her until she recovers from this Coyous shock. %s it was first presented to me. who carries out the meals. his eyes came round to the fresh and smiling face of illy.posure to its contagion may not produce a physical effect which simulates that which it fears2 %t any rate. ut is it coincidence2 %re there not subtle forces at work of which we know little2 %re we assured that the apprehension from which this young man has no doubt suffered terribly since his e." The A !enture of the $a%ar#n Stone It was pleasant to /r. y some e. however improbable. I was sure of that. there were three possible e. !here would be no reason why the latter should not be allowed freedom after dark. and certainly noninfective. 3es. if sufficiently paid. "!here remained the third possibility. would easily be found to take charge of the sufferer. about the paper which Mr." said I. unsightly. It is not illegal. however. 1hy. "It is often my lot to bring ill"tidings and seldom good. I could think of no other ade?uate solutions.ournal it would have helped me. He strode up to .
as one who discusses great secrets of State. "I think he's in bed and asleep. illy. illy detached the head and held it in the air. "I don't mind telling you. so that it may seem more lifelike.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . /r. illy. " ut what is it all about. illy2" illy sank his voice. !hat boy is a problem. $either can Mr. sir. sir. Holmes knows it2" "Mr. 1atson. !hey must get it back. He drew the window curtains apart and looked out into the street. and I can't do without you Cust yet." 1atson had taken a step forward when the bedroom door opened." illy pointed with a grin to a very baggy parasol which leaned against the sofa. either." "%nd Mr. 1atson was sufficiently familiar with the irregularity of his old friend's hours to feel no surprise at the idea. Holmes2' Mrs. Holmes2" . ut when it's up you can see this from across the way. Holmes and he was against employing him. He soon put them at their ease and promised he would do all he could. It's this case of the . *& a little to fill up the gap of loneliness and isolation which surrounded the saturnine figure of the great detective. 3ou come at a critical moment. 'Seven"thirty. Have a look for yourself. "1e put it at different angles. "!hat means a case. 1ith a single spring he was at the window." "3es. 1e've got something funny behind it. I can see a fellow now at the window. dressing"gown and all. sir. the day after tomorrow.antlemere D" "%h=" "3es.rown diamond. the face turned three"?uarters towards the window and downward. ut I say. Holmes. 3ou see. !here was a facsimile of his old friend. and he eats nothing. 3ou know his way when he is keen on a case. How far am I Custified in allowing him to be in danger2" "/anger of what. but /r. he don't believe in Mr. you know what that means. Hudson asked. if I may say so. It was seven in the evening of a lovely summer's day. but it should go no farther." said he. "!hat will do.' said he. "It all seems very unchanged. I suppose2" "3es." "1hat 6 the hundred"thousand"pound burglary2" "3es. but I can't stand his 5ordship. '1hen will you be pleased to dine. sir. Mr. I know. illy. his face pale and drawn. Holmes had it put up there three days ago." "He's following someone." " efore my time. sir." he said. Mr." said illy. and I ought to know his ways by now. and I've nothing against the Home Secretary. "3ou were in danger of your life then." "1e used something of the sort once before." illy advanced and drew away the drapery which screened the alcove of the bow window. my boy. it is good to see you in your old ?uarters once again. I wouldn't dare touch it if the blind were not down. 1hy. I hope the same can be said of him2" illy glanced with some solicitude at the closed door of the bedroom. thin form of Holmes emerged.antlemere will be confounded. Holmes was very nice to them. He gets paler and thinner. I'm frightened for his health. and the long. he is very hard at it Cust now. "!hat's part of the old woman's outfit. I can get along with the <rime Minister. what is that curtain for across the window2" "Mr. while the body was sunk deep in an armchair. illy. we had the <rime Minister and the Home Secretary both sitting on that very sofa. "!here are folk who watch us from over yonder. 1ell. sir. sir.!l-e&." he said. we'll hope he won't fail and that 5ord . obliging sort of man. illy." "3ou can go. and had drawn the blind once more. He's a stiff'un. !oday he was an old woman. 1atson. 1atson could not restrain a cry of ama>ement." "So I gather. he did. as though reading an invisible book. He'd rather he failed. 9airly took me in." "1ell. !hen there is 5ord . 3ou don't change. Holmes always knows whatever there is to know. who seemed a civil. 3esterday he was out as a workman looking for a Cob. but his step and bearing as active as ever.
$ot a bad fellow. Holmes=" ":ven my limited sense of humor could evolve a better Coke than that. you know. I'm e. yes. no." "1here is this .ount $egretto Sylvius. Madame. it is the brain I must consider. ut I have not got the stone. Sam. Holmes." "It might have been tragedy. *0 "#f sudden death.' said he 6 half"ltalian. but a devil incarnate in the other mood.!l-e&. 1atson was always the man of action. Have you seen the dummy2 #f course. 1rite it down. It's the stone I want. 3ou bear every sign of the busy medical man. 1hat is the use of taking them2 1e can make the world a better place by laying them by the heels.pecting something this evening. 1atson. He actually picked up my parasol for me once. 3ou have not. <ossibly you have heard of his reputation as a shooter of big game.ount has used him. 1ell.ount Sylvius2" "I've been at his very elbow all the morning.rown Cewel=" "3es.pected this.cellent sporting record if he added me to his bag.ount me in. illy. He is a great big silly bullheaded gudgeon. 1atson= % man of nerve. what is it2" !he boy had reappeared in the room with a card upon a tray. man. ut can't you have this fellow arrested2" "3es. and he's a shark. !herefore. 1hy. I was never more convincing. may we not2 Is alcohol permitted2 !he gasogene and cigars are in the old place. it may get a bullet through its beautiful head at any moment." " ut why don't you2" " ecause I don't know where the diamond is." "Send for the police. "!he man himself.. It would indeed be a triumphant ending to his e. I am a brain. learned to despise my pipe and my lamentable tobacco2 It has to take the place of food these days." "%h= illy told me 6 the missing ." " ut why not eat2" " ecause the faculties become refined when you starve them. I hope. Strauben>ee made the air"gun 6 a very pretty bit of work. my dear 1atson. Sylvius is the name 6 . He knew only too well the immense risks taken by Holmes and was well aware that what he said was more likely to be understatement than e. I have nothing to do for a day or two.iety. !he rest of me is a mere appendi. 1atson. ". as a doctor. I had hardly e. ' y your leave. Sam's not a shark." "$ot such important ones. ut we may be comfortable in the meantime.er." ":. ut he is flopping about in my net all the same.pecting what2" "!o be murdered.ount Sylvius one of your fish2" "3es. 1atson. 3ou have added fibbing to your other vices. 5et me see you once more in the customary armchair. with my love and a parting blessing. write it down= '&F Moorside 4ardens." "%nd is this . 1atson. He bites. and he rose to the occasion. $. !his is a proof that he feels my toe very close behind his heel. you are Coking." .Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . ut that is not what I am out for. as I understand. 1atson. but the ." "3our morals don't improve. in case it should come off. surely. %h. Holmes glanced at it with raised eyebrows and an amused smile. !he other is Sam Merton the bo. you must admit that what your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to the brain. illy showed it to you. 3ou can give it to Scotland 3ard." "$o. I've cast my net and I have my fish. and with the Southern graces of manner when in the mood. I could. perhaps it might. !hat's what worries him so." " ut this danger. I followed him to old Strauben>ee's workshop in the Minories. 3ou've seen me as an old lady. Holmes2" "%h.aggeration. 1atson. with calls on him every hour. it would perhaps be as well that you should burden your memory with the name and address of the murderer. 4rasp the nettle. 5ife is full of whimsical happenings." "1ell. and I rather fancy it is in the opposite window at the present moment. the great yellow Ma>arin stone. 1. 4ot it2" 1atson's honest face was twitching with an.
1here is this gentleman. !hen the light of a horrible hope gleamed in his dark. "It's a pretty little thing. and I have. !he fellow's arrest will follow. %t first his e." said he. shining pin. Holmes." Holmes took out his notebook and scribbled a few lines. /. startled eyes. . "I. %s the door closed behind him he looked round him with fierce." said Holmes.ount scowled." "%ir"guns. !hat is why I am here. He may have come to murder you." Holmes swung his leg on the edge of the table.ount= /on't break it=" !he assassin staggered back..pression was one of pure ama>ement. sir. and glittering rings were flamboyant in their effect. my own way of doing it. He is as good at wa." It was.works as your friend Strauben>ee is at air"guns." "3ou would be horribly in the way. on tiptoe." "I should not be surprised. I. Holmes.ome back with the police. as if he would turn his violence from the effigy to the original+ but there was something in that steady gray eye and mocking smile which caused his hand to sink to his side. you can. I won't deny that I intended to assault you Cust now. 1atson. 1ould you glance carefully out of the window. made it. 1ould you care to put your revolver out also2 #h. this is simply impossible. advancing towards the image. there is one rough fellow near the door. but his brilliant necktie. " ut why these personal attentions2" . %nd you will. illy2" "In the waiting"room. *E "I probably shall." "!hat will be Sam Merton 6 the faithful but rather fatuous Sam. He was crouching for his final spring and blow when a cool. with heavy. too. 3our visit is really most opportune. my dear fellow 6 in my way." "I insist upon staying with you. and see if anyone is hanging about in the street2" 1atson looked warily round the edge of the curtain. "!avernier. He took one more glance round to see that there were no witnesses.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and surmounted by a long. and then. sardonic voice greeted him from the open bedroom door"/on't break it. therefore." "In his way2" "$o. show him in all the same. " !he . threatening eyebrows.sir. !he famous game"shot. 1atson. sir. very good. ." "If I am not in the room." He touched the bell. swarthy fellow. if you prefer to sit upon it." "Show him up when I ring." "3es.it is e. He was well dressed. !hen he gave a violent start as he saw the impassive head and the collar of the dressing"gown which proCected above the armchair in the window. for I wanted badly to have a few minutes' chat with you." "3es. with a formidable dark mustache shading a cruel. !hank you= <ray take a seat. ama>ement in his convulsed face. I am sure you will play it to the end. wished to have some words with you. "3es." "3es. and then he turned earnestly to his companion. the 9rench modeler." "1ell.ceedingly useful. ushered . "I rather gathered that you had some idea of the sort in your head. I can't possibly leave you. as you will remember. !his man has come for his own purpose. and man"about"town was a big. curved nose like the beak of an eagle. who sticks at nothing. !his second e. like one who suspects a trap at every turn. murderous eyes. thin"lipped mouth. "!ake a cab to Scotland 3ard and give this to 3oughal of the . " efore you return I may have Cust time enough to find out where the stone is. an empty room into which illy.ount Sylvius. he approached the silent figure." 1atson waited until the door was closed. ut not Cust yet. 9or an instant he half raised his loaded cane once more. I rather want to see my shark without his seeing me. for you have never failed to play the game. his thick stick half raised. sir= 1hat do you mean2" "<ut your hat and stick on the side"table. a minute later. "5ook here. !his is a desperate man.!l-e&. "I think we will go out through the bedroom." "I'll do that with Coy. sportsman. but he may stay for mine.
save only one thing. I should find myself on familiar terms with half the rogues' gallery. . Holmes." "1ell2" " ut why2" "1hy2 !he sport 6 the e. with my routine of work. and his hand involuntarily moved back to his hip"pocket. which you are about to tell me.cellent= ut I assure you you are mistaken about my alleged agents. "1hat you say only makes the matter worse. no doubt. and then pointed a derisive finger. "%nd you talk about bluff=" said he." "!hen. do you2 How the devil should I be able to tell you where it is2" "3ou can. .ount looked sharply at his companion. if you will be reasonable we can do business. . 3ou used to shoot lions in %lgeria. it is absolutely essential.ome now.ount. I should say that.ount's knotted brows gathered more heavily over his menacing eyes.ceptions are invidious.ount Sylvius." .ount Sylvius laughed contemptuously. for I know all about it." ":. from your point of view." "#h. 1hy2" ". you did not know. when you address me. to free the country from a pest2" ":.citement 6 the danger=" "%nd. so here we are=" !he ." "Ieally. "#h.ount Sylvius." !he ." "It is a small point. "3ou knew that I was after you for that. If not. you might never D" "Have seen this humble home again. ecause you have put your creatures upon my track. !he real reason why you are here tonight is to find out how much I know about the matter and how far my removal is absolutely essential. %nd now you give my little impersonations your kindly praise2" "It was you 6 you yourself2" Holmes shrugged his shoulders. 3esterday there was an old sporting man." "My creatures= I assure you no=" "$onsense= I have had them followed. ." "Indeed=" "3ou can't bluff me. "3ou can see in the corner the parasol which you so politely handed to me in the Minories before you began to suspect. It was not your agents but your play"acting. !oday it was an elderly woman. contracted and lightened until they were like two menacing points of steel. *F " ecause you have gone out of your way to annoy me. !hey held me in view all day. what is this missing fact2" "1here the ." "If I had known. you will get hurt. you see where the diamond is=" Holmes clapped his hands with amusement. I want that yellow diamond=" . and you will. "#ther people can observe as well as you. and you will agree that e. sit down= !here was another. sir.actly=" "My reasons in a nutshell=" !he .ount Sylvius lay back in his chair with an evil smile. indeed= %nd pray. 1ell. you want to know that. sir. I see to the very back of your mind. "7pon my word=" said he. "!hen you do know.ount Sylvius threw up his eyes to the ceiling. 3ou can understand that.!l-e&. more practical.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . but perhaps you would kindly give me my prefi. "Sit down. . you compliment me." "$ow. busybody self= 3ou admit that you have dogged me. then. %s it happens." "1ell.ount. Holmes. I was well aware of it.rown diamond now is. reason. !wo can play at that game. Mr. "3ou are absolute plate"glass. as he ga>ed at him. 1e all have neglected opportunities to deplore.ount sprang to his feet. of course." Holmes's eyes. #ld aron /owson said the night before he was hanged that in my case what the law had gained the stage had lost. 3ou have admitted it=" "I admit nothing." .
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Holmes looked at him thoughtfully like a master chess"player who meditates his crowning move. !hen he threw open the table drawer and drew out a s?uat notebook. "/o you know what I keep in this book2" "$o, sir, I do not=" "3ou=" "Me=" "3es, sir, you= 3ou are all here 6 every action of your vile and dangerous life." "/amn you, Holmes=" cried the ,ount with bla>ing eyes. "!here are limits to my patience=" "It's all here, ,ount. !he real facts as to the death of old Mrs. Harold, who left you the lymer estate, which you so rapidly gambled away." "3ou are dreaming=" "%nd the complete life history of Miss Minnie 1arrender." "!ut= 3ou will make nothing of that=" "<lenty more here, ,ount. Here is the robbery in the train delu;e to the Iiviera on 9ebruary '&, 'J(*. Here is the forged check in the same year on the ,redit 5yonnais." "$o, you're wrong there." "!hen I am right on the others= $ow, ,ount, you are a card"player. 1hen the other fellow has all the trumps, it saves time to throw down your hand." "1hat has all this talk to do with the Cewel of which you spoke2" "4ently, ,ount. Iestrain that eager mind= 5et me get to the points in my own humdrum fashion. I have all this against you+ but, above all, I have a clear case against both you and your fighting bully in the case of the ,rown diamond." "Indeed=" "I have the cabman who took you to 1hitehall and the cabman who brought you away. I have the commissionaire who saw you near the case. I have Ikey Sanders, who refused to cut it up for you. Ikey has peached, and the game is up." !he veins stood out on the ,ount's forehead. His dark, hairy hands were clenched in a convulsion of restrained emotion. He tried to speak, but the words would not shape themselves. "!hat's the hand I play from," said Holmes. "I put it all upon the table. ut one card is missing. It's the king of diamonds. I don't know where the stone is." "3ou never shall know." "$o2 $ow, be reasonable, ,ount. ,onsider the situation. 3ou are going to be locked up for twenty years. So is Sam Merton. 1hat good are you going to get out of your diamond2 $one in the world. ut if you hand it over 6 well, I'll compound a felony. 1e don't want you or Sam. 1e want the stone. 4ive that up, and so far as I am concerned you can go free so long as you behave yourself in the future. If you make another slip well, it will be the last. ut this time my commission is to get the stone, not you." " ut if I refuse2" "1hy, then 6 alas= 6 it must be you and not the stone." illy had appeared in answer to a ring. "I think, ,ount, that it would be as well to have your friend Sam at this conference. %fter all, his interests should be represented. illy, you will see a large and ugly gentleman outside the front door. %sk him to come up." "If he won't come, sir2" "$o violence, illy. /on't be rough with him. If you tell him that ,ount Sylvius wants him he will certainly come." "1hat are you going to do now2" asked the ,ount as illy disappeared. "My friend 1atson was with me Cust now. I told him that I had a shark and a gudgeon in my net+ now I am drawing the net and up they come together." !he ,ount had risen from his chair, and his hand was behind his back. Holmes held something half protruding from the pocket of his dressing"gown. "3ou won't die in your bed, Holmes."
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"I have often had the same idea. /oes it matter very much2 %fter all, ,ount, your own e;it is more likely to be perpendicular than hori>ontal. ut these anticipations of the future are morbid. 1hy not give ourselves up to the unrestrained enCoyment of the present2" % sudden wild"beast light sprang up in the dark, menacing eyes of the master criminal. Holmes's figure seemed to grow taller as he grew tense and ready. "It is no use your fingering your revolver, my friend," he said in a ?uiet voice. "3ou know perfectly well that you dare not use it, even if I gave you time to draw it. $asty, noisy things, revolvers, ,ount. etter stick to air"guns. %h= I think I hear the fairy footstep of your estimable partner. 4ood day, Mr. Merton. Iather dull in the street, is it not2" !he pri>efighter, a heavily built young man with a stupid, obstinate, slab"sided face, stood awkwardly at the door, looking about him with a pu>>led e;pression. Holmes's debonair manner was a new e;perience, and though he vaguely felt that it was hostile, he did not know how to counter it. He turned to his more astute comrade for help. "1hat's the game now, ,ount2 1hat's this fellow want2 1hat's up2" His voice was deep and raucous. !he ,ount shrugged his shoulders, and it was Holmes who answered. "If I may put it in a nutshell, Mr. Merton, I should say it was all up." !he bo;er still addressed his remarks to his associate. "Is this cove trying to be funny, or what2 I'm not in the funny mood myself." "$o, I e;pect not," said Holmes. "I think I can promise you that you will feel even less humorous as the evening advances. $ow, look here, ,ount Sylvius. I'm a busy man and I can't waste time. I'm going into that bedroom. <ray make yourselves ?uite at home in my absence. 3ou can e;plain to your friend how the matter lies without the restraint of my presence. I shall try over the Hoffman ' arcarole' upon my violin. In five minutes I shall return for your final answer. 3ou ?uite grasp the alternative, do you not2 Shall we take you, or shall we have the stone2" Holmes withdrew, picking up his violin from the corner as he passed. % few moments later the long"drawn, wailing notes of that most haunting of tunes came faintly through the closed door of the bedroom. "1hat is it, then2" asked Merton an;iously as his companion turned to him. "/oes he know about the stone2" "He knows a damned sight too much about it. I'm not sure that he doesn't know all about it." "4ood 5ord=" !he bo;er's sallow face turned a shade whiter. "Ikey Sanders has split on us." "He has, has he2 I'll do him down a thick 'un for that if I swing for it." "!hat won't help us much. 1e've got to make up our minds what to do." "Half a mo'," said the bo;er, looking suspiciously at the bedroom door. "He's a leery cove that wants watching. I suppose he's not listening2" "How can he be listening with that music going2" "!hat's right. Maybe somebody's behind a curtain. !oo many curtains in this room." %s he looked round he suddenly saw for the first time the effigy in the window, and stood staring and pointing, too ama>ed for words. "!ut= it's only a dummy," said the ,ount. "% fake, is it2 1ell, strike me= Madame !ussaud ain't in it. It's the living spit of him, gown and all. ut them curtains ,ount=" "#h, confound the curtains= 1e are wasting our time, and there is none too much. He can lag us over this stone." "!he deuce he can=" " ut he'll let us slip if we only tell him where the swag is." "1hat= 4ive it up2 4ive up a hundred thousand ?uid2" "It's one or the other." Merton scratched his short"cropped pate. "He's alone in there. 5et's do him in. If his light were out we should have nothing to fear." !he ,ount shook his head.
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"He is armed and ready. If we shot him we could hardly get away in a place like this. esides, it's likely enough that the police know whatever evidence he has got. Hallo= 1hat was that2" !here was a vague sound which seemed to come from the window. oth men sprang round, but all was ?uiet. Save for the one strange figure seated in the chair, the room was certainly empty. "Something in the street," said Merton. "$ow look here, guv'nor, you've got the brains. Surely you can think a way out of it. If slugging is no use then it's up to you." "I've fooled better men than he," the ,ount answered. "!he stone is here in my secret pocket. I take no chances leaving it about. It can be out of :ngland tonight and cut into four pieces in %msterdam before Sunday. He knows nothing of Aan Seddar." "I thought Aan Seddar was going ne;t week." "He was. ut now he must get off by the ne;t boat. #ne or other of us must slip round with the stone to 5ime Street and tell him." " ut the false bottom ain't ready." "1ell, he must take it as it is and chance it. !here's not a moment to lose." %gain, with the sense of danger which becomes an instinct with the sportsman, he paused and looked hard at the window. 3es, it was surely from the street that the faint sound had come. "%s to Holmes," he continued, "we can fool him easily enough. 3ou see, the damned fool won't arrest us if he can get the stone. 1ell, we'll promise him the stone. 1e'll put him on the wrong track about it, and before he finds that it is the wrong track it will be in Holland and we out of the country." "!hat sounds good to me=" cried Sam Merton with a grin. "3ou go on and tell the /utchman to get a move on him. I'll see this sucker and fill him up with a bogus confession. I'll tell him that the stone is in 5iverpool. ,onfound that whining music+ it gets on my nerves= y the time he finds it isn't in 5iverpool it will be in ?uarters and we on the blue water. ,ome back here, out of a line with that keyhole. Here is the stone." "I wonder you dare carry it." "1here could I have it safer2 If we could take it out of 1hitehall someone else could surely take it out of my lodgings." "5et's have a look at it." ,ount Sylvius cast a somewhat unflattering glance at his associate and disregarded the unwashed hand which was e;tended towards him. "1hat 6 d'ye think I'm going to snatch it off you2 See here, mister, I'm getting a bit tired of your ways." "1ell, well, no offense, Sam. 1e can't afford to ?uarrel. ,ome over to the window if you want to see the beauty properly. $ow hold it to the light= Here=" "!hank you=" 1ith a single spring Holmes had leaped from the dummy's chair and had grasped the precious Cewel. He held it now in one hand, while his other pointed a revolver at the ,ount's head. !he two villains staggered back in utter ama>ement. efore they had recovered Holmes had pressed the electric bell. "$o violence, gentlemen 6 no violence, I beg of you= ,onsider the furniture= It must be very clear to you that your position is an impossible one. !he police are waiting below." !he ,ount's bewilderment overmastered his rage and fear. " ut how the deuce D2" he gasped. "3our surprise is very natural. 3ou are not aware that a second door from my bedroom leads behind that curtain. I fancied that you must have heard me when I displaced the figure, but luck was on my side. It gave me a chance of listening to your racy conversation which would have been painfully constrained had you been aware of my presence." !he ,ount gave a gesture of resignation. "1e give you best, Holmes. I believe you are the devil himself." "$ot far from him, at any rate," Holmes answered with a polite smile. Sam Merton's slow intellect had only gradually appreciated the situation. $ow, as the sound of heavy steps came from the stairs outside, he broke silence at last. "% fair cop=" said he. " ut, I say, what about that bloomin' fiddle= I hear it yet."
I am a busy man." "Sir. tut=" Holmes answered." !he door opened to admit a thin. #nce more their conversation was interrupted by the imperturbable illy with his card"tray. !his is the eminent peer who represents the very highest interests. 1atson lingered with Holmes. 1atson would assure you that these changes of temperature are most insidious. "How do you do. &) "!ut." "1hat do you mean. "!o actually go off with the Ma>arin stone would be a more serious offense than to be found in temporary possession of it. "<ray allow me= My friend /r. sir engaged upon important affairs. Still. what would you regard as final evidence against the receiver2" "!he actual possession of the stone. "5ord ." Holmes had swiftly changed his position and was between the peer and the door. sir. 5ord . May I take your overcoat2" "$o." ":. illy. Holmes. 5et it play= !hese modern gramophones are a remarkable invention.actly.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." Holmes seldom laughed." "3es. "3ou are perfectly right. Some of the ancient fires flickered up into his sallow cheeks. I may tell you frankly. but he got as near it as his old friend 1atson could remember. <ossibly you could help me upon "3ou apply for my advice rather late in the day. my dear sir." "3ou see. I thank you+ I will not take it off." "$o doubt. the handcuffs clicked and the criminals were led to the waiting cab.!l-e&." "<ut your hand in the right"hand pocket of your overcoat. but rather warm indoors. sir. 3our conduct confirms all my conclusions. that I have never been a believer in your powers. I shall be under the painful necessity of advising your arrest. "#ne moment. I have no need to stay." said he." "3ou would arrest him upon that2" "Most undoubtedly.antlemere. In fifty years of official life I cannot recall such a case. "I am ?uite comfortable.cellent and loyal person.antlemere was very angry. to wish you good"evening. Shall we make him unbend2 /are we venture upon a slight liberty2 He knows." His 5ordship shook himself free with some impatience. but rather of the old regime. this is intolerable= 5et me pass." "Show him up. I have simply looked in to know how your self"appointed task was progressing.antlemere sir. sir." !here was a distinct sneer in the old courtier's words and manner. "In that case. 5ord .ed." 5ord ." "1hen you have caught them. "3ou take a great liberty. Mr. I thought that you had your own all"sufficient methods. austere figure with a hatchet face and drooping mid "Aictorian whiskers of a glossy blackness which hardly corresponded with the rounded shoulders and feeble gait. and shook an unresponsive hand." said Holmes." !here was an inrush of police. sir. ut the ?uestion is 6 how shall we proceed against the receiver2" "Is this not rather premature2" "It is as well to have our plans ready. $ow." Holmes laid his hand insistently upon the sleeve. Holmes advanced affably. I have the honor. I am ready to help you." "It is difficult 6 very difficult. and I have no time or taste for foolish Cokes. nothing of what has occurred. we may conCecture.antlemere2 It is chilly for the time of year. and that I have always been of the opinion that the matter was far safer in the hands of the regular police force. ":very man finds his limitations. "He is an e. congratulating him upon this fresh leaf added to his laurels. but at least it cures us of the weakness of self"satisfaction. we can no doubt frame a case against the actual thieves. sir." "I feared that you would find it so. Mr." ":specially upon one point. sir2" . Holmes. I have been much perple.
" ut it was the killing of young <erkins outside the Holborn 6 ar 1hat= you're not going2" . our visitor's manner became less flamboyant. your pleasure in telling of this successful result in the e. 5ook at that.ome 6 come. Sherlock Holmes opened ?uite so abruptly." said Holmes. 5eave folks to manage their own affairs. stealthy step round the angle of the table. is it2" growled the savage. and its e. with the great yellow stone on his shaking palm. "My old friend here will tell you that I have an impish habit of practical Coking. &' ". with a smouldering gleam of malice in them. for he was dressed in a very loud gray check suit with a flowing salmon"colored tie. "1ere you born so2" he asked.antlemere. I've handled your kind before now. I admit 6 of putting the stone into your pocket at the beginning of our interview. and tell Mrs. "It's fine. for I don't like the smell of you. He was in a chatty mood that morning. and they didn't look fine when I was through with them. as you admit." said Holmes." "It is certainly the last thing you need. Holmes. while he had curled down with his pipe in his mouth upon the opposite chair. He would have been a comic figure if he had not been terrific. "1ell. 4ot that. I took the liberty 6 the very great liberty. when our visitor arrived. you keep your hands out of other folks' business. If I had said that a mad bull had arrived it would give a clearer impression of what occurred. Mr." "I've wanted to meet you for some time.!l-e&. is it2" said our visitor. as his sullen dark eyes. Hudson that I should be glad if she would send up dinner for two as soon as possible. !he door had flown open and a huge negro had burst into the room. Masser Holmes=" He swung a huge knotted lump of a fist under my friend's nose." !he old peer stared from the stone to the smiling face before him. Holmes2" "!oo bad. "Sir.antlemere. In any case. and if you come in I'll be on hand also. "1hich of you gen'l'men is Masser Holmes2" he asked. I had not seen Holmes for some days and had no idea of the new channel into which his activities had been directed. too bad=" cried Holmes. I've given you fair warnin'. turned from one of us to the other.hibition remarkably untimely.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . or it may have been the slight clatter which I made as I picked up the poker. 1e are greatly your debtors. "I won't ask you to sit down. "#h= it's you." The A !enture of the Three &a'les I don't think that any of my adventures with Mr. 5ord . Masser Holmes2" "@eep on talking. "It won't be so damn fine if I have to trim you up a bit. Masser Holmes.amined it closely with an air of great interest. but at least I withdraw any reflection I have made upon your ama>ing professional powers. or so dramatically. His broad face and flattened nose were thrust forward. and had Cust settled me into the well"worn low armchair on one side of the fire. "See here. but aren't you Steve /i. ut how D" "!he case is but half finished+ the details can wait. staring at our visitor's hideous mouth. 4ot that2 3ou ain't the law. Masser Holmes. %lso that I can never resist a dramatic situation. Mr.alted circle to which you return will be some small atonement for my practical Coke. that which I associate with !he !hree 4ables. however. illy. be somewhat perverted. Holmes e." said Holmes. and I ain't the law either. and you'll get put through it for sure if you give me any lip.ie. the bruiser2" "!hat's my name." "#h= it's fine. "I've a friend that's interested out Harrow way 6 you know what I'm meaning 6 and he don't intend to have no buttin' in by you. you will show his 5ordship out. ut 6 yes 6 it is indeed the Ma>arin stone. $o doubt. "1hat= 1hat= How is this. do what I ask. coming with an unpleasant. "#r did it come by degrees2" It may have been the icy coolness of my friend." said he. 3our sense of humor may." %n instant later the ama>ed peer was standing. 5ord . blinking and stammering. I am bewildered. /on't you forget it. Holmes raised his pipe with a languid smile.
our visitor bolted out of the room almost as precipitately as he had entered. Masser Holmes. and the like. madam. dead= He was attache at Iome. if you can spare the time. there ain't no secret about that. brought us to the house. !he house is within a short walk of the 1eald Station." "1hy.@ H#5M:S note %'I have had a succession of strange incidents occur to me in connection with this house." '$ote' I read ." "<robably you would be more familiar with the name of my son /ouglas. "I won't listen to no such talk. we found the house to be well furnished.!l-e&. and easily cowed. and tell him his life ain't safe if he go down Harrow way." Holmes looked at her with great interest. Masser Holmes2 I was trainin' at the ull Iing in irmingham when this boy done gone get into trouble. Holmes knocked out the ashes of his pipe with a ?uiet chuckle. is a more astute person. who bore every mark of refinement and culture. 3ou would find me at home any time tomorrow. M%I3 M% :I5:3. the upper windows made a feeble attempt to Custify its name. we will get upon our way. Masser Holmes. who is at the back of them on this particular occasion2" " ut why do they want to intimidate you2" "It is this Harrow 1eald case. It was that same gen'l'man that you have Cust done gone mention. !he address was "!he !hree 4ables. 1atson. you'll tell the magistrate about it. "%nd now. Steve. as you have seen. Harrow 1eald. I don't know. "I am glad you were not forced to break his woolly head. $one the less." said Holmes. 1hat a magnificent creature he was= 1here is he now2" "/ead. 1atson. 3ours faithfully. Holmes. It decides me to look into the matter.' !hat's the whole truth. Mortimer Maberley. 1hat I want to know is. you go see Mr." % short railway Courney. a great muscular.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . ut he is really rather a harmless fellow." "3es. half"grown pines. He Cust say. Here is Mrs." " ut what is it2" "I was going to tell you when we had this comic interlude. Mr." "%nd who set him on to it2" "S'elp me. "I've been watching you and arney Stockdale D" "So help me the 5ord= Masser Holmes D" "!hat's enough. was one of your early clients. I observed your manoeuvres with the poker. and I should much value your advice. blustering baby." said Holmes. If you care to come with me we will wire her and go out at once. and a shorter drive. ehind was a grove of melancholy. arney. !hey speciali>e in assaults. 'Steve. &* !he negro had sprung back." said he. and the lady who received us was a most engaging elderly person. a brick and timber villa. there must be something in it. He is one of the Spencer . !hree small proCections above." "So that's that=" said Holmes.ohn gang and has taken part in some dirty work of late which I may clear up when I have time." 1ithout waiting for any further ?uestioning. Masser Holmes. I'll pick you up when I want you. I believe that my late husband. I hope there ain't no hard feelin's about this 'ere visit2" "!here will be unless you tell me who sent you. "1hat have I to do with this 'ere <erkins. for if it is worth anyone's while to take so much trouble." "4ood"mornin'. "/ear me= %re you the mother of /ouglas Maberley2 I knew him slightly. Holmes. His immediate principal. and his face was leaden. ut of course all 5ondon knew him. Maberley's note. 4et out of it. SH:I5#. and he died there of pneumonia last month. "though it is some years since he used my services in some trifling matter. foolish. and the whole aspect of the place was poor and depressing. intimidation." /:%I MI. standing in its own acre of undeveloped grassland. "I remember your husband well.
and I said that I meant only to sell the furniture." ":. out of its coop. mention to anyone that you were going to write to me and consult me2" "$o. Mr. "3esterday the man arrived with the agreement all drawn out. brooding creature into which he developed.actly suit a client of his.ust a little whee>y. She entered with ungainly struggle like some huge awkward chicken." "!here have been some very strange happenings. Mrs. 3ou remember him as he was 6 debonair and splendid.!l-e&. but the whole thing seemed to me to be so unusual that I thought D" Here we had a very e. 1ell." Susan turned a sulky but ama>ed face upon her captor. I have been in this house more than a year now.' said he. /id you. but naturally I was interested in what he said. it was not to talk of my poor lad that I asked you to come. $ow. && "I am sorry. but added that his client desired to buy the furniture as well and would I put a price upon it. and dragged in a great gaunt woman whom he had sei>ed by the shoulder. Holmes." "% love affair 6 a woman2" "#r a fiend. well. and that if I would part with it money would be no obCect. I have never known anyone so vitally alive. you know.actly. !hree days ago I had a call from a man who said that he was a house agent. Susan. 5uckily I showed it to Mr. but he has his fads and his own way of doing things. flung open the door. He at once closed with the offer. Susan. Some of this furniture is from my old home. '!his is a very strange document. !hen he strode across the room. Mr. Susan. In a single month I seemed to see my gallant boy turn into a worn"out cynical man. His heart was broken. Sutro. anyhow. 1hom did you tell2" . He said that this house would e.traordinary interruption. no. are you not2 3ou breathe too heavily for that kind of work. some concession might be made for your personal effects. and the bargain was so good a one that it really seemed that I should be my own mistress for the rest of my life. ma'am. !o this also he at once agreed. !hat was the ruin of him. morose. and as I wished to lead a retired life I have seen little of my neighbors. I therefore named a price which was five hundred pounds more than I gave. I was comin' in to ask if the visitors was stayin' for lunch when this man Cumped out at me. Holmes. He lived intensely 6 every fibre of him=" "!oo intensely. and it is. everything.' " '!hen it must be nothing. I had always wanted to travel." "$ow. It seemed to me very strange as there are several empty houses on the market which appear to be e?ually eligible. "1hy. "1ho be you.' said I. %re you aware that if you sign it you could not legally take anything out of the house 6 not even your own private possessions2' 1hen the man came again in the evening I pointed this out. Holmes raised his hand for silence. torn. It's a wicked thing to tell fibs. " '$o. ut nothing shall go out of the house unchecked. but did not wish to interrupt your most interesting narrative. He said to me. Mr. s?uawking. as you see. I sent no message. Susan. 1atson and I are at your service. My client is a very liberal man. so that I named a good round sum. my lawyer. #ne could not connect death with such a man. "5eave me alone= 1hat are you a"doin' of2" she screeched. Maberley. Holmes. whee>y people may not live long. It is everything or nothing with him. what is this2" "1ell. . 3ou did not see the moody. to whom was it that you wrote or sent a message to say that your mistress was asking advice from me2" "It's a lie. very good. who lives in Harrow." "1ho posted your letter2" "Susan did.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." "/r. %nd there the matter was left. " ' ut my clothes2 My Cewels2' " '1ell. I did not. and what right have you a"pullin' me about like this2" "It was merely that I wished to ask a ?uestion in your presence." "I have been listening to her for the last five minutes.
" "So. #f course. Maberley has any obCect Cust arrived2" "$o. ut why. /uring this long period no one wants anything from you. whatever it may be. <aregoric is the stuffK. you may as well give the name and earn the tenner." "%ll the better." "#h.rown /erby tea"set. so that settles it. if you know. "$ow. It would be a dull world without them." "!hat was my own business. I remember now that I saw you speaking to someone over the hedge." " ut what do they want2" "3es. ut there are always some lunatics about. 1ho had the house before you2" "% retired sea captain called 9erguson.M. !hat's ?uick work. I have bought nothing new this year. who has Cust banged your front door alone2" "I have a young girl. there is something which you do not know that you have. I don't think I have anything rarer than a ." She flounced for the door. 1ell now.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . 1hat would you gather from that2" "It can only mean. it will be worth ten pounds to you if you will tell me who is at the back of arney. tomorrow. Is that lawyer of yours a capable man2" "Mr." "I was wondering whether he could have buried something." "I'll see you in hell first. what do you want to ask for2" "I was not sure. but I know now. 3ou might possibly want protection." said I." "!ry and get Sutro to spend a night or two in the house. Sutro is most capable. "4ood"bye. when people bury treasure nowadays they do it in the <ost"#ffice bank. stock. Mrs. and I am warned off by eleven o'clock ne." said the woman sullenly. and which you would not give up if you did know. they can surely offer a price for it without buying you out. treacherous woman. as I read it. what can it be2" "5et us see whether by this purely mental analysis we can get it to a finer point. or was the fair Susan. "this gang means business." . %nd yet Susan passes the word to arney. "Suppose I tell you that it was arney Stockdale to whom you spoke2" said Holmes. should they want your furniture2 3ou don't happen to have a Iaphael or a first folio Shakespeare without knowing it2" "$o." "$early two. that's the ?uestion. I've had enough of you all. I'll send for my bo. I think we had best let matters develop a little further until we have clearer data. 1ell. "I believe you are a bad. "that the obCect. 3ou have been in this house a year. esides. $ow suddenly within three or four days you have urgent demands. $ow we have got so far. has only Cust come into the house. 3our letter to me had the ') <. and barrel. lack Steve is called in. 5ook how close they play the game. postmark. Mr." "Indeed= !hat is very remarkable. arney has time to go to his employer and get instructions+ he or she 6 I incline to the latter from Susan's grin when she thought I had blundered 6 forms a plan." "Someone that could lay down a thousand pounds for every ten you have in the world." he continued. "/r. Susan." "!hat is how I read it." "1ell. Holmes." "Have you another maid. in that case. why should they not openly state what they want2 If they covet your tea"set. "1ell." "Settled once again. Susan= 5anguage=" "I am clearing out of here." said I. lock.t morning. a rich man2 $o+ you smiled 6 a rich woman." "!hat would hardly Custify all this mystery.!l-e&. %t first I thought of some buried valuable. $ow. $o." said Holmes. turning suddenly from lively to severe when the door had closed behind the flushed and angry woman. you know. &0 "Susan=" cried her mistress. Susan. 1atson agrees." "%nything remarkable about him2" "$ot that ever I heard of.
&E "%gainst whom2" "1ho knows2 !he matter is certainly obscure. Masser Holmes. Steve. <oor /ouglas had only his pay and a small annuity. $ow. far down in the turbid depths of 5ondon life. and everything under that roof.t morning.ames's Street club and was the receivingstation as well as the transmitter for all the gossip of the metropolis." "1ell. and a grim and menacing figure he looked in that lonely place.!l-e&." " ut you said 6 why. If ever. !his strange." "I don't think we shall find him in the directory. I'll remember. is under my protection. 1atson. My boss arney gives me orders and that's all. I gave you fair warning this morning. for 5angdale <ike was his human book of reference upon all matters of social scandal. Cust bear in mind." %s we passed through the hall Holmes's eyes. 1e you will let me know any fresh development." "3ou are funny. and on occasion was helped in turn.' !hese are from Italy.ohnson. . :." he said at last.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . then. I don't know. "5ookin' for your gun. Masser Holmes. "I think he would double"cross his employer if he knew who he was. that the lady in that house. I told you the truth before. /on't forget it. /id this house"agent man give any address2" "Simply his card and occupation. for as we came round the high hedge at the end of the lane there was the negro pri>e"fighter standing in the shadow. How do we know that there is not something of value there2" "!here could not possibly be. but none the less a most unpleasant surprise was awaiting us.ohn crowd. Mrs. Masser Holmes. If I can't find what they are after. this is a case for 5angdale <ike. It took the shape of the following telegram. and that Steve was one of them." Holmes remarked as we walked on. a four"figure income by the paragraphs which he contributed every week to the garbage papers which cater to an in?uisitive public. it was marked with automatic e. 1e came on him ?uite suddenly. I done gone think over what you said. ain't you2" "It won't be funny for you. 1atson. I will. 1hat could he have of value2" Holmes was lost in thought. I must approach the matter from the other end and try to get at the principal." "3ou have not unpacked them2 How long have you had them2" "!hey arrived last week. I have taken up your case. if I get after you." I saw no more of Holmes during the day. Honest business men don't conceal their place of business. "Have these things taken upstairs to your bedroom. there was some strange swirl or eddy." "1ell. and I don't want no more talk about that affair of Masser <erkins." It was ?uite evident that !he !hree 4ables was under very close surveillance.amine them as soon as possible and see what they cohtain. for my scent"bottle. languid creature spent his waking hours in the bow window of a St. lighted upon several trunks and cases which were piled in a corner. . Steve. Mr. Holmes clapped his hand to his pocket. Steve." "So help me the 5ord= Masser Holmes. and I am going to see him now. it was said.actness by this human dial upon the surface. 1hen I get back I may be clearer in the matter. 1hen I met my friend in his room early ne. Maberley. surely this might be the missing link. "/elay no longer. Haines". Masser Holmes." "!hey are poor /ouglas's things. %uctioneer and Aaluer. Masser Holmes2" "$o. Holmes. tell me who is behind you on this Cob. S'pose I can help you. and you may rely upon it that I shall see it through." "I've got him thoroughly frightened for his own skin. I will come tomorrow and hear your report." "%ll right. I was conscious from his bearing that all was well. Holmes discreetly helped 5angdale to knowledge." "1ell. !he labels shone out upon them. which missed nothing.' '5ucerne. but I could well imagine how he spent it. He made. It was lucky I had some knowledge of the Spencer . " 'Milano.
!his Sutro. smiling ruefully. 1ithin we met a gray old gentleman. I made a mistake. there is nothing for it but another Courney to Harrow 1eald.hausted D" "!here is really so little to tell." "I only heard of it this morning." "/id the men leave no clue2" "!here was one sheet of paper which I may have torn from the man that I grasped. ordinary burglary. "$ow if it had been in the burglar's D" ":. who greeted Hoimes as an old friend." "3ou took a big risk. "Merely a common burglary. I was conscious for a moment of the chloroform rag which was thrust over my mouth." said the inspector. rubicund inspector." said she. with the big nigger in it 6 they've been seen about here. &F <lease come out at once. "1hat rugged common sense= $one the less. Holmes whistled." the lawyer e." "3ou look wretchedly ill. I'm afraid. !here is a great driving"power at the back of this business.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and ?uicker than I had e. I fear. 1hen I woke." #ur friend of yesterday. I neglected his advice. which does not surprise me after what I have heard.pected.actly. and I have paid for it. of course." ":." !he inspector drew a folded sheet of foolscap from his pocketbook. I am sure there was nothing in my son's trunks. but I have no notion how long I may have been senseless. Maberley was chloroformed and the house was 6 %h= here is the lady herself.!l-e&. one man was at the bedside and another was rising with a bundle in his hand from among my son's baggage." "It is all here. but the rascals had got away. "1ell. "Mr.lient's house burgled in the night.cellent= 1hat did they get2" "1ell. 1e know pretty well who the men are and where to find them. !his fellow has clearly proved a broken reed. !hat brought the police. they don't seem to have got much. "%las. "Still. which was partially opened and littered over the floor. and so I was unprotected." said Holmes. and well within the capacity of the poor old police. for I can remember no more." "1hich means that it is not of much use. Holmes. Mary the maid heard the noise and began screaming out of the window. I have no doubt that wicked Susan had planned an entrance for them." said Holmes." 1e found !he !hree 4ables a very different establishment to the orderly household of the previous day. "<erhaps you are hardly e?ual to telling me what occurred. It is that gang of arney Stockdale. !hey must have known the house to an inch. It was lying all crumpled on the floor. $o e. I don't think there is anything of value missing." said the inspector. I did not take it= I did not wish to trouble Mr. if the lady is not too e. while a couple of constables were e." "I am sure the case is in very good hands. S7!I#. efore he could get away I sprang up and sei>ed him. tapping a bulky notebook. . in not asking you to spend the night on guard.plained. Mrs." said Holmes. but he shook me off.ust a common. and the other may have struck me. had entered the room.perts need apply. "3ou gave me good advice. % small group of idlers had assembled at the garden gate. you say2" "8uite so. "!he drama has come to a crisis. ." "1hat did they take2" "1ell. Mr. "I clung to him. leaning upon a little maidservant.amining the windows and the geranium beds. Holmes advised me to have some friend in the house. who introduced himself as the lawyer together with a bustling. It is in my son's handwriting. 1atson. <olice in possession. looking very pale and ill. Sutro." said the inspector. I should be curious to see it. 1ell. Holmes. is her lawyer. . no chance for you in this case. Mr.
Maberley." said he with some pomposity. did you say you wished to travel2" "It has always been my dream. "3ou have noticed the number on the top of the page. the real blood of the masterfui ." 1e had taken a cab and were speeding to some address in 4rosvenor S?uare. It was by all accounts more than an adventure with him. Holmes." "8uite so. She had several lovers." said Holmes when we were back in the roar of central 5ondon once more. Madeira. the face for which he had been prepared to sacrifice his very life.on?uistadors. Mr. the Iiviera2" "#h if I had the money I would go round the world." "1here would you like to go 6 . "1ell. Much good may it do them=" "It seems a ?ueer thing to break into a house in order to steal such papers as that. as he looked up at her. . Inspector2" "3es. so they tried their luck upstairs." %s we passed the window I caught a glimpse of the inspector's smile and shake of the head. 1here are the odd two hundred and forty"four pages2" "1ell. "$ow. I may drop you a line in the evening. but it was nothing to the bleeding of his heart as he saw that lovely face. we are at the last lap of our little Courney. I can't say that I do. I suppose you see it all clearly2" "$o. She married the aged 4erman sugar king. 1atson. " y the way. 1atson. Inspector2" "Seems to be the end of some ?ueer novel. I only gather that we are going to see the lady who is behind all this mischief. &H "I never pass anything.airo. It is two hundred and forty"five. one of the most striking men in 5ondon. !hat is how I read it. as we stood together. She smiled 6 yes. they found nothing valuable downstairs. of course." said the inspector as he replaced it in his book." "1hy should they go to my son's things2" asked Mrs. It began in the middle of a sentence and ran like this"K face bled considerably from the cuts and blows. "I think we had best clear the matter up at once." !hat was what I read in the inspector's smile. the celebrated beauty.!l-e&. it suggests that in their hurry the rascals Cust grabbed at what came first to hand." !hen. If it is not for your embrace. and her people have been leaders in <ernambuco for generations. "1hat do you make of it." said Holmes. but he roused himself suddenly. !hen there was an interval of adventure when she pleased her own tastes. good"morning. Mr. however trifling.actly= ut does the name Isadora @lein convey nothing to you2 She was. Inspector. like the heartless fiend she was. 1hat do you make of it. looking out at his agony and humiliation. Holmes had been sunk in thought. @lein. for it is safer to have a witness when you are dealing with such a lady as Isadora @lein. Holmes2" "I don't think there is anything more for me to do now that the case is in such capable hands. She is pure Spanish. and presently found herself the richest as well as the most lovely widow upon earth. he read over the fragment of paper." "It may certainly prove to be the end of a ?ueer tale. Holmes2" "I must think it over. Man must live for something. 1atson. Iound the world. and /ouglas Maberley. y the way. I wish them Coy of what they got.ome to the window. and it would be well that you should come with me." Holmes inspected the sheet of paper. I suppose the burglars got those. by Heaven= she smiled. Maberley. !here was never a woman to touch her. /oes it suggest anything to you. 1ell. Mrs. It was at that moment that love died and hate was born. sir. "!hat is my advice to you." "8ueer grammar=" said Holmes with a smile as he handed the paper back to the inspector. was one of them. "!hese clever fellows have always a touch of madness. so far as I can see. "1hat= are you off. !here is always the chance of finger"marks or something. then it shall surely be for your undoing and my complete revenge. my lady." ":.perience I have learned my lesson. Mr. Holmes." "It seemed mighty poor stuff. In twentyfive years' e. "/id you notice how the 'he' suddenly changed to 'my'2 !he writer was so carried away by his own story that he imagined himself at the supreme moment to be the hero. Mr.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . He was not a society butterfly but a .
madame.'Shall it be the police. "!hat means that we shall not have to wait. a perfect figure. madame. it is not the first D" She smiled and nodded with a charming co?uettish intimacy. It was you." "!hey are good hounds who run silent. I may say that no one. then. %s to them. Surely no man would take up my profession if it were not that danger attracts him. !hey will be arrested for this burglary. !he lady had come. I have underrated your intelligence. I felt." said the footman. I am not the law.!l-e&. 1hen her caprice is satisfied the matter is ended. I will treat you as a friend. his wife. "!hen we shall wait until she is." 1e had not got halfway to the door before she had overtaken us and was holding his arm. picked out with an occasional pink electric light." "1hat was really foolish. &J strong. ut she is the 'belle dame sans merci' of fiction. Holmes. I hear that she is about to marry the young /uke of 5omond. Since I have promised to be frank. "I need not e. "4ood." It did 6 with ama>ing celerity. good6 afternoon=" "Stop= 1here are you going2" "!o Scotland 3ard. a lovely mask"like face. but a big scandal would be a different matter. ".plain." ." It was one of the finest corner"houses of the 1est :nd. 3ou have the feelings of a gentleman." Holmes answered. have the least idea who their employer is. no= I am not so simple. 3ou've tested them before. !hat is what they are paid for. She rose from a settee as we entered.pected all." "!hen that was his own story D" "%h= you are piecing it together now. I shall not appear in the matter.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . who might almost be her son. "1hat did you say. to that time of life when even the proudest beauty finds the half light more welcome. well. 1hat have I to do with hired bullies2" Holmes turned away wearily. but I represent Custice so far as my feeble powers go." "I cannot promise to reciprocate. in a half gloom. "1hat is this intrusion 6 and this insulting message2" she asked. gentlemen. I am ready to listen. sir2" " y supposing that your hired bullies could frighten me from my work. !he police are already after them. so it is imperative 6 %h= here we are. Mr. His 4race's ma might overlook the age. 1ell. holding up the slip of paper. "$ot at home means not at home to you." "How so. vast and wonderful. who forced me to e.ome and sit down.tall.amine the case of young Maberley. Holmes2" I asked. She had turned in a moment from steel to velvet." "$o doubt it was foolish of me to threaten a brave man like yourself. % machine"like footman took up our cards and returned with word that the lady was not at home. folded it. save arney Stockdale and Susan. and if the other party in the matter can't take her word for it she knows how to bring it home to him." "I have no idea what you are talking about." said Holmes cheerfully. % minute later we were in an %rabian $ights drawing"room. and then I will tell you how I will act. @indly give this note to your mistress." He scribbled three or four words upon a sheet of his notebook. is that you have placed yourself in the power of a band of rascals who may blackmail or give you away. I feel that I may be frank with you." "!hey will take what comes to them. proud man who gave and e. I have too much respect for your intelligence to do so 6 though I confess that intelligence has been surprisingly at fault of late. "3es. ?ueenly. 5et us talk this matter over. !he machine broke down. "l see. How ?uick a woman's instinct is to find it out. "I simply wrote. with two wonderful Spanish eyes which looked murder at us both. then2' I think that should pass us in." "Such hounds have a way sooner or later of biting the hand that feeds them. and handed it to the man. madame." "$o.
So roguish and e. 3ou are a gentleman. It was intolerable. under different names. Holmes2" "1ell. ecause I had given he seemed to think that I still must give. and were. It is a woman's secret. #f course. Mr. How much does it cost to go round the world in first"class style2" !he lady stared in ama>ement. !here was a calcined mass which she broke up with the poker. he tossed it over to me. of course+ but who in all 5ondon would have failed to recogni>e it2 1hat do you say to that. "Shall I give this back2" she asked. it must be among his effects.?uisite did she look as she stood before us with a challenging smile that I felt of all Holmes's criminals this was the one whom he would find it hardest to face." " ut you must look at it with my eyes. #ne of them got into the house as servant. "1ell." "$o. well. He wanted marriage 6 marriage. %t last I had to make him reali>e it. it is true. no. he said 6 one for me. I was ready to buy the house and everything in it." "3ou do indeed seem to know everything. Holmes." "3es. I offered any price she cared to ask. However. &( "7nless I bring you into it. 4od knows. "3ou are very prompt in your actions. !hen. I found out that he had not heard from Italy. Mr. !hen he became pertinacious. So long as that other manuscript was in the world there was no safety for me. It is not his only novel. It was all there. you know." "How did you know the publisher's had not reached him2" "I knew who his publisher was. /ouglas. ut what did he do th ." he said coldly. !hen came /ouglas's sudden death. of course. he was immune from sentiment. $ow. but it so chanced that he could not fit into my plans. I think you will sign me a check for that. "!hat seals your fate. Holmes. "I suppose I shall have to compound a felony as usual. !here were two copies. was the wolf+ he the lamb. indeed=" "Aery good. I wanted to do the thing honestly. ." "In the first place.!l-e&. and these would be returned to his mother. Mr. 3ou owe her a little change of air. arney and the boys drove him away. "May I tell you the whole story2" "I fancy I could tell it to you. Mr. I am sorry for it= 6 what else could I do with my whole future at stake2" Sherlock Holmes shrugged his shoulders.ould it be done on five thousand pounds2" "1ell. but you have overdone it on this occasion. I set the gang at work." said he. $othing less would serve him.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . with the dry chuckle which was his nearest approach to a laugh." The A !enture of the Susse( )am*#re Holmes had read carefully a note which the last post had brought him. 3ou must reali>e it from the point of view of a woman who sees all her life's ambition about to be ruined at the last moment. a little rough in doing so. I admit. you must give back this manuscript. He was a dear boy. I really and truly did." " y hiring ruffians to beat him under your own window. you would not. I. "How hard you are=" she cried. Meantime. 1ell. ". granting that I was too hard on /ouglas 6 and. lady" 6 he wagged a cautionary forefinger 6 "have a care= Have a care= 3ou can't play with edged tools forever without cutting those dainty hands." "It was as if the air of Italy had got into his blood and brought with it the old cruel Italian spirit. Maberley. yes= I admit it. one for his publisher. and to him only." She broke into a ripple of laughter and walked to the fireplace.ould have believed that a gentleman would do such an act2 He wrote a book in which he described his own story. He wrote to me and sent me a copy of his book that I might have the torture of anticipation. I should think so. I only tried the other way when everything else had failed." She threw the poker down with a clatter. and I will see that it comes to Mrs. Is such a woman to be blamed if she protects herself2" "!he original sin was yours. Holmes 6 with a penniless commoner. he was within his rights. madame.
mi. 0) "9or a mi. I think this is surely the limit. and see what A has to say. volume to which he referred. $o ghosts need apply. Aampirism in Hungary. that= Aittoria. of the old sucking the blood of the young in order to retain their youth. Aenomous li>ard or gila. "Aoyage of the 4loria Scott. !his he began to read with a smile of amusement upon his face which gradually faded away into an e. with a start. "Iubbish. and his eyes moved slowly and lovingly over the record of old cases. Aampires in !ransylvania.pression of intense interest and concentration. 5amberley. 1here is 5amberley. Iobert 9erguson. It mentions the legend in one of these references.ed with the accumulated information of a lifetime." he read. Make a long arm. 1atson2" I read as follows0F. of Mincing 5ane. but after a short intent perusal he threw down the great book with a snarl of disappointment. 9aithfully yours. Iobert 9erguson very seriously. 1atson.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( .heeseman's. 5isten to this. Hullo= Hullo= 4ood old inde. the circus belle." said he. the Hammersmith wonder. Holmes balanced it on his knee. "1hat do you make of it. I have read. 1atson. Aipers. 9inally. sir. M#IIIS#$. rubbish= 1hat have we to do with walking corpses who can only be held in their grave by stakes driven through their hearts2 It's pure lunacy. "the vampire was not necessarily a dead man2 % living person might have the habit. "Matilda riggs was not the name of a young woman. . 1atson. %nd again." I leaned back and took down the great inde. 1atson. 1e are. of the practical and of the wildly fanciful. '(th.ample. Iemarkable case. of 9erguson and Muirhead. eh2 %nd .. Ie Aampires SII#ur client. !he world is big enough for us.ture of the modern and the mediaeval.. per :." said I. the forger. for e. 1atson2" "It is in Susse." "3ou are right. %$/ /#//. 3ou can't beat it. Aigor. 1atson. #5/ ." He took up a second letter which had lain unnoticed upon the table while he had been absorbed with the first. but really we seem to have been switched on to a 4rimm's fairy tale. M#IIIS#$. "!hat was a bad business. Aanderbilt and the 3eggman. . 1e have not forgotten your successful action in the case of Matilda riggs. ut what do we know about vampires2 /oes it come within our purview either2 %nything is better than stagnation." "$ot very far.. and we have therefore recommended Mr. a story for which the world is not yet prepared. he aroused himself from his reverie. 9erguson to call upon you and lay the matter before you. 1atson. <ossibly this note may be from him and may throw some light upon what is worrying him. Mr. tea brokers." He turned over the pages with eagerness. has made some in?uiry from us in a communication of even date concerning vampires. I fear that we cannot take Mr.!l-e&." " ut surely.heeseman's2" . South of Horsham. $ov. Aictor 5ynch. %s our firm speciali>es entirely upon the assessment of machinery the matter hardly comes within our purview. though I was unable to congratulate you upon the result.. 1hen he had finished he sat for some little time lost in thought with the letter dangling from his fingers." said Holmes in a reminiscent voice. and there it must remain. ut are we to give serious attention to such things2 !his agency stands flat"footed upon the ground.:1I3. I have some recollection that you made a record of it. ". "It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra.
self"contained nature that though he docketed any fresh information very ?uietly and accurately in his brain. 0' "I know that country. leaning over the baby and apparently biting his neck. It was one of the peculiarities of his proud. /:%I MI. !his was a small matter. though unhappily inCured through an accident in childhood. It is full of old houses which are named after the men who built them centuries ago. y the way. he seldom made any acknowledgment to the giver. % loud cry from the baby. however. this note is merely to give you a general idea of the situation and to ascertain whether you would care to interest yourself in the matter.heeseman's. as of pain. Holmes.!l-e&. the lady. *$ote* it said ." He handed the letter across. !he lady was very beautiful. !he letter is. but indeed the matter is so e.arriton's 6 the folk are forgotten but their names live in their houses. as I had hoped. "I rather fancy we shall know a good deal more about . but the lady implored her not to do so and actually gave her five pounds as a price for her silence. He felt there were sides of her character which he could never e. It was headed with the address ?uoted. 3ou get #dley's and Harvey's and . !wice the wife was caught in the act of assaulting this poor lad in the most unprovoked way. $o e. !he lady began to show some curious traits ?uite alien to her ordinarily sweet and gentle disposition. compared with her conduct to her own child. !he gentleman had been married twice and he had one son by the first wife.plore or understand. but the fact of her foreign birth and of her alien religion always caused a separation of interests and of feelings between husband and wife. whom he had met in connection with the importation of nitrates. so that after a time his love may have cooled towards her and he may have come to regard their union as a mistake. before we are through. %s she ran into the room she saw her employer. !his was the more painful as she was as loving a wife as a man could have 6 to all appearance absolutely devoted. #n one occasion about a month ago this child had been left by its nurse for a few minutes.traordinarily delicate that it is most difficult to discuss.planation was ever given." said Holmes coldly. called the nurse back. !his boy was now fifteen." "1ith me=" "3ou had better read it. a very charming and affectionate youth. #nce she struck him with a stick and left a great weal on his arm. It concerns a friend for whom I am acting. from Iobert 9erguson. !here was a small wound in the neck from which a stream of blood had escaped." "<recisely. H#5M:S note &*I have been recommended to you by my lawyers. 5amberley. !his gentleman married some five years ago a <eruvian lady the daughter of a <eruvian merchant. Indeed. a dear boy Cust under one year of age.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and for the moment the matter was passed over. he claims ac?uaintance with you. !he nurse was so horrified that she wished to call the husband. $ow for the point which I will make more plain when we meet.
He was always a good"natured chap. !he nurse's nerve had given way+ she could stand the strain no longer. %nd yet here in the very heart of the :nglish Susse. 1atson.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . 3ours faithfully.heeseman's. "I never get your limits.' " "3our case=" "1e must not let him think that this agency is a home for the weak"minded. Holmes. and. a loving mother. for a child's life and a man's sanity may depend upon it. and that such libels upon her mistress were not to be tolerated. '1ill e. I# :I! 9:I47S#$. It seemed to her that even as she watched the mother. It is the only personal introduction which I can give. <. 0* It left. #f course it is his case. It's like him to be so concerned over a friend's case. like a good fellow. little of vampirism beyond the name. and day and night the silent. and from that time she began to watch her mistress closely and to keep a closer guard upon the baby. It must read most incredible to you. " ig ob 9erguson. the finest three"?uarter Iichmond ever had. he turned his wife's face to the light and saw blood all round her lips. that her suspicions were those of a lunatic. and that every time she was compelled to leave the baby alone the mother was waiting to get at it. a terrible impression upon the nurse's mind. 1ith a cry of horror. whom she tenderly loved. then. and she made a clean breast of it all to the man. "!here are une. should she wound her own dear little baby2 He told the nurse that she was dreaming.amine your case with pleasure. %t last there came one dreadful day when the facts could no longer be concealed from the husband. She is now confined to her room.!l-e&. and I will be at your rooms by ten o'clock. He knows. So the matter stands. $urse and master rushed together to the nursery. all this can be discussed with you in the morning. 5amberley. He knew his wife to be a loving wife." said he. so the mother watched her. /ay and night the nurse covered the child. S. !he husband is half demented. It was she 6 she beyond all ?uestion D who had drunk the poor baby's blood." said I as I laid down the letter. !o him it seemed as wild a tale as it may now seem to you. Mr.plored possibilities about you. and yet I beg you to take it seriously." . as he saw his wife rise from a kneeling position beside the cot and saw blood upon the child's e. save for the assaults upon her stepson. watchful mother seemed to be lying in wait as a wolf waits for a lamb. !ake a wire down. kindly wire to 9erguson. Send him that wire and let the matter rest till morning. Imagine his feelings. 1hy. 1hile they were talking a sudden cry of pain was heard. D well. and I know.posed neck and upon the sheet. 1e had thought it was some wild tale of foreign parts." Holmes looked at me thoughtfully and shook his head. !here has been no e.planation. however. "#f course I remembered him. . 1ill you see me2 1ill you use your great powers in aiding a distracted man2 If so. I believe your friend 1atson played Iugby for lackheath when I was three"?uarter for Iichmond.
" . Mason. Mr.t morning 9erguson strode into our room. for I am at my wit's end. secret. most loving heart within. His great frame had fallen in. Holmes.ack. Mr. I had remembered him as a long. her own baby and your little son2" "!hat is so.ack. his fla. I e. our presence could not annoy or inconvenience her. It is eminently a case for personal investigation. as I told you in my note. and that I am confident we shall find some solution. I can give you my undivided energies. myself. ut there are one or two points upon which I wish to be very sure before I start. My wife. /olores." "!hen your wife's character would really be better known by /olores than by you2" "3es. "3ou don't look ?uite the man you did when I threw you over the ropes into the crowd at the #ld /eer <ark." Holmes had picked up the letter of yesterday and was reading it over." "!hen the child is in no immediate danger2" "Mrs. #f course. ut the dearest. I can assure you that I am very far from being at my wit's end." "How long had this maid /olores been with her2" "Some years. has sworn that she will not leave it night or day." said he. She would not even speak." " ut never wounded2" "$o.!l-e&. Mr. Is it madness. of course. for. "#f course it is." 9erguson's gaunt features softened as he spoke of his boy. 9erguson. she struck him savagely. If ever a woman loved a man with all her heart and soul." 9erguson gave a gesture of relief." "I gather that you did not know your wife well at the time of your marriage2" "I had only known her a few weeks. baby. Mr. Mr. my boy . this incredible. ut it's this last day or two that has aged me. slab"sided man with loose limbs and a fine turn of speed which had carried him round many an opposing back. she loves me. 0& <romptly at ten o'clock ne. Holmes. #ne stablehand. as I understand it. ut you can imagine how difficult it is when you are speaking of the one woman whom you are bound to protect and help. Mason.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . !hen she rushed to her room and locked herself in." Holmes made a note. save to ga>e at me with a sort of wild. If the lady remains in her room. and his voice was still deep and hearty. the nurse. comes with us. who sleeps in the house. Since then she has refused to see me. % fall in childhood and a twisted spine. 9irst of all. "I fancy. "It is simpler to deal direct." "#f course we could come. I see by your telegram. I fear that I roused corresponding emotions in him. Mr. Michael. "It is what I hoped. She gave no answer to my reproaches.en hair was scanty. 1atson." said Holmes. /olores by name 6 a friend rather than a servant. we would stay at the inn. She was cut to the heart that I should have discovered this horrible. !his unhappy lady. I can absolutely trust her. She has a maid who was with her before her marriage." "Aery naturally. Is your wife still near the children2" "1e had a dreadful scene. 1hat can I do2 How am I to go to the police with such a story2 %nd yet the kiddies have got to be protected. 1atson. She is a most loving woman.cellent train at two from Aictoria if you could come. I am more uneasy about poor little . "Hullo. despairing look in her eyes. She takes her food to her. "that I may be of more use at 5amberley than here. tell me what steps you have taken. that it is no use my pretending to be anyone's deputy. Mr.pect I have changed a bit also. !here is an e. and Mrs. Holmes2 Is it something in the blood2 Have you any similar case in your e. Holmes. give me some advice. he has twice been assaulted by her." . !hat is all.perience2 9or 4od's sake. !here is a lull at present. !here is surely nothing in life more painful than to meet the wreck of a fine athlete whom one has known in his prime. has appeared to assault both the children. and his shoulders were bowed. $ow sit here and pull yourself together and give me a few clear answers. you may say so. "1hat other inmates are there in your house." said he. Holmes. It is the more terrible as he is a poor little inoffensive cripple. "3ou would think that the dear lad's condition would soften anyone's heart. 9erguson2" "!wo servants who have not been long with us.
!here is one other point about these assaults. "$o doubt you and the boy were great comrades before this second marriage.pect to find us at Aictoria at two o'clock. #ne forms provisional theories and waits for time or fuller knowledge to e. very old in the center.ack who suffered. there bla>ed and spluttered a splendid log fire. and probably very developed in mind. we will say. Mrs. were you not2" "Aery much so. Is the lady Cealous by nature2" "3es." "#nce with a stick and once very savagely with her hands. on the lower part by a line of well"chosen modern watercolors+ while above. %n odor of age and decay pervaded the whole crumbling building. no doubt. . %gain and again she said so. was devoted. 00 " ut the assaults take different forms.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . she is very Cealous 6 Cealous with all the strength of her fiery tropical love. by the <eruvian lady upstairs. high"pitched roof of Horsham slabs. Here.!l-e&. straggling building. !he doorsteps were worn into curves. that is not unknown among stepmothers. do they not2 She has beaten your son. and that you may e. no doubt. /id he give you no e. which had been brought. % posthumous Cealousy. It came slowly forward towards its master. Holmes. I will only say at the present stage that your problem does not appear to me to be insoluble." "!hat certainly complicates matters. Its hind legs moved irregularly and its tail was on the ground. as I ga>ed round. % bad habit. in a huge old"fashioned fireplace with an iron screen behind it dated 'FH). I fear that your old friend here has given an e. 3ou were thrown very close together." It was evening of a dull. It licked 9erguson's hand." "/id she give no e. Holmes rose.he?uers." "I don't ?uite follow you. "Hullo=" he cried. with that ?uick curiosity which sprang from his eager mind. and she had vented her rage upon both. 5amberley. very new at the wings with towering !udor chimneys and a lichen"spotted. having left our bags at the . 9erguson. Mr. and e. clay of a long winding lane and finally reached the isolated and ancient farmhouse in which 9erguson dwelt. was a most singular mi." "%nd the boy. It was as if some fren>y had sei>ed her.amined them with some care. "Hullo=" % spaniel had lain in a basket in the corner." "3et you say he is affectionate2" "$ever in the world could there be so devoted a son. Mr.planation of these assaults2" "$o. he declared there was no reason. I understand.planation why she struck him2" "$one save that she hated him. He returned with his eyes full of thought.ture of dates and of places.aggerated view of my scientific methods." "1ere they good friends at other times2" "$o. there was never any love between them." "1ell. however. Mason had no complaint to make about the baby. foggy $ovember day when. having so affectionate a nature. there was hung a fine collection of South %merican utensils and weapons.plode them. !he half"panelled walls may well have belonged to the original yeoman farmer of the seventeenth century. walking with difficulty. 1ithin. the ceilings were corrugated with heavy oaken beams. !here was one very large central room into which 9erguson led us. where yellow plaster took the place of oak. In the second case it was only . since his body has been circumscribed in action. However. and the uneven floors sagged into sharp curves." #nce again Holmes made a note. 9or some time he sat lost in thought." "He would certainly seem to be a most interesting lad. 1ere the strange attacks upon the baby and the assaults upon your son at the same period2" "In the first case it was so. to the memory of his mother2" "Most devoted. !he room. and the ancient tiles which lined the porch were marked with the rebus of a cheese and a man after the original builder. It was a large." " ut the boy 6 he is fifteen." "<ossibly not. !hey were ornamented. My life is his life. we drove through the Susse. He is absorbed in what I say or do. but human nature is weak.
She verra ill. I frightened stay alone with her without doctor. "% fiend= % fiend= #h. 0E "1hat is it. $o one can help. "I would spare you all I can.!l-e&. !he woman turned her flushed and handsome face towards me. It is finished." "9or 4od's sake." "1hat do you see in it. She was only half conscious.citement than of any actual sei>ure. up the staircase and down an ancient corridor. Mr. I stepped up to her with a few reassuring words. oth were high. "your husband loves you dearly.amination of the curiosities upon the wall. and the heavy oaken planks creaked upon their old hinges. what do you think. 1hen our host returned it was clear from his downcast face that he had made no progress. she appeared to be relieved and sank back with a sigh upon the pillow. 9erguson." cried the girl. I could not see honest ob 9erguson in the character of fiend or devil. two day. and she lay still while I took her pulse and temperature. She need doctor. slim. Aery suggestive. Seeing a stranger. %ll is destroyed." "!hen I'll come with you at once." !hen she seemed to wander off into delirium. 1hat's the matter with it2" "!hat's what pu>>led the vet. whatever the solution may be. I will go up to my wife's room and see if there has been any change. He is deeply grieved at this happening." said the girl.arlo2" % shiver of assent passed through the drooping tail. !he dog's mournful eyes passed from one of us to the other. It is too terribly serious. "/id it come on suddenly2" "In a single night." !he big Iugby three"?uarter was trembling all over." "She verra ill." . Mr. what shall I do with this devil2" "." !he woman must have some strange delusion. "Madame." "Aery remarkable." said 9erguson. ut it is passing. but it is life and death to me= My wife a would"be murderer 6 my child in constant danger= /on't play with me. /o what I will. % sort of paralysis. !he girl drew a key from her pocket. but before I leave this house I hope I may have something definite." "I will not see him.an I help you in any way2" "$o. Holmes2" "!he dog. he thought. "She lie like that one day.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." "<lease 4od you may= If you will e. Mr. fastening the door behind her. Holmes2" "% confirmation of what I had already thought. "I should be so glad if I could be of use. Holmes put his hand soothingly upon his arm. I 'fraid she die. who was ?uivering with strong emotion. "See that your mistress has everything she can wish. "I fear that there is pain for you.cuse me. I passed in and she swiftly followed. It struck me as I looked at it that if 9erguson tried to force his way to his wife he would find it no easy matter. Mr. She needs doctor. I no ask leave. during which Holmes resumed his e. Mr. brown"faced girl. 1atson2" "I take him. all is destroyed. "1here is my husband2" "He is below and would wish to see you. %t the end was an iron"clamped and massive door. Spinal meningitis. #n the bed a woman was lying who was clearly in a high fever. Holmes2 It may be a mere intellectual pu>>le to you. I cannot say more for the instant." said he. I will not see him." He was away some minutes." "1ould your mistress see /r." I followed the girl. but as I entered she raised a pair of frightened but beautiful eyes and glared at me in apprehension. He'll be all right soon 6 won't you. /olores. gentlemen. looking with indignant eyes at her master. He knew that we were discussing his case." I said. He brought with him a tall. . "!he tea is ready. and yet my impression was that the condition was rather that of mental and nervous e. "She no ask for food." "How long ago2" "It may have been four months ago. Holmes." 9erguson looked at me with a ?uestion in his eyes.
golden"haired. with e. #n its chubby neck there was this small puckered mark. silent kind of creature. !hat is the only message I can send him.pressive mobile face shadowed over."3our an. and devoted to the child." "$o.ack2" Holmes turned suddenly upon the boy. "/ear old chap. 9ollowing his ga>e I could only guess that he was looking out through the window at the melancholy. 4o now. no. I will not see him. His face was as set as if it had been carved out of old ivory. the only modern thing which we had seen in the house. I should wish to have a word with you in private. 0F %gain she turned on me those glorious eyes. a wonderful mi. withdrew with the child. where 9erguson and Holmes still sat by the fire. !ell him only one thing. . "How can I send her the child2" he said. I cannot forget those terrible words nor the look upon his face. as it seemed to me. I returned to the room downstairs.ing his concentrated attention. I hope. "!he child is safe with Mrs. Holmes and /r. %nd yet he could think of me 6 he could speak of me so. ut do I not love him2 /o I not love him even to sacrifice myself rather than break his dear heart2 !hat is how I love him. "1hat is Mrs. little man. Mason like2" asked Holmes. 3ou can do nothing for me. I have a right to my child. "9ancy anyone having the heart to hurt him. %s she was serving it the door opened and a youth entered the room. had brought in some tea. angry red pucker upon the cherub throat. he cannot understand. "Might we make the ac?uaintance of the baby2" "%sk Mrs. and his eyes came back to the baby. the detective2" "3es." He took her aside and spoke earnestly for a few minutes." he muttered as he glanced down at the small. and behind him came a tall. Holmes. but a heart of gold.pression. which were. but he cannot understand. which had glanced for a moment at father and child. !hen he smiled." "1ill you not see him2" I suggested. "1hat about your other child. 9inally he shook one of the dimpled fists which waved in front of him. Mr. for he took it into his arms and fondled it most tenderly. ut he should trust. I am so glad to see you=" 9erguson gently disengaged himself from the embrace with some little show of embarrassment. !he boy went off with a curious.en head with a very tender hand." She turned her face to the wall and would say no more. 9erguson2" asked Holmes. <resently he returned. I want my child. 1atson.amined it with care. be set at rest. "4ood"bye. $urse. He was a remarkable lad." "Is that Mr. It is true that a shutter had half closed outside and obstructed the view.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . dark"eyed.iety will soon. 3es.ture of the Sa. 1ithout speaking. were now fi. ." !he woman. gaunt woman bearing in her arms a very beautiful child. who seemed to be a sour.on and the 5atin. Mason to bring baby down. "I did not know that you were due yet." !he youth looked at us with a very penetrating and. and his eyes. and he shook his head. patting the fla. unfriendly ga>e. dripping garden. 3ou have made a strange start in life." he cried." said he. have been persuaded to come down and spend an evening with us. "#h. #h." "He is full of grief. Mr. 9erguson listened moodily to my account of the interview. as you can see." % smart maid. "He loves me. 9erguson was evidently devoted to it. daddy.ed with eager curiosity upon something at the other side of the room. "How do I know what strange impulse might come upon her2 How can I ever forget how she rose from beside it with its blood upon her lips2" He shuddered at the recollection. Holmes e." said 9erguson.citable light blue eyes which bla>ed into a sudden flame of emotion and Coy as they rested upon his father. but none the less it was certainly at the window that Holmes was fi.!l-e&. "$ot very prepossessing e. "I came early because my friends. It was at this moment that I chanced to glance at Holmes and saw a most singular intentness in his e. His e." "/o you like her. Mason. I should have been here to meet you. pale"faced and fair"haired. and there he must remain.ternally. shambling gait which told my surgical eyes that he was suffering from a weak spine. I only heard the last words. "$o. He rushed forward and threw his arms round his neck with the abandon of a loving girl.
He sank into an armchair." said she." "It is certainly delicate. I had.ity." he said hoarsely+ "if you can see the truth in this matter. a very loving. It is only in her presence that we can clear the matter up." 9erguson put his big hand to his furrowed forehead. yes. It might have been other poison. if you would rather she stayed I can see no obCection.planation. 1atson2" "She is ill. "<rove that. very well. ut you will permit me to handle the matter in my own way2 Is the lady capable of seeing us. and my methods have to be short and direct. "9or heaven's sake.ertainly I owe you an e. "%nd the dog= If one were to use such a poison." said he. reached it before we left aker Street. while Holmes seated himself beside him." "I will do so. 1ill you have the goodness to give the lady this note2" I ascended again and handed the note to /olores. 5et us go up to her." "I did. in fact. "#h. "$ow. %t my summons 9erguson and Holmes came up."3ou at least have the entrGe.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . the train of reasoning which passed through my mind in aker Street. and you shall have it. for what can you possibly do save give me your sympathy2 It must be an e. 3ou had seen the lady rise from beside the child's cot with the blood upon her lips. Mr. 0H ". 1hen I saw that little empty ?uiver beside the small birdbow.acky. who had raised herself in the bed. 1atson." said Holmes. do not keep me in suspense." !he boy cooed and nestled his head upon his father's breast. but at least I understand him and he fitted into my reconstruction. He scribbled a few lines upon a sheet of paper. then the subCective becomes obCective and we can say confidently that we have reached our goal. then. and he watched his son with loving eyes until he disappeared.acky has very strong likes and dislikes." "/id it not occur to you that a bleeding wound may be sucked for some other purpose than to draw the blood from it2 1as there not a ?ueen in :nglish history who sucked such a wound to draw poison from it2" "<oison=" "% South %merican household. but she held out her hand to repulse him. "Iun away. it would mean death if the venom were not sucked out. "5uckily I am one of his likes. "I really feel that I have brought you on a fool's errand. she will. little . Holmes.pected to see." "I care nothing so long as you clear my wife. "I think we can dispense with /olores." ". 9erguson gently disengaged him." said 9erguson. Such things do not happen in criminal practice in :ngland. who cautiously opened the door. Holmes. "#h. 3our wife is a very good. and I am your debtor forever. and a very ill"used woman. Madame. !he idea of a vampire was to me absurd. % minute later I heard a cry from within. If the child were pricked with one of those arrows dipped in curare or some other devilish drug." cried 9erguson. who looked at him with wide"eyed ama>ement." "She will not see me. She will leesten. /olores looked out. %s we entered the room 9erguson took a step or two towards his wife. It has been a case for intellectual deduction." he continued when the boy was gone. :verything on earth is insignificant compared to that. a cry in which Coy and surprise seemed to be blended. affair from your point of view." 9erguson sat up with a cry of Coy. 5et me first say what will ease your mind. 9erguson. "She will see them. and the rest has merely been observation and confirmation. !he swiftest surgery is the least painful.ceedingly delicate and comple. $ow. would one not try it first in order to see that it had not lost its power2 I did not foresee the dog. . How do I stand2 1hat shall I do2 I care nothing as to how you have found your facts so long as you have really got them." said my friend with an amused smile. Holmes. but that was what occurred to me. Mr. it was Cust what I e. Mr. after bowing to the lady. I am a busy man with many calls." said Holmes. %nd yet your observation was precise. putting his arm round the boy. but in doing so I must wound you deeply in another direction. My instinct felt the presence of those weapons upon the wall before my eyes ever saw them." "Aery good. "but I have not been struck up to now with its comple. but when this original intellectual deduction is confirmed point by point by ?uite a number of independent incidents." "5et me tell you.!l-e&. but she is ?uite rational.
you shall Cudge for yourselves. 9aithfully yours. I am. '()*. as was his habit from time to time. 1atson. now. or it may have been a tragedy. and possibly for his dead mother. I was glad. 9erguson. SH:I5#.acky=" "I watched him as you fondled the child Cust now. I fancy.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I will take the other. Iobert 9erguson.actly. the date. whose health and beauty are a contrast to his own weakness. choking. a maniacal e. So I imagined. She knew. Mr.@ H#5M:S." "My .acky." said Holmes in a whisper.aggerated love for you." 9erguson was standing by the bed. Mason. 1ell. I repeat. sir.acky=" "3ou have to face it.it.acky. It is the more painful because it is a distorted love. which has prompted his action." "I think a year at sea would be my prescription for Master . Ie Aampires SIIIeferring to your letter of the '(th. and that the matter has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion. for she knew how you loved the boy and feared lest it break your heart. as I have seldom seen in a human face.!l-e&. I beg to state that I have looked into the in?uiry of your client. such cruel hatred. I only refer to the matter in passing. $ov." he added as he closed the door behind him. however. Madame2" !he lady was sobbing." ". for it was in the same month that Holmes refused a knighthood for services which may perhaps some day be described. his hands outstretched and ?uivering. It was better that I should wait and that it should come from some other lips than mine. Holmes had spent several days in bed. and yet she shrank from telling you all the truth. It is the letter which Holmes wrote in final answer to that with which the narrative begins. 3et there was certainly an element of comedy. is the time for our e. His face was clearly reflected in the glass of the window where the shutter formed a background. *'st. !here. for in my position of partner and confidant I am obliged to be particularly careful to avoid any indiscretion. wrote that he knew all. "!his. rising from his chair. I remember the date very well." ":. but he emerged that morning with a long foolscap document in his hand and a twinkle of amusement in his austere gray eyes. shortly after the conclusion of the South %frican 1ar. It cost one man his reason. which was the latter end of . of Mincing 5ane. I saw such Cealousy. ob2 I felt the blow it would be to you. . She saw it made and saved the child's life. Mr. 0J "$ow do you understand2 3our wife feared such an attack." "4ood 4od= It is incredible=" "Have I spoken the truth. Madame 1e can ?uite understand your attacks upon Master . "I think we may leave them to settle the rest among themselves. of 9erguson and Muirhead. His very soul is consumed with hatred for this splendid child. it cost me a bloodletting. who seems to have powers of magic. The A !enture of the Three &arr# e's It may have been a comedy." I have only one further note of this case. that this enables me to fi. 1hen this gentleman. with her face buried in the pillows. and it cost yet another man the penalties of the law.une. $ow she turned to her husband." said Holmes. !here is a limit to a mother's patience. "How could I tell you. "#nly one thing is still clouded. ut how did you dare to leave the child these last two days2" "I had told Mrs. tea brokers. It ran thus%@:I S!I::!. "If you will take one elbow of the too faithful /olores. 1ith thanks for your recommendation.
"Mr. His accent was %merican. and he told me this fool"trick he had played me. 1e want another to match him. $athan 4arrideb not come with you2" "1hy did he ever drag you into it at all2" asked our visitor with a sudden outflame of anger." said he. "3ou are. 0( "!here is a chance for you to make some money.amination. "!his gentleman is also in the plot already. "1ell. Holmes. 4arrideb=" said my friend in a soothing voice. Hudson had come in with a card upon a tray. Mr. 7. Holmes2" he asked. His eyes. "%h. !he fellow will be here presently for cross"e. here it is=" I cried in ama>ement. I had no idea I was so obvious a ritisher. I took it up and glanced at it.ities we have ever come upon anything more singular. "1hy. However. 1atson would tell you that these little digressions of mine sometimes prove in the end to have some bearing on the matter. and one of them must needs call in a detective= I saw him this morning. " Holmes smiled as he looked at the card." % moment later he was in the room.ohn 4arrideb. I fancy. ut to my ama>ement there was this strange name in its due place. "Have you ever heard the name of 4arrideb2" I admitted that I had not. ." Mrs. I don't think in all our e. that's the name we want.ounselor at 5aw. ut surely you have been in :ngland some time2" "1hy do you say that. I believe you have had a letter from my namesake. all the same. whose chubby face had assumed a far less amiable e. my dear 1atson. "I am afraid you must make yet another effort.plorations of human comple. Holmes= Here it is=" Holmes took the book from my hand. ut.ohn 4arrideb. %. However. ." said Sherlock Holmes. 1. so alert. 1here do you read that2" "!he shoulder cut of your coat. I gave a cry of triumph. 1hat about getting down to that paper you hold in your hand2" Holmes had in some way ruffled our visitor.' " he read. and so. so that one received the impression of ?uite a young man with a broad set smile upon his face. my outfit is nearly all 5ondon. have you not2" "<ray sit down. Holmes2" I seemed to read sudden suspicion in those e.pect to see him this morning. as you say. "/r.' Sorry to disappoint you. if you can lay your hand upon a 4arrideb. have a good deal to discuss. so bright were they. ut why did Mr. he is in a position to tell us a good deal which I want to know. "Here you are. but was not accompanied by any eccentricity of speech. powerful man with the round. and that's why I am here. was a short. ut business brought me over here some time ago. of course. that's a long story 6 rather a whimsical one. but I never thought I would be the subCect of them. if I may say so.!l-e&.pression." !he telephone directory lay on the table beside me. "I've read of your tricks. . 1atson. "<atience= <atience. well.. "1hat in thunder had you to do with it2 Here was a bit of professional business between two gentlemen. Mr. Seldom in any human head have I seen a pair which bespoke a more intense inward life. however. !hat is the address upon his letter. " ''&F 5ittle Iyder Street. so I won't open the matter up till he comes. fresh. !he general effect was chubby and rather childlike. Moorville.ounselor at 5aw.ohn 4arrideb mentioned in this document. glancing from one to the other.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . so responsive to every change of thought. were arresting. and we did not meet to talk about the cut of my socks. though I certainly did not e. 4arrideb forced a laugh. the toes of your boots 6 could anyone doubt it2" "1ell." . S. I guess your time is of value." said he." "1hy2" "%h. ." He took up his sheets of foolscap. sir.pressive eyes. @ansas. "3our whole outfit is :nglish. ut I feel bad about it. and I turned over the pages in a rather hopeless ?uest. "1e shall. " '4arrideb. $athan 4arrideb." Mr. . "!his is a different initial. Mr. clean"shaven face characteristic of so many %merican men of affairs. meanwhile. the Mr. $. but this is the man himself. Mr. too. yes= 3our pictures are not unlike you. friend 1atson. there's money in it. Mr.
if he had. with a fine"toothed comb and never a 4arrideb could I catch. I Cust asked for your address and came right away. "9or he died within a year of saying them. and one day I had a visit from the old man.hicago. but there was a powerful lot of meaning in the words. and afterwards in the wheat pit at . I reckon you will hear within a day or two. with some women relations. "%nd now. and he was dead set to find out if there were any more 4arridebs in the world. I went through it. "1ell2" I asked at last. Here is a man with an :nglish coat . I understand. "1ell. I suppose all we can do is to report to you and let you know how we progress. lying along the %rkansas Iiver. ut he took a kind of pride in the ?ueerness of his name. who was mayor in 'J(). that puts it different. "1hen I went to see him this morning and he told me he had sent to a detective. and he was tickled to death to meet another man with his own name. 1ell. and Cust every sort of land that brings dollars to the man that owns it." "/ear me= 1ell.plained the whole matter to him. 1atson.' said he. 4arrideb. as I was soon to discover. !here is not one in the 7nited States. that is Cust how it stands. Sure enough there was the name in the 5ondon telephone directory. '$one the less. He knew that I had means of getting information. It was the ?ueerest will that has ever been filed in the State of @ansas." "I have done that. I told him I was a busy man and could not spend my life hiking round the world in search of 4arridebs. what on earth could be the obCect of this man in telling us such a rigmarole of lies. I went after him two days ago and e. Mr. Mr. I nearly asked him so 6 for there are times when a brutal frontal attack is the best policy 6 but I Cudged it better to let him think he had fooled us. 5ysander Starr." "1ell. '9ind me another=' said he. and." "1ell. His property was divided into three parts and I was to have one on condition that I found two 4arridebs who would share the remainder. It says three adult men in the will. and he left a will behind him. we had best have a clear account from your own lips." #ur visitor's angry face gradually cleared. Holmes. did I not2 I should have thought. I'll give you the facts as short as I can make them." said Holmes with a smile. there's no reason it should be kept a secret. like myself. I never heard of it. "$eed he know2" he asked. "It was so big a chance that I Cust let my legal practice slide and I set forth looking for 4arridebs. sir. it is certainly a most curious little problem. e?ually vital for both of you. y the way. that your obvious way was to advertise in the agony columns of the papers. west of 9ort /odge. it was very natural that he should apply to me. since you are here. $o replies. It's five million dollars for each if it is a cent.ander Hamilton 4arrideb was. there can be no harm in that. He made his money in real estate. Holmes. My friend here knows nothing of the details. I was in the law at !opeka. therefore. "He had no kith nor kin 6 or. I don't want police butting into a private matter. Holmes had lit his pipe.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." said he. "I was wondering. It was simply >eal upon his part to gain your end 6 an end which is. and if you can help to fill it we will be very ready to pay your charges. 1atson 6 Cust wondering=" "%t what2" Holmes took his pipe from his lips. Mr. sir. If you came from @ansas I would not need to e. sir." "4ood old /r. I may take a glance at it in my leisure. but he spent it in buying up as much land as would make one of your counties. 1atson. E) "!here was no reflection upon you." "1ell.' I thought he was Coking. it is curious that you should have come from !opeka. I used to have a correspondent 6 he is dead now 6 old /r. "His name is still honored. !hen I tried the old country. !hat was what brought us together. Starr=" said our visitor. 'that is Cust what you will do if things pan out as I planned them." 1ith this assurance our %merican bowed and departed. ut if you are content Cust to help us find the man. It's gra>ing"land and lumber"land and arable"land and minerali>ed"land.!l-e&." Mr. It was his pet fad. and he sat for some time with a curious smile upon his face. "l said it was rather whimsical.plain to you who %le." said Holmes. So you see we still have a vacancy. "1e usually work together. ut he is a lone man. 4arrideb surveyed me with not too friendly a ga>e. "I am wondering. but we can't lay a finger on it until we all three stand in a row. but no men.
" I did so. and even 5ittle Iyder Street. indicating its discolored surface. he is certainly a comple. anyhow. then. %bove was a line of plaster skulls with such names as "$eanderthal. $athan 4arrideb proved to be a very tall.pression of peering curiosity. Aery good.plained. and yet by this document and by his own account he is a provincial %merican lately landed in 5ondon.ust ring him up." !he house had a common stair.. It was on this ground floor that our client lived. with a flat brick face broken only by two deep bay windows on the ground floor. round"backed person. some indicating offices and some private chambers. he has been here. Holmes. for I would rather have a chat without himK. %s he stood in front of us now. % large table in the center was littered with all sorts of debris. 1atson 6 if you would have the goodness to put the . Is Mr. we shall be round about si. %s I glanced round I was surprised at the universality of the man's interests. Holmes. 1ell. while the tall brass tube of a powerful microscope bristled up among them. I understand from your note that you did not go out oftenK. !he room was as curious as its occupant. yes. loose"Cointed. granting that the man is a rascal. 3ou need not mention it to the %merican lawyerK. crowded with specimens. and that is something to note. It looked like a small museum.apanese vase to one side. ehind his central table was a large cupboard of fossil bones. /r. within a stone"cast of old !yburn !ree of evil memory. 3ou will find a chair here.!l-e&. for. . 1ill you be at home this evening2 I suppose your namesake will not be there2 . geological and anatomical. 1atson will come with meK. yes. and I would never have overlooked such a cock pheasant as that. Holmes there2 I should very much like to have a word with Mr. Mr. ?uavering voice at the other end of the line. though some prefer the %le. I never knew a /r. "!hey degenerated greatly towards the end. though eccentric. I understand that you don't know himK. yes. looked golden and wonderful in the slanting rays of the setting sun.ty"odd years of age. one of the smaller offshoots from the :dgware Ioad. "Syracusan 6 of the best period." he remarked. old"fashioned. 5ysander Starr. $athan 4arrideb. . #ur client opened the door for us himself and apologi>ed by saying that the woman in charge left at four o'clock. I think the fellow is really an %merican. . He had a cadaverous face. and what motive lies behind this preposterous search for 4arridebs2 It's worth our attention. of !opeka.andrian school. and ingenious one. "It's his real name." My friend took the instrument and I heard the usual syncopated dialogue. with the dull dead skin of a man to whom e. but he has worn his accent smooth with years of 5ondon. however. "3es. holding it up. of course. :arly 4eorgian edifice. It was not a collection of residential flats. "3es. the low windows proved to be the front of the huge room in which he spent his waking hours. and. and heard a thin." "." he e.ro"Magnon" printed beneath them. 1e must now find out if our other correspondent is a fraud also. Aery good. !he particular house to which we were directed was a large. but rather the abode of ohemian bachelors. but why should I go out when I have so much to hold me here2 I can assure you that the ade?uate cataloguing of one of those cabinets would take me three good months. <ray allow me to clear these bones.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." " Heidelberg. How long2 K #nly two days= K 3es. "7p some years. 1atson. 3ou see round me my little interests in life. !he general effect. gaunt and bald." Holmes looked round him with curiosity. E' frayed at the elbow and trousers bagged at the knee with a year's wear. indeed. 1atson. !here have been no advertisements in the agony columns. It was both broad and deep. 4ood"bye=" It was twilight of a lovely spring evening. 5arge round spectacles and a small proCecting goat's beard combined with his stooping attitude to give him an e. %nd you. we will come then. 3ou know that I miss nothing there. it is a most captivating prospect. !hey are my favorite covert for putting up a bird.ases of butterflies and moths flanked each side of the entrance. he held a piece of chamois leather in his right hand with which he was polishing a coin. /r. sir 6 ah. with cupboards and cabinets all round.ercise was unknown. !ouch him where you would he was false. My doctor lectures me about never going out. Mr. was amiable. %t their best I hold them supreme. Holmes pointed as we passed to the small brass plate which bore the curious name. . !here was a cabinet of flint instruments. . Here was a case of ancient coins. It was clear that he was a student of many subCects. I am Mr. some si. and there were a number of names painted in the hall. 1hat is his game.
ust think what I could do with five million dollars.cept what he states. He called last !uesday." "1hy should he be angry2" "He seemed to think it was some reflection on his honor. and I should have taken his advice first." His eyes gleamed behind his great spectacles. never=" "3ou see no possible obCect he has in view2" "$one. for I have your very clear narrative in my pocket.citedly into the room. Mr. "I merely called to make your ac?uaintance. ut this gentleman has assured me that he will buy me out as soon as we have established our claim." Holmes's cross"e. sir. "I thought I should be in time to get you. !here are few ?uestions I need ask. I am not too strong. ut he was ?uite cheerful again when he returned. !here are a do>en specimens in the market at the present moment which fill gaps in my collection. Holmes and I leaned forward and read it over his shoulder. who stood staring at a marked advertisement. we can only say we are sorry if we have given you any useless trouble. "$ow and again I drive down to Sotheby's or ." "/id you tell him of our telephone appointment2" "3es." said Holmes.ertainly not. I had a brother. I could see that he was pu>>led. "I prefer to establish personal touch with those with whom I do business. $athan 4arrideb in finding a namesake. and surely we can find one. 1hy. Holmes.#$S!I7.hristie's. and female relatives are dis?ualified.75!7I%5 M%. Holmes. he did not. and that was why I sent to you. #therwise I very seldom leave my room. It was very clear that no pains would be spared by Mr." Holmes was lost in thought.!#I #9 %4II. any money from you2" "$o. and my researches are very absorbing. . sir. He had been very angry. sir. !his is how it ranH#1%I/ 4%III/: . and I filled up the blanks when this %merican gentleman called.amination was interrupted by an imperative knocking at the door. ut you can imagine. e. my congratulations= 3ou are a rich man. $o sooner had our client unlatched it than the %merican lawyer burst e. and which I am unable to purchase for want of a few hundred pounds. I have the nucleus of a national collection. I shall be the Hans Sloane of my age.!l-e&. 9ive million dollars was the sum named. #f course. It is a good collection." "How long have you been in these rooms2" "$early five years. Mr. he came straight back to me." "/id he suggest any course of action2" "$o. I am not a rich man.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I understand that up to this week you were unaware of his e. %s to you. #ur business is happily finished and all is well. $athan 4arrideb. but he is dead." "/id he tell you of our interview today2" "3es. or asked for." "3ou have no fear of burglars2" "$ot the least. I did. this %merican gentleman is ?uite right.HI$:I3 . waving a paper over his head. sir. I had heard that you handled strange cases.istence. It only needs one more 4arrideb to complete the matter. "Here you are=" he cried. ut there must surely be others in the world. E* " ut do you tell me that you never go out2" he said. "Have you any articles of great value in your collection2" "$o." He handed over the paper to our client. sir." "!hat is so." "I think you acted very wisely indeed. sir. $othing would induce me to leave my collection. and there is no reason why I should interrupt your studies." "Has he had. what a terrific shock 6 pleasant but terrific 6 it was for me when I heard of this unparalleled good fortune. but I acted for the best. but not a very valuable one. Mr. " ut are you really an.ious to ac?uire an estate in %merica2" "." said Holmes.
$athan. if you insist I shall go. but we found that it was closed for the day. "considering I've come all the way from the center of %merica. and all other appliances. I should have thought a little earlier. %ll you have to do is to see this man. E& inders. "!hat makes our third man. of course. "$o doubt you have outlined the solution in your own mind. 4arrideb. who is your house"agent2" #ur client was ama>ed at the sudden ?uestion." "I'll see to that. Holmes2 /on't you think it would be wiser2 Here am I. y the way. and may you have every success in your irmingham Courney. It was not till after dinner that Holmes reverted to the subCect. sir. "I had always heard. in the :dgware Ioad. and get an affidavit of his e. 1hy should he believe what I tell him2 ut you are a ritisher with solid references. !hen you can be back the same night. I happen to be clear tomorrow afternoon." #ur client shone with pleasure and his eyes gleamed from behind his big glasses. and see you off to irmingham." said Holmes. Mr." said he. "and my agent there has sent me this advertisement from a local paper. Mr.plain the matter." Mr. a wandering %merican with a wonderful tale." said he." said the %merican.ity had vanished. "1ell. drills. "#ur little problem draws to a close. Mr. "I was wondering if this was 8ueen %nne or 4eorgian. harrows. and we may have good news for you tomorrow night." "I had opened up in?uiries in irmingham.oming my way. If I should be able to look in tomorrow." "8uite so. and the look of thoughtful perple. !he place will." said Holmes. 3ou leave at twelve and should be there soon after two. However. I have figured out our connections." said he. Saunders it would be ?uite in order. good"bye. beyond doubt. "I wish I could look over your collection. Holmes2 1ell." "I can make neither head nor tail of it. but I have a very busy day tomorrow. "I think what this gentleman says is very true. I'll call tomorrow. ut why2" "I am a bit of an archaeologist myself when it comes to houses. it is surely little enough if you go a hundred miles in order to put this matter through." !he house"agent's was close by. "In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful. and he is bound to take notice of what you say. "I could take you round now if you have the time. 4arrideb.planation. "and no doubt you will let me have a report as soon as you can.istence.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and this room of yours is a storehouse of it." "3ou want me to see him2" "1hat do you say. I presume that there would be no obCection to my glancing over them2" "$one at all. 1e must hustle and put the thing through. $athan 4arrideb shrugged his shoulders with a disconsolate air." "Ieally." "1ell. Mr. I have written to this man and told him that you will see him in his office tomorrow afternoon at four o'clock." "!hen that is agreed. If you would say a word to Mrs." he added looking at his watch. %ston "4lorious=" gasped our host. laughing. considering the glory of hope that you have brought into my life. buckboards. it is easily ascertained. "It is certainly hard for me to refuse you anything. and I could always follow you if you are in any trouble. Saunders is in the basement up to four o'clock and would let you in with her key. 1ell. e. "1ell. steam and hand plows. I would go with you if you wished." . then." "It is nothing." "1ell. but Mrs. "Holloway and Steele. "I'll have to get on." said the %merican. I have not made such a Courney for years." "7nfortunately." said Holmes. I have not. reapers." I noticed that my friend's face cleared when the %merican left the room. that you were a very intelligent man. be shut up." "4eorgian.!l-e&. 3ou are most welcome. so we made our way back to aker Street. good"bye. . :stimates for %rtesian 1ells %pply 4rosvenor uildings. Mr." said he. y the 5ord=" he added hotly. 4arrideb. ut these specimens are so well labeled and classified that they hardly need your personal e. Mr. farmer's carts.
but purporting to be from an :nglish firm. 1hat do you make of that2" "I can only suppose that this %merican lawyer put it in himself.alendar in your memory.' was the inscription below. $ative of . I have been down to see friend 5estrade at the 3ard." "%h.ome. 1atson. . /ead man was identified as Iodger <rescott. it seemed better to clear the stage by letting him go." "%nd the ne. did you2 . dark man with a beard. I should know my 1atson by now. !he printer had set it up as received. I have been to the house"agent's #ur client.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . !hat is our bird. Aery dangerous man.%ged forty"four. Shot a man over cards in a nightclub in the 1aterloo Ioad in . Mrs. according to Scotland 3ard. !hat is %merican also. though I know it will only be an additional reason to you for running your head into danger. @iller :vans released in '()'. was. I might have told him that he was clearly going on a wild"goose chase. and you should know it." It was Cust four o'clock when we reached the curious apartment of $athan 4arrideb. you improve all the time.!l-e&. I found his chubby face smiling up at me from the rogues' portrait gallery. @nown to have shot three men in the States. %s a working hypothesis. Has been under police supervision since. it is not part of your profession to carry about a portable $ewgate . 1aldron's appearance was well remembered at the office. "I have my old favorite with me. but she had no hesitation in admitting us. we must be ready for him." Holmes drew an envelope from his pocket. He was a tall. alias @iller :vans. he wanted to get this good old fossil up to irmingham. was about to leave." Holmes was up and out early. 1atson 6 a sporting bird. it was bad :nglish but good %merican. He is none other than '@iller' :vans. <rescott. %nd artesian wells are commoner with them than with us.ohn 4arrideb. for the door shut with a spring lock. but. 3es. . If our 1ild 1est friend tries to live up to his nickname. we must go now and look for that. %nyhow. !omorrow. Holmes. of sinister and murderous reputation. Sure enough. He had suddenly vanished and nothing more been heard of him. it is not the first we have shared." "I fear I am none the wiser. as you must admit.ame to 5ondon in 'J(&. but they lead the world for thoroughness and method. usually carries arms and is prepared to use them. "I scribbled down a few points from his dossier. but so far as known has led an honest life.hicago. '. !hat is very clear. and then I think it will be time for our Iyder Street adventure. .planations. you see." "#h. So at last we get a link. 1hat is the particular danger this time2" "1e are up against a very hard case. I had an idea that we might get on the track of our %merican friend in their records. the caretaker. It was unlet for a year before then. I hope it may not be the last. !hen the buckboards. Shortly afterwards the . the %merican criminal." " ut what is his game2" "1ell. as he told us. Man died. used to live in the very room which our innocent friend now devotes to his museum. It was a typical %merican advertisement. and Holmes promised to see that all was safe before we left. the man whom @iller :vans had shot.ounselor at 5aw." He took a revolver from the drawer and handed it to me. 'J(E.ames 1inter. Saunders. $ow. "!his is a more serious matter than I had e. on second thoughts. ut there is danger. E0 "!he head is surely clear enough and the tail we should see tomorrow /id you notice nothing curious about that advertisement2" "I saw that the word 'plough' was misspelt. :scaped from penitentiary through political influence. you did notice that. there are alternative e." "1ell. !here may be an occasional want of imaginative intuition down there. 1atson. 1hen he returned at lunchtime I noticed that his face was very grave. !he previous tenant was a gentleman at large named 1aldron. 1atson 6 well. famous as forger and coiner in ." said he. I have identified Mr.pected. it begins to define itself. but he was shown to have been the aggressor in the row. alias Morecroft. 1hat his obCect was I fail to understand. "It is fair to tell you so. has been there five years." "1ell. bearded man with very dark features. a tall.hicago.anuary. I'll give you an hour for a siesta. I think we may take it that <rescott. tomorrow will speak for itself. 1atson.t link2" "1ell.
" y the 5ord. so far as I can read the situation." His face set like flint as he glared at our prisoner. I leaned on Holmes's arm. !he clear. and the %merican was in the room. even if the ?ueer name of the tenant did give him an opening which he could hardly have e. !hen came the sharp. He closed the door softly behind him. and together we stole across to the open trapdoor. emerged suddenly from the open space.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Holmes made a rapid e. <resently we heard the sound of sliding boards. %t first I thought our friend might have something in his collection more valuable than he knew 6 something worth the attention of a big criminal. !hat is how I read it. 9or the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. sir. I felt a sudden hot sear as if a red"hot iron had been pressed to my thigh. peering an. I suppose. her bonnet passed the bow window. took a sharp glance around him to see that all was safe. %ll my years of humble but single"minded service culminated in that moment of revelation. lit a stump of candle. metallic snap of a key. and the firm lips were shaking. I must say. It has nothing whatever to do with our client. which gradually softened into a rather shamefaced grin as he reali>ed that two pistols were pointed at his head. we can but possess our souls in patience and see what the hour may bring. "3ou are right. and then. @iller :vans struck a match. !here was one cupboard in a dark corner which stood out a little from the wall. for the head of our %merican." !hat hour was not long in striking. 1atson.'' " ut what did he want2" "1ell. "1ell.amination of the premises. . Holmes. drawing a Cimmy from his inside pocket.actly what he has to do and how to do it. he knelt down and worked vigorously upon the floor. hard eyes were dimmed for a moment. "He wanted to get our amiable friend out of his room 6 that is very clear. EE outer door closed. $ow. 1ell. !here is some guilty secret in the room. sir. "It's nothing. !hen my friend's wiry arms were round me.learly our moment had come. He wove his plot with remarkable cunning. it is as well for you. the old floor must have creaked under our feet. 1e crouched closer in the shadow as we heard the outer door open and shut.pected. who was sitting up with a da>ed face. and he was leading me to a chair. ut the fact that Iodger <rescott of evil memory inhabited these rooms points to some deeper reason. 4ently as we moved. I hand it to you+ you have me beat and D" In an instant he had whisked out a revolver from his breast and had fired two shots." he cried with an immense sigh of relief. If you had killed 1atson. and played me for a sucker from the first. 1atson2 9or 4od's sake. as the collector never went out. !he whole of this 4arrideb invention was apparently for no other end. 1ell. that is what we are here to find out.!l-e&. and together we looked down into the small cellar which had been disclosed by the secret flap. threw off his overcoat. "I guess you have been one too many for me. He only sat and scowled. you would not have got out of this room alive. Mr. and an instant later a s?uare had opened in the planks. "It is ?uite superficial.iously round. It is something connected with the man he murdered 6 the man who may have been his confederate in crime. and vanished from our view." He had ripped up my trousers with his pocketknife. #ur eyes fell upon a mass of rusted . Holmes. tore up the s?uare of carpet on which it rested. and. I had a vision of him sprawling upon the floor with blood running down his face while Holmes rummaged him for weapons. Holmes touched my wrist as a signal. He pushed the table to one side. "3ou're not hurt. Saw through my game. however. It was behind this that we eventually crouched while Holmes in a whisper outlined his intentions. It's a mere scratch. say that you are not hurt=" It was worth a wound 6 it was worth many wounds 6 to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. His face turned upon us with a glare of baffled rage. it took some planning to do it. rolled it completely back. and we knew that we were alone in the lower floor of the house. !here was a crash as Holmes's pistol came down on the man's head. well=" said he coolly as he scrambled to the surface. and walked up to the central table with the brisk manner of one who knows e. It was still illuminated by the candle which :vans had taken down with him. what have you to say for yourself2" He had nothing to say for himself. that there is a certain devilish ingenuity about it. 1atson.
there are some which involve the secrets of private families to an e. after the death of the man. $o living man could tell a <rescott from a ank of :ngland.isted. which sailed one spring morning into a small patch of mist from where she never again emerged. what have I done wrong.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Sherlock Holmes had at various times to e. and that these records will be separated and destroyed now that my friend has time to turn his energies to the matter. Mr. Some.e Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of . !hey would willingly have subscribed to that soup"plate medal of which the criminal had spoken. and as such will hardly bear narrating. men to sleep the sounder. at . but can hardly fail to annoy the casual reader. . neatly arranged upon a small table.t stage. the well"known Cournalist and duelist. ut say. did you not2" "3es." said Holmes. since no final e. %mong these unfinished tales is that of Mr.ton. with my name..ohn H. I had to do the best I could to shift him2 Maybe I would have been wiser if I had put him away. 1hen his castle in the air fell down. and if I hadn't put him out he would have flooded 5ondon with them. to find out where it was. they had never been able. "3es. there is a travel"worn and battered tin dispacth"bo. It would have been easy enough. gentlemen. but I'm a softhearted guy that can't begin shooting unless the other man has a gun also. though it was he who pulled on me.ames <hillimore. who. a litter of bottles.alted ?uarters if it were thought possible that they might find their way into print.!l-e&. 1atson." said our prisoner. "1e don't do things like that." said Holmes.ross. for. :vans had indeed done great service and caused several worthy . I've not hurt this old stiff. and . sir. Help yourselves." So those were the facts about @iller :vans and his remarkable invention of the three 4arridebs. stepping back into his own house to get his umbrella. !hat's <rescott's machine. % problem without a solution may interest the student. :vans.haring . 1hat we wanted at present was Cust your sweet self. !hey take that at the ne. "% printing press 6 a counterfeiter's outfit. /. and those bundles on the table are two thousand of <rescott's notes worth a hundred each and fit to pass anywhere. I was the only one in the world who knew where he made them. It is crammed with papers.. $o less remarkable is that of the cutter %licia. who was found stark staring mad with a match bo. EF machinery. but an unappreciative bench took a less favorable view. It won't be entirely une. sir. it buried him beneath the ruins. nor was anything further ever heard of herself and her crew. and.amine. M.o. I. " ut that's not our Cob." Holmes laughed.an you wonder that I wanted to get to the place2 %nd can you wonder that when I found this cra>y boob of a bug"hunter with the ?ueer name s?uatting right on the top of it. anyhow2 I've not used this plant. "!he greatest counterfeiter 5ondon ever saw. . nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr.. Mr. <lease give the 3ard a call. 1atson. and not the least interesting.pected. a number of neat little bundles. and got five years for it. in front of him which contained a remarkable worm said to be unknown to science. 3ou shot this man <rescott.planation is forthcoming. so far as I can see. though they knew that it e. painted upon the lid. In some I was myself concerned and can speak as an eyewitness. for the counterfeiter stands in a class by himself as a public danger. /. and never ?uitting his room. % third case worthy of note is that of Isadora <ersano. The +ro'lem of Thor Br# . !here remain a considerable residue of cases of greater or less interest which I might have edited before had I not feared to give the public a surfeit which might react upon the reputation of the man whom above all others I revere. was never more seen in this world. . It was a glad day at the 3ard when the <rescott outfit was discovered. 1here do you get me2" "#nly attempted murder. and the @iller returned to those shades from which he had Cust emerged. 1e heard later that our poor old friend never got over the shock of his dissipated dreams. He was last heard of at a nursing"home in ri. .all it a deal and let me beat it. 9ive years 6 when I should have had a medal the si>e of a soup plate. %part from these unfathomed cases. staggering slowly to his feet and then sinking into the chair. great rolls of paper. while . I need not say that such a breach of confidence is unthinkable. were complete failures.tent which would mean consternation in many e. Holmes. 5ate Indian %rmy. !here is no bolt"hole for you in this country.o.
" said he. :ven so trivial a matter as cooking an egg demands an attention which is conscious of the passage of time and incompatible with the love romance in that e. !hat woman has a heart that wouldn't let her kill a fly. written in a bold. I am getting into your involved habit.5%II/4:'S H#!:5. His name is very familiar. and that his mood was particularly bright and Coyous." "3es." Holmes waved his hand towards some papers on a chair." he answered.cellent periodical. %nd never a voice raised for her= It's the damned inCustice of it all that makes me cra>y. with that somewhat sinister cheerfulness which was characteristic of his lighter moments. I have a case. "3ou have heard of $eil 4ibson. I'll come at eleven tomorrow and see if you can get some ray of light in the dark. I descended to breakfast prepared to find my companion in depressed spirits. EH in others I was either not present or played so small a part that they could only be told as by a third person. he was easily impressed by his surroundings." "Might I share it2" "!here is little to share. Holmes2" I remarked. I know of him. 3ou know the facts 6 who doesn't2 It has been the gossip of the country. !hat is why the name is familiar. "3ou mean the %merican Senator2" "1ell. It was a wild morning in #ctober. 3es. %fter a month of trivialities and stagnation the wheels move once more. He had drawn a letter from his pocket. !hat was the view taken by the coroner's Cury and also in the police"court proceedings. ran as follows." "3es. #ctober &rd. /:%I MI.!l-e&. I remember it now.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . !heir condition may not be unconnected with the copy of the 9amily Herald which I observed yesterday upon the hall"table. 1ell. appeared to present no difficulty. I can't e.@ H#5M:SI can't see the best woman 4od ever made go to her death without doing all that is possible to save her. . though e." % ?uarter of an hour later the table had been cleared and we were face to face.perience. If ever in your life you showed your powers.pected ones come to light I do not see what my client can hope for.tracts ready. masterful hand. ut I really know nothing of the details. !he following narrative is drawn from my own e." !he letter which he handed to me. Maybe I have a clue and don't know it. 1atson. "!he fact is that the problem. 1atson. and I observed as I was dressing how the last remaining leaves were being whirled from the solitary plane tree which graces the yard behind our house. 3ou had best read this first. but is better known as the greatest gold"mining magnate in the world. 7nless some entirely new and une. "!he faculty of deduction is certainly contagious. %nyhow. "It has enabled you to probe my secret. <ossibly you have already heard of the tragic end of his wife2" "#f course. "I had no idea that the case was coming my way or I should have had my e." "3our client2" "%h.plain them. of telling a story backward. I can discover facts. I found that he had nearly finished his meal. "3ou have a case. He has surely lived in :ngland for some time. the 4old @ing2" he said. for.ceedingly sensational. SH:I5#. It is now referred to the %ssi>es at 1inchester. !he interesting personality of the accused does not obscure the clearness of the evidence. all I know and all I have and all I am are for your use if only you can save her. but we may discuss it when you have consumed the two hard"boiled eggs with which our new cook has favored us. he bought a considerable estate in Hampshire some five years ago. but I cannot change them. but I know beyond all doubt that Miss /unbar is innocent. I fear it is a thankless business. I forgot I had not told you. he was once Senator for some 1estern state. like all great artists. 1atson.plain things 6 I can't even try to e. #n the contrary.
"#n 6 the 6 floor 6 of 6 her 6 wardrobe. Holmes. !hese are the three people concerned. Mr. How's that2 9inally there is the motive. all depending upon one middle"aged life. In a couple of weeks I shall have shaken off his accursed slavery. Suddenly with a start he emerged into brisk life once more. !hen as to the tragedy. Holmes. Mr. 4ibson is my employer. Mr. He was a thin. !hen the dead woman had a note upon her making an appointment at that very place and signed by the governess. brutal= How she came by . indeed. so I must give it to you in a nutshell if you are to take an intelligent interest in the proceedings. with a shawl over her shoulders and a revolver bullet through her brain. in the first place there is some very direct evidence. 1atson 6 and yet= !his bridge 6 a single broad span of stone with balustraded sides 6 carries the drive over the narrowest part of a long. she had to admit that she was down near !hor ridge 6 that was the scene of the tragedy 6 about that hour.." His eyes fi. #n the contrary. . the victim of this tragedy. of most violent and formidable character. In the mouth of the bridge lay the dead woman. Holmes. or can you follow it clearly2" "It is all very clear. If his wife dies.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . knocking out the ashes of his after"breakfast pipe and slowly refilling it." our visitor gasped. ut here. ates. ut I was so situated that I could not come earlier." "%nd you are his manager2" "I have given him notice. "3es.pected one. it was found. His secretary." "$or could she prove an alibi. is our client. $:I5 4I S#$. $o weapon was found near her and there was no local clue as to the murder." "!hat really seems final. Mr. for the time is so limited. he is a villain 6 an infernal villain. I fear I can only give you a short time. late at night. only told me this morning of his appointment with you. if I mistake not. $o weapon near her. hard to all about him. %s to the story. "Mr." illy had opened the door. 9erguson. Mr.amined by the police and by a doctor before being carried up to the house. I am manager of his estate. when it was e. I would not have him find me here for the world. power. !his man is the greatest financial power in the world. of whom I know nothing save that she was past her prime. Such are the main facts. which was the more unfortunate as a very attractive governess superintended the education of two young children. nervous wisp of a man with frightened eyes and a twitching. "<ray sit down. sir. Mr. the center of a historical :nglish state. Marlow ates was a stranger to both of us. Mr. 7gly." !hen he sank into silence. 1atson. She couldn't deny it. shooting out short sentences like a man who is out of breath. <retty damning. Senator 4ibson is an attractive person. and a man. fortune. considerably before his time. 3ours faithfully. for some passing villager had seen her there. !hor Mere it is called. Mr. "!here you have it." "Strong language. and I saw that some train of thought had been set moving which I should be foolish to interrupt." said Holmes. 4ibson is coming. reed"girt sheet of water. !hose public charities are a screen to cover his private ini?uities.!l-e&. Holmes. but the name which he announced was an une. ut why suspect the governess2" "1ell. "!hat is the gentleman I await. deep. % hard man. 1atson 6 very ugly=" "3es. as I understand. you have hardly time to master all these papers. ates." "I have to be emphatic." "I know you have. He is almost due now. "3ou seem agitated. EJ put them now into this case. eh2 So the two Curies thought. who more likely to succeed her than the young lady who had already by all accounts received pressing attentions from her employer2 5ove." "%nd yet. Is this too condensed.ed and he repeated in broken words. % revolver with one discharged chamber and a caliber which corresponded with the bullet was found on the floor of her wardrobe. He married a wife. ut his wife was his chief victim. 1atson 6 mark that= !he crime seems to have been committed late in the evening." said Sherlock Holmes. He was brutal to her 6 yes. hesitating manner 6 a man whom my own professional eye would Cudge to be on the brink of an absolute nervous breakdown. !he wife was found in the grounds nearly half a mile from the house. clad in her dinner dress. and the scene is a grand old manor house. for I have an appointment at eleven. and the body was found by a gamekeeper about eleven o'clock.
She had loved him as such women can love. "I suppose you are within your rights 6 and maybe doing your duty 6 in asking such a ?uestion. craggy. 4ibson." "1ell. don't detain me= He is almost due. no. I should have thought my words were plain." said Holmes. 3ou can burn it if it's any use in lighting you to the truth. $eil 4ibson as my model. I wish you good morning" #ur visitor had risen also. "I do not vary them. 3ou'll be the talk of two continents. "that money is nothing to me in this case. /on't take him at his face value. She was a creature of the tropics." . I am here to give it. I don't know that I can add anything which will help you.ed scale." "1e will agree to suppose so." said he. $ow I'll go. If I were a sculptor and desired to ideali>e the successful man of affairs. 4ibson.ecrations which so many business rivals have heaped upon his head. and now we can only wait till the man himself appears. !here was an angry gleam from under those bristling brows and a tinge of color in the sallow cheeks." he began. surveyed us each in turn. 1e all liked her and felt for her and hated him for the way that he treated her. gaunt. "1hat the devil do you mean by this. Mr." "I think that you will find all the main ones in the press reports. He bowed in perfunctory fashion as Holmes mentioned my name. ut we are wasting time. at least I dismiss you. Mr. %s I looked upon him I understood not only the fears and dislike of his manager but also the e. Holmes. "I am a rather busy man. and that it is the problem itself which attracts me. and then with a masterful air of possession he drew a chair up to my companion and seated himself with his bony knees almost touching him. and his great loose figure towered above Holmes. I do not think that I am in need of booming. and it's up to you to do it. "and I have no time or taste for aimless conversations. "1ell= 1ell=" said Holmes after an interval of silence." "$o. . ut if there is anything you would wish more light upon 6 well.old gray eyes. ut the warning is a useful one. hard"set.act relations between you and Miss /unbar2" !he 4old @ing gave a violent start and half rose from his chair." Holmes rose from his chair. if dollars make no difference to you." Sharp at the hour we heard a heavy step upon the stairs. % child of the sun and of passion. iron of nerve and leathery of conscience. "5et me say right here. $ame your figure=" "My professional charges are upon a fi. Mr. !his woman is innocent and this woman has to be cleared. think of the reputation. !here is more behind. Mr. remorseless. !hat is all I have to say to you. E( her death I do not know. 4ibson. %n %braham 5incoln keyed to base uses instead of high ones would give some idea of the man. !hen his massive calm came back to him. Holmes2 /o you dismiss my case2" "1ell. save when I remit them altogether. looking shrewdly out from under bristling brows. it had escaped me. but when her own physical charms had faded 6 I am told that they once were great 6 there was nothing to hold him. or ever saw. His face might have been chiseled in granite. 5et us get down to the facts. craggy figure had a suggestion of hunger and rapacity." "1hat is it2" "1hat were the e." "!hank you. a ra>ilian by birth.!l-e&. Mr. I should choose Mr." "1ell. there is Cust one point. It may surprise you to know that I prefer to work anonymously. 4ibson seems to have a nice loyal household.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . with deep lines upon it. "Mr. as no doubt you know. $o. Mr. Holmes." said Holmes coldly. His tall. ut he is plausible and cunning. but I am sure that he had made her life a misery to her." 1ith a frightened look at the clock our strange visitor literally ran to the door and disappeared. If you pull this off every paper in :ngland and %merica will be booming you." "!ropical by birth and tropical by nature. save when she was in the company of his children. "!hen I can assure you that our relations were entirely and always those of an employer towards a young lady whom he never conversed with. the scars of many a crisis. and the famous millionaire was shown into the room.
and yet here I am. "I've been thinking it over. Holmes. unconventional.tremely suspicious. Holmes smiled languidly and reached his hand out for his pipe." said Holmes. 3ou have a good deal yet to learn. for I have broken stronger men than you. but if you insist upon the word I will not contradict you. 4ibson. I could not but admire him.press it as delicately as I could." ":. Mr. or afraid to tackle it. when in reality I was only e. "I'll give you one. I find that after breakfast even the smallest argument is unsettling." 1ith an effort the 4old @ing mastered his fury. 1e've got to understand the e. "1ell. Ha= isn't that a ring2 3es. Mr. I can't make you touch the case against your will. Mr. but what's at the back of it2 Iaising the price on me. I was Cust saying to /r. "1ell. 1ell. or what2 I've a right to a plain answer." "!hat may be so. $o man ever crossed me and was the better for it." "!hat is for me to decide. it's your choice. but Holmes smoked in imperturbable silence with dreamy eyes fi. unbusinesslike tone of his letter and contrasted it with his self"contained manner and appearance." said Holmes." !he 4old @ing had reentered the room in a more chastened mood than he had left it.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Holmes. good"morning. and how imperturbably he received it. Holmes. "1ell. 3ou saw the frontal attack which I made upon him." I sprang to my feet. perhaps you have. 3ou've done yourself no good this morning. 3ou are Custified in getting down to the facts." "So many have said so. Mr. and I feel that I have been hasty in taking your remarks amiss.actly. Mr. He must come back. He can't leave it where it is. that most men would shy off a bit when they are asked pointblank what their relations with a woman may be 6 if there is really some serious feeling in the case. !hat e. but his common sense had shown him that he must yield if he would attain his end.pression upon the millionaire's face was fiendish in its intensity. I guess most men have a little private reserve of their own in some corner of their souls where they don't welcome intruders. I guess you know how to run your own business. 4ibson. I guess that is so." "Meaning that I lie. smiling. %nd to me also.it. %nd you burst suddenly into it. however.!l-e&. "/on't be noisy. !his case is ?uite sufficiently complicated to start with without the further difficulty of false information. whatever they may be. for the e.actly." " ut what were his relations with the governess. !hen I bluffed him by giving him the impression that I was absolutely certain. as that man ates plainly told us. Mr." "1ell." #ur visitor made a noisy e. I can assure you. for by a supreme self"command he had turned in a minute from a hot flame of anger to a frigid and contemptuous indifference. it seems to me D" ":." "<erhaps he will come back2" "He is sure to come back. "%ny views. there is his footstep.cuses you. and how did you discover them2" " luff. bluff= 1hen I considered the passionate. but you will admit. I was trying to e. 1atson that you were somewhat overdue. is it not2" "3es.act relations of those three people if we are to reach the truth. I must confess that when I consider that this is a man who would certainly brush any obstacle from his path. 1atson2" he asked at last. 4ibson. Holmes. that the relations between Miss /unbar and me don't really touch this case. 1atson.presses it. and he had raised his great knotted fist.ed upon the ceiling. F) "<lain enough. His wounded pride still showed in his resentful eyes. and I think the more of you for it. I suggest that a stroll in the morning air and a little ?uiet thought will be greatly to your advantage. %nd it is only a patient who has an obCect in deceiving his surgeon who would conceal the facts of his case. and when I remember that his wife may have been an obstacle and an obCect of dislike. ut the obCect e. 3ou're like a surgeon who wants every symptom before he can give his diagnosis." "1ell. since . it was pretty clear that there was some deep emotion which centered upon the accused woman rather than upon the victim.
but even now. I should blame you if you e." !o my surprise the 4old @ing took the reproof with e?uanimity." "How2" "1ell. others were dependent upon her. !he whole world has proclaimed that she also is a very beautiful woman. "See here." "#h." !he 4old @ing paused for a moment as one who marshals his thoughts." "Aery generous. It wasn't individuals only. she knew something of my affairs. Holmes. "I don't know that anything she is accused of is really worse than what you have yourself admitted. I told her so.pressed it. I can make or break 6 and it is usually break. and the weak go to the wall." said he at last. not on a ?uestion of morals. I said that money was no obCect and that all I could do to make her happy and comfortable would be done. 1hen I had sworn 6 as I did 6 that she should never be molested again. did you2" Holmes could look very formidable when he was moved.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . It was only when the romance had passed 6 and it lingered for years 6 that I reali>ed that we had nothing 6 absolutely nothing 6 in common. "I said to her that if I could marry her I would. She adored me in those :nglish woods as she had adored me twenty years ago on the banks of the %ma>on. Mr. even nations. She knew the influence she had over me. or if it turned to hate. I can see that she was rare and wonderful in her beauty. so I won't go deeper than is needful. <erhaps you have seen her portrait in the papers. I met my wife when I was gold"hunting in ra>il. and that it was stronger than any other influence in the world. /o what I might. ut you know the wonderful way of women= /o what I might. Holmes 6 large beyond the belief of an ordinary man. and it was no light matter for her to let them all down by sacrificing her living. I came to you on a ?uestion of evidence. I thank 4od that my plans did not work out as I intended. She would have none of it. "!hat's how I feel myself about it now. though for a moment the reproof had brought the old angry gleam into his eyes. "!here are some things that are painful as well as difficult to say. she consented to remain. to make a long story short. Mr. tropical. "I can give it to you in a very few words. she was as devoted as ever. I played the . I loved her and I married her. since this young lady was in a sense under your protection. and she was very beautiful. usiness is a hard game. !hey are large. It was communities. but that it was out of my power. 1ell." said Holmes sternly. It was a deep rich nature. nothing could turn her from me. If I have been harsh to her. Holmes2" "I do not blame you for feeling it. wholehearted. it has been because I knew that if I could kill her love. "I'm not pretending to be any better than I am. deep"lined face had become even sadder and more grave." "It is only for the young lady's sake that I touch your case at all. passionate. very different from the %merican women whom I had known. and you can e. 1ell. ut there was another reason. $ow. I am sure. and she wanted to leave the house instantly. She answered our advertisement and became governess to our two children." "1ell. it would be easier for both of us. the stakes are down and the reserve open. Some of you rich men have to be taught that all the world cannot be bribed into condoning your offenses. too. I'm not asking for your criticism. Maria <into was the daughter of a government official at Manaus. maybe so. you did. as I look back with colder blood and a more critical eye. F' it was to try and save her.!l-e&. If hers had faded also it might have been easier. and I will admit to you that I could not live under the same roof with such a woman and in daily contact with her without feeling a passionate regard for her. even brutal as some have said. My love faded. I guess all my life I've been a man that reached out his hand for what he wanted. 1hat is it you want2" "!he truth. /o you blame me." said Holmes with a sneer. ill"balanced. Mr. that you have tried to ruin a defenseless girl who was under your roof. and I never wanted anything more than the love and possession of that woman." "1hy did she not2" "1ell. Holmes.plore where you will. in the first place. cities. "!hen came Miss 4race /unbar." said the millionaire. I was young and ardent in those days. Mr. I make no pretense to be more moral than my neighbors. His grim. She wanted to use it for good. ut nothing changed her.
honest fellow who was not too proud to admit that he was out of his depth and would welcome any help. Mr. ut she saw it different.planation was impossible. /r. I guess she was right.planation came into my head. "/on't you think there might be a case against Mr. !hen there might have been a scuffle and the gun gone off and shot the woman who held it. ehind these tricks of manner he soon showed himself to be a decent. of the local police." He looked round as though he hardly dare utter the words. but that did not mend the matter. I never s?uealed myself. "I have no doubt we can get the necessary permits this morning and reach 1inchester by the evening train. but we had the address of Sergeant . since all e.traordinary fashion that was clean against her usual nature. of suddenly sinking his voice to a whisper as if he had come upon something of vital importance." Holmes looked at his watch." . It was an influence for good. I'd rather have you than Scotland 3ard. He was a tall. I am sure. He had a trick. She believed and said that a fortune for one man that was more than he needed should not be built on ten thousand ruined men who were left without the means of life. %nd your friend. and she believed she was serving the world by influencing my actions. She was cra>y with hatred and the heat of the %ma>on was always in her blood.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and when it was found she might try to lie her way out by a total denial. and though my wife had no cause 6 and I think she understood this 6 for the latter. and I never cared if the other fellow s?uealed." "1ell. %nd women lead an inward life and may do things beyond the Cudgment of a man. perhaps. thin. the Hampshire estate of Mr." said Holmes. She is a wonderful fine woman in every way." "3ou've not seen Miss /unbar. "Indeed. !hat was how she saw it. as we walk down to the place there is one ?uestion I should like to ask you." ". !here is no doubt that my wife was bitterly Cealous. his head sunk in his hands. $eil 4ibson himself2" "I have been considering that. I know. He did not accompany us himself. She found that I listened to what she said." said he. "If the 3ard gets called into a case. 1atson. Mr. $ow. $eil 4ibson. too. I can't deny that. Holmes. with a secretive and mysterious manner which conveyed the idea that he knew or suspected a very great deal more than he dared say. "It's very black against her. for what it is worth. you know. $ow. I give it to you. Holmes.oventry. 1hat is against such a supposition2" "Miss /unbar herself. though the information was usually commonplace enough. It was his pistol. "If I can clear it up I don't ask to have my name mentioned. She might even throw it down among her clothes. though I cannot promise that my conclusions will necessarily be such as you desire. "%nyhow." "I need not appear in the matter at all. Holmes. So she stayed 6 and then this came along. He may well have wished his wife out of the road. !here is a soul"Cealousy that can be as frantic as any body"Cealousy. hardly knowing what she was doing. %nd these %mericans are readier with pistols than our folk are." "1ell. can be trusted. She might have planned to murder Miss /unbar 6 or we will say to threaten her with a gun and so frighten her into leaving us. F* game for all it was worth.!l-e&. #ne e. 1hen I have seen this young lady it is very possible that I may be of more use to you in the matter. it's very handsome of you.erted an influence upon my mind and my acts that she herself never had. %t first I was so rattled and taken aback that I was ready to think she had been led away in some e." "1ell. so I've heard. Mr. you play straight. I'd breathe it to no soul but you." !here was some delay in the official pass. and instead of reaching 1inchester that day we went down to !hor <lace.amined into the affair. and I guess she could see past the dollars to something that was more lasting." " ut she utterly denies it. who had first e. then the local loses all credit for success and may be blamed for failure. she was aware that this :nglish girl e. it is the only obvious alternative to deliberate murder. that is not final 6 is it2 #ne can understand that a woman placed in so awful a position might hurry home still in her bewilderment holding the revolver." "!hat possibility had already occurred to me. cadaverous man.an you throw any light upon that2" !he 4old @ing paused for a minute or more. lost in deep thought." said Holmes to the evident relief of our melancholy ac?uaintance.
sir. is it not2" "1ell. the gentleman has a lot of firearms of one sort and another. was ?uite short"I will be at !hor ridge at nine o'clock. we have them all laid out at the house if you would care to look them over.!l-e&. was this lady still clasping it in her left hand2 1hy should she carry it so carefully2 She did not need to refer to it in the interview. I marked it by that stone. they sent for me at once. very close.planation2" "Her defense was reserved for the %ssi>es." "4. /ear me= !he note." "!hat is of great importance. sir. half !udor and half 4eorgian. sir. 4ibson himself.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . #ur guide paused at the mouth of this bridge. It e. "4ranting that the letter is genuine and was really written. as you put it. all gold and bron>e with the fading ferns. /7$ %I. whipped his lens from his pocket. and he pointed to the ground. sir. .amine the stonework. as I remember. if I may be so bold as to say so. was made for two. !he point of the letter is very obscure. F& "1as that clearly made out2" "3es. you say2" "3es." "I think I should like to sit ?uietly for a few minutes and think it out. constricted in the center where the main carriage drive passed over a stone bridge." "$ear the right temple2" "." Holmes shook his head. I think we will walk down together and have a look at the scene of the tragedy. % path led us through the pheasant preserves." He seated himself upon the stone ledge of the bridge.ust behind it.lutched. we could hardly open the fingers. perhaps." said the guide. but swelling into small lakes on either side. /oes it not seem remarkable2" "1ell." !his conversation had taken place in the little front room of Sergeant . $o trace of a struggle." "." "1ho did2" "Mr. sir. 1e never ?uite matched that particular pistol 6 but the bo." "How did the body lie2" "#n the back. upon the crest of the hill. it was certainly received some time before 6 say one hour or two. sir. he insisted that nothing should be moved until the police should arrive." "I understand that you were there before it was moved2" "3es. perhaps it does. sir. and began to e. 1hy. $o marks." "/id Miss /unbar admit writing it2" "3es. $o weapon. Suddenly he sprang up again and ran across to the opposite parapet. !he moment the alarm was given and he had rushed down with others from the house." "!hat was sensible." "5ater. and then from a clearing we saw the widespread. I gathered from the newspaper report that the shot was fired from close ?uarters. and I could see his ?uick gray eyes darting their ?uestioning glances in every direction. reedy pool." "1hat was her e." "!he problem is certainly a very interesting one. 1as that not so2" "3es. % walk of half a mile or so across a wind"swept heath. "it seemed. !he short note from Miss /unbar was clutched in her left hand. half"timbered house. 4ibson's body lay. She would say nothing." "If it was one of a pair you should surely be able to match it. brought us to a side"gate opening into the grounds of the !hor <lace estate.cludes the idea that anyone could have placed the note there after death in order to furnish a false clue. sir. "!hat was where Mrs. sir." "3es." "#ne of a pair2 1here is the other2" "1ell.oventry's humble cottage which served as the local police"station. the only really clear point in the whole case. then. It was one of a pair that he had. eside us there was a long." "1ell.
we have come on a good many facts. In a curious place. we saw the chip on the ledge. In spite of the very evident dislike which Mr. but you must needs carry it carefully home and put it in your own wardrobe. you say2" "!he ground was iron hard. it is fifteen feet from the body. too.pect it's been done by some passerby. and yet I could not picture you doing anything so crude as that. suppose for a moment that we visuali>e you in the character of a woman who. for you see that it is on the lower edge of the parapet. /o you tell me that after carrying out so crafty a crime you would now ruin your reputation as a criminal by forgetting to fling your weapon into those adCacent reed"beds which would forever cover it. 1atson." said Holmes thoughtfully. as I understand it. !here were no traces at all. but the tragedy certainly occurred about the hour named in the note. I must confess that the case would seem to me to be very black against her if it were not for one thing. #n the other hand. 3ou have your weapon. "He sleeps with a loaded revolver in the drawer beside his bed. 1e must look for consistency. eyond this she would say nothing. I e. 4ibson at the bridge. 4ibson had been out of doors since his return from town at five o'clock. Holmes2" "!he finding of the pistol in her wardrobe. !here is no evidence at all that Mr." "%nd what is that. I am sure that the poor lady who has passed was often terrified. ut I have heard words which were nearly as bad 6 words of cold. It was not from above but from below. He is a man of violence. 1hen e. I cannot say that." Mr. !he victim has come. "It took some violence to do that. the very first place that would be searched2 3our best friends would hardly call you a schemer." " ut it is at least fifteen feet from the body. 1here there is a want of it we must suspect deception. It has been workmanlike and complete. % note has been written. 1atson." said he. 1atson.citement of the moment " ." said he. $eil 4ibson had not returned from town. in a cold. 3ou have planned it.pect who knew him and his methods. and there are times when all of us are afraid of him. cutting contempt. admits that she had made an appointment to meet Mrs. !hen we shall get on to 1inchester. 1e will go up to the house first and look over these weapons of which you speak. 1ith his cane he struck the ledge several times without leaving a mark. I gather from him that when the alarm came he was undoubtedly in his library." "$ot so. "1ell. it was a hard knock." "!hen we can go. even before the servants. He showed us with a sinister relish the formidable array of firearms of various shapes and si>es which his employer had accumulated in the course of an adventurous life. Holmes=" I cried. "3es. is about to get rid of a rival. but at this one point it showed white for a space not larger than a si. It may have nothing to do with the matter. Miss /unbar. sir. premeditated fashion." "In the e. and now that I am in closer touch with the case it is my only firm ground for hope. "that seemed to me to be the most damning incident of all. sir. some of them new ones. ates who had called upon us in the morning. It had struck me even at my first perfunctory reading as very strange.pence. I do not think that we have anything more to learn here. It is true that the alarm was somewhat late in the evening." "/id you ever witness physical violence towards her2" "$o." "#ur millionaire does not seem to shine in private life. and my mind will not be easy until we have seen her.!l-e&.amined closely one could see that the surface was chipped as by a sharp blow. but it is a point worth noting. !he crime is done. "3es. sir. F0 "!his is curious. /inner was over at J-&) and all was normal up to then." !he stonework was gray. as anyone would e." remarked Holmes as we made our way to the station. 1atson. and yet I seem some way from my conclusion. !here were no footprints. "Mr." "/ear me. ates has to his employer." "I hardly follow you." "3es.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . but we saw in the house the neurotic Mr. 4ibson has his enemies." "1ell now. for I should desire to see Miss /unbar before we go farther. as her lawyer had advised her to reserve her defense 1e have several very vital ?uestions to ask that young lady.
to get at the truth. 1hen once your point of view is changed. of your true relations with Mr. and yet sensitive face. I saw . $othing could Custify me in remaining where I was a cause of unhappiness. then the means of covering it are coolly premeditated also. and asked me to leave an answer on the sundial in the garden.plain nor can I imagine any e. then." "She hated me. and even spiritual. and there are points 6 the most vital points 6 which I can neither e. Mr. tie which held her husband to me." "I will conceal nothing. "<erhaps Mr. I can see now that I was wrong.plain. to my presence at !hor ridge that night. tall. that we are in the presence of a serious misconception.ummings. but I can never forget the effect which Miss /unbar produced upon me. "you need not pain yourself by entering into that part of the story.pected from all that we had heard to see a beautiful woman. $eil 4ibson has told you something of what occurred between us2" she asked in a low. but ne.ummings here would assure you that all the cards are at present against us. there came a touch of color in her wan cheeks and a light of hope began to glimmer in the glance which she turned upon us. then. 1here a crime is coolly premeditated. It was no wonder that even the masterful millionaire had found in her something more powerful than himself 6 something which could control and guide him. too. the rising barrister who was entrusted with the defense. and yet it is certain that the unhappiness would have remained even if I had left the house. with a noble figure and commanding presence. It is probable that she misunderstood our relations. it was placed in her wardrobe. It would be a cruel deception to pretend that you are not in very great danger. helpless e." cried Holmes earnestly.t morning. She was a woman who would do nothing by halves. Holmes. I hope. that even should she be capable of some impetuous deed. Miss /unbar. I would not wish to wrong her.actly what occurred that evening. but her dark eyes had in them the appealing. as one looked at the strong. 4ive me all the help you can. FE "$o. no. I am prepared to accept Mr. 1atson." "My dear young lady. perhaps others may find the e." Holmes answered. #ne felt. agitated voice. "I beg you to have no illusions upon the point. Miss /unbar disclaims all knowledge of it.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( .planation. I had e. and it may have been left there by her own hand. !herefore.oyce . $ow. but I am in a position to prove nothing.planation.pression of the hunted creature who feels the nets around it." "$ow.ample." "1ith regard. then. as the formalities had not yet been completed. there is this revolver. Holmes." "If you will find the facts. 9or e. but she loved so vividly in a physical sense that she could hardly understand the mental. in the company of Mr.plaining it. none the less there was an innate nobility of character which would make her influence always for the good." "1ell. we were allowed to see the young lady in her cell." 1e were compelled to spend the night at 1inchester. as she desired no one to be in our confidence. "I beg you to tell us e. said she had something important to say to me. She hated me with all the fervor of her tropical nature. 4ibson's statement both as to the influence which you had over him and as to the innocence of your relations with him. . we shall set about e." "!ell us. 1as not that person the actual criminal2 3ou see how we come at once upon a most fruitful line of in?uiry. but can see no way out from the toils. She was a brunette. I received a note from Mrs. I thought that if we waited the whole thing must clear itself up without our being compelled to enter into painful details of the inner life of the family. 4ibson in the morning. clear"cut." "I can tell you the truth so far as I know it. ut I understand that far from clearing it has become even more serious. 1ho placed it there2 Someone who wished to incriminate her. ut why was the whole situation not brought out in court2" "It seemed to me incredible that such a charge could be sustained. %fter seeing you. "3es. and the measure of her love for her husband was the measure also of her hatred for me. as she reali>ed the presence and the help of my famous friend. ." " ut there is so much to e. or imagine that it was only my desire to influence his power to good ends which kept me under his roof. It lay on the table of the schoolroom. and that we must do everything that is possible if we are to win clear." said Holmes. therefore. Mr. Mr.!l-e&. 4ibson's wife. the very thing which was so damning becomes a clue to the truth. It implored me to see her there after dinner. #n our new theory she is speaking truth when she says so. I will not admit that it is possible.
still shrieking out her curses at me. what happened then2" "I went down as I had promised. 4ibson is a very strong. and I was incapable of noticing anything which happened. I do not think that he would ever show his emotions on the surface. I heard nothing." "%nd yet. who treated her with a harshness for which I fre?uently reproached him. She poured her whole wild fury out in burning and horrible words. 1hen I left her she was standing." "3ou say that you returned to your room. $ever did I reali>e till that moment how this poor creature hated me. 4ibson2" "3es." "!hat is final. I was so agitated and horrified by this terrible outbreak that I rushed to get back to the peace of my own room.t morning." "!here was some sign of violence on the stonework of the bridge 6 a perfectly fresh chip Cust opposite the body." "1ell. and I could only imagine that she acted in this way because she did not wish him to know of our interview." . I did not even answer 6 I could not." "It must have been so. Is there any other point which could help me in the investigation2" "I can think of none. on the floor of my wardrobe under my dresses. he had Cust returned from the bridge when I saw him. ." "3ou could not guess how long it had been there2" "It had not been there the morning before. I put my hands to my ears and rushed away. She was very much afraid of her husband. when the alarm came that the poor creature had met her death I ran out with the others " "/id you see Mr. but I did as she asked. Miss /unbar. She was like a mad woman 6 indeed. Holmes. I was surprised to hear that she had it in her hand when she died. /id you leave it again before ne.ould you suggest any possible e. ut.planation of that2" "Surely it must be a mere coincidence. I think she was a mad woman." "1hen was it found2" "$e. in the mouth of the bridge." "!hen we come to the all"important point. or else at the hours when I would be in the schoolroom with the children." "3et she kept your reply very carefully2" "3es. who knew him so well. Had you ever seen it before2" "$ever. She asked me to destroy her note and I burned it in the schoolroom grate. subtly mad with the deep power of deception which insane people may have. when the police made their search. could see that he was deeply concerned. you heard no shotL" "$o." "/id he seem to you much perturbed2" "Mr. I swear it. presuming that she met her death shortly after you left her. accepting the appointment. How else could she have met me with unconcern every day and yet had so raging a hatred of me in her heart2 I will not say what she said. !hen someone came into your room and placed the pistol there in order to inculpate you.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . from that time onward for the whole morning." "%s you were when you got the note2" "3es. ut I. Mr. He had sent for the doctor and the police.!l-e&. FF no reason for such secrecy. self"contained man. It was dreadful to see her." "How do you know2" " ecause I tidied out the wardrobe. 1hen I reached the bridge she was waiting for me." "%mong your clothes2" "3es." "%nd when2" "It could only have been at mealtime. !his pistol that was found in your room." "!hank you. indeed.t morning2" "3es." "1here she was afterwards found2" "1ithin a few yards from the spot.
a short. we will get off on what I hope is the last stage of our Courney. 3ou will hear from me.amined it with care. Suddenly. but sat lost in thought until we pulled up in the little Hampshire station. He undid the catch. but paced the carriage or drummed with his long. "It's heavy 6 remarkably heavy. vibrating with nervous energy and the pressing need for action. 1ith the help of the god of Custice I will give you a case which will make :ngland ring." said he. handy. if you please. $ow we will replace the other five and put on the safety"catch. Miss /unbar." It was not a long Courney from 1inchester to !hor <lace." "My dear Holmes. and in a ?uarter of an hour were at the house of our confidential friend." said he. 1atson. but very serviceable little weapon. with many critical and incredulous glances. and yet it has sometimes played me false. and why at the very place2" " ut what could have caused it2 #nly great violence could have such an effect. "I believe your revolver is going to have a very intimate connection with the mystery which we are investigating. as we neared our destination he seated himself opposite to me 6 we had a first"class carriage to ourselves 6 and laying a hand upon each of my knees he looked into my eyes with the peculiarly mischievous ga>e which was characteristic of his more imp"like moods. nor did he enlighten me. sensitive fingers upon the cushions beside him." said my friend. 1hy should it appear at the very time of the tragedy. It seemed a certainty when first it flashed across my mind in the cell at 1inchester. all will be clear. can you give me ten yards of string2" !he village shop provided a ball of stout twine." said he. and e." I had no glimmer of what was in his mind. "1hat is it. come=" he cried. "you have seen me miss my mark before. faraway e. "$ow. 1atson. shook out the cartridges. yes. "3es. ut have you your revolver on you2" I produced it from my hip"pocket." "$o. "3es. So evident was the crisis in his mind that none of us dared to speak. 1atson. Miss /unbar.cursions of ours. but it was long to me in my impatience. eager face had suddenly assumed that tense.ome. and meanwhile take my assurance that the clouds are lifting and that I have every hope that the light of truth is breaking through.urious.!l-e&. 3ou will get news by tomorrow. which showed his deep doubts of the sanity of my companion. !he sergeant. I reminded him of the fact. I am a little absent"minded in such matters.pression which I had learned to associate with the supreme manifestations of his genius. $ow. you are Coking. while for Holmes it was evident that it seemed endless+ for. 1atson's revolver. however. If the test comes off. I have an instinct for such things. "3es. ". Mr. "I think that this is all we will need. and we sat. "I have some recollection that you go armed upon these e. in his nervous restlessness he could not sit still. "1atson." !he sun was setting and turning the rolling Hampshire moor into a wonderful autumnal panorama." said Holmes." Holmes did not answer. Mr. Holmes2" "$ever mind. 1e secured a ramshackle trap. "% clue. officer. His pale. Holmes2 1hat is it2" "It all depends upon the behavior of /r. prisoner. but one drawback of an active mind is that one can . %nd the test will depend upon the conduct of this little weapon. it is a solid bit of work. #ne cartridge out." He mused over it for a minute. I am very serious. for he took little care for his own safety when his mind was once absorbed by a problem so that more than once my revolver had been a good friend in need. . the sergeant." It was as well for him that I did so. Mr. barrister. !here is a test before us.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . 1atson. "Here it is. and myself. FH ". lurched along beside us. watching him in a concentrated and absorbed silence. Suddenly he sprang from his chair. very curious. my dear lady. So= !hat increases the weight and makes it a better reproduction. %s we approached the scene of the crime I could see that my friend under all his habitual coolness was in truth deeply agitated." he said in answer to my remark. "/o you know.ummings.
$eil 4ibson has learned something in that schoolroom of sorrow where our earthly lessons are taught. FJ always conceive alternative e.cited my suspicions earlier than it did. and had vanished over the side into the water. "1e can follow the various steps ?uite clearly. an arsenal in the house 6 and kept it for her own use." said he. had struck with a sharp crack against the parapet. He then hunted among the heather and the ferns until he found a considerable stone. carried out her terrible purpose." %s he walked he had firmly tied one end of the string to the handle of the revolver. !he papers may ask why the mere was not dragged in the first instance. %t the words he raised the pistol to his head.iety that it should be discovered she somewhat overdid it by holding it in her hand to the last.act demonstration2" he cried. and that I blame myself for not having attained it sooner." 5ate that evening. It had hardly gone before Holmes was kneeling beside the stonework. we have helped a remarkable woman. so that it was no very simple matter to unravel her plot. I have been sluggish in mind and wanting in that mi. and they show a remarkable subtlety of mind. as seems not unlikely.act si>e and shape of the first which had appeared on the under edge of the stone balustrade. "$ow for it=" he cried." . "3ou will. and also a formidable man. !his alone should have e. "1e'll stay at the inn tonight. I confess that the chip in the stonework was a sufficient clue to suggest the true solution. I do not think that in our adventures we have ever come across a stranger e. which she could easily do in the woods without attracting attention. In her an. "!hen she took one of her husband's revolvers 6 there was. 1hether Miss /unbar was her rival in a physical or in a merely mental sense seems to have been e?ually unforgivable in her eyes. 4ibson know that I will see him in the morning.ample of what perverted love can bring about. She then went down to the bridge where she had contrived this e. when she was out of hearing. of course.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( .!l-e&. 3ou will also find beside it the revolver. the string being taut between the weapon and the heavy stone on the farther side. your revolver has solved the problem=" %s he spoke he pointed to a second chip of the e. In an instant it had been whisked away by the weight of the stone. we can but try. %nd yet 6 and yet 6 1ell. "that you will not improve any reputation which I may have ac?uired by adding the case of the !hor ridge mystery to your annals. "I fear. 1hen Miss /unbar appeared she used her last breath in pouring out her hatred. but it is easy to be wise after the event.planations which would make our scent a false one. and he hung it over the parapet of the bridge so that it swung clear above the water. 1atson. get a grappling"hook and you will easily restore my friend's revolver. :very link is now in its place and the chain is complete.tracted very cleverly from Miss /unbar which would make it appear that she had chosen the scene of the crime. 1atson.panse of a reed"filled lake is no easy matter to drag unless you have a clear perception of what you are looking for and where.ture of imagination and reality which is the basis of my art. "It must be admitted that the workings of this unhappy woman's mind were deep and subtle. and in any case the e. 1atson. and then. Holmes gave me a brief review of what had passed. He then stood on the fatal spot. Her first resolution was to end her own life. 1atson." he continued as he rose and faced the astonished sergeant. 1ell. $o doubt she blamed this innocent lady for all those harsh dealings and unkind words with which her husband tried to repel her too demonstrative affection. Should they in the future Coin their forces. as you saw. the financial world may find that Mr. string and weight with which this vindictive woman attempted to disguise her own crime and to fasten a charge of murder upon an innocent victim. 1e had now reached the scene of the tragedy. some distance from the edge of the bridge. and a Coyous cry showed that he had found what he e.act spot where the body had been stretched. % similar one she concealed that morning in Miss /unbar's wardrobe after discharging one barrel. as we sat together smoking our pipes in the village inn. 3ou can let Mr. % note was e. !his he secured to the other end of his line of string.ceedingly ingenious method for getting rid of her weapon. and then let go his grip. Her second was to do it in such a way as to involve her victim in a fate which was worse far than any sudden death could be. with my revolver in his hand. "See. when steps can be taken for Miss /unbar's vindication.pected. "1as there ever a more e. 1ith great care he marked out under the guidance of the policeman the e.
" I shook my head. If I irritated him by a certain methodical slowness in my mentality. and the true history of this curious case remained entombed in the tin bo. in your sensational way. to form a deduction as to the criminal habits of the very smug and respectable father. Such was my humble role in our alliance. elderly philosopher 6 you've heard of <resbury. It was one Sunday evening early in September of the year '()& that I received one of Holmes's laconic messages. Holmes. which contains so many records of my friend's adventures.1hy does <rofessor <resbury's wolfhound. the shag tobacco.cusable. 1hen I arrived at aker Street I found him huddled up in his armchair with updrawn knees." " ut surely. 1ith a wave of his hand he indicated my old armchair. 3ou may recollect that in the case which you. Sherlock Holmes was always of opinion that I should publish the singular facts connected with <rofessor <resbury. It is a tangled skein. 1as it for so trivial a ?uestion as this that I had been summoned from my work2 Holmes glanced across at me. no. and they in turn have given rise to some speculations of a more general character." "My line of thoughts about dogs is analogous. He had refilled his pipe and resumed his seat. Holmes.ome at once if convenient 6 if inconvenient come all the same. this is a little far"fetched. of course. 1hen it was a case of active work and a comrade was needed upon whose nerve he could place some reliance. "Surely. books. my role was obvious. should now have been twice attacked by his own dog2 1hat do you make of it2" . S. my dear 1atson. I have serious thoughts of writing a small monograph upon the uses of dogs in the work of the detective.plored. the famous . or a sad dog in a happy one2 Snarling people have snarling dogs. this has been e. "!he same old 1atson=" said he. !here were. obvious. %s an institution I was like the violin. Ioy." said he.!l-e&. ut apart from this I had uses. if only to dispel once for all the ugly rumors which some twenty years ago agitated the university and were echoed in the learned societies of 5ondon. dangerous people have dangerous ones. his pipe in his mouth and his brow furrowed with thought. $an Mr. the inde. His remarks could hardly be said to be made to me 6 many of them would have been as appropriately addressed to his bedstead 6 but none the less. :ven now a certain reticence and discretion have to be observed in laying the matter before the public." said I. #ne possible loose end lies in the ?uestion. !hen with a start he seemed to come from his reverie. % dog reflects the family life. "3ou will e. I remember it well.atious problem.opper eeches. I was a whetstone for his mind. 1atson. the old black pipe." said I. I was able. whose friend has been his devoted wolfhound. it had become in some way helpful that I should register and interCect. 1hoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family. by watching the mind of the child. endeavor to bite him2" I sank back in my chair in some disappointment. I stimulated him. He was a man of habits. and with his usual whimsical smile he greeted me back to what had once been my home. that irritation served only to make his own flame"like intuitions and impressions flash up the more vividly and swiftly. taking no notice of my comment. "3ou never learn that the gravest issues may depend upon the smallest things. ut is it not on the face of it strange that a staid." "3es. but otherwise for half an hour he gave no sign that he was aware of my presence. however.amford physiologist2 6 that such a man.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . narrow and concentrated habits. $ow we have at last obtained permission to ventilate the facts which formed one of the very last cases handled by Holmes before his retirement from practice. and others perhaps less e. and I am looking for a loose end. It was clear that he was in the throes of some ve. you understand. H. %nd their passing moods may reflect the passing moods of others. "Some curious facts have been submitted to me within the last twenty"four hours. " loodhounds 6 sleuth"hounds D" "$o. having formed the habit. "!he practical application of what I have said is very close to the problem which I am investigating. F( The A !enture of the Cree*#n. of course. and I had become one of them. certain obstacles in the way. He liked to think aloud in my presence. !he relations between us in those latter days were peculiar.cuse a certain abstraction of mind. ut there is another which is far more subtle. that side of the matter is. coupled with the .
cessive. He is si. <rofessor <resbury was rich. ":. Mr. !revor ennett." "1e thought it rather e. He shook hands with Holmes. His intellect was not affected. Holmes. who was devoted to him. save on very special occasions. lives under his roof. "in order to show that I have the events in their due order. sir.cuse for the professor's infatuation. !here has never been a breath of scandal. " . . I gather. He was away a fortnight and returned looking rather travel"worn. although he was usually the frankest of men. however. It was only age which stood in the way.plaining some fresh developments. 1atson know the situation2" "I have not had time to e." said Holmes. Mr. His life has been academic. It chanced. Holmes." "I hope so." "1ell. however.actly. "!his matter is very delicate.!l-e&. He left home and gave no indication where he was going. !hat is my one obCect. 3ou will." "I will do so myself. and then looked with some surprise at me." said our visitor. had other views. He is a widower with one daughter. He made no allusion to where he had been. one might almost say combative. $one the less. as I understand. character. well dressed and elegant. He became furtive and sly. His lectures were as brilliant as ever. !hose around him had always the feeling that he was not the man that they had known. something sinister and une. ." !here was a ?uick step on the stairs. %lice Morphy. :. but with something in his bearing which suggested the shyness of the student rather than the self"possession of the man of the world. 9rom that time onward a curious change came over the professor. So the matter stood until a very few months ago. for no one could have shown himself a more devoted lover. were at least more of an age. is a man of :uropean reputation. Mr. is professional assistant to the great scientist. He was a tall. 1atson 6 very curious. /oes /r. !he lady. but he became engaged to the daughter of <rofessor Morphy. #nly in this way did his own household learn where he had been. understand my having some reserves in the matter. and I can assure you that this is a matter in which I am very likely to need an assistant.urious. the reasoned courting of an elderly man but rather the passionate fren>y of youth." "!hen perhaps I had better go over the ground again before e. 1atson.onsider the relation in which I stand to <rofessor <resbury both privately and publicly.cessive and a little violent and unnatural." "3ou will appreciate it." "%s you like. ennett. Mr. It was not. His daughter. who said that he was glad to have seen <rofessor <resbury there. Mr. "$ow comes the point. H) "!he dog is ill. !he professor." he said. tried again and again to resume the old relations and to penetrate this mask which her father seemed to have put on.ertainly we must agree that the professor has every claim upon his loyalty and devotion. when I tell you that this gentleman. ut it may best be shown by taking the necessary steps to clear up this strange mystery. received a letter from a fellow student in <rague. and there were already several candidates for her hand. ennett is before his time if that is his ring. however. although he had not been able to talk to him.pected. nor does he apparently molest his master. so that there was every e. Mr. that has to be considered. 1atson. and there was no obCection upon the part of the father. his colleague in the chair of comparative anatomy. ut he attacks no one else. "!hen the current of his life was broken. that our client here. ennett. "%bout this time a little mystery suddenly clouded the normal routine of the professor's life.plain it. and is engaged to his only daughter. He did what he had never done before.ty"one years of age. ut always there was something new. I really can hardly Custify myself if I speak before any third person." "Have no fear. a man of very virile and positive. !he daughter. !he girl seemed to like the professor in spite of his eccentricities. He is. it did not meet with full approval in his own family. Holmes. who. if they were less eligible from a worldly point of view. handsome youth about thirty. I had hoped to have a longer chat with you before he came.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I am sure. . was a very perfect girl both in mind and body. /r. but that he was under some shadow which had darkened his higher ?ualities. :dith. ut young Mr. a sharp tap at the door and a moment later the new client presented himself. 3ou. 1atson is the very soul of discretion. as I understand.
sir." said he. the bo. that they had the :. I should e." !he pleasant. ennett. and were in an illiterate handwriting. "5umbago. If he answered them at all the answers did not pass through my hands nor into the letter basket in which our correspondence was collected. and I opened and subdivided his letters. and reproved me in words which were ?uite savage for my curiosity. September 0th. ennett spoke in a tone of reproach. !o my surprise he was very angry. ennett.." said he. I opened my door and peeped out." "I learned method among other things from my great teacher. I should rather say on his hands and feet. . but he did not come back. I endeavored to e. . that Ioy attacked the professor as he came from his study into the hall. He was crawling. 1atson. %gain. It was the first time such a thing had happened. I could see that something was coming along the passage. His answer was e. in looking for a canula. ennett drew a little diary book from his pocket. for it was very clear that Holmes was not listening. %s his secretary I handled every paper which came to him. Shortly after his return all this was changed. !hese were to be set aside for his own eyes only. for it was one of those ?uaint carved things which one associates with 4ermany. when I was aware of a dull muffled sound coming from the passage. !he passage was dark save that one window halfway along it threw a patch of light.plain that the professor sleeps at the end of the passage D" "!he date being2" asked Holmes. "I was lying awake about two in the morning.. I think we have now fairly gone over the old ground.. yes. H' did the same 6 but all was in vain. Mr. and then I have a note of yet another upon . there was a scene of the same sort." Holmes nodded and smiled. 3et he seemed to move with ease. that it was the night before last 6 that is. "!hat was on . !he professor brought back a little wooden bo. !hus I have it here that it was on that very day. 1atson. It was a really terrifying e. but all the evening I was conscious that he looked at me harshly and that the incident was rankling in his mind. I was so paraly>ed by the sight that it was not until he had reached my door that I was able to step forward and ask if I could assist him. !hen suddenly it emerged into the light. from his travels. what make you of that2" asked Holmes with the air of the pathologist who presents a rare specimen. It was the one thing which suggested a . on . I think that I am as strong"nerved as my neighbors.perience. I have known a severe attack make a man walk in Cust such a way." Mr. Holmes.traordinary. and hurried on past me.!l-e&. 1ith an effort he recovered himself. shadowed by some grim remembrance. His face was rigid and his eyes ga>ed abstractedly at the ceiling. "3ou are certainly an admirable witness. /r. He sprang up." . possibly. #ur visitor was clearly annoyed at so irrelevant an interruption.uly ''th. "Singular= Most singular=" he murmured. and nothing would be more trying to the temper." said Holmes. affectionate animal 6 but I fear I weary you. He told me that certain letters might come to him from 5ondon which would be marked by a cross under the stamp. "1hat I speak of occurred the night before last." said he. "<ray continue. open face of our visitor clouded over. He was a dear. Mr. something dark and crouching. spat out some atrocious word at me. I waited about for an hour. I may say that several of these did pass through my hands. and down the staircase. and I saw that it was he. "He sleeps at the end of the passage and would have to pass my door in order to reach the staircase. but I was shaken by what I saw. "!hese details were new to me. have we not2 ut you spoke of some fresh developments. %fter that we had to banish Ioy to the stables.uly *d.uly *d. mark." Mr.. "%h. !his he placed in his instrument cupboard.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . %nd now. tell in your own words the incident of the letters." "3ou must understand. "I have said. and I was deeply hurt. #ne day. Mr. "I may need some of these dates which you have noted. Holmes 6 crawling= He was not ?uite on his hands and knees. 9rom the time that I observed abnormality in his behavior I felt that it was my duty to study his case. with his face sunk between his hands.plain that it was a mere accident that I had touched the bo." "%nd the bo. It must have been daylight before he regained his room. I took up the bo.uly *)th. Mr..ontinental tour." said Holmes. If I were his son or his younger brother I could not have more completely enCoyed his confidence." "1ell. that the professor had no secrets from me.
and we feel in some strange way that we are drifting towards disaster. !hen it vanished. %s I lay with my eyes fi. Holmes. perhaps. smiled back at Holmes as she seated herself beside Mr. He made a Courney abroad in the hope of breaking himself of the passion. I may say that I always sleep with my door locked+ for. . Holmes.ack. we all have a feeling of impending danger.ed upon the s?uare of light. Holmes. 1atson2" "Speaking as a medical man. I am sure that there are times when he has no recollection of what he does. as . that there is some fresh development in the case. !his is my fiancee. Miss <resbury. listening to the fren>ied barkings of the dog.. Mr." "I was awakened in the night by the dog barking most furiously. Holmes. ut we can hardly accept lumbago. ennett had left his hotel I thought I should probably find him here." said ennett. 1atson= 3ou always keep us flat"footed on the ground. but I gave an e.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I have been so dreadfully frightened= It is awful to be there alone. and one hand seemed to be raised as if to push up the window. My room is on the second floor. I was ama>ed to see my father's face looking in at me. I nearly died of surprise and horror." said Holmes. may be connected with some other private transaction 6 a loan. and yet we are utterly at our wit's end as to what to do." "Mr. Holmes. "!hat certainly complicates matters. He had been very strange all day. or share certificates. which are in the bo. His outward shell was there. a bright." "%nd the wolfhound no doubt disapproved of the financial bargain. Miss <resbury. ennett. "it appears to be a case for an alienist. but I could not 6 I could not spring out of bed and look out after it. ":dith." "It is certainly a very curious and suggestive case.!l-e&. Mr. If that window had opened. you say that your room is on the second floor." said ennett. he had told me that he would consult you. $either did I. oh. that we cannot wait passively any longer. he is stronger than I have known him for years. he is chained now near the stable. this is the young lady I spoke of. ennett sprang up with a cry and ran forward with his hands out to meet those which she had herself outstretched. Mr. <oor Ioy." "1e were gradually coming to that conclusion. It happened that the blind was up in my window. !he old gentleman's cerebral processes were disturbed by the love affair. "Is it possible that it has any bearing upon the case2" . "1hen I found Mr. I can only suggest D" 1hat Sherlock Holmes was about to suggest will never be known. I dare say it was twenty seconds or so that I lay paraly>ed and watched the face. there is more in it than this. It was not my father with whom I lived." said I. #f course. Holmes. #h.cuse for coming to town 6 and here I am. were we not. Mr." "It was last night. handsome girl of a conventional :nglish type. :dith 6 Miss <resbury 6 feels as I do." Holmes looked thoroughly surprised at Miss <resbury's narrative. !here is no possible way of reaching the window 6 and yet he was there." "!ell me what happened. <erhaps what you have to say may throw some fresh light upon it. I think I should have gone mad. 1hat do you think. Mr. His letters and the bo. It is not a case in which we can consult the police." "!he date being September Eth. and that you thought we should know2" #ur new visitor. can you do nothing for my poor father2" "I have hopes. $ow. He lives as in a strange dream.ack 6 as Mr. !here it was pressed against the windowpane. but it was not really he. $o. "I take it. %t breakfast he was sharp and fierce in manner. Is there a long ladder in the garden2" "$o. and made no allusion to the adventure of the night. H* "4ood. "!his is the second time that you have alluded to the date. %s she appeared Mr. "My dear young lady. /on't deceive yourself by thinking so. I hope2" "I felt I must follow you. Holmes. since he was able to stand erect in a moment. that is the ama>ing part of it. and there was bright moonlight outside. "In fact. dear= $othing the matter. but the case is still obscure." "He was never better in health. It was no delusion. no. I lay cold and shivering till morning. for at this moment the door opened and a young lady was shown into the room. ut. Mr. 1atson. Holmes. ut there are the facts. 3esterday was such a day. 1atson2" Holmes answered with a smile." It was the young lady's turn to look surprised. Mr. ennett 6 will tell you.
ury. and we were aware of a pair of keen eyes from under shaggy brows which surveyed us through large horn glasses." "!hat is e." Holmes smiled. however. If I have made a mistake there is no harm done. His eyes were his most remarkable feature. that we can catch the professor Cust before lunch. was standing before us." said Holmes. grave.!l-e&. keen. <rofessor. with the dignity of bearing which a lecturer needs.cellent.ompound of the usy ee and :. that the professor is irascible and violent at times. an inn called the . sir=" "<ossibly there is some mistake. 1atson. H& "It is possible 6 very possible 6 and yet I have not my full material at present." "I presume that you do not go so far as to assert that I summoned you2" "I would rather answer no ?uestions. I have not. as my practice was by this time not inconsiderable.he?uers where the port used to be above mediocrity and the linen was above reproach. "It was the ?uestion which I was about to put to you. 1atson= . "I think. large"featured man. and the mysterious scientist." Monday morning found us on our way to the famous university town 6 an easy effort on the part of Holmes. :ven as we pulled up. that our lot for the ne. whose vagaries had brought us from 5ondon. 1atson. !here was certainly no sign of eccentricity either in his manner or appearance." "1hat possible e. % friendly native will surely guide us. It was ?uite a different line of thought. Have you any scrap of writing. Holmes smiled amiably. !his young lady has informed us 6 and I have the greatest confidence in her intuition 6 that her father remembers little or nothing which occurs upon certain dates. and clever to the verge of cunning." "$ot at all. any letter or telegram. ennett. "<ray sit down. but one which involved frantic planning and hurrying on my part. $ow I think. but the matter was rather confidential. <ossibly you can leave your notebook with me. <rofessor <resbury was certainly surrounded with every sign not only of comfort but of lu. I heard through a second person that <rofessor <resbury of . observant. will certainly see us in . !hus we will open our campaign by having a good close view of him. If we insist that we are there by appointment I think he will hardly venture to contradict us. a gri>>led head appeared at the front window. "!here are reasons why we should come at once 6 very cogent reasons if my theories hold good. He will put it down to his own lack of memory. if I remember right." "#h.citement upon %ugust *Fth.cellent. <rofessor." ":.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and I will check the dates. 1e can but try 6 the motto of the firm. for he was a portly." "!o me.amford. Mr. He lectures at eleven and should have an interval at home. to bear out your assertion2" "$o." Such a one on the back of a smart hansom swept us past a row of ancient colleges and.cuse have we for calling2" Holmes glanced at his notebook. who had no roots to pull up.t few days might lie in less pleasant places. I assure you. girt round with lawns and covered with purple wistaria. . I can only e. indeed=" It seemed to me that there was a malicious sparkle in the intense gray eyes. "!here was a period of e. "I warn you.press my regret. I think. finally turning into a tree"lined drive. % moment later we were actually in his sanctum. did you2 May I ask the name of your informant2" "I am sorry." said Mr. and frock"coated. "3ou heard that.celsior. I should wish to go further into this matter. Holmes made no allusion to the case until after we had deposited our suitcases at the ancient hostel of which he had spoken. gentlemen. It interests me. !here is. pulled up at the door of a charming house. tall. ennett. Have you the effrontery necessary to put it through2" "1e can but try.amford had need of my services. 1e will assume that he is a little ha>y as to what he does at such times. 1atson. 1e will therefore call upon him as if he had given us an appointment upon such a date. !omorrow." "<ossibly you are thinking of the connection between insanity and phases of the moon2" "$o. He looked at our cards. 1hat can I do for you2" Mr. that our line of action is perfectly clear.
"#ur learned friend's nerves are somewhat out of order." said Mr. nor can we place him under constraint. that particular one can be answered very easily without your aid. I wished to apologi>e. he is surely at our heels. ennett had not intervened. Holmes seemed great=y amused by the episode. dear me. Mr. #ur 5ondon friend Mr. 1e return to 5ondon this afternoon. Mr." Sulkily our host 6 if I may call him so 6 cleared the path to the door.!l-e&. !hings will soon develop. "My dear <rofessor. "<erhaps our intrusion was a little crude.ome in. but it was. He seems to have written this morning." . it seems hardly accessible. I have the address of the man in 5ondon to whom the professor writes. glaring angrily at my companion. I dare say not. I see no good purpose to be served by our remaining." "/ear me. "It is there. not the formidable professor but his assistant who appeared round the curve of the drive. 1e cannot arrest the professor because he has done no crime.perience. H0 "$o. !hese two gentlemen have come from 5ondon under the impression that they have been summoned.ertainly we shall be in . ne. ennett. I imagine. "$ow. and he grinned and gibbered at us in his senseless rage. It would certainly be a dangerous e. !he second on the left.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." "Hardly enough. to my relief." said he. for he cannot be proved to be mad. and I got it from his blotting"paper. and we had a view of the side of the house. "I am so sorry. and yet we have gained that personal contact which I desired. It is an ignoble position for a trusted secretary.t !uesday may mark a crisis." "My dear sir. Slavonic." "!oo clear=" said Holmes." said the professor. "/orak 6 a curious name. Mr. !he villain still pursues us." said the professor with asperity. I am convinced that we should have had to fight our way out of the room if Mr. Holmes is a well known man. 1atson. "Aery likely. ennett." He walked across the room to the bell. Holmes. and if Miss <resbury can prolong her visit " "!hat is easy. It is all in the way of professional e. ut. answered the call. there is no need. ennett. ennett." "I have never seen him in a more dangerous mood. 3ou cannot possibly treat him with such discourtesy. Mr. ".traordinary malignancy upon his face. "!hat is conclusive.onsider the scandal at the university= Mr. Holmes=" the old man cried in a high screaming voice." "!here was one other thing I wish to tell you. %nd yet his mind is perfectly clear. He got between us and the door as he spoke." "I could not climb it myself. 1ell. Mr. Holmes. It is evident that his memory is much more reliable than I had thought. .amford on that day. it is an important link in the chain. see the window of Miss <resbury's room2" Mr." !here were the sounds of running feet behind.ploit for any normal man. can we. sir. 3ou handle all my correspondence. Mr." His face was convulsed. 7nless I am mistaken." Holmes shrugged his shoulders. He came panting up to us. and he shook his two hands at us with furious passion. before we go. "I can only repeat that I am sorry that we have made a needless intrusion. 3ou can understand now why his daughter and I are alarmed. ennett pushed his way through some shrubs. y the way." he cried. "consider your position= . sir" 6 he leaned forward with his two hands upon the table D" it seems to me that your position is a very ?uestionable one. Have you a note of anything going to a person named Holmes2" "$o. ut he grows more sinister. "!hat was my miscalculation. Meanwhile. "3ou can hardly get out of it so easily as that." "!hen what on earth are we to do2" "% little patience." ennett answered with a flush. with e. %nd yet you will observe that there is a creeper below and a water"pipe above which give some foothold. ennett. 1e were glad to find ourselves outside the house and in the ?uiet of the tree"lined drive. " However. the general position is undeniably unpleasant. but what else can I do2" Holmes glanced at the paper and put it into his pocket. $o action is as yet possible.
which also falls into the series. your troubles. and /r. 1atson has his patients to attend to. as did %ugust *Fth. which preceded it. He learned to take this drug while he was in <rague.t few days. so far as I remember. !his morning he was ?uite himself again. 1e were." Holmes answered. @eeps large general store. "!his e. then. I may say.uly *d. !he thing is beyond coincidence. let him have his way and do not cross him. and we saw him presently reCoin his employer. the creeping man in the passage2" "1ell. So long as he is in a good humor all is well. we have made a beginning. well. !he answer reached us in the evening. that is the biggest mystification of all.actly accusing him of being responsible for our presence. ennett slipped round to bring us the latest report. "He is my general utility man who looks up routine business. and had delivered his usual brilliant lecture to a crowded class. the professor had been very rough and rude in his speech. "%part from his ?ueer fits." I was forced to agree. His naturally violent nature is intensified by it." "!here he is=" said ennett in a startled whisper. "He struck me as having a particularly clear and logical brain from the little I saw of him. and I shall be surprised if before we leave you again we are not able to e. !his all hangs together. "he has actually more energy and vitality than I can ever remember. He stood leaning forward. Meanwhile.ception. the face at the window.t !uesday. M:I. nor was his brain ever clearer. and from then onward it seems to have been at nine"day intervals." said Holmes as we walked hotelward. I should not e. even if we cannot perhaps put an end to." In the morning Mr." Holmes smiled and rubbed his hands." "I don't think you have anything to fear now for a week at least. 9rom what he told me as we traveled up to . 1ithout e. his head turning from side to side. 5et us agree that we meet here at this hour ne.ample. "Mercer is since your time. In the meantime we can only keep in touch with friend ennett and enCoy the amenities of this charming town. or either of them with a man crawling down a passage at night2 %s to your dates. "5et us. form the provisional theory that every nine days the professor takes some strong drug which has a passing but highly poisonous effect. HE "!hen let her stay till we can assure her that all danger is past. seated in the old sitting"room of the ancient hotel. his fingertips together and his manner as if he were addressing a class. I rather fancy that friend ennett is in for an uncomfortable time.plain.cited conversation.plosive.pect any fresh developments until ne." said I." said he. only one e.!l-e&. Suave person. !he secretary with a last wave slipped off among the trees. no doubt. 5ooking between the branches we saw the tall."9or e.pect the old gentleman has been putting two and two together. his hands swinging straight before him. let us take the dates first. but on the following Monday evening I had a short note asking me to meet him ne. and is now supplied with it by a ohemian intermediary in 5ondon. "I am a busy man." "!hank goodness that something connects with something. ohemian. "%t present we seem to be faced by a long series of ine. with a bottle of the famous vintage of which Holmes had spoken on the table between us. "1ell.t day at the train.plicable incidents with no bearing upon each other. Have visited the . It was important to know something of the man with whom our professor was so secretly corresponding. with.cellent young man's diary shows that there was trouble upon . :. now. !hus the last outbreak upon 9riday was on September &d. His nationality connects up with the <rague visit. and evidently felt some strong grievance. ut it's not he 6 it's never the man whom we have known. however.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . keep us posted in what occurs. the two entering the house together in what seemed to be animated and even e. %s Holmes had imagined. Meanwhile." said ennett." said Holmes. elderly.plode about if detectives are put on his track and he suspects his own household of doing it.ommercial Ioad and seen /orak." Holmes stopped at a post"office and sent off a telegram on our way.:I. but then from his point of view he has something to e." I saw nothing of my friend for the ne. erect figure emerge from the hall door and look around him. and he tossed it across to me. what possible connection can there be between an angry wolfhound and a visit to ohemia.t !uesday. "I e. 1atson=" " ut the dog. times had not been easy with him.
where is the key of that little bo. 1ell." said Holmes. %s he disappeared ennett slipped through the hall door and softly followed him." "!hat may prove ?uite enough. that he is in secret correspondence with a ohemian dealer in 5ondon. therefore. each with the cross under the stamp which warned me not to touch them. obscuring from time to time the half"moon.!l-e&. 1atson. and clouds were scudding across the sky. How could I miss seeing the connection of ideas2 !hose knuckles how could I have passed those knuckles2 %nd the dog= %nd the ivy= It's surely time that I disappeared into that little farm of my dreams. $ow he stepped forward into the drive. the peace of the professor's house had been unruffled." "1here does he sleep2" "#ver the stables.plained by the mode of progression observed by D" Holmes paused and suddenly clapped his hand to his forehead. he looked like some huge . who presumably represents someone in <rague. and we stole as softly as we could through the bushes until we had gained a spot whence we could see the other side of the house. It was a fine night. In order to do so it is necessary to hold the professor under observation. /id you observe his knuckles2" I had to confess that I did not.amford all was well. HF . and we were glad of our warm overcoats.traordinary change came over him. and boots.perience. %s he stood outlined in the doorway he was erect but leaning forward with dangling arms. !hen cuffs. ". I would suggest. "!he fact that these strange symptoms began after his visit to <rague. He moved along the face of the house and then round the corner. !here was a bree>e. Have you any other able"bodied man on the premises2" "!here is the coachman. 1atson= Here he is= 1e shall have the chance of seeing for ourselves. It would have been a dismal vigil were it not for the e. skipping every now and then as if he were overflowing with energy and vitality. but that it emanates in some way from <rague is clear enough. 1atson." "I fancy our researches must lie in that direction. 1ith his dressing"gown flapping on each side of him. 1atson." said Holmes grimly. and against the lamplit background we saw the tall figure of <rofessor <resbury. but chilly. I think. %lways look at the hands first. but follow him as discreetly as you can.pect that we shall see you before morning. y the way. that you remain awake and on the lookout. /r. %ll points in one direction. of which you spoke2" "7pon his watch"chain. all point in one direction." !he hall door had slowly opened. 5ook out. "!hick and horny in a way which is ?uite new in my e. what a fool I have been= It seems incredible. If my deductions are correct we should have an opportunity of bringing matters to a head. do not interrupt him. which was the first point which attracted my attention. Should you hear him pass your door. He was clad in his dressing gown. 1atson. which was bathed in the light of the half"moon. and an e. He sank down into a crouching position and moved along upon his hands and feet.he?uers. Macphail. Aery curious knuckles which can only be e. 1hat he takes and why he takes it are still beyond our ken.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . climbing apparently in mere Coy at his own powers. trouser knees. ut his symptoms are most remarkable. we shall. "If the cycle of nine days holds good then we shall have the professor at his worst tonight. %s we watched him he suddenly began with incredible agility to ascend it. we can do no more until we see how things develop. "$ow. 9rom branch to branch he sprang. ennett himself when he called upon us that evening at our old ?uarters in the .citement which carried us along. "He heard from his 5ondon correspondent today. !he professor was clearly visible crouching at the foot of the ivy"covered wall. "#h. and the assurance of my comrade that we had probably reached the end of the strange se?uence of events which had engaged our attention. !here has been nothing else. and yet it must be true. come=" cried Holmes. come to some conclusion tonight. He takes it under definite directions which regulate this ninth"day system. with no definite obCect in view. ennett. !here was a letter and there was a small packet. sure of foot and firm of grasp. as when we saw him last. !his also was the report which was given us by Mr. %t the worst the lock should not be very formidable. 4ood"bye 6 but I e. and that he received a packet from him this very day. Mr.pectation and e." It was nearly midnight before we took our station among some bushes immediately opposite the hall door of the professor." "1e might possibly want him. and his own conduct perfectly normal. 1atson and I will not be far off.ome.
" said I. and more e. "%t present the scandal is confined to our own household. used black"faced langur because a specimen was accessible. H#$#I:/ . a great s?uare dark patch upon the moonlit wall. !he savage creature had him fairly by the throat. It might have been a dangerous task for us." said he. !he wolfhound was out now. and though in your circumstances there are some special reasons for the treatment. %nd then in a moment it happened= It was not the chain that broke. !he professor s?uatted down very deliberately Cust out of reach of the hound and began to provoke it in every possible way. were we able to look at each other and to take stock of the situation. no=" cried ennett. !he sharp teeth had passed dangerously near the carotid artery. barking furiously. !he key from the watch"chain.#55:%47: note '&Since your esteemed visit I have thought much of your case. and the ne.onsider his position at the university. he s?uatted down into the old attitude and moved towards the stables. the other screaming in a strange shrill falsetto of terror. "Here we have our material=" cried Holmes as he tore out the enclosure." !hey were mere invoices to say that a fresh bottle was being sent to <rofessor <resbury. which was already beyond all control. "I think it may be ?uite possible to keep the matter to ourselves." "8uite so. by all manner of ingenious and calculated cruelty. prodded him with a stick which he had picked up. its fangs had bitten deep. as my results have shown that it is not without danger of a kind. foreign hand. creeping along in the same strange way as before. It is possible that the serum of anthropoid would have been better. If it gets beyond these walls it will never stop. I have. who had a medical degree. and each was dated from the . I had given the patient an inCection of morphine.plained to you.!l-e&. It was straining on its chain and ?uivering with eagerness and rage. He took handfuls of pebbles from the drive and threw them in the dog's face. It is safe with us. dropping from branch to branch. !he uproar had brought the sleepy and astonished coachman from his room above the stables. the one roaring in rage. of &$ote& it ran . I knew the dog would get him sooner or later." !here was not much. In all our adventures I do not know that I have ever seen a more strange sight than this impassive and still dignified figure crouching frog"like upon the ground and goading to a wilder e. in a more educated hand and bearing the %ustrian stamp with the postmark of <rague. which ramped and raged in front of him. . "I think a first"class surgeon should see him. as I e. but ennett's voice and presence brought the great wolfhound instantly to reason. and he had sunk into deep sleep. for it had been made for a thick"necked $ewfoundland. flicked his hands about only a few inches from the gaping mouth. Mr. "9or 4od's sake.cited than ever when it actually caught sight of its master. and the hemorrhage was serious. <resently he tired of this amusement.hibition of passion the maddened hound. !he marks on the envelopes showed that they were those which had disturbed the routine of the secretary. but there was enough 6 an empty phial. and also to prevent its recurrence now that we have a free hand. helped me to dress his torn throat. I would none the less enCoin caution. 1e heard the rattle of falling metal. his :uropean reputation. !here was one other envelope. but it was the collar that slipped. and he was senseless before we could reach them and drag the two apart. !hen. or receipt to acknowledge money. "I've seen him at it before. the feelings of his daughter. HH bat glued against the side of his own house.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . 5angur is.. and only then. and together we carried the professor up to his room. where ennett." said Holmes. shaking his head. however." !he hound was secured. It was a very narrow thing for the professor's life. 5et us see what we can find in the professor's mysterious bo. ennett. and endeavored in every way to increase the animal's fury. another nearly full. "I'm not surprised. several letters in a crabbed.t instant dog and man were rolling on the ground together. a hypodermic syringe.ommercial Ioad and signed "%. Macphail will guard the patient and let us know if there is any change. and. In half an hour the danger was past. /orak.
1hen one tries to rise above $ature one is liable to fall below it.' " he read. %h= had he but been with me. to my very door. which can only be descended by a single. "lies. !he dog. not the professor.limbing was a Coy to the creature. Many details are added. home. which is steep and slippery. was aware of the change far more ?uickly than you. I beg you to take every possible precaution that there be no premature revelation of the process. tortuous path. I must needs tell my tale in my own plain way. HJ course. . Mr. 1eekly reports will oblige." He sat musing for a little with the phial in his hand. we will have no more trouble. of course. . It occurred after my withdrawal to my little Susse. 5#1:$S!:I$." said Holmes. Mr. there are curves and hollows which make splendid swimming pools filled afresh with each flow. but I think we shall Cust have time for a cup of tea at the . the worldly would all prolong their worthless lives. . how much he might have made of so wonderful a happening and of my eventual triumph against every difficulty= %s it is. I take it. even when the tide is at full. 5owenstein= !he name brought back to me the memory of some snippet from a newspaper which spoke of an obscure scientist who was striving in some unknown way for the secret of reCuvenescence and the eli. My villa is situated upon the southern slope of the downs. save only at one point where the little cove and village of 9ulworth break the line. It would be the survival of the least fit. 3ours with high esteem. "I think there is nothing more to be said. I have one other client in :ngland. %t the bottom of the path lie a hundred yards of pebbles and shingle. that the material. ennett. Holmes. !he highest type of man may revert to the animal if he leaves the straight road of destiny. and Holmes. 5owenstein of <rague= 5owenstein with the wondrous strength"giving serum. ut it may recur. and it was a mere chance.he?uers before we catch it. showing by my words each step upon the difficult road which lay before me as I searched for the mystery of the 5ion's Mane. a crawler and climber. !here is an early train to town. the sensual. H. tabooed by the profession because he refused to reveal its source. Here and there." The A !enture of the -#on. %t this point the coastline is entirely of chalk cliffs. 1hat sort of cesspool may not our poor world become2" Suddenly the dreamer disappeared. commanding a great view of the . long. !his admirable beach e. that the pastime brought him to the young lady's window. of course. In a few words I said what I remembered. #thers may find a better way. 1ell.hannel. when I had given myself up entirely to that soothing life of $ature for which I had so often yearned during the long years spent amid the gloom of 5ondon.s $ane It is a most singular thing that a problem which was certainly as abstruse and unusual as any which I have faced in my long professional career should have come to me after my retirement. It was the monkey. "1hen I have written to this man and told him that I hold him criminally responsible for the poisons which he circulates. looking at the clear li?uid within. His smell would insure that. as it were. ennett had taken a manual of >oology from the shelves. and be brought. 1atson. the man of action. however. while anthropoid walks erect and is in all ways nearer. !hus I must act as my own chronicler. thanks to you.tends for some miles in each direction. however.onsider. %n occasional weekend visit was the most that I ever saw of him. biggest and most human of climbing monkeys'. !here is danger there 6 a very real danger to humanity. " '5angur. Cust as it was the monkey who teased Ioy." "!he real source. and /orak is my agent for both. in that untimely love affair which gave our impetuous professor the idea that he could only gain his wish by turning himself into a younger man. whom Ioy attacked. sprang from his chair. %t this period of my life the good 1atson had passed almost beyond my ken. 1atson.!l-e&. " 'the great black"faced monkey of the Himalayan slopes.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . !he spiritual would not avoid the call to something higher. !he various incidents will now fit themselves easily into the general scheme. it is very clear that we have traced the evil to its source.ir of life.
!he instrument with which this punishment had been inflicted was clearly fle. which burst in a shriek from his lips. however. "<oor fellow= <oor fellow= 1hat can I do2 How can I help2" "1ere you with him2 . !he 4ables. "1hat a morning.ible." "4oing for a swim. though the incident of the dog may show that there was no great sympathy between the dead man and himself. He and I were always friendly from the day I came to the coast.!l-e&. the wind blowing up"channel. Stackhurst and I rushed forward 6 it may have been fifty yards 6 and turned him on his back. Mc<herson started early. a fine upstanding young fellow whose life had been crippled by heart trouble following rheumatic fever. His drawn and distorted face told how terrible that agony had been. My companion was paraly>ed by the sudden horror of it. and fell forward on his side. %nd I had need. is Harold Stackhurst's well"known coaching establishment. and he was the one man who was on such terms with me that we could drop in on each other in the evenings without an invitation. but to my ear the last of them.traordinary case. He seemed to live in some high abstract region of surds and conic sections. heaping the seas to the base of the cliffs and leaving a lagoon at the turn of the tide. He was obviously dying. fell upon his face. patting his bulging pocket. I have often Coined him. slipped off. a tall.celled in every game which did not throw too great a strain upon him.t instant he threw up his hands and. dark. '()H. which contains some score of young fellows preparing for various professions. and he uttered two or three words with an eager air of warning. !hose gla>ed sunken eyes and dreadful livid cheeks could mean nothing else. He seemed to be honestly shocked at the sight before him.?uisite air. and would have been their butt. angry weals curved round his shoulders and ribs. #n one occasion. !hey were slurred and indistinct. !he man was dressed only in his urberry overcoat. for he had bitten through his lower lip in the paro. an action for which Stackhurst would certainly have given him his dismissal had he not been a very valuable teacher. so taciturn and aloof that none can be said to have been his friend. His back was covered with dark red lines as though he had been terribly flogged by a thin wire scourge. staggering like a drunken man. threw his arms into the air. !hen his whole figure appeared at the top. with a staff of several masters. and I strolled out before breakfast to enCoy the e. as may well be imagined. He was dead. with little to connect him with ordinary life. Murdoch was the mathematical coach at the establishment." 9it>roy Mc<herson was the science master. which showed itself not only in his coal"black eyes and swarthy face but also in occasional outbreaks of temper. for the long. His head showed above the edge of the cliff where the path ends. %s I walked I heard a shout behind me. and we found that Ian Murdoch was by our side. It was impossible to work upon so delightful a day.cellent all"round scholar. for it was speedily evident that we were in the presence of an e. and an unlaced pair of canvas shoes. Such was the strange comple. and an e. and e. his urberry. Mr. I see. He was looked upon as an oddity by the students. %s he fell over. !here was blood dripping down his chin. %t this moment we saw the man himself. and yet I could twist the sound into no other sense. which could only be described as ferocious. and my bees have the estate all to ourselves. I was kneeling and Stackhurst standing by the body when a shadow fell across us." he laughed. he had caught the creature up and hurled it through the plate"glass window. were "the 5ion's Mane. there was a severe gale. He was a natural athlete. but I. man who now appeared beside us. with a terrible cry. 1e stared at it in ama>ement. but there was some strange outlandish blood in the man. his trousers. thin man." "%t your old tricks again.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and all $ature was newly washed and fresh. H( My house is lonely. Stackhurst himself was a well"known rowing lue in his day. being plagued by a little dog belonging to Mc<herson. !hen he half raised himself from the ground. !he ne. as I am a swimmer myself. and I e. ?uite a large place. Holmes= I thought I should see you out. and.uly." It was utterly irrelevant and unintelligible. however. and there was Harold Stackhurst waving his hand in cheery greeting. #ne glimmer of life came into his face for an instant. I. I walked along the cliff path which led to the steep descent to the beach. !owards the end of .posing his trunk. which had been simply thrown round his shoulders. had every sense on the alert. Half a mile off.ysm of his agony. #n the morning of which I speak the wind had abated.an you tell us what has happened2" .pect I may find him there. "3es. e. my old housekeeper. Summer and winter he went for his swim.
!l-e&. $o one else had gone down to the beach by this track that morning. remained by the body. but the low sun shone directly into them.amined the papers in . and was left with only strength enough to crawl away and to die. #n the sea two or three fishing boats were at no great distance. and it was absolutely deserted save that two or three dark figures could be seen far away moving towards the village of 9ulworth.amined at our leisure. Stackhurst had followed him from !he 4ables. both ascending and descending. or at any rate without drying himself. He brought with him some serious and definite news. "I'd be glad of your advice. lapping up to the rocks. da>ed at this tragedy. !his could only mean that poor Mc<herson had fallen as he ascended. I was late this morning. M%7/I:. but he had e. %t the bottom of the path was the considerable lagoon left by the retreating tide. !his is a big thing for me to handle. Having satisfied myself upon this point. breed 6 a breed which covers much good sense under a heavy. !here was written on it in a scrawling. while Stackhurst. and as few fresh footmarks as possible to be made. and finally drew me aside. !he constable replaced it in the card"case and returned it with the other things to the pockets of the urberry. Mr. !hen. though when and where were a blank. silent e. I walked slowly down the path. %t the side of it Mc<herson had undressed. nothing had been found in the small caves below the cliff. Stackhurst was round in an hour or two to tell me that the body had been removed to !he 4ables.pected. He listened to everything. though the towel indicated that he had not actually done so. of course. so there could be no doubt about that. it is true. and I proceeded to take the matter in hand. !he man had not been on the beach more than a ?uarter of an hour at the most. J) "$o. after all. and the broad lagoon in which Mc<herson had intended to bathe lay between him and them. and Ian Murdoch had Cust arrived with %nderson. inhuman fashion. and for a doctor+ also to allow nothing to be moved. as the naked footsteps showed.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . My first task naturally was to note who was on the beach. !here were his handkerchief. Stackhurst was. %t one place I observed the print of an open hand with the fingers towards the incline. I have come straight from !he 4ables. no. It was folded and dry. He had gone to bathe and had stripped. tortured until he bit his lip through in his agony. having first arranged that the base of the cliffs should be thoroughly searched. he had never entered the water. and every here and there I saw the same footstep. 9rom the top of the path I could see the whole sweep of it. and a small folding card"case. as nothing more suggested itself. for there lay his towel on a rock. 1ho had done this barbarous deed2 !here were. %nd here was the problem clearly defined 6 as strange a one as had ever confronted me. I was not on the beach at all. It read like a love affair. until they came. !here was clay or soft marl mi. !here were rounded depressions. the village constable. feminine handI will be there. and I'll hear of it from 5ewes if I go wrong. and also of his naked foot. !hen. Holmes.ed with the chalk. %s I e. %nd the reason for his change of purpose had been that he had been scourged in some savage. !hen he had suddenly huddled on his clothes again 6 they were all disheveled and unfastened 6 and he had returned without bathing. solid Susse. a large knife. and there was no place for concealment. again. !heir occupants might be e. took note of all we said. you may be sure. Ieport the matter at once. #nce or twice as I hunted round amid the hard shingle I came on little patches of sand where the print of his canvas shoe. which I unfolded and handed to the constable. 1hat can I do2" "3ou can hurry to the police"station at 9ulworth." I advised him to send for his immediate superior. !here were several roads for in?uiry. where the in?uest would be held. which suggested that he had come down upon his knees more than once. I walked back to my house for breakfast. too. still there. so that it would seem that. a big. could be seen. but none which led to any very obvious goal." 1ithout a word he made off at top speed. !he latter fact proved that he had made all ready to bathe. !hey seemed too far away to have been connected with the crime. small grottos and caves in the base of the cliffs. 9rom this proCected a slip of paper. there were those distant figures on the beach. ginger"mustached man of the slow. an assignation. 1hen I at last returned to the body I found that a little group of wondering folk had gathered round it.terior. In the meantime I searched the dead man's pockets.
" "Shall we walk into 9ulworth and see them2" "#n what prete. %fter all." Stackhurst's nerves were near the surface after all he had endured. Holmes. J' Mc<herson's desk and there were several which showed an intimate correspondence with a certain Miss Maud ellamy.plore the matter of the girl. I am sure they were real friends.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." said he.plained. this poor man did not ill"use himself in this outrageous way. ehind the old"fashioned hamlet several modern houses have been built upon the rising ground. "!hat's !he Haven. I have lost today the only person who made !he 4ables habitable. but his principal pulled him up.t2" "#h." . !he village of 9ulworth lies in a hollow curving in a semicircle round the bay. I seem to remember your telling me once about a ?uarrel over the ill"usage of a dog. "I am your subordinate. % moment later we confronted him upon the road. he is dreadfully cut up about it all. to connect it with that horrible happening save. His circle of ac?uaintances in this lonely place was surely limited." "3our own ?uestion might perhaps come under the same heading. which in turn should lead us to the criminal. "I could not bring them. 5et us follow it up in every direction and we can hardly fail to come upon the motive." " ut who is she2" "She is the daughter of old !om ellamy who owns all the boats and bathing"cots at 9ulworth. It was Ian Murdoch. Murdoch." "%t one time they were not. straggling figure. It was to one of these that Stackhurst guided me. I am not aware that I owe you any account of my private actions." said he." "$o. angular." I remarked. ut for a year or more Murdoch has been as near to Mc<herson as he ever could be to anyone. but I had no notion that it had gone so far as these letters would seem to indicate. ut there is no doubt that it was a serious love affair.ove. the mathematician." "!his is not the first time that I have had to overlook your insubordinate ways. <oor chap. who would draw attention everywhere. look at that=" !he garden gate of !he Haven had opened and a man had emerged. of 9ulworth. "1hat were you doing there2" he asked." "!hat blew over all right. "Ian Murdoch held them back." "I had intended to do so. I knew that Mc<herson was attracted by her. we must e. sir. however. She is the beauty of the neighborhood 6 a real beauty. but is now a man of some substance. that the lady had made an appointment with him.!l-e&. !he man nodded. no. "He would insist upon some algebraic demonstration before breakfast." " ut hardly at a bathing"pool which all of you were in the habit of using. I see no reason. perhaps. 1e had then established the identity of the writer of the note. as ellamy called it. "!he police have the letters. he would have waited. He and his son 1illiam run the business. and would have"passed us. Mr. "In the circumstances your answer is pure impertinence. we can easily find a prete. if indeed it was a scourge which inflicted the inCuries. He is not of a very sympathetic disposition by nature. It will certainly be the last." "1ell. perhaps. "Hullo=" said Stackhurst. indeed." It would have been a pleasant walk across the thyme"scented downs had our minds not been poisoned by the tragedy we had witnessed. under your roof." "So I understand. $ow he lost his temper completely." he e. $ot bad for a man who started with nothing but 6 y ." "%nd yet I gather that they were not friends." "1as it mere chance2" Stackhurst knit his brows in thought.t. "It is mere chance. He was a fisherman to start with. gave us a sideways glance from his curious dark eyes. 3ou will kindly make fresh arrangements for your future as speedily as you can. then. !here was no mistaking that tall. "that several of the students were not with Mc<herson. Some human hand was on the handle of that scourge." " ut left some vindictive feeling. !he one with the corner tower and slate roof. /o you know her2" ":veryone knows her. Murdoch's face flushed with anger. #therwise.
He seemed to be in a very angry mood. with a composed concentration which showed me that she possessed strong character as well as great beauty." "3ou could have told us. 3ou have my sympathy and my help. J* He strode off upon his way. She looked at me helplessly." cried her father angrily. and we only kept it secret because 9it>roy's uncle. in front of Harold Stackhurst." growled the younger man. sir. stood glaring after him. "1e were engaged to be married. the word 'marriage' was never mentioned. Mr. 1e are determined D" ut the words were taken from his mouth by the appearance of the lady herself. "I value a woman's instinct in such matters. Maud. 1illiam. Mc<herson's attentions to Maud were insulting. !he sister turned a sharp." /:%I:S! note (00$ote0 . and yet there were letters and meetings." "Might I have one word with you alone2" "I tell you." "!his other gentleman of yours let us know the news. 1ho could have imagined that so rare a flower would grow from such a root and in such an atmosphere2 1omen have seldom been an attraction to me. Mc<herson well enough to be aware that he was a brave and a strong man. !here was no other reason." "I obCect to my girl picking up with men outside her own station. "1hat can I do2" "!he whole world will know the facts presently. Such was the girl who had pushed open the door and stood now. "So I would. "It is sure to be produced at the in?uest.plained the father. Holmes. !he one thing that impressed itself forcibly upon my mind was that Mr. but I could not look upon her perfect clear"cut face. "!hank you." e. Maud ellamy will always remain in my memory as a most complete and remarkable woman." said I. My son here" 6 indicating a powerful young man.' 3ou think that more than one was concerned2" "I knew Mr. might have disinherited him if he had married against his wish. and we are her only guardians. "/o not be afraid to tell me the particulars. for my brain has always governed my heart. "I should have preferred privacy. sir. "$o." said I. <erhaps the visit to the ellamys might throw some further light upon the matter.!l-e&. Ian Murdoch was taking the first chance to open a path of escape from the scene of the crime. it is the least I can do for him who is gone. but if your father will not allow it he must share the deliberations. was now beginning to take outline in my mind. Stackhurst pulled himself together. If I can help to show who did it. if you had ever shown sympathy. She has no mother.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Suspicion. ellamy. with a heavy." growled Mr. and a great deal more of which neither of us could approve." It seemed to me that she glanced defiantly at her father and brother as she spoke. May I ask you to throw any light upon it that you can2" "I see no reason for mystery. "Is he not an impossible. who is very old and said to be dying. and we went forward to the house. It seems that she already knew me by sight. Mr. 3ou use the word 'they. 3es. whoever they may be. without reali>ing that no young man would cross her path unscathed. vague and nebulous. "!his is my business. I do not desire any particulars. %s to this appointment" 6 she fumbled in her dress and produced a crumpled note 6 "it was in answer to this. y all accounts there has been a crime committed. with angry eyes." she answered. father. intolerable man2" he cried. !here was no gainsaying that she would have graced any assembly in the world. wide"eyed and intense. not to mi. ellamy proved to be a middle"aged man with a flaming red beard. with all the soft freshness of the downlands in her delicate coloring. and his face was soon as florid as his hair. @indly leave me to manage it in my own way. sullen face." She listened to a short account from my companion. for she turned to me at the end. while Stackhurst. "!here is no reason why my sister should be brought into the matter. yourself up in the matter." "It was your preCudice against him which prevented us from telling you. so there can be no harm if I discuss them here." she said. " ring them to Custice. $o single person could ever have inflicted such an outrage upon him. "I know already that 9it>roy is dead. in the corner of the sitting"room 6 "is of one mind with me that Mr." !hen I spoke of the note which had been found in the dead man's pocket. fierce look upon him.
ut that was all changed when he understood the relations between 9it>roy and myself. Mc<herson's dog. and has eaten nothing for a week. "!his never came by post. the eyes proCecting. it lay on the very edge of the pool. His rooms must be privately searched. "3es. sir.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . laid out upon the mat in the hall. but already something was building up in my mind. <ersonally. How did you get it2" "I would rather not answer that ?uestion. and the limbs contorted. Mc<herson's dog2" "/ead. and I had meant to meet him tonight. everyone is talking of it." said she one evening. She had no reason to think that her fiancG had any hidden enemy." "1ho told you this2" "1hy. Some dim perception that the matter was vital rose in my mind. both physically and mentally. "1hat of Mr. "!here was a time when I thought he was. "May I ask if Mr. In all my chronicles the reader will find no case which brought me so completely to the limit of my powers. I do not encourage such conversations." said one of them. which glimmered dully like a sheet of lead. at the very place where its master met his end. !he body was stiff and rigid. about Mr. but with no new conclusions." I saw the faithful little creature. Ian Murdoch was one of them2" She blushed and seemed confused." She was as good as her word. but the words arrested my attention. "It must have followed the trail of its dead master. but without result. %nd then there came the incident of the dog. but there was nothing which was helpful in our investigation. sir. % week passed. !hat the dog should die was after the beautiful.amined. "Sad story this. sir. /ied of grief for its master. Stackhurst was a willing collaborator. but she admitted that she had had several warm admirers. 3ou have known what it was to be in a nightmare in which you feel that there is some all"important thing for which you search and which you ran the message . It has really nothing to do with the matter which you are investigating." "%t the very place. I had gone over the whole ground again. It is the only time I can get away. It was my old housekeeper who heard of it first by that strange wireless by which such people collect the news of the countryside. 9rom !he 4ables I walked down to the bathing"pool. 9. faithful nature of dogs. the perception was dim. His record must be e. !he in?uest had thrown no light upon the matter and had been adCourned for further evidence. where I found Stackhurst in his study. My mind was filled with racing thoughts. Stackhurst had made discreet in?uiry about his subordinate. for in his mind also suspicions were forming. !hen today two of the young gentlemen from !he 4ables found it dead 6 down on the beach. :ven my imagination could conceive no solution to the mystery. 9or a long time I stood in deep meditation while the shadows grew darker around me. In a few minutes I was on my way to !he 4ables." %gain the shadow round this strange man seemed to me to be taking more definite shape. 1e returned from our visit to !he Haven with the hope that one free end of this tangled skein was already in our hands. !here was agony in every line of it. It took on terrible. !he sun had sunk and the shadow of the great cliff lay black across the water. "!uesday was today." I turned over the paper. ut "in the very place"= 1hy should this lonely beach be fatal to it2 1as it possible that it also had been sacrificed to some revengeful feud2 1as it possible D2 3es. !he place was deserted and there was no sign of life save for two seabirds circling and screaming overhead. the two students who had found the dog. an %iredale terrier. ut anything which bears upon that I will most freely answer. %t my re?uest he sent for Sudbury and lount. sir. J& !he old place on the beach Cust after sunset on !uesday.!l-e&. and there had been a superficial search of his room." !he words stood out clear in my memory.M. In the fading light I could dimly make out the little dog's spoor upon the sand round the very rock on which his master's towel had been laid.
!l-e&. indeed. that I hold a vast store of out"of"the"way knowledge without scientific system. sir. !hen at last I turned and walked slowly homeward. Holmes. I would test it to the full. !here is a great garret in my little house which is stuffed with books. but very available for the needs of my work." "Surely it is evident that it is une?ual in its intensity. %t the end of that time I emerged with a little chocolate and silver volume. "all the essential gaps in your case. His furious bursts of temper."room with packets of all sorts stowed away therein 6 so many that I may well have but a vague perception of what was there. and within a few minutes of Mc<herson's appearance he came upon us from behind. !hat's the advantage of this solitude. I had hardly swallowed my early cup of tea and was starting for the beach when I had a call from Inspector Bardle of the Sussex Constabular) * a stead) . as shown in the incident of the dog. J0 know is there. and need go no farther. "!his is my method in such cases. !hat was how I felt that evening as I stood alone by that place of death. !hey have peculiarities. $ow let us consider this weal which e. or 1atson has written in vain. It was into this that I plunged and rummaged for an hour. of course. ut that work met with an annoying interruption. It was still vague. which looked at me now with a very troubled e. !he ?uestion is. there is this ?uestion of the instrument with which these inCuries were inflicted. I had Cust reached the top of the path when it came to me. !here is really no one else when you come to think of it.plained." " ut I have e. save that Murdoch seemed to be making every preparation for departure.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . !here are similar indications in this other weal down here. "!his is ?uite unofficial.ible whip of some sort2" "Have you e. I remembered the thing for which I had so eagerly and vainly grasped. #n the morning of the crime he can surely prove an alibi.amined the marks2" I asked. incredible. and yet it was always a possibility. 3es. So has the doctor. ut I am fairly up against it in this Mc<herson case. 1hat can that mean2" "I have no idea. He had all my points. but at least I knew how I could make it clear. "I have seen them. then who did2" "1hat have you against him2" He had gleaned along the same furrows as I had. I may be able to say more soon. My mind is like a crowded bo. but no fresh ones. <erhaps I haven't. 3ou will know. "I know your immense e. and another there.onsider. !he fact that he had ?uarreled with Mc<herson in the past. solid. phlegmatic man was sorely troubled in his mind. It was late when I retired. 1e narrow it down to a very small compass.tends round the right shoulder. Mr." "I should hardly be what I am if I did not. Holmes2" I stepped to my bureau and brought out an enlarged photograph. %nything which will define what made that mark will bring us a long way towards the criminal." ." I e. He had been with his scholars till the last moment. Ian Murdoch2" "3es. though it remains forever Cust beyond your reach." "1hat are they. !here is a dot of e. Have you2" "<erhaps I have. !hen bear in mind the absolute impossibility that he could single"handed have inflicted this outrage upon a man ?uite as strong as himself. 9inally." I said. or shall I not2" "Meaning Mr." "1hat could it be but a scourge or fle. bovine man with thoughtful eyes. and yet I could not be at rest until I had made sure if it might. Mr. If he did not do it. I had known that there was something which might bear upon this matter. with my mind eagerly awaiting the work of the morrow. "1hat would my position be if I let him slip away with all this evidence against him2" !he burly. shall I make an arrest. ". :agerly I turned up the chapter of which I had a dim remembrance. It was monstrous.amined them very carefully with a lens. !here was Murdoch's character and the mystery which seemed to hang round the man. it was indeed a far"fetched and unlikely proposition. "3ou certainly do things thoroughly. and that there was some reason to think that he might have resented his attentions to Miss ellamy." said he. /o you observe nothing remarkable2" "I can't say I do.pression.travasated blood here. be so.perience. 5ike a flash. sir.
yes. "3es. "but if a red"hot net of wire had been laid across the back. then these better marked points would represent where the meshes crossed each other.' " "Have you no alternative. his face would turn black. while his brow dropped beads of sweat. "9or 4od's sake oil. I think you have hit it. " randy= randy=" he gasped. "$ow. He gave it almost in a shriek. then. I ran down. his clothes in wild disorder. but at least it was ease from pain. !he pain was evidently terrible and was more than local. brandy=" he cried. I am sure that it was 'Mane. they were too far out. %t last his head fell heavily upon the cushion. clawing with his bony hands at the furniture to hold himself erect. threw some clothes about him. is it ellamy and that big son of his2 !hey were not too sweet upon Mr. almost as distrait as his companion. He fainted twice upon the way.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . <ads of cotton"wool soaked in salad"oil seemed to take the agony from the strange wounds.actly where poor Mc<herson met his end. hatless and panting. Mr. %t any moment he might die. and then with loud gasps he would clap his hand to his heart." !he inspector rubbed his chin and looked at me with dubious eyes. an absurd idea. Mr. I have considered that. ut I do not care to discuss it until there is something more solid to discuss. Holmes. JE "It is. Inspector. He was not alone. More than once I thought he was gone as I brought him up." "/id you see him on the beach2" "I was walking on the cliff when I heard his cry. but the moment we were assured of his condition Stackhurst turned upon me. Holmes. of course. Mr." "$o. we have those last words 6 the '5ion's Mane. More and more brandy was poured down his throat." "%nd when will that be2" "In an hour 6 possibly less. If the second word had borne any resemblance to Murdoch 6 but it did not. no. "My 4od=" he cried. for the sufferer's breathing would stop for a time. so I made for you. crisscrossed upon the man's naked shoulder. Holmes2" "<erhaps I have. was the same strange reticulated pattern of red. <erhaps it's those fishing"boats. we each have our own work to do. "%nything to ease this infernal agony=" !he inspector and I cried out at the sight. opium. He pushed himself up on one arm and swung his coat from his shoulders. . :. !here. If this man's heart had been weak as Mc<herson's was. each fresh dose bringing him back to life." "#r there may be some very different cause. morphine=" he cried. no. Mc<herson. ehind him came Stackhurst. . there were blundering footsteps in the passage." said the policeman. disheveled." "% most ingenious comparison.ove.ould they have done him a mischief2" "$o." said I with a smile.hausted $ature had taken refuge in its last storehouse of vitality. ardle." Half a tumbler of the raw spirit brought about a wondrous change.' " "I have wondered whether Ian D" "3es. ut your case is far too weak for an arrest. you won't draw me until I am ready. Mr. 9or heaven's sake. and Ian Murdoch staggered into the room. !o ?uestion him had been impossible. he would not be here now. My outer door was flung open. "I wish I could see what was in your mind. <erhaps if you were to meet me here at midday D" So far we had got when there came the tremendous interruption which was the beginning of the end. It was all I could do to bring him here.!l-e&. He was at the edge of the water. "what is it. Holmes2 1hat is it2" "1here did you find him2" "/own on the beach. esides. It was half a sleep and half a faint. and brought him up." "1ell. :. It was too far to !he 4ables. pallid. "!he man is at his last gasp. reeling about like a drunken man. inflamed lines which had been the death"mark of 9it>roy Mc<herson. #r shall we say a very stiff cat"o'"nine"tails with small hard knots upon it2" " y . and fell groaning upon the sofa.
so he wrote with a very full knowledge. Its day is over=" I cried. and I will give you the terrible e. Mr. peering eagerly into the depths beneath me. ." ".yanea=" I cried. Stackhurst. for this is the fearful stinger. % line of rocks lay above it at the base of the cliff. let him beware. causing me to fall as if struck by a bullet. It pulsated with a slow..an you.ould our sinister ac?uaintance be more clearly described2 "He goes on to tell of his own encounter with one when swimming off the coast of @ent.!l-e&. heavy dilation and contraction. It is #ut of /oors. and along this I led the way. 1ood. and he can be as dangerous to life as.ome back to my house." I remarked. ".ome with me now= %nd you. Holmes2 I'm born and bred in these parts.plains. the bite of the cobra. 4. "!he multitudinous threads caused light scarlet lines upon the skin which on closer e. #n the shingle there was piled a little heap of towels and clothes left by the stricken man. 5et me briefly give this e.ysm of pain. Slowly I walked round the edge of the water. my comrades in Indian file behind me. "It has done mischief enough. #ne flapping edge of yellow membrane showed that our victim was beneath it. but under the cliff where the beach was hollowed out it was four or five feet deep.tract. but I never saw such a thing. . It don't belong to Susse. It lay upon a rocky shelf some three feet under the water.yanea capillata. JF Holmes. ". save that terrific pangs had suddenly shot through him. "which first brought light into what might have been forever dark. 1hen the ripples had cleared we saw that it had settled upon the ledge below. and far more painful than. and that it had taken all his fortitude to reach the bank. . vibrating. In broken words he e. by the famous observer. "!he local pain was. !he pulsation would cease. and I burst into a shout of triumph. "If the bather should see a loose roundish mass of tawny membranes and fibers. and that anyone within that circumference from the deadly center was in danger of death. with all your worldwide reputation. do nothing for us2" "I think I can. something like very large handfuls of lion's mane and silver paper..plained that he had no notion what had occurred to him. or seven leaps as if it would force its . Inspector. Stackhurst= 5et us end the murderer forever. rising slowly to the surface. hairy creature with streaks of silver among its yellow tresses. use all the powers you have and spare no pains to lift the curse from this place." !here was a big boulder Cust above the ledge. It was to this part that a swimmer would naturally go. "<angs shot through the chest. :ven at a distance the effect upon 1ood was almost fatal. .ust as well for Susse. "Help me. both of you. % thick oily scum oo>ed out from below the stone and stained the water round." 5eaving the unconscious man in the charge of my housekeeper. the least part of the e. and we pushed it until it fell with a tremendous splash into the water.yanea= ehold the 5ion's Mane=" !he strange obCect at which I pointed did indeed look like a tangled mass torn from the mane of a lion. come along= 1e will see if we cannot deliver this murderer into your hands. "It may have been the southwest gale that brought it up.amination resolved into minute dots or pustules. and every now and then was shaken by a paro.?uisite torment.perience of one who has good reason to remember his own meeting with the same peril of the seas. each dot charged as it were with a red"hot needle making its way through the nerves. taking up the little volume. "1ell." 1hen we reached my study we found that Murdoch was so far recovered that he could sit up. and then the heart would give si. this gets me=" cried the inspector. . "1hat was it. for it formed a beautiful pellucid green pool as clear as crystal. a curious waving. 1ood himself very nearly perished from contact with this vile creature.. we all three went down to the deadly lagoon. I had reached the deepest and stillest pool when my eyes caught that for which they were searching. He found that the creature radiated almost invisible filaments to the distance of fifty feet. He was da>ed in mind." I said. "Here is a book. for life is becoming unendurable.yanea capillata is the miscreant's full name. as he e. Most of the pool was ?uite shallow.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . . .
have nothing to fear. !he inspector remained. "9orgive what is past. Holmes2" "I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles. JH way through the chest. staring at me in silence with his o. . Inspector. Holmes. Inspector. "#ur nerves have all been at concert"pitch." remarked Ian Murdoch with a wry smile. it will be clear that I have a mass of material at my command. but I never believed it." "%nd incidentally e. I deprecate. so white. Mr.yanea capillata very nearly avenged Scotland 3ard. "It nearly killed him. and had I been out as early as I intended I might well have saved you from this terrific e. !here is the long row of yearbooks which fill a shelf and there are the dispatch"cases filled with documents.planation of the tragedy of poor Mc<herson.perience. It was the towel which misled me." " ut how did you know. Sherlock Holmes was in active practice for twenty"three years. "!here are one or two words of e. and that this phrase was the only one by which he could convey to us a warning as to the creature which had been his death. and you cannot doubt that it contains a full e. and the trained cormorant will be given to the public. who beg that the honor of their families or the reputation of famous forebears may not be touched. I often ventured to chaff you gentlemen of the police force. for my bed will be very welcome."like eyes. lest someone should forestall me in a more sudden and heartless manner. He gulped down brandy. and no confidence will be abused. a whole bottleful. the lighthouse. I have no doubt that it was floating on the water when Mc<herson saw it.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . "1ell." "$o. wrinkled and shriveled was his face. Holmes's authority for saying that the whole story concerning the politician. 3ou have seen that it does describe the creature.planation which I should give.t. He says that he could hardly recogni>e himself afterwards. Murdoch. !he poor fellow had never thought to dry himself. rising slowly to his feet. should the attack of any water creature suggest itself to me2 !hat was where I went astray. I was well content to stand aside and act as their go"between." said he. and so I in turn was led to believe that he had never been in the water. however. !he problem has always been not to find but to choose. you've done it=" he cried at last. !here is the book. "I was slow at the outset 6 culpably slow.posed to it in the disturbed ocean and not in the narrow calm waters of a bathing"pool.onerates me. !here is at least one reader who will understand. "I do not blame you. . 1e shall understand each other better in the future. I leave it with you. 1hy. Had the body been found in the water I could hardly have missed it. Mr." The A !enture of the )e#le -o . She would not tell you. Inspector. a perfect ?uarry for the student not only of crime but of the social and official scandals of the late Aictorian era. Murdoch." Stackhurst held out his hand. !hat phrase 'the 5ion's Mane' haunted my mind. sir. and that during seventeen of these I was allowed to cooperate with him and to keep notes of his doings." said Murdoch. !he discretion and high sense of professional honor which have always distinguished my friend are still at work in the choice of these memoirs. well. in the strongest way the attempts which have been made lately to get at and to destroy these papers. then. but from the day when she chose my friend Mc<herson my one desire was to help her to happiness. 1ell. !he source of these outrages is known. for I know the direction in which your in?uiries have run. of our relations lest you should disapprove and I might suffer. and it was because I was in their confidence and because she was so dear to me that I hastened to tell her of my friend's death. and if they are repeated I have Mr.!l-e&. I may say that the writers of agoni>ed letters. although he had only been e. ut with your leave I must try to get back to !he 4ables. !o accept such praise was to lower one's own standards. #ften I carried their messages. I was already upon the track. It's wonderful=" I was forced to shake my head. Mr. at least." "!hen I. It is true that I loved this lady.oncerning these latter. nor you.pected conte. I knew that I had seen it somewhere in an une. am cleared. and it seems to have saved his life. for your suspicions were natural.er 1hen one considers that Mr. but ." !hey passed out together with their arms linked in friendly fashion. I feel that on the very eve of my arrest I have only cleared myself by sharing the fate of my poor friend. "I had read of you.
!hen. Merrilow does not obCect to tobacco. sometimes it fell easily into his lap. or one who gives less trouble. I reckon she had tried others and found that mine suited her best. 'I wonder I never thought of it before." "/id she give references when she came2" "$o. In these times a poor woman like me can't afford to turn down a chance like that. 3ou say that Mrs." "5ord bless you. with an elderly. Ionder has been your lodger for seven years and that you have only once seen her face.' I says. motherly woman of the bu. etween them you should get some help. % ?uarter's rent right down on the table in advance and no arguing about terms. %nd she. 5et us see that we have our facts correct before we start. Mrs. Sometimes he had with much effort to pick the fruit. So I went to her in the morning. 'and the clergy can't change what is past.!l-e&. '$ow." "%nd I wish to 4od I had not=" said Mrs. Mr. In telling it." "!hen what has brought matters to a head2" "Her health. 'if you won't have the regulars." said my friend with a wave of the hand. and it fair rang through the house and sent the shivers through me.' '1ell. Mr. #ur milkman got a glimpse of her once peeping out of the upper window. '!hat's the man." said our visitor. that if I come to Mrs. 3ou could not have a ?uieter lodger. again. and if he won't come." "I don't.' says I. Merrilow. !hat's how it looked. Say that. "she is that an. of South ri. you would hardly say it was a face at all." "/id she give any reason for choosing your house2" "Mine stands well back from the road and is more private than most. and I don't wonder that you want it e. Merrilow. 3ou will make her understand that before we arrive. 'and there's the police. "Mrs. Ionder.ton. you know at last why it is that I never raise my veil. and I have no family of my own. !hat is the kind of face it is.ious to see you that you might bring the whole parish at your heels=" "!hen we shall come early in the afternoon. Holmes. not the police=' says she.'3ou cruel beast= 3ou monster=' she cried. Mr. and she is ready to pay for it. and then she said. Holmes. #ne forenoon 6 it was late in 'J(F 6 I received a hurried note from Holmes asking for my attendance. I am ?uite satisfied so long as I get my rent. It's privacy she is after. 'it would ease my mind if someone knew the truth before I died. but she gave hard cash. ut the most terrible human tragedies were often involved in those cases which brought him the fewest personal opportunities. sir. 1hen I saw her 6 I happened on her unawares 6 she covered up ?uick. I only take the one. "It was. "!his is Mrs. %nd there's something terrible on her mind. Merrilow. it is a very remarkable story. 'Murder=' %nd once I heard her. 1hen I arrived I found him seated in a smoke"laden atmosphere. 'Murder=' she cries." "1ell.amined. Mrs. tell him I am the wife of Ionder's wild beast show. terribly mutilated.' '9or 4od's sake.' she says.om landlady type in the corresponding chair in front of him. Holmes. Merrilow. She seems to be wasting away. ring him here. there's the clergy. she fair Cumped at it. Mrs. and it is one of these which I now desire to record. Merrilow has an interesting story to tell which may well lead to further developments in which your presence may be useful. and he dropped his tin and the milk all over the front garden. there is this detective man what we read about' 6 beggin' your pardon. I have made a slight change of name and place. and give him the name . Mrs. It was in the night. most remarkable. 1atson.' I says. I understand. Mr. if you wish to indulge your filthy habits. 1atson to understand the situation. Merrilow. Holmes. JJ It is not reasonable to suppose that every one of these cases gave Holmes the opportunity of showing those curious gifts of instinct and observation which I have endeavored to set forth in these memoirs." "%nything I can do D" "3ou will understand. %nd yet. If we go over them it will help /r. and plenty of it. 'Mrs. Ionder I should prefer to have a witness." "3ou say that she never showed her face from first to last save on the one accidental occasion.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Holmes.' says she. Mr. 'if you have anything that is troubling your soul.' " "/o you know anything about her history2" "$othing at all. but otherwise the facts are as stated. 1ell.
of course. the huge books all round him. upon which it sprang back into the cage and was at once locked in. Ionder lay. %nd yet I was convinced that the coroner was wrong. Here it is as she wrote it. and a very terrible happening followed. '. #n this particular night. !hat will carry us till lunchtime. is a photograph of the performance by which you will perceive that Ionder was a huge porcine person and that his wife was a very magnificent woman. of the erkshire . as the place is so small a one that it would not have paid them to open. but they never allowed anyone else to do it. the strong man.ould you not give me the points2" "!hat is very easily done. and that both he and his show were on the down grade at the time of the great tragedy. 1atson. which was open. but that when the door was loosed the creature bounded out upon them.hibiting. the clown.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . too. !he caravan had halted for the night at %bbas <arva. and of Sanger.onstabulary. %bout three o'clock you may e. !hey were on their way to 1imbledon. one of the greatest showmen of his day. It was deposed at the in?uest that there had been some signs that the lion was dangerous.ton." remarked Holmes. He was the rival of 1ombwell. and no notice was taken of the fact. "It seems that the whole camp was roused near midnight by the roars of the animal and the screams of the woman. for he dropped in and smoked a pipe or two over it. Here are my marginal notes to prove it. J( %bbas <arva. I should like to have a little chat with /r. <erhaps you would care to read the papers2" "." #ur visitor had no sooner waddled out of the room 6 no other verb can describe Mrs. some ten yards from the cage. Merrilow. %bbas <arva. How it had got loose was a mystery. seven years ago. and one open upon his knees. !here was no other point of interest in the evidence save that the woman in a delirium of agony kept screaming. Sometimes one went.hibitions inside its cage.oward=' as she was carried back to the van in which they lived. I confess that I could make nothing of it. It will probably come back to your memory as I talk. you see. Ionder. Holmes. Mrs. drove the creature off with poles. "!hey had among their e. ut certainly my own impression was very superficial.cited was he that he did not rise. "Aery good. with crossed legs. and 4riggs. they both went. It was conCectured that the pair intended to enter the cage. carrying lanterns." "%nd yet you were with me then. which is a small village in erkshire. Ionder upon her back. and none of the parties had engaged my services. It had torn her face in such a fashion that it was never thought that she could live. when this horror occurred." . . Several of the circus men. "3ou may well say so. %nd yet there were one or two points which worried young :dmunds. !here is evidence. '!hat will bring him if he's the man I think he is. both of Ionder and his wife. months before she was fit to give evidence. with the creature s?uatting and snarling above her. "!he case worried me at the time. and it was the habit." "1hat alternative could be conceived2" said I. 9or there was nothing to go by. but the in?uest was duly held. So e.oward= . but. with the back of his head crushed in and deep claw"marks across his scalp. familiarity begat contempt. the details of which have never been made clear. for they believed that so long as they were the food"carriers he would regard them as benefactors and would never molest them. !hat was how I came into the matter.lose to the door of the cage lay Mrs. sometimes both. was a household word. but sat upon the floor like some strange uddha. that he took to drink. as usual. headed by 5eonardo. It was si. 9or a few minutes there was a constant swish of the leaves.pect to see us at your house in ri. !he different grooms and employees rushed from their tents. traveling by road. to give e. Sahara @ing was its name. 1atson. and by their light an awful sight was revealed.!l-e&. Here. and then with a grunt of satisfaction he came upon what he sought. with the obvious verdict of death from misadventure. % smart lad that= He was sent later to %llahabad.hibits a very fine $orth %frican lion.' " "%nd it will. and they were simply camping and not e. Have you no recollection of the %bbas <arva tragedy2" "$one. "It was usual for either Ionder or his wife to feed the lion at night. Merrilow's method of progression 6 than Sherlock Holmes threw himself with fierce energy upon the pile of commonplace books in the corner. however.
It comes back to me now as I think it over. of which our visitor has spoken. instead of bounding on and escaping. if his skull was smashed in you would hardly e. those cries of hers would seem to imply that her husband had in some way failed her." "1hat is the flaw. there is this to be said for your theory. but at some period it must have been beautiful. !here was some evidence that Cust at the time the lion roared and the woman screamed.!l-e&. !hen. !here is a cold partridge on the sideboard. having reassured her.actly. 1hat does he do2 He takes half a do>en bounds forward. !he man turned and was struck down. a man began shouting in terror. If they had faced it they might have cowed it. 5ook at it from the lion's point of view. Her voice. 5et us renew our energies before we make a fresh call upon them. he returns to the woman. he cursed and slashed at everyone who came in his way. 1atson= #nly one flaw in your diamond. who was close to the cage." "I should be glad to consider it. % thick dark veil covered her face. She sat now in a broken armchair in the shadowy corner of the room. She made for it. too. madam. since its inmate seldom left it. were nocturnal reminiscences of the dear departed." "I should think the whole camp was crying out by then. !here were at least two witnesses who spoke of the cries of a man being mingled with those of a woman.oward=' " " rilliant. when the lion got loose. how came the beast to get loose2" "Is it possible that they had some enemy who loosed it2" "%nd why should it attack them savagely when it was in the habit of playing with them. Ionder was a man of many enemies. 1atson. I could well conceive that she had indeed been a very remarkable woman. I think I could suggest a solution. !hen. It was very clear that her chief preoccupation was lest she should lose a valuable lodger. by some retribution of fate." "%nd then there was another thing. and a bottle of Montrachet. our speculations are futile until we have all the facts. Merrilow. Ionder turns to fly 6 the claw"marks were on the back of his head 6 but the lion strikes him down. !hen.pect to hear from him again. It was so deucedly difficult to reconstruct the affair." 1hen our hansom deposited us at the house of Mrs. as might be e. Hence her cries of '.pect those cries about a monster. though I do not know how you are aware that I was interested in your case. again. we followed her up the straight. !he woman conceived the idea of getting into the cage and shutting the door. and he knocks her over and chews her face up." " ut what worried him2" "1ell." . "I thought that it would bring you. and doing tricks with them inside the cage2" "<ossibly the same enemy had done something to enrage it. I was sure you would pick up the trail presently. 9rom keeping beasts in a cage." "!his man Ionder. It was a close. but it was cut off close at her upper lip and disclosed a perfectly shaped mouth and a delicately rounded chin. She was angry with her husband for having encouraged the beast's rage by turning. He is liberated. we found that plump lady blocking up the open door of her humble but retired abode." Holmes looked thoughtful and remained in silence for some moments. to have become herself a beast in a cage." "!he two were together.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . musty. and was still full and voluptuous. However. yellow"haired man2" ":. Mr. and Cust as she reached it the beast bounded after her and knocked her over." "!hat is so. to say and do nothing which could lead to so undesirable an end. which brings him to Ionder. was well modulated and pleasing. the woman seemed. % huge bully of a man.pected. 5ong years of inaction had coarsened the lines of her figure. ill"ventilated place. 1atson." said she. "My name is not unfamiliar to you. I e. "1ell. It was her only refuge. () "% thin. %s to the other points. badly carpeted staircase and were shown into the room of the mysterious lodger. :dmunds told me that in his cups he was horrible. ten yards from the cage." "1ell. Holmes. 1hat could the poor devil have done to help her2 3ou see the difficulty2" "8uite. before showing us up. no doubt. we were both worried. Holmes2" "If they were both ten paces from the cage. and she implored us.
beast 6 it was all written on that heavy"Cowled face. but he did what he could to hold things together.amined by Mr. 1e were near tragedy that night. "!hat is 5eonardo. the county detective. My husband was not fit to live. %nd this 6 this is my husband. I do not promise you that when you have spoken I may not myself think it my duty to refer the case to the police. madam. He tied me down and lashed me with his riding whip when I complained. if such lust as his can be called love. %nd yet I wanted to find one man of Cudgment to whom I could tell my terrible story. and the show began to go downhill. and murderous when he was drunk. bully.!l-e&. and soon my lover and I understood that it could not be avoided. Holmes. Ieading is the only pleasure which fate has left me. the points outward.amination. one and all." "It is usually wiser to tell the truth. I fear I lied to him." "!hen why should you not now tell the police anything you know2" " ecause there is another person to be considered. but what could they do2 !hey feared him. He pitied me and helped me. such love as I had dreamed of but never hoped to feel. !he person that I allude to is dead. vicious eyes darting pure malignancy as they looked forth upon the world. "5eonardo. "5eonardo had a clever. for I was ready to go with him every inch of the way. <erhaps it would have been wiser had I told the truth. He deserted me for others. I was a poor circus girl brought up on the sawdust. !hey all pitied me and they all loathed him." "3ou compliment me. for it was formidable in its bestiality. till at last our intimacy turned to love 6 deep. and one could conceive those small. Mr. He was clearly a professional acrobat. 1e had been so close 6 so close=" " ut has this impediment been removed2" "3es. ut in any case. sir." "I think not. "!hen 5eonardo came more and more into my life. and doing springs through the hoop before I was ten. and I miss little which passes in the world. He took revenge in his own way by torturing me more than ever. and for cruelty to the beasts.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . #ne could imagine that vile mouth champing and foaming in its rage. #ne night my cries brought 5eonardo to the door of our van. I could not stand the scandal and publicity which would come from a police e. and yet I would not have his destruction upon my conscience. taken with his huge arms folded across his swollen chest and a smile breaking from under his heavy mustache 6 the self"satisfied smile of the man of many con?uests. but compared to my husband he seemed like the angel 4abriel. deep. 1e planned that he should die. for I have followed your work for some years. I know your character and methods too well. or rather a human wild boar. and that 5eonardo was the one man that he was afraid of." It was a dreadful face 6 a human pig. :dmunds. 1e made a club 6 5eonardo made it 6 and in the leaden head he fastened five long steel nails. but he had plenty of money and the fines were nothing to him. I know now the poor spirit that was hidden in that splendid body. 1hen I became a woman this man loved me. 3ou see what he was like. and he the devil who tormented me. I know that he was a very worthless being.immy 4riggs. !his was to give my husband his ." she said. gentlemen. and in an evil moment I became his wife. scheming brain. %t the same time. !hat other person is myself. My husband suspected it. 9rom that day I was in hell. I am a responsible person. a man of magnificent physi?ue. so that when I am gone all might be understood. Iuffian. I do not say that to blame him. ut why did you lie to him2" " ecause the fate of someone else depended upon it. I will take my chance of the use which you may make of my tragedy. but I think that he was a coward as well as a bully. who gave evidence2" "!he same. !here was no one in the show who did not know of his treatment. I have not long to live. the strong man. with Cust such a spread as the lion's paw. passionate love. (' "l learned it when I had recovered my health and was e. It was he who planned it." "My friend and I would be glad to hear it. 9or he was terrible at all times. %gain and again he was had up for assault. he had not much to be funny about." !he woman rose and took from a drawer the photograph of a man. the clown. ut I should never have had the wit to think of such a plan. to understand the story. !he best men all left us. "!hose two pictures will help you. <oor devil. but I wish to die undisturbed. It was only 5eonardo and I who kept it up 6 with little . It will ease my mind to tell it.
Holmes. he had deserted me in my need." "%nd he is dead2" "He was drowned last month when bathing near Margate. I heard him shout in his terror.ample of patient suffering is in itself the most precious of all lessons to an impatient world. and yet to leave the evidence that it was the lion which we would loose who had done the deed." said the woman. how I cursed him= 6 not because he had torn away my beauty but because he had not torn away my life. bloodstained Caws away from me. and we walked past him before he could strike. Holmes held up his hand in a gesture of pity and protest. and together we left the room. !hen Holmes stretched out his long arm and patted her hand with such a show of sympathy as I had seldom known him to e." "3es. ." "1hat use is it to anyone2" "How can you tell2 !he e. He might as soon have loved one of the freaks whom we carried round the country as the thing which the lion had left. 4riggs.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . (* deathblow. 1hat could be more dreadful than my actual life2 ut I stood between 5eonardo and his fate. <erhaps in the depths of that pool D" "1ell.!l-e&." !he woman's answer was a terrible one. 5eonardo was waiting at the corner of the big van which we should have to pass before we reached the cage. He had left me under the beast's claws. and that I should dwell where none whom I had ever known should find me. "the case is closed. Its hot. I cursed that lion 6 oh. "%nd then the terrible thing happened.hibit. "<oor girl=" he said. dragging me from under the creature's paws. for many a weary month. !hat was my last memory. He turned swiftly upon her. I saw his death in the paper. then the world is a cruel Cest. ut a woman's love is not so easily set aside. but he followed us on tiptoe and I heard the crash as the club smashed my husband's skull. ut what of this man 5eonardo2" "I never saw him or heard from him again. ut the man lost his nerve. !wo living and beautiful brown eyes looking sadly out from that grisly ruin did but make the view more awful." she said. and others. as was our custom. I sprang forward. If there is not some compensation hereafter. It was that I should cover myself so that my poor face should be seen by none." 1e sat in silence for some time after the unhappy woman had told her story. well. $o words can describe the framework of a face when the face itself is gone. 9or myself. and how it e. which is the most singular and ingenious part of all your story2" "I cannot tell. "I wonder if you would bear it. % poor wounded beast that has crawled into its hole to die 6 that is the end of :ugenia Ionder. and yet I could not bring myself to give him to the gallows. with a deep green pool at the base of it." 1e had risen to go. !hat was all that was left to me to do 6 and that is what I have done. and then I saw him turn and fly. and I undid the catch which held the door of the great lion's cage. !he case is closed. 3ou may have heard how ?uick these creatures are to scent human blood. I was conscious that the camp was stirring. and then dimly I remembered a group of men. <erhaps I have been wrong to feel so bitterly against him. 1ith the palms of my hands I tried to push the great steaming. "It was a pitch"dark night when my husband and I went down. He was too slow. "3our life is not your own. I had but one desire. and I screamed for help. Mr. Holmes. I cared nothing what became of me. "<oor girl= !he ways of fate are indeed hard to understand. She raised her veil and stepped forward into the light. It was horrible. 5eonardo. If he had rushed forward and struck the beast with his club he might have cowed it. Holmes. "@eep your hands off it.cites them." he said." "%nd what did he do with this five"clawed club. Mr. %t the same instant the teeth of the lion met in my face. Some strange instinct had told the creature in one instant that a human being had been slain. My heart leaped with Coy at the sound. Mr. filthy breath had already poisoned me and I was hardly conscious of pain. it is of little conse?uence now. but there was something in the woman's voice which arrested Holmes's attention. 1hen I came to myself and saw myself in the mirror. 5eonardo could have saved me. and I had enough money to gratify it. 1e carried with us the raw meat in a >inc pail. !here is a chalk"pit by the camp. %s I slipped the bars it bounded out and was on me in an instant. to feed the beast.
so far down 8ueer Street that he may never find his way back again. He lives at Shoscombe #ld <lace." "3ou mean that she lives with him2" "$o. Sir ." "%h. ut he is a picture"frame maker who habitually handles glue." "1ell. "3ou hear of them at every dog show. he pointed with some pride to a small blue bottle upon his mantelpiece.!l-e&. He is one of those men who have overshot their true generation. no. I seem to have struck a rich vein." "Is it one of your cases2" "$o+ my friend. 3ou need not look surprised at my knowledge. and." I said. Meantime. $ow." said he. of the 3ard. when I called upon my friend. "It is glue. He nearly killed the man.clusive breed in :ngland. "7n?uestionably it is glue. It is only a life interest and reverts to her husband's brother. she draws the rents every year. I pay for it with about half my wound pension. !he accused man denies that it is his. he has the name of being a dangerous man. and that the famous Shoscombe stud and training ?uarters are to be found there.ames. but he is overdue." ". considering his prospects. !hey are the special pride of the lady of Shoscombe #ld <lace.ohn Mason. you know something of racing2" "I ought to. 1atson." "Sir Iobert $orberton's wife. !he place belonged to her late husband.ur>on Street moneylender. he sounds interesting= /oes he often indulge in that way2" "1ell. I seem to know the man. Merivale. for this is a letter from him which I am unfolding. "!hose hairs are threads from a tweed coat. "I am prepared to take your word for it. 'I send you my temptation. It came by post. I suppose.actly. 1atson.apital.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . ut let us have some more about Shoscombe. $orberton nearly came within your province once." he answered. can you give me some idea of Shoscombe #ld <lace2" "#nly that it is in the center of Shoscombe <ark.' !hat was the message.' 1hat about Sir Iobert $orberton2 /oes the name recall anything2" "1ell. Have a look at these scattered obCects in the field=" I stooped to the eyepiece and focussed for my vision. I presume=" "Sir Iobert has never married. I think." said Holmes. He lives with his widowed sister. !hose brown blobs in the center are undoubtedly glue. <ancras case you may remember that a cap was found beside the dead policeman. 1atson. He should have been a buck in the days of the Iegency 6 a bo. a plunger. "In the St. "I had a new client calling. the well"known ." "!hen I'll make you my 'Handy 4uide to the !urf. 1atson. !he most e. by all account. "<russic acid2" said '. I think. 5ady eatrice 9alder. /oes anything depend upon it2" "It is a very fine demonstration. an athlete. a lover of fair ladies." "How was that2" "It was when he horsewhipped Sam rewer. spends the said rents2" . ":." "!here are the Shoscombe spaniels. !he irregular gray masses are dust. !here was a red poison label.er." said I. . Since I ran down that coiner by the >inc and copper filings in the seam of his cuff they have begun to reali>e the importance of the microscope. and I know it well.ust as well. I will follow your advice. !here are epithelial scales on the left." "%nd brother Iobert. we can guess the name of the brave woman who sent it. on $ewmarket Heath. y the way." The A !enture of Shoscom'e /l +lace Sherlock Holmes had been bending for a long time over a low"power microscope. (& !wo days later. "is . I should say so. He is about the most daredevil rider in :ngland 6 second in the 4rand $ational a few years back. $orberton has no claim on it at all. for my summer ?uarters were down there once. laughing. % pleasant almondy odor rose when I opened it." "%nd the head trainer. 1atson= % thumbnail sketch. I picked it up." He looked impatiently at his watch. on the turf. asked me to look into the case. $ow he straightened himself up and looked round at me in triumph.
the two of them. " ut why do you say so2" "1ell. above all." Holmes raised his eyebrows. Holmes. His whole life is on it. ut there are two lengths in a furlong between them when it comes to a gallop.pect. 1hy else would he give away her pet spaniel that she loved as if he were her child2 He gave it a few days ago to old arnes." "#f course. the butler. there may be a meaning to it. not Harley Street. with her weak heart and dropsy one couldn't e. Mr. It was only face to face I could do it. It has all been too much for his nerves. He would prick up his ears when he heard the wheels on the gravel. "!his is aker Street. and there is something damned rotten about it. but he spent two hours every evening in her room. He has the <rince's half"brother out for spins. has gone mad. I think that my employer.ohn Mason had many of both under his sway. or two ?ueer things. she took her glass. He bowed with cold self "possession and seated himself upon the chair to which Holmes had waved him. It's all changed. if anyone does.pression which is only seen upon those who have to control horses or boys.!l-e&. I'll be plain with you. 3et I have heard that she is devoted to him." "!hat certainly did seem strange. ut what is amiss at Shoscombe2" "%h. Mr.ews till then. Sir Iobert. 9or a week now she has driven past the stables with never so much as '4ood"morning'= " "3ou think there has been a ?uarrel2" "%nd a bitter. If the <rince fails him he is done. but when everything he does is ?ueer. :verything he could raise or borrow is on the horse 6 and at fine odds." "1ell. then you begin to wonder. 3ou can't tell 'em apart. So Stephens. %nd here. Holmes. %nd she takes it to heart." said he. and she loved the horses as much as he did. He's holding off the . too= 3ou can get forties now. for I know you are gentlemen of honor and that it won't go beyond the room.rendall.pect that she could get about with him. He is a devil of a fellow and must lead her a most uneasy life. but it was nearer the hundred when he began to back him. for she has been a rare good friend to him. ut that's all over now. savage. at . you have only to look at him.plained nothing. !hen there is his conduct to 5ady eatrice=" "%h= 1hat is that2" "!hey have always been the best of friends. . Holmes2" "3es." "9irst of all. !hey had the same tastes. $ow. first of all. but it e. %nd too complicated. but now it is often a whole bottle of an evening. He thinks of nothing but the horse and the race. Sir Iobert has got to win this /erby. He never goes near her. ut that's all over. too. austere e. and he would trot out each morning to the carriage to get his lump of sugar. sir. . Sir Iobert has been too clever for the touts.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . He is down at the stables at all hours. but where does the madness come in2" "1ell. (0 "!hat is about the si>e of it. :very day at the same hour she would drive down to see them 6 and. spiteful ?uarrel at that. I don't believe he sleeps at night. " "It seems a rather desperate gamble. Mr. He might well do what he could." "It was too delicate a thing for me to put the details on paper. told me. and he looked e?ual to the task. clean"shaven man with the firm. and it's his last chance. I believe Shoscombe <rince and the /erby have turned his brain." "!hat is a colt you are running2" "!he best in :ngland." " ut how is that if the horse is so good2" "!he public don't know how good he is. She is brooding and sulky and drinking. she seems to have lost all interest in the horses. ut then. I should know. Mr. His eyes are wild. what keeps the 4reen /ragon. I e. "3ou had my note. Mr. Holmes." "/id she drink before this estrangement2" "1ell. He's up to the neck." "1hy2" "1ell." !he door had opened and the page had shown in a tall. three miles off. we are at your disposal. Holmes 6 drinking like a fish. that is Cust what I want to know. she loved the <rince. Mr. when a man does one ?ueer thing. is the man who can tell us.
She has been with her this five years. She wants to get rid of the woman. !welve o'clock at night and raining hard. I guess he had not heard us coming. He let out a yell. and who he was." "How can you say that2" " ecause I have seen him. the scandal has been pretty clear for a long time. So we up when Sir Iobert was gone and pretended we were Cust having a walk like in the moonlight." " ut she may not have seen it before." "%nd is. we never found. and away he went as hard as he could lick it in the darkness. for there was a bit of moon that night. but we marked him down all right. devoted2" Mr. 'Hullo. I would swear to his yellow face 6 a mean dog. So we were shy of getting too near. but there are few in that county that would have the nerve to go near it at night. 1atson's description of Sir Iobert I can reali>e that no woman is safe from him. "4o on. takes to drink. Sir Iobert turned and passed us 6 me and Stephens. sure enough. It is so old that nobody could fi. 3ou get more and more interesting. He never feared anything in his life. !he lady refuses to speak. Stephens and I went after him.arrie :vans. So ne." "1hat is this haunted crypt2" "1ell. /oes not all this hang together2" "1ell. and so we came right on him as casual and innocent as you please. . ?uaking in the bushes like two bunny"rabbits. 1e were not afraid of him. for it would have been a bad Cob if he had seen us. (E again. Mason. " ut I won't say to whom.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . 1hy should Sir Iobert want to dig up a dead body2" Holmes sat up abruptly. He could run= 6 I'll give him that. mate= who may you be2' says I. and there is something more that I can't fit in. Mr. so he looked over his shoulder with a face as if he had seen the devil coming out of hell. I should say. its date. sulks. /on't you think the ?uarrel between brother and sister may lie there2" "1ell. the situation is clear enough. damp. no doubt. it might do 6 so far as it goes. "3ou say there is another man there. and there was a man waiting for him there. "!here is her maid. Mr. In a minute he was out of sight and hearing. 9rom /r.!l-e&. It was on that second night. ut what is he doing there in the nighttime2" "1ait a bit=" said Holmes. 5et us suppose that she has suddenly found it out. "1ho keeps 5ady eatrice 9alder company2" he asked at last. has no means of enforcing her will. He's a terrible man with his fists if he gets started. Holmes. with her weak heart and inability to get about." "I ?uite understand. Mr. !he invalid. Mason. what is master doing down at the old church crypt at night2 %nd who is the man that meets him there2" Holmes rubbed his hands. but it was Cumpy work. . ut master's not afraid. Mason shuffled uncomfortably. sir. master was off again. there is an old ruined chapel in the park." "It was the butler who saw him go. or someone from the house= Surely you have only to spot who it is and ?uestion him2" "It's no one I know. It's a dark." "$o. and no respecter of persons. ut we could hear the other moving about behind. or what he was." " ut you saw him clearly in the moonlight2" "3es. "She's devoted enough. Her brother will not permit it." ":." he answered at last. !he hated maid is still tied to her." "%h=" said Holmes. %nd under it there's a crypt which has a bad name among us. It must be one of your own stablemen. It was the haunted crypt that he was making for. lonely place by day. #f course. sir.actly= %s far as it goes. "I can't tell tales out of school.t night I was up at the house and. Sir Iobert in his anger takes her pet spaniel away from her. 1hat could he have in common with Sir Iobert2" Holmes sat for some time lost in thought. How would all that bear upon the visits by night to the old crypt2 1e can't fit that into our plot.
" Holmes sat for some time in silent thought. but that corner had always been empty before." he said at last. "1ell.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . I've heard there are trout in the millstream and pike in the Hall lake." said our visitor. Mr. sir. It's been off for some time. Holmes. and told him to take the dog to old arnes at the 4reen /ragon. Mason.an't you make it more definite2" "<erhaps this will make it more definite.actly=" Holmes had become very serious." "Is there good fishing in that part of erkshire2" !he honest trainer showed very clearly upon his face that he was convinced that yet another lunatic had come into his harassed life. for he never wished to see it again. !his very morning he came to me with this which he found raking out the cinders. "1hat do you make of it. !he rack above us was . I suppose2" #ur visitor smiled grimly.an you enter it from outside2" "!here is one door from outside. we Cust left it there. Harvey runs it 6 he's one of my lads. ". Holmes e. so Stephens and I went down to the crypt. "1hen does this lad tend to the furnace2" "He makes it up every evening and then leaves it. He caught it up. It was all in order. and. Mason." said Holmes. and so will Stephens. sir. !he creature was howling outside the old wellhouse.sir" "1hat is the name of that inn you spoke of2" "!he 4reen /ragon. 1atson2 3ou may address us in future at the 4reen /ragon. and no doubt I could find you if I want you." "." "1hen did Sir Iobert give away his sister's dog2" "It was Cust a week ago today. I think it would hardly interest them. Mr. it was not he. the Cockey." "!hat was wise. He didn't like the look of it. but there could be no ?uestion as to its anatomical significance. I need not say that we don't want to see you. He had lit the oldest and foulest of his pipes.amined it with interest. Mr. but a note will reach us. 1atson and I are famous fishermen 6 are we not." "$or do I. 3esterday Sir Iobert had gone to 5ondon. !hat I'll swear. ":. "1ell. (F "1e only found it out yesterday 6 after I had written to you. "I am not clear yet what you want me to do in this matter." "!hese are deep waters." "!hen anyone could visit it during the night2" "3es.!l-e&. 1hen we have gone a little farther into the matter I will let you have a considered opinion." "1hat did you do with it2" "1ell. !hen he gave it to Sandy ain. 3ou say that Sir Iobert was not at home last night2" "$o. sir. unwrapping it carefully. sir." "!hat's true. He took a paper from his pocket. Mason+ deep and rather dirty. 1atson2" It was burned to a black cinder." "!hat's good enough.posed a charred fragment of bone. he e.cept that in one corner was a bit of a human body." "!hen.pect him back today. ut it wasn't there before. 3ou say Sir Iobert was away yesterday. 1e should reach it tonight. !here is another which leads up by a stair to the passage in which 5ady eatrice's room is situated. It may have been a thousand years old. and Sir Iobert was in one of his tantrums that morning. whoever was burning bones. It was Cust the head and a few bones of a mummy." "3ou informed the police. It had been stowed away in a corner and covered over with a board. Mr. and I thought he would have killed it. Has he returned2" "1e e." said I. but Sir Iobert complained of cold and had it on again. e. "It's the upper condyle of a human femur. "1here did you get it2" "!here is a central heating furnace in the cellar under 5ady eatrice's room. sir." !hus it was that on a bright May evening Holmes and I found ourselves alone in a first"class carriage and bound for the little "halt"on"demand" station of Shoscombe.
!here are one or two points on which I should like reassurance. He carries all our money for the race. Sir Iobert ain't. now. Sir Iobert is a man of an honorable stock. there is an alternative. "$ow. ut that should surely help us. !here are two. has a vaguely sinister flavor." "Surely. sir. Sir Iobert is still in 5ondon. does it not2" "Save for the business in the crypt. indeed. but we may see our way in a day or two. He could not fly the country until he had reali>ed his fortune. y the way." "!hat is another line of thought. do we not2" " ut the crypt2" "%h. reels." said Holmes when the landlord had left us. I hear. y the way" 6 he looked at us with thoughtful eyes 6 "I suppose you ain't on the turf yourselves2" "$o. !hat was the real Shoscombe breed. He ain't taking no chances.tirpation of the fish of the neighborhood." "My dear Holmes. 1hat is that something2 1e can only guess at it from its effects." "1ell. 1atson 6 it is merely a scandalous supposition. He is a daring and desperate man.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and all Sir Iobert's into the bargain. a hypothesis put forward for argument's sake 6 that Sir Iobert has done away with his sister. and may at any moment be sold up and his racing stables sei>ed by his creditors. sir. the crypt= 5et us suppose. . It would be off to the Hall in a Ciffy if I gave it its head. and a good colt. His sister's maid is his willing tool. arnes= 1e certainly shall. #n reaching our destination a short drive took us to an old"fashioned tavern. (H covered with a formidable litter of rods. "5et us consider our data. sir. that something happened a week or so ago which has cut deep into the life of the Shoscombe household. !he lady keeps her room. ut you do occasionally find a carrion crow among the eagles. !hey seem to be of a curiously mi. !he brother no longer visits the beloved invalid sister. alters her habits. is not seen save when she drives out with her maid. it might be so. Mr." "1ell. and that fortune could only be reali>ed by bringing off this . He is mad keen upon winning the /erby. where a sporting host. "!hat wouldn't do. . If you two strangers were as near his training ?uarters as that he'd be after you as sure as fate. perhaps. 1e might. Her dog. if there is a ?uarrel. He derives his income from his sister.!l-e&." "I've heard he has a horse entered for the /erby. @eep clear of the park." "Have you any theory.without fear of bodily assault. enter the sacred domain tonight. let us take up line . 5ine %.ust two weary 5ondoners who badly need some good erkshire air. it is out of the ?uestion. He's the sort that strikes first and speaks afterwards." said Holmes. !hat's why I have to keep it on a lead. began." "3es. entered eagerly into our plans for the e. !here is a deal of it lying about. #r 6 well. 3ou might chance to find yourself in the lake before you were through.osiah arnes. ut mind what I have told you about Sir Iobert. 1atson. $ow to continue our review of the situation from the time that the ?uarrel. what would a pri>e dog like that cost2" "More than I could pay. He is in the hands of the . y the way. "It's not an easy one to play.ed character." "I should say it was." "Aery possibly. which concerns 5ady eatrice. He gives away her favorite dog. !here ain't a better in :ngland. then2" "It's Sir Iobert. if it is a fair ?uestion. yes. has it not2" "I can make nothing of it. which concerns Sir Iobert." "How's that. 1atson= /oes that suggest nothing to you2" "$othing but the brother's spite. uneventful case which is hopeless. you are in the right place for that. Holmes2" "#nly this. refuses to stop at the stables to greet her favorite horse and apparently takes to drink." "1e are getting some cards in our hand. too.ews. It is only the colorless. 5et us for a moment argue upon this supposition. that was a most beautiful spaniel that was whining in the hall. "1hat about the Hall lake and the chance of a pike2" said Holmes. He's terrible Cealous of touts. 1atson. and I beg you will not tangle them." "I am a dog"fancier myself." "1ell. 1atson. and baskets. So far we seem to be on fairly safe ground. !he face of the innkeeper clouded. !hat covers the case. It was Sir Iobert himself who gave me this one.
1hen it comes through. "I got your note." It was pitch"dark and without a moon." "I think that there is a small e. 1hen the horses reached the highroad I held up my hand with an authoritative gesture.en hair and impudent eyes sat on the left. %bout eleven o'clock we started for a walk. it is all possible if you grant the original monstrous supposition. Meanwhile. #nce more we found ourselves upon the same road as in the morning.pected tonight. to stop the coachman with some ?uestion. "4ood"evening. which absolved us from fishing for the day. leaving behind it such evidence as we have already seen. !he moment he arrives he will want to see me to get the last news of Shoscombe <rince. but Mason led us over the grasslands until a dark mass loomed up in front of us which proved to be the ancient chapel. Mr. Holmes crouched behind his bush with the dog. 3ou can show us the crypt and then leave us. gentlemen. I suggest that we have our host in for a glass of his own wine and hold some high converse upon eels and dace. and as the coachman pulled up I in?uired if Sir Iobert was at Shoscombe #ld <lace. % keeper ran out and the gates swung open. "1ell. Sir Iobert has not returned yet." It was not a long vigil. !hen in a moment its eager greeting changed to furious rage. 1atson. and we were left standing in the roadway. high"stepping gray carriage horses in the shafts. 1atson." " ut it was the voice of a man=" I cried." My companion seemed to have no further plans for the day. It was only after that meal that Holmes showed signs of renewed activity.actly= 1e have added one card to our hand. !he carriage had slowed to a walk." "How far is this crypt from the house2" asked Holmes. !herefore. which seems to be the straight road to his affections. Holmes. Mr. and he would also have to find a substitute who would impersonate her. and it snapped at the black skirt above it.periment which we may try tomorrow. all the same. 1ith the maid as his confidante that would not be impossible. that's done it. %t the same moment Holmes stepped out and released the spaniel." "I see= In that case we must work without you. . and I was able to get a good look at the occupants. Mr. 1atson2" "1ell. Holmes. I want you. the trainer. $ever mind me. arnes informs me. "% good ?uarter of a mile. which led us to the park gates. "He thought it was his mistress." "!hen I think we can disregard him altogether. 1hat say you to that. I stood unconcernedly swinging a cane in the roadway. and the carriage must slow down while the gates are opened. 1atson. "/rive on= /rive on=" shrieked a harsh voice. ":. /ogs don't make mistakes.!l-e&. I shall stand behind this holly"bush and see what I can see. Mason. !o do this he would have to dispose of the body of his victim. if we mean to keep up our characters. and he found it was a stranger. %t her right was an elderly person with rounded back and a huddle of shawls about her face and shoulders which proclaimed the invalid. 1ithin a ?uarter of an hour we saw the big open yellow barouche coming down the long avenue. Mr. 1atson.cited spaniel. but I hear that he is e. (J coup with Shoscombe <rince. but it needs careful playing. the old lady takes a drive. "!his is the place. and he obtained leave to take the black spaniel with us." "I can't afford to do that." In the morning Holmes discovered that we had come without our spoon"bait for Cack. and we did actually use our fishing tackle in the millstream with the result that we had a dish of trout for our supper. in order to throw some light on the matter. 1e entered the broken gap which was . which is a place so seldom visited. he has still to stand his ground.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . Mr. 1e may chance to come upon some useful local gossip in the process. 1ith a Coyous cry it dashed forward to the carriage and sprang upon the step.ohn Mason." said he as we came to two high park gates with heraldic griffins towering above them. "%bout midday. who proved to be our 5ondon ac?uaintance." said Holmes as he fastened the lead to the neck of the e. with two splendid. dark figure was awaiting us there. !he coachman lashed the horses. and before it gathers speed." said he. and it might be secretly destroyed at night in the furnace. % tall. % highly colored young woman with fla. !he woman's body might be conveyed to the crypt.
which appeared to be Sa."opener. huge in stature and fierce in manner." said he. witch"like features.on. Its rays were reflected back from the coffin"plates. ut instead of shrinking Holmes advanced to meet him." 1hen . Holmes. all nose and chin. "It may mean a long search. but I fear your e. I fancy that we shall get our solution before morning. It seems to me that you have much to answer for." " ut why in the world would anyone want to burn the bones of a man who has been dead a thousand years2" asked . which glared round him into every recess of the vault. picked his way to the corner of the building. which seemed to be secured by only a couple of clamps. some of lead and some of stone." . many of them adorned with the griffin and coronet of this old family which carried its honors even to the gate of /eath." he said in his sternest tone. "1ho are you2 1hat are you doing here2" His cudgel ?uivered in the air. in the center. Holmes set to work making a very careful e. as Holmes returned no answer he took a couple of steps forward and raised a heavy stick which he carried. proCecting at one end.amination of the graves. finally fi. assured manner had their effect. but Holmes's ?uiet voice and cool. %nd then." said Holmes. " %ppearances are against me. which shot a tiny tunnel of vivid yellow light upon the mournful scene.tending upon one side right up to the arched and groined roof which lost itself in the shadows above our heads. my business is that of every other good citi>en 6 to uphold the law. chuckling. In any case. "!hey are gone. levering back the whole front. . gla>ed eyes staring from a discolored and crumbling face. "1ho is this2 %nd what is it doing here2" He turned and tore open the coffin"lid behind him. % large stable"lantern which he held in front of him shone upward upon a strong. which he thrust into a chink. he illuminated the melancholy place 6 dismal and evil"smelling.ohn Mason had left us. e. "1ho the devil are you2" he thundered. Mr. Mr. rapid step of one who came with a definite purpose and knew well the ground upon which he walked. !he baronet had staggered back with a cry and supported himself against a stone sarcophagus." said my companion. and our guide. "%nd what are you doing upon my property2" !hen. "So I e. "I also have a ?uestion to ask you. Mason. " <ossibly it is familiar to you. where a steep stair led down into the crypt. but it had hardly hinged back and partly revealed the contents before we had an unforeseen interruption. "How came you to know of this2" he cried. !here was a rending. In the glare of the lantern I saw a body swathed in a sheet from head to foot with dreadful. It was an hour or more before Holmes came to a leaden coffin standing on end before the entrance to the vault. I'll admit. it's all right. ranging from a very ancient one.ould you show them before you go2" "!hey are here in this corner. It was the firm. a bo. "/o you hear me2" he cried. (( once the porch. through a long line of $orman Hugos and #dos." !he trainer strode across and then stood in silent surprise as our light was turned upon the place. the dim.amining the edges of the heavy lid. stumbling among heaps of loose masonry. I heard his little cry of satisfaction and was aware from his hurried but purposeful movements that he had reached a goal. until we reached the Sir 1illiam and Sir /enis 9alder of the eighteenth century. Sir Iobert. 1ith his lens he was eagerly e." Sir Iobert glared for a moment. Striking a match." "I should be happy to think so. and an instant later the man who bore it was framed in the 4othic archway. heavily mustached face and angry eyes. but I could act no otherwise.pected. !hen he drew from his pocket a short Cimmy. % light streamed down the stairs. and piles of coffins. "I fancy the ashes of them might even now be found in that oven which had already consumed a part. Someone was walking in the chapel above. tearing sound as it gave way." said Holmes. and we need not detain you. "3ou spoke of some bones.ing themselves with a deadly stare upon my companion and myself. with ancient crumbling walls of roughhewn stone.!l-e&. with some return of his truculent manner"1hat business is it of yours2" "My name is Sherlock Holmes.ohn Mason.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." said he. "!hat is what we are here to find out. Holmes had lit his lantern.planations must be before the police. " '9ore 4od. He was a terrible figure.
it must. would hold good even if your creditors sei>ed your estate. Sir Iobert gave him a glance of contempt." "!he horse would be part of the estate. My sister died of the dropsy which had long afflicted her. #ne cannot see all one's hopes and all one's plans shattered at the last moment and make no effort to save them. under her maiden name of :vans. "It is easy to preach. a small rat"faced man with a disagreeably furtive manner. my horses 6 everything." "%nd you told no one=" "1hat could I do2 %bsolute ruin faced me. !herefore. Sir Iobert. and Mrs. "1ell." said Sir Iobert with a wave of his hand. and we carried the body to the crypt of the church. It came into our heads 6 it came into my head 6 that he could for that short period impersonate my sister." "Her doctor would certify that for months her symptoms have threatened such an end." he said at last. the florid young woman whom we had seen in the carriage+ the other. Mr.cusable. 1e were followed. "are Mr. Sir Iobert. !here was no indignity or irreverence. "!here is one flaw in your narrative. we could not leave them on the floor of the crypt. my sister did die Cust a week ago.plain to them the turn events had taken. 1e opened such a coffin. $orlett and I removed them. $orlett. 5ady eatrice." said Holmes." % ?uarter of an hour later we found ourselves in what I Cudge. however. and he descended at night and burned them in the central furnace. you know already. what did you do2" "!he body could not remain there. and here Sir Iobert left us for a few moments." "3our conduct seems to me ine. I have always known that if my sister were to die my creditors would be on to my estate like a flock of vultures. Holmes. It was not difficult to arrange.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . and therefore your hopes for the future. 9or myself. 1hat do they care for my bets2 %s likely as not they would not run him at all. "!here. unhappily. Mrs. from the lines of polished barrels behind glass covers. Her maid's husband 6 this man here 6 is an actor. that I am running a dark horse for the /erby and that everything depends upon my success. . so I felt some safer place was needed. Sir Iobert2 Have you thought what you are doing2" cried the woman. Mr. Holmes. I am deeply in the hands of the . 1ell." "Is this necessary. by her pet spaniel. for no one need enter her room save the maid. It seemed to me that it would be no unworthy resting"place if we put her for the time in one of the coffins of her husband's ancestors lying in what is still consecrated ground. %s to the old relics which we took out. If I could stave things off for three weeks all would be well." !he baronet shook his head impatiently." "1ell. My chief creditor is.!l-e&. has for some years been my sister's confidential maid. It was comfortably furnished. If I win.ome up to the house and you can Cudge for yourself how the matter stands.ews. If I lose 6 well. . removed the contents. which is now never used. Mr. :verything would be sei>ed 6 my stables. to be the gun"room of the old house. though how you forced my hand so that I have to tell it is more than I can say." Holmes sat for some time lost in thought. I got rid of the spaniel. for everything. and they are the two people upon earth who can substantiate what I say. "$ow." said he. I dare not think of that=" "I understand the position. and placed her as you have seen her. Holmes. which yapped continually at the door. "I will take all responsibility. #n the first night $orlett and I carried it out to the old well"house. my most bitter enemy 6 a rascally fellow. !hese two wore an appearance of utter bewilderment. I do not feel that I have wronged the dead." "!hat will be for a coroner to decide. "%s to me. 1hen he returned he had two companions with him+ the one. "3our bets on the race." said he. all is easy. in all probability. "<erhaps you would have felt differently if you had been in my position." said her husband. I entirely disclaim all responsibility. I have brought them here because I feel that my best course is to e. if it must be. "3ou have clearly gone pretty deeply into my affairs or I should not have found you where I did. ')) Sir Iobert shrugged his broad shoulders. listen to a plain statement of the facts.plain the true position to you. !here is my story. "I am dependent upon my sister. which showed that the baronet had not yet had time to e. Holmes. Mr. It was but a case of appearing daily in the carriage. $orlett. ut it is well known that her interest in the estate is for her own life only.
It was my duty to bring the facts to light. indeed. and I think we may make our way back to our humble abode. 1hat is more. if the photograph does not flatter." "1hat is the matter2" Holmes took a rather soiled card from the table." said Holmes. "3ou mean the old fellow who has Cust gone out2" "<recisely. ut is not all life pathetic and futile2 Is not his story a microcosm of the whole2 1e reach. and the creditors did hold their hand until the race was over. It is nearly midnight. and there I must leave it. . and beyond a mild censure for the delay in registering the lady's decease. !he couple went off together last week 6 destination untraced. and settled down to rest after a life of ceaseless grind. Shoscombe <rince did win the /erby.ust as medical men occasionally send their incurables to a ?uack. bought a house at 5ewisham. it is not for me to e. when they were paid in full. leisure 6 it seemed a straight road which lay before him. % treacherous friend and a fickle wife. as her personal luggage with a good part of his life's savings within. !hey argue that they can do nothing more. broken creature. ')' Sam rewer. whatever his inner virtues may be. Iay :rnest. whom I was once compelled to horsewhip on $ewmarket Heath. $ot far from him at 5ewisham there lives a young doctor who is also a chess"player." Holmes glanced over some notes which he had scribbled upon the back of an envelope. 1atson. and an intimacy between him and Mrs. as you have seen. #ne would think his future was tolerably assured.!l-e&. the faithless spouse carried off the old man's deed"bo. and yet a vital one for . %nd yet within two years he is.actly. #r worse than a shadow 6 misery. and that whatever happens the patient can be no worse than he is. of course. I met him at the door. be referred to the police. ". who are manufacturers of artistic materials. futile.osiah %mberley." "3es. %nd what is left in our hands at the end2 % shadow. I have noted his name as /r. oth police and coroner took a lenient view of the transaction. %s to the morality or decency of your conduct. He has been sent on by the 3ard." "1hat did you think of him2" "% pathetic.an we find the lady2 .es. 1atson. It would appear that %mberley has one hobby in life. % competence. as broken and miserable a creature as crawls beneath the sun. :rnest was fre?uently in the house. retired from business at the age of si. "this matter must. the lucky owner got away scatheless from this strange incident in a career which has now outlived its shadows and promises to end in an honored old age." "1hat will you do about it2" . 1atson. The A !enture of the 0et#re Colorman Sherlock Holmes was in a melancholy and philosophic mood that morning. His alert practical nature was subCect to such reactions. for you must admit that our unfortunate client has few outward graces. . I suppose I may call him so. rising. 1atson. 3ou will see their names upon paint"bo. :arly in 'J(H he married a woman twenty years younger than himself 6 a good"looking woman too.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( .osiah %mberley. and enough was left to reestablish Sir Iobert in a fair position in life.ty"one." "Is he one of your clients2" "1ell." " ut what has happened2" "!he old story. He says he was Cunior partner of rickfall and %mberley. %mberley was a natural se?uence. He made his little pile. and it is chess. /o you suppose that he would try to save me2" "1ell. "Ietired in 'J(F.an we save the money2 % commonplace problem so far as it has developed. Sir Iobert. "/id you see him2" he asked. <athetic and futile." It is generally known now that this singular episode ended upon a happier note than Sir Iobert's actions deserved.press an opinion. a wife. 1e grasp." "3es. the sporting owner did net eighty thousand pounds in bets." ":.
the immediate ?uestion.pression and the deeply lined features. surrounded by a high sun"baked wall mottled with lichens and topped with moss. happens to be. He had been working on the woodwork. I don't know. 'that so humble an individual as myself.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . studied it. and yet I should be interested to have your impression. could obtain the complete attention of so famous a man as Mr. It was late that evening before I returned to aker Street and gave an account of my mission. "!he Haven is the name of Mr. ut proceed. but when I saw him in full light his appearance was even more abnormal. too. I should not have known which was !he Haven had I not asked a lounger who was smoking in the street. the weary suburban highways. the sort of wall D" ". "He seemed to me like a man who was literally bowed down by care.osiah %mberley's house. while his eyelids drooped over his eyes so la>ily that he might almost have been asleep were it not that at any halt or ?uestionable passage of my narrative they half lifted.plained my difficulty. 1hat did he say2" "He began pouring out the story of his grievances. rather military"looking man. though his figure tapers away into a pair of spindled legs. /r. 'but even on the artistic side of crime he might have found something here to study. 1atson 6 the black ingratitude of it all= 1hen did I ever refuse one of her re?uests2 1as ever a woman so pampered2 %nd that young man 6 he might have been my own son. especially after my heavy financial loss. for a great pot of green paint stood in the center of the hall.' "I assured him that the financial ?uestion did not arise." I answered. '$o of course. . transfi. a little island of ancient culture and comfort. ')* "1ell." "I was struck by the snaky locks of gri>>led hair which curled from under his old straw hat. 3et he was not the weakling that I had at first imagined. his pipe curling forth slow wreaths of acrid tobacco.' said he. His back was curved as though he carried a heavy burden.plained." "Aery good. Iight in the middle of them. he was disappointed that you had not come yourself. !he garden was all running to seed.!l-e&. "I think it would interest you. 'I hardly e." said Holmes. the monotonous brick streets. 1atson. %nd human nature. He is prepared to meet a representative. of course. %mberley coming down the drive. Holmes lay with his gaunt figure stretched in his deep chair. "I had hardly entered the gateway before I saw Mr. 1atson. giving me an impression of wild neglect in which the plants had been allowed to find the way of $ature rather than of art. which came back to my memory a little later. which should come to a head today. and he certainly gave me the impression of a strange creature. !he house. dark. as bright and keen as rapiers. I spotted his artificial limb. right one smooth. heavily mustached.optic <atriarchs. "He took me into his dingy sanctum. and his face with its fierce. 3ou know that I am preoccupied with this case of the two . "I confess I don't see that I can be of much service. and he was carrying a thick brush in his left hand.ed me with their searching glance." "I have.' he said." "5eft shoe wrinkled. Sherlock Holmes. 1e walked down the drive together. and we had a long chat. and of course I took a good look round. but the poor man seemed himself to be aware of it and to be trying to remedy it. was slatternly to the last degree. "I note that it was a high brick wall. He nodded in answer to my in?uiry and gave me a curiously ?uestioning glance. my dear 1atson." "I did not observe that." "$o. eager e." said Holmes severely.actly. 1hat will you do2 6 if you will be good enough to understudy me. but I am willing to do my best." I e." ":. I really have not time to go out to 5ewisham. #f course. I only had a glimpse of him this morning. How any decent woman could have tolerated such a state of things.pected. He was a tall. and two gray eyes. lies this old home. it is art for art's sake with him. but I e. !he old fellow was ?uite insistent that I should go. He had the . I have a reason for mentioning him." %nd so it was that on a summer afternoon I set forth to 5ewisham. little dreaming that within a week the affair in which I was engaging would be the eager debate of all :ngland. and yet evidence taken on the spot has a special value. 3ou know that particular ?uarter. I have never seen a worse"kept place. for his shoulders and chest have the framework of a giant.ut out the poetry. Holmes." " y all means. you wouldn't. It is like some penurious patrician who has sunk into the company of his inferiors.
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run of my house. %nd yet see how they have treated me= #h, /r. 1atson, it is a dreadful, dreadful world=' "!hat was the burden of his song for an hour or more. He had, it seems, no suspicion of an intrigue. !hey lived alone save for a woman who comes in by the day and leaves every evening at si;. #n that particular evening old %mberley, wishing to give his wife a treat, had taken two upper circle seats at the Haymarket !heater. %t the last moment she had complained of a headache and had refused to go. He had gone alone. !here seemed to be no doubt about the fact, for he produced the unused ticket which he had taken for his wife." "!hat is remarkable 6 most remarkable," said Holmes, whose interest in the case seemed to be rising. "<ray continue, 1atson. I find your narrative most arresting. /id you personally e;amine this ticket2 3ou did not, perchance, take the number2" "It so happens that I did," I answered with some pride. "It chanced to be my old school number, thirty"one, and so is stuck in my head." ":;cellent, 1atson= His seat, then, was either thirty or thirty"two." "8uite so," I answered with some mystification. "%nd on row." "!hat is most satisfactory. 1hat else did he tell you2" "He showed me his strong"room, as he called it. It really is a strong"room 6 like a bank 6 with iron door and shutter 6 burglarproof, as he claimed. However, the woman seems to have had a duplicate key, and between them they had carried off some seven thousand pounds' worth of cash and securities." "Securities= How could they dispose of those2" "He said that he had given the police a list and that he hoped they would be unsaleable. He had got back from the theater about midnight and found the place plundered, the door and window open, and the fugitives gone. !here was no letter or message, nor has he heard a word since. He at once gave the alarm to the police." Holmes brooded for some minutes. "3ou say he was painting. 1hat was he painting2" "1ell, he was painting the passage. ut he had already painted the door and woodwork of this room I spoke of." "/oes it not strike you as a strange occupation in the circumstances2" " '#ne must do something to ease an aching heart.' !hat was his own e;planation. It was eccentric, no doubt, but he is clearly an eccentric man. He tore up one of his wife's photographs in my presence 6 tore it up furiously in a tempest of passion. 'I never wish to see her damned face again,' he shrieked." "%nything more, 1atson2" "3es, one thing which struck me more than anything else. I had driven to the lackheath Station and had caught my train there when, Cust as it was starting, I saw a man dart into the carriage ne;t to my own. 3ou know that I have a ?uick eye for faces, Holmes. It was undoubtedly the tall, dark man whom I had addressed in the street. I saw him once more at 5ondon ridge, and then I lost him in the crowd. ut I am convinced that he was following me." "$o doubt= $o doubt=" said Holmes. "% tall, dark, heavily mustached man, you say, with gray"tinted sunglasses2" "Holmes, you are a wi>ard. I did not say so, but he had gray"tinted sunglasses" "%nd a Masonic tie"pin2" "Holmes=" "8uite simple, my dear 1atson. ut let us get down to what is practical. I must admit to you that the case, which seemed to me to be so absurdly simple as to be hardly worth my notice, is rapidly assuming a very different aspect. It is true that though in your mission you have missed everything of importance, yet even those things which have obtruded themselves upon your notice give rise to serious thought." "1hat have I missed2" "/on't be hurt, my dear fellow. 3ou know that I am ?uite impersonal. $o one else would have done better. Some possibly not so well. ut clearly you have missed some vital points. 1hat is the opinion of the neighbors about this man %mberley and his wife2 !hat surely is of importance. 1hat of
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/r. :rnest2 1as he the gay 5othario one would e;pect2 1ith your natural advantages, 1atson, every lady is your helper and accomplice. 1hat about the girl at the post"office, or the wife of the greengrocer2 I can picture you whispering soft nothings with the young lady at the lue %nchor, and receiving hard somethings in e;change. %ll this you have left undone." "It can still be done." "It has been done. !hanks to the telephone and the help of the 3ard, I can usually get my essentials without leaving this room. %s a matter of fact, my information confirms the man's story. He has the local repute of being a miser as well as a harsh and e;acting husband. !hat he had a large sum of money in that strong"room of his is certain. So also is it that young /r. :rnest, an unmarried man, played chess with %mberley, and probably played the fool with his wife. %ll this seems plain sailing, and one would think that there was no more to be said 6 and yet= 6 and yet=" "1here lies the difficulty2" "In my imagination, perhaps. 1ell, leave it there, 1atson. 5et us escape from this weary workaday world by the side door of music. ,arina sings tonight at the %lbert Hall, and we still have time to dress, dine, and enCoy." In the morning I was up betimes, but some toast crumbs and two empty eggshells told me that my companion was earlier still. I found a scribbled note upon the table. /:%I 1%!S#$!here are one or two points of contact which I should wish to establish with Mr. .osiah %mberley. 1hen I have done so we can dismiss the case 6 or not. I would only ask you to be on hand about three o'clock, as I conceive it possible that I may want you. S.H. I saw nothing of Holmes all day, but at the hour named he returned, grave, preoccupied, and aloof. %t such times it was wiser to leave him to himself. "Has %mberley been here yet2" "$o." "%h= I am e;pecting him." He was not disappointed, for presently the old fellow arrived with a very worried and pu>>led e;pression upon his austere face. "I've had a telegram, Mr. Holmes. I can make nothing of it." He handed it over, and Holmes read it aloud. ",ome at once without fail. ,an give you information as to your recent loss. ":5M%$. "!he Aicarage. "/ispatched at *-') from 5ittle <urlington," said Holmes. "5ittle <urlington is in :sse;, I believe, not far from 9rinton. 1ell, of course you will start at once. !his is evidently from a responsible person, the vicar of the place. 1here is my ,rockford2 3es, here we have him- '.. ,. :lman, M. %., 5iving of Moosmoor cum 5ittle <urlington.' 5ook up the trains, 1atson." "!here is one at E-*) from 5iverpool Street." ":;cellent. 3ou had best go with him, 1atson. He may need help or advice. ,learly we have come to a crisis in this affair." ut our client seemed by no means eager to start. "It's perfectly absurd, Mr. Holmes," he said. "1hat can this man possibly know of what has occurred2 It is waste of time and money." "He would not have telegraphed to you if he did not know something. 1ire at once that you are coming." "I don't think I shall go." Holmes assumed his sternest aspect. "It would make the worst possible impression both on the police and upon myself, Mr. %mberley, if when so obvious a clue arose you should refuse to follow it up. 1e should feel that you were not really in earnest in this investigation." #ur client seemed horrified at the suggestion.
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"1hy, of course I shall go if you look at it in that way," said he. "#n the face of it, it seems absurd to suppose that this parson knows anything, but if you think D" "I do think," said Holmes with emphasis, and so we were launched upon our Courney. Holmes took me aside before we left the room and gave me one word of counsel, which showed that he considered the matter to be of importance. "1hatever you do, see that he really does go," said he. "Should he break away or return, get to the nearest telephone e;change and send the single word ' olted.' I will arrange here that it shall reach me wherever I am." 5ittle <urlington is not an easy place to reach, for it is on a branch line. My remembrance of the Courney is not a pleasant one, for the weather was hot, the train slow, and my companion sullen and silent, hardly talking at all save to make an occasional sardonic remark as to the futility of our proceedings. 1hen we at last reached the little station it was a two"mile drive before we came to the Aicarage, where a big, solemn, rather pompous clergyman received us in his study. #ur telegram lay before him. "1ell, gentlemen," he asked, "what can I do for you2" "1e came," I e;plained, "in answer to your wire." "My wire= I sent no wire." "I mean the wire which you sent to Mr. .osiah %mberley about his wife and his money." "If this is a Coke, sir, it is a very ?uestionable one," said the vicar angrily. "I have never heard of the gentleman you name, and I have not sent a wire to anyone." #ur client and I looked at each other in ama>ement. "<erhaps there is some mistake," said I+ "are there perhaps two vicarages2 Here is the wire itself, signed :lman and dated from the Aicarage." "!here is only one vicarage, sir, and only one vicar, and this wire is a scandalous forgery, the origin of which shall certainly be investigated by the police. Meanwhile, I can see no possible obCect in prolonging this interview." So Mr. %mberley and I found ourselves on the roadside in what seemed to me to be the most primitive village in :ngland. 1e made for the telegraph office, but it was already closed. !here was a telephone, however, at the little Iailway %rms, and by it I got into touch with Holmes, who shared in our ama>ement at the result of our Courney. "Most singular=" said the distant voice. "Most remarkable= I much fear, my dear 1atson, that there is no return train tonight I have unwittingly condemned you to the horrors of a country inn. However, there is always $ature, 1atson 6 $ature and .osiah %mberley 6 you can be in close commune with both." I heard his dry chuckle as he turned away. It was soon apparent to me that my companion's reputation as a miser was not undeserved. He had grumbled at the e;pense of the Courney, had insisted upon traveling third"class, and was now clamorous in his obCections to the hotel bill. $e;t morning, when we did at last arrive in 5ondon, it was hard to say which of us was in the worse humor. "3ou had best take aker Street as we pass," said I. "Mr. Holmes may have some fresh instructions." "If they are not worth more than the last ones they are not of much use," said %mberley with a malevolent scowl. $one the less, he kept me company. I had already warned Holmes by telegram of the hour of our arrival, but we found a message waiting that he was at 5ewisham and would e;pect us there. !hat was a surprise, but an even greater one was to find that he was not alone in the sitting"room of our client. % stern"looking, impassive man sat beside him, a dark man with gray"tinted glasses and a large Masonic pin proCecting from his tie. "!his is my friend Mr. arker," said Holmes. "He has been interesting himself also in your business, Mr. .osiah %mberley, though we have been working independently. ut we both have the same ?uestion to ask you=" Mr. %mberley sat down heavily. He sensed impending danger. I read it in his straining eyes and his twitching features. "1hat is the ?uestion, Mr. Holmes2" "#nly this- 1hat did you do with the bodies2" !he man sprang to his feet with a hoarse scream. He clawed into the air with his bony hands. His mouth was open, and for the instant he looked like some horrible bird of prey. In a flash we got a
arker2" "I have a cab at the door. 1atson. Mr. Inspector2" "He has certainly interfered several times." "!here shall be no such robbery.celled at chess 6 one mark. /on't imagine that we had not formed our own views of this case." !he inspector seemed considerably relieved. !ry the cellars and the garden. 3ou say that the prisoner. in the presence of three witnesses. "3ou had not met arker." "<erhaps not." "8uite so. and even more to my long"suffering friend here.act points were which aroused your suspicion. 1atson. 1e will go together. practically confessed by trying to commit suicide. and as to arker. and I was left to my solitary vigil in the ill"omened house." said Holmes. I assure you that I efface myself from now onward. with your compulsory warning about whatever he said being used against him. he has done nothing save what I told him. like my own. however. !hings must be done decently and in order. Holmes was back. !ry your luck there. 1hat will you say. <raise or blame can matter little to you.cuse us for feeling sore when you Cump in with methods which we cannot use. He is my hated rival upon the Surrey shore. who has been invaluable throughout. . "<ooh= 1hat an awful smell of paint=" cried the inspector. 3ou will e. first. . I would give you an insight into this man's mentality. but he was helpless in the hands of the two e. of a scheming mind. and that we would not have laid our hands on our man. and so rob us of the credit. ut we get there all the same." said our taciturn companion. Holmes. In less time than he had named. and then I will give the e. ut. when the intelligent and enterprising reporter asks you what the e. 5ike all misers. He has. "!hat is very handsome of you. Such a one came upon the scene in the person of this chess"playing doctor.perienced man"handlers.!l-e&. It should not take long to dig up the likely places. he was a Cealous man. . "I've left arker to look after the formalities. !he irregulars are useful sometimes. It is a very unusual one 6 so much so that I think his destination is more likely to be roadmoor than the scaffold. % white pellet fell from between his gasping lips. that he had murdered his wife and her lover. "1e don't seem to have got any real facts yet. 1hat other facts have you2" "Have you arranged for a search2" "!here are three constables on their way. He was a miserable miser who made his wife so wretched by his niggardly ways that she was a ready prey for any adventurer. 3ou. in company with a smart young police inspector. !here must be a disused well somewhere.osiah %mberley. so it would be as well to have answers. Holmes sprang at his throat like a tiger and twisted his face towards the ground. Mr. "His methods are irregular.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . He has several good cases to his credit. ')F glimpse of the real . to a high degree." "!hen you will soon get the clearest fact of all. "$o short cuts. 3ou can stay here. and how was it done2" "I'll show you first how it was done. "It is only a few hundred yards to the station. he suspected an intrigue. Holmes.ample. the sort of mind which one associates with the mediaeval Italian nature rather than with the modern riton. but it is very different to us when the newspapers begin to ask ?uestions. could never have bluffed this rascal into what is virtually a confession. Iightly or wrongly.osiah %mberley. for e. and his Cealousy became a frantic mania. 1atson. %mberley e.ome here=" Holmes led us along the passage with as much certainty as if he had lived in the house and halted at the open door of the strong"room. for e. has he not." !he old colorman had the strength of a lion in that great trunk of his. I shall be back within half an hour. Mac@innon. Holmes. He determined to have his revenge. and he planned it with diabolical cleverness. 1hat about it. and finally gave you a certain conviction as to the real facts2" !he inspector looked pu>>led. no doubt. 1hen you said a tall dark man it was not difficult for me to complete the picture. 1riggling and twisting he was dragged to the waiting cab. %s he fell back into his chair he clapped his hand to his lips as if to stifle a cough." " ut how did you know of it. !he bodies cannot be far away.planation which is due to you. Mr." the inspector answered with reserve. !his house is older than the water"pipes. ut they are pretty sure to ask ?uestions anyhow. you know.ample. a misshapen demon with a soul as distorted as his body.
He could hardly arrest 1atson. urglary has always been an alternative profession had I cared to adopt it. and whither do they lead2 I could only determine that by e. /o I make it all clear to you2" "It is masterly. He had begun the work of painting the day before. He made a bad slip when he allowed my astute friend to notice the number of the seat taken for his wife. Mr. that you step right out of the case now and that you turn all your results over to us. arker. Iay :arnest's family to make some investigations and had come to the same conclusion as to foul play. 6 another of /r." "1ell. I sent an agent to the most impossible village I could think of. in the name of the force I thank you.ertainly. "1ell. you rascal.amine the house. It takes some imagination. It seems a clear case. "!here being no fear of interruption I proceeded to burgle the house.!l-e&. ')H "!hat was our first clue. "but of course the window and door were open then. and ends in that plaster rose in the center of the ceiling. Inspector.amined the pipe with interest. I told him how matters stood and we continued the case together. !hat end is wide open. and thinking what you would do yourself. !he good vicar's name I took.t." said Holmes. though he failed to draw the inference. It was a curious foregathering and set us both smiling." "I'll show you a grim little bit of evidence. of course." ". to cover some other smell which he wished to conceal 6 some guilty smell which would suggest suspicions. "and I am sure %mberley himself never observed it. 1hy should this man at such a time be filling his house with strong odors2 #bviously. as you put it. I was slipping through the pantry window in the early dawn when I felt a hand inside my collar. "#ne of our officers mentioned the smell of gas. but it pays. by always putting yourself in the other fellow's place." !he inspector smiled. where it is concealed by the ornamentation. y what devilish device he decoyed them there I do not know. 3ou see the gas"pipe along the skirting here." . Mr. then came an incident which was rather une. %t any moment by turning the outside tap the room could be flooded with gas. that is always my custom. I fear you would not have gone so far.'$ow. 1hat would you do2" "1rite a message."office chart at the Haymarket !heater. !he ?uestion now arose how I might be able to e. but when he saw a man actually climbing out of the pantry window there came a limit to his restraint." said Holmes. It rises in the angle of the wall. !herefore. and his alibi fell to the ground. !he pipe runs out into the strong"room. /r. had not two minutes to live.rockford. Mr. "3ou can thank /r. 1ith door and shutter closed and the tap full on I would not give two minutes of conscious sensation to anyone shut up in that little chamber. we will suppose that you were shut up in this little room. Holmes.pected to myself. what are you doing in there2' 1hen I could twist my head round I looked into the tinted spectacles of my friend and rival. according to his story.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( . $ow.amined the bo. 1atson's observation for that. !hen came the idea of a room such as you see here with iron door and shutter 6 a hermetically sealed room. 1atson as one of the obviously suspicious characters who had called there. for I had e. out of my ." "1hy him2 1hy not us2" " ecause it was in my mind to put that little test which answered so admirably. but wanted to get even with the fiend who was probably mocking at you from the other side of the door. 3ou'll get results. #bserve what I found." !he inspector e. I was already certain that the case was serious. ut what ne." said the inspector in an awed voice." said he. and the paint 6 or some of it 6 was already about. He had watched the house for some days and had spotted /r. 1atson accompanied him. and a voice said. 1atson's bull's"eyes 6 and ascertained that neither thirty nor thirty"two of the upper circle had been occupied that night. <ut those two facts together. !o prevent any miscarriage. I understand that I have your word. but once inside the door they were at his mercy. %mberley had not been to the theater.amining the house myself. Aery good. as you can see. and I have little doubt that I should have come to the front. maybe not. and there can't be much difficulty over the bodies. and there is a tap here in the corner. It set my foot upon the trail. Holmes2" "1ell. and summoned my man to it at such an hour that he could not possibly get back. #f course. It seems that he had been engaged by /r.
that of gas." "3ou certainly seem to have met every difficulty. !hat would be seen. he was bound to call us in. 1hen the whole elopement had passed into history. If you find an indelible pencil on the body D" "1e'll look out for it. for e.Arthur !nan "!#le: $%he a&e '!!( !) *herl!+( ." said Holmes with a tolerant smile.'1e we D' !hat's all.' " !he inspector laughed. 1atson. but why he should have gone to you I can't understand. ')J ":." there was a packed column of print which gave the first consecutive account of the affair." % couple of days later my friend tossed across to me a copy of the biweekly $orth Surrey #bserver. should live in the history of crime as a standing e. Mac@innon is a good fellow. 7nder a series of flaming headlines. cleverly concealed by a dog kennel. "#f course. look here= . he would suddenly discover them and announce that the guilty couple had relented and sent back the plunder or had dropped it on the way. which began with "!he Haven Horror" and ended with " rilliant <olice Investigation.' " "!hat's how I read it. If you wrote on the wall someone might rest upon it. '5ook at the steps I have taken.learly there was no robbery at all. ut those securities2 . !he poor devil was on the floor dying when he wrote it.ust above the skirting is scribbled with a purple indelible pencil. and the subse?uent in?uiry which led to the discovery of the bodies in a disused well. "1ell. "3ou can file it in our archives." said he "it's as workmanlike a Cob as I can remember.'' "1hat do you make of that2" "1ell. "He felt so clever and so sure of himself that he imagined no one could touch him. "1e must forgive you your 'even.actly. $o use writing on paper. I have consulted not only the police but even Sherlock Holmes. might be concealed+ the bold deduction that the strong"room might also be the death"chamber. !he concluding paragraph is typical of the whole. It ran thus!he remarkable acumen by which Inspector Mac@innon deduced from the smell of paint that some other smell. $ow. He lost his senses before he could finish. %nd yet he did possess those bonds." said the inspector. '1e were murdered. Holmes." . it's only a foot above the ground.!l-e&.ample of the intelligence of our professional detectives." "3ou may be sure he has them hidden in a safe place." "He was writing. you may be sure.' Mr. Some day the true story may be told. 3ou would like to tell people how you died.ample. well. He could say to any suspicious neighbor. 1e verified that." "<ure swank=" Holmes answered.