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Sherlock Holmes The Blue Diamond

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yname's Dr Watson, and I'm a good friend of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Two days after Christmas last year I went to his house - 221B Baker Street. I wanted to say 'Happy Christmas!' to him. When I arrived, I found him in the sitting-room. He was by the window with some newspapers next to him. There was an old hat on a chair near him, and he had a magnifying glass in his hand. 'You're working on something,' I said. 'Shall I go?' 'No,' said Holmes. 'Sit down and look at that interesting old hat over there.'


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he left his Christmas bird in the street next to his hat. I gave the goose back to Peterson this morning.' 'First it was a hat. There are hundreds of Henry Bakers in London. 'When he ran. 'At about four o'clock in the morning of Christmas Day. 'I gave the goose back to him this morning. He's cooking it at his house now and he's going to eat it for dinner tonight. people sometimes eat it at Christmas cook to make " things for people to eat shoulder this is between your arm and your neck fall (past felll to go down suddenly try to wa nt to do something but not to do it well walking stick a long. It was cold out in the street. you use this to help you to walk same time.I sat down. 'It said "For Mr and Mrs Henry Baker". 'There were some young men in the street in front of them.' said Holmes.' I said.at the crime killing someone. but by accident he broke the window of a shop behind him. 'He found it in the street and brought it here on Christmas Day for me to look at. thin piece of wood. no.. he opens the front door for visitors bird an animal that can fly. a tall man with a goose over his shoulder.a good fat Christmas goose . Suddenly one of them hit the tall man's hat off his head and it fell into the road. 'and I said to him: "Have this for your dinner!" I didn't want it to go bad. Peterson went home after work.' he said. 'But my dear Watson this doesn't help us very much. and the next day he brought them here. 'I got it from Peterson. so Peterson took the goose and the hat home with him.. 'I don't understand. He also brought a dead bird with him .' owner the person that something belongs to 2 . When he got to Tottenham Court Road he saw. The young men ran away at the same time. but it was nice and warm in Holmes's sitting room.' said Holmes. 'There was an interesting little ticket on the goose's left leg. 'Yes.in his doorman's coat and hat . Peterson walked behind him for some time. you can eat some birds goose (plural geese) a large. the doorman at the Baker Street Hotel.' 'Then let's begin when it all began. 'Why are you interested in that old hat? Is it something to do with a crime?' I asked. you know. Holmes laughed.' 'Oh . and now you're talking about a goose!' I said. in the hat too.B. 'Not a crime.' answered Holmes. We can find the letters H. usually white bird. Perhaps he felt bad about breaking the shop window. or taki ng money from someone doorman a man working at a hotel. 1\t that moment Peterson ran to the man to help him.' he went on. the owner of the hat and the goose is called Henry Baker. Perhaps he thought that Peterson .was a policeman. in the street in front of him. but the tall man ran away. Then the tall man tried to hit the young man with his walking stick.

' 'But you say he was once rich and is now poor. she cleans his hat for him. For me it was no different from any other old black hat. 'What's the matter with the goose?' asked Holmes. Now. People usually get grey hair in their thirties or forties. When a woman loves her husband. They were very expensive too. and very. when I looked carefully at the hat with my magnifying glass. 'You have an answer for everything. perhaps his hat can help us. he has.' 1 said. grey the colour between white and black kitchen In the room a house where pea pie cook 4 5 . How does the hat tell you this?' 'Well. The goose!' he said. 'No.' said Holmes.B. I could see some grey hairs in it. and 1gave the hat back to my friend. And he's thirty or forty years old.' 'I see.' 'All right!' I said.' I said.' I\h yes. You do see. A man with a big brain thinks a lot. But what about his wife? You say she doesn't love him. 1saw the letters H. 'Why is he an intelligent man. so these days he is poor.' 'Perhaps he hasn't gota wife.' 1\11 right. A man with a big hat has a big head. 'What can you see in this hat?' 'The owner of this hat is an intelligent man. in it. you be a detective for a minute or two. 'Three years ago this man bought a good hat. Holmes. He looked very excited. 'He was once rich and is now poor. Remember the ticket on the goose's leg.' At that moment the door opened and Peterson the hotel doorman ran into the room. 'Excuse me. 'Here's my magnifying glass. 'Did it come back from the dead and fly off through the kitchen window?' 'No. so he was rich then. It came down to his nose. but you don't think about what you see. perhaps I'm slow. But he has no money to buy a new hat now. do you think?' Holmes put the hat on his head.'Did Mr Baker put an advertisement in the newspaper about his hat and goose?' 1 asked. 'I can see nothing. Mr Holmes.' advertisement you pay to put this in a newspaper intelligent thinking poor not rich quick- nose this is between you reyes brain this is In your head and you think with it buy (past bought) to give money for something 'Yes. 'Well. very dirty. It was black but old. Why?' 'The hat is three years old. Watson.' I said. Watson. My wife found this in the bird!' Peterson opened his hand. There was a beautiful blue diamond in it. and a man with a big head has a big brain. 'Then how can we find him?' 'Well.' 1 said.' answered Holmes. What can you tell me about the owner of this hat?' I took the magnifying glass and looked at the hat. 'The goose. 'But you say he is in his thirties or forties.' 'Because the hat is very dirty. 'This is a big hat. Mr Holmes.' said Holmes. His wife loved him once but she doesn't love him now. 1 remember these hats were in all the shops then. but 1 don't understand.

. Holmes gave the bird to Watson. Holmes tells his friend Watson about a tall man with an old hat...gave the hat and the bird to Holmes. knows about the owner of the diamond.. d calls the police. Watson.:.. takes Peterson to the police...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 b ADVERTISEMENT 00 you want to - c d e WORD WORK ss f isn't the owner of the g The story of the blue is very interesting. Peterson's wife found ~ a green diamond in the bird. writes to the Countess..Peterson .. a b c d e f The story happens in December. . READING CHECK Are these sentences true or false? True False 3 Find the words from Chapter 1 and write the sentences. an advertisement puts In e 2 Read the blue squares and write the name of another blue jewel....'.......... Peterson or Nobody in each sentence.. a b c Look at the pictures and complete the crossword. g h L---'-----'--___l_J___j GUESS WHAT What happens in the next chapter? Write Holmes. 6 7 .... .. The tall man left a yellow bird in the street A hotel doorman . keeps the diamond. s f the newspaper.

I think. Last week someone took it from her rooms in the t--THE 1'IMES Cosmopolitan Hotel. James Ryder. The police think John Homer. When I something that is broken work again assistant manager hotel an important job in a T _ came back. court the police take someone here when they think he or she did something wrong Cusack I'kju.' said Holmes. John Horner. without the jewel in it.' The police found Homer at his home later that day. Is it expensive?' 'Yes. 'Well. ' What a wonderful thing to find in a goose. 'They say a young man. Now the $C_uiit . Sherlock Holmes saw the diamond in the \ . Later. well.:. l. spoke next: '1 heard Mr Ryder call and I ran to the Countess's room. 'It's a very expensive jewel. Then Holmes spoke to the doorman.<1!I4" give a thousand pounds to the ~q 'Nhen :A thousand pounds!' cried Peterson excitedly. the countess's maid. 'Watson.. Detective Bradstreet spoke to the court: 'When I said "You're a diamond thief!" Homer hit me. Mr Holmes.' Catherine Cusack.~.' Bradstreet then told the court: 'Horner' went to prison once before for being a thief. she's going to ~~~~t"" 11ll. Peterson . or in a hotel thief a person who takes th ings without asking prison a place where people must stay when they do something wrong case when the police work to find answers High Court the most important court in the country 3 9 .' The case goes to the Higb Court next week..~" She says that ~" t. 'This is the Countess of Morcar's blue diamond. took the diamond from a jewel box when he went to repair the window in the room. I say he took the diamond. 26 years old. Here. it 'is. doorman's hand he sat up.' Soon after that Horner told the court angrily: 'You've got the wrong man. There I found Ryder with the jewel box in front of him. The Countess paid about £20. the assistant manager of the hotel. Homer wasn't there.' Holmes gave an old newspaper to me and report.000 for it.. you must read the newspapers more often. 'Yes. It disappeared a week ago. First he looked at Holmes and then he looked at me. diamond back. rt' Countess wants ""~s.s<ek/ maid a woman who works in a rich person's house.. I didn't take the Countess's diamond. important disappear to go away suddenly jewel an expensive stone pay (past paid) to give money for something " f { . and I found the open box. r read the report writing some in a newspaper repair to make A DIAMOND DISAPPEARS FROM THE COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL he Countess of Morcar's blue diamond disappeared from her r00111 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the 22nd of this month.. I'm not a thief. Do you know what you have in your hand?' 'I think it's a diamond.' Holmes gave the advertisement to me. to get her . Here's a newspaper report about the case. 'The diamond disappeared five days ago.' he said. Then. told the court: '1 took Homer to the Countess's room but then I went away for some time.. took it. There's an advertisement in The Times today about it. without saying more.. he sat down in the chair between us.' I said. look. on the table next to the bed.CHAPTER 2 The Blue Diamond countess man the wife of a rich. but they couldu't find the diamond. Peterson.' 'How do you know that?' I said. .' answered Holmes.

' said Holmes.' 'Yes.' 'But how can we find him?' I asked. can you buy a goose and bring it back here? We need a new bird for Mr Henry Baker when he comes. and the goose came from Mr Henry Baker . And. sir?' 'Yes. Watson. 'You see. so he can't have that. sir. there is a crime in this case.'Well. Your family is eating the old one for dinner today.' said Holmes. 'Yes. think. Here's the diamond. He's a poor man.' I said. 'Now we need to understand how the jewel left the Countess of Morcar's room in the Cosmopolitan hotel and arrived in Tottenham Court Road in a goose. Peterson.' answered Holmes. we've got his name in the advertisement. 'I know you felt a little bored when I told you all about Mr Baker. believe to think that something true is sir you say this when you talk to a rich or Important man 10 11 . that's the newspaper report about the diamond. The diamond came from the goose. please go down to the newspaper offices and put this advertisement in all the evening newspapers. Holmes gave some money to the doorman and said: 'Peterson. I say. but now we must find him. I see. I think he's going to look again today.' 'Very good. At the time he was afraid because of his accident with the shop window. 'Yes. Peterson. after you leave the newspaper offices. remember. And shall I leave the diamond with you.the man with the old hat. He took a pen and began to write. Watson. Where and how does he come into the case of the blue diamond? The answer to these two questions is most important. but now I believe he feels very sorry about running away and thinks: "Why did I leave that bird in the street?" 'Perhaps he looked for a newspaper advertisement about it yesterday. I think he is. so I believe his friends are going to see it and tell him about it. but is he going to read it?' I asked. 'What's more.' The doorman went out of the door and down the street. 'Through a newspaper advertisement. too.

It's only twenty years old. sir. But let's wait and see.' Holmes looked at me and smiled. and we went in and upstairs to Holmes's room. 'Dinner is at 7 o'clock. I believe!' said Holmes to the man when he came in. so it's a young thing. I'm very interested in the answer to this case. All big jewels make people into thieves and killers in the end.' Then he looked back at his other visitor.' 'But Holmes. Perhaps Mr Balcer's going to answer our advertisement this evening and then we can learn something more about him. This one comes from the south of China. 'I'm going to put it in my safe now. You are here when we need you. 'Yes. but already many terrible crimes are happening because of it. He wore a long winter coat and had a Scottish hat on his head. 'Look at the wonderful colours in it . good. That's my hat.000. 'Please sit down.CHAPTER 3 Mr Henry Baker olmes took the blue diamond in his hand and looked at it.' replied Holmes.' I said. I believe he's an innocent man.30 that evening. 'I don't understand. said 'Good evening' to the two of us.' 'Good. Ah. 'Is that your hat.' already happening earlier than you think H housekeeper.' I said. I don't think he knew there was an expensive diamond in his goose . Mr Baker?' NIr Baker looked at the hat on the chair. 'I can come back after work this evening. When I arrived next to him the door opened.dark blues and cold whites.a jewel worth more than £20.' I got to Baker Street at 6. Mrs Hudson.' And what about Henry Baker .' housekeeper a woman who looks after a rich person's house terrible very bad All right. Holmes's 15 safe a box that people put expensive things in so thieves can't get them innocent dOing nothing wrong 14 . Watson. There's no question about it. and then let's write a letter to the Countess of Morcar and say we have her beautiful blue diamond here with us. There was a tall man already at Sherlock Holmes's front door when I came down the street. I don't think he is.the tall man with the hat and the goose? Is he the jewel thief perhaps?' 'No. 'Mr Henry Baker. Is that young man Horner innocent after all?' 'I don't know. 'What a beautiful thing!' he said. near the Amoy river.

I can tell you. but saw nothing. and. and left. 'I got that bird at The Alpha.' said Holmes.' said Baker. but he spoke slowly.' he said to Mr Baker.He was a big man with a big head.' he went on. Please take them. this is an intelligent man. 'Well. He was rich once but now he has no money and things aren't easy for him.' said my detective friend. Mr Baker. a pub near the British Museum. and I didn't want to put an expensive advertisement in the newspaper for nothing. not very. I looked at him and listened to him and I thought: 'Yes. I'm sorry but . you see. He sat down again. We need to speak to Mr Windigate tonight. I think we have your old goose's feet.' Mr Baker smiled 'I'm sorry. Advertisements are expensive and I haven't got a lot of money these days. But we bought a nice new goose this morning for you It's on the table there by the door. Mr Baker.' With that he said goodbye. I remembered Holmes's words about him. We didn't know your address. 'No. well .' 'I understand. 'Yes. I thought those young men in Tottenham Court Road had my hat and my goose. 'And.' Sherlock Holmes looked at me with a little smile. but not now. I had once. Watson?' 'No.' he said. an intelligent face. 'Now. 'There is your hat and there is your bird. head and everything from inside it in the kitchen. no. Mr Baker is not our diamond thief.' pub a building where people go to have a drink museum a building where people look at old or interesting things address the number and the street where somebody lives 16 17 . This year the owner of the pub. before we say more. Every week. Why didn't you put an advertisement in the newspaper with your address in It? We waited and waited for an advertisement from you. yes!' said Mr Baker happily. well. Mr \lVindigate. you know. well. Oh.. 'But we couldn't find you very easily. we didn't want it to go bad. and he stood up excitedly.' 'Let's eat later then. 'And. quietly and carefully. we ate it yesterday. 'Very well.. and grey hair.. can you tell me something? Where did you get your goose? I know a lot about geese and that was a very good bird. He wore a dirty old black coat with no shirt under it. thank you very much.' 'Well. yes.. 'That answers one question. Are you hungry. let's see. We must go to The Alpha at once.' 'We found your hat and your goose some days ago. began a goose club. I must tell you something about your goose. He stood up and took his hat and the goose in his hands.' said Holmes. we all put five or six pence into a money box and at Christmas time we all had the money for a goose. before you go. Do you want those?' The man laughed. sir.' 'You ate it!' said our visitor. Is that all right for you?' 'Oh. 'But I'd like to take that nice new goose home with me.

.. o d Mr Windlgate knows the diamond thief o 19 ."...'. . nice and cheap. o o ~ d e f '"'''''' Sherlock Holmes's '" """""""""" g h The British ... It's tE.". 0 0 a Mr windigate can't help Holmes Mr Windigate... o o o GUESS WHAT What happens in the next chapter? Tlck one picture.. is 221B Baker Street . Jack Horner..ip)g . . he thought that the police had his hat and goose an advertisement is expensive and he doesn't have much money They want to have a drink in the .... 'This is a very bad crime.. c Mr Baker. b Mr Baker didn't put an advertisement in the newspaper because... . He didn't take the diamond .~ " READING CHECK Choose the right words to finish the sentences..' 'Yes.... 2 3 beautiful but bad.... Mr Baker leaves. has many old things in it." at the door when Watson arrived. ' . a Holmes thinks the diamond wonderful and good. a b c IS . o o WORD WORK Find eight words from the story. Holmes and Watson go to speak to . wants his old hat and his old goose.." .. .. the young men In 0 0 0 dAfter 1 2 3 0 Tottenham Court Road.. the owner ofthe Alpha. ... . 1 2 3 he wasn't Interested in his hat and goose. 2 3 is happy with a new hat and his old goose is happy with his old hat and the new goose.rr. c Mr Windigat(tells Holmes about the geese..' Holmes put the diamond in his """""""" Holmes's '"'''''''' '''''' Mr Baker is ' '" Mr Baker was Mrs Hudson IS . Then complete the sentences on page 19..

'Now for Covent Garden.' said Holmes." he said.' said Holmes. and we walked 21 .' 'Thank you. but it finishes with seven years in prison for young Mr Horner. my good man. gave us some beer.' beer a yellow or brown drink 20 In the pub the owner. I see. it all began with a goose. Then we walked out of the warm pub and into the cold night again. yes. out into the cold winter street.there behind you. They came from a man with a little shop in Covent Garden. H down the street past the British Museum. Mr Windigate. But those geese weren't our geese. Holmes looked at the empty shop window. 'No geese. It's a cold night. 'Is this beer good?' Holmes asked him. 'How can I help you?' asked Breckinridge. The sky was dark over our heads. 'I ask because I know your geese are very good. Breckinridge is his name. 'Good evening.' Ah. 'There are some in that other shop . We walked east. Perhaps we can learn more about this interesting case in Mr Breckinridge's shop. "Breckinridge's birds are the best.' said Holmes. Holmes opened the door and we went in. but I came to you because I hear your geese are very good. We paid for our beer and drank it.' he said.' We walked south and soon came to Mr Breckinridge's shop. Mr Henry Baker told us all about your goose club.CHAPTER 4 To Mr Breckinridge's olmes and I put on our coats and hats and went . and in a quarter of an hour we stood in front of The Alpha.' Ah. Breckinridge and a boy were at the door. Watson. It was nearly time to close for the night. 'Remember.

sell (past sold) to take money for something winner the person who gets the right answer 22 23 . you know. We ate a goose at The Alpha. What do you say now?' said Breckinridge. 'But who asked you all those questions before? Not me. Where did you get them?' 'I'm not going to tell you!' said Breckinridge angrily. 'And this is my "IN and OUT" book.' 'They were very good birds too.' 'There. Then Breckinridge opened the big book. He had twenty-four of my geese two days before Christmas. 'That goose came from London. you lose and your friend is the winner. 'I'm ready to pay. yes.' 'I know. "Where are the geese?" "How much do you want for them?" "Who did you sell them to?" Why are people interested in them? I don't know. 117 Brixton Road. Number 249. and he took out a pound.country people on the left and town people on the right. Which of us is right? It's an important question.' 'Read out the third name on the right. I paid good money for them.' he said.' read Holmes. 'A pound says I'm right. Dr Watson here. And then all the questions began. Y\gain and again people come and talk to me about those geese and I don't like it.' 'I can't believe that.' read Holmes. Bill. Five pounds goes to the winner.' said Holmes. I had nothing to do with that.' said Breckinridge. But 1 know you're going to lose your money. Holmes put his pound into Breckinridge's hand angrily. 'This is my address book.' he said.' said Holmes.' he said. 'Let's look at page 249.' said Holmes. you know. They aren't the only geese in London. The boy brought two books to him.' said Breckinridge.' 'Very well. says it was a London goose.' 'Well then. What can you see for December 22nd?' 'Twenty-four geese from Mrs 0. 'Bring me the books. But now I need your help. 'When people sell their geese to me their addresses go in here . but my good friend. Here we are. Breckinridge opened the little one.' Breckinridge laughed.' y\h.'Who said that?' 'The owner of The Alpha. and I say it was a country goose. The numbers after every name are page numbers in my big book. Mrs Oakshott. 'All page this book has forty-four pages Oakshott /'~'lUkJDt! twenty-four to Mr Windigate at the Alpha. 'Mrs Oakshott. I took them to The Alpha and then I forgot all about them.

o tired. 24 25 .. ::. o happy about the case.. Breckinridga's o o CD 0 o a Holmes feels. :. b Holmes and Watson go to . of course I want to s this goose.' o c 'Can I have a bottle of b please?' Mrs Oakshott's. WORD WORK Complete the sentences with words from the story. 0 the hotel's assistant manager. Holmes and Watson go to the Alpha Holmes asks Mr Breckinridge aboutthe geese Holmes gives Mr Breckinridge a pound.. GUESS WHAT What happens in the next chapter? Tick the pictures.' c They speak to . a b c d e Mr Breckinridge is angry with Holmes. o the Countess's maid. f 0 shop g Mr Windigate tells Holmes about Mr 0 o angry with Mr Breckinridge .. a 'Can I p 0~ you now?' b 'Yes. Mr Breckinridge tells Holmes about Mrs Oakshott. Number them 1-7. o 221 B Baker Street o The Cosmopolitan Hotel d 'Look at p 24 in your books. Holmes and Watson go to Covent Garden. . READING CHECK Put these sentences in the correct order. e 'You're the w _ o Mrs Oakshott.

. when he saw he could easily get a pound from me. you. 'Who are you? What do you want?' he asked weakly. A weak little man stood in front of him in the street. Do you understand? Now go away!' Breckinridge closed his shop door angrily and the little man ran off down the dark street.' cried the little man. 'I don't want to hear any more about those geese.man. 'Let's talk to that. But later.CHAPTER 5 A weak little man weak not strong shout to say loudly and angrily Tn the street Holmes stop~ed.' he said. but not you.' said Holmes to me quietly. Perhaps he can help us. he told me everything. in front of his shop door. Did you hear? Other people are asking questions about those geese. but one was my goose. 'Look.' B'olmes walked quickly up behind the little man and put a hand on his shoulder.' Breckinridge shouted. Breckinridge stood. 'Then ask Mrs Oakshott for it. His face was white.' 'But she told me "Ask Mr Breckinridge for it. 'Breckinridge didn't want to tell me Mrs Oakshott's name and address at first. And he said something very interesting when he got angry.' Suddenly there was a lot of noise from Mr Breckinridge's shop behind us. 'Perhaps we don't need to visit Mrs Oakshott in Brixton Road after all. We looked back at it.J. Mrs Oakshott can come and speak to me when she wants. 26 27 . I don't want to hear any more from you. The man stopped and looked back over his shoulder at us." . Suddenly he wasn't angry. that's nothing to do with me. I tell you.. he began to laugh. 'Well. You have nothing to do with it. You see. Watson.. tall and angry. Did I get the geese from you?' 'No.

You want to find twentyfour geese. 'But before we go.' said the little man excitedly. 'But I heard your questions to that shop owner. I know everything.' So we got into the cab and went home. well. Holmes didn't speak at all in the cab.' Holmes put out his arm and a cab stopped for us. Now let's get into the cab and go home. I'm very happy to meet you. 'Very well. you can't know anything about this!' 'Excuse me. This is wonderful.' The stranger's face changed from white to red.' he said. Then I can tell you everything yOUwant to know.job work 'Excuse me. and Mr Windigate sold them to the people in his goose club. can you please tell us your name?' The little man looked at Holmes and then at me before he answered. 'We'd like to know your real name please. sir. And It's my job to know things other people don't know. 'J-J-John Robinson.' said Holmes. I think I can help you. 'Assistant Manager of the Co~mopolitan Hotel.' said Holmes. Ryder looked excited but said nothing. 'No. He sold them to Mr Windigate. My real name is James Ryder.' 'Oh. well. cab real a taxi not false 29 28 . no.' 'Who are you? And how can you help me?' 'My name is Sherlock Holmes.' 'But.' said Holmes quietly.' he said.' 'Why don't we go to a warm room in my house for a talk then? I don't like standing here in the cold street. I am very interested in those geese. 'Well. the owner of the Alpha. Mrs Oakshott of Brixton Road sold them to Mr Breckinridge here. More than I can say. 'You are right.

You want to know what happened to those twentyfour geese.' said Ryder. Holmes spoke for him. you took the diamond from the Countess's jewel box.' Ryder said excitedly.' said Holmes. 'Please sit down. And it was a most interesting bird. Now. Mr Ryder. I saw he was afraid. when 1don't go to court.. 'Sit down and have a drink. and so he went to court and he is now going to prison . Because of Horner's time in prison they believed he was the thief. sir. 'You're crying now. You asked John Horner to come and repair the window in the room because you knew of his time in prison. please!' cried Ryder. I think.' he said. Then . 'You don't need to tell me much.' I gave Ryder a drink.' tail the long thi ng at the back of an animal's body 32 L floor the place in a room where you stand and walk feel sorry for to be unhappy about 33 .' 'Oh. He sat down and drank it quickly and looked at Holmes.all because of you. 'I know nearly everything about the case. where were we? Ah. Ryder. Then. When he left. Back in his sitting room. . please.' 'Sit down in your chair!' said Holmes coldly. It was all very easy. They came at once. what happened to one of those geese? You are interested in only one bird. told me. yes. we got out of the cab and went in. now on the floor at Holmes's feet. Mr Holmes. How did you hear of the Countess of Morcar's blue diamond?' 'Catherine Cusack.' Holmes went on. I don't want to go to prison. 'So you and Cusack wanted to get the diamond and sell it for lots of money. Then you called the police. In his hand it was cold and beautiful. Horner can leave prison. But I have one or two questions to ask. 'I see. You look very weak. 'We know it was you. Please don't tell the police. I'm never going to do it again. Here it is.' 'I can leave the country.CHAPTER 6 One or two questions hen we arrived at 221B Baker Street. Holmes spoke at last. A white goose with a black tail. We found something in it after it died. 'Think of my father! Think of my mother! I never did anything wrong before. The most wonderful thing. 'Where did that bird go to?' 'It came here. But the police believed he was a diamond thief.' W Our visitor stood up weakly Holmes opened his safe and took out the blue diamond. Ryder looked at the jewel but said nothing. her maid. Or perhaps.' 'Oh. but did you feel sorry for young Horner? He knew nothing of this crime.

'We can see about that later!' said Holmes. I saw lots of police officers on my way there and when I got to Brixtnn Road I was very afraid. not with the police everywhere. I quickly caught a big white goose with a black tall. 'But now please tell me. Then my sister came into the garden. 'What's the matter?' my sister asked. How did the diamond get from the hotel into a goose? And how did the goose get into a shop? And please tell the truth. There I told my friend Maudsley all about the diamond and he laughed and laughed. 'What are you doing with that goose?' she said. I caught that bird. We got a knife and opened th e goose but we cou ldn't f nd the diamond. and not to wa it fo r it. for my Christmas dinner. Then I went into the back garden to now inside the goose I felt happy. I felt the jewel go down its neck. but he went bad. With catch (past caught) to take quickly in your hands neck this IS between your head and your body 34 . I put my bird down and It ran off with the other geese. Mr Holmes. I remembered my friend Maudsley. 'Very well. I left the hotel with the I didn't want to stay at the looking at my pocket Cosmopolitan. / Well. I told her about the diamond thief and about the police arresting Horner. 'Perhaps he knows about seiling diamonds.' I said. Mr Oakshott. Catch it. and put it into the bird's mouth. She lives in Brixton Road with her husband. I could walk to Kilburn and back easily. He began well. Mr Ryder. everything. 'That's the goose I want for Christmas.' she said. so I went to my sister's house in South London. I knew then something was wrong.' Ryder began: When the police arrested diamond In Horner.' Then I looked down at the geese in the garden and I thought of something I knew one of those geese was for me.' ! thought So I decided to visit him at his home in Kilburn in North London 'But how can I walk across London with the diamond?' I thought 'I can't have it in my pocket Not with all those police officers in the streets. What could I do with the diamond now? In the garden. So I decided to take my goose there and then. kill it. killed it and took it with me to Kilburn. and in the end he went to prison for truth when what you say is true arrest to take a person to prison police officers policemen and policewomen decide to th Ink about something and then do it his crimes. Then I took the diamond from my pocket. 35 smoke and think. and take it With you.

'Perhaps I'm doing something wrong. Maggie?' I said. There were no geese there. he stood up and opened the door. Where are they now?' I asked again and again. he's not going to go wrong again. But he never told me.I left the goose with Maudsley. James. Then. and away. You and Dr Watson heard him earlier questions.' said Holmes. thank you! Thank you. what's going to happen to me?' tonight. 36 Without him. Send him to prison now and you make him into a thief for life.' 'Were there two birds with black tails?' I asked. the police have no witness to say Horner was the thief. We found the solution to the crime and that makes me happy. and. 'Oh. I'm a thief.' 'But you must tell me. after all.' I understood it all then The diamond was inside the other goose with the black tail. Watson. ran to my sister's house. let's ask Mrs Hudson to bring in our dinner. went to Breckinridge's. I'm going to lose my good name. I think I'm helping Ryder to be a better man. I believe. Mr Holmes. Holmes didn't speak for a long time. 'And to my eyes one was no different from the other. but I don't believe it.' witness a pers on who saw a crime solution th e answer to a problem 37 . Oh. And it's Christmas. I ran to Covent Garden at once and But the geese weren't in his shop. And that goose was now in Mr Breckinridge's shop. 'Be quiet and get out!' said Holmes again. He never answered my and when I asked about them he told me: 'I sold them all at He put his head in his hands and began to cry. with that. Ryder isn't going to go to court now. 'In Mr Breckinridge's shop. 'And now. 'Where are they all. 'It's not my job to do the police's work for them and young Horner's going to be all right. in Covent Garden. Watson. once. 'Get out!' he said. and went into the back garden. 'Yes. out into the street. and I never got any money from my crime at all. in the end. sir!' said Ryder.' she said. Ryder ran out of the door. 'Now my sister thinks I'm a terrible brother. But now he's afraid. and Christmas is a time to be nice to other people. 'After all. downstairs. there were.

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