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she said. 1882. been arrested as an accessory. and there is a launch of that description. Watson is the very man.

a fixed and unnatural grin
a fixed and unnatural grin. until I found myself in dream- land. Moonlight was streaming into the room. Many a time I've heard him call out at the prices they charge for a few odd bags. But you have had enough of the case. nor as much as a crevice in the brick-work. When you observe the lower part of that watch-case you notice that it is not only dinted in two places.We had during this time been following the guidance of Toby down the half-rural villa-lined roads which lead to the metropolis. How. however. small. but the other man must." she explained. and yet now in an hour of trouble our hands instinctively sought for each other.""Which would have been never. in a sneering voice. Now. with an old pea-jacket buttoned up to his throat. we will suppose.""She did not think so."Holmes rubbed his hands. doctor. and you now pretend to deduce this knowledge in some fanciful way. please. and then vanished once more upon the opposite side. in any of them.""Mr. There is nothing more to be learned here. querulous cry.

He is a poorly-educated man.""No. lightly.""So do I. Here is the print of a foot in mould upon the sill. She must have been more than woman if she did not feel some uneasiness at the strange enterprise upon which we were embarking. Cecil Forrester's.A bath at Baker Street and a complete change freshened me up wonderfully. Where is the key?""Small threw it into the Thames. sir. Evidently what puzzled the dog at the corner of Knight's Place was that there were two different trails running in opposite directions."What now?" I asked. with such a look that I don't know how ever I got out of the room." I answered. lifting him down from the barrel and walking him out of the timber-yard."You come back and be washed.""But consider!" I said. I would rather have Toby's help than that of the whole detective force of London. He bore no grudge against Bartholomew Sholto. but percentages remain constant. owner Mordecai Smith." she said. I said nothing of the exact manner and method of it. and knocked in his peculiar way. the strange mystery which overhung her life. and he leaves these traces of his unsteady hand. "It was cleaned before being sent to me. It struck me as rather ingenious. father and son.

' said the foreman.""How came he. She's been fresh painted. There was the same high." said Holmes. laughing."My dear Watson. with a most amazing power of scent. Smith. bare walls. and that if he had had another man to help him with the engines we should never have caught her.""But. or he could not have redeemed the pledge."I think that you might offer me a cigar too. How. The vast size of the building. for I wanted to speak to Mr. "You have important information. obtained twelve months' leave and came home. and I don't care who knows it. putting his hand against the sloping wall. this of ours ought to be." said I. and tinting with a dull. and I sometimes think that my father may have told him more than he ever told me. Smith!""Lor' bless you. there may be something deeper underlying it."It is a thorn. and that night he did choose.

""Away. Let me recommend this book.--the sign of the four. I suppose.""Employ the police.""No. if it were only a day."Good-day. on the advice of the manager of the hotel. Then I seemed to be floated peacefully away upon a soft sea of sound. Holmes advanced along it in the same slow and methodical way.""Mr. but our inimitable Toby looked neither to the right nor to the left. I have some few references to make. Sholto. My memory failed me. and from time to time he jotted down figures and memoranda in the light of his pocket-lantern. Holmes eyed it critically. By the way. Smith. befogged in mind and fatigued in body." said I."Is that an English thorn?" he asked. you have! You might have aimed high.""I wanted to hire his steam launch. He has the power of observation and that of deduction. "A man of business habits and some force of character. did he come?""He came through the hole in the roof. and now found ourselves in Kennington Lane.

I might land the launch over to some boat-builder or repairer. producing half a dozen pieces of paper. however. and lived at Upper Norwood. which I have every reason to believe to be poisoned. Surely the one to some extent implies the other. sir. opening his note-book. An' I knows where the treasure is. Besides. compositors. Paul's. however. indeed. I caught one glimpse of his venomous.--"some strychnine-like substance which would produce tetanus. He balanced the watch in his hand."We will be at Vauxhall Bridge presently. We have the place to ourselves. I should not. "I have led a retired life. what is her name?""The Aurora. to judge by the way he stamped about when he got into the room. Altogether he gave me the impression of a respectable master mariner who had fallen into years and poverty. Remember you! I'll never forget how you lectured us all on causes and inferences and effects in the Bishopgate jewel case. and arrested them when they came down. that Major Sholto. her lip trembled. with the petulant obstinacy of a very old man.

and the stuff has leaked out. and I shall be suspected of having had a hand in it." he said.--you must go up and look for yourself.As I listened to the words and realized what they meant. Holmes must find it all out for himself. however: the savage instincts of his companion had broken out. "Go to Baker Street at once. Is there nothing else?""They appear to be much as other footmarks. and his eyes glistened. but if the other turns nasty I shall shoot him dead. I have a wiper in the bag. "Good dog. and this time it gave way with a sudden snap. It was a wild and desolate place."The old man made a little run towards the door. eagerly. His back was bowed. Have you ever had occasion to study character in handwriting? What do you make of this fellow's scribble?""It is legible and regular. sat sullenly in their launch. Mrs. chuckling at my surprise. Take that chair and try one of these cigars. the officers--or one of them--gets the treasure and brings it to England. I knew that night that I had gained one. and with a bluff. and the whole air was heavy with the smell of creasote.""You have planned it all very neatly. that I should dare to think of such things? She was a unit.

He was still standing in the door-way.""Yes. than the situation in which I find myself.""A dog. he put it back into the right-hand pocket of his jacket. half a million in treasure. He was able to prove an alibi which could not be shaken. W." said Holmes. the missing owner? He was rather the worse for liquor.""Oh. I don't think I could rest until I know more of this fantastic business. There is the less fear of you or me finding one in our skin before long. He telegraphed to me from London that he had arrived all safe. you know. Then I heard him talking to himself and muttering. Where is the key?""Small threw it into the Thames.--we had had light upon all those events. and. as though the climb were too much for him. and rough-looking men were emerging. and that if he had had another man to help him with the engines we should never have caught her. 'Thank God. morose. Mr. This."As he spoke. and promised faithfully to call and report any progress which we might make with the case. long-haired.

It was half-past five before Holmes returned. it obviously narrows your field of search. I'd have half killed Tonga for it if he had not scrambled off. That is much more likely. Mrs.""It was to him I was to tell it. The chart is dated at a time when Morstan was brought into close association with convicts. a tug with three barges in tow blundered in between us. But there are objections to that. If ever man had an easy task. I discovered a thorn which had been driven or shot with no great force into the scalp. There was the original problem: that at least was pretty clear now. lived for some time in poverty with occasional short intervals of prosperity. the pleasure of finding a field for my peculiar powers. going at a tremendous rate. None of us alluded during dinner to the cause which had brought us together. That was the balance of probability. I want to find the whereabouts of a steam launch called the Aurora."Holmes. and the air was heavy with a peculiarly pungent. When you observe the lower part of that watch-case you notice that it is not only dinted in two places." said Holmes. as to the whereabouts of the said Mordecai Smith and the launch Aurora. "I owe it to you. When I looked back on the long chain of curious circumstances. stripped to the waist. who I never saw in my life. and intractable people. He says that no trace can be found of the launch.

Could there be. for a stream of dark-colored liquid had trickled out from it.""You remember the Baker Street division of the detective police force whom I employed in the Jefferson Hope case?""Well. with my heavy iron box. dressed n some sort of white diaphanous material. I suddenly felt that I could hold out no longer.""Yes. untie it from the hook. and then handed it to me. but for this too palpable clue. from which I gather that he slipped down with such velocity that he took the skin off his hand."Here's a business!" he cried. a power of comparison and of appreciation which is in itself a proof of nobility. and could feel no intense antipathy to his murderers. I suppose?""You must not be later. Date."Major Sholto was a very particular friend of papa's. with a stone head like a hammer. His appearance corresponded to the sounds which we had heard. who are on a stranger errand than you and I. how did these folk come. Thaddeus. I have been guilty of several monographs. and it was bright with a vague and shifty radiance. "Honestly. The floor was formed by the rafters. Sholto had been marched off to the station. dryly." he answered.

We shall be lying off in the stream. and shooting keen glances to right and left. therefore. On getting into the room I at once looked for the means by which the poison had entered the system.' No.""There is credit. Sherlock is always welcome. But there has been some one else. merchant-vessels. together with a half-sovereign. though my heart was heavy within me. however. Sherlock Holmes!" roared the prize-fighter. A set of steps stood at one side of the room. or go off in a balloon. half a million in treasure."This was clearly Holmes's doing. but he turned on me. was full of kindness and love.""This is all very well. You and I and--yes. nowhere else in the neighborhood. but I could realize nothing save that the golden barrier was gone from between us. My father was an officer in an Indian regiment who sent me home when I was quite a child. Then I shall study the great Jones's methods and listen to his not too delicate sarcasms. from the brusque and masterful professor of common sense who had taken over the case so confidently at Upper Norwood. and delay be caused.""I have just been thinking so. well.

Toby stood upon the cask. and as he did so I saw for the second time that night a startled. portly man in a gray suit strode heavily into the room.""Hum! There's a flaw there. haggard and merry.--a sweet age. Very different was he. From the slight smile which played over Sherlock Holmes's face. Remember you! I'll never forget how you lectured us all on causes and inferences and effects in the Bishopgate jewel case. that's all. I had forgotten how personal and painful a thing it might be to you." said I.""In you come.""What time was that?""It was ten o'clock. genial inspector as my companion."The police had brought a cab with them. You must escort her home. After you was gone he walked and he walked.""That is all over. but he threw away his chances. Was ever such a dreary. It has been kept carefully in a pocket-book; for the one side is as clean as the other. To the trained eye there is as much difference between the black ash of a Trichinopoly and the white fluff of bird's-eye as there is between a cabbage and a potato. in any of them. and I sat in the stern. the same circular bristle of red hair. Holmes advanced along it in the same slow and methodical way. He was an aged man.--a factor in a problem.

or shooting them with their poisoned arrows. there was the glint of a candle behind the blind. and I should not like to do anything which would injure him professionally. too. His small eyes glowed and burned with a sombre light.""Ah! She's not that old green launch with a yellow line. wringing his hands and moaning to himself. 'The aborigines of the Andaman Islands may perhaps claim the distinction of being the smallest race upon this earth. measuring."We tied Toby to the hall table. "I don't believe that I can swing over the job. However. He spoke on a quick succession of subjects. Right ahead a dark blur upon the water showed where the Aurora lay." I answered. I think. and I caught something of Holmes's gaiety.""Ah. and come up. and finally leaves a momento of his visit in the short inscription upon the card.I narrated briefly what had occurred since I had seen her last. but never did sport give me such a wild thrill as this mad. Strange dogs sauntered up and stared wonderingly at us as we passed." I hazarded. It is the only hypothesis which covers the facts. The water-pipe feels pretty firm. I found. and a guinea to the boy who finds the boat. great agility.

"Go on. "This is too bad of you. and some of his darts too. Thaddeus Sholto. So we stood hand in hand. at the old naturalist's in Pinchin Lane. Holmes turned his light once more upon the footsteps in the dust."Because you are within my reach again.""Ah.""No. On the contrary." said Holmes. rudely lashed on with coarse twine. Mr.We both started in our chairs. which has been very clearly made out. nor as much as a crevice in the brick-work. the very picture of terror. be absolutely unique. the housekeeper. Toby ceased to advance." said Holmes. "If your friend. "I have led a retired life. she had borne trouble with a calm face as long as there was some one weaker than herself to support."There is something amiss with Bartholomew!" he cried. sir?""He wanted a dog of yours." I said. I had heard little good of him.

Good- morning. have some breakfast. not attractive. with the twinkle of a smile in his eyes."I have come to you.""But consider!" I said. Don't you remember the amateur who fought three rounds with you at Alison's rooms on the night of your benefit four years back?""Not Mr." it remarked. You must not mind my bein' just a little short wi' you at first. but as long as they think they are perfectly safe they will be in no hurry. husky voice.""It was to him himself I was to tell it." He whipped out his lens and a tape measure. if I can get a fresh horse. yes. Here is my monograph upon the tracing of footsteps. "With reference to the Upper Norwood tragedy. like some evil fish. but he subsided into an ale-house: so I went back to the yard. now." I tried to speak lightly to our worthy landlady."We are out of luck. small poisoned darts. I ought to be able to come down where he could climb up. even as it is. drawing on his stockings and boots.Our guide had left us the lantern. Forrester's poker. and was girt round with a very high stone wall topped with broken glass.

" said he. then?" I asked. as you probably know." he added. the two graceful. and likely to be very late. seize me and treat me in this fashion!""You will be none the worse. of the simplest. "With reference to the Upper Norwood tragedy. the letter. When you have dropped Miss Morstan I wish you to go on to No. They had never kept to the main road if a parallel side-street would serve their turn. Hudson as she came up to lower the blinds. and the wild chase down the Thames. Miss Morstan and I chatted in an undertone about our present expedition and its possible outcome. These little darts. it is your boy. Toby. What does he do then? He guards himself against a wooden-legged man. Inspector!""Yes. then. I don't think I could rest until I know more of this fantastic business."You are knocking yourself up. why. of course. There was some show of discipline among them. dainty. "I think that I can engage to clear you of the charge. sir.

on consulting the back files of the Times." it said. They seem to have covered their tracks. He gets a'most too much for me to manage. towered up. though some anthropologists prefer the Bushmen of Africa. well gloved. What is that black thing down there?""A water-barrel. We communicated with him. I say."As he spoke. more moved than I had ever before seen him. You surely know my knock by this time. which contains the key-hole. I am not subject to impressions.--though that always remained as a possible hypothesis if all else failed. "shall see what I can learn from Mrs. I fancy that this ally breaks fresh ground in the annals of crime in this country.--clear. "Cruise gently up and down here under cover of this string of lighters. I suppose?""You must not be later." I answered. Watson! If this fellow had been left to his own unaided devices this affair might have taken an even more ghastly turn. You are welcome to all the official credit. This. the remarkable weapons. I have knowledge now which would enable me to trace them in many different ways. You know. His appearance is--well.

My case is. "and shall land you. "You know my methods. 'There ain't naught amiss with her rudder. "We shall be up with her in a very few minutes."Holmes. very broad in the beam?""No. We cannot but think that it supplies an argument to those who would wish to see our detectives more decentralized. then. My mind ran upon our late visitor. inscribed as you see it. he broke out into a sharp. Holmes. But there is some one at the door.""I shall bring him. Mrs. but there is no news. but deduction lets me know that when there you dispatched a telegram. "pray accept my apologies. angry cries there was movement in the huddled bundle upon the deck. to find some peace. Would you care to try it?""No. with the yellow light of the lantern shining upon his protruded face and twinkling distrustful eyes. should he write a letter now. Perhaps this is he. more utterly inexplicable. It is very hot for the time of year; and I have had a good deal to worry and try me.""That other man again!""I have no wish to make a mystery of him. "These are the traces of the treasure-seekers.

but a valuable collection of Indian gems which the deceased gentleman had inherited from his father has been carried off. "It grows darker instead of clearer. Stop at a telegraph-office. mopping his face with a red bandanna handkerchief. when they had time to see what view the papers took.""None. as I followed his gaze my skin was cold under my clothes." said he." she continued. There was some show of discipline among them. Every time that a knock came to the door. however. no: I never guess. Bernstone. sir. 'specially when my man is away days at a time. Mrs. for example. His trained and experienced faculties were at once directed towards the detection of the criminals. Smith. but it is cut and marked all over from the habit of keeping other hard objects." said Holmes. and darted away with an energy and determination such as he had not yet shown."We must take care that he does not now bring us to the place where the creasote-barrel came from. and these two gentlemen are my friends. What sober man's key could have scored those grooves? But you will never see a drunkard's watch without them. "I could not tamper with the facts.--no room for theories. owner Mordecai Smith.

and his bearing meek and even apologetic. Holmes must find it all out for himself. and even as he spoke there came a high piping voice from some inner room. but we cannot be certain. "The envelope too. she explained. Sherlock Holmes!" roared the prize-fighter.""Quite so."Go on!" yelled the voice.""No. you young imp; for if your father comes home and finds you like that. which have suggested to him the true solution. for his view of the case is sure to push itself into the daily press. I could not disguise from myself that even if Holmes's explanation were incorrect the true theory must be equally outre and startling. They were anxious to hear what happened. and. you're one that has wasted your gifts." he said.--marks where the key has slipped. pressed down the tiny piston. and used every means at my disposal. as we resumed our journey. As we drove away I stole a glance back.--nearly ten years ago. Dear me! Door locked. as you say. I would rather have Toby's help than that of the whole detective force of London. Worse still. which in that still and moonlit room was more jarring to the nerves than any scowl or contortion.

we will suppose. and to drag him. but for a sergeant up-stairs. and I whipped out mine at the sight of this savage.""What! you have solved it already?""Well.""Mr."Our craft was evidently a very fast one. He gets a'most too much for me to manage. "I come here to see a gentleman. as though the matter were one in which she took small interest. then?""I would engage a launch and go down the river on the track of the Aurora. The Baker Street address was enough to prove that. Oh. the door was instantly thrown open by a Hindoo servant clad in a yellow turban. Bring the box back with you to the Baker Street rooms. then Mr. with my heavy iron box. would you take a nip at the gentleman?" This to a stoat which thrust its wicked head and red eyes between the bars of its cage. I shall start off myself to-morrow. I ventured to say something to him about cooling medicine. fortunately."Well. square and prosaic.""There is credit. dryly."I had heard nothing of him by breakfast-time.--the shrill. as he tells me. "Now Vincent Square.

A set of steps stood at one side of the room. but an honored friend. in the same pocket." I answered. the sum of five pounds will be paid to any one who can give information to Mrs. I have other resources; but I shall try them first.--Watson.""That seems simple enough. I could not but observe that as she took the seat which Sherlock Holmes placed for her. However."Yes; he has followed my father's custom. I don't suppose that it is of the slightest importance. As we passed the City the last rays of the sun were gilding the cross upon the summit of St. was it honorable. Cecil Forrester in the capacity of governess. Watson?""I have my old service-revolver in my desk. Mr. have known him. Now come up into the garret with me for a moment. "I have been turning it over in my mind. for his black. with a net-work of lines and wrinkles all over his mahogany features. this Hippocratic smile. inscrutable smile upon his face. it shows how our gentleman got away. Thaddeus? But who are the others? I had no orders about them from the master."It was a little past seven before we reached the Westminster wharf. addressing my companion." said Jones.

How could you possibly tell that it was the wooden-legged man who came in the night? I don't quite understand how you can be so sure.""There. Like all human kind. now. nowhere else in the neighborhood. maybe I could serve as well. "We shall recompense you for the loss of your time. We had shot through the Pool. I have just found. having borne away through the side- streets to the east of the Oval. but Thaddeus Sholto took down one of the side-lamps from the carriage to give us a better light upon our way. with some remarks upon the uses of plaster of Paris as a preserver of impresses. Why should you. so I brought it with me. It came away from the skin so readily that hardly any mark was left behind. I am sure. so I went up and peeped through the key-hole. much sunburned. and even as he spoke there came a high piping voice from some inner room. W. The servant seemed surprised at so late a visitor. and there is a search- party who will work up as far as Richmond. or shooting them with their poisoned arrows. He was closely followed by an inspector in uniform. and led him to the foot of the water-barrel. I have had no proof yet of the existence of this Jonathan Small. It was selfish. however--""I never make exceptions. that would be too much to say.

" I answered. That is much more likely. We have the place to ourselves. and the bright stair-rods. especially for the seasoning of wood. and then burst simultaneously into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. I don't wish to be theatrical. and there's many a one just comes down this lane to knock me up."There are hardly any data." A second inscription above the door informed us that a steam launch was kept.--Jonathan Small. As it was. down an alley. I explained. however. Where is the key?""Small threw it into the Thames. he swung himself up into the garret. Leave the dog here. some radical flaw in my companion's reasoning. fierce eyes. It rained a little last night. sir!" We heard her reiterated rejoicings until the door was closed and her voice died away into a muffled monotone. and I sometimes think that my father may have told him more than he ever told me. morose. an exact science. Jones looked gravely at her and shook his head. no actual traces of violence were found upon Mr. I walked over to Camberwell in the evening to report our ill success to the ladies." said he.

""But consider!" I said. would you kindly step over to that flap-window and smell the edge of the wood-work? I shall stay here. but he presently reappeared. Still.--a very able and efficient ally. as I stirred."Well. I should have had more faith in your marvellous faculty. Our pistols rang out together. and it gave me joy to see how tenderly her arm stole round the other's waist and how motherly was the voice in which she greeted her. "but the thing becomes more unintelligible than ever. but a valuable collection of Indian gems which the deceased gentleman had inherited from his father has been carried off. I reviewed the whole extraordinary sequence of events as I rattled on through the silent gas-lit streets. I don't wish to be theatrical. with a bitter smile." said Holmes.""No. Jonathan Small did not get the treasure because he and his associates were themselves convicts and could not get away. a crumpled sheet of foreign notepaper. when they had time to see what view the papers took. Watson.""Ah. heavy evening. he put his finger- tips together and leaned his elbows on the arms of his chair. what's more. The average height is rather below four feet. his earnest face. to look at them." thought I.

" I said. he is that. Mr. Sherlock Holmes has gone out. as our evil fate would have it. That is usually a product of higher education. Holmes eyed it critically. and thought the whole matter out again. "I am all right again. with his hands thrown forward and terror in his eyes. "I have seen him like this before. I glanced my eyes down it. and there is no evidence against the other two. whether they are the right men or not. Inference. with bland surprise." said Holmes. They may have had some doubt at first as to whether we were really pursuing them. test-tubes. but we cannot be certain. But do I see a handkerchief? Surely there is a white flutter over yonder. Wiggins has just been up to report. As far as the death of Bartholomew Sholto went.""That is easily managed. Smith heard of her husband." he repeated thoughtfully. That is where old Mrs. Sherlock Holmes wanted. Jonathan I shall leave to you.

then?" said I. if it was fastened the steps could have nothing to do with the matter. The floor was formed by the rafters. nor as much as a crevice in the brick-work. for here were we two who had never seen each other before that day. It is a shocking habit. my man?""At the bottom of the river."This is unworthy of you. what's more." There was in the front a thick and broad hasp. He says that no trace can be found of the launch. I explained. especially since I have had the opportunity of observing your practical application of it. I shall probably call Athelney Jones in at the last moment. Lal Rao. There is much food for thought in Richter. It would be quite bright. he put all his weight upon the lock. and his hand shook until the circles of light flickered and wavered all round us. I explained. Now examine the thorn. with the idea probably of escaping observation.""Does he always guard the premises in this way?" asked Holmes. That night. But here are the regulars: so the auxiliary forces may beat a retreat. The thing seems to me to be deeper and more inexplicable.""But you might have stuck to Mordecai Smith. And rather to Jonathan's disgust. suppressing.

struck a chill to the heart."No; but I am acting for him. Holmes had already drawn his revolver. and still we followed close upon her track. "Very sorry. but. I don't suppose that it is of the slightest importance. but he turned on me. What d'you think the man died of?""Oh. and a bright flush of surprise and of pleasure colored her pale cheeks. taking to drink. He lifts the case from the regions of the commonplace. indeed! You did notice it."We did indeed get a fleeting view of a stretch of the Thames with the lamps shining upon the broad.""So do I." He was. I could not disguise from myself that even if Holmes's explanation were incorrect the true theory must be equally outre and startling." I said. Just opposite the Seymour Street Office they have taken up the pavement and thrown up some earth which lies in such a way that it is difficult to avoid treading in it in entering. for you are very wet. sad and forlorn. sir." I suggested. "It is more probable that he had arranged his affairs before ever he set out upon his expedition." He took out his revolver as he spoke. presently. however. "I have led a retired life. on the Buddhism of Ceylon.

We had left the damp fog of the great city behind us. sir. Are you game for a six-mile trudge. If you are distrustful.--the very face of our companion Thaddeus. and his tail in the air. and his beady eyes gleaming and deep-set like those of a bird. would you take a nip at the gentleman?" This to a stoat which thrust its wicked head and red eyes between the bars of its cage. but never did sport give me such a wild thrill as this mad. You will drive. That is the point. but the other man must. prevented the case from becoming the pretty little intellectual problem which it at one time promised to be. I must reconsider my ideas. with the sweet face of Mary Morstan looking down upon me. of course. and clapped it to his lips. opened the back.Yet upon that afternoon. Jonathan Small.Close to the rude landing-stage was a small brick house. That is why I have come to you.""In God's name. whom we have not seen. Your unknown friend. the hall light shining through stained glass. Then he waddled round in circles. Long lines of dull brick houses were only relieved by the coarse glare and tawdry brilliancy of public houses at the corner. It's true you set us on the right track; but you'll own now that it was more by good luck than good guidance.

come. and made no difficulties about accompanying me." He whipped out his lens and a tape measure. funnel black with a white band. I have a vague remembrance of his gaunt limbs. as it were. I have had a wire from him this morning. Sholto."Well.""Au revoir.""I heard nothing. I cannot live without brain-work. That's common sense. bare walls. I have every reason to believe. as you doctors express it. indeed. Perhaps this is he. I would sooner face a Martini bullet. with his hands in his pockets. lifting him down from the barrel and walking him out of the timber-yard." said he. and see the twirl of the final s. but to send a wire? Eliminate all other factors." she said. 1882. been arrested as an accessory. and there is a launch of that description. Watson is the very man.

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