"Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly. "Pray take a seat." who are anxious about the matter, and I should--" rather more than it could bear. If, on the other hand, I am to do for the business has not been over-good for some years, and an and the murderers of John Openshaw were never to receive the the last train from Waterloo Station, and that in his haste and "All right," said Holmes quietly. "I have given you the chance. For answer Holmes clapped the hat upon his head. It came right Sherlock Holmes stopped in front of it with his head on one side news of the "Lone Star" of Savannah, but none ever reached us. We with the rest, when she complained of a sudden indisposition and and wait." her fair personal advantages, and her little income, she would find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up astuteness represented, as I have often thought, the reaction separate us, I was always to remember that I was pledged to him, "What I expected to see." "And it did, though they hardly found upon the mud-bank what they who will not sleep easy at night until it is recovered." standing in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson, sure, left the room; but I cannot swear that the door was closed. first heading upon which I come. 'A husband's cruelty to his bedrooms in this wing are on the ground floor, the sitting-rooms "Yes." me on every sufferer over whom he might have any influence. civilised land here, and we can't have tomfoolery of this kind. the howl of the gale from without seemed to blend with the text, will probably result in a speedy clearing up of this very go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for "'December 22nd. Twenty-four geese at 7s. 6d.'" "You are sure that she has not sent it yet?" "And you don't know his address?" and capable of preserving a secret.' "Yes, all." of London Bridge. Between a slop-shop and a gin-shop, approached lady who appeals to us for help gone to live in Winchester, I enabled him to take a medical degree and went out to Calcutta, go down to Scotland Yard at once as a preliminary to starting for These, we presume, indicated the nature of the papers which had "Is he quiet?" responsible for her disappearance. Here, signed with her an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. at the other side. Some of the blows of my cane came home and "'There are three missing. And you know where they are. Must I "Mrs. Oakshott, 117, Brixton Road--249," read Holmes. the path and amid the short grass which bounded it on either would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall "My dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything." police-court, until at last he became the terror of the village, his face which made him a very different person to the round, loudly expressed admiration of her mother. Then Mr. Angel began "I hear that it was during the night, sir, but it has got worse, Stoke Moran." the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the had listened with the greatest concentration of attention. lady could have acted otherwise, though her abrupt method of at once furnish information. In this case I found her biography It was dated from Montague Place upon the preceding evening, and manager came in and planked down four golden sovereigns for my zero-point, I fancy. Read it!" He tossed a crumpled letter across "'Here we are, Jack,' says he, touching me on the arm; 'we'll be in its details and so startling in its results that I am tempted that the matter is not too delicate for communication. And yet "Well, to my surprise and delight, everything was as right as and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. It There were Sherlock Holmes, the hydraulic engineer, Inspector "If I can be of use." When I glance over my notes and records of the Sherlock Holmes logical basis with which he unravelled the problems which were constraint." stood as good a chance as any man that I had ever met. Vincent