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"Along coming madman a is here", street the down looking bow-window our in morning one stood I as I said", holmes. Alone out come to him allow should relatives his that sad rather seems it."

Shoulder my over looking, dressing-gown his of pockets the in hands his with stood and armchair his from lazily rose friend my. Sun wintry the in brightly shimmering, ground the upon deep lay still before day the of snow the and, morning February crisp, bright a was it. Fell it when as white as lay still it foot-paths the of edges heaped-up the on and side either at but, traffic the by band crumbly brown a into ploughed been had it Street Baker of centre the down. Usual than passengers fewer were there that so, slippery dangerously still was but, scraped and cleaned been had pavement grey the. Attention my drawn had conduct eccentric whose gentleman single the save coming was one no Station Metropolitan the of direction the from, indeed.

Figure commanding a and face marked strongly, massive a with, imposing and, portly, tall, fifty about of man a was he. Trousers pearl-grey well-cut and, gaiters brown neat, hat shining, frock-coat black in, style rich yet sombre a in dressed was he. Legs his upon tax any set to accustomed little is who gives man weary a as such, springs little occasional with, hard running was he for, features and dress his of dignity the to contrast absurd in were actions his yet. Contortions extraordinary most the into face his writhed and, head his waggled, down and up hands his jerked he ran he as.

"Him with matter the be can earth on what?" Asked I. "Houses the of numbers the at up looking is he."

"Hands his rubbing, Holmes said", here coming is he that believe I.


"Professionally me consult to coming is he think rather I; yes. Symptoms the recognise I that think I. Ha! You tell not I did?" Clanging the with resounded house whole the until bell our at pulled and door our at rushed, blowing and puffing, man the, spoke he as.

Pity and horror to instant an in turned were smiles our that eyes his in despair and grief of look a fixed so with but, gesticulating still, puffing still, room our in was he later moments few a. Reason his of limits extreme the to driven been has who one like hair his at plucked and body his swayed but, out words his get not could he while a for. Room the of centre the to away him tore and him upon rushed both we that force such with wall the against head his beat he, feet his to springing suddenly, then.
Employ to how well so knew he which tones soothing, easy the in him with chatted and hand his patted, him beside sitting, and easy-chair the into down him pushed Holmes sherlock.

"Not you have, story your tell to me to come have you?" he said.
"Haste your with fatigued are you. Me to submit may you which problem little any into look to happy most be shall I then and, yourself recovered have you until wait pray."

Emotion his against fighting, chest heaving a with more or minute a for sat man the. Us towards face his turned and, tight lips his set, brow his over handkerchief his passed he then.

"Mad me think you doubt no?" he said.

"Holmes responded", trouble great some had have you that see I.

"Have I knows god! it is terrible so and sudden so, reason my unseat to enough is which trouble --a. Stain a borne yet never has character whose man a am I although, faced have might I disgrace public. Soul very my shake to enough been have, form a frightful so in and, together coming two the but; man every of lot the is also affliction private. Alone I not is it, besides.
Affair horrible this of out found be way some unless suffer may land the in noblest very the."

"You befallen has that is it what and are you who of account clear a have me let and", Holmes said", sir, yourself compose pray."

"Ears your to familiar probably is", visitor our answered", name my. Street Threadneedle of, Stevenson & Holder of firm banking the of, Holder Alexander am I."

London of City the in concern banking private largest second the in partner senior the to belonging as us to known well indeed was name the. Pass pitiable most this to London of citizens foremost the of one bring to, then, happened have could what? Story his tell to himself braced he effort another with until, curiosity all, waited we.

"Co-operation your secure should I that suggested inspector police the when here hastened I why is that"; he said", value of is time that feel I. Snow this through slowly go cabs the for, foot on there from hurried and Underground the by Street Baker to came I. Exercise little very takes who man a am I for, breath of out so was I why is that. Can I as clearly as yet and shortly as you before facts the put will I and, now better feel I.

"Depositors our of number the and connection our increasing our upon as funds our for investments remunerative find to able being our upon depends much as business banking successful a in that you to known well, course of, is it. Unimpeachable is security the where, loans of shape the in is money out laying of means lucrative most our of one. Plate or, libraries, pictures their of security the upon sums large advanced have we whom to families noble many are there and, years few last the during direction this in deal good a done have we.

"Clerks the of one by me to in brought was card a when bank the at office my in seated was I morning yesterday. England in names exalted most, noblest, highest the of earth--one the over all word household a is which name a was it that than more no say better had I you to even perhaps, than--well other none of that was it for, name the saw I when started I. Task disagreeable a through quickly hurry to wishes who man a of air the with business into once at plunged he but, so say to, entered he when, attempted and honour the by overwhelmed was I.

"'Mr. Money advancing of habit the in are you that informed been have 'I, he said ', holder. '

"Good is security the when so does firm 'The. Answered I '.

"Once at pounds 000, 50 have should I 'that, he said ', me to essential absolutely is 'It. Myself business that out carry to and business of matter a it make to prefer much I but, friends my from over times ten sum a trifling so borrow, course of, could I. Obligations under self one's place to unwise is it that understand readily can you position my in. '

"Sum this want you do, ask I may, long how 'For? Asked I '.

"Charge to right it think you interest whatever with, advance you what repay certainly most then shall I and, me to due sum large a have I Monday 'Next. Once at paid be should money the that me to essential very is it but. '

"Bear could it than more rather be would strain the that not it 'were, I said ', purse private own my from parley further without it advance to happy be should 'I. Taken be should precaution businesslike every, case your in even, that insist must I partner my to justice in then, firm the of name the in it do to am I, hand other the on, if. '

"Chair his beside laid had he which case morocco black, square a up raising, he said ', so it have to prefer much should 'I.
Coronet Beryl the of heard doubtless have 'You? '

"I said ', empire the of possessions public precious most the of 'One.

"'Precisely. Named had he which jewellery of piece magnificent the lay, velvet flesh-coloured, soft in imbedded, there and, case the opened He '. Incalculable is chasing gold the of price the 'and, he said ', beryls enormous thirty-nine are 'There. Asked have I which sum the double at coronet the of worth the put would estimate lowest the. Security my as you with it leave to prepared am I. '

"Client illustrious my to it from perplexity some in looked and hands my into case precious the took I.

"Value its doubt 'You? asked he '.

"All at 'Not. Doubt--' only I

"It leaving my of propriety 'The. That about rest at mind your set may you. It reclaim to days four in able be should I that certain absolutely not it were so doing of dream not should I. Form of matter pure a is it. Sufficient security the is? '

"'Ample. '

"Mr, understand 'You. You of heard have I that all upon founded, you in have I which confidence the of proof strong a you giving am I that, holder. It befall to were harm any if caused be would scandal public great a that say not need I because precaution possible every with coronet this preserve to, all above, but matter the upon gossip all from refrain to and discreet be to only not you upon rely I. Them replace to impossible be would it and, these match to world the in beryls no are there for, loss complete its as serious as almost be would it to injury any.
Morning Monday on person in it for call shall I and, confidence every with, however, you with it leave I. '

"Notes pound 1000 fifty over pay to him ordered I, cashier my for calling, but more no said I, leave to anxious was client my that seeing. Me upon entailed it which responsibility immense the of misgivings some with think but not could I, me of front in table the upon lying case precious the with, however, more once alone was I when. It to occur should misfortune any if ensue would scandal horrible a, possession national a was it as, that doubt no be could there. It of charge take to consented ever having regretted already I. Work my to more once turned and safe private my in up it locked I so, now matter the alter to late too was it, however.

"Me behind office the in thing a precious so leave to imprudence an be would it that felt I came evening when. Be mine not should why and, now before forced been had safes bankers'? Myself find should I which in position the be would terrible how, so if! Reach my of out really be never might it that so, me with forward and backward case the carry always would I days few next the for that, therefore, determined I. Me with jewel the carrying, Streatham at house my to out drove and cab a called I, intention this with. Dressing-room my of bureau the in it locked and upstairs it taken had I until freely breathe not did I.

"Mr, household my to as word a now and. Situation the understand thoroughly to you wish I for, holmes. Altogether aside set be may and, house the of out sleep page my and groom my. Suspicion above quite is reliability absolute whose and years of number a me with been have who maid-servants three have I. Months few a service my in been only has, waiting-maid second the, Parr Lucy, another. Satisfaction me given always has and, however, character excellent an with came she. Place the about hung occasionally have who admirers attracted has and girl pretty very a is she.
Way every in girl good thoroughly a be to her believe we but, her to found have we which drawback only the is that.

"Servants the for much so. It describe to long me take not will it that small so is itself family my. Arthur, son only an have and widower a am I. Mr, me to disappointment a been has he.
Disappointment grievous holmes--a. Blame to myself am I that doubt no have I. Him spoiled have I that me tell people. Have I likely very. Love to had I all was he that felt I died wife dear my when. Face his from moment a for even fade smile the see to bear not could I. Wish a him denied never have I. Best the for it meant I but, sterner been I had us of both for better been have would it perhaps.

"Turn business a of not was he but, business my in me succeed should he that intention my naturally was it. Money of sums large of handling the in him trust not could I, truth the speak to, and, wayward, wild was he. Habits expensive and purses long with men of number a of intimate the soon was he, manners charming having, there and, club aristocratic an of member a became he young was he when. Honour of debts his settle might he that, allowance his upon advance an him give to me implore and me to come to again and again had he until, turf the on money squander to and cards at heavily play to learned he. Again back him draw to enough was, Burnwell George Sir, friend his of influence the time each but, keeping was he which company dangerous the from away break to once than more tried he.

"Manner his of fascination the resist hardly could I that myself found have I and, house my to him brought frequently has he for, him over influence an gain should Burnwell George Sir as man a such that wonder not could I, indeed, and. Beauty personal great of man a and, talker brilliant a, everything seen, everywhere been had who one, finger-tips his to world the of man a, Arthur than older is he. Distrusted deeply be should who one is he that eyes his in caught have I which look the and speech cynical his from convinced am I, presence his of glamour the from away far, blood cold in him of think I when yet. Character into insight quick woman's a has who, Mary little my thinks, too, so and, think I so.

"Described be to she only is there now and. Daughter my as since ever her upon looked have and, her adopted I world the in alone her left and ago years five died brother my when but; niece my is she. Be could woman a as gentle and quiet and tender as yet, housekeeper and manager wonderful a, beautiful, loving, house--sweet my in sunbeam a is she. Hand right my is she. Her without do could I what know not do I. Wishes my against gone ever she has matter one only in. Him refused has she time each but, devotedly her loves he for, him marry to her asked has boy my twice. Alas, now but; life whole his changed have might marriage his that and, she been have would it path right the into him drawn have could anyone if that think I! late too late--forever too is it!

"Mr, now. Story miserable my with continue shall I and, roof my under live who people the know you, holmes.

"Client my of name the only suppressing, roof our under had we which treasure precious the of and, experience my Mary and Arthur told I, dinner after night that drawing-room the in coffee taking were we when. Closed was door the that swear cannot I but; room the left, sure am I, had, coffee the in brought had who, Parr lucy.
It disturb to not better it thought I but, coronet famous the see to wished and interested much were Arthur and mary.

"It put you have 'Where? Arthur asked '.

"Bureau own my 'In. '

"Night the during burgled be won't house the goodness to hope I, 'Well. he said '.

"Answered I ', up locked is 'It.

"Bureau that fit will key old any, 'Oh. Cupboard box-room the of key the with myself it opened have I youngster a was I when. '

"Said he what of little thought I that so, talking of way wild a had often he. Face grave very a with night that, however, room my to me followed he.

"Pounds 200 have me let you 'can, down cast eyes his with he said ', dad, here 'Look? '

"Cannot I, 'No! Sharply answered I '. Matters money in you with generous too far been have 'I. '

"Again club the inside face my show never can I else or, money this have must I 'but, he said ', kind very been have 'You. '

"Too, thing good very a 'And! Cried I '.

"He said ', man dishonoured a it leave me have not would you but, 'Yes. Disgrace the bear not could 'I. Means other try must I then, it have me let not will you if and, way some in money the raise must I. '

"Month the during demand third the was this for, angry very was I. Word another without room the left and bowed he which on, cried I ', me from farthing a have not shall 'You.

"Again it locked and, safe was treasure my that sure made, bureau my unlocked I gone was he when. Night that myself perform to well it thought I which but Mary to leave usually I which duty secure--a was all that see to house the round go to started I then. Approached I as fastened and closed she which, hall the of window side the at herself Mary saw I stairs the down came I as.

"To-night out go to leave, maid the, Lucy give you 'did, disturbed little a, thought I, looking, she said ', dad, me 'Tell? '

"Not 'Certainly. '

"Door back the by now just in came 'She. Stopped be should and safe hardly is it that think I but, someone see to gate side the to been only has she that doubt no have I. '

"It prefer you if will I or, morning the in her to speak must 'You. Fastened is everything that sure you are? '

"Dad, sure 'Quite. '

"Good-night, 'Then. Asleep soon was I where, again bedroom my to up went and her kissed I '.

"Mr, everything you tell to endeavouring am I. Clear make not do I which point any upon me question will you that beg I but, case the upon bearing any have may which, holmes."

"Lucid singularly is statement your, contrary the on."

"So particularly be to wish should I which in now story my of part a to come I. Usual than so less even me make to, doubt no, tended mind my in anxiety the and, sleeper heavy very a not am I.
House the in sound some by awakened was I, then, morning the in two about. Somewhere closed gently had window a though as it behind impression an left had it but, awake wide was I ere ceased had it. Ears my all with listening lay I. Room next the in softly moving footsteps of sound distinct a was there, horror my to, suddenly. Door dressing-room my of corner the round peeped and, fear with palpitating all, bed of out slipped I.

"'Arthur! Villain 'you, screamed I '! thief you! Coronet that touch you dare how? '

"Hands his in coronet the holding, light the beside standing was, trousers and shirt his in only dressed, boy unhappy my and, it left had I as, up half was gas the. Strength his all with it bending or, it at wrenching be to appeared he. Death as pale as turned and grasp his from it dropped he cry my at. It examined and up it snatched I. Missing was, it in beryls the of three with, corners gold the of one.

"Blackguard 'You! Rage with myself beside, shouted I '. It destroyed have 'You! Forever me dishonoured have you! Stolen have you which jewels the are where? '

"'Stolen! cried he '.

"Thief, 'Yes! Shoulder the by him shaking, roared I '.

"Missing none are 'There. He said ', missing any be cannot there.

"Missing three are 'There. Are they where know you and. Thief a as well as liar a you call I must? Piece another off tear to trying you see not I did? '

"Longer any it stand not will 'I, he said ', enough names me called have 'You. Me insult to chosen have you since, business this about word another say not shall I. World the in way own my make and morning the in house your leave will I. '

"Police the of hands the in it leave shall 'You! Rage and grief with half-mad cried I '. Bottom the to probed matter this have shall 'I. '

"Nature his in was thought have not should I as such passion a with he said ', me from nothing learn shall 'You. Can they what find police the let, police the call to choose you 'If. '

"Anger my in voice my raised had I for, astir was house whole the time this by. Ground the on senseless down fell, scream a with, and story whole the read she, face Arthur's of and coronet the of sight the at, and, room my into rush to first the was mary. Once at hands their into investigation the put and police the for house-maid the sent I. Theft with him charge to intention my was it whether me asked, folded arms his with sullenly stood had who, Arthur, house the entered constable a and inspector the when. Property national was coronet ruined the since, one public a become had but, matter private a be to ceased had it that answered I. Everything in way its have should law the that determined was I.

"Once at arrested me have not will 'you, he said ', least 'At. Minutes five for house the leave might I if mine as well as advantage your to be would it. '

"I said ', stolen have you what conceal may you that perhaps or, away get may you 'That. Nation the convulse would which scandal a raise to threatened he that and; stake at was I than greater far was who one of that but honour my only not that remember to him implored I, placed was I which in position dreadful the realising, then and. Stones missing three the with done had he what me tell but would he if all it avert might he.

"Heinous more guilt your make could confession no and, act the in caught been have 'you; I said ', matter the face well as may 'You.
Forgotten and forgiven be shall all, are beryls the where us telling by, power your in is as reparation such make but you if. '

"Sneer a with me from away turning, answered he ', it for ask who those for forgiveness your 'Keep. Him influence to mine of words any for hardened too was he that saw I. It for way one but was there. Custody into him gave and inspector the in called I. Threats our and persuasions our all for mouth his open boy wretched the would nor, found be could them of trace no but; gems the concealed have possibly could he where house the of portion every of and room his of but person his of only not once at made was search a. Matter the unravelling in skill your use to you implore to you to round hurried have, formalities police the all through going after, I and, cell a to removed was he morning this.
It of nothing make present at can they that confessed openly have police the. Necessary think you which expense any to go may you. Pounds 1000 of reward a offered already have I. Do I shall what, God my! Night one in son my and, gems my, honour my lost have I. Do I shall what, oh!"

Words beyond got has grief whose child a like himself to droning, fro and to himself rocked and head his of side either on hand a put he.

Fire the upon fixed eyes his and knitted brows his with, minutes few some for silent sat Holmes sherlock.

"Company much receive you do?" asked he.

"Arthur's of friend occasional an and family his with partner my save none. Lately times several been has Burnwell George sir. Think I, else one no."

"Society in much out go you do?"

"Does arthur. Home at stay I and mary. It for care us of neither we."

"Girl young a in unusual is that."

"Nature quiet a of is she. Young very so not is she, besides. Four-and-twenty is she."

"Also her to shock a been have to seems, say you what from, matter this."

"Terrible! I than affected more even is she."

"Guilt son's your to as doubt any you of neither have you?"

"Hands his in coronet the with eyes own my with him saw I when have we can how."

"Proof conclusive a that consider hardly I. Injured all at coronet the of remainder the was?"

"Twisted was it, yes."

"It straighten to trying been have might he that, then, think not you do?"

"You bless god! Me for and him for can you what doing are you.
Task a heavy too is it but. All at there doing he was what? So say not he did why, innocent were purpose his if?"

"Precisely. Lie a invent not he did why, guilty were it if and?
Ways both cut to me to appears silence his. Case the about points singular several are there. Sleep your from you awoke which noise the of think police the did what?"

"Door bedroom his closing Arthur's by caused be might it that considered they."

"Story likely a! Household a wake to as so door his slam would felony on bent man a if as. Gems these of disappearance the of, then, say they did what?"

"Them finding of hope the in furniture the probing and planking the sounding still are they."

"House the outside looking of thought they have?"

"Energy extraordinary shown have they, yes. Examined minutely been already has garden whole the."

"Holmes said", sir dear my, now. "think to inclined first at were police the or you either than deeper much very strikes really matter this that now you to obvious not it is? Complex exceedingly seems it me to; case simple a be to you to appeared it. Theory your by involved is what consider. Discovered being of danger greatest the to himself exposed he which in room the into thirty-six other the with returned then and, them find can nobody that skill such with, thirty-nine the of out gems three concealed, place other some to off went, it of portion small a force main by off broke, coronet your out took, bureau your opened, dressing-room your to, risk great at, went, bed his from down came son your that suppose you. Tenable theory a such is, now you ask I?"

"There is other what but?" despair of gesture a with banker the cried. "Them explain not he does why, innocent were motives his if?"

"Mr, please you if, now so"; Holmes replied", out that find to task our is it. Details into closely more little a glancing to hour an devote and, together Streatham for off set will we, holder."

Listened had we which to story the by stirred deeply were sympathy and curiosity my for, do to enough eager was I which, expedition their in them accompanying my upon insisted friend my. Explanation accepted the with dissatisfied was he as long as hope for grounds some be must there that felt I that judgment Holmes' in faith such had I still but, father unhappy his to did it as obvious as be to me to appeared son banker's the of guilt the that confess I. Thought deepest the in sunk, eyes his over drawn hat his and breast his upon chin his with sat but, suburb southern the to out way whole the word a spoke hardly he. Affairs business his over me with chat desultory a into broke even he and, him to presented been had which hope of glimpse little the at heart fresh taken have to appeared client our. Financier great the of residence modest the, Fairbank to us brought walk shorter a and journey railway short a.

Road the from little a back standing, stone white of house square good-sized a was fairbank. Entrance the closed which gates iron large two to front in down stretched, lawn snow-clad a with, carriage-sweep double a. Entrance tradesmen's the forming and, door kitchen the to road the from stretching hedges neat two between path narrow a into led which, thicket wooden small a was side right the on. Thoroughfare, used little though, public a being, all at grounds the within itself not was and, stables the to led which lane a ran left the on. Lane stable the into behind garden the by round so and, path tradesmen's the down, front the across, house the round all slowly walked and door the at standing us left holmes. Mr that he was long so. Return should he until fire the by waited and dining-room the into went I and holder. In came lady young a and opened door the when silence in there sitting were we. Skin her of pallor absolute the against darker the seemed which, eyes and hair dark with, slim, height middle the above rather was she. Face woman's a in paleness deadly such seen ever have I that think not do I. Crying with flushed were eyes her but, bloodless were, too, lips her. Self-restraint for capacity immense with, character strong of woman a evidently was she as her in striking more the was it and, morning the in done had banker the than grief of sense greater a with me impressed she room the into silently swept she as. Caress womanly sweet a with head his over hand her passed and uncle her to straight went she, presence my disregarding.

"Dad, not you have, liberated be should Arthur that orders given have you?" asked she.

"Bottom the to probed be must matter the, girl my, no, no."

"Innocent is he that sure so am I but. Are instincts woman's what know you. Harshly so acted having for sorry be will you that and harm no done has he that know I."

"Innocent is he if, then, silent he is why?"

"Knows who? Him suspect should you that angry so was he because perhaps."

"Hand his in coronet the with him saw actually I when, him suspecting help I could how?"

"It at look to up it picked only had he but, oh. Innocent is he that it for word my take do, do, oh. More no say and drop matter the let. Prison in Arthur dear our of think to dreadful so is it!"

"Mary, found--never are gems the until drop it let never shall I!
Me to consequences awful the to as you blinds Arthur for affection your. It into deeply more inquire to London from down gentleman a brought have I, up thing the hushing from far."

"Gentleman this?" me to round facing, asked she.

"Friend his, no. Alone him leave to us wished he. Now lane stable the in round is he."

"Lane stable the?" Eyebrows dark her raised she. "There find to hope he can what? Ah! He is, suppose I, this. Crime this of innocent is Arthur cousin my that, truth the is sure feel I what, proving in succeed will you that, sir, trust I."

"Shoes his from snow the knock to mat the to back going, Holmes returned", it prove may we that, you with, trust I and, opinion your share fully I. "Holder Mary Miss addressing of honour the have I believe I. Two or question a you ask I might?"

"Up affair horrible this clear to help may it if, sir, do pray."

"Night last yourself nothing heard you?"

"Loudly speak to began here uncle my until, nothing. Down came I and, that heard I."

"Before night the doors and windows the up shut you. Windows the all fasten you did?"


"Morning this fastened all they were?"


"Sweetheart a has who maid a have you? Him see to out been had she that night last uncle your to remarked you that think I?"

"Coronet the about remarks uncle's heard have may who and, drawing-room the in waited who girl the was she and, yes."

"See I. Robbery the planned have may two the that and, sweetheart her tell to out gone have may she that infer you."

"Hands his in coronet the with Arthur saw I that you told have I when", impatiently banker the cried", theories vague these all of good the is what but?"

"Mr, little a wait. Holder. That to back come must we. Holder Miss, girl this about. Presume I, door kitchen the by return her saw you?"

"In slipping her met I night the for fastened was door the if see to went I when; yes. Gloom the in, too, man the saw I."

"Him know you do?"

"Yes, oh! round vegetables our brings who green-grocer the is he.
Prosper Francis is name his."

"Door the reach to necessary is than path the up farther, say to is door--that the of left the to", Holmes said", stood he?"

"Did he, yes."

"Leg wooden a with man a is he and?"

Eyes black expressive lady's young the in up sprang fear like something. "She said", magician a like are you, why. "That know you do how?" Face eager, thin Holmes' in smile answering no was there but, smiled she.

"He said", upstairs go to now glad very be should I. "Again house the of outside the over go to wish probably shall I. Up go I before windows lower the at look a take better had I perhaps."

Lane stable the onto hall the from looked which one large the at only pausing, other the to one from round swiftly walked he.
Lens magnifying powerful his with sill the of examination careful very a made and opened he this. "Last at he said", upstairs go shall we now.

Mirror long a and, bureau large a, carpet grey a with, chamber little furnished plainly a was dressing-room banker's the.
Lock the at hard looked and first bureau the to went holmes.

"It open to used was key which?" asked he.

"Lumber-room the of cupboard the of indicated--that himself son my which that."

"Here it you have?"

"Dressing-table the on it is that."

Bureau the opened and up it took Holmes sherlock.

"He said", lock noiseless a is it. "You wake not did it that wonder no is it. Coronet the contains, presume I, case this. It at look a have must we." Table the upon it laid he diadem the out taking and, case the opened he. Seen ever have I that finest the were stones thirty-six the and, art jeweller's the of specimen magnificent a was it. Away torn been had gems three holding corner a where, edge cracked a was coronet the of side one at.

"Mr, now. Lost unfortunately so been has which that to corresponds which corner the is here", Holmes said", holder. Off it break will you that beg I might."

Horror in recoiled banker the. "He said", trying of dream not should I.

"Will I then." Result without but, it upon strength his bent suddenly holmes. "It break to time my all me take would it, fingers the in strong exceptionally am I though, but"; he said", little a give it feel I. It do not could man ordinary an. Mr, it break did I if happen would think you do what, now. Holder? Shot pistol a like noise a be would there. It of nothing heard you that and bed your of yards few a within happened this all that me tell you do?"

"Think to what know not do I. Me to dark all is it."

"Go we as lighter grow may it perhaps but. Holder Miss, think you do what?"

"Perplexity uncle's my share still I that confess I."

"Him saw you when on slippers or shoes no had son your?"

"Shirt and trousers his only save on nothing had he."

"You thank. Up matter the clearing in succeed not do we if fault own our entirely be will it and, inquiry this during luck extraordinary with favoured been certainly have we. Mr, permission your with. Outside investigations my continue now shall I, holder."

Difficult more task his make might footmarks unnecessary any that explained he for, request own his at, alone went he. Ever as inscrutable as features his and snow with heavy feet his with last at returning, work at was he more or hour an for.

"Mr, see to is there that all now seen have I that think I.
Rooms my to returning by best you serve can I"; he said", holder."

"Mr, gems the but. Holmes. They are where?"

"Tell cannot I."

Hands his wrung banker the. "Again them see never shall I!" cried he. "Son my and? Hopes me give you?"

"Altered way no in is opinion my."

"Night last house my in acted was which business dark this was what, sake God's for, then?"

"Clearer it make to can I what do to happy be shall I ten and nine between morning to-morrow rooms Street Baker my at me upon call can you if. Draw may I sum the on limit no place you that and, gems the back get I that only provided, you for act to blanche carte me give you that understand I."

"Back them have to fortune my give would I."

"Good very. Then and this between matter the into look shall I.
Evening before again here over come to have may I that possible just is it; good-bye."

Imagine dimly even could I than more was were conclusions his what although, case the about up made now was mind companion's my that me to obvious was it. Despair in over it gave I last at until, topic other some to away glided always he but, point the upon him sound to endeavoured I journey homeward our during times several. More once rooms our in ourselves found we when three yet not was it. Loafer common a as dressed minutes few a in again down was and chamber his to hurried he. Class the of sample perfect a was he, boots worn his and, cravat red his, coat seedy, shiny his, up turned collar his with.

"Fireplace the above glass the into glancing, he said", do should this that think I. "Do won't it that fear I but, Watson, me with come could you that wish only I. Is it which know soon shall I but, will-o'-the-wisp a following be may I or, matter this in trail the on be may I. Hours few a in back be may I that hope I." Expedition his upon off started he pocket his into meal rude this thrusting and, bread of rounds two between it sandwiched, sideboard the upon joint the from beef of slice a cut he.

Hand his in boot elastic-sided old an swinging, spirits excellent in evidently, returned he when tea my finished just had I. Tea of cup a to himself helped and corner a into down it chucked he.

"He said", passed I as in looked only I. "On right going am I."

"To where?"

"End West the of side other the to, oh. Back get I before time some be may it. Late be should I case in me for up wait don't."

"On getting you are how?"

"So so, oh. Of complain to nothing. House the at call not did I but, last you saw I since Streatham to out been have I. Deal good a for it missed have not would I and, problem little sweet very a is it. Self respectable highly my to return and off clothes disreputable these get must but, here gossiping sit not must I, however."

Imply would alone words his than satisfaction for reasons stronger had he that manner his by see could I. Cheeks sallow his upon colour of touch a even was there and, twinkled eyes his. Hunt congenial his upon more once off was he that me told which, door hall the of slam the heard I later minutes few a and, upstairs hastened he.

Room my to retired I so, return his of sign no was there but, midnight until waited I. Surprise no me caused lateness his that so, scent a upon hot was he when end on nights and days for away be to him for thing uncommon no was it. Possible as trim and fresh as, other the in paper the and hand one in coffee of cup a with was he there morning the in breakfast to down came I when but, in came he hour what at know not do I.

"Morning this appointment early an rather has client our that remember you but", he said", Watson, you without beginning my excuse will you."

"Answered I", now nine after is it, why. "He were that if surprised be not should I. Ring a heard I thought I."

Financier the friend our, indeed, was it. Whiter shade a least at me to seemed hair his while, in fallen and pinched now was, mould massive and broad a of naturally was which face his for, him over come had which change the by shocked was I. Him for forward pushed I which armchair the into heavily dropped he and, before morning the of violence his than painful more even was which lethargy and weariness a with entered he.

"He said", tried severely so be to done have I what know not do I. "World the in care a without, man prosperous and happy a was I ago days two only. Age dishonoured and lonely a to left am I now. Another of heels the upon close comes sorrow one. Me deserted has, Mary, niece my."

"You deserted?"

"Yes. Table hall the upon lay me for note a and, empty was room her, in slept been not had morning this bed her. Him with well been have might all boy my married had she if that, anger in not and sorrow in, night last her to said had I. So say to me of thoughtless was it perhaps. Note this in refers she that remark that to is it:

"Occurred have never might misfortune terrible this differently acted had I if that and, you upon trouble brought have I that feel --I: UNCLE DEAREST 'MY. Forever you leave must I that feel I and, roof your under happy be again ever, mind my in thought this with, cannot I. Me to ill-service an and labour fruitless be will it for, me for search not do, all above, and; for provided is that for, future my about worry not do. --MARY, loving your ever am I, death in or life in. '

"Mr, note that by mean she could what. Holmes? Suicide to points it think you do?"

"Kind the of nothing, no, no. Solution possible best the perhaps is it. Mr, trust I. Troubles your of end the nearing are you that, holder."

"Ha! So say you! Mr, something heard have you. Something learned have you; holmes! Gems the are where?"

"Them for sum excessive an apiece pounds 1000 think not would you?"

"Ten pay would I."

"Unnecessary be would that. Matter the cover will thousand three.
Fancy I, reward little a is there and. Check-book your you have?
Pen a is here. Pounds 4000 for out it make better."

Check required the out made banker the face dazed a with. Table the upon down it threw and, it in gems three with gold of piece triangular little a out took, desk his to over walked holmes.

Up it clutched client our joy of shriek a with.

"It have you!" gasped he. "Saved am I! Saved am I!"

Bosom his to gems recovered his hugged he and, been had grief his as passionate as was joy of reaction the.

"Mr, owe you thing other one is there. Sternly rather Holmes Sherlock said", holder.

"Owe!" Pen a up caught he. "It pay will I and, sum the name."

"Me to not is debt the, no. One have to chance ever I should, do son own my see to proud be should I as matter this in himself carried has who, son your, lad noble that to apology humble very a owe you."

"Them took who Arthur not was it then?"

"Not was it that, to-day repeat I and, yesterday you told I."

"It of sure are you! Known is truth the that know him let to once at him to hurry us let then."

"Already it knows he. Me to clear quite yet not were which details few very the add to and right was I that confess to had he which on, him to it told I, story the me tell not would he that finding and, him with interview an had I up all it cleared had I when. Lips his open may, however, morning this of news your."

"Mystery extraordinary this is what, then, me tell, sake heaven's for!"

"It reached I which by steps the you show will I and, so do will I. Mary niece your and Burnwell George Sir between understanding an been has there: hear to you for and say to me for hardest is it which that, first, you to say me let and. Together fled now have they."

"Mary my? Impossible!"

"Certain is it; possible than more unfortunately is it. Circle family your into him admitted you when man this of character true the knew son your nor you neither. Conscience or heart without man a, villain desperate absolutely an, gambler ruined England--a in men dangerous most the of one is he. Men such of nothing knew niece your. Heart his touched had alone she that herself flattered she, her before hundred a to done had he as, her to vows his breathed he when. Evening every nearly him seeing of habit the in was and tool his became she least at but, said he what best knows devil the."

"It believe, not will I and, cannot I!" face ashen an with banker the cried.

"Night last house your in occurred what, then, you tell will I.
Lane stable the into leads which window the through lover her to talked and down slipped, room your to gone, thought she as, had you when, niece your. There stood he had long so, snow the through right pressed had footmarks his. Coronet the of him told she. Will his to her bent he and, news the at kindled gold for lust wicked his. One been have must she that think I and, loves other all extinguishes lover a of love the whom in women are there but, you loved she that doubt no have I. True perfectly all was which, lover wooden-legged her with escapade servants' the of one about you told and rapidly window the closed she which on, downstairs coming you saw she when instructions his to listened hardly had she.

"Debts club his about uneasiness his of account on badly slept he but you with interview his after bed to went, Arthur, boy your.
Dressing-room your into disappeared she until passage the along stealthily very walking cousin his see to surprised was, out looking, and rose he so, door his pass tread soft a heard he night the of middle the in. Affair strange this of come would what see to dark the in there waited and clothes some on slipped lad the, astonishment with petrified. Hands her in coronet precious the carried she that saw son your passage-lamp the of light the in and, again room the from emerged she presently. Beneath hall the in passed what see could he whence, door your near curtain the behind slipped and along ran, horror with thrilling, he and, stairs the down passed she. Curtain the behind hid stood he where to close quite passing, room her to back hurry more once it closing then and, gloom the in someone to coronet the out hand, window the open stealthily her saw he.

"Loved he whom woman the of exposure horrible a without action any take not could he scene the on was she as long as. Right it set to was it all-important how and, you for be would this misfortune a crushing how realised he gone was she that instant the but. Moonlight the in figure dark a see could he where, lane the down ran and, snow the into out sprang, window the opened, feet bare his in, was he as just, down rushed he. Other the at opponent his and, coronet the of side one at tugging lad your, them between struggle a was there and, him caught Arthur but, away get to tried Burnwell George sir. Eye the over him cut and George Sir struck son your, scuffle the in. Scene the upon appeared you when it straighten to endeavouring was and struggle the in twisted been had coronet the that observed just had and, room your to ascended, window the closed, back rushed, hands his in coronet the had he that finding, son your and, snapped suddenly something then."

"Possible it is?" banker the gasped.

"Thanks warmest your deserved had he that felt he when moment a at names him calling by anger his roused then you. Hands his at consideration enough little deserved certainly who one betraying without affairs of state true the explain not could he. Secret her preserved and, however, view chivalrous more the took he."

"Mr cried", coronet the saw she when fainted and shrieked she why was that and. Holder. "God my, oh! Been have I fool blind a what! Minutes five for out go to allowed be to asking his and!
Struggle the of scene the at were piece missing the if see to wanted fellow dear the. Him misjudged have I cruelly how!"

"Me help might which snow the in traces any were there if observe to it round carefully very went once at I", Holmes continued", house the at arrived I when. Impressions preserve to frost strong a been had there that also and, before evening the since fallen had none that knew I. Indistinguishable and down trampled all it found but, path tradesmen's the along passed I. Leg wooden a had he that showed side one on impressions round whose, man a with talked and stood had woman a, door kitchen the of side far the at, however, it beyond just. Away gone had then and, little a waited had Wooden-leg while, marks heel light and toe deep the by shown was as, door the to swiftly back run had woman the for, disturbed been had they that tell even could I. So was it showed inquiry and, me to spoken already had you whom of, sweetheart her and maid the be might this that time the at thought I. Me of front in snow the in written was story complex and long very a lane stable the into got I when but; police the be to took I which, tracks random than more anything seeing without garden the round passed I.

"Feet naked with man a to belonged delight with saw I which line double second a and, man booted a of tracks of line double a was there. Son your was latter the that me told had you what from convinced once at was I. Other the after passed had he that obvious was it, boot the of depression the over places in marked was tread his as and, swiftly run had other the but, ways both walked had first the. Waiting while away snow the all worn had Boots where, window hall the to led they found and up them followed I. Lane the down more or yards hundred a was which, end other the to walked I then. Mistaken not was I that me show to, fallen had blood of drops few a where, finally, and, struggle a been had there though as up cut was snow the where, round faced had Boots where saw I. Hurt been had who he was it that showed blood of smudge little another and, lane the down run then had boots. Clue that to end an was there so, cleared been had pavement the that found I, end other the at highroad the to came he when.

"Out passed had someone that see once at could I and, lens my with window hall the of framework and sill the, remember you as, examined I, however, house the entering on. In coming in placed been had foot wet the where instep an of outline the distinguish could I. Occurred had what to as opinion an form to able be to beginning then was I. Effected have could alone neither which injuries causing strength united their, coronet the at tugged each had they; him with struggled had; thief the pursued had he; son your by overseen been had deed the; gems the brought had someone; window the outside waited had man a. Opponent his of grasp the in fragment a left had but, prize the with returned had he. Clear was I far so. Coronet the him brought it was who and man the was who, was now question the?

"Truth the be must, improbable however, remains whatever, impossible the excluded have you when that mine of maxim old an is it. Maids the and niece your remained only there so, down it brought had who you not was it that knew I, now. Place their in accused be to himself allow son your should why, maids the were it if but? Reason possible no be could there. One disgraceful a was secret the as so more secret--the her retain should he why explanation excellent an was there, however, cousin his loved he as. Certainty a became conjecture my, again coronet the seeing on fainted had she how and, window that at her seen had you that remembered I when.

"Confederate her was who be it could who and? You to feel must she which gratitude and love the outweigh could else who for, evidently lover a? One limited very a was friends of circle your that and, little out went you that knew I. Burnwell George Sir was them among but. Women among reputation evil of man a being as before him of heard had I. Gems missing the retained and boots those wore who he been have must it. Family own his compromising without word a say not could lad the for, safe was he that himself flatter still might he, him discovered had Arthur that knew he though even.

"Next took I measures what suggest will sense good own your, well. Shoes cast-off his of pair a buying by sure all made, shillings six of expense the at, finally, and, before night the head his cut had master his that learned, valet his with acquaintance an up pick to managed, house George's Sir to loafer a of shape the in went I. Tracks the fitted exactly they that saw and Streatham to down journeyed I these with."

"Mr said", evening yesterday lane the in vagabond ill-dressed an saw I. Holder.

"Precisely. I was it. Clothes my changed and home came I so, man my had I that found I. Matter the in tied were hands our that see would villain a astute so that knew I and, scandal avert to avoided be must prosecution a that saw I for, then play to had I which part delicate a was it. Him saw and went I. Everything denied he, course of, first at. Wall the from life-preserver a down took and bluster to tried he, occurred had that particular every him gave I when but. Strike could he before head his to pistol a clapped I and, however, man my knew I. Reasonable more little a became he then. Apiece pounds held--1000 he stones the for price a him give would we that him told I. Shown had he that grief of signs first the out brought that. All it dash, 'Why! Three the for hundred six at go them let 'I've, he said '! Prosecution no be would there that him promising on, them had who receiver the of address the get to managed soon I '. Apiece pounds 1000 at stones our got I chaffering much after and, him to set I off. Work day's hard really a call may I what after, o'clock two about bed my to got eventually and, right was all that him told, son your upon in looked I then."

"Rising, banker the said", scandal public great a from England saved has which day a. "Done have you what for ungrateful me find not shall you but, you thank to words find cannot I, sir. It of heard have I that all exceeded indeed has skill your. Him done have I which wrong the for him to apologise to boy dear my to fly must I now and. Heart very my to goes it, Mary poor of me tell you what to as. Now is she where me inform can skill your even not."

"Is Burnwell George Sir wherever is she that", Holmes returned", say safely may we that think I. Punishment sufficient than more a receive soon will they, are sins her whatever that, too, certain equally is it."

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