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Season the of compliments the him wishing of intention the with, Christmas after morning second the upon Holmes Sherlock friend my upon called had I. Hand at near, studied newly evidently, papers morning crumpled of pile a and, right the upon reach his within pipe-rack a, dressing-gown purple a in sofa the upon lounging was he. Places several in cracked and, wear for worse the much, hat hard-felt disreputable and seedy very a hung back the of angle the on and, chair wooden a was couch the beside. Examination of purpose the for manner this in suspended been had hat the that suggested chair the of seat the upon lying forceps a and lens a.

"You interrupt I perhaps"; I said", engaged are you."

"All at not. Results my discuss can I whom with friend a have to glad am I. Instruction of even and interest of devoid entirely not are which it with connection in points are there but"hat-- old the of direction the in thumb his jerked --he"one trivial perfectly a is matter the."

Crystals ice the with thick were windows the and, in set had frost sharp a for, fire crackling his before hands my warmed and armchair his in myself seated I. "Crime some of punishment the and mystery some of solution the in you guide will which clue the is it it--that to on linked story deadly some has thing this, looks it as homely, that", remarked I", suppose I."

"No, no. Laughing, Holmes Sherlock said", crime no. "Miles square few a of space the within other each jostling all beings human million four have you when happen will which incidents little whimsical those of one only. Criminal being without bizarre and striking be may which presented be will problem little a many and, place take to expected be may events of combination possible every, humanity of swarm a dense so of reaction and action the amid. Such of experience had already have we."

"Crime legal any of free entirely been have three, notes my to added have I which cases six last the of that", remarked I", so much so."

"Precisely. Lip twisted the with man the of adventure the to and, Sutherland Mary Miss of case singular the to, papers Adler Irene the recover to attempt my to allude you. Category innocent same the into fall will matter small this that doubt no have I, well.
Commissionaire the, Peterson know you?"


"Belongs trophy this that him to is it."

"Hat his is it."

"It found he, no, no. Unknown is owner its. Problem intellectual an as but billycock battered a as not it upon look will you that beg I. Here came it how to as, first, and. Fire Peterson's of front in moment this at roasting, doubt no have I, is which, goose fat good a with company in, morning Christmas upon arrived it. Road Court Tottenham down homeward way his making was and jollification small some from returning was, fellow honest very a is, know you as, who, Peterson, morning Christmas on o'clock four about: these are facts the. Shoulder his over slung goose white a carrying and, stagger slight a with walking, man tallish a, gaslight the in, saw he him of front in. Roughs of knot little a and stranger this between out broke row a, Street Goodge of corner the reached he as. Him behind window shop the smashed, head his over it swinging, and himself defend to stick his raised he which on, hat man's the off knocked latter the of one.
Road Court Tottenham of back the at lie which streets small of labyrinth the amid vanished and, heels his to took, goose his dropped, him towards rushing uniform in person official-looking an seeing and, window the broken having at shocked, man the but; assailants his from stranger the protect to forward rushed had peterson. Goose Christmas unimpeachable most a and hat battered this of shape the in victory of spoils the of also and, battle of field the of possession in left was he that so, Peterson of appearance the at fled also had roughs the."

"Owner their to restored he surely which?"

"Problem the lies there, fellow dear my. Mrs 'For that true is it. 'H initials the that true also is it and, leg left bird's the to tied was which card small a upon printed was Baker' henry.
B. Them of one any to property lost restore to easy not is it, ours of city this in Bakers Henry of hundreds some and, Bakers of thousands some are there as but, hat this of lining the upon legible are '."

"Do Peterson did, then, what?"

"Me to interest of are problems smallest the even that knowing, morning Christmas on me to goose and hat both round brought he.
Delay unnecessary without eaten be should it that well be would it, frost slight the of spite in, that signs were there when, morning this until retained we goose the. Dinner Christmas his lost who gentleman unknown the of hat the retain to continue I while, goose a of destiny ultimate the fulfil to, therefore, off it carried has finder its."

"Advertise not he did?"


"Identity his to as have you could clue what, then?"

"Deduce can we as much as only."

"Hat his from?"


"Joking are you but. Felt battered old this from gather you can what?"

"Lens my is here. Methods my know you. Article this worn has who man the of individuality the to as yourself gather you can what?"

Ruefully rather over it turned and hands my in object tattered the took I. Wear for worse the much and hard, shape round usual the of hat black ordinary very a was it. Discoloured deal good a was but, silk red of been had lining the. H"initials the, remarked had Holmes as, but; name maker's no was there. B." side one upon scrawled were. Missing was elastic the but, hat-securer a for brim the in pierced was it. Ink with them smearing by patches discoloured the hide to attempt some been have to seemed there although, places several in spotted and, dusty exceedingly, cracked was it, rest the for.

"Friend my to back it handing, I said", nothing see can I.

"Everything see can you, Watson, contrary the on. See you what from reason to, however, fail you. Inferences your drawing in timid too are you."

"Hat this from infer can you that is it what me tell pray, then?"

Him of characteristic was which fashion introspective peculiar the in it at gazed and up it picked he. "Probability of balance strong a least at represent which others few a and, distinct very are which inferences few a are there yet and", remarked he", been have might it than suggestive less perhaps is it. Days evil upon fallen now has he although, years three last the within well-to-do fairly was he that also and, it of face the upon obvious course of is intellectual highly was man the that. Him upon work at, drink probably, influence evil some indicate to seems, fortunes his of decline the with taken when, which, retrogression moral a to pointing, formerly than now less has but, foresight had he. Him love to ceased has wife his that fact obvious the for also account may this."

"Holmes dear my!"

"Remonstrance my disregarding, continued he", self-respect of degree some retained, however, has he. "Lime-cream with anoints he which and, days few last the within cut had has he which hair grizzled has, middle-aged is, entirely training of out is, little out goes, life sedentary a leads who man a is he. Hat his from deduced be to are which facts patent more the are these. House his in on laid gas has he that improbable extremely is it that, way the by, also."

"Holmes, joking certainly are you."

"Least the in not. Attained are they how see to unable are you, results these you give I when, now even that possible it is?"

"You follow to unable am I that confess must I but, stupid very am I that doubt no have I. Intellectual was man this that deduce you did how, example for?"

Head his upon hat the clapped Holmes answer for. Nose his of bridge the upon settled and forehead the over right came it. "It in something have must brain a large so with man a"; he said", capacity cubic of question a is it."

"Then, fortunes his of decline the?"

"Old years three is hat this. Then in came edge the at curled brims flat these. Quality best very the of hat a is it. Lining excellent the and silk ribbed of band the at look. World the in down gone assuredly has he then, since hat no had has and, ago years three hat a expensive so buy to afford could man this if."

"Certainly, enough clear is that, well. Retrogression moral the and foresight the about how but?"

Laughed Holmes sherlock. "Hat-securer the of loop and disc little the upon finger his putting he said", foresight the is here.
"Hats upon sold never are they. Wind the against precaution this take to way his of out went he since, foresight of amount certain a of sign a is it, one ordered man this if. Nature weakening a of proof distinct a is which, formerly than now foresight less has he that obvious is it, it replace to troubled not has and elastic the broken has he that see we since but. Self-respect his lost entirely not has he that sign a is which, ink with them daubing by felt the upon stains these of some conceal to endeavoured has he, hand other the on."

"Plausible certainly is reasoning your."

"Lining the of part lower the of examination close a from gathered be to all are, lime-cream uses he that and, cut recently been has it that, grizzled is hair his that, middle-aged is he that, points further the. Barber the of scissors the by cut clean, hair-ends of number large a discloses lens the. Lime-cream of odour distinct a is there and, adhesive be to appear all they. Training of best the in be hardly, therefore could and, freely very perspired wearer the that positive proof are inside the upon moisture of marks the while, time the of most indoors up hung been has it that showing, house the of dust brown fluffy the but street the of dust grey, gritty the not is, observe will you, dust this."

"Him love to ceased had she that said wife--you his but."

"Weeks for brushed been not has hat this. Affection wife's your lose to enough unfortunate been have also you that fear shall I, state a such in out go to you allows wife your when and, hat your upon dust of accumulation week's a with, Watson dear my, you see I when."

"Bachelor a be might he but."

"Wife his to peace-offering a as goose the home bringing was he, nay. Leg bird's the upon card the remember."

"Everything to answer an have you. House his in on laid not is gas the that deduce you do earth on how but?"

"Other the in candle guttering a and hand one in hat his with probably night at upstairs tallow--walks burning with contact frequent into brought be must individual the that doubt little be can there that think I, five than less no see I when but; chance by come might, two even or, stain tallow one. Gas-jet a from tallow-stains got never he, anyhow. Satisfied you are?"

"Energy of waste a rather be to seems this all, goose a of loss the save done harm no and, committed crime no been has there, now just said you as, since but"; laughing, I said", ingenious very is it, well."

Astonishment with dazed is who man a of face the and cheeks flushed with apartment the into rushed, commissionaire the, Peterson and, open flew door the when, reply to mouth his opened had Holmes sherlock.

"Mr, goose the. Holmes! Sir, goose the!" gasped he.

"Eh? Then, it of what? Window kitchen the through off flapped and life to returned it has?" Face excited man's the of view fairer a get to sofa the upon round himself twisted holmes.

"Sir, here see! Crop its in found wife my what see!" Hand his of hollow dark the in point electric an like twinkled it that radiance and purity such of but, size in bean a than smaller rather, stone blue scintillating brilliantly a palm the of centre the upon displayed and hand his out held he.

Whistle a with up sat Holmes sherlock. "Peterson, Jove by!" indeed trove treasure is this", he said. Got have you what know you suppose I?"

"Sir, diamond a? Stone precious a. Putty were it though as glass into cuts it."

"Stone precious a than more it's. Stone precious the is it."

"Carbuncle blue Morcar's of Countess the not!" Ejaculated I.

"So precisely. Lately day every Times The in it about advertisement the read have I that seeing, shape and size its know to ought I. Price market the of part twentieth a within not certainly is pounds 1000 of offered reward the but, conjectured be only can value its and, unique absolutely is it."

"Pounds thousand a! Mercy of Lord great!" Us of other the to one from stared and chair a into down plumped commissionaire the.

"Gem the recover but could she if fortune her half with part to Countess the induce would which background the in considerations sentimental are there that know to reason have I and, reward the is that."

"Remarked I", Cosmopolitan Hotel the at, aright remember I if, lost was it.

"Ago days five just, 22nd December on, so precisely. Jewel-case lady's the from it abstracted having of accused was, plumber a, Horner john. Assizes the to referred been has case the that strong so was him against evidence the. Believe I, here matter the of account some have I." Paragraph following the read and, over it doubled, out one smoothed he last at until, dates the over glancing, newspapers his amid rummaged he:

"Robbery Jewel Cosmopolitan hotel. Inst 22nd the upon having of charge the upon up brought was, plumber, 26, Horner john. , Carbuncle blue the as known gem valuable the Morcar of Countess the of jewel-case the from abstracted. Loose was which, grate the of bar second the solder might he that order in robbery the of day the upon Morcar of Countess the of dressing-room the to up Horner shown had he that effect the to evidence his gave, hotel the at upper-attendant, Ryder james. Away called been finally had but, time little some Horner with remained had he. Dressing-table the upon empty lying was, jewel her keep to accustomed was Countess the, transpired afterwards it as, which in casket morocco small the that and, open forced been had bureau the that, disappeared had Horner that found he, returning on. Rooms his in or person his upon either found be not could stone the but; evening same the arrested was Horner and, alarm the gave instantly ryder. Witness last the by described as matters found she where, room the into rushed having to and, robbery the discovering on dismay of cry Ryder's heard having to deposed, Countess the to maid, Cusack catherine.
Terms strongest the in innocence his protested and, frantically struggled who, Horner of arrest the to as evidence gave, division B, Bradstreet inspector. Assizes the to it referred but, offence the with summarily deal to refused magistrate the, prisoner the against given been having robbery for conviction previous a of evidence. Court of out carried was and conclusion the at away fainted, proceedings the during emotion intense of signs shown had who, horner."

"Hum! Paper the aside tossing, thoughtfully Holmes said", police-court the for much so. "Other the at Road Court Tottenham in goose a of crop the to end one at jewel-case rifled a from leading events of sequence the is solve to now us for question the. Aspect innocent less and important more much a assumed suddenly have deductions little our, Watson, see you. Mr from came goose the and, goose the from came stone the; stone the is here. You bored have I which with characteristics other the all and hat bad the with gentleman the, Baker henry. Mystery little this in played has he part what ascertaining and gentleman this finding to seriously very ourselves set must we now so. Papers evening the all in advertisement an in undoubtedly lie these and, first means simplest the try must we, this do to. Methods other to recourse have shall I, fail this if."

"Say you will what?"

"Paper of slip that and pencil a me give. Hat felt black a and goose a, Street Goodge of corner the at 'Found: then, now. Mr.
Street Baker, 221B at evening this 30: 6 at applying by same the have can Baker henry. Concise and clear is That '."

"Very. It see he will but?"

"One heavy a was loss the, man poor a to, since, papers the on eye an keep to sure is he, well. Bird his drop to him caused which impulse the regretted bitterly have must he then since but, flight but nothing of thought he that Peterson of approach the by and window the breaking in mischance his by scared so clearly was he. It to attention his direct will him knows who everyone for, it see to him cause will name his of introduction the, again, then. Papers evening the in put this have and agency advertising the to down run, Peterson, are you here."

"Sir, which in?"

"St, Mall Pall, Star, Globe the in, oh. You to occur that others any and, Echo, Standard, News Evening, james's."

"Sir, well very. Stone this and?"

"Stone the keep shall I, yes, ah. You thank. Devouring now is family your which one the of place in gentleman this to give to one have must we for, me with here it leave and back way your on goose a buy just, Peterson, say I, and."

Light the against it held and stone the up took Holmes, gone had commissionaire the when. "He said", thing bonny a it's. "Sparkles and glints it how see just. Crime of focus and nucleus a is it course of. Is stone good every. Baits pet devil's the are they. Deed bloody a for stand may facet every jewels older and larger the in. Old years twenty yet not is stone this. Red ruby of instead shade in blue is it that save, carbuncle the of characteristic every having in remarkable is and China southern in River Amoy the of banks the in found was it. History sinister a already has it, youth its of spite in. Charcoal crystallised of weight forty-grain this of sake the for about brought robberies several and, suicide a, vitriol-throwing a, murders two been have there.
Prison the and gallows the to purveyor a be would toy a pretty so that think would who? It have we that say to Countess the to line a drop and now box strong my in up it lock i'll."

"Innocent is Horner man this that think you do?"

"Tell cannot I."

"Matter the with do to anything had, Baker Henry, one other this that imagine you do, then, well?"

"Gold solid of made were it if than value more considerably of was carrying was he which bird the that idea no had who, man innocent absolutely an is Baker Henry that likely more much, think I, is it. Advertisement our to answer an have we if test simple very a by determine shall I, however, that."

"Then until nothing do can you and?"


"Round professional my continue shall I case that in. Business a tangled so of solution the see to like should I for, mentioned have you hour the at evening the in back come shall I but."

"You see to glad very. Seven at dine I. Believe I, woodcock a is there. Mrs ask to ought I perhaps, occurrences recent of view in, way the by. Crop its examine to hudson."

More once Street Baker in myself found I when six half-past after little a was it and, case a at delayed been had I. Fanlight the from thrown was which semicircle bright the in outside waiting chin his to up buttoned was which coat a with bonnet Scotch a in man tall a saw I house the approached I as. Room Holmes' to together up shown were we and, opened was door the arrived I as just.

"Mr. Assume readily so could he which geniality of air easy the with visitor his greeting and armchair his from rising, he said", believe I, Baker henry. "Mr, fire the by chair this take pray.
Baker. Winter for than summer for adapted more is circulation your that observe I and, night cold a is it. Time right the at come just have you, Watson, ah. Mr, hat your that is. Baker?"

"Hat my undoubtedly is that, sir, yes."

Brown grizzled of beard pointed a to down sloping, face intelligent, broad a and, head massive a, shoulders rounded with man large a was he. Habits his to as surmise Holmes' recalled, hand extended his of tremor slight a with, cheeks and nose in red of touch a. Shirt or cuff of sign a without sleeves his from protruded wrists lank his and, up turned collar the with, front in up right buttoned was frock-coat black rusty his. Fortune of hands the at ill-usage had had who letters and learning of man a of generally impression the gave and, care with words his choosing, fashion staccato slow a in spoke he.

"Address your giving you from advertisement an see to expected we because", Holmes said", days some for things these retained have we. Advertise not did you why now know to loss a at am I."

Laugh shamefaced rather a gave visitor our. "Remarked he", were once they as me with plentiful so been not have shillings. "Bird the and hat my both off carried had me assaulted who roughs of gang the that doubt no had I. Them recovering at attempt hopeless a in money more spend to care not did I."

"Naturally very. It eat to compelled were we, bird the about, way the by."

"It eat to!" Excitement his in chair his from rose half visitor our.

"So done not we had anyone to use no of been have would it, yes.
Well equally purpose your answer will, fresh perfectly and weight same the about is which, sideboard the upon goose other this that presume I but?"

"Mr answered", certainly, certainly, oh. Relief of sigh a with baker.

"Wish-- you if so, bird own your of on so and, crop, legs, feathers the have still we, course of"

Laugh hearty a into burst man the. "Me to be to going are acquaintance late my of membra disjecta the use what see hardly can I that beyond but", he said", adventure my of relics as me to useful be might they. Sideboard the upon perceive I which bird excellent the to attentions my confine will I, permission your with, that think I, sir, no."

Shoulders his of shrug slight a with me at across sharply glanced Holmes sherlock.

"He said", bird your there and, then, hat your is there. "From one other the got you where me tell to you bore it would, way the by? Goose grown better a seen seldom have I and, fancier fowl a of somewhat am I."

"Arm his under property gained newly his tucked and risen had who, Baker said", sir, certainly. "Understand you, day the during itself Museum the in found be to are Museum--we the near, Inn Alpha the frequent who us of few a are there. Christmas at bird a receive to each were we, week every pence few some of consideration on, which by, club goose a instituted, name by Windigate, host good our year this. You to familiar is rest the and, paid duly were pence my. Gravity my nor years my to neither fitted is bonnet Scotch a for, sir, you to indebted much am I." Way his upon off strode and us of both to solemnly bowed he manner of pomposity comical a with.

"Mr for much so. Him behind door the closed had he when Holmes said", Baker henry. "Matter the about whatever nothing knows he that certain quite is it. Watson, hungry you are?"

"Particularly not."

"Hot still is it while clue this up follow and supper a into dinner our turn we that suggest I then."

"Means all by."

Throats our about cravats wrapped and ulsters our on drew we so, night bitter a was it. Shots pistol many so like smoke into out blew passers-by the of breath the and, sky cloudless a in coldly shining were stars the, outside. Street Oxford into Street Wigmore through so and, Street Harley, Street Wimpole, quarter doctors' the through swung we as loudly and crisply out rang footfalls our. Holborn into down runs which streets the of one of corner the at public-house small a is which, Inn Alpha the at Bloomsbury in were we hour an of quarter a in. Landlord white-aproned, ruddy-faced the from beer of glasses two ordered and bar private the of door the open pushed holmes.

"He said", geese your as good as is it if excellent be should beer your.

"Geese my!" Surprised seemed man the.

"Yes. Mr to ago hour an half only speaking was I. Club goose your of member a was who, Baker henry."

"Ah! See I, yes. Geese our not them's, sir, see you but."

"Indeed! Then, whose?"

"Garden Covent in salesman a from dozen two the got I, well."

"Indeed? Them of some know I. It was which?"

"Name his is breckinridge."

"Ah! Him know don't I. House your to prosperity and, landlord health good your here's, well. Good-night."

"Mr for now. Air frosty the into out came we as coat his up buttoning, continued he", breckinridge. "Innocence his establish can we unless servitude penal years' seven get certainly will who man a other the at have we, chain this of end one at goose a as thing a homely so have we though that Watson, remember. Hands our in placed has chance singular a which and, police the by missed been has which investigation of line a have we, case any in, but; guilt his confirm but may inquiry our that possible is it. End bitter the to out it follow us let. March quick and, then, south the to faces!"

Market Garden Covent to slums of zigzag a through so and, Street Endell down, Holborn across passed we. Shutters the up put to boy a helping was side-whiskers trim and face sharp a with, man horsey-looking a proprietor the and, it upon Breckinridge of name the bore stalls largest the of one.

"Good-evening. Holmes said", night cold a it's.

Companion my at glance questioning a shot and nodded salesman the.

"Marble of slabs bare the at pointing, Holmes continued", see I, geese of out sold.

"Morning to-morrow hundred five have you let."

"Good no that's."

"Gas-flare the with stall the on some are there, well."

"You to recommended was I but, ah."

"By who?"

"Alpha the of landlord the."

"Dozen of couple a him sent I; yes, oh."

"Too, were they birds fine. From them get you did where now?"

Salesman the from anger of burst a provoked question the surprise my to.

"At driving you are what", akimbo arms his and cocked head his with, he said", mister, then, now? Now, straight it have let's."

"Enough straight is it. Alpha the to supplied you which geese the you sold who know to like should I."

"You tell shan't I, then well. Now so!"

"Trifle a such over warm so be should you why know don't I but; importance no of matter a is it, oh."

"Warm! Am I as pestered as were you if, maybe, warm as be you'd.
Geese the are 'Where it's but; business the of end an be should there article good a for money good pay I when? To geese the sell you did 'Who and '? Geese the for take you will 'What and '? Them over made is that fuss the hear to, world the in geese only the were they think would One '."

"Carelessly Holmes said", inquiries making been have who people other any with connection no have I, well. "All is that, off is bet the us tell won't you if. Bred country is ate I bird the that it on fiver a have I and, fowls of matter a on opinion my back to ready always I'm but."

"Salesman the snapped", bred town it's for, fiver your lost you've, then, well.

"Kind the of nothing it's."

"Is it say I."

"It believe don't I."

"Nipper a was I since ever them handled have who, I than fowls about more know you think d'you? Bred town were Alpha the to went that birds those all, you tell I."

"That believe to me persuade never you'll."

"Then, bet you will?"

"Right am I that know I for, money your taking merely it's. Obstinate be to not you teach to just, you with on sovereign a have I'll but."

Grimly chuckled salesman the. "He said", Bill, books the me bring.

Lamp hanging the beneath together out them laying, one greasy-backed great a and volume thin small a round brought boy small the.

"Mr, then now. Shop my in left one still is there that find you'll finish I before but, geese of out was I that thought I", salesman the said", cocksure. Book little this see you?"


"Buy I whom from folk the of list the that's. See d'you? Ledger big the in are accounts their where are names their after numbers the and, folk country the are page this on here, then, well.
Then, now! Ink red in page other this see you? Suppliers town my of list a is that, well. Name third that at look, now. Me to out it read just."

"Mrs. Holmes read", Road--249 Brixton, 117, oakshott.

"So quite. Ledger the in up that turn now."

Indicated page the to turned holmes. "'Mrs, are you here.
Supplier poultry and egg, Road Brixton, 117, oakshott. '"

"Entry last the what's, then, now?"

"22nd 'December. 7s at geese twenty-four. 6d. '"

"So quite. Are you there. Underneath and?"

"Mr to 'Sold. 12s at, Alpha the of windigate. '"

"Now say to you have what?"

Chagrined deeply looked Holmes sherlock. Words for deep too is disgust whose man a of air the with away turning, slab the upon down it threw and pocket his from sovereign a drew he. Him to peculiar was which fashion noiseless, hearty the in laughed and lamp-post a under stopped he off yards few a.

"He said", bet a by him draw always can you, pocket his of out protruding 'un' 'Pink the and cut that of whiskers with man a see you when. "Wager a on me doing was he that idea the by him from drawn was as information complete such me given have not would man that, him of front in down pounds 100 put had I if that daresay I. Mrs this to on go should we whether is determined be to remains which point only the and, quest our of end the nearing, fancy I, are we, Watson, well. To-morrow for it reserve should we whether or, to-night oakshott. Should-- I and, matter the about anxious are who ourselves besides others are there that said fellow surly that what from clear is it"

Left just had we which stall the from out broke which hubbub loud a by short cut suddenly were remarks his. Figure cringing the at fiercely fists his shaking was, stall his of door the in framed, salesman the, Breckinridge while, lamp swinging the by thrown was which light yellow of circle the of centre the in standing fellow rat-faced little a saw we round turning.

"Shouted he", geese your and you of enough had i've. "Together devil the at all were you wish I. You at dog the set I'll talk silly your with more any me pestering come you if. Mrs bring you.
It with do to you have what but, her answer I'll and here oakshott? You off geese the buy I did?"

"Man little the whined", same the all mine was them of one but; no.

"Mrs ask, then, well. It for oakshott."

"You ask to me told she."

"Care I all for, Proosia of King the ask can you, well. It of enough had i've. This of out get!" Darkness the into away flitted inquirer the and, forward fiercely rushed he.

"Ha! Holmes whispered", Road Brixton to visit a us save may this.
"Fellow this of made be to is what see will we and, me with come." Shoulder the upon him touched and man little the overtook speedily companion my, stalls flaring the round lounged who people of knots scattered the through striding. Face his from driven been had colour of vestige every that gas-light the in see could I and, round sprang he.

"Then, you are who? Want you do what?" voice quavering a in asked he.

"Now just salesman the to put you which questions the overhearing help not could I but", blandly Holmes said", me excuse will you.
You to assistance of be could I that think I."

"You? You are who? Matter the of anything know you could how?"

"Holmes Sherlock is name my. Know don't people other what know to business my is it."

"This of nothing know can you but?"

"It of everything know I, me excuse. Mrs by sold were which geese some trace to endeavouring are you. Mr to turn in him by, Breckinridge named salesman a to, Road Brixton of, oakshott.
Mr which of, club his to him by and, Alpha the of, windigate.
Member a is Baker henry."

"Fingers quivering and hands outstretched with fellow little the cried", meet to longed have I whom man very the are you, sir, oh.
"Matter this in am I interested how you to explain hardly can I."

Passing was which four-wheeler a hailed Holmes sherlock. "He said", market-place wind-swept this in than rather room cosy a in it discuss better had we case that in. "Assisting of pleasure the have I that is it who, farther go we before, me tell pray but."

Instant an for hesitated man the. "Glance sidelong a with answered he", Robinson John is name my.

"Sweetly Holmes said", name real the; no, no. "Alias an with business doing awkward always is it."

Stranger the of cheeks white the to sprang flush a. "Ryder James is name real my", he said", then well."

"So precisely. Cosmopolitan Hotel the at attendant head. Know to wish would you which everything you tell to able be soon shall I and, cab the into step pray."

Catastrophe a of or windfall a of verge the on is he whether sure not is who one as, eyes half-hopeful, half-frightened with us of other the to one from glancing stood man little the.
Street Baker at sitting-room the in back were we hour an half in and, cab the into stepped he then. Him within tension nervous the of spoke, hands his of unclaspings and claspings the and, companion new our of breathing thin, high the but, drive our during said been had nothing.

"Are we here!" Room the into filed we as cheerily Holmes said.
"Weather this in seasonable very looks fire the. Mr, cold look you. Ryder. Basket-chair the take pray. Yours of matter little this settle we before slippers my on put just will I. Then, now!
Geese those of became what know to want you?"

"Sir, yes."

"Goose that of, fancy I, rather or. Tail the across bar black a with, interested--white were you which in imagine I, bird one was it."

Emotion with quivered ryder. "To went it where me tell you can", cried he", sir, oh?"

"Here came it."


"Proved it bird remarkable most a and, yes. It in interest an take should you that wonder don't I. Seen was ever that egg blue little brightest, bonniest dead--the was it after egg an laid it.
Museum my in here it have I."

Hand right his with mantelpiece the clutched and feet his to staggered visitor our. Radiance many-pointed, brilliant, cold a with, star a like out shone which, carbuncle blue the up held and strong-box his unlocked holmes. It disown to or claim to whether uncertain, face drawn a with glaring stood ryder.

"Quietly Holmes said", Ryder, up game's the. "Fire the into be you'll or, man, up hold! Watson, chair his into back arm an him give. Impunity with felony for in go to enough blood got not he's. Brandy of dash a him give. So! Human more little a looks he now. Sure be to, is it shrimp a what!"

Accuser his at eyes frightened with staring sat he and, cheeks his into colour of tinge a brought brandy the but, fallen nearly and staggered had he moment a for.

"Me tell need you which little is there so, need possibly could I which proofs the all and, hands my in link every almost have I.
Complete case the make to up cleared be well as may little that, still. Morcar's of Countess the of stone blue this of, Ryder, heard had you?"

"Voice crackling a in he said", it of me told who Cusack Catherine was it.

"Waiting-maid ladyship's see--her I. Used you means the in scrupulous very not were you but; you before men better for been has it as, you for much too was acquired easily so wealth sudden of temptation the, well. You in villain pretty very a of making the is there that, Ryder, me to seems it. Him upon readily more the rest would suspicion that and, before matter such some in concerned been had, plumber the, Horner man this that knew you.
Then, do you did what? For sent man the be should he that managed you Cusack--and confederate your and room--you lady's my in job small some made you. Arrested man unfortunate this had and, alarm the raised, jewel-case the rifled you, left had he when, then. Then-- you"

Knees companion's my at clutched and rug the upon suddenly down himself threw ryder. "Mercy have, sake God's for!" shrieked he.
"Father my of think! Mother my of! Hearts their break would it. Before wrong went never I! Again will never I. It swear I. Bible a on it swear i'll. Court into it bring don't, oh! Don't, sake Christ's for!"

"Chair your into back get!" Sternly Holmes said. "Nothing knew he which of crime a for dock the in Horner poor this of enough little thought you but, now crawl and cringe to well very is it."

"Mr, fly will I. Holmes. Sir, country the leave will I. Down break will him against charge the then."

"Hum! That about talk will we. Act next the of account true a hear us let now and. Market open the into goose the came how and, goose the into stone the came how? Safety of hope only your lies there for, truth the us tell."

Lips parched his over tongue his passed ryder. "He said", sir, happened it as just it you tell will I. "Room my and me search to heads their into it take not might police the moment what at know not did I for, once at stone the with away get to me for best be would it that me to seemed it, arrested been had Horner when. Safe be would it where hotel the about place no was there.
House sister's my for made I and, commission some on if as, out went I. Market the for fowls fattened she where, Road Brixton in lived and, Oakshott named man a married had she. Road Brixton the to came I before face my down pouring was sweat the, night cold a was it that all for, and; detective a or policeman a be to me to seemed met I man every there way the all. Hotel the at robbery jewel the by upset been had I that her told I but; pale so was I why and, matter the was what me asked sister my. Do to best be would it what wondered and pipe a smoked and yard back the into went I then.

"Pentonville in time his serving been just has and, bad the to went who, Maudsley called once friend a had I. Stole they what of rid get could they how and, thieves of ways the about talk into fell and, me met had he day one. Confidence my into him take and, lived he where, Kilburn to on right go to mind my up made I so; him about things two or one knew I for, me to true be would he that knew I. Money into stone the turn to how me show would he.
Safety in him to get to how but? Hotel the from coming in through gone had I agonies the of thought I. Pocket waistcoat my in stone the be would there and, searched and seized be moment any at might I. Lived ever that detective best the beat could I how me showed which head my into came idea an suddenly and, feet my round about waddling were which geese the at looking and time the at wall the against leaning was I.

"Word her as good as always was she that knew I and, present Christmas a for geese her of pick the have might I that before weeks some me told had sister my. Kilburn to stone my carry would I it in and, now goose my take would I. Tail barred a with, white, one big fine birds--a the of one drove I this behind and, yard the in shed little a was there. Reach could finger my as far as throat its down stone the thrust I, open bill its prying and, it caught I. Crop its into down and gullet its along pass stone the felt I and, gulp a gave bird the. Matter the was what know to sister my came out and, struggled and flapped creature the but. Others the among off fluttered and loose broke brute the her to speak to turned I as.

"Jem, bird that with doing you were 'Whatever? she says '.

"Fattest the was which feeling was I and, Christmas for one me give you'd said 'you, I said ', 'Well. '

"It call we, bird you--Jem's for aside yours set 'we've, she says ', 'Oh. Yonder over one white big the it's. Market the for dozen two and, us for one and, you for one makes which, them of twenty-six there's. '

"Now just handling was I one that have rather I'd, you to same the all is it if 'but; I says ', Maggie, you 'Thank. '

"You for expressly it fattened we 'and, she said ', heavier pound three good a is other 'The. '

"Mind 'Never. I said ', now it take I'll and, other the have i'll.

"Huffed little a, she said ', like you as just, 'Oh. Then, want you it is 'Which? '

"Flock the of middle the in right, tail barred the with one white 'That. '

"Well very, 'Oh. You with it take and it kill. '

"Mr, said she what did I, well. Kilburn to way the all bird the carried I and, holmes. To that like thing a tell to easy was it that man a was he for, done had I what pal my told I. Goose the opened and knife a got we and, choked he until laughed he. Occurred had mistake terrible some that knew I and, stone the of sign no was there for, water to turned heart my. Yard back the into hurried and, sister's my to back rushed, bird the left I. There seen be to bird a not was there.

"Maggie, all they are 'Where? Cried I '.

"Jem, dealer's the to 'Gone. '

"Dealer's 'Which? '

"Garden Covent of, 'Breckinridge. '

"Tail barred a with another there was 'But? Chose I one the as same 'the, asked I '? '

"Apart them tell never could I and, ones barred-tailed two were there; Jem, 'Yes. '

"Gone had they where to as me tell he would word one not and, once at lot the sold had he but; Breckinridge man this to me carry would feet my as hard as off ran I and, all it saw I course of, then, well. To-night yourselves him heard you. That like me answered always has he, well. Mad going am I that thinks sister my.
Myself am I that think I sometimes. Character my sold I which for wealth the touched having ever without, thief branded a myself am I now now--and and. Me help god! Me help god!" Hands his in buried face his with, sobbing convulsive into burst he.

Table the of edge the upon finger-tips Holmes' Sherlock of tapping measured the by and breathing heavy his by only broken, silence long a was there. Door the open threw and rose friend my then.

"Out get!" he said.

"Sir, what! You bless Heaven, oh!"

"Words more no. Out get!"

Needed were words more no and. Street the from footfalls running of rattle crisp the and, door a of bang the, stairs the upon clatter a, rush a was there.

"Deficiencies their supply to police the by retained not am I", pipe clay his for hand his up reaching, Holmes said", Watson, all after. Collapse must case the and, him against appear not will fellow this but; thing another be would it danger in were Horner if. Soul a saving am I that possible just is it but, felony a commuting am I that suppose I. Frightened terribly too is he; again wrong go not will fellow this. Life for gaol-bird a him make you and, now gaol to him send. Forgiveness of season the is it, besides. Reward own its is solution its and, problem whimsical and singular most a way our in put has chance. Feature chief the be will bird a also, which in, investigation another begin will we, Doctor, bell the touch to goodness the have will you if."

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