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Telegram a in brought maid the when, I and wife my, morning one breakfast at seated were we. Way this in ran and Holmes Sherlock from was it:

"Spare to days of couple a you have? Tragedy Valley Boscombe with connection in England of west the from for wired been just have.
Me with come will you if glad be shall. Perfect scenery and air.
15: 11 the by Paddington leave."

"Dear, say you do what?" me at across looking, wife my said.
"Go you will?"

"Say to what know don't really I. Present at list long fairly a have I."

"You for work your do would Anstruther, oh. Lately pale little a looking been have you. Mr in interested so always are you and, good you do would change the that think I. Cases Holmes' sherlock."

"Answered I", them of one through gained I what seeing, not were I if ungrateful be should I. "Hour an half only have I for, once at pack must I, go to am I if but."

Traveller ready and prompt a me making of effect the had least at had Afghanistan in life camp of experience my. Station Paddington to away rattling, valise my with cab a in was I stated time the than less in that so, simple and few were wants my. Cap cloth close-fitting and travelling-cloak grey long his by taller and gaunter even made figure gaunt, tall his, platform the down and up pacing was Holmes sherlock.

"He said", Watson, come to you of good very really is it. "Rely thoroughly can I whom on me with someone having, me to difference considerable a makes it. Biassed else or worthless either always is aid local. Tickets the get shall I seats corner two the keep will you if."

Him with brought had Holmes which papers of litter immense an for save ourselves to carriage the had we. Reading past were we until, meditation of and note-taking of intervals with, read and rummaged he these among. Rack the onto up them tossed and ball gigantic a into all them rolled suddenly he then.

"Case the of anything heard you have?" asked he.

"Word a not. Days some for paper a seen not have I."

"Accounts full very had not has press London the. Particulars the master to order in papers recent the all through looking been just have I. Difficult extremely so are which cases simple those of one be to, gather I what from, seems it."

"Paradoxical little a sounds that."

"True profoundly is it but. Clue a invariably almost is singularity. Home it bring to is it difficult more the, is crime a commonplace and featureless more the. Man murdered the of son the against case serious very a established have they, however, case this in."

"Then, murder a is it?"

"So be to conjectured is it, well. It into personally looking of opportunity the have I until granted for nothing take shall I. Words few very a in, it understand to able been have I as far as, you to things of state the explain will I.

"Herefordshire in, Ross from far very not district country a is Valley boscombe. Mr a is part that in proprietor landed largest the. Country old the to ago years some returned and Australia in money his made who, Turner john. Mr to let was, Hatherley of that, held he which farms the of one. Ex-Australian an also was who, McCarthy charles. Possible as other each near as so do should they down settle to came they when that unnatural not was it that so, colonies the in other each known had men the.
Together frequently were they as, equality perfect of terms upon, seems it, remained still but tenant his became McCarthy so, man richer the apparently was turner. Living wives had them of neither but, age same the of daughter only an had Turner and, eighteen of lad a, son one had mcCarthy. Neighbourhood the of race-meetings the at seen frequently were and sport of fond were McCarthys the both though, lives retired led have to and families English neighbouring the of society the avoided have to appear they. Girl a and man servants--a two kept mcCarthy.
Least the at half-dozen some, household considerable a had turner. Families the about gather to able been have I as much as is that. Facts the for now.

"Valley Boscombe the down runs which stream the of out spreading the by formed lake small a is which, Pool Boscombe the to down walked and afternoon the in three about Hatherley at house his left McCarthy, last Monday on, is that, 3rd June on. Three at keep to importance of appointment an had he as, hurry must he that man the told had he and, Ross at morning the in serving-man his with out been had he. Alive back came never he appointment that from.

"Ground this over passed he as him saw people two and, mile a of quarter a is Pool Boscombe the to Farm-house Hatherley from. Mr of employ the in game-keeper a, Crowder William was other the and, mentioned not is name whose, woman old an was one. Turner. Mr that depose witnesses these both. Alone walking was mcCarthy. Mr seeing his of minutes few a within that adds game-keeper the.
Mr, son his seen had he pass mcCarthy. Arm his under gun a with way same the going, McCarthy james. Him following was son the and, time the at sight in actually was father the, belief his of best the to. Occurred had that tragedy the of evening the in heard he until matter the of more no thought he.

"Them of sight lost, game-keeper the, Crowder William when time the after seen were McCarthys two the. Edge the round reeds of and grass of fringe a just with, round wooded thickly is Pool Boscombe the. Flowers picking woods the of one in was, estate Valley Boscombe the of lodge-keeper the of daughter the is who, Moran Patience, fourteen of girl a. Mr, lake the by close and wood the of border the at, saw she there was she while that states she.
Quarrel violent a having be to appeared they that and, son his and mcCarthy. Mr heard she. Father his strike to if as hand his up raise latter the saw she and, son his to language strong very using elder the mcCarthy. Fight to going were they that afraid was she that and, Pool Boscombe near quarrelling McCarthys two the left had she that home reached she when mother her told and away ran she that violence their by frightened so was she. Mr young when words the said hardly had she. Lodge-keeper the of help the for ask to and, wood the in dead father his found had he that say to lodge the to up running came mcCarthy. Blood fresh with stained be to observed were sleeve and hand right his and, hat his or gun his either without, excited much was he. Pool the beside grass the upon out stretched body dead the found they him following on. Weapon blunt and heavy some of blows repeated by in beaten been had head the. Body the of paces few a within grass the on lying found was which, gun son's his of butt-end the by inflicted been have well very might as such were injuries the. Assizes next the to case the referred have who, Ross at magistrates the before brought Wednesday on was he, Tuesday on inquest the at returned been having murder' 'wilful of verdict a and, arrested instantly was man young the circumstances these under. Police-court the and coroner the before out came they as case the of facts main the are those."

"Remarked I", case damning more a imagine hardly could I. "Here so does it criminal a to pointed evidence circumstantial ever if."

"Thoughtfully Holmes answered", thing tricky very a is evidence circumstantial. "Different entirely something to manner uncompromising equally an in pointing it find may you, little a view of point own your shift you if but, thing one to straight very point to seem may it. Culprit the indeed is he that possible very is it and, man young the against grave exceedingly looks case the that, however, confessed be must it. Interest his in case the out work to, Scarlet in Study the with connection in recollect may you whom, Lestrade retained have who and, innocence his in believe who, landowner neighbouring the of daughter the, Turner Miss them among and, however, neighbourhood the in people several are there. Home at breakfasts their digesting quietly of instead hour an miles fifty at westward flying are gentlemen middle-aged two that is it hence and, me to case the referred has, puzzled rather being, lestrade."

"Case this of out gained be to credit little find will you that obvious so are facts the that", I said", afraid am I."

"Laughing, answered he", fact obvious an than deceptive more nothing is there. "Mr to obvious means no by been have may which facts obvious other some upon hit to chance may we, besides. Lestrade. Understanding of even or, employing of incapable quite is he which means by theory his destroy or confirm either shall I that say I when boasting am I that think to well too me know you. Mr whether question I yet and, side right-hand the upon is window the bedroom your in that perceive clearly very I, hand to example first the take to. That as thing a self-evident so even noted have would lestrade."

"Earth-- on how"

"Well you know I, fellow dear my. You characterises which neatness military the know I. Other the than illuminated less is side that that clear very surely is it, jaw the of angle the round get we as slovenly positively becomes it until, side left the on back farther get we as complete less and less is shaving your since but; sunlight the by shave you season this in and, morning every shave you. Result a such with satisfied being and light equal an in himself at looking habits your of man a imagine not could I. Inference and observation of example trivial a as this quote only I. Us before lies which investigation the in service some of be may it that possible just is it and, métier my lies therein. Considering worth are which and, inquest the in out brought were which points minor two or one are there."

"They are what?"

"Farm Hatherley to return the after but, once at place take not did arrest his that appears it. Deserts his than more no was it that and, it hear to surprised not was he that remarked he, prisoner a was he that him informing constabulary of inspector the on.
Jury coroner's the of minds the in remained have might which doubt of traces any removing of effect natural the had his of observation this."

"Ejaculated I", confession a was it.

"Innocence of protestation a by followed was it for, no."

"Remark suspicious most a least at was it, events of series damning a such of top the on coming."

"Clouds the in see present at can I which rift brightest the is it", Holmes said", contrary the on. Him against black very were circumstances the that see to not as imbecile absolute an such be not could he, be might he innocent however. Man scheming a to policy best the be to appear might yet and, circumstances the under natural be not would anger or surprise such because, suspicious highly as it upon looked have should I, it at indignation feigned or, arrest own his at surprised appeared he had. Firmness and self-restraint considerable of man a as else or, man innocent an either as him marks situation the of acceptance frank his. Him strike to if as hand his raise to, important so is evidence whose girl little the to according, even and, him with words bandy to as duty filial his forgotten far so day very that had he that doubt no is there that and, father his of body dead the beside stood he that consider you if unnatural not also was it, deserts his about remark his to as. One guilty a of than rather mind healthy a of signs the be to me to appear remark his in displayed are which contrition and self-reproach the."

Head my shook I. "Remarked I", evidence slighter far on hanged been have men many.

"Have they so. Hanged wrongfully been have men many and."

"Matter the of account own man's young the is what?"

"Suggestive are which it in points two or one are there though, supporters his to encouraging very not, afraid am I, is it.
Yourself for it read may and, here it find will you."

Occurred had what of statement own his given had man young unfortunate the which in paragraph the out pointed he sheet the down turned having and, paper Herefordshire local the of copy a bundle his from out picked he. Carefully very it read and carriage the of corner the in down myself settled I. Way this in ran it:

"Mr. 3rd the, Monday last of morning the upon returned just only had and, Bristol at days three for home from away been had 'I: follows as evidence gave and called then was, deceased the of son only the, McCarthy james. Groom the, Cobb John with Ross to over driven had he that maid the by informed was I and, arrival my of time the at home from absent was father my. Going was he direction which in aware not was I though, yard the of out rapidly walk and out get him saw I, window my of out looking, and, yard the in trap his of wheels the heard I return my after shortly. Side other the upon is which warren rabbit the visiting of intention the with, Pool Boscombe the of direction the in out strolled and gun my took then I. Father my following was I that thinking in mistaken is he but; evidence his in stated had he as, game-keeper the, Crowder William saw I way my on. Me of front in was he that idea no had I. Cooee"of cry a heard I pool the from yards hundred a about when!" myself and father my between signal usual a was which. Pool the by standing him found and, forward hurried then I. There doing was I what roughly rather me asked and me seeing at surprised much be to appeared he. Temper violent very a of man a was father my for, blows to almost and words high to led which ensued conversation a. Farm Hatherley towards returned and him left I, ungovernable becoming was passion his that seeing. Again back run to me caused which, me behind outcry hideous a heard I when, however, yards 150 than more gone not had I. Injured terribly head his with, ground the upon expiring father my found I. Expired instantly almost he but, arms my in him held and gun my dropped I. Mr to way my made then and, minutes some for him beside knelt I. Assistance for ask to, nearest the being house his, lodge-keeper turner's. Injuries his by came he how idea no have I and, returned I when father my near one no saw I. Enemies active no, know I as far as, had he but, manners his in forbidding and cold somewhat being, man popular a not was he. Matter the of further nothing know I. '

"Died he before you to statement any make father your Did: Coroner the?

"Rat a to allusion some catch only could I but, words few a mumbled He: witness.

"That by understand you did What: Coroner the?

"Me to meaning no conveyed It: witness. Delirious was he that thought I.

"Quarrel final this had father your and you which upon point the was What: Coroner the?

"Answer to not prefer should I: witness.

"It press must I that afraid am I: Coroner the.

"You tell to me for impossible really is It: witness. Followed which tragedy sad the with do to nothing has it that you assure can I.

"Decide to court the for is That: Coroner the. Arise may which proceedings future any in considerably case your prejudice will answer to refusal your that you to out point not need I.

"Refuse still must I: witness.

"Father your and you between signal common a was 'Cooee' of cry the that understand I: Coroner the?

"Was It: witness.

"Bristol from returned had you that knew even he before and, you saw he before it uttered he that, then, it was How: Coroner the?

"Know not do I: confusion) considerable (with witness.

"Injured fatally father your found and cry the hearing on returned you when suspicions your aroused which nothing see you Did: Juryman a?

"Definite Nothing: witness.

"Mean you do What: Coroner the?

"Father my of except nothing of think could I that, open the into out rushed I as excited and disturbed so was I: witness. Me of left the to ground the upon lay something forward ran I as that impression vague a have I yet. Perhaps plaid a or, sort some of coat a, colour in grey something be to me to seemed it.
Gone was it but, it for round looked I father my from rose I when.

"Help for went you before disappeared it that mean you 'Do? '

"Gone was it, 'Yes. '

"Was it what say cannot 'You? '

"There was something feeling a had I, 'No. '

"Body the from far 'How? '

"So or yards dozen 'A. '

"Wood the of edge the from far how 'And? '

"Same the 'About. '

"It of yards dozen a within were you while was it removed was it if 'Then? '

"It towards back my with but, 'Yes. '

"Witness the of examination the concluded this."

"McCarthy young upon severe rather was remarks concluding his in coroner the that", column the down glanced I as I said", see I.
Words dying father's his of account singular his and, father his with conversation his of details give to refusal his to also, him seeing before him to signalled having father his about discrepancy the to, reason with and, attention calls he. Son the against much very, remarks he as, all are they."

Seat cushioned the upon out himself stretched and himself to softly laughed holmes. "Favour man's young the in points strongest very the out single to", he said", pains some at been have coroner the and you both. Little too and imagination much too having for credit him give alternately you that see you don't? Cloth vanishing the of incident the and, rat a to reference dying a as outré so anything consciousness inner own his from evolved he if, much too; jury the of sympathy the him give would which quarrel of cause a invent not could he if, little too. Us lead will hypothesis that whither see shall we and, true is says man young this what that view of point the from case this approach shall I, sir, no. Action of scene the on are we until case this of say I shall word another not and, Petrarch pocket my is here now and. Minutes twenty in there be shall we that see I and, Swindon at lunch we."

Ross of country-town little pretty the at ourselves found, Severn gleaming broad the over and, Valley Stroud beautiful the through passing after, last at we when o'clock four nearly was it. Platform the upon us for waiting was, sly-looking and furtive, man ferret-like, lean a. Yard Scotland of, Lestrade recognising in difficulty no had I, surroundings rustic his to deference in wore he which leather-leggings and dustcoat brown light the of spite in. Us for engaged been already had room a where Arms Hereford the to drove we him with.

"Tea of cup a over sat we as Lestrade said", carriage a ordered have I. "Crime the of scene the on been had you until happy be not would you that and, nature energetic your knew I."

"Answered Holmes", you of complimentary and nice very was it. "Pressure barometric of question a entirely is it."

Startled looked lestrade. "Said he", follow quite not do I.

"Glass the is how? See I, twenty-nine. Sky the in cloud a not and, wind no. Abomination hotel country usual the to superior much very is sofa the and, smoking need which here cigarettes of caseful a have I. To-night carriage the use shall I that probable is it that think not do I."

Indulgently laughed lestrade. "Said he", newspapers the from conclusions your formed already, doubt no, have you. "Becomes it plainer the it into goes one more the and, pikestaff a as plain as is case the. Too, one positive very a such and, lady a refuse can't one, course of, still. Done already not had I which do could you which nothing was there that her told repeatedly I though, opinion your have would and, you of heard has she. Soul my bless, why! door the at carriage her is here."

Life my in seen ever have I that women young lovely most the of one room the into rushed there before spoken hardly had he. Concern and excitement overpowering her in lost reserve natural her of thought all, cheeks her upon flush pink a, parted lips her, shining eyes violet her.

"Mr, oh. Holmes sherlock!" Come have you that glad so am I", companion my upon fastening, intuition quick woman's a with, finally and, us of other the to one from glancing, cried she. So you tell to down driven have I. It do didn't James that know I.
Too, it knowing work your upon start to you want I and, it know I. Point that upon doubt yourself let never. Fly a hurt to tender-hearted too is he but; does else one no as faults his know I and, children little were we since other each known have we. Him knows really who anyone to absurd is charge a such."

"Holmes Sherlock said", Turner Miss, him clear may we hope I.
"Can I that all doing my upon rely may you."

"Evidence the read have you but. Conclusion some formed have you?
Flaw some, loophole some see not you do? Innocent is he that think yourself not you do?"

"Probable very is it that think I."

"Now, there!" Lestrade at defiantly looking and head her back throwing, cried she. "Hear you! Hopes me gives he."

Shoulders his shrugged lestrade. "Said he", conclusions his forming in quick little a been has colleague my that afraid am I.

"Right is he but. Oh! Right is he that know I. It did never james. It in concerned was I because was coroner the to it about speak not would he why reason the that sure am I, father his with quarrel his about and."

"Way what in?" Holmes asked.

"Anything hide to me for time no is it. Me about disagreements many had father his and james. Mr. Us between marriage a be should there that anxious very was mcCarthy. Yet that like anything do to wish not did naturally he, and--and--well, yet life of little very seen has and young is he course of but; sister and brother as other each loved always have I and james. Them of one was, sure am I, this and, quarrels were there so."

"Father your and?" Holmes asked. "Union a such of favour in he was?"

"Also it to averse was he, no. Mr but one no. It of favour in was mcCarthy." Her at glances questioning, keen his of one shot Holmes as face young fresh her over passed blush quick a.

"He said", information this for you thank. "To-morrow call I if father your see I may?"

"It allow won't doctor the afraid am I."

"Doctor the?"

"Heard not you have, yes? Completely down him broken has this but, back years for strong been never has father poor. Dr and, bed his to taken has he. Shattered is system nervous his that and wreck a is he that says willows. Mr. Victoria in days old the in dad known had who alive man only the was mcCarthy."

"Ha! Victoria in! Important is that."

"Mines the at, yes."

"Mr, understand I as, where, gold-mines the at; so quite. Money his made turner."

"Certainly, yes."

"Turner Miss, you thank. Me to assistance material of been have you."

"To-morrow news any have you if me tell will you. James see to prison the to go will you doubt no. Mr, do you if, oh. Innocent be to him know I that him tell do, holmes."

"Turner Miss, will I."

"Him leave I if so me misses he and, ill very is dad for, now home go must I. Undertaking your in you help God and, good-bye." Street the down off rattle carriage her of wheels the heard we and, entered had she as impulsively as room the from hurried she.

"Silence minutes' few a after dignity with Lestrade said", Holmes, you of ashamed am I. "Disappoint to bound are you which hopes up raise you should why? Cruel it call I but, heart of over-tender not am I."

"Holmes said", McCarthy James clearing to way my see I that think I. "Prison in him see to order an you have?"

"Me and you for only but, yes."

"Out going about resolution my reconsider shall I then. To-night him see and Hereford to train a take to time still have we?"


"So do us let then. Hours of couple a away be only shall I but, slow very it find will you that fear I, watson."

Novel yellow-backed a in myself interest to tried and sofa the upon lay I where, hotel the to returning finally, town little the of streets the through wandered then and, them with station the to down walked I. Day the of events the of consideration a to entirely up myself gave and room the across it flung last at I that, fact the to action the from continually so wander attention my found I and, groping were we which through mystery deep the to compared when, however, thin so was story the of plot puny the. Glade the into rushed he, screams his by back drawn, when moment the and, father his from parted he when time the between occurred have could calamity extraordinary and unforeseen absolutely what, thing hellish what then, true absolutely were story man's young unhappy this that supposing? Deadly and terrible something was it. Be it could what? Instincts medical my to something reveal injuries the of nature the not might?
Inquest the of account verbatim a contained which, paper county weekly the for called and bell the rang I. Weapon blunt a from blow heavy a by shattered been had bone occipital the of half left the and bone parietal left the of third posterior the that stated was it deposition surgeon's the in. Head own my upon spot the marked I. Behind from struck been have must blow a such clearly. Father his with face to face was he quarrelling seen when as, accused the of favour in extent some to was that. Fell blow the before back his turned have might man older the for, much very for go not did it, still. It to attention Holmes' call to while worth be might it, still. Rat a to reference dying peculiar the was there then. Mean that could what? Delirium be not could it. Delirious become commonly not does blow sudden a from dying man a. Fate his met he how explain to attempt an be to likely more was it, no. Indicate it could what but? Explanation possible some find to brains my cudgelled I. McCarthy young by seen cloth grey the of incident the then and. Off paces dozen a not turned back his with kneeling was son the when instant the at away it carry to and return to hardihood the had have must and, flight his in, overcoat his presumably, dress his of part some dropped have must murderer the true were that if. Was thing whole the improbabilities and mysteries of tissue a what! Innocence McCarthy's young of conviction his strengthen to seemed fact fresh every as long as hope lose not could I that insight Holmes' Sherlock in faith much so had I yet and, opinion Lestrade's at wonder not did I.

Returned Holmes Sherlock before late was it. Town the in lodgings in staying was Lestrade for, alone back came he.

"Down sat he as remarked he", high very keeps still glass the.
"Ground the over go to able are we before rain not should it that importance of is it. Journey long a by fagged when it do to wish not did I and, that as work nice such for keenest and best very his at be should man a, hand other the on. McCarthy young seen have I."

"Him from learn you did what and?"


"Light no throw he could?"

"All at none. Else everyone as puzzled as is he that now convinced am I but, her or him screening was and it done had who knew he that time one at think to inclined was I. Heart at sound, think should I, and at look to comely though, youth quick-witted very a not is he."

"Turner Miss this as lady young a charming so with marriage a to averse was he that fact a indeed is it if", remarked I", taste his admire cannot I."

"Tale painful rather a hangs thereby, ah. Office registry a at her marry and Bristol in barmaid a of clutches the into get but do idiot the does what, boarding-school a at years five away been had she for, her knew really he before and, lad a only was he when, ago years two some but, her with love in, insanely, madly is fellow this? Impossible absolutely be to knows he what but, do to eyes very his give would he what doing not for upbraided be to him to be must it maddening how imagine can you but, matter the of word a knows one no. Turner Miss to propose to on him goading was, interview last their at, father his when air the into up hands his throw him made which sort this of frenzy sheer was it. Truth the known he had utterly over him thrown have would, man hard very a accounts all by was who, father his and, himself supporting of means no had he, hand other the on. Was he where know not did father his and, Bristol in days three last the spent had he that wife barmaid his with was it. Point that mark. Importance of is it. Them between tie no really is there that so, Dockyard Bermuda the in already husband a has she that say to him to written has and utterly over him thrown has, hanged be to likely and trouble serious in is he that papers the from finding, barmaid the for, however, evil of out come has good. Suffered has he that all for McCarthy young consoled has news of bit that that think I."

"It done has who, innocent is he if but?"

"Ah! who? Points two to particularly very attention your call would I. Return would he when know not did he and, away was son his for, son his been have not could someone the that and, pool the at someone with appointment an had man murdered the that is one. 'Cooee cry to heard was man murdered the that is second the! returned had son his that knew he before '. Depends case the which upon points crucial the are those. To-morrow until matters minor all leave shall we and, please you if, Meredith George about talk us let now and."

Cloudless and bright broke morning the and, foretold had Holmes as, rain no was there. Pool Boscombe the and Farm Hatherley for off set we and, carriage the with us for called Lestrade o'clock nine at.

"Observed Lestrade", morning this news serious is there. "Mr that said is it. Of despaired is life his that ill so is, Hall the of, turner."

"Presume I, man elderly an?" Holmes said.

"Time some for health failing in been has he and, abroad life his by shattered been has constitution his but; sixty about. Him upon effect bad very a had has business this. Free rent Farm Hatherley him gave he that learned have I for, him to benefactor great a, add may I, and, McCarthy's of friend old an was he."

"Indeed! Holmes said", interesting is that.

"Yes, oh! Him helped has he ways other hundred a in. Him to kindness his of speaks here about everybody."

"Really! Follow would else all and proposal a of case a merely were it if as, manner cocksure very a such in that and, estate the to heiress, presumably, is who, daughter Turner's to son his marrying of talk still should, Turner to obligations such under been have to and, own his of little had have to appears who, McCarthy this that singular little a as you strike not it does? Idea the to averse was himself Turner that know we since, strange more the is it. Much as us told daughter the. That from something deduce not you do?"

"Me at winking, Lestrade said", inferences the and deductions the to got have we. "Fancies and theories after away flying without, Holmes, facts tackle to enough hard it find I."

"Facts the tackle to hard very it find do you"; demurely Holmes said", right are you."

"Warmth some with Lestrade replied", of hold get to difficult it find to seem you which fact one grasped have I, anyhow.

"Is-- that and"

"Moonshine merest the are contrary the to theories all that and junior McCarthy from death his met senior McCarthy that."

"Laughing, Holmes said", fog than thing brighter a is moonshine, well. "Left the upon Farm Hatherley not is this if mistaken much very am I but."

"It is that, yes." Walls grey the upon lichen of blotches yellow great with, slate-roofed, two-storied, building comfortable-looking, widespread a was it. It upon heavy lay still horror this of weight the though as, look stricken a it gave, however, chimneys smokeless the and blinds drawn the. Had then had he which pair the not though, son's the of pair a also and, death his of time the at wore master her which boots the us showed, request Holmes' at, maid the when, door the at called we. Pool Boscombe to led which track winding the followed all we which from, court-yard the to led be to desired Holmes, points different eight or seven from carefully very these measured having.

This as scent a such upon hot was he when transformed was Holmes sherlock. Him recognise to failed have would Street Baker of logician and thinker quiet the known only had who men. Darkened and flushed face his. Glitter steely a with them beneath from out shone eyes his while, lines black hard two into drawn were brows his.
Neck sinewy, long his in whipcord like out stood veins the and, compressed lips his, bowed shoulders his, downward bent was face his. Reply in snarl impatient, quick a provoked only, most the at, or, ears his upon unheeded fell remark or question a that him before matter the upon concentrated absolutely so was mind his and, chase the for lust animal purely a with dilate to seemed nostrils his. Pool Boscombe the to woods the of way by so and, meadows the through ran which track the along way his made he silently and swiftly. Side either on it bounded which grass short the amid and path the upon both, feet many of marks were there and, district that all is as, ground marshy, damp was it. Meadow the into detour little a quite made he once and, dead stop sometimes, on hurry would Holmes sometimes. End definite a towards directed was actions his of one every that conviction the from sprang which interest the with friend my watched I while, contemptuous and indifferent detective the, him behind walked I and lestrade.

Mr wealthy the of park private the and Farm Hatherley the between boundary the at situated is, across yards fifty some water of sheet reed-girt little a is which, Pool Boscombe the. Turner.
Dwelling landowner's rich the of site the marked which pinnacles jutting, red the see could we side farther the upon it lined which woods the above. Lake the lined which reeds the and trees the of edge the between across paces twenty grass sodden of belt narrow a was there and, thick very grew woods the pool the of side Hatherley the on. Man stricken the of fall the by left been had which traces the see plainly could I that, ground the was moist so, indeed, and, found been had body the which at spot exact the us showed lestrade. Grass trampled the upon read be to were things other many very, eyes peering and face eager his by see could I as, Holmes to. Companion my upon turned then and, scent a up picking is who dog a like, round ran he.

"For pool the into go you did what?" asked he.

"Rake a with about fished I. Trace other or weapon some be might there thought I. Earth-- on how but"

"Tut, tut, oh! Time no have I! Place the over all is twist inward its with yours of foot left that. Reeds the among vanishes it there and, it trace could mole a. It over all wallowed and buffalo of herd a like came they before here been I had been have all would it simple how, oh. Body the round feet eight or six for tracks all covered have they and, came lodge-keeper the with party the where is here. Feet same the of tracks separate three are here but." Us to than himself to rather time the all talking, view better a have to waterproof his upon down lay and lens a out drew he. "Feet McCarthy's young are these. Visible hardly heels the and marked deeply are soles the that so, swiftly ran he once and, walking was he twice. Story his out bears that. Ground the on father his saw he when ran he. Down and up paced he as feet father's the are here then. Then, this is what? Listening stood son the as gun the of butt-end the is it. This and?
Ha, ha! Here we have what? Tiptoes! tiptoes! Boots unusual quite, too, square! Cloak the for was that course again--of come they, go they, come they. From come they did where now?" Neighbourhood the in tree largest the, beech great a of shadow the under and wood the of edge the within well were we until track the finding sometimes, losing sometimes, down and up ran he. Satisfaction of cry little a with face his upon more once down lay and this of side farther the to way his traced holmes. Reach could he as far as tree the of bark the even but ground the only not lens his with examining and envelope an into dust be to me to seemed what up gathering, sticks dried and leaves the over turning, there remained he time long a for. Retained and examined carefully he also this and, moss the among lying was stone jagged a. Lost were traces all where, highroad the to came he until wood the through pathway a followed he then.

"Manner natural his to returning, remarked he", interest considerable of case a been has it. "Lodge the be must right the on house grey this that fancy I. Note little a write perhaps and, Moran with word a have and in go will I that think I. Luncheon our to back drive may we, that done having. Presently you with be shall I and, cab the to walk may you."

Wood the in up picked had he which stone the him with carrying still Holmes, Ross into back drove and cab our regained we before minutes ten about was it.

"Out it holding, remarked he", Lestrade, you interest may this.
"It with done was murder the."

"Marks no see I."

"None are there."

"Then, know you do how?"

"It under growing was grass the. Days few a there lain only had it. Taken been had it whence place a of sign no was there. Injuries the with corresponds it. Weapon other any of sign no is there."

"Murderer the and?"

"Pocket his in pen-knife blunt a carries and, cigar-holder a uses, cigars Indian smokes, cloak grey a and shooting-boots thick-soled wears, leg right the with limps, left-handed, man tall a is. Search our in us aid to enough be may these but, indications other several are there."

Laughed lestrade. "Said he", sceptic a still am I that afraid am I. "Jury British hard-headed a with deal to have we but, well very all are theories."

"Calmly Holmes answered", verrons nous. "Mine work shall I and, method own your work you. Train evening the by London to return probably shall and, afternoon this busy be shall I."

"Unfinished case your leave and?"

"Finished, no."

"Mystery the but?"

"Solved is it."

"Then, criminal the was who?"

"Describe I gentleman the."

"He is who but?"

"Out find to difficult be not would it surely. Neighbourhood populous a such not is this."

Shoulders his shrugged lestrade. "Leg game a with gentleman left-handed a for looking country the about go to undertake cannot really I and", said he", man practical a am I. Yard Scotland of laughing-stock the become should I."

"Quietly Holmes said", right all. "Chance the you given have I.
Lodgings your are here. Good-bye. Leave I before line a you drop shall I."

Table the upon lunch found we where, hotel our to drove we, rooms his at Lestrade left having. Position perplexing a in himself finds who one as, face his upon expression pained a with thought in buried and silent was holmes.

"Little a for you to preach me let and chair this in down sit just"cleared was cloth the when said he", Watson, here look. Advice your value should I and, do to what quite know don't I. Expound me let and cigar a light."

"So do pray."

"Him against you and favour his in me impressed they although, instantly both us struck which narrative McCarthy's young about points two are there case this considering in, now, well. 'Cooee cry, account his to according, should father his that fact the was one! him seeing before '. Rat a to reference dying singular his was other the. Ear son's the caught that all was that but, understand you, words several mumbled he. True absolutely is says lad the what that presuming by it begin will we and, commence must research our point double this from now."

"'Cooee this of what! then '?"

"Son the for meant been have not could it obviously, well. Bristol in was, knew he as far as, son the. Earshot within was he that chance mere was it. 'Cooee the! with appointment the had he that was it whoever of attention the attract to meant was '. Australians between used is which one and, cry Australian distinctly a is 'Cooee' but. Australia in been had who someone was Pool Boscombe at him meet to expected McCarthy whom person the that presumption strong a is there."

"Then, rat the of what?"

Table the on out it flattened and pocket his from paper folded a took Holmes sherlock. "Said he", Victoria of Colony the of map a is this. "Night last it for Bristol to wired I." Map the of part over hand his put he. "Read you do what?"

"Read I", aRAT.

"Now and?" Hand his raised he.


"So quite. Syllables two last the caught only son his which of and, uttered man the word the was that. Murderer his of name the utter to trying was he. Ballarat of, so and so."

"Wonderful is it!" Exclaimed I.

"Obvious is it. Considerably down field the narrowed had I, see you, now and. Certainty a was, correct be to statement son's the granting, which point third a was garment grey a of possession the. Cloak grey a with Ballarat from Australian an of conception definite the to vagueness mere of out now come have we."


"Wander hardly could strangers where, estate the by or farm the by approached be only can pool the for, district the in home at was who one and."

"So quite."

"To-day of expedition our comes then. Criminal the of personality the to as, Lestrade imbecile that to gave I which details trifling the gained I ground the of examination an by."

"Them gain you did how but?"

"Method my know you. Trifles of observation the upon founded is it."

"Stride his of length the from judge roughly might you that know I height his. Traces their from told be might, too, boots his."

"Boots peculiar were they, yes."

"Lameness his but?"

"Left his than distinct less always was foot right his of impression the. It upon weight less put he. Why? Lame was limped--he he because."

"Left-handedness his but."

"Inquest the at surgeon the by recorded as injury the of nature the by struck yourself were you. Side left the upon was yet and, behind immediately from struck was blow the. Man left-handed a by were it unless be that can how, now? Son and father the between interview the during tree that behind stood had he. There smoked even had he. Cigar Indian an as pronounce to me enables ashes tobacco of knowledge special my which, cigar a of ash the found I. Tobacco cigarette and, cigar, pipe of varieties different 140 of ashes the on monograph little a written and, this to attention some devoted, know you as, have I. It tossed had he where moss the among stump the discovered and round looked then I, ash the found having. Rotterdam in rolled are which variety the of, cigar Indian an was it."

"Cigar-holder the and?"

"Mouth his in been not had end the that see could I. Holder a used he therefore. Pen-knife blunt a deduced I so, one clean a not was cut the but, off bitten not, off cut been had tip the."

"Him hanging was which cord the cut had you if as truly as life human innocent an saved have you and, escape cannot he which from man this round net a drawn have you", said I", holmes. Points this all which in direction the see I. Is-- culprit the"

"Mr. Visitor a in ushering and, sitting-room our of door the opening, waiter hotel the cried", Turner john.

Figure impressive and strange a was entered who man the. Character of and body of strength unusual of possessed was he that showed limbs enormous his and, features craggy, deep-lined, hard his yet and, decrepitude of appearance the gave shoulders bowed and step limping, slow his. Blue of shade a with tinged were nostrils his of corners the and lips his while, white ashen an of was face his but, appearance his to power and dignity of air an give to combined eyebrows drooping, outstanding and, hair grizzled, beard tangled his. Disease chronic and deadly some of grip the in was he that glance a at me to clear was it.

"Gently Holmes said", sofa the on down sit pray. "Note my had you?"

"Up it brought lodge-keeper the, yes. Scandal avoid to here me see to wished you that said you."

"Hall the to went I if talk would people thought I."

"Me see to wish you did why and?" Answered already was question his though as, eyes weary his in despair with companion my at across looked he.

"Words the than rather look the answering, Holmes said", yes. "So is it. McCarthy about all know I."

Hands his in face his sank man old the. "Me help god!" cried he.
"Harm to come man young the let have not would I but. Assizes the at him against went it if out spoken have would I that word my you give I."

"Gravely Holmes said", so say you hear to glad am I.

"Girl dear my for been not it had now spoken have would I. Arrested am I that hears she when heart her break will heart--it her break would it."

"Holmes said", that to come not may it.


"Agent official no am I. Interests her in acting am I and, here presence my required who daughter your was it that understand I.
However, off got be must McCarthy young."

"Turner old said", man dying a am I. "Years for diabetes had have I. Month a live shall I whether question a is it says doctor my. Gaol a in than roof own my under die rather would I yet."

Him before paper of bundle a and hand his in pen his with table the at down sat and rose holmes. "Said he", truth the us tell just. "Facts the down jot shall I. It witness can here Watson and, it sign will you. McCarthy young save to extremity last the at confession your produce could I then. Needed absolutely is it unless it use not shall I that you promise I."

"Shock the Alice spare to wish should I but, me to little matters it so, Assizes the to live shall I whether question a it's"; man old the said", well as it's. Tell to long me take not will but, acting the in time long a been has it; you to clear thing the make will I now and.

"McCarthy, man dead this know didn't you. Incarnate devil a was he. That you tell I. He as man a such of clutches the of out you keep god. Life my blasted has he and, years twenty these me upon been has grip his. Power his in be to came I how first you tell i'll.

"Diggings the at '60's early the in was it. Robber highway a here over call would you what became word a in and, bush the to took, claim my with luck no had, drink to took, companions bad among got I; anything at hand my turn to ready, reckless and hot-blooded, then chap young a was I. Diggings the to road the on wagons the stopping or, time to time from station a up sticking, it of life free, wild a had we and, us of six were there.
Gang Ballarat the as colony the in remembered still is party our and, under went I name the was Ballarat of Jack black.

"It attacked and it for wait in lay we and, Melbourne to Ballarat from down came convoy gold a day one. Volley first the at saddles their of four emptied we but, thing close a was it so, us of six and troopers six were there. Swag the got we before, however, killed were boys our of three. McCarthy man very this was who, wagon-driver the of head the to pistol my put I. Feature every remember to though as, face my on fixed eyes little wicked his saw I though, him spared I but, then him shot had I that Lord the to wish I. Suspected being without England to over way our made and, men wealthy became, gold the with away got we. Life respectable and quiet a to down settle to determined and pals old my from parted I there. It earned had I which in way the for up make to, money my with good little a do to myself set I and, market the in be to chanced which, estate this bought I. Alice little dear my me left she young died wife my though and, too, married I.
Done ever had else nothing as path right the down me lead to seemed hand wee her baby a just was she when even. Past the for up make to best my did and leaf new a over turned I, word a in. Me upon grip his laid McCarthy when well going was all.

"Foot his to boot a or back his to coat a hardly with Street Regent in him met I and, investment an about town to up gone had I.

"You to family a as good as be 'we'll; arm the on me touching, he says ', Jack, are we 'Here. Us of keeping the have can you and, son my and me, us of two there's. Hail within policeman a always there's and, England is country law-abiding, fine a don't--it's you if. '

"Since ever land best my on free rent lived have they there and, off them shaking no was there, country west the to came they down, well. Elbow my at face grinning, cunning his was there, would I where turn; forgetfulness no, peace no, me for rest no was there. Police the of than past my knowing her of afraid more was I saw soon he for, up grew Alice as worse grew it. Give not could I which thing a asked he last at until, houses, money, land, question without him gave I was it whatever and, have must he wanted he whatever. Alice for asked he.

"Property whole the into step should lad his that him to stroke fine a seemed it, health weak in be to known was I as and, girl my had so and, up grown had, see you, son his. Firm was I there but. Enough was that and, him in was blood his but, lad the to dislike any had I that not; mine with mixed stock cursed his have not would I. Firm stood I. Threatened mcCarthy. Worst his do to him braved I. Over it talk to houses our between midway pool the at meet to were we.

"Alone be should he until tree a behind waited and cigar a smoked I so, son his with talking him found I there down went I when.
Uppermost come to seemed me in bitter and black was that all talk his to listened I as but. Streets the off from slut a were she if as think might she what for regard little as with daughter my marry to son his urging was he. This as man a such of power the in be should dear most held I that all and I that think to mad me drove it. Bond the snap not I could? Man desperate a and dying a already was I. Sealed was fate own my that knew I, limb of strong fairly and mind of clear though. Girl my and memory my but!
Tongue foul that silence but could I if saved be could both. Mr, it did I. Holmes. Again it do would I. It for atone to martyrdom of life a led have I, sinned have I as deeply. Suffer could I than more was me held which meshes same the in entangled be should girl my that but. Beast venomous and foul some been had he if than compunction more no with down him struck I. Flight my in dropped had I which cloak the fetch to back go to forced was I though, wood the of cover the gained had I but; son his back brought cry his. Occurred that all of, gentlemen, story true the is that."

"Out drawn been had which statement the signed man old the as Holmes said", you judge to me for not is it, well. "Temptation a such to exposed be never may we that pray I."

"Sir, not pray I. Do to intend you do what and?"

"Nothing, health your of view in. Assizes the than court higher a at deed your for answer to have soon will you that aware yourself are you. It use to forced be shall I condemned is McCarthy if and, confession your keep will I. Us with safe be shall, dead or alive be you whether, secret your and; eye mortal by seen be never shall it, not if."

"Solemnly man old the said", then, farewell. "Mine to given have you which peace the of thought the for easier the be will, come they when, deathbeds own your." Room the from slowly stumbled he, frame giant his all in shaking and tottering.

"Us help god!" Silence long a after Holmes said. "Worms helpless, poor with tricks such play fate does why? Holmes Sherlock goes, God of grace the for but, 'There, say and, words Baxter's of think not do I that this as case a such of hear never I. '"

Counsel defending the to submitted and Holmes by out drawn been had which objections of number a of strength the on Assizes the at acquitted was McCarthy james. Past their upon rests which cloud black the of ignorance in together happily live to come may daughter and son the that prospect every is there and; dead now is he but, interview our after months seven for lived Turner old.

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