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Mr, friend my to submitted been have which problems the all of.
Mr of notice--that his to introducing of means the was I which two only were there, intimacy our of years the during solution for, Holmes sherlock. Madness Warburton's Colonel of that and, thumb hatherley's. Results remarkable such achieved he which by reasoning of methods deductive those for openings fewer friend my gave it if even, record upon placed being of worthy more the be may it that details its in dramatic so and inception its in strange so was other the but, observer original and acute an for field finer a afforded have may latter the these of. Truth complete the to on leads which step a furnishes discovery new each as away gradually clears mystery the and, eyes own your before evolve slowly facts the when than print of half-column single a in bloc en forth set when striking less much is effect its, narratives such all like, but, newspapers the in once than more told been, believe I, has story the. Effect the weaken to served hardly has years two of lapse the and, me upon impression deep a made circumstances the time the at.

Summarise to about now am I which occurred events the that, marriage my after long not, '89 of summer the in was it. Us visit and come to as far so habits Bohemian his forgo to him persuaded even occasionally and him visited continually I although, rooms Street Baker his in Holmes abandoned finally had and practice civil to returned had I. Officials the among from patients few a got I, Station Paddington from distance great very no at live to happened I as and, increased steadily had practice my. Influence any have might he whom over sufferer every on me send to endeavouring of and virtues my advertising of weary never was, disease lingering and painful a of cured had I whom, these of one.

Consulting-room the in waiting were and Paddington from come had men two that announce to door the at tapping maid the by awakened was I, o'clock seven before little a at, morning one. Downstairs hastened and, trivial seldom were cases railway that experience by knew I for, hurriedly dressed I. Him behind tightly door the closed and room the of out came, guard the, ally old my, descended I as.

"Right all he's"; shoulder his over thumb his jerking, whispered he", here him got i've."

"Then, it is what?" Room my in up caged had he which creature strange some was it that suggested manner his for, asked I.

"Whispered he", patient new a it's. "Away slip couldn't he then; myself round him bring I'd thought I. Sound and safe all, is he there. You as same the just, dooties my have I; Doctor, now go must I." Him thank to time me giving even without, tout trusty this, went he off and.

Table the by seated gentleman a found and consulting-room my entered I. Books my upon down laid had he which cap cloth soft a with tweed heather of suit a in dressed quietly was he. Bloodstains with over all mottled was which, wrapped handkerchief a had he hands his of one round. Control to mind of strength his all took it which, agitation strong some from suffering was who man a of impression the me gave and pale exceedingly was he but; face masculine, strong a with, say should I, five-and-twenty than more not, young was he.

"Night the during accident serious very a had have I but", he said", Doctor, early so up you knock to sorry am I. Here me escorted kindly very fellow worthy a, doctor a find might I where to as Paddington at inquiring on and, morning this train by in came I. Side-table the upon it left has she that see I but, card a maid the gave I."

It at glanced and up it took I. "Mr. Floor) (3rd Street Victoria, 16A, engineer hydraulic, Hatherley victor." Visitor morning my of abode and, style, name the was that. "Library-chair my in down sitting, I said", waiting you kept have I that regret I. "Occupation monotonous a itself in is which, understand I, journey night a from fresh are you."

"Laughed and, he said", monotonous called be not could night my, oh. Sides his shaking and chair his in back leaning, note ringing, high a with, heartily very laughed he. Laugh that against up rose instincts medical my all.

"It stop!" Together yourself pull"; cried I!" Caraffe a from water some out poured I and.

However, useless was it. Gone and over is crisis great some when nature strong a upon come which outbursts hysterical those of one in off was he. Pale-looking and weary very, more once himself to came he presently.

"Gasped he", myself of fool a making been have I.

"All at not. This drink." Cheeks bloodless his to back come to began colour the and, water the into brandy some dashed I.

"Better that's!" he said. "Be to used thumb my where place the to rather or, thumb my to attend kindly would you perhaps, Doctor, now and."

Hand his out held and handkerchief the unwound he. It at look to shudder a nerves hardened my even gave it. Been have should thumb the where surface spongy, red horrid a and fingers protruding four were there. Roots the from out right torn or hacked been had it.

"Heavens good!" Injury terrible a is this", cried I. Considerably bled have must it."

"Did it, yes. Time long a for senseless been have must I that think I and, done was it when fainted I. Twig a with up it braced and wrist the round tightly very handkerchief my of end one tied I so, bleeding still was it that found I to came I when."

"Excellent! Surgeon a been have should you."

"Province own my within came and, see you, hydraulics of question a is it."

"Instrument sharp and heavy very a by", wound the examining, I said", done been has this."

"He said", cleaver a like thing a.

"Presume I, accident an?"

"Means no by."

"What! attack murderous a?"

"Indeed murderous very."

"Me horrify you."

Bandages carbolised and wadding cotton with over it covered finally and, it dressed, it cleaned, wound the sponged I. Time to time from lip his bit he though, wincing without back lay he.

"That is how?" Finished had I when asked I.

"Capital! Man new a feel I, bandage your and brandy your between.
Through go to deal good a had have I but, weak very was I."

"Matter the of speak not better had you perhaps. Nerves your to trying evidently is it."

"Now not, no, oh. Done be will justice whether question a is it that vague so are them give can I which clues the, me believe they if even, and; up it back to which with proof of way the in much not have I and, one extraordinary very a is it for, statement my believed they if surprised be should I, mine of wound this of evidence convincing the for not were it if, ourselves between, but; police the to tale my tell to have shall I."

"Ha!" Mr, friend my to come to you recommend strongly should I, solved see to desire you which problem a of nature the in anything is it if", I cried. Police official the to go you before, Holmes sherlock."

"Well as police official the use must I course of though, up matter the take would he if glad very be should I and", visitor my answered", fellow that of heard have I, oh. Him to introduction an me give you would?"

"Better do i'll. Myself him to round you take i'll."

"You to obliged immensely be should I."

"Together go and cab a call we'll. Him with breakfast little a have to time in be just shall we. It to equal feel you do?"

"Story my told have I until easy feel not shall I; yes."

"Instant an in you with be shall I and, cab a call will servant my then." Street Baker to acquaintance new my with driving, hansom a inside was minutes five in and, wife my to shortly matter the explained, upstairs rushed I.

Mantelpiece the of corner the on collected and dried carefully all, before day the of smokes his from left dottles and plugs the all of composed was which, pipe before-breakfast his smoking and Times The of column agony the reading, dressing-gown his in sitting-room his about lounging, expected I as, was Holmes sherlock. Meal hearty a in us joined and, eggs and rashers fresh ordered, fashion genial quietly his in us received he.
Reach his within water and brandy of glass a laid and, head his beneath pillow a placed, sofa the upon acquaintance new our settled he concluded was it when.

"Mr, one common no been has experience your that see to easy is it. He said", hatherley. "Home at absolutely yourself make and there down lie, pray. Stimulant little a with strength your up keep and tired are you when stop but, can you what us tell."

"Patient my said", you thank. "Cure the completed has breakfast your that think I and, me bandaged doctor the since man another felt have I but. Experiences peculiar my upon once at start shall I so, possible as time valuable your of little as up take shall I."

Us to detailed visitor our which story strange the to silence in listened we and, him to opposite sat I while, nature eager and keen his veiled which expression heavy-lidded, weary the with armchair big his in sat holmes.

"London in lodgings in alone residing, bachelor a and orphan an am I that", he said", know must you. Greenwich of, firm well-known the, Matheson & Venner to apprenticed was I that years seven the during work my of experience considerable had have I and, engineer hydraulic a am I profession by. Street Victoria in chambers professional took and myself for business in start to determined I, death father's poor my through money of sum fair a into come also having and, time my served having, ago years two.

"Experience dreary a business in start independent first his finds everyone that suppose I. So exceptionally been has it me to.
Me brought has profession my that all absolutely is that and, job small one and consultations three had have I years two during. 10s pounds 27 to amount takings gross my. All at practice any have never should I that believe to came I and, sink to began heart my last at until, den little my in waited I, afternoon the in four until morning the in nine from, day every.

"Business upon me see to wished who waiting gentleman a was there say to entered clerk my, office the leaving of thinking was I as just, however, yesterday. It upon engraved Stark' Lysander 'Colonel of name the with, too, card a up brought he. Thinness exceeding an of but, size middle the over rather man a, himself colonel the came heels his at close. Man a thin so seen ever have I that think not do I. Bones outstanding his over tense quite drawn was cheeks his of skin the and, chin and nose into away sharpened face whole his. Assured bearing his and, brisk step his, bright was eye his for, disease no to due and, habit natural his be to seemed emaciation this yet. Thirty than forty nearer be would, judge should I, age his and, dressed neatly but plainly was he.

"'Mr. Hatherley? Accent German a of something with, he said '.
Mr, me to recommended been have 'You. Secret a preserving of capable and discreet also is but profession his in proficient only not is who man a being as, hatherley. '

"Address an such at would man young any as flattered as feeling, bowed I. Character a good so me gave who was it who ask I 'May? '

"Moment this at just that you tell not should I that better is it perhaps, 'Well. London in alone residing are and bachelor a and orphan an both are you that source same the from it have I. '

"Qualifications professional my upon bears this all how see cannot I that say I if me excuse will you 'but; answered I ', correct quite is 'That. Me to speak to wished you that matter professional a on was it that understand I? '

"So 'Undoubtedly. Point the to really is say I all that find will you but. Family his of bosom the in lives who one from than alone is who man a from more that expect may we course of and, understand you, secrecy essential--absolute quite is secrecy absolute but, you for commission professional a have I. '

"So doing my upon depend absolutely may 'you, I said ', secret a keep to promise I 'If. '

"Eye an questioning and suspicious so seen never had I that me to seemed it and, spoke I as me at hard very looked he.

"Then, promise you 'Do? last at he said '.

"Promise I, 'Yes. '

"After and, during, before silence complete and 'Absolute? Writing or word in either, all at matter the to reference no? '

"Word my you given already have 'I. '

"Good 'Very. Door the open flung he room the across lightning like darting and, up sprang suddenly He '. Empty was outside passage the.

"Back coming, he said ', right all 'That's. Affairs master's their to as curious sometimes are clerks that know 'I. Safety in talk can we now. Look thoughtful and questioning same the with again me at stare to began and mine to close very chair his up drew He '.

"Man fleshless this of antics strange the at me within rise to begun had fear to akin something of and, repulsion of feeling a.
Impatience my showing from me restrain not could client a losing of dread my even.

"Value of is time 'my; I said ', sir, business your state will you that beg 'I. Lips my to came words the but, sentence last that for me forgive Heaven '.

"You suit work night's a for guineas fifty would 'How? asked he '.

"Admirably 'Most. '

"Mark the nearer be would hour's an but, work night's a say 'I. Gear of out got has which machine stamping hydraulic a about opinion your want simply I. Ourselves right it set soon shall we wrong is what us show you if. That as commission a such of think you do what? '

"Munificent pay the and light be to appears work 'The. '

"So 'Precisely. Train last the by to-night come to you want shall we. '

"To 'Where? '

"Berkshire in, Eyford 'To. Reading of miles seven within and, Oxfordshire of borders the near place little a is it. 15: 11 about at there you bring would which Paddington from train a is there. '

"Good 'Very. '

"You meet to carriage a in down come shall 'I. '

"Then, drive a is 'There? '

"Country the in out quite is place little our, 'Yes. Station Eyford from miles seven good a is it. '

"Midnight before there get hardly can we 'Then. Back train a of chance no be would there suppose I. Night the stop to compelled be should I. '

"Shake-down a you give easily could we, 'Yes. '

"Awkward very is 'That. Hour convenient more some at come not I could? '

"Late come should you that best it judged have 'We. Profession your of heads very the from opinion an buy would which fee a, man unknown and young a, you to paying are we that inconvenience any for you recompense to is it. So do to time of plenty is there, business the of out draw to like would you if, course of, still. '

"Me to be would they useful very how of and, guineas fifty the of thought I. Wishes your to myself accommodate to happy very be shall 'I, I said ', all at 'Not. Do to me wish you that is it what clearly more little a understand to, however, like should I. '

"So 'Quite. Curiosity your aroused have should you from exacted have we which secrecy of pledge the that natural very is it. You before laid all it having your without anything to you commit to wish no have I. Eavesdroppers from safe absolutely are we that suppose I? '

"'Entirely. '

"Thus stands matter the 'Then. England in places two or one in found only is it that and, product valuable a is fuller's-earth that aware probably are you? '

"So heard have 'I. '

"Reading of miles ten place--within small very place--a small a bought I ago time little 'Some. Fields my of one in fuller's-earth of deposit a was there that discover to enough fortunate was I. Neighbours my of grounds the in, however, them of left--both and right the upon ones larger much very two between link a formed it that and, one small comparatively a was deposit this that found I, however, it examining on. Gold-mine a as valuable as quite was which that contained land their that ignorant absolutely were people good these. This do could I which by capital no had I unfortunately but, value true its discovered they before land their buy to interest my to was it, naturally. Fields neighbouring the buy to us enable would which money the earn should we way this in that and deposit little own our work secretly and quietly should we that suggested they and, however, secret the into friends my of few a took I. Press hydraulic a erected we operations our in us help to order in and, time some for doing been now have we this. Subject the upon advice your wish we and, order of out got has, explained already have I as, press this. Plans our out carrying and fields these getting of chance any to good-bye be would it, out came facts the if, then and, inquiry rouse soon would it, house little our to coming engineers hydraulic had we that known became once it if and, however, jealously very secret our guard we. To-night Eyford to going are you that being human a tell not will you that me promise you made have I why is that. Plain all it make I that hope I? '

"I said ', you follow quite 'I. Pit a from gravel like out dug is, understand I as, which, fuller's-earth excavating in press hydraulic a of make could you use what was understand quite not could I which point only 'The. '

"'Ah! process own our have 'we, carelessly he said '. Are they what revealing without them remove to as so, bricks into earth the compress we. Detail mere a is that but. Mr, now confidence my into fully you taken have I. You trust I how you shown have I and, hatherley. Spoke he as rose He '. 15: 11 at Eyford at, then, you expect shall 'I. '

"There be certainly shall 'I. '

"Soul a to word a not 'And. Room the from hurried he, grasp dank, cold a in hand my pressing, then and, gaze questioning, long last a with me at looked He '.

"Me to intrusted been had which commission sudden this at, think both may you as, astonished much very was I blood cool in over all it think to came I when, well. Ones other to lead might order this that possible was it and, services own my upon price a set I had asked have should I what tenfold least at was fee the for, glad was I, course of, hand one the on. Errand my of anyone tell should I lest anxiety extreme his and, midnight at coming my for necessity the explain to sufficient was fuller's-earth the of explanation his that think not could I and, me upon impression unpleasant an made had patron my of manner and face the, hand other the on. Tongue my holding to as injunction the letter the to obeyed having, off started and, Paddington to drove, supper hearty a ate, winds the to fears all threw I, however.

"Station my but carriage my only not change to had I Reading at.
O'clock eleven after station dim-lit little the reached I and, Eyford to train last the for time in was I, however. Lantern a with porter sleepy single a save platform the upon one no was there and, there out got who passenger only the was I. Side other the upon shadow the in waiting morning the of acquaintance my found I, however, gate wicket the through out passed I as. Open standing was which of door the, carriage a into me hurried and arm my grasped he word a without. Go could horse the as fast as went we away and, wood-work the on tapped, side either on windows the up drew he."

"Horse one?" Holmes interjected.

"One only, yes."

"Colour the observe you did?"

"Carriage the into stepping was I when side-lights the by it saw I, yes. Chestnut a was it."

"Fresh or tired-looking?"

"Glossy and fresh, oh."

"You thank. You interrupted have to sorry am I. Statement interesting most your continue pray."

"Hour an least at for drove we and, then went we away. Twelve nearer been have must it that, took we that time the from and, go to seemed we that rate the from, think should I but, miles seven only was it that said had Stark Lysander colonel. Intensity great with me at looking was he that, direction his in glanced I when once than more, aware was I and, time the all silence in side my at sat he. Terribly jolted and lurched we for, world the of part that in good very not be to seem roads country the. Light passing a of blur bright occasional the save nothing out make could I and, glass frosted of made were they but, were we where of something see to windows the of out look to tried I. Flagged soon conversation the and, monosyllables in only answered colonel the but, journey the of monotony the break to remark some hazarded I then and now. Stand a to came carriage the and, gravel-drive a of smoothness crisp the for exchanged was road the of bumping the, however, last at. Us of front in gaped which porch a into swiftly me pulled, him after followed I as, and, out sprang Stark Lysander colonel. House the of front the of glance fleeting most the catch to failed I that so, hall the into and carriage the of out right, were it as, stepped we. Away drove carriage the as wheels the of rattle the faintly heard I and, us behind heavily slammed door the threshold the crossed had I that instant the.

"Breath his under muttering and matches for looking about fumbled colonel the and, house the inside dark pitch was it.
Direction our in out shot light of bar golden, long a and, passage the of end other the at opened door a suddenly. Us at peering and forward face her pushing, head her above held she which, hand her in lamp a with appeared woman a and, broader grew it.
Material rich a was it that knew I dress dark her upon shone light the which with gloss the from and, pretty was she that see could I. Hand her from fell nearly lamp the that start a such gave she monosyllable gruff a in answered companion my when and, question a asking though as tone a in tongue foreign a in words few a spoke she. Hand his in lamp the with again me towards walked he, come had she whence from room the into back her pushing, then and, ear her in something whispered, her to up went Stark colonel.

"Door another open throwing, he said ', minutes few a for room this in wait to kindness the have will you 'Perhaps. Scattered were books German several which on, centre the in table round a with, room furnished plainly, little, quiet a was it. Door the beside harmonium a of top the on lamp the down laid Stark colonel. Darkness the into vanished and, he said ', instant an waiting you keep not shall 'I.

"Poetry of volumes being others the, science on treatises were them of two that see could I German of ignorance my of spite in and, table the upon books the at glanced I. It across folded was, barred heavily, shutter oak an but, country-side the of glimpse some catch might I that hoping, window the to across walked I then. House silent wonderfully a was it. Still deadly was everything otherwise but, passage the in somewhere loudly ticking clock old an was there. Me over steal to began uneasiness of feeling vague a. Place out-of-the-way, strange this in living doing they were what and, people German these were who? Place the was where and? Idea no had I west or, east, south, north whether but, knew I all was that, Eyford from so or miles ten was I. All after, secluded so be not might place the so, radius that within were, towns large other possibly and, Reading, matter that for. Country the in were we that, stillness absolute the from, certain quite was it yet. Fee fifty-guinea my earning thoroughly was I that feeling and spirits my up keep to breath my under tune a humming, room the down and up paced I.

"Open slowly swung room my of door the, stillness utter the of midst the in sound preliminary any without, suddenly. Face beautiful and eager her upon beating lamp my from light yellow the, her behind hall the of darkness the, aperture the in standing was woman the. Heart own my to chill a sent sight the and, fear with sick was she that glance a at see could I. Her behind gloom the into, horse frightened a of those like, back glancing eyes her, me at English broken of words whispered few a shot she and, silent be to me warn to finger shaking one up held she.

"Go would 'I; calmly speak to, me to seemed it as, hard trying, she said ', go would 'I. Here stay not should I. Do to you for good no is there. '

"For came I what done yet not have 'I, I said ', madam, 'But. Machine the seen have I until leave possibly cannot I. '

"On went she ', wait to while your worth not is 'It. Hinders one no; door the through pass can 'You. Together wrung hands her with, forward step a made and constraint her aside threw suddenly she, head my shook and smiled I that seeing, then And '. Heaven of love the 'For! late too is it before here from away 'get, whispered she '! '

"Way the in obstacle some is there when affair an in engage to ready more the and, nature by headstrong somewhat am I but. Me before be to seemed which night unpleasant the of and, journey wearisome my of, fee fifty-guinea my of thought I. Nothing for go to all it was? Due my was which payment the without and, commission my out carried having without away slink I should why? Monomaniac a be, knew I all for, might woman this. Was I where remaining of intention my declared and head my shook still I, confess to cared I than more me shaken had manner her though, therefore, bearing stout a with. Stairs the upon heard was footsteps several of sound the and, overhead slammed door a when entreaties her renew to about was she. Come had she as noiselessly as and suddenly as vanished and, gesture despairing a with hands her up threw, instant an for listened she.

"Mr as me to introduced was who, chin double his of creases the of out growing beard chinchilla a with man thick short a and Stark Lysander Colonel were newcomers the. Ferguson.

"Colonel the said ', manager and secretary my is 'This. Now just shut door this left I that impression the under was I, way the 'By. Draught the felt have you that fear I. '

"Close little a be to room the felt I because myself door the opened 'I, I said ', contrary the 'On. '

"Me at looks suspicious his of one shot he. He said ', then, business to proceed better had we 'Perhaps. 'Mr. Machine the see to up you take will I and ferguson. '

"Suppose I, on hat my put better had 'I. '

"House the in is it, no, 'Oh. '

"House the in fuller's-earth dig you, 'What? '

"No, 'No. It compress we where only is this. That mind never but.
It with wrong is what know us let to and machine the examine to is do to you wish we all. '

"Him behind I and manager fat the, lamp the with first colonel the, together upstairs went we. Them crossed had who generations the by out hollowed were which of thresholds the, doors low little and, staircases winding narrow, passages, corridors with, house old an of labyrinth a was it. Blotches unhealthy, green in through breaking was damp the and, walls the off peeling was plaster the while, floor ground the above furniture any of signs no and carpets no were there. Companions two my upon eye keen a kept I and, them disregarded I though even, lady the of warnings the forgotten not had I but, possible as air an unconcerned as on put to tried I. Fellow-countryman a least at was he that said he that little the from see could I but, man silent and morose a be to appeared ferguson.

"Unlocked he which, door low a before last at stopped Stark Lysander colonel. Time one at get hardly could us of three the which in, room square, small a was within. In me ushered colonel the and, outside remained ferguson.

"On it turn to were anyone if us for thing unpleasant particularly a be would it and, press hydraulic the within 'actually, he said ', now are 'We. Floor metal this upon tons many of force the with down comes it and, piston descending the of end the really is chamber small this of ceiling the. You to familiar is which manner the in it multiply and transmit which and, force the receive which outside water of columns lateral small are there. Force its of little a lost has it and, it of working the in stiffness some is there but, enough readily goes machine the. Right it set can we how us show to and over it look to goodness the have will you perhaps. '

"Thoroughly very machine the examined I and, him from lamp the took I. Pressure enormous exercising of capable and, one gigantic a indeed was it. Cylinders side the of one through water of regurgitation a allowed which, leakage slight a was there that sound whishing the by once at knew I, it controlled which levers the down pressed and, however, outside passed I when. Worked it which along socket the fill to quite not as so shrunk had driving-rod a of head the round was which bands india-rubber the of one that showed examination an. Right it set to proceed should they how to as questions practical several asked and carefully very remarks my followed who, companions my to out it pointed I and, power of loss the of cause the clearly was this. Curiosity own my satisfy to it at look good a took and machine the of chamber main the to returned I, them to clear it made had I when.
Purpose a inadequate so for designed be could engine an powerful so that suppose to absurd be would it for, fabrication merest the was fuller's-earth the of story the that glance a at obvious was it. It over all deposit metallic of crust a see could I it examine to came I when and, trough iron large a of consisted floor the but, wood of were walls the. Me at down looking colonel the of face cadaverous the saw and German in exclamation muttered a heard I when was it what exactly see to this at scraping was and stooped had I.

"There doing you are 'What? asked he '.

"Me told had he which that as story a elaborate so by tricked been having at angry felt I. Used was it which for was purpose exact the what knew I if machine your to as you advise to able better be should I that think 'I; I said ', fuller's-earth your admiring was 'I. '

"Speech my of rashness the regretted I words the uttered I that instant the. Eyes grey his in up sprang light baleful a and, hard set face his.

"Machine the about all know shall 'you, he said ', well 'Very. Lock the in key the turned and, door little the slammed, backward step a took He '. Shoves and kicks my to least the in give not did and, secure quite was it but, handle the at pulled and it towards rushed I. 'Hullo! Yelled I '. 'Hullo! Colonel! Out me let! '

"Mouth my into heart my sent which sound a heard I silence the in suddenly then and. Cylinder leaking the of swish the and levers the of clank the was it. Work at engine the set had he. Trough the examining when it placed had I where floor the upon stood still lamp the. Pulp shapeless a to me grind minute a within must which force a with, myself than better knew none as, but, jerkily, slowly, me upon down coming was ceiling black the that saw I light its by. Lock the at nails my with dragged and, door the against, screaming, myself threw I. Cries my drowned levers the of clanking remorseless the but, out me let to colonel the implored I. Surface rough, hard its feel could I upraised hand my with and, head my above two or foot a only was ceiling the. It met I which in position the upon much very depend would death my of pain the that mind my through flashed it then. Snap dreadful that of think to shuddered I and, spine my upon come would weight the face my on lay I if. Me upon down wavering shadow black deadly that at up look and lie to nerve the I had, yet and; perhaps, way other the easier? Heart my to back hope of gush a brought which something caught eye my when, erect stand to unable was I already.

"Wood of were walls the, iron of were ceiling and floor the though that said have I. Backward pushed was panel small a as broadened and broadened which, boards the of two between light yellow of line thin a saw I, around glance hurried last a gave I as. Death from away led which door a indeed was here that believe hardly could I instant an for. Side other the upon half-fainting lay and, through myself threw I instant next the. Escape my been had narrow how me told, metal of slabs two the of clang the afterwards moments few a and, lamp the of crash the but, me behind again closed had panel the.

"Right her in candle a held she while, hand left her with me at tugged and me over bent woman a while, corridor narrow a of floor stone the upon lying myself found I and, wrist my at plucking frantic a by myself to recalled was I. Rejected foolishly so had I warning whose friend good same the was it.

"'Come! come! breathlessly cried she '. Moment a in here be will 'They. There not are you that see will they. Come but, time so-precious the waste not do, oh! '

"Advice her scorn not did I, least at, time this. Stair winding a down and corridor the along her with ran and feet my to staggered I. Beneath one the from and were we which on floor the from other the answering one, voices two of shouting the and feet running of sound the heard we it reached we as just and, passage broad another to led latter the. End wit's her at is who one like her about looked and stopped guide my. Brightly shining was moon the which of window the through, bedroom a into led which door a open threw she then.

"She said ', chance only your is 'It. It jump can you that be may it but, high is 'It. '

"Other the in cleaver butcher's a like weapon a and hand one in lantern a with forward rushing Stark Lysander Colonel of figure lean the saw I and, passage the of end further the at view into sprang light a spoke she as. Out looked and, window the open flung, bedroom the across rushed I. Down feet thirty than more be not could it and, moonlight the in looked garden the wholesome and sweet and quiet how. Me pursued who ruffian the and saviour my between passed what heard have should I until jump to hesitated I but, sill the upon out clambered I. Assistance her to back go to determined was I risks any at then, ill-used were she if.
Back him hold to tried and him round arms her threw she but; her past way his pushing, door the at was he before mind my through flashed hardly had thought the.

"'Fritz! Fritz! Time last the after promise your 'remember, English in cried she '. Again be not should it said you. Silent be will he! Silent be will he, oh! '

"Elise, mad are 'You! her from away break to struggling, shouted he '. Us of ruin the be will 'You. Much too seen has he. Say I, pass me let! Weapon heavy his with me at cut, window the to rushing, and, side one to her dashed He '. Fell blow his when, sill the to hands the by hanging was and, go myself let had I. Below garden the into fell I and, loosened grip my, pain dull a of conscious was I.

"Yet danger of out being from far was I that understood I for, run could I as hard as bushes the among off rushed and up myself picked I so; fall the by hurt not but shaken was I. Me over came sickness and dizziness deadly a, ran I as, however, suddenly.
Wound my from pouring was blood the that and off cut been had thumb my that saw, time first the for, then and, painfully throbbing was which, hand my at down glanced I. Rose-bushes the among faint dead a in fell I moment next and, ears my in buzzing sudden a came there but, it round handkerchief my tie to endeavoured I.

"Tell cannot I unconscious remained I long how. Myself to came I when breaking was morning bright a and, sunk had moon the for, time long very a been have must it. Thumb wounded my from blood with drenched was coat-sleeve my and, dew with sodden all were clothes my. Pursuers my from safe be yet hardly might I that feeling the with feet my to sprang I and, adventure night's my of particulars the all instant an in recalled it of smarting the. Seen be to were garden nor house neither, me round look to came I when, astonishment my to but. Night previous the upon arrived had I which at station very the be to, it approaching my upon, proved which, building long a was down lower little a just and, highroad the by close hedge the of angle an in lying been had I. Dream evil an been have might hours dreadful those during passed had that all, hand my upon wound ugly the for not it were.

"Train morning the about asked and station the into went I, dazed half. Hour an than less in Reading to one be would there. Arrived I when there been had as, found I, duty on was porter same the. Stark Lysander Colonel of heard ever had he whether him of inquired I. Him to strange was name the. Me for waiting before night the carriage a observed he had? Not had he, no. Near anywhere police-station a there was? Off miles three about one was there.

"Was I as ill and weak, go to me for far too was it. Police the to story my telling before town to back got I until wait to determined I. Here along me bring to enough kind was doctor the then and, dressed wound my have to first went I so, arrived I when six past little a was it. Advise you what exactly do shall and hands your into case the put I."

Narrative extraordinary this to listening after time little some for silence in sat both we. Cuttings his placed he which in books commonplace ponderous the of one shelf the from down pulled Holmes Sherlock then.

"He said", you interest will which advertisement an is here. "Ago year a about papers the all in appeared it. Inst 9th the on, 'Lost: this to listen. , Mr. Engineer hydraulic a, twenty-six aged, Hayling jeremiah. Since of heard been not has and, night at o'clock ten at lodgings his left. Etc ', in dressed was. , etc. Ha! Fancy I, overhauled machine his have to needed colonel the that time last the represents that."

"Heavens good!" patient my cried. "Said girl the what explains that then."

"Undoubtedly. Ship captured a from survivor no leave will who pirates out-and-out those like, game little his of way the in stand should nothing that determined absolutely was who, man desperate and cool a was colonel the that clear quite is it. Eyford for starting to preliminary a as once at Yard Scotland to down go shall we it to equal feel you if so, precious is now moment every, well."

Village Berkshire little the to Reading from bound, together train the in all were we afterwards so or hours three some.
Myself and, man plain-clothes a, Yard Scotland of, Bradstreet Inspector, engineer hydraulic the, Holmes Sherlock were there.
Centre its for Eyford with circle a drawing compasses his with busy was and seat the upon out county the of map ordnance an spread had bradstreet.

"He said", are you there. "Village the from miles ten of radius a at drawn is circle that. Line that near somewhere be must want we place the. Sir, think I, miles ten said you."

"Drive good hour's an was it."

"Unconscious were you when way that all back you brought they that think you and?"

"So done have must they. Somewhere conveyed and lifted been having of, too, memory confused a have I."

"Garden the in fainting lying you found they when you spared have should they why is", I said", understand cannot I what.
Entreaties woman's the by softened was villain the perhaps."

"Likely that think hardly I. Life my in face inexorable more a saw never I."

"Bradstreet said", that all up clear soon shall we, oh. "Found be to are of search in are we that folk the it upon point what at knew I wish only I and, circle my drawn have I, well."

"Quietly Holmes said", it on finger my lay could I think I.

"Now, really!" opinion your formed have you", inspector the cried! You with agrees who see shall we, now, come. There deserted more is country the for, south is it say I."

"Patient my said", east say I and.

"Man plain-clothes the remarked", west for am I. "There up villages little quiet several are there."

"Any up go carriage the notice not did he that says friend our and, there hills no are there because", I said", north for am I and."

"Opinion of diversity pretty very a it's"; laughing, inspector the cried", come. Us among compass the boxed have we. To vote casting your give you do who?"

"Wrong all are you."

"Be all can't we but."

"Can you, yes, oh. Point my is this." Circle the of centre the in finger his placed he. "Them find shall we where is this."

"Drive twelve-mile the but?" Hatherley gasped.

"Back six and out six. Simpler nothing. In got you when glossy and fresh was horse the that yourself say you. Roads heavy over miles twelve gone had it if that be it could how?"

"Thoughtfully Bradstreet observed", enough ruse likely a is it, indeed. "Gang this of nature the to as doubt no be can there course of."

"Holmes said", all at none. "Silver of place the taken has which amalgam the form to machine the used have and, scale large a on coiners are they."

"Inspector the said", work at was gang clever a that time some for known have we. "Thousand the by half-crowns out turning been have they. Hands old very were they that showed that way a in traces their covered had they for, farther no get could but, Reading as far as them traced even we. Enough right them got have we that think I, chance lucky this to thanks, now but."

Justice of hands the into fall to destined not were criminals those for, mistaken was inspector the but. Landscape the over feather ostrich immense an like hung and neighbourhood the in trees of clump small a behind from up streamed which smoke of column gigantic a saw we Station Eyford into rolled we as.

"Fire on house a?" Way its on again off steamed train the as Bradstreet asked.

"Sir, yes!" station-master the said.

"Out break it did when?"

"Blaze a in is place whole the and, worse got has it but, sir, night the during was it that hear I."

"It is house whose?"

"Dr. Becher's."

"Dr is", engineer the in broke", me tell. Nose sharp, long a with, thin very, German a becher?"

Heartily laughed station-master the. "Dr, sir, no. Waistcoat better-lined a has who parish the in man a isn't there and, Englishman an is becher. Harm no him do would beef Berkshire good little a if as looks he and, foreigner a is who, understand I as, patient a, him with staying gentleman a has he but."

Fire the of direction the in hastening all were we before speech his finished not had station-master the. Under flames the keep to striving vainly were fire-engines three front in garden the in while, window and chink every at fire spouting, us of front in building whitewashed widespread great a was there and, hill low a topped road the.

"It that's!" Excitement intense in, Hatherley cried. "Lay I where rose-bushes the are there and, gravel-drive the is there. From jumped I that one the is window second that."

"Them upon revenge your had have you", Holmes said", least at, well. Time the at it observe to you after chase the in excited too were they doubt no though, walls wooden the to fire set, press the in crushed was it when, which oil-lamp your was it that question no be can there. Now by off miles hundred good a are they that fear much very I though, night last of friends your for crowd this in open eyes your keep now."

Englishman morose the or, German sinister the, woman beautiful the of either heard been ever has word no this to day that from for, realised be to came fears Holmes' and. Whereabouts their to as clue least the discover to ever failed ingenuity Holmes' even and, disappeared fugitives the of traces all there but, Reading of direction the in rapidly driving boxes bulky very some and people several containing cart a met had peasant a morning that early.

Floor second the of window-sill a upon thumb human severed newly a discovering by so more still and, within found had they which arrangements strange the at perturbed much been had firemen the.
Dearly so acquaintance unfortunate our cost had which machinery the of remained trace a not, piping iron and cylinders twisted some save, that ruin absolute such to reduced been place whole the and, in fallen had roof the before not but, flames the subdued they and, successful last at were efforts their, however, sunset about. To referred already been have which boxes bulky those of presence the explained have may which, found be to were coins no but, out-house an in stored discovered were tin of and nickel of masses large.

Tale plain very a us told which, mould soft the for not it were mystery a forever remained have might senses his recovered he where spot the to garden the from conveyed been had engineer hydraulic our how. Ones large unusually other the and feet small remarkably had whom of one, persons two by down carried been evidently had he. Danger of way the of out man unconscious the bear to woman the assisted had, companion his than murderous less or bold less being, Englishman silent the that probable most was it, whole the on.

"Me for business pretty a been has it", London to more once return to seats our took we as ruefully engineer our said", well! Gained I have what and, fee fifty-guinea a lost have I and thumb my lost have I?"

"Laughing, Holmes said", experience. "Existence your of remainder the for company excellent being of reputation the gain to words into it put to only have you; know you, value of be may it indirectly."

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