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D, Whitney Elias late the of brother, Whitney isa. D. , St of College Theological the of principal. Opium to addicted much was, george's. Effects same the produce to attempt an in laudanum with tobacco his drenched had he, sensations and dreams his of description Quincey's De read having for; college at was he when freak foolish some from, understand I as, him upon grew habit the. Relatives and friends his to pity and horror mingled of object an, drug the to slave a be to continued he years many for and, of rid get to than attain to easier is practice the that, done have more many so as, found he. Man noble a of ruin and wreck the, chair a in huddled all, pupils pin-point and, lids drooping, face pasty, yellow with, now him see can I.

Clock the at glances and yawn first his gives man a when hour the about, bell my to ring a came '89--there, June in was night--it one. Disappointment of face little a made and lap her in down needle-work her laid wife my and, chair my in up sat I.

"Patient a!" she said. "Out go to have you'll."

Day weary a from back come newly was I for, groaned I.

Linoleum the upon steps quick then and, words hurried few a, open door the heard we. Room the entered, veil black a with, stuff dark-coloured some in clad, lady a and, open flew door own our.

"Shoulder her upon sobbed and, neck wife's my about arms her threw, forward ran she, self-control her losing suddenly, then and, began she", late so calling my excuse will you. "Trouble such in I'm, oh!" Help little a want so do I"; cried she."

"Whitney Kate is it", veil her up pulling, wife my said", why.
Kate, me startled you how! In came you when were you who idea an not had I."

"You to straight came I so, do to what know didn't I." Way the always was that. Light-house a to birds like wife my to came grief in were who folk.

"Come to you of sweet very was it. It about all us tell and comfortably here sit and, water and wine some have must you, now. Bed to off James sent I that rather you should or?"

"No, no, oh! Too, help and advice doctor's the want I. Isa about it's. Days two for home been not has he. Him about frightened so am I!"

Companion school and friend old an as wife my to, doctor a as me to, trouble husband's her of us to spoken had she that time first the not was it. Find could we as words such by her comforted and soothed we. Was husband her where know she did? Her to back him bring could we that possible it was?

Was it that seems it. City the of east farthest the in den opium an of use made, him on was fit the when, had he late of that information surest the had she. Evening the in, shattered and twitching, back come had he and, day one to confined been always had orgies his hitherto. Effects the off sleeping or poison the in breathing, docks the of dregs the among doubtless, there lay he and, hours eight-and-forty him upon been had spell the now but. Lane Swandam Upper in, Gold of Bar the at, it of sure was she, found be to was he there. Do to she was what but? Him surrounded who ruffians the among from out husband her pluck and place a such into way her make, woman timid and young a, she could how?

It of out way one but was there course of and, case the was there. Place this to her escort not I might? All at come she should why, thought second a as, then and? Him over influence had I such as and, adviser medical Whitney's Isa was I. Alone were I if better it manage could I. Me given had she which address the at indeed were he if hours two within cab a in home him send would I that word my on her promised I. Be to was it strange how show could only future the though, time the at me to seemed it as, errand strange a on hansom a in eastward speeding was and, me behind sitting-room cheery and armchair my left had I minutes ten in so and.

Adventure my of stage first the in difficulty great no was there but. Bridge London of east the to river the of side north the line which wharves high the behind lurking alley vile a is Lane Swandam upper. Search in was I which of den the found I, cave a of mouth the like gap black a to down leading steps of flight steep a by approached, gin-shop a and slop-shop a between.
Ship emigrant an of forecastle the like, berths wooden with terraced and, smoke opium brown the with heavy and thick, room low, long a into way my made and latch the found I door the above oil-lamp flickering a of light the by and; feet drunken of tread ceaseless the by centre the in hollow worn, steps the down passed I, wait to cab my ordering.

Newcomer the upon turned eye lack-lustre, dark a there and here with, upward pointing chins and, back thrown heads, knees bent, shoulders bowed, poses fantastic strange in lying bodies of glimpse a catch dimly could one gloom the through. Pipes metal the of bowls the in waned or waxed poison burning the as, faint now, bright now, light of circles red little glimmered there shadows black the of out. Neighbour his of words the to heed little paying and thoughts own his out mumbling each, silence into off tailing suddenly then and, gushes in coming conversation their, voice monotonous, low, strange a in together talked others and, themselves to muttered some but, silent lay most the. Fire the into staring, knees his upon elbows his and, fists two his upon resting jaw his with, man old thin, tall a sat there stool wooden three-legged a on which beside, charcoal burning of brazier small a was end farther the at.

Berth empty an to me beckoning, drug the of supply a and me for pipe a with up hurried had attendant Malay sallow a, entered I as.

"You thank. I said", stay to come not have I. "Mr, here mine of friend a is there. Him with speak to wish I and, Whitney isa."

Me at out staring, unkempt and, haggard, pale, Whitney saw I, gloom the through peering and, right my from exclamation an and movement a was there.

"God my! He said", Watson it's. Twitter a in nerve every with, reaction of state pitiable a in was he. "It is o'clock what, Watson, say I?"

"Eleven nearly."

"Day what of?"

"19th June, Friday of."

"Heavens good! Wednesday was it thought I. Wednesday is it. For chap a frighten to want d'you what?" Key treble high a in sob to began and arms his onto face his sank he.

"Man, Friday is it that you tell I. You for days two this waiting been has wife your. Yourself of ashamed be should you!"

"Am I so. Many how forget pipes--I four, pipes three, hours few a here been only have I for, Watson, mixed got you've but. You with home go I'll but. Kate little Kate--poor frighten wouldn't I.
Hand your me give! Cab a you have?"

"Waiting one have I, yes."

"It in go shall I then. Something owe must I but. Watson, owe I what find. Colour off all am I. Myself for nothing do can I."

Manager the for about looking and, drug the of fumes stupefying, vile the out keep to breath my holding, sleepers of row double the between passage narrow the down walked I. Me at back look then and, me past Walk", whispered voice low a and, skirt my at pluck sudden a felt I brazier the by sat who man tall the passed I as." Ear my upon distinctly quite fell words the. Down glanced I. Fingers his from lassitude sheer in dropped had it though as, knees his between from down dangling pipe opium an, age with bent, wrinkled very, thin very, ever as absorbed as now sat he yet and, side my at man old the from come have only could they. Back looked and forward steps two took I. Astonishment of cry a into out breaking from me prevent to self-control my all took it. I but him see could none that so back his turned had he. Holmes Sherlock than other none was, surprise my at grinning and fire the by sitting, there and, fire their regained had eyes dull the, gone were wrinkles his, out filled had form his. Senility loose-lipped, doddering a into subsided, more once company the to round half face his turned he as, instantly and, him approach to me to motion slight a made he.

"Holmes!" Den this in doing you are earth on what", whispered I?"

"Ears excellent have I"; answered he", can you as low as. You with talk little a have to glad exceedingly be should I yours of friend sottish that of rid get to kindness great the have would you if."

"Outside cab a have I."

"It in home him send pray then. Mischief any into get to limp too be to appears he for, him trust safely may you. Me with lot your in thrown have you that say to wife your to cabman the by note a send to also you recommend should I. Minutes five in you with be shall I, outside wait will you if."

Mastery of air quiet a such with forward put and, definite exceedingly so always were they for, requests Holmes' Sherlock of any refuse to difficult was it. Existence his of condition normal the were which adventures singular those of one in friend my with associated be to than better anything wish not could I, rest the for and; accomplished practically was mission my cab the in confined once was Whitney when that, however, felt I. Darkness the through driven him seen and, cab the to out him led, bill Whitney's paid, note my written had I minutes few a in. Holmes Sherlock with street the down walking was I and, den opium the from emerged had figure decrepit a time short very a in. Foot uncertain an and back bent a with along shuffled he streets two for.
Laughter of fit hearty a into burst and out himself straightened he, round quickly glancing, then.

"Views medical your with me favoured have you which on weaknesses little other the all and, injections cocaine to opium-smoking added have I that imagine you that", he said", Watson, suppose I."

"There you find to surprised certainly was I."

"You find to I than so more not but."

"Friend a find to came I."

"Enemy an find to I and."

"Enemy an?"

"Prey natural my, say I shall, or, enemies natural my of one; yes. Now before done have I as, sots these of ramblings incoherent the in clue a find to hoped have I and, inquiry remarkable very a of midst the in am I, Watson, briefly. Me upon vengeance have to sworn has it runs who Lascar rascally the and, purposes own my for now before it used have I for; purchase hour's an worth been have not would life my den that in recognised been I had. Nights moonless the upon it through passed has what of tales strange some tell could which, Wharf Paul's of corner the near, building that of back the at trap-door a is there."

"What! Bodies mean not do you?"

"Watson, bodies, ay. Den that in death to done been has who devil poor every for pounds 1000 had we if men rich be should we. St Neville that fear I and, riverside whole the on murder-trap vilest the is it. More it leave to never it entered has clair. Here be should trap our but." Hoofs horses' of clink the and wheels of rattle the by shortly followed, distance the from whistle similar a by answered was which signal shrilly--a whistled and teeth his between forefingers two his put he.

"Lanterns side its from light yellow of tunnels golden two out throwing, gloom the through up dashed dog-cart tall a as, Holmes said", Watson, now. "You won't, me with come you'll?"

"Use of be can I if."

"So more still chronicler a and; use of always is comrade trusty a, oh. One double-bedded a is Cedars The at room my."

"Cedars the?"

"Mr is that; yes. St. House clair's. Inquiry the conduct I while there staying am I."

"Then, it is where?"

"Kent in, Lee near. Us before drive seven-mile a have we."

"Dark the in all am I but."

"Are you course of. Presently it about all know you'll. Here up jump. You need not shall we; John, right all. Crown a half here's. Eleven about, to-morrow me for out look. Head her her give. Then, long so!"

Us beneath sluggishly flowing river murky the with, bridge balustraded broad a across flying were we until, gradually widened which, streets deserted and sombre of succession endless the through away dashed we and, whip his with horse the flicked he. Revellers of party belated some of shouts and songs the or, policeman the of footfall regular, heavy the by only broken silence its, mortar and bricks of wilderness dull another lay beyond. Clouds the of rifts the through there and here dimly twinkled two or star a and, sky the across slowly drifting was wrack dull a. Thoughts his of current the upon in break to afraid yet and, sorely so powers his tax to seemed which be might quest new this what learn to curious, him beside sat I while, thought in lost is who man a of air the and, breast his upon sunk head his with, silence in drove holmes. Best the for acting is he that himself satisfied has who man a of air the with pipe his up lit and, shoulders his shrugged, himself shook he when, villas suburban of belt the of fringe the to get to beginning were and, miles several driven had we.

"He said", Watson, silence of gift grand a have you. "Companion a as invaluable quite you makes it. Over-pleasant not are thoughts own my for, to talk to someone have to me for thing great a is it, word my 'Pon. Door the at me meets she when to-night woman little dear this to say should I what wondering was I."

"It about nothing know I that forget you."

"Lee to get we before case the of facts the you tell to time have just shall I. Upon go to nothing get can I somehow, yet and, simple absurdly seems it. Hand my into it of end the get can't I but, doubt no, thread of plenty there's. Me to dark is all where spark a see can you maybe and, Watson, you to concisely and clearly case the state I'll, now."

"Then, proceed."

"St Neville, gentleman a Lee to came 1884--there, May in, definite be ago--to years some. Money of plenty have to appeared who, name by clair. Style good in generally lived and, nicely very grounds the out laid, villa large a took he. Children two has now he whom by, brewer local a of daughter the married he 1887 in and, neighbourhood the in friends made he degrees by. Night every Street Cannon from 14: 5 the by returning, morning the in rule a as town into went and companies several in interested was but, occupation no had he. Mr. St. Him know who all with popular is who man a and, father affectionate very a, husband good a, habits temperate of man a is, age of years thirty-seven now is clair. 10s pounds 88 to amount, ascertain to able been have we as far as, moment present the at debts whole his that add may I. , Bank Counties and Capital the in credit his to standing pounds 220 has he while. Mind his upon weighing been have troubles money that think to, therefore, reason no is there.

"Mr Monday last. St neville. Bricks of box a home boy little his bring would he that and, perform to commissions important two had he that started he before remarking, usual than earlier rather town into went clair. Company Shipping Aberdeen the of offices the at her for waiting was expecting been had she which value considerable of parcel small a that effect the to, departure his after shortly very, Monday same this upon telegram a received wife his, chance merest the by, now. To-night me found you where, Lane Swandam Upper of out branches which, Street Fresno in is company the of office the that know will you, London your in up well are you if, now. Mrs. St. Station the to back way her on Lane Swandam through walking 35: 4 exactly at herself found and, packet her got, office company's the to proceeded, shopping some did, City the for started, lunch her had clair. Far so me followed you have?"

"Clear very is it."

"Mrs and, day hot exceedingly an was Monday, remember you if. St.
Herself found she which in neighbourhood the like not did she as, cab a seeing of hope the in about glancing, slowly walked clair.
Window second-floor a from her to beckoning, her to seemed it as, and her at down looking husband her see to cold struck was and, cry or ejaculation an heard suddenly she, Lane Swandam down way this in walking was she while. Agitated terribly being as describes she which, face his saw distinctly she and, open was window the. Behind from force irresistible some by back plucked been had he that her to seemed it that suddenly so window the from vanished then and, her to frantically hands his waved he.
Necktie nor collar neither on had he, in town to started had he as such, coat dark some wore he although that was eye feminine quick her struck which point singular one.

"Floor first the to led which stairs the ascend to attempted she room front the through running to-night--and me found you which in den opium the than other none was house the steps--for the down rushed she, him with amiss was something that convinced. Street the into out her pushed, there assistant as acts who, Dane a by aided, and back her thrust who, spoken have I whom of scoundrel Lascar this met she, however, stairs the of foot the at. Beat their to way their on all, inspector an with constables of number a Street Fresno in met, good-fortune rare by, and lane the down rushed she, fears and doubts maddening most the with filled. Mr which in room the to way their made they, proprietor the of resistance continued the of spite in and, back her accompanied men two and inspector the. St. Seen been last had clair. There him of sign no was there. There home his made, seems it, who, aspect hideous of wretch crippled a save found be to one no was there floor that of whole the in, fact in. Afternoon the during room front the in been had else one no that swore stoutly Lascar the and he both. Mrs that believe to come almost had and, staggered was inspector the that denial their was determined so. St. It from lid the tore and table the upon lay which box deal small a at sprang she, cry a with, when deluded been had clair. Bricks children's of cascade a fell there out. Home bring to promised had he which toy the was it.

"Serious was matter the that realise inspector the made, showed cripple the which confusion evident the and, discovery this.
Crime abominable an to pointed all results and, examined carefully were rooms the. Wharves the of one of back the upon out looked which, bedroom small a into led and sitting-room a as furnished plainly was room front the. Water of feet half a and four least at with tide high at covered is but tide low at dry is which, strip narrow a is window bedroom the and wharf the between. Below from opened and one broad a was window bedroom the. Bedroom the of floor wooden the upon visible were drops scattered several and, windowsill the upon seen be to were blood of traces examination on. Mr of clothes the all were room front the in curtain a behind away thrust. St neville. Coat his of exception the with, clair. There were watch--all his and, hat his, socks his, boots his. Mr of traces other no were there and, garments these of any upon violence of signs no were there. St neville.
Clair. Tragedy the of moment the at highest very its at was tide the for, swimming by himself save could he that promise little gave sill the upon bloodstains ominous the and, discovered be could exit other no for gone have apparently must he window the of out.

"Matter the in implicated immediately be to seemed who villains the to as now and. Mrs by, as but, antecedents vilest the of man a be to known was Lascar the. St. Crime the to accessory an than more been have hardly could he, window the at appearance husband's her of seconds few very a within stair the of foot the at been have to known was he, story clair's. Clothes gentleman's missing the of presence the for way any in account not could he that and, lodger his, Boone Hugh of doings the to as knowledge no had he that protested he and, ignorance absolute of one was defence his.

"Manager Lascar the for much so. St Neville upon rested eyes whose being human last the certainly was who and, den opium the of floor second the upon lives who cripple sinister the for now.
Clair. City the to much goes who man every to familiar is which one is face hideous his and, Boone Hugh is name his. Vestas wax in trade small a to pretends he regulations police the avoid to order in though, beggar professional a is he. Wall the in angle small a, remarked have may you as, is there, side left-hand the upon, Street Threadneedle down distance little some. Him beside pavement the upon lies which cap leather greasy the into descends charity of rain small a spectacle piteous a is he as and, lap his on matches of stock tiny his with cross-legged, seat daily his takes creature this that is it here. Time short a in reaped has he which harvest the at surprised been have I and, acquaintance professional his making of thought I ever before once than more fellow the watched have I. Him observing without him pass can one no that remarkable so is, see you, appearance his. Passers-by the by him at thrown be may which chaff of piece any to reply a with ready ever is he for, wit his does, too, so and mendicants of crowd common the amid from out him mark all, hair his of colour the to contrast singular a present which, eyes dark penetrating very of pair a and, chin bulldog a, lip upper his of edge outer the up turned has, contraction its by, which, scar horrible a by disfigured face pale a, hair orange of shock a. Quest in are we whom of gentleman the see to man last the been have to and, den opium the at lodger the been have to learn now we whom man the is this."

"Cripple a but!" I said. "Life of prime the in man a against single-handed done have he could what?"

"Man well-nurtured and powerful a be to appears he respects other in but; limp a with walks he that sense the in cripple a is he.
Others the in strength exceptional by for compensated often is limb one in weakness that, Watson, you tell would experience medical your surely."

"Narrative your continue pray."

"Mrs. St. Investigations their in them to help no of be could presence her as, police the by cab a in home escorted was she and, window the upon blood the of sight the at fainted had clair.
Matter the upon light any threw which anything finding without but, premises the of examination careful very a made, case the of charge had who, Barton inspector. Him incriminate could which found being anything without, searched and seized was he and, remedied soon was fault this but, Lascar the friend his with communicated have might he which during minutes few some allowed was he as, instantly Boone arresting not in made been had mistake one. Source same the from doubtless came there observed been had which stains the that and, before long not window the to been had he that adding, there from came bleeding the that explained and, nail the near cut been had which, ring-finger his to pointed he but, shirt-sleeve right his upon blood-stains some, true is it, were there. Mr seen ever having strenuously denied he.
St neville. Police the to as him to mystery a much as was room his in clothes the of presence the that swore and clair. Mrs to as. St. Dreaming or mad either been have must she that declared he, window the at husband her seen actually had she that assertion clair's. Clue fresh some afford might tide ebbing the that hope the in premises the upon remained inspector the while, police-station the to, protesting loudly, removed was he.

"Find to feared had they what mud-bank the upon found hardly they though, did it and. St Neville was it. St Neville not and, coat clair's. Receded tide the as uncovered lay which, clair. Pockets the in found they think you do what and?"

"Imagine cannot I."

"Guess would you think don't I, no. Half-pennies 270 and pennies half-pennies--421 and pennies with stuffed pocket every. Tide the by away swept been not had it that wonder no was it. Matter different a is body human a but. House the and wharf the between eddy fierce a is there. River the into away sucked been had body stripped the when remained had coat weighted the that enough likely seemed it."

"Room the in found were clothes other the all that understand I but. Alone coat a in dressed be body the would?"

"Enough speciously met be might facts the but, sir, no. St Neville thrust had Boone man this that suppose. Deed the seen have could which eye human no is there, window the through clair.
Then do he would what? Garments tell-tale the of rid get must he that him strike instantly course of would it. Sink not and swim would it that him to occur would it when, out it throwing of act the in be and, then, coat the seize would he. Street the up hurrying are police the that confederate Lascar his from heard already has he perhaps and, up way her force to tried wife the when downstairs scuffle the heard has he for, time little has he.
Lost be to instant an not is there. Sinking coat's the of sure make to pockets the into hands his lay can he which upon coins the all stuffs he and, beggary his of fruits the accumulated has he where, hoard secret some to rushes he. Appeared police the when window the close to time had just only and, below steps of rush the heard he not had garments other the with same the done have would and, out it throws he."

"Feasible sounds certainly it."

"Better a of want for hypothesis working a as it take will we, well. Him against anything been before ever had there that shown be not could it but, station the to taken and arrested was, you told have I as, boone. One innocent and quiet very a been have to appeared life his but, beggar professional a as known been years for had he. St Neville solved--what be to have which questions the and, present at stands matter the there. Ever as solution a from far as all disappearance--are his with do to had Boone Hugh what and, now he is where, there when him to happened what, den opium the in doing was clair. Difficulties such presented which yet and simple so glance first the at looked which experience my within case any recall cannot I that confess I."

Us of side either upon hedge country a with along rattled we and, behind left been had houses straggling last the until town great the of outskirts the through whirling been had we, events of series singular this detailing been had Holmes Sherlock while.
Windows the in glimmered still lights few a where, villages scattered two through drove we, however, finished he as just.

"Companion my said", Lee of outskirts the on are we. "Kent in ending and, Surrey of angle an over passing, Middlesex in starting, drive short our in counties English three on touched have we.
Trees the among light that see? Feet horse's our of clink the caught, doubt little have I, already have ears anxious whose woman a sits lamp that beside and, Cedars The is that."

"Street Baker from case the conducting not you are why but?" Asked I.

"Here out made be must which inquiries many are there because.
Mrs. St. Colleague and friend my for welcome a but nothing have will she that assured rest may you and, disposal my at rooms two put kindly most has clair. Husband her of news no have I when, Watson, her meet to hate I. Are we here. Whoa, there, whoa!"

Grounds own its within stood which villa large a of front in up pulled had we. House the to led which gravel-drive winding, small the up Holmes followed I, down springing and, head horse's the to out run had stable-boy a. Wrists and neck her at chiffon pink fluffy of touch a with, soie de mousseline light of sort some in clad, opening the in stood woman blonde little a and, open flew door the, approached we as. Question standing a, lips parted and eyes eager with, protruded face and head her, bent slightly body her, eagerness her in half-raised one, door the upon hand one, light of flood the against outlined figure her with stood she.

"Well?" well", cried she?" Shoulders his shrugged and head his shook companion my that saw she as groan a into sank which hope of cry a gave she, us of two were there that seeing, then and.

"News good no?"


"Bad no?"


"That for God thank. In come but. Day long a had have you for, weary be must you."

"Dr, friend my is this. Watson. Investigation this with him associate and out him bring to me for possible it made has chance lucky a and, cases my of several in me to use vital most of been has he."

"Warmly hand my pressing, she said", you see to delighted am I.
"Us upon suddenly so come has which blow the consider you when, arrangements our in wanting be may that anything forgive, sure am I, will you."

"Needed is apology no that see well very can I not were I if and, campaigner old an am I", I said", madam dear my. Happy indeed be shall I, here friend my to or you to either, assistance any of be can I if."

"Mr, now. Answer plain a give will you that beg I which to, questions plain two or one you ask to like much very should I", out laid been had supper cold a which of table the upon, dining-room well-lit a entered we as lady the said", Holmes sherlock."

"Madam, certainly."

"Feelings my about trouble not do. Fainting to given nor, hysterical not am I. Opinion real, real your hear to wish simply I."

"Point what upon?"

"Alive is Neville that think you do, hearts of heart your in?"

Question the by embarrassed be to seemed Holmes sherlock.
"Now, frankly!" basket-chair a in back leaned he as him at down keenly looking and rug the upon standing, repeated she.

"Not do I, madam, then, frankly."

"Dead is he that think you?"

"Do I."


"That say don't I. Perhaps."

"Death his meet he did day what on and?"

"Monday on."

"Mr, perhaps then. To-day him from letter a received have I that is it how explain to enough good be will you, holmes."

Galvanised been had he if as chair his of out sprang Holmes sherlock.

"What!" roared he.

"To-day, yes." Air the in paper of slip little a up holding, smiling stood she.

"It see I may?"


Intently it examined and lamp the over drew he table the upon out it smoothing and, eagerness his in her from it snatched he. Shoulder his over it at gazing was and chair my left had I. Midnight after considerably was it for, before day the of rather or, day very that of date the with and postmark Gravesend the with stamped was and one coarse very a was envelope the.

"Holmes murmured", writing coarse. "Madam, writing husband's your not is this surely."

"Is enclosure the but, no."

"Address the to as inquire and go to had envelope the addressed whoever that also perceive I."

"That tell you can how?"

"Itself dried has which, ink black perfectly in is, see you, name the. Used been has blotting-paper that shows which, colour greyish the of is rest the. Shade black deep a of be would none, blotted then and, off straight written been had it if. It with familiar not was he that mean only can which, address the wrote he before pause a been then has there and, name the written has man this. Trifles as important so nothing is there but, trifle a, course of, is it. Letter the see now us let. Ha!
here enclosure an been has there!"

"Ring a was there, yes. Signet-ring his."

"Hand husband's your is this that sure are you and?"

"Hands his of one."


"Hurriedly wrote he when hand his. Well it know I yet and, writing usual his unlike very is it."

"Frightened be not do 'Dearest. Well come will all. Rectify to time little some take may it which error huge a is there.
Patience in wait. --NEVILLE. Water-mark no, size octavo, book a of fly-leaf the upon pencil in Written '. Hum! Thumb dirty a with man a by Gravesend in to-day posted. Ha! Tobacco chewing been had who person a by, error in much very not am I if, gummed been has flap the and. Madam, hand husband's your is it that doubt no have you and?"

"None. Words those wrote neville."

"Gravesend at to-day posted were they and. Mrs, well. St. Over is danger the that say to venture not should I though, lighten clouds the, clair."

"Mr, alive be must he but. Holmes."

"Scent wrong the on us put to forgery clever a is this unless.
Nothing proves, all after, ring the. Him from taken been have may it."

"Writing own very his is it, is it; no, no!"

"Well very. To-day posted only and Monday on written been have, however, may it."

"Possible is that."

"Between happened have may much, so if."

"Mr, me discourage not must you, oh. Holmes. Him with well is all that know I. Him upon came evil if know should I that us between sympathy a keen so is there. Happened had something that certainty utmost the with instantly upstairs rushed dining-room the in I yet and, bedroom the in himself cut he last him saw I that day very the on. Death his of ignorant be yet and trifle a such to respond would I that think you do?"

"Reasoner analytical an of conclusion the than valuable more be may woman a of impression the that know to not much too seen have I. View your corroborate to evidence of piece strong very a have certainly you letter this in and. You from away remain he should why, letters write to able and alive is husband your if but?"

"Imagine cannot I. Unthinkable is it."

"You leaving before remarks no made he Monday on and?"


"Lane Swandam in him see to surprised were you and?"

"So much very."

"Open window the was?"


"You to called have might he then?"

"Might he."

"Cry inarticulate an gave, understand I as, only he?"


"Thought you, help for call a?"

"Yes. Hands his waved he."

"Surprise of cry a been have might it but. Hands his up throw to him cause might you of sight unexpected the at astonishment?"

"Possible is it."

"Back pulled was he thought you and?"

"Suddenly so disappeared he."

"Back leaped have might he. Room the in else anyone see not did you?"

"Stairs the of foot the at was Lascar the and, there been having to confessed man horrible this but, no."

"So quite. On clothes ordinary his had, see could you as far as, husband your?"

"Tie or collar his without but. Throat bare his saw distinctly I."

"Lane Swandam of spoken ever he had?"


"Opium taken having of signs any showed ever he had?"


"Mrs, you thank. St. Clair. Clear absolutely be to wished I which about points principal the are those. To-morrow day busy very a have may we for, retire then and supper little a have now shall we."

Adventure of night my after weary was I for, sheets the between quickly was I and, disposal our at placed been had room double-bedded comfortable and large a. Insufficient were data his that himself convinced or it fathomed either had he until view of point every from it at looking, facts his rearranging, over it turning, rest without, week a for even and, days for go would, mind his upon problem unsolved an had he when, who, however, man a was Holmes sherlock. Sitting all-night an for preparing now was he that me to evident soon was it. Armchairs and sofa the from cushions and bed his from pillows collecting room the about wandered then and, dressing-gown blue large a on put, waistcoat and coat his off took he. Him of front in out laid matches of box a and tobacco shag of ounce an with, cross-legged himself perched he which upon, divan Eastern of sort a constructed he these with. Features aquiline strong-set his upon shining light the with, motionless, silent, him from up curling smoke blue the, ceiling the of corner the upon vacantly fixed eyes his, lips his between pipe briar old an, there sitting him saw I lamp the of light dim the in. Apartment the into shining sun summer the found I and, up wake to me caused ejaculation sudden a when sat he so and, sleep to off dropped I as sat he so. Night previous the upon seen had I which shag of heap the of remained nothing but, haze tobacco dense a of full was room the and, upward curled still smoke the, lips his between still was pipe the.

"Watson, awake?" asked he.


"Drive morning a for game?"


"Dress then. Out trap the have soon shall we and, sleeps stable-boy the where know I but, yet stirring is one no." Night previous the of thinker sombre the to man different a seemed he and, twinkled eyes his, spoke he as himself to chuckled he.

Watch my at glanced I dressed I as. Stirring was one no that wonder no was it. Four past minutes twenty-five was it. Horse the in putting was boy the that news the with returned Holmes when finished hardly had I.

"Boots his on pulling, he said", mine of theory little a test to want I. "Europe in fools absolute most the of one of presence the in standing now are you that, Watson, think I. Cross Charing to here from kicked be to deserve I. Now affair the of key the have I think I but."

"It is where and?" Smiling, asked I.

"Answered he", bathroom the in. "Incredulity of look my seeing, continued he", joking not am I, yes, oh. "Bag Gladstone this in it got have I and, out it taken have I and, there been just have I. Lock the fit not will it whether see shall we and, boy my, on come."

Sunshine morning bright the into out and, possible as quietly as downstairs way our made we. Head the at waiting stable-boy half-clad the with, trap and horse our stood road the in. Road London the down dashed we away and, in sprang both we. Dream a in city some as lifeless and silent as were side either on villas of lines the but, metropolis the to vegetables in bearing, stirring were carts country few a.

"Gallop a into on horse the flicking, Holmes said", case singular a points some in been has it. "All at it learn to never than late wisdom learn to better is it but, mole a as blind as been have I that confess I."

Side Surrey the of streets the through drove we as windows their from sleepily look to beginning just were risers earliest the town in. Street Bow in ourselves found and right the to sharply wheeled Street Wellington up dashing and, river the over crossed we Road Bridge Waterloo the down passing. Him saluted door the at constables two the and, force the to known well was Holmes sherlock. In us led other the while head horse's the held them of one.

"Duty on is who?" Holmes asked.

"Sir, Bradstreet inspector."

"You are how, Bradstreet, ah?" Jacket frogged and cap peaked a in, passage stone-flagged the down come had official stout, tall a. "Bradstreet, you with word quiet a have to wish I."
"Mr, certainly. Holmes. Here room my into step." Wall the from projecting telephone a and, table the upon ledger huge a with, room office-like, small a was it. Desk his at down sat inspector the.

"Mr, you for do I can what. Holmes?"

"Mr of disappearance the in concerned being with charged was who one Boone--the, beggarman that about called I. St neville.
Lee of, clair."

"Yes. Inquiries further for remanded and up brought was he."

"Heard I so. Here him have you?"

"Cells the in."

"Quiet he is?"

"Trouble no gives he, oh. Scoundrel dirty a is he but."


"Tinker's a as black as is face his and, hands his wash him make to do can we all is it, yes. It needed he that me with agree would you, him saw you if, think I and; bath prison regular a have will he, settled been has case his once when, well."

"Much very him see to like should I."

"You would? Done easily is that. Way this come. Bag your leave can you."

"It take I'll that think I, no."

"Good very. Please you if, way this come." Side each on doors of line a with corridor whitewashed a to us brought and, stair winding a down passed, door barred a opened, passage a down us led he.

"Inspector the said", his is right the on third the. "Is it here!" Through glanced and door the of part upper the in panel a back shot quietly he.

"He said", asleep is he. "Well very him see can you."

Grating the to eyes our put both we. Heavily and slowly breathing, sleep deep very a in, us towards face his with lay prisoner the. Coat tattered his in rent the through protruding shirt coloured a with, calling his became as clad coarsely, man middle-sized a was he. Ugliness repulsive its conceal not could face his covered which grime the but, dirty extremely, said had inspector the as, was he. Snarl perpetual a in exposed were teeth three that so, lip upper the of side one up turned had contraction its by and, chin to eye from it across right ran scar old an from wheal broad a. Forehead and eyes his over low grew hair red bright very of shock a.

"He isn't, beauty a he's?" inspector the said.

"Holmes remarked", wash a needs certainly he. "Me with tools the bringing of liberty the took I and, might he that idea an had I."
Bath-sponge large very a, astonishment my to, out took and, spoke he as bag Gladstone the opened he.

"He! he! Inspector the chuckled", one funny a are you.

"Figure respectable more much a cut him make soon will we, quietly very door that open to goodness great the have will you if, now."

"Inspector the said", not why know don't I, well. "He does, cells Street Bow the to credit a look doesn't he?" Cell the entered quietly very all we and, lock the into key his slipped he. Slumber deep a into more once down settled then and, turned half sleeper the. Face prisoner's the down and across vigorously twice it rubbed then and, sponge his moistened, water-jug the to stooped holmes.

"Mr to", shouted he", you introduce me let. St neville. Kent of county the in, Lee of, clair."

Sight a such seen I have life my in never. Tree a from bark the like sponge the under off peeled face man's the. Tint brown coarse the was gone! Face the to sneer repulsive the given had which lip twisted the and, across it seamed had which scar horrid the was, too, gone! Bewilderment sleepy with him about staring and eyes his rubbing, smooth-skinned and black-haired, man refined-looking, sad-faced, pale a was, bed his in up sitting, there and, hair red tangled the away brought twitch a.
Pillow the to face his with down himself threw and scream a into broke he, exposure the realising suddenly then.

"Heavens great!" man missing the, indeed, is it", inspector the cried. Photograph the from him know I."

Destiny his to himself abandons who man a of air reckless the with turned prisoner the. "He said", so it be. "With charged I am what pray and?"

"Mr with away making with. St neville. Grin a with inspector the said", it of suicide attempted of case a make they unless that with charged be can't you, come, Oh --. "Cake the takes really this but, force the in years twenty-seven been have I, well."

"Mr am I if. St neville. Detained illegally am I, therefore, that and, committed been has crime no that obvious is it then, clair."

"Holmes said", committed been has error great very a but, crime no. "Wife you trusted have to better done have would you."

"Prisoner the groaned", children the was it; wife the not was it.
"Father their of ashamed them have not would I, me help god. God my! Exposure an what! Do I can what?"

Shoulder the on kindly him patted and couch the on him beside down sat Holmes sherlock.

"Publicity avoid hardly can you course of", he said", up matter the clear to law of court a to it leave you if. Papers the into way their find should details the that reason any is there that know not do I, you against case possible no is there that authorities police the convince you if, hand other the on. Authorities proper the to it submit and us tell might you which anything upon notes make, sure am I, would Bradstreet inspector. All at court into go never then would case the."

"You bless god!" passionately prisoner the cried. "Children my to blot family a as secret miserable my left have than rather, execution even, ay, imprisonment endured have would I.

"Story my heard ever have who first the are you. Education excellent an received I where, Chesterfield in schoolmaster a was father my. London in paper evening an on reporter a became finally and, stage the to took, youth my in travelled I. Them supply to volunteered I and, metropolis the in begging upon articles of series a have to wished editor my day one. Started adventures my all which from point the was there. Articles my base to which upon facts the get could I that amateur an as begging trying by only was it. Skill my for green-room the in famous been had and, up making of secrets the all learned, course of, had I actor an when. Attainments my of now advantage took I. Plaster flesh-coloured of slip small a of aid the by twist a in lip my of side one fixed and scar good a made I possible as pitiable as myself make to and, face my painted I. Beggar a as really but match-seller a as ostensibly, city the of part business the in station my took I, dress appropriate an and, hair of head red a with then. 26s than less no received had I that surprise my to found I evening the in home returned I when and, trade my plied I hours seven for. 4d.

"Pounds 25 for me upon served writ a had and friend a for bill a backed I, later time some, until matter the of more little thought and articles my wrote I. Me to came idea sudden a but, money the get to where end wit's my at was I. Disguise my under City the in begging in time the spent and, employers my from holiday a for asked, creditor the from grace fortnight's a begged I. Debt the paid had and money the had I days ten in.

"Still sitting and, ground the on cap my laying, paint little a with face my smearing by day a in much as earn could I that knew I when week a pounds 2 at work arduous to down settle to was it hard how imagine can you, well. Coppers with pockets my filling and face ghastly my by pity inspiring, chosen first had I which corner the in day after day sat and reporting up threw I and, last at won dollars the but, money the and pride my between fight long a was it. Secret my knew man one only. Town about man well-dressed a into myself transform evenings the in and beggar squalid a as emerge morning every could I where, Lane Swandam in lodge to used I which in den low a of keeper the was he. Possession his in safe was secret my that knew I that so, rooms his for me by paid well was, Lascar a, fellow this.

"Money of sums considerable saving was I that found I soon very, well. City the in character recognised a quite me made and practice by improved which, repartee of facility a in also and, up making of power my in advantages exceptional had I takings--but average my than less is year--which a pounds 700 earn could London of streets the in beggar any that mean not do I.
Pounds 2 take to failed I which in day bad very a was it and, me upon in poured, silver by varied, pennies of stream a day all.

"Occupation real my to as suspicion a having anyone without, married eventually and, country the in house a took, ambitious more grew I richer grew I as. City the in business had I that knew wife dear my. What knew little she.

"Me upon full fixed eyes her with, street the in standing was wife my that, astonishment and horror my to, saw and window my of out looked I when den opium the above room my in dressing was and day the for finished had I Monday last. Me to up coming from anyone prevent to him entreated, Lascar the, confidant my to rushing, and, face my cover to arms my up threw, surprise of cry a gave I. Ascend not could she that knew I but, downstairs voice her heard I. Wig and pigments my on put and, beggar a of those on pulled, clothes my off threw I swiftly. Disguise a complete so pierce not could eyes wife's a even. Me betray might clothes the that and, room the in search a be might there that me to occurred it then but. Morning that bedroom the in myself upon inflicted had I which cut small a violence my by reopening, window the open threw I. Takings my carried I which in bag leather the from it to transferred just had I which coppers the by weighted was which, coat my seized I then. Thames the into disappeared it and, window the of out it hurled I. Mr as identified being of instead that, relief my to, confess I, rather, found I after minutes few a and, stair the up constables of rush a was there moment that at but, followed have would clothes other the.
St neville. Murderer his as arrested was I, clair.

"Explain to me for else anything is there that know not do I. Face dirty a for preference my hence and, possible as long as disguise my preserve to determined was I. Fear to cause no had she that her telling, scrawl hurried a with together, me watching was constable no when moment a at Lascar the to it confided and ring my off slipped I, anxious terribly be would wife my that knowing."

"Holmes said", yesterday her reached only note that.

"God good! Spent have must she week a what!"

"Unobserved letter a post to difficult it find might he that understand quite can I and", Bradstreet Inspector said", Lascar this watched have police the. Days some for it about all forgot who, his of customer sailor some to it handed he probably."

"It of doubt no have I"; approvingly nodding, Holmes said", it was that. Begging for prosecuted been never you have but?"

"Me to fine a was what but; times many?"

"Bradstreet said", however, here stop must it. "Boone Hugh of more no be must there, up thing this hush to are police the if."

"Take can man a which oaths solemn most the by it sworn have I."

"Taken be may steps further no that probable is it that think I case that in. Out come must all then, again found are you if but.
Mr, sure am I. Up matter the cleared having for you to indebted much very are we that, holmes. Results your reach you how knew I wish I."

"Shag of ounce an consuming and pillows five upon sitting by", friend my said", one this reached I. Breakfast for time in be just shall we Street Baker to drive we if that, Watson, think I."

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