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Mr, friend my upon called had I. Hair red fiery with gentleman elderly, florid-faced, stout very a with conversation deep in him found and year last of autumn the in day one, Holmes sherlock.
Me behind door the closed and room the into abruptly me pulled Holmes when withdraw to about was I, intrusion my for apology an with.

"Cordially said he", Watson dear my, time better a at come have possibly not could you.

"Engaged were you that afraid was I."

"Am I so. So much very."

"Room next the in wait can I then."

"All at not. Mr, gentleman this. Also yours in me to use utmost the of be will he that doubt no have I and, cases successful most my of many in helper and partner my been has, wilson."

Eyes fat-encircled small his from glance questioning little quick a with, greeting of bob a gave and chair his from rose half gentleman stout the.

"Moods judicial in when custom his was as, together fingertips his putting and armchair his into relapsing, Holmes said", settee the try. "Life everyday of routine humdrum and conventions the outside and bizarre is that all of love my share you that, Watson dear my, know I. Adventures little own my of many so embellish to somewhat, so saying my excuse will you if, and, chronicle to you prompted has which enthusiasm the by it for relish your shown have you."

"Observed I", me to interest greatest the of been indeed have cases your.

"Imagination the of effort any than daring more far always is which, itself life to go must we combinations extraordinary and effects strange for that, Sutherland Mary Miss by presented problem simple very the into went we before just, day other the remarked I that remember will you."

"Doubting of liberty the took I which proposition a."

"Right be to me acknowledges and them under down breaks reason your until you on fact upon fact piling on keep shall I otherwise for, view my to round come must you less the none but, Doctor, did you. Mr, now. Time some for to listened have I which singular most the of one be to promises which narrative a begin to and, morning this me upon call to enough good been has here Wilson jabez. Committed been has crime positive any whether doubt for room is there where, indeed, occasionally and, crimes smaller the with but larger the with not connected often very are things unique most and strangest the that remark me heard have you. To listened ever have I that singular most the among certainly is events of course the but, not or crime of instance an is case present the whether say to me for impossible is it heard have I as far as.
Mr, perhaps. Narrative your recommence to kindness great the have would you, wilson. Dr friend my because merely not you ask I. Lips your from detail possible every have to anxious me makes story the of nature peculiar the because also but part opening the heard not has watson. Memory my to occur which cases similar other of thousands the by myself guide to able am I, events of course the of indication slight some heard have I when, rule a as. Unique, belief my of best the to, are facts the that admit to forced am I instance present the in."

Greatcoat his of pocket inside the from newspaper wrinkled and dirty a pulled and pride little some of appearance an with chest his out puffed client portly the. Appearance or dress his by presented be might which indications the read to, companion my of fashion the after, endeavoured and man the at look good a took I, knee his upon out flattened paper the and forward thrust head his with, column advertisement the down glanced he as.

Inspection my by, however, much very gain not did I. Slow and, pompous, obese, tradesman British commonplace average an being of mark every bore visitor our. Ornament an as down dangling metal of bit pierced square a and, chain Albert brassy heavy a with waistcoat drab a and, front the in unbuttoned, frock-coat black over-clean not a, trousers check shepherd's grey baggy rather wore he. Him beside chair a upon lay collar velvet wrinkled a with overcoat brown faded a and top-hat frayed a. Features his upon discontent and chagrin extreme of expression the and, head red blazing his save man the about remarkable nothing was there, would I as look, altogether.

Glances questioning my noticed he as smile a with head his shook he and, occupation my in took eye quick Holmes' sherlock.
"Else nothing deduce can I, lately writing of amount considerable a done has he that and, China in been has he that, Freemason a is he that, snuff takes he that, labour manual done time some at has he that facts obvious the beyond."

Mr. Companion my upon eyes his but, paper the upon forefinger his with, chair his in up started Wilson jabez.

"Mr, that all know you did, good-fortune of name the in, how.
Holmes?" asked he. "Labour manual did I that, example for, know you did how. Carpenter ship's a as began I for, gospel as true as it's."

"Sir dear my, hands your. Left your than larger size a quite is hand right your. Developed more are muscles the and, it with worked have you."

"Freemasonry the and, then, snuff the, well?"

"Breastpin arc-and-compass an use you, order your of rules strict the against rather, as especially, that read I how you telling by intelligence your insult won't I."

"That forgot I, course of, ah. Writing the but?"

"Desk the upon it rest you where elbow the near patch smooth the with one left the and, inches five for shiny very so cuff right that by indicated be can else what?"

"China but, well?"

"China in done been have only could wrist right your above immediately tattooed have you that fish the. Subject the of literature the to contributed even have and marks tattoo of study small a made have I. China to peculiar quite is pink delicate a of scales fishes' the staining of trick that. Simple more even becomes matter the, watch-chain your from hanging coin Chinese a see I, addition in, when."

Mr. Heavily laughed Wilson jabez. "Never I, well!" he said. "All after, it in nothing was there that see I but, clever something done had you that first at thought I."

"Explaining in mistake a make I that", Holmes said", Watson, think to begin I. Candid so am I if shipwreck suffer will, is it as such, reputation little poor my and, know you ', magnifico pro ignotum 'Omne. Mr, advertisement the find not you can. Wilson?"

"Column the down halfway planted finger red thick his with answered he", now it got have I, yes. "Is it here. All it began what is this. Sir, yourself for it read just you."

Follows as read and him from paper the took I:

"U, Pennsylvania, Lebanon of, Hopkins Ezekiah late the of bequest the of account On: LEAGUE RED-HEADED THE tO. S. A. , Services nominal purely for week a pounds 4 of salary a to League the of member a entitles which open vacancy another now is there. Eligible are, years twenty-one of age the above and mind and body in sound are who men red-headed all. Street Fleet, Court Pope's 7, League the of offices the at, Ross Duncan to, o'clock eleven at, Monday on person in apply."

"Mean this does earth on what?" Announcement extraordinary the over read twice had I after ejaculated I.

Spirits high in when habit his was as, chair his in wriggled and chuckled holmes. "It isn't, track beaten the off little a is it?"
he said. "Mr, now and. Fortunes your upon had advertisement this which effect the and, household your, yourself about all us tell and scratch at go you off, wilson. Date the and paper the of, Doctor, note a make first will you."

"1890, 27 April of Chronicle Morning The is it. Ago months two just."

"Good very. Mr, now. Wilson?"

"Mr, you telling been have I as just is it, well. City the near, Square Coburg at business pawnbroker's small a have I"; forehead his mopping, Wilson Jabez said", Holmes sherlock. Living a me give just than more done not has it years late of and, affair large very a not it's. Business the learn to as so wages half for come to willing is he that but him pay to job a have would I and; one keep only I now but, assistants two keep to able be to used I."

"Youth obliging this of name the is what?" Holmes Sherlock asked.

"Either, youth a such not he's and, Spaulding Vincent is name his. Age his say to hard it's. Mr, assistant smarter a wish not should I. Him give to able am I what twice earn and himself better could he that well very know I and; holmes. Head his in ideas put I should why, satisfied is he if, all after, but?"

"Indeed, why? Price market full the under comes who employé an having in fortunate most seem you. Age this in employers among experience common a not is it. Advertisement your as remarkable as not is assistant your that know don't I."

"Mr said", too, faults his has he, oh. Wilson. "Photography for fellow a such was never. Pictures his develop to hole its into rabbit a like cellar the into down diving then and, mind his improving be to ought he when camera a with away snapping. Worker good a he's whole the on but, fault main his is that. Him in vice no there's."

"Presume I, you with still is he?"

"Sir, yes. Family any had never and widower a am I for, house the in have I all clean--that's place the keeps and cooking simple of bit a does who, fourteen of girl a and he. More nothing do we if, debts our pay and heads our over roof a keep we and; us of three the, sir, quietly very live we.

"Advertisement that was out us put that thing first the.
Says he and, hand his in paper very this with, weeks eight day this just office the into down came he, spaulding:

"Mr, Lord the to wish 'I. Man red-headed a was I that, wilson. '

"That 'Why? Asks I '.

"Men Red-headed the of League the on vacancy another 'here's, he says ', 'Why. Money the with do to what end wits' their at are trustees the that so, men are there than vacancies more are there that understand I and, it gets who man any to fortune little a quite worth it's. Into step to me for ready all crib little nice a here's, colour change only would hair my if. '

"Then, it is what, 'Why? Asked I '. Mr, see you. Door-mat the over foot my putting without end on weeks often was I, it to go to having my of instead me to came business my as and, man stay-at-home very a am I, holmes. News of bit a of glad always was I and, outside on going was what of much know didn't I way that in.

"Men Red-headed the of League the of heard never you 'Have? open eyes his with asked he '.

"'Never. '

"Vacancies the of one for yourself eligible are you for, that at wonder I, 'Why. '

"Worth they are what 'And? Asked I '.

"Occupations other one's with much very interfere not need it and, slight is work the but, year a hundred of couple a merely, 'Oh. '

"Handy very been have would hundred of couple extra an and, years some for over-good been not has business the for, ears my up prick me made that that think easily can you, well.

"I said ', it about all me 'Tell.

"Particulars for apply should you where address the is there and, vacancy a has League the that yourself for see can 'you, advertisement the me showing, he said ', 'Well. Ways his in peculiar very was who, Hopkins Ezekiah, millionaire American an by founded was League the, out make can I as far as. Colour that of is hair whose men to berths easy of providing the to interest the apply to instructions with, trustees of hands the in fortune enormous his left had he that found was it died he when so; men red-headed all for sympathy great a had he and, red-headed himself was he. Do to little very and pay splendid is it hear I all from. '

"Apply would who men red-headed of millions be would 'there, I said ', 'But. '

"Answered he ', think might you as many so 'Not. Men grown to and, Londoners to confined really is it see 'You. Turn good a town old the do to wanted he and, young was he when London from started had American this. Red fiery, blazing, bright real but anything or, red dark or, red light is hair your if applying your use no is it heard have I, again, then. Mr, apply to cared you if, now.
Pounds hundred few a of sake the for way the of out yourself put to while your worth be hardly would it perhaps but; in walk just would you, wilson. '

"Met ever had I that man any as chance a good as stood I matter the in competition any be to was there if that me to seemed it that so, tint rich and full very a of is hair my that, yourselves for see may you as, gentlemen, fact a is it, now. Me with away right come to and day the for shutters the up put to him ordered just I so, useful prove might he thought I that it about much so know to seemed Spaulding vincent. Advertisement the in us given was that address the for off started and up business the shut we so, holiday a have to willing very was he.

"Mr, again that as sight a such see to hope never I. Holmes. Advertisement the answer to city the into tramped had hair his in red of shade a had who man every west and, east, south, north from.
Barrow orange coster's a like looked Court Pope's and, folk red-headed with choked was Street fleet. Advertisement single that by together brought were as country whole the in many so were there thought have not should I. Tint flame-coloured vivid real the had who many not were there, said Spaulding as, but; clay, liver, Irish-setter, brick, orange, lemon, were--straw they colour of shade every. It of hear not would Spaulding but; despair in up it given have would I, waiting were many how saw I when. Office the to led which steps the to up right and, crowd the through me got he until butted and pulled and pushed he but, imagine not could I it did he how. Office the in ourselves found soon and could we as well as in wedged we but; dejected back coming some and, hope in up going some, stair the upon stream double a was there."

"Snuff of pinch huge a with memory his refreshed and paused client his as Holmes remarked", one entertaining most a been has experience your. "Statement interesting very your continue pray."

"Mine than redder even was that head a with man small a sat which behind, table deal a and chairs wooden of couple a but office the in nothing was there. Them disqualify would which them in fault some find to managed always he then and, up came he as candidate each to words few a said he. All after, matter easy very a such be to seem not did vacancy a getting. Us with word private a have might he that so, entered we as door the closed he and, others the of any to than me to favourable more much was man little the came turn our when, however.

"Mr is 'This. League the in vacancy a fill to willing is he 'and, assistant my said ', Wilson jabez. '

"Answered other the ', it for suited admirably is he 'And. Requirement every has 'He. Fine so anything seen have I when recall cannot I. Bashful quite felt I until hair my at gazed and, side one on head his cocked, backward step a took He '. Success my on warmly me congratulated and, hand my wrung, forward plunged he suddenly then.

"He said ', hesitate to injustice be would 'It. Precaution obvious an taking for me excuse, sure am I, however, will 'You. Pain the with yelled I until tugged and, hands his both in hair my seized he that With '. Me released he as he said ', eyes your in water is 'There. Be should it as is all that perceive 'I. Paint by once and wigs by deceived been twice have we for, careful be to have we but. Nature human with you disgust would which wax cobbler's of tales you tell could I. Filled was vacancy the that voice his of top the at it through shouted and window the to over stepped He '. Manager the of that and own my except seen be to red-head a not was there until directions different in away trooped all folk the and, below from up came disappointment of groan a.

"Mr 'is, he said ', name 'My. Benefactor noble our by left fund the upon pensioners the of one myself am I and, Ross duncan. Mr, man married a you are. Wilson? Family a you have? '

"Not had I that answered I.

"Immediately fell face his.

"Me 'Dear! indeed serious very is 'that, gravely said he '! That say you hear to sorry am I. Maintenance their for as well as red-heads the of spread and propagation the for, course of, was fund the. Bachelor a be should you that unfortunate exceedingly is it. '

"Mr, this at lengthened face my. Right all be would it that said he minutes few a for over it thinking after but; all after vacancy the have to not was I that thought I for, holmes.

"Yours as hair of head a such with man a of favour in point a stretch must we but, fatal be might objection 'the, he said ', another of case the 'In. Duties new your upon enter to able be you shall when? '

"I said ', already business a have I for, awkward little a is it, 'Well.

"Mr, that about mind never, 'Oh. Wilson! Spaulding Vincent said '.
You for that after look to able be should 'I. '

"Hours the be would 'What? Asked I '.

"Two to 'Ten. '

"Mr, evening an of done mostly is business pawnbroker's a now.
Mornings the in little a earn to well very me suit would it so; pay-day before just is which, evening Friday and Thursday especially, holmes. Up turned that anything to see would he that and, man good a was assistant my that knew I, besides.

"I said ', well very me suit would 'That. Pay the 'And? '

"Week a pounds 4 'Is. '

"Work the 'And? '

"Nominal purely 'Is. '

"Nominal purely call you do 'What? '

"Time whole the, building the in least at or, office the in be to have you, 'Well. Forever position whole your forfeit you, leave you if. Point that upon clear very is will the. Time that during office the from budge you if conditions the with comply don't you. '

"I said ', leaving of think not should I and, day a hours four only 'It's.

"Mr said ', avail will excuse 'No. Else anything nor business nor sickness 'neither; Ross duncan. Billet your lose you or, stay must you there. '

"Work the 'And? '

"Britannica Encyclopaedia"the out copy to 'Is." Press that in it of volume first the is there. Chair and table this provide we but, blotting-paper and, pens, ink own your find must you. To-morrow ready be you will? '

"Answered I ', 'Certainly.

"Mr, good-bye, 'Then. Gain to enough fortunate been have you which position important the on more once you congratulate me let and, Wilson jabez. Fortune good own my at pleased so was I, do or say to what knowing hardly, assistant my with home went I and room the of out me bowed He '.

"Imagine not could I be might object its what though, fraud or hoax great some be must affair whole the that myself persuaded quite had I for; again spirits low in was I evening by and, day all matter the over thought I, well. Britannica 'Encyclopaedia the out copying as simple so anything doing for sum a such pay would they that or, will a such make could anyone that belief past altogether seemed it. Thing whole the of out myself reasoned had I bedtime by but, up me cheer to could he what did Spaulding Vincent '. Court Pope's for off started I, paper foolscap of sheets seven and, quill-pen a with and, ink of bottle penny a bought I so, anyhow it at look a have to determined I morning the in, however.

"Possible as right as was everything, delight and surprise my to, well. Mr and, me for ready out set was table the. Work to fairly got I that see to there was Ross duncan. Me with right was all that see to time to time from in drop would he but; me left he then and, A letter the upon off me started he. Me after office the of door the locked and, written had I that amount the upon me complimented, good-day me bade he o'clock two at.

"Mr, day after day on went this. Work week's my for sovereigns golden four down planked and in came manager the Saturday on and, holmes. After week the same the and, week next same the was it. Two at left I afternoon every and, ten at there was I morning every. Mr degrees by. All at in come not did he, time a after, then and, morning a of once only in coming to took Ross duncan. It of loss the risk not would I that, well so me suited and, one good a such was billet the and, come might he when sure not was I for, instant an for room the leave to dared never I, course of, still.

"Long very before B's the to on get might I that diligence with hoped and, Attica and Architecture and Armour and Archery and Abbots about written had I and, this like away passed weeks eight. Writings my with shelf a filled nearly pretty had I and, foolscap in something me cost it. End an to came business whole the suddenly then and."

"End an to?"

"Sir, yes. Morning this than later no and. Tack a with panel the of middle the to on hammered cardboard of square little a with, locked and shut was door the but, o'clock ten at usual as work my to went I. Yourself for read can you and, is it here."

Note-paper of sheet a of size the about cardboard white of piece a up held he. Fashion this in read it:




1890, 9 october.

Laughter of roar a into out burst both we that consideration other every overtopped completely so affair the of side comical the until, it behind face rueful the and announcement curt this surveyed I and Holmes sherlock.

"Head flaming his of roots the to up flushing, client our cried", funny very anything is there that see cannot I. "Elsewhere go can I, me at laugh than better nothing do can you if."

"Risen half had he which from chair the into back him shoving, Holmes cried", no, no. "World the for case your miss wouldn't really I. Unusual refreshingly most is it. It about funny little a just something, so saying my excuse will you if, is there but.
Door the upon card the found you when take you did steps what pray?"

"Sir, staggered was I. Do to what know not did I. It about anything know to seemed them of none but, round offices the at called I then. League Red-headed the of become had what me tell could he if him asked I and, ground-floor the on living accountant an is who, landlord the to went I, finally. Body such any of heard never had he that said he. Mr who him asked I then. Was Ross duncan. Him to new was name the that answered he.

"No at gentleman 'the, I said ', 'Well. 4. '

"Man red-headed the, 'What? '

"'Yes. '

"Morris William was name 'his, he said ', 'Oh. Ready were premises new his until convenience temporary a as room my using was and solicitor a was he. Yesterday out moved he. '

"Him find I could 'Where? '

"Offices new his at, 'Oh. Address the me tell did he. St near, Street Edward King 17, yes. Paul's. '

"Mr, off started I. Mr either of heard ever had it in one no and, knee-caps artificial of manufactory a was it address that to got I when but, holmes. Mr or Morris william. Ross duncan."

"Then do you did what and?" Holmes asked.

"Assistant my of advice the took I and, Square Saxe-Coburg to home went I. Way any in me help not could he but. Post by hear should I waited I if that say only could he. Mr, enough good quite not was that but. Holmes. You to away right came I, it of need in were who folk poor to advice give to enough good were you that heard had I as, so, struggle a without place a such lose to wish not did I."

"Holmes said", wisely very did you and. "It into look to happy be shall I and, one remarkable exceedingly an is case your.
Appear sight first at might than it from hang issues graver that possible is it that think I me told have you what from."

"Enough grave!" Mr said. Wilson jabez. "Week a pound four lost have I, why."

"League extraordinary this against grievance any have you that see not do I", Holmes remarked", concerned personally are you as far as. A letter the under comes which subject every on gained have you which knowledge minute the of nothing say to, pounds 30 some by richer, understand I as, are you, contrary the on. Them by nothing lost have you."

"Sir, no. Me prank--upon a was it prank--if this playing in was object their what and, are they who and, them about out find to want I but. Pounds thirty and two them cost it for, them for joke expensive pretty a was it."

"You for points these up clear to endeavour shall we. Mr, questions two or one, first, and. Wilson. You with been he had long advertisement--how the to attention your called first who yours of assistant this?"

"Then month a about."

"Come he did how?"

"Advertisement an to answer in."

"Applicant only the he was?"

"Dozen a had I, no."

"Him pick you did why?"

"Cheap come would and handy was he because."

"Fact in, half-wages at."


"Spaulding Vincent this, like he is what?"

"Thirty of short not he's though, face his on hair no, ways his in quick very, stout-built, small. Forehead his upon acid of splash white a has."

Excitement considerable in chair his in up sat holmes. "He said", much as thought I. "Earrings for pierced are ears his that observed ever you have?"

"Sir, yes. Lad a was he when him for it done had gipsy a that me told he."

"Hum!" Thought deep in back sinking, Holmes said. "You with still is he?"

"Him left just only have I; sir, yes, oh."

"Absence your in to attended been business your has and?"

"Sir, of complain to nothing. Morning a of do to much very never there's."

"Mr, do will that. Wilson. Two or day a of course the in subject the upon opinion an you give to happy be shall I. Conclusion a to come may we Monday by that hope I and, Saturday is to-day."

"All it of make you do what", us left had visitor our when Holmes said", Watson, well?"

"Frankly answered I", it of nothing make I. "Business mysterious most a is it."

"Be to proves it mysterious less the is thing a bizarre more the", Holmes said", rule a as. Identify to difficult most the is face commonplace a as just, puzzling really are which crimes featureless, commonplace your is it. Matter this over prompt be must I but."

"Then, do to going you are what?" Asked I.

"Answered he", smoke to. "Minutes fifty for me to speak won't you that beg I and, problem pipe three a quite is it." Bird strange some of bill the like out thrusting pipe clay black his and closed eyes his with sat he there and, nose hawk-like his to up drawn knees thin his with, chair his in up himself curled he.
Mantelpiece the upon down pipe his put and mind his up made has who man a of gesture the with chair his of out sprang suddenly he when, myself nodding was indeed and, asleep dropped had he that conclusion the to come had I.

"St the at plays sarasate. Remarked he", afternoon this Hall james's. "Watson, think you do what? Hours few a for you spare patients your could?"

"To-day do to nothing have I. Absorbing very never is practice my."

"Come and hat your on put then. Way the on lunch some have can we and, first City the through going am I. French or Italian than taste my to more rather is which, programme the on music German of deal good a is there that observe I. Introspect to want I and, introspective is it. Along come!"

Morning the in to listened had we which story singular the of scene the, Square Saxe-Coburg to us took walk short a and; Aldersgate as far as Underground the by travelled we. Atmosphere uncongenial and smoke-laden a against fight hard a made laurel-bushes faded of clumps few a and grass weedy of lawn a where, enclosure railed-in small a into out looked houses brick two-storied dingy of lines four where, place shabby-genteel, little, poky a was it. Business his on carried client red-headed our where place the announced, house corner a upon, letters white in"WILSON JABEZ"with board brown a and balls gilt three.
Lids puckered between brightly shining eyes his with, over all it looked and side one on head his with it of front in stopped Holmes sherlock. Houses the at keenly looking still, corner the to again down then and, street the up slowly walked he then. Knocked and door the to up went he, times three or two stick his with pavement the upon vigorously thumped having, and, pawnbroker's the to returned he finally. In step to him asked who, fellow young clean-shaven, bright-looking a by opened instantly was it.

"Strand the to here from go would you how you ask to wished only I", Holmes said", you thank."

"Door the closing, promptly assistant the answered", left fourth, right third.

"Away walked we as Holmes observed", that, fellow smart. "Third be to claim a not has he that sure not am I daring for and, London in man smartest fourth the, judgment my in, is he. Before him of something known have I."

"Mr", I said", evidently. League Red-headed the of mystery this in deal good a for counts assistant wilson's. Him see might you that order in merely way your inquired you that sure am I."

"Him not."

"Then what?"

"Trousers his of knees the."

"See you did what and?"

"See to expected I what."

"Pavement the beat you did why?"

"Talk for not, observation for time a is this, doctor dear my. Country enemy's an in spies are we. Square Saxe-Coburg of something know we. It behind lie which parts the explore now us let."

Back the to does picture a of front the as it to contrast a great as presented Square Saxe-Coburg retired the from corner the round turned we as ourselves found we which in road the. West and north the to City the of traffic the conveyed which arteries main the of one was it. Pedestrians of swarm hurrying the with black were footpaths the while, outward and inward tide double a in flowing commerce of stream immense the with blocked was roadway the. Quitted just had we which square stagnant and faded the upon side other the on abutted really they that premises business stately and shops fine of line the at looked we as realise to difficult was it.

"Here houses the of order the remember to just like should I", line the along glancing and corner the at standing, Holmes said", see me let. London of knowledge exact an have to mine of hobby a is it. Depot carriage-building McFarlane's and, Restaurant Vegetarian the, Bank Suburban and City the of branch Coburg the, shop newspaper little the, tobacconist the, Mortimer's is there. Block other the to on right us carries that. Play some had we time it's so, work our done we've, Doctor, now and. Conundrums their with us vex to clients red-headed no are there and, harmony and delicacy and sweetness is all where, violin-land to off then and, coffee of cup a and sandwich a."

Merit ordinary no of composer a but performer capable very a only not himself being, musician enthusiastic an was friend my. Conceive to possible was it as, agent criminal ready-handed, keen-witted, relentless the Holmes, sleuth-hound the Holmes of those unlike as were eyes dreamy, languid his and face smiling gently his while, music the to time in fingers thin, long his waving gently, happiness perfect most the in wrapped stalls the in sat he afternoon the all. Him in predominated occasionally which mood contemplative and poetic the against reaction the, thought often have I as, represented astuteness and exactness extreme his and, itself asserted alternately nature dual the character singular his in. Editions black-letter his and improvisations his amid armchair his in lounging been had he, end on days for, when as formidable truly so never was he, well knew I as, and; energy devouring to languor extreme from him took nature his of swing the. Mortals other of that not was knowledge whose man a on as him at askance look would methods his with unacquainted were who those until, intuition of level the to rise would power reasoning brilliant his that and, him upon come suddenly would chase the of lust the that was it then. St at music the in enwrapped so afternoon that him saw I when. Down hunt to himself set had he whom those upon coming be might time evil an that felt I Hall james's.

"Emerged we as remarked he", Doctor, doubt no, home go to want you.

"Well as be would it, yes."

"Hours some take will which do to business some have I and. Serious is Square Coburg at business this."

"Serious why?"

"Contemplation in is crime considerable a. It stop to time in be shall we that believe to reason every have I. Matters complicates rather Saturday being to-day but. To-night help your want shall I."

"Time what at?"

"Enough early be will ten."

"Ten at Street Baker at be shall I."

"Well very. Pocket your in revolver army your put kindly so, danger little some be may there, Doctor, say I, and." Crowd the among instant an in disappeared and, heel his on turned, hand his waved he.

Holmes Sherlock with dealings my in stupidity own my of sense a with oppressed always was I but, neighbours my than dense more not am I that trust I. Grotesque and confused still was business whole the me to while, happen to about was what but happened had what only not clearly saw he that evident was it words his from yet and, seen had he what seen had I, heard had he what heard had I here. Me from parted had he which with words ominous the and, Square Saxe-Coburg to visit the to down"Encyclopaedia"the of copier red-headed the of story extraordinary the from, all it over thought I Kensington in house my to home drove I as.
Armed go I should why and, expedition nocturnal this was what?
Do to we were what and, going we were where? Game deep a play might who man man--a formidable a was assistant pawnbroker's smooth-faced this that Holmes from hint the had I. Explanation an bring should night until aside matter the set and despair in up it gave but, out it puzzle to tried I.

Street Baker to Street Oxford through so and, Park the across way my made and home from started I when nine quarter-past a was it. Above from voices of sound the heard I passage the entered I as and, door the at standing were hansoms two. Frock-coat respectable oppressively and hat shiny very a with, man sad-faced, thin, long a was other the while, agent police official the, Jones Peter as recognised I whom of one, men two with conversation animated in Holmes found I room his entering on.

"Ha! Rack the from crop hunting heavy his taking and pea-jacket his up buttoning, Holmes said", complete is party our.
"Mr know you think I, watson. Yard Scotland of, jones? Mr to you introduce me let. Adventure to-night's in companion our be to is who, merryweather."

"Way consequential his in Jones said", see you, Doctor, again couples in hunting we're. "Chase a starting for man wonderful a is here friend our. Down running the do to him help to dog old an is wants he all."

"Mr observed", chase our of end the be to prove not may goose wild a hope I. Gloomily merryweather.

"Mr in confidence considerable place may you. Loftily agent police the said", sir, holmes. "Him in detective a of makings the has he but, fantastic and theoretical too little a just, so saying my mind won't he if, are which, methods little own his has he. Force official the than correct nearly more been has he, treasure Agra the and murder Sholto the of business that in as, twice or once that say to much too not is it."

"Mr, so say you if, oh. Deference with stranger the said", right all is it, jones. "Rubber my miss I that confess I, still.
Rubber my had not have I that years seven-and-twenty for night Saturday first the is it."

"Exciting more be will play the that and, yet done ever have you than to-night stake higher a for play will you that", Holmes Sherlock said", find will you think I. Mr, you for. Hands your lay to wish you whom upon man the be will it, Jones, you for and; pounds 000, 30 some be will stake the, merryweather."

"Forger and, smasher, thief, murderer the, Clay john. Mr, man young a he's. London in criminal any on than him on bracelets my have rather would I and, profession his of head the at is he but, merryweather. Clay John young is, man remarkable a he's. Oxford and Eton to been has himself he and, duke royal a was grandfather his. Himself man the find to where know never we, turn every at him of signs meet we though and, fingers his as cunning as is brain his. Next the Cornwall in orphanage an build to money raising be and, week one Scotland in crib a crack he'll.
Yet him on eyes set never have and years for track his on been i've."

"To-night you introducing of pleasure the have may I that hope I.
Mr with also turns little two or one had i've. Profession his of head the at is he that you with agree I and, Clay john. Started we that time quite and, however, ten past is it. Second the in follow will I and Watson, hansom first the take will two you if."

Afternoon the in heard had he which tunes the humming cab the in back lay and drive long the during communicative very not was Holmes sherlock. Street Farrington into emerged we until streets gas-lit of labyrinth endless an through rattled we.

"Remarked friend my", now there close are we. "Matter the in interested personally and, director bank a is Merryweather fellow this. Also us with Jones have to well as it thought I. Profession his in imbecile absolute an though, fellow bad a not is he.
Virtue positive one has he. Anyone upon claws his gets he if lobster a as tenacious as and bulldog a as brave as is he. Us for waiting are they and, are we here."

Morning the in ourselves found had we which in thoroughfare crowded same the reached had we. Mr of guidance the following, and, dismissed were cabs our. Us for opened he which, door side a through and passage narrow a down passed we, merryweather.
Gate iron massive very a in ended which, corridor small a was there within. Gate formidable another at terminated which, steps stone winding of flight a down led and, opened was also this. Mr.
Boxes massive and crates with round all piled was which, cellar or vault huge a into, door third a opening after, so and, passage earth-smelling, dark a down us conducted then and, lantern a light to stopped merryweather.

"Him about gazed and lantern the up held he as remarked Holmes", above from vulnerable very not are you.

"Mr said", below from nor. Floor the lined which flags the upon stick his striking, merryweather. "Hollow quite sounds it, me dear, why!" surprise in up looking, remarked he.

"Quiet more little a be to you ask really must I!" Severely Holmes said. "Expedition our of success whole the imperilled already have you. Interfere to not and, boxes those of one upon down sit to goodness the have would you that beg I might?"

Mr solemn the. Stones the between cracks the minutely examine to began, lens magnifying a and lantern the with, and floor the upon knees his upon fell Holmes while, face his upon expression injured very a with, crate a upon himself perched merryweather. Pocket his in glass his put and again feet his to sprang he for, him satisfy to sufficed seconds few a.

"Bed in safely is pawnbroker good the until steps any take hardly can they for", remarked he", us before hour an least at have we.
Escape their for have will they time longer the work their do they sooner the for, minute a lose not will they then. Banks London principal the of one of branch City the of cellar the divined--in have you doubt no Doctor--as, present at are we. Mr.
Present at cellar this in interest considerable a take should London of criminals daring more the why reasons are there that you to explain will he and, directors of chairman the is merryweather."

"Director the whispered", gold French our is it. "It upon made be might attempt an that warnings several had have we."

"Gold French your?"

"Yes. France of Bank the from napoleons 000, 30 purpose that for borrowed and resources our strengthen to ago months some occasion had we. Cellar our in lying still is it that and, money the unpack to occasion had never have we that known become has it. Foil lead of layers between packed napoleons 000, 2 contains sit I which upon crate the. Subject the upon misgivings had have directors the and, office branch single a in kept usually is than present at larger much is bullion of reserve our."

"Holmes observed", justified well very were which. "Plans little our arranged we that time is it now and. Head a to come will matters hour an within that expect I. Mr meantime the in.
Lantern dark that over screen the put must we, merryweather."

"Dark the in sit and?"

"So afraid am I. All after rubber your have might you, carrée partie a were we as, that thought I and, pocket my in cards of pack a brought had I. Light a of presence the risk cannot we that far so gone have preparations enemy's the that see I but. Positions our choose must we, all of first, and. Careful are we unless harm some us do may they, disadvantage a at them take shall we though and, men daring are these. Those behind yourselves conceal you do and, crate this behind stand shall I. Swiftly in close, them upon light a flash I when, then. Down them shooting about compunction no have, Watson, fire they if."

Crouched I which behind case wooden the of top the upon, cocked, revolver my placed I. Experienced before never have I as darkness absolute an darkness--such pitch in us left and lantern his of front the across slide the shot holmes. Notice moment's a at out flash to ready, there still was light the that us assure to remained metal hot of smell the. Vault the of air dank cold the in and, gloom sudden the in subduing and depressing something was there, expectancy of pitch a to up worked nerves my with, me to.

"Holmes whispered", retreat one but have they. "Square Saxe-Coburg into house the through back is that. Jones, you asked I what done have you that hope I?"

"Door front the at waiting officers two and inspector an have I."

"Holes the all stopped have we then. Wait and silent be must we now and."

Seemed it time a what! Us above breaking be dawn the and gone almost have must night the that me to appeared it yet, quarter a and hour an but was it afterwards notes comparing from. Director bank the of note sighing, thin the from Jones bulky the of in-breath heavier, deeper the distinguish could I but, companions my of breathing gentle the hear only not could I that acute so was hearing my and, tension of pitch highest the to up worked were nerves my yet; position my change to feared I for, stiff and weary were limbs my. Floor the of direction the in case the over look could I position my from. Light a of glint the caught eyes my suddenly.

Pavement stone the upon spark lurid a but was it first at. Light of area little the of centre the in about felt which, hand womanly almost, white a, appeared hand a and open to seemed gash a, sound or warning any without, then and, line yellow a became it until out lengthened it then. Floor the of out protruded, fingers writhing its with, hand the more or minute a for. Stones the between chink a marked which spark lurid single the save again dark was all and, appeared it as suddenly as withdrawn was it then.

Momentary but was, however, disappearance its. Lantern a of light the streamed which through, hole gaping, square a left and side its upon over turned stones white, broad the of one, sound tearing, rending a with. Edge the upon rested knee one until, waist-high and shoulder-high itself drew, aperture the of side either on hand a with, then and, it about keenly looked which, face boyish, clean-cut a peeped there edge the over. Hair red very of shock a and face pale a with, himself like small and lithe, companion a him after hauling was and hole the of side the at stood he instant another in.

"Whispered he", clear all it's. "Bags the and chisel the you have? Scott great! It for swing I'll and, jump, Archie, jump!"

Collar the by intruder the seized and out sprung had Holmes sherlock. Skirts his at clutched Jones as cloth rending of sound the heard I and, hole the down dived other the. Floor stone the upon clinked pistol the and, wrist man's the on down came crop hunting Holmes' but, revolver a of barrel the upon flashed light the.

"Blandly Holmes said", Clay John, use no it's. "All at chance no have you."

"Coolness utmost the with answered other the", see I so. "Coat-tails his got have you see I though, right all is pal my that fancy I."

"Holmes said", door the at him for waiting men three are there.

"Indeed, oh! Completely very thing the done have to seem you. You compliment must I."

"Answered Holmes", you I and. "Effective and new very was idea red-headed your."

"Jones said", presently again pal your see you'll. "Am I than holes down climbing at quicker he's. Derbies the fix I while out hold just."

"Wrists his upon clattered handcuffs the as prisoner our remarked", hands filthy your with me touch not will you that beg I.
"Veins my in blood royal have I that aware be not may you. 'please and 'sir' say to always me address you when, also, goodness the have. '"

"Snigger a and stare a with Jones said", right all. "Police-station the to Highness your carry to cab a get can we where, upstairs march, sir, please you would, well?"

"Serenely Clay John said", better is that. Detective the of custody the in off quietly walked and us of three the to bow sweeping a made he.

"Mr, really. Mr said", holmes. You repay or you thank can bank the how know not do I", cellar the from them followed we as merryweather. Experience my within come ever have that robbery bank at attempts determined most the of one manner complete most the in defeated and detected have you that doubt no is there."

"Mr with settle to own my of scores little two or one had have I.
Holmes said", Clay john. "League Red-headed the of narrative remarkable very the hearing by and, unique ways many in is which experience an had having by repaid amply am I that beyond but, refund to bank the expect shall I which, matter this over expense small some at been have I."

"Day every hours of number a for way the of out pawnbroker over-bright not this get to be must ', 'Encyclopaedia the of copying the and, League the of advertisement the of business fantastic rather this of object possible only the that first the from obvious perfectly was it", Street Baker in soda and whisky of glass a over sat we as morning the of hours early the in explained he", Watson, see you. Better a suggest to difficult be would it, really, but, it managing of way curious a was it. Hair accomplice's his of colour the by mind ingenious Clay's to suggested doubt no was method the. Thousands for playing were who, them to it was what and, him draw must which lure a was week a pounds 4 the?
Week the in morning every absence his secure to manage they together and, it for apply to man the incites rogue other the, office temporary the has rogue one, advertisement the in put they. Situation the securing for motive strong some had he that me to obvious was it, wages half for come having assistant the of heard I that time the from."

"Was motive the what guess you could how but?"

"Intrigue vulgar mere a suspected have should I, house the in women been there had. Question the of out was, however, that. At were they as expenditure an such and, preparations elaborate such for account could which house his in nothing was there and, one small a was business man's the. House the of out something be, then, must it. Be it could what? Cellar the into vanishing of trick his and, photography for fondness assistant's the of thought I. Cellar the! Clue tangled this of end the was there. London in criminals daring most and coolest the of one with deal to had I that found and assistant mysterious this to as inquiries made I then. End on months for day a hours many took which cellar--something the in something doing was he. More once, be it could what? Building other some to tunnel a running was he that save nothing of think could I.

"Action of scene the visit to went we when got had I far so. Stick my with pavement the upon beating by you surprised I. Behind or front in out stretched cellar the whether ascertaining was I.
Front in not was it. It answered assistant the, hoped I as, and, bell the rang I then. Before other each upon eyes set never had we but, skirmishes some had have we. Face his at looked hardly I. See to wished I what were knees his. Were they stained and, wrinkled, worn how remarked have yourself must you. Burrowing of hours those of spoke they. For burrowing were they what was point remaining only the. Problem my solved had I that felt and, premises friend's our on abutted Bank Suburban and City the saw, corner the round walked I. Seen have you that result the with, directors bank the of chairman the upon and Yard Scotland upon called I concert the after home drove you when."

"To-night attempt their make would they that tell you could how and?" Asked I.

"Mr about longer no cared they that sign a was that offices League their closed they when, well. Tunnel their completed had they that, words other presence--in Wilson's jabez. Removed be might bullion the or, discovered be might it as, soon it use should they that essential was it but. Escape their for days two them give would it as, day other any than better them suit would saturday.
To-night come to them expected I reasons these all for."

"Admiration unfeigned in exclaimed I", beautifully out it reasoned you. "True rings link every yet and, chain a long so is it."

"Yawning, answered he", ennui from me saved it. "Alas! Me upon in closing it feel already I. Existence of commonplaces the from escape to effort long one in spent is life my. So do to me help problems little these."

"I said", race the of benefactor a are you and.

Shoulders his shrugged he. "Remarked he", use little some of is it, all after, perhaps, well. "Sand George to wrote Flaubert Gustave as ', tout c'est rien--l'oeuvre c'est 'L'homme."

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