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¹¹ȷַ:a g 9 559 v i p<"Well, it is very ingenious," said I, laughing; "but since, asyou said just now, there has been no crime committed, and no harmdone save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a wasteof energy.""That is John Hebron, of Atlanta," said the lady, "and a noblerman never walked the earth. I cut myself off from my race in orderto wed him, but never once while he lived did I for an instantregret it. It was our misfortune that our only child took after hispeople rather than mine. It is often so in such matches, and littleLucy is darker far than ever her father was. But dark or fair, sheis my own dear little girlie, and her mother's pet." The littlecreature ran across at the words and nestled up against the lady'sdress. "When I left her in America," she continued, "it was onlybecause her health was weak, and the change might have done herharm. She was given to the care of a faithful Scotch woman who hadonce been our servant. Never for an instant did I dream of disowningher as my child. But when chance threw you in my way, Jack, and Ilearned to love you, I feared to tell you about my child. Godforgive me, I feared that I should lose you, and I had not the courageto tell you. I had to choose between you, and in my weakness Iturned away from my own little girl. For three years I have kept herexistence a secret from you, but I heard from the nurse, and I knewthat all was well with her. At last, however, there came anoverwhelming desire to see the child once more. I struggled againstit, but in vain. Though I knew the danger, I determined to have thechild over, if it were but for a few weeks. I sent a hundred pounds tothe nurse, and I gave her instructions about this cottage, so that shemight come as a neighbour, without my appearing to be in any wayconnected with her. I pushed my precautions so far as to order herto keep the child in the . p house during the daytime, and to cover upher little face and hands so that even those who might see her atthe window should not gossip about there being a black child in theneighbourhood. If I had been less cautious I might have been morewise, but I was half crazy with fear that you should learn the truth."It was you who told me first that the cottage was occupied. Ishould have waited for the morning, but I could not sleep forexcitement, and so at last I slipped out, knowing how difficult itis to awake you. But you saw me go, and that was the beginning of mytroubles. Next day you had my secret at your mercy, but you noblyrefrained from pursuing your advantage. Three days later, however, thenurse and child only just escaped from the back door as you rushedin at the front one. And now to-night you at last know all, and Iask you what is to become of us, my child and me?" She clasped herhands and waited for an answer.

"'Alas, Holmes, I fear that it is one of sin and shame!' cried myfriend. 'But from you I shall have no secrets. Here is the statementwhich was drawn up by my father when he knew that the danger fromHudson had become imminent. I found it in the Japanese cabinet, ashe told the doctor. Take it and read it to me, for I have neitherthe strength nor the courage to do it myself.'

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"How far from the body?"

"'I care nothing for myself.'

There is no use writing the details of that dreadful event. In theevent of your acceding to my request it is probable that I shallhave to narrate them to you. I have only just recovered from nineweeks of brain-fever and am still exceedingly weak. Do you thinkthat you could bring your friend Mr. Holmes down to see me? I shouldlike to have his opinion of the case, though the authorities assure methat nothing more can be done. Do try to bring him down, and as soonas possible. Every minute seems an hour while I live in this stateof horrible suspense. Assure him that if I have not asked his advicesooner it was not because I did not appreciate his talents, butbecause I have been off my head ever since the blow fell. Now I amclear again, though I dare not think of it too much for fear of arelapse. I am still so weak that I have to write, as you see, bydictating. Do try to bring him.

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"And what did you learn from him?"<"Yes, here it is:

"It was a long path and the light was not very good, but it seemedto me something was moving ahead of me. I ran on and called hisname, but it was no use. When I got to the end of the path therewere several others branching in different directions to variousouthouses. I stood hesitating, and as I did so I heard distinctlythe sound of a closing door. It was not behind me in the house, butahead of me, somewhere in the darkness. That was enough, Mr. Holmes,to assure me that what I had seen was not a vision. Godfrey had runaway from me, and he had shut a door behind him. Of that I wascertain.

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"What, you're on his track?"

"Perhaps Mr. Neil Gibson has told you something of what occurredbetween us?" she asked in a low, agitated voice.

<"Never better.""Come at once without fail. Can give you information as to yourrecent loss.

"The ceremony, which was performed at St. George's, HanoverSquare, was a very quiet one, no one being present save the fatherof the bride, Mr. Aloysius Doran, the Duchess of Balmoral, LordBackwater, Lord Eustace, and Lady Clara St. Simon (the younger brotherand sister of the bridegroom), and Lady Alicia Whittington. Thewhole party proceeded afterwards to the house of Mr. Aloysius Doran,at Lancaster Gate, where breakfast had been prepared. It appearsthat some little trouble was caused by a woman, whose name has notbeen ascertained, who endeavoured to force her way into the houseafter the bridal party, alleging that she had some claim upon Lord St.Simon. It was only after a painful and prolonged scene that she wasejected by the butler and the footman. The bride, who hadfortunately entered the house before this unpleasant interruption, hadsat down to breakfast with the rest, when she complained of a suddenindisposition and retired to her room. Her prolonged absence havingcaused some comment, her father followed her, but learned from hermaid that she had only come up to her chamber for an instant, caughtup an ulster and bonnet, and hurried down to the passage. One of thefootmen declared that he had seen a lady leave the house thusapparelled, but had refused to credit that it was his mistress,believing her to be with the company. On ascertaining that hisdaughter had disappeared, Mr. Aloysius Doran, in conjunction withthe bridegroom, instantly put themselves in communication with thepolice, and very energetic inquiries are being made, which willprobably result in a speedy clearing up of this very singularbusiness. Up to a late hour last night, however, nothing hadtranspired as to the whereabouts of the missing lady. There arerumours of foul play in the matter, and it is said that the policehave caused the arrest of the woman who had caused the originaldisturbance, in the belief that, from jealousy or some other motive,she may have been concerned in the strange disappearance of thebride."

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<"Well, well, we score over you for once, Mr. Holmes. You must giveus best this time." He struck his stick sharply upon the ground, onwhich a cabman, his whip in his band, sauntered over from afour-wheeler which stood on the far side of the street. "May Iintroduce you to Mr. Sherlock Holmes?" he said to the cabman. Thisis Mr. Leverton, of Pinkerton's American Agency.""Then let us go arrest him."

"Oh, he is very well known in his own circle."

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