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ope体育网址多少【址:a g 9 559⒐ v i p】<  "Well, Watson, any views?" he asked.   "Important!" Our visitor threw up his hands. "Have you heard nothingof the abduction of the only son of the Duke of Holdernesse?""What! the late Cabinet Minister?"

    Fancy anyone having the heart to hurt him," he muttered as heglanced down at the small, angry red pucker upon the cherub throat.It was at this moment that I chanced to glance at Holmes and saw amost singular intentness in his expression. His face was as set asif it had been carved out of old ivory, and his eyes, which hadglanced for a moment at father and child, were now fixed with eagercuriosity upon something at the other side of the room. Followinghis gaze I could only guess that he was looking out through the windowat the melancholy, dripping garden. It is true that a shutter had halfclosed outside and obstructed the view, but none the less it wascertainly at the window that Holmes was fixing his concentratedattention. Then he smiled, and his eyes came back to the baby. Onits chubby neck there was this small puckered mark. Withoutspeaking, Holmes examined it with care. Finally he shook one of thedimpled fists which waved in front of him.

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   "There is one door from the outside. There is another which leads upby a stair to the passage in which Lady Beatrice's room is situated.""These are deep waters, Mr. Mason; deep and rather dirty. You saythat Sir Robert was not at home last night?"

    "So now, my dear fellow, you see exactly how we stand and why itis I want you. It is perfectly plain that after the ladies parted fromthis man he followed them at a distance, that he saw the quarrelbetween husband and wife through the window, that he rushed in, andthat the creature which he carried in his box got loose. That is allvery certain. But he is the only person in this world who can tellus exactly what happened in that room."

    "How do you know?"

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   "But what other is there?" cried the banker with a gesture ofdespair. "If his motives were innocent, why does he not explain them?""It is our task to find that out," replied Holmes; "so now, if youplease, Mr. Holder, we will set off for Streatham together, and devotean hour to glancing a little more closely into details."My friend insisted upon my accompanying them in their expedition,which I was eager enough to do, for my curiosity and sympathy weredeeply stirred by the story to which we had listened. I confess thatthe guilt of the banker's son appeared to me to be as obvious as itdid to his unhappy father, but still I had such faith in Holmes'sjudgment that I felt that there must be some grounds for hope aslong as he was dissatisfied with the accepted explanation. He hardlyspoke a word the whole way out to the southern suburb, but sat withhis chin upon his breast and his hat drawn over his eyes, sunk inthe deepest thought. Our client appeared to have taken fresh heartat the little glimpse of hope which had been presented to him, andhe even broke into a desultory chat with me over his business affairs.A short railway journey and a shorter walk brought us to Fairbank, themodest residence of the great financier.<  "In what way?" asked Holmes.

    "Yes, he was his heir, and the old boy is nearly eighty- cram fullof gout, too. They say he could chalk his billiard-cue with hisknuckles. He never allowed Godfrey a shilling in his life, for he isan absolute miser, but it will all come to him right enough.""Have you heard from Lord Mount-James?"

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   "It would strike him that in disappearing he might throw all pursuitoff his track, and at the same time have an ample and crushing revengeupon his old sweetheart, if he could give the impression that he hadbeen murdered by her only child. It was a masterpiece of villainy, andhe carried it out like a master. The idea of the will, which wouldgive an obvious motive for the crime, the secret visit unknown tohis own parents, the retention of the stick, the blood, and the animalremains and buttons in the wood-pile, all were admirable. It was a netfrom which it seemed to me, a few hours ago, that there was nopossible escape. But he had not that supreme gift of the artist, theknowledge of when to stop. He wished to improve that which was alreadyperfect- to draw the rope tighter yet round the neck of hisunfortunate victim- and so he ruined all. Let us descend, Lestrade.There are just one or two questions that I would ask him."The malignant creature was seated in his own parlour, with apoliceman upon each side of him.

    "No, I cannot say that. But I have heard words which were nearlyas bad- words of cold, cutting contempt, even before the servants.""Our millionaire does not seem to shine in private life," remarkedHolmes as we made our way to the station. "Well, Watson, we havecome on a good many facts, some of them new ones, and yet I seemsome way from my conclusion. In spite of the evident dislike which Mr.Bates has to his employer, I gather from him that when the alarmcame he was undoubtedly in his library. Dinner was over at 8:30 andall was normal up to then. It is true that the alarm was somewhat latein the evening, but the tragedy certainly occurred about the hournamed in the note. There is no evidence at all that Mr. Gibson hadbeen out of doors since his return from town at five o'clock. On theother hand, Miss Dunbar, as I understand it, admits that she hadmade an appointment to meet Mrs. Gibson at the bridge. Beyond this shewould say nothing, as her lawyer, had advised her to reserve herdefence. We have several very vital questions to ask that younglady, and my mind will not be easy until we have seen her. I mustconfess that the case would seem to me to be very black against her ifit were not for one thing."

<  "That is one of the clues of which I spoke. It may lead us tosomething. And then, of course, there is the bell-which is the mostdistinctive feature of the case. Why should the bell ring? Was itthe thief who did it out of bravado? Or was it someone who was withthe thief who did it in order to prevent the crime? Or was it anaccident? Or was it-?" He sank back into the state of intense andsilent thought from which he had emerged; but it seemed to me,accustomed as I was to his every mood, that some new possibility haddawned suddenly upon him.   "I have been listening to her for the last five minutes, but did notwish to interrupt your most interesting narrative. Just a littlewheezy, Susan, are you not? You breathe too heavily for that kind ofwork."

    "Tell me, Professor Coram," he said, at last, "what is in thatcupboard in the bureau?"


<  "How long ago?"   "Dear me!" said Holmes, and he smiled in a singular way as heglanced at our companion. "Well, if there is nothing to be learnedhere, we had best go inside."

    "Go on, Miss Westbury. Even if it seems to tell against him, goon. We cannot say what it may lead to,"





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