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Holmes noted it down and sat, still smiling, with the openmemorandum-book upon his knee.

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"It seems to be a curious class of custom that is done by theFighting Cock," said Holmes.

"'Because during the last few nights I have always, about three inthe morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, andit has awakened me. I cannot tell where it came from-perhaps fromthe next room, perhaps from the lawn. I thought that I would justask you whether you had heard it.'

The Duke took a pen in his quivering fingers and opened hischeck-book.

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"I see. You infer that she may have gone out to tell her sweetheart,and that the two may have planned the robbery."<"No, no, Lady Brackenstall- it is no use. You may have heard ofany little reputation which I possess. I will stake it all on the factthat your story is an absolute fabrication."

"Yes, I did. I spoke to the station-master and also to the innkeeperin the village. I simply asked if they knew anything of my oldcomrade, Godfrey Emsworth. Both of them assured me that he had gonefor a voyage round the world. He had come home and then had almostat once started off again. The story was evidently universallyaccepted."

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"If I didn't know you were a good man, Walters, I should put a blackmark against you for this. If it were the devil himself a constable onduty should never thank God that he could not lay his hands uponhim. I suppose the whole thing is not a vision and a touch of nerves?""That, at least, is very easily settled," said Holmes, lightinghis little pocket lantern. "Yes," he reported, after a shortexamination of the grass bed, "a number twelve shoe, I should say.If he was all on the same scale as his foot he must certainly havebeen a giant."

"We are on the outskirts of Lee," said my companion. "We havetouched on three English counties in our short drive, starting inMiddlesex, passing over an angle of Surrey, and ending in Kent. Seethat light among the trees? That is The Cedars, and beside that lampsits a woman whose anxious ears have already, I have little doubt,caught the clink of our horse's feet."

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<"No, no, nothing of the kind. It is perhaps the best possiblesolution. I trust Mr. Holder, that you are nearing the end of yourtroubles.""No. I had not been back to Woking between getting the order andexecuting the commission."

"Let us have everything in its due order." Holmes thrust his longthin legs out towards the fire and composed himself to listen."In the first place, I may say that I have met, on the whole, withno actual ill-treatment from Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle. It is only fair tothem to say that. But I cannot understand them, and I am not easy inmy mind about them."

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