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Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle, via the Gutenberg Project


 ni had called upon  ner  burc'ya, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one  tuur  o'r  te
autumn  be  kyr'yc  simir  bal found him  o'r deep conversation  ti a
 ori stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman  ti fiery  ge'tal  gemas.
 ti  eyn apology  par  ner intrusion,  ni was about  at withdraw when
Holmes pulled  ni abruptly  lo  te room  bal closed  te door
behind  ni.

" gar could not possibly  ganar  olaror  at a  jate'shya  ca'nara,  ner dear
Watson,"  kaysh said cordially.

" ni was  chaabar  ibac  gar were engaged."

"So  ni am.  ori much so."

"Then  ni  liser  parer  o'r  te  projor room."

"Not  at  an.  ibic gentleman, Mr. Wilson, has been  ner  riduur  bal
helper  o'r  birov  be  ner most successful cases,  bal  ni  ganar  nayc
doubt  ibac  kaysh will  cuyir  be  te utmost use  at  ni  o'r yours also."

 te stout gentleman  ge'sol rose  teh  kaysh chair  bal gave a bob  be
greeting,  ti a quick little questioning glance  teh  kaysh  kih
 ast'ehut-encircled eyes.

" kebbur  te settee," said Holmes, relapsing  lo  kaysh armchair  bal
putting  kaysh fingertips  tome,  sa was  kaysh custom when  o'r
judicial moods. " ni  kar'taylir,  ner dear Watson,  ibac  gar  me'dinurir  ner  riduurok
 be  an  ibac is bizarre  bal outside  te conventions  bal humdrum
routine  be everyday life.  gar  ganar shown  gar relish  par  bic  de
 te enthusiasm  meg has prompted  gar  at chronicle,  bal,  meh  gar
will excuse  ner saying so, somewhat  at embellish so  birov  be  ner own
little adventures."

" gar cases  ganar  bal'ban been  be  te greatest interest  at  ni,"  ni

" gar will  partaylir  ibac  ni remarked  te  ashi  tuur,  shi before  vi
went  lo  te  ori  pakod problem presented  de Miss Mary
Sutherland,  ibac  par strange effects  bal extraordinary
combinations  vi  enteyor  slanar  at life  ast,  meg is always  chaaj'yc more
daring than any effort  be  te imagination."

"A proposition  meg  ni took  te liberty  be doubting."

" gar did, Doctor,  a'  naasad  te less  gar  enteyor  olaror round  at  ner
view,  par otherwise  ni shall  taylir  bat piling fact upon fact  bat  gar
 kay  gar reason breaks  daab  chur them  bal acknowledges  ni  at
 cuyir  serimir.  jii, Mr. Jabez Wilson  olar has been  jate  luubid  at call
upon  ni  ibic  vaar'tur,  bal  at begin a narrative  meg promises  at
 cuyir one  be  te most singular  meg  ni  ganar listened  at  par some
 ca'nara.  gar  ganar heard  ni remark  ibac  te strangest  bal most unique
 kebise are  ori often connected not  ti  te larger  a'  ti  te
smaller crimes,  bal occasionally,  bal'ban,  vaii  ogir is room  par
doubt whether any positive crime has been committed.  sa  chaaj'yc  sa  ni
 ganar heard  bic is impossible  par  ni  at say whether  te present
case is  eyn instance  be crime  ra not,  a'  te course  be events is
 troch among  te most singular  ibac  ni  ganar  vurel listened  at.
 ret, Mr. Wilson,  gar would  ganar  te great kindness  at
recommence  gar narrative.  ni ask  gar not merely  jorcu  ner  burc'ya
Dr. Watson has not heard  te opening part  a' also  jorcu  te
peculiar nature  be  te  gehat'ik makes  ni anxious  at  ganar every
 ret'yc detail  teh  gar lips.  sa a rule, when  ni  ganar heard some
slight indication  be  te course  be events,  ni am  liser  at guide
myself  de  te thousands  be  ashi similar cases  meg occur  at  ner
 tome'tayl.  o'r  te present instance  ni am forced  at admit  ibac  te
facts are,  at  te  jatne  be  ner belief, unique."

 te portly client puffed out  kaysh  haalas  ti  eyn appearance  be some
little pride  bal pulled a  etyc  bal wrinkled newspaper  teh  te
inside pocket  be  kaysh greatcoat.  sa  kaysh glanced  daab  te
advertisement column,  ti  kaysh  kovid thrust forward  bal  te paper
flattened out upon  kaysh  lovik,  ni took a  jate look  at  te  tratur  bal
endeavoured, after  te fashion  be  ner companion,  at read  te
indications  meg might  cuyir presented  de  kaysh dress  ra appearance.

 ni did not gain  ori much, however,  de  ner inspection.  cuun visitor
bore every mark  be being  eyn average commonplace British
tradesman, obese, pompous,  bal slow.  kaysh wore rather baggy grey
shepherd's check trousers, a not  jaon-clean  ne'tra frock-coat,
unbuttoned  o'r  te front,  bal a drab waistcoat  ti a heavy brassy
Albert chain,  bal a square pierced bit  be metal dangling  daab  sa
 eyn ornament. A frayed top-hat  bal a faded  daryc overcoat  ti a
wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair  juaan him. Altogether,
look  sa  ni would,  ogir was  naas remarkable about  te  tratur save
 kaysh blazing  ge'tal  kovid,  bal  te expression  be  ori chagrin  bal
discontent upon  kaysh features.

Sherlock Holmes' quick  sur'haai took  o'r  ner occupation,  bal  kaysh shook
 kaysh  kovid  ti a smile  sa  kaysh noticed  ner questioning glances.
" suum  te obvious facts  ibac  kaysh has  at some  ca'nara done manual
labour,  ibac  kaysh takes snuff,  ibac  kaysh is a Freemason,  ibac  kaysh has
been  o'r China,  bal  ibac  kaysh has done a considerable amount  be
writing lately,  ni  liser deduce  naas else."

Mr. Jabez Wilson started  laam  o'r  kaysh chair,  ti  kaysh forefinger
upon  te paper,  a'  kaysh eyes upon  ner companion.

"How,  o'r  te  gai  be  jate-fortune, did  gar  kar'taylir  an  ibac, Mr.
Holmes?"  kaysh asked. "How did  gar  kar'taylir,  par example,  ibac  ni did
manual labour. It's  sa true  sa gospel,  par  ni began  sa a ship's

" gar hands,  ner dear sir.  gar  serimir  gaan is quite a size larger
than  gar  payt.  gar  ganar worked  ti  bic,  bal  te muscles are more

" jahaala,  te snuff, then,  bal  te Freemasonry?"

" ni won't  takisir  gar intelligence  de telling  gar how  ni read  ibac,
especially  sa, rather against  te strict rules  be  gar  ke'gyce,  gar
use  eyn arc- bal-compass breastpin."

"Ah,  be course,  ni forgot  ibac.  a'  te writing?"

" meg else  liser  cuyir indicated  de  ibac  serimir cuff so  ori shiny  par
 rayshe'a inches,  bal  te  payt one  ti  te smooth patch  pirebu  te
elbow  vaii  gar  udes  bic upon  te desk?"

" jahaala,  a' China?"

" te fish  ibac  gar  ganar tattooed immediately above  gar  serimir
 gadi could  shi  ganar been done  o'r China.  ni  ganar made a  kih
study  be tattoo marks  bal  ganar even contributed  at  te literature
 be  te subject.  ibac trick  be staining  te fishes' scales  be a
 laandur pink is quite peculiar  at China. When,  o'r addition,  ni
 haa'taylir a Chinese coin hanging  teh  gar watch-chain,  te matter
becomes even more  pakod."

Mr. Jabez Wilson laughed heavily. " jahaala,  ni  draar!" said  kaysh. " ni
thought  at  maan  ibac  gar had done something  mirdala,  a'  ni  haa'taylir
 ibac  ogir was  naas  o'r  bic, after  an."

" ni begin  at  mirdir, Watson," said Holmes, " ibac  ni  gotal'ur a mistake
 o'r explaining. 'Omne ignotum pro magnifico,'  gar  kar'taylir,  bal  ner
poor little reputation, such  sa  bic is, will suffer shipwreck  meh  ni
am so candid.  liser  gar not  mar'eyir  te advertisement, Mr. Wilson?"

" elek,  ni  ganar got  bic  jii,"  kaysh answered  ti  kaysh thick  ge'tal finger
planted halfway  daab  te column. " olar  bic is.  ibic is  meg began
 bic  an.  gar  shi read  bic  par yourself, sir."

 ni took  te paper  teh him  bal read  sa follows:

" at  te  ge'tal-HEADED LEAGUE:  bat account  be  te bequest  be  te late
Ezekiah Hopkins,  be Lebanon, Pennsylvania, U. S. A.,  ogir is  jii
another vacancy open  meg entitles a member  be  te League  at a
salary  be 4 pounds a  ray'ture  par purely nominal services.  an
 ge'tal-headed men  Tion'ad are  kaab  o'r  baar  bal mind  bal above  te age
 be  ad'eta-one years, are eligible. Apply  o'r person  bat Monday,  at
 ta'raysh solus o'clock,   at Duncan Ross, at  te offices  be  te League, 7
Pope's Court, Fleet  chortav."

" meg  bat  vheh does  ibic mean?"  ni ejaculated after  ni had twice
read  jaon  te extraordinary announcement.

Holmes chuckled  bal wriggled  o'r  kaysh chair,  sa was  kaysh habit when
 o'r high spirits. " bic is a little off  te beaten  striilir, isn't  bic?"
said  kaysh. " bal  jii, Mr. Wilson, off  gar  slanar  at scratch  bal  rejorhaa'ir us
 an about yourself,  gar household,  bal  te effect  meg  ibic
advertisement had upon  gar fortunes.  gar will  maan  gotal'ur a note,
Doctor,  be  te paper  bal  te date."

" bic is  te  vaar'tur Chronicle  be April 27, 1890.  shi  t'ad months

" ori  jate.  jii, Mr. Wilson?"

" jahaala,  bic is  shi  sa  ni  ganar been telling  gar, Mr. Sherlock
Holmes," said Jabez Wilson, mopping  kaysh forehead; " ni  ganar a  kih
pawnbroker's business  at Coburg Square,  pirebu  te  oriya. It's not a
 ori large affair,  bal  be late years  bic has not done more than
 shi  dinuir  ni a living.  ni used  at  cuyir  liser  at  taylir  t'ad assistants,
 a'  jii  ni  shi  taylir one;  bal  ni would  ganar a  bora  at pay him  a'
 ibac  kaysh is willing  at  olaror  par  ge'sol wages so  sa  at  hibirar  te

" meg is  te  gai  be  ibic obliging  evaar?" asked Sherlock Holmes.

" kaysh  gai is Vincent Spaulding,  bal he's not such a  evaar,
 ebin. It's  muun  at say  kaysh age.  ni should not  vercopaanir a smarter
assistant, Mr. Holmes;  bal  ni  kar'taylir  ori  jahaala  ibac  kaysh could  jate'shya
himself  bal earn twice  meg  ni am  liser  at  dinuir him.  a', after
 an,  meh  kaysh is  yaiyai'yc, why should  ni  naritir ideas  o'r  kaysh  kovid?"

"Why,  bal'ban?  gar seem most fortunate  o'r having  eyn employi  Tion'ad
comes  chur  te  yaihi'l market price.  bic is not a common experience
among employers  o'r  ibic age.  ni don't  kar'taylir  ibac  gar assistant is
not  sa remarkable  sa  gar advertisement."

"Oh,  kaysh has  kaysh faults, too," said Mr. Wilson. " draar was such a
fellow  par photography. Snapping  be'chaaj  ti a camera when  kaysh ought
 at  cuyir improving  kaysh mind,  bal then diving  daab  lo  te cellar
 emuurir a rabbit  lo its  palon  at develop  kaysh pictures.  ibac is  kaysh
main fault,  a'  bat  te whole he's a  jate worker. There's  nayc vice
 o'r him."

" kaysh is  su  ti  gar,  ni presume?"

" elek, sir.  kaysh  bal a girl  be fourteen,  Tion'ad does a bit  be  pakod
cooking  bal keeps  te  naritir clean--that's  an  ni  ganar  o'r  te
house,  par  ni am a widower  bal  draar had any  aliit.  vi  oyacyir  ori
quietly, sir,  te  ehn  be us;  bal  vi  taylir a roof  jaon  cuun heads
 bal pay  cuun debts,  meh  vi  narir  naas more.

" te  maan thing  ibac  naritir us out was  ibac advertisement.
Spaulding,  kaysh came  daab  lo  te office  shi  ibic  tuur  sh'ehn
weeks,  ti  ibic  ori paper  o'r  kaysh  gaan,  bal  kaysh says:

"' ni  vercopaanir  at  te Lord, Mr. Wilson,  ibac I was a  ge'tal-headed  tratur.'

"'Why  ibac?'  ni asks.

"'Why,' says  kaysh, 'here's another vacancy  bat  te League  be  te
 ge'tal-headed Men. It's worth quite a little fortune  at any  tratur  Tion'ad
gets  bic,  bal  ni  suvarir  ibac  ogir are more vacancies than
 ogir are men, so  ibac  te trustees are  at their wits'  kyr  meg
 at  narir  ti  te money.  meh  ner  gemas would  shi  am colour, here's
a nice little crib  an ready  par  ni  at step  lo.'

"'Why,  meg is  bic, then?'  ni asked.  gar  haa'taylir, Mr. Holmes,  ni am a
 ori stay- at- yaim  tratur,  bal  sa  ner business came  at  ni instead  be
 ner having  at  slanar  at  bic,  ni was often weeks  bat  kyr  ures putting
 ner  taab  jaon  te door-mat.  o'r  ibac way  ni didn't  kar'taylir much  be  meg
was going  bat outside,  bal  ni was always glad  be a bit  be news.

"'Have  gar  draar heard  be  te League  be  te  ge'tal-headed Men?'  kaysh
asked  ti  kaysh eyes open.


"'Why,  ni wonder  at  ibac,  par  gar are eligible yourself  par one
 be  te vacancies.'

"'And  meg are  val worth?'  ni asked.

"'Oh, merely a couple  be  olan a  simir,  a'  te  borarir is slight,
 bal  bic  linibar not interfere  ori much  ti one's  ashi

" jahaala,  gar  liser easily  mirdir  ibac  ibac made  ni prick  laam  ner ears,
 par  te business has not been  jaon- jate  par some years,  bal  eyn
 majyc couple  be  olan would  ganar been  ori handy.

"'Tell  ni  an about  bic,' said  ni.

"'Well,' said  kaysh, showing  ni  te advertisement, 'you  liser  haa'taylir  par
yourself  ibac  te League has a vacancy,  bal  ogir is  te address
 vaii  gar should apply  par particulars.  sa  chaaj'yc  sa  ni  liser  gotal'ur out,
 te League was founded  de  eyn American millionaire, Ezekiah
Hopkins,  Tion'ad was  ori peculiar  o'r  kaysh ways.  kaysh was himself
 ge'tal-headed,  bal  kaysh had a great sympathy  par  an  ge'tal-headed men;
so when  kaysh died  bic was found  ibac  kaysh had  payt  kaysh enormous
fortune  o'r  te hands  be trustees,  ti instructions  at apply  te
interest  at  te providing  be  pakod berths  at men whose  gemas is  be
 ibac colour.  teh  an  ni hear  bic is splendid pay  bal  ori little  at

"'But,' said  ni, 'there would  cuyir millions  be  ge'tal-headed men  Tion'ad
would apply.'

"'Not so  birov  sa  gar might  mirdir,'  kaysh answered. 'You  haa'taylir  bic is
really confined  at Londoners,  bal  at grown men.  ibic American had
started  teh London when  kaysh was  evaar'la,  bal  kaysh wanted  at  narir  te
 ruug'la town a  jate turn. Then,  tug'yc,  ni  ganar heard  bic is  nayc use  gar
applying  meh  gar  gemas is light  ge'tal,  ra  dha  ge'tal,  ra anything  a'
 veman  dral, blazing, fiery  ge'tal.  jii,  meh  gar cared  at apply, Mr.
Wilson,  gar would  shi  kemir  o'r;  a' perhaps  bic would hardly  cuyir
worth  gar  vaal  at  naritir yourself out  be  te way  par  te sake  be a
 kisol  olan pounds.'

" jii,  bic is a fact, gentlemen,  sa  gar may  haa'taylir  par yourselves,
 ibac  ner  gemas is  be a  ori  yaihi'l  bal rich tint, so  ibac  bic seemed
 at  ni  ibac  meh  ogir was  at  cuyir any competition  o'r  te matter  ni
stood  sa  jate a chance  sa any  tratur  ibac  ni had  vurel met. Vincent
Spaulding seemed  at  kar'taylir so much about  bic  ibac  ni thought  kaysh might
prove  pirimmuy, so  ni  shi ordered him  at  naritir  laam  te shutters  par
 te  tuur  bal  at  olaror  serimir  be'chaaj  ti  ni.  kaysh was  ori willing  at
 ganar a holiday, so  vi shut  te business  laam  bal started off  par
 te address  ibac was given us  o'r  te advertisement.

" ni  draar  vercopaanir  at  haa'taylir such a sight  sa  ibac  tug'yc, Mr. Holmes.  teh
 gaht,  ka'gaht,  abesh,  bal  wasuur every  tratur  Tion'ad had a shade  be  ge'tal  o'r
 kaysh  gemas had tramped  lo  te  oriya  at answer  te advertisement.
Fleet  chortav was choked  ti  ge'tal-headed folk,  bal Pope's Court
looked  emuurir a coster's orange barrow.  ni should not  ganar thought
 ogir were so  birov  o'r  te whole country  sa were brought  tome
 de  ibac single advertisement. Every shade  be colour  val
were--straw, lemon, orange, brick, Irish-setter, liver, clay;
 a',  sa Spaulding said,  ogir were not  birov  Tion'ad had  te  veman
vivid  tracinya-coloured tint. When  ni saw how  birov were waiting,  ni
would  ganar given  bic  laam  o'r despair;  a' Spaulding would not hear
 be  bic. How  kaysh did  bic  ni could not imagine,  a'  kaysh pushed  bal
pulled  bal butted  kay  kaysh got  ni  adol  te crowd,  bal  serimir  laam
 at  te steps  meg led  at  te office.  ogir was a double stream
upon  te stair, some going  laam  o'r  vercopaanir,  bal some coming  norac
dejected;  a'  vi wedged  o'r  sa  jahaala  sa  vi could  bal soon found
ourselves  o'r  te office."

" gar experience has been a most entertaining one," remarked
Holmes  sa  kaysh client paused  bal refreshed  kaysh  tome'tayl  ti a huge
pinch  be snuff. "Pray continue  gar  ori interesting statement."

" ogir was  naas  o'r  te office  a' a couple  be  shaap'yc chairs
 bal a  koor table, behind  meg sat a  kih  tratur  ti a  kovid  ibac
was even redder than  ner.  kaysh said a  kisol words  at  solus candidate
 sa  kaysh came  laam,  bal then  kaysh always managed  at  mar'eyir some fault  o'r
them  meg would disqualify them. Getting a vacancy did not seem
 at  cuyir such a  ori  pakod matter, after  an. However, when  cuun turn
came  te little  tratur was much more favourable  at  ni than  at any  be
 te others,  bal  kaysh closed  te door  sa  vi entered, so  ibac  kaysh
might  ganar a  verd'ika  miit  ti us.

"'This is Mr. Jabez Wilson,' said  ner assistant, 'and  kaysh is
willing  at  hailir a vacancy  o'r  te League.'

"'And  kaysh is admirably suited  par  bic,'  te  ashi answered. 'He has
every requirement.  ni cannot recall when  ni  ganar seen anything so
fine.'  kaysh took a step backward, cocked  kaysh  kovid  bat one  eso,  bal
gazed  at  ner  gemas  kay  ni felt quite bashful. Then suddenly  kaysh
plunged forward, wrung  ner  gaan,  bal congratulated  ni warmly  bat  ner

"'It would  cuyir injustice  at hesitate,' said  kaysh. 'You will,
however,  ni am sure, excuse  ni  par taking  eyn obvious precaution.'
 ti  ibac  kaysh seized  ner  gemas  o'r  bintar  kaysh hands,  bal tugged  kay  ni
yelled  ti  te  aaray. 'There is  pirun  o'r  gar eyes,' said  kaysh  sa
 kaysh released  ni. 'I perceive  ibac  an is  sa  bic should  cuyir.  a'  vi
 ganar  at  cuyir careful,  par  vi  ganar twice been deceived  de wigs  bal
once  de paint.  ni could  rejorhaa'ir  gar tales  be cobbler's wax  meg
would disgust  gar  ti human nature.'  kaysh stepped  jaon  at  te
window  bal shouted  adol  bic  at  te top  be  kaysh voice  ibac  te
vacancy was filled. A groan  be disappointment came  laam  teh below,
 bal  te folk  an trooped  be'chaaj  o'r different directions  kay  ogir
was not a  ge'tal- kovid  at  cuyir seen except  ner own  bal  ibac  be  te

"'My  gai,' said  kaysh, 'is Mr. Duncan Ross,  bal  ni am myself one  be
 te pensioners upon  te fund  payt  de  cuun noble benefactor. Are
 gar a married  tratur, Mr. Wilson?  ganar  gar a  aliit?'

" ni answered  ibac  ni had not.

" kaysh  troan fell immediately.

"'Dear  ni!'  kaysh said gravely, 'that is  ori serious  bal'ban!  ni am
sorry  at hear  gar say  ibac.  te fund was,  be course,  par  te
propagation  bal  gayiylir  be  te  ge'tal-heads  sa  jahaala  sa  par their
maintenance.  bic is exceedingly unfortunate  ibac  gar should  cuyir a

" ner  troan lengthened  at  ibic, Mr. Holmes,  par  ni thought  ibac  ni was
not  at  ganar  te vacancy after  an;  a' after thinking  bic  jaon  par
a  kisol minutes  kaysh said  ibac  bic would  cuyir  an  serimir.

"'In  te case   cuyir another,' said  kaysh, 'the objection might be
 kyramla,  a'  vi  enteyor stretch a  taap  o'r favour  be a  tratur  ti such a
 kovid   cuyir  gemas  sa yours. When shall  gar be  liser  at enter upon  gar
 evaar'la duties?'

"'Well,  bic is a little awkward,  par  ni  ganar a business already,'
said  ni.

"'Oh,  draar mind about  ibac, Mr. Wilson!' said Vincent Spaulding.
'I should  cuyir  liser  at look after  ibac  par  gar.'

"'What would  cuyir  te hours?'  ni asked.

"'Ten  at  t'ad.'

" jii a pawnbroker's business is mostly done  be  eyn  ge'catra, Mr.
Holmes, especially Thursday  bal Friday  ge'catra,  meg is  shi
before pay- tuur; so  bic would suit  ni  ori  jahaala  at earn a little  o'r
 te mornings. Besides,  ni knew  ibac  ner assistant was a  jate  tratur,
 bal  ibac  kaysh would  haa'taylir  at anything  ibac turned  laam.

"'That would suit  ni  ori  jahaala,' said  ni. 'And  te pay?'

"'Is 4 pounds a  ray'ture.'

"'And  te  borarir?'

"'Is purely nominal.'

"'What  narir  gar call purely nominal?'

"'Well,  gar  ganar   at  cuyir  o'r  te office,  ra at least  o'r  te
building,  te whole  ca'nara.  meh  gar  ba'slanar,  gar forfeit  gar whole
 taap forever.  te will is  ori  utreyar upon  ibac  taap.  gar
don't comply  ti  te conditions  meh  gar budge  teh  te office
 vaal  ibac  ca'nara.'

"'It's  shi  cuir hours a  tuur,  bal  ni should not  mirdir  be leaving,'
said  ni.

"'No excuse will avail,' said Mr. Duncan Ross; 'neither sickness
nor business nor anything else.  ogir  gar  enteyor stay,  ra  gar lose
 gar billet.'

"'And  te  borarir?'

"'Is  at copy out  te "Encyclopaedia Britannica."  ogir is  te  maan
volume  be  bic  o'r  ibac press.  gar  enteyor  mar'eyir  gar own ink, pens,  bal
blotting-paper,  a'  vi provide  ibic table  bal chair. Will  gar  cuyir
ready  at-morrow?'

"'Certainly,'  ni answered.

"'Then,  jate-bye, Mr. Jabez Wilson,  bal let  ni congratulate  gar
once more  bat  te  jaon'yc  taap  meg  gar  ganar been fortunate
 luubid  at gain.'  kaysh bowed  ni out  be  te room  bal  ni went  yaim  ti
 ner assistant, hardly knowing  meg  at say  ra  narir,  ni was so pleased
 at  ner own  jate fortune.

" jahaala,  ni thought  jaon  te matter  an  tuur,  bal  de  ge'catra  ni was  o'r
 diryc spirits  tug'yc;  par  ni had quite persuaded myself  ibac  te
whole affair  enteyor  cuyir some great hoax  ra fraud, though  meg its
object might  cuyir  ni could not imagine.  bic seemed altogether past
belief  ibac anyone could  gotal'ur such a will,  ra  ibac  val would pay
such a sum  par doing anything so  pakod  sa copying out  te
'Encyclopaedia Britannica.' Vincent Spaulding did  meg  kaysh could  at
cheer  ni  laam,  a'  de bedtime  ni had reasoned myself out  be  te
whole thing. However,  o'r  te  vaar'tur  ni determined  at  ganar a look
 at  bic anyhow, so  ni bought a penny bottle  be ink,  bal  ti a
quill-pen,  bal  e'tad sheets  be foolscap paper,  ni started off  par
Pope's Court.

" jahaala,  at  ner surprise  bal delight, everything was  sa  serimir  sa
 ret'yc.  te table was set out ready  par  ni,  bal Mr. Duncan Ross
was  ogir  at  haa'taylir  ibac  ni got fairly  at  borarir.  kaysh started  ni off
upon  te letter A,  bal then  kaysh  payt  ni;  a'  kaysh would drop  o'r  teh
 ca'nara  at  ca'nara  at  haa'taylir  ibac  an was  serimir  ti  ni.  at  t'ad o'clock  kaysh
bade  ni  jate- tuur, complimented  ni upon  te amount  ibac  ni had
written,  bal locked  te door  be  te office after  ni.

" ibic went  bat  tuur after  tuur, Mr. Holmes,  bal  bat Saturday  te
manager came  o'r  bal planked  daab  cuir golden sovereigns  par  ner
 ray'ture's  borarir.  bic was  te  arasuumir  projor  ray'ture,  bal  te  arasuumir  te week
after. Every  vaar'tur  ni was  ogir  at  ta'raysh,  bal every afternoon  ni
 payt  at  t'ad.  de degrees Mr. Duncan Ross took  at coming  o'r  shi
once  be a  vaar'tur,  bal then, after a  ca'nara,  kaysh did not  olaror  o'r  at
  eyn.  su,  be course,  ni  draar dared  at  ba'slanar  te room  par an
instant,  par  ni was not sure when  kaysh might  olaror,  bal  te billet
was such a  jate one,  bal suited  ni so  jahaala,  ibac  ni would not risk
 te loss  be  bic.

" sh'ehn weeks passed  be'chaaj  emuurir  ibic,  bal  ni had written about
Abbots  bal Archery  bal Armour  bal Architecture  bal Attica,  bal
hoped  ti diligence  ibac  ni might get  bat  at  te B's before  ori
 munit.  bic cost  ni something  o'r foolscap,  bal  ni had pretty nearly
filled a shelf  ti  ner writings.  bal then suddenly  te whole
business came  at  eyn  kyr."

" at  eyn  kyr?"

" elek, sir.  bal  nayc later than  ibic  vaar'tur.  ni went  at  ner  borarir  sa
usual  at  ta'raysh o'clock,  a'  te door was shut  bal locked,  ti a
little square  be cardboard hammered  bat  at  te middle  be  te
panel  ti a tack.  olar  bic is,  bal  gar  liser read  par yourself."

 kaysh held  laam a piece  be  jiriad cardboard about  te size  be a sheet
 be note-paper.  bic read  o'r  ibic fashion:

                   te  ge'tal-HEADED LEAGUE



                     October 9, 1890.

Sherlock Holmes  bal  ni surveyed  ibic curt announcement  bal  te
rueful  troan behind  bic,  kay  te comical  eso  be  te affair so
completely overtopped every  ashi consideration  ibac  vi  bintar
burst out  lo a roar  be laughter.

" ni cannot  haa'taylir  ibac  ogir is anything  ori  nuh'la," cried  cuun
client, flushing  laam  at  te roots  be  kaysh flaming  kovid. " meh  gar  liser
 narir  naas  jate'shya than  nuhunar  at  ni,  ni  liser  slanar elsewhere."

" nayc,  nayc," cried Holmes, shoving him  norac  lo  te chair  teh
 meg  kaysh had  ge'sol risen. " ni really wouldn't miss  gar case  par
 te world.  bic is most refreshingly unusual.  a'  ogir is,  meh  gar
will excuse  ner saying so, something  shi a little  nuh'la about  bic.
Pray  meg steps did  gar  hibir when  gar found  te card upon  te

" ni was staggered, sir.  ni did not  kar'taylir  meg  at  narir. Then  ni called
 at  te offices round,  a'  naasad  be them seemed  at  kar'taylir anything
about  bic. Finally,  ni went  at  te landlord,  Tion'ad is  eyn accountant
living  bat  te ground-floor,  bal  ni asked him  meh  kaysh could  rejorhaa'ir  ni
 meg had become  be  te  ge'tal-headed League.  kaysh said  ibac  kaysh had
 draar heard  be any such  baar. Then  ni asked him  Tion'ad Mr. Duncan
Ross was.  kaysh answered  ibac  te  gai was  evaar'la  at him.

"'Well,' said  ni, 'the gentleman  at  nayc. 4.'

"'What,  te  ge'tal-headed  tratur?'


"'Oh,' said  kaysh, 'his  gai was William Morris.  kaysh was a solicitor
 bal was using  ner room  sa a  dar convenience  kay  kaysh  evaar'la
premises were ready.  kaysh moved out yesterday.'

"'Where could  ni  mar'eyir him?'

"'Oh,  at  kaysh  evaar'la offices.  kaysh did  rejorhaa'ir  ni  te address.  elek, 17
King Edward  chortav,  pirebu St. Paul's.'

" ni started off, Mr. Holmes,  a' when  ni got  at  ibac address  bic was
a manufactory  be artificial  lovik-caps,  bal  nayc one  o'r  bic had  vurel
heard  be  ebin Mr. William Morris  ra Mr. Duncan Ross."

" bal  meg did  gar  narir then?" asked Holmes.

" ni went  yaim  at Saxe-Coburg Square,  bal  ni took  te advice  be  ner
assistant.  a'  kaysh could not  gaa'taylir  ni  o'r any way.  kaysh could  shi say
 ibac  meh  ni waited  ni should hear  de post.  a'  ibac was not quite
 jate  luubid, Mr. Holmes.  ni did not  vercopaanir  at lose such a  naritir
 ures a struggle, so,  sa  ni had heard  ibac  gar were  jate  luubid
 at  dinuir advice  at poor folk  Tion'ad were  o'r  linibar  be  bic,  ni came  serimir
 be'chaaj  at  gar."

" bal  gar did  ori wisely," said Holmes. " gar case is  eyn
exceedingly remarkable one,  bal  ni shall  cuyir  briikase  at look  lo  bic.
 teh  meg  gar  ganar told  ni  ni  mirdir  ibac  bic is  ret'yc  ibac
graver issues hang  teh  bic than might  at  maan sight appear."

"Grave  luubid!" said Mr. Jabez Wilson. "Why,  ni  ganar  echoy'la  cuir
pound a  ray'ture."

" sa  chaaj'yc  sa  gar are personally concerned," remarked Holmes, " ni  narir
not  haa'taylir  ibac  gar  ganar any grievance against  ibic extraordinary
league.  bat  te contrary,  gar are,  sa  ni  suvarir, richer  de some
30 pounds,  at say  naas  be  te minute knowledge  meg  gar  ganar
gained  bat every subject  meg comes  chur  te letter A.  gar  ganar
 echoy'la  naas  de them."

" nayc, sir.  a'  ni  copaanir  at  mar'eyir out about them,  bal  Tion'ad  val are,
 bal  meg their object was  o'r playing  ibic prank-- meh  bic was a
prank--upon  ni.  bic was a pretty expensive  nuhun  par them,  par  bic
cost them  t'ad  bal  ehn'eta pounds."

" vi shall endeavour  at  utreyar  laam these points  par  gar.  bal,  maan,
one  ra  t'ad questions, Mr. Wilson.  ibic assistant  be yours  Tion'ad
 maan called  gar  Ke'sush  at  te advertisement--how  munit had  kaysh
been  ti  gar?"

"About a month then."

"How did  kaysh  olaror?"

" o'r answer  at  eyn advertisement."

"Was  kaysh  te  shi applicant?"

" nayc,  ni had a dozen."

"Why did  gar pick him?"

" jorcu  kaysh was handy  bal would  olaror cheap."

" at  ge'sol-wages,  o'r fact."

" elek."

" meg is  kaysh  emuurir,  ibic Vincent Spaulding?"

" kih, stout-built,  ori quick  o'r  kaysh ways,  nayc  gemas  bat  kaysh  troan,
though he's not  skotah  be  ehn'eta. Has a  jiriad splash  be acid upon
 kaysh forehead."

Holmes sat  laam  o'r  kaysh chair  o'r considerable excitement. " ni thought
 sa much," said  kaysh. " ganar  gar  vurel observed  ibac  kaysh ears are
pierced  par earrings?"

" elek, sir.  kaysh told  ni  ibac a gipsy had done  bic  par him when  kaysh
was a lad."

"Hum!" said Holmes, sinking  norac  o'r deep thought. " kaysh is  su
 ti  gar?"

"Oh,  elek, sir;  ni  ganar  shi  shi  payt him."

" bal has  gar business been attended  at  o'r  gar absence?"

" naas  at complain  be, sir. There's  draar  ori much  at  narir  be a

" ibac will  narir, Mr. Wilson.  ni shall  cuyir  briikase  at  dinuir  gar  eyn
opinion upon  te subject  o'r  te course  be a  tuur  ra  t'ad.  at- tuur is
Saturday,  bal  ni  vercopaanir  ibac  de Monday  vi may  olaror  at a conclusion."

" jahaala, Watson," said Holmes when  cuun visitor had  payt us, " meg
 narir  gar  gotal'ur  be  bic  an?"

" ni  gotal'ur  naas  be  bic,"  ni answered frankly. " bic is a most
mysterious business."

" sa a rule," said Holmes, " te more bizarre a thing is  te less
mysterious  bic proves  at  cuyir.  bic is  gar commonplace, featureless
crimes  meg are really puzzling,  shi  sa a commonplace  troan is
 te most  umaan  at identify.  a'  ni  enteyor  cuyir prompt  jaon  ibic

" meg are  gar going  at  narir, then?"  ni asked.

" at  carud,"  kaysh answered. " bic is quite a  ehn pipe problem,  bal  ni
 gedetir  ibac  gar won't  jorhaa'ir  at  ni  par  she'eta minutes."  kaysh curled
himself  laam  o'r  kaysh chair,  ti  kaysh  shiib knees drawn  laam  at  kaysh
hawk- emuurir nose,  bal  ogir  kaysh sat  ti  kaysh eyes closed  bal  kaysh
 ne'tra clay pipe thrusting out  emuurir  te bill  be some strange  senaar.
 ni had  olaror  at  te conclusion  ibac  kaysh had dropped asleep,  bal
 bal'ban was nodding myself, when  kaysh suddenly sprang out  be  kaysh
chair  ti  te gesture  be a  tratur  Tion'ad has made  laam  kaysh mind  bal  naritir
 kaysh pipe  daab upon  te mantelpiece.

"Sarasate plays  at  te St. James's Hall  ibic afternoon,"  kaysh
remarked. " meg  narir  gar  mirdir, Watson? Could  gar patients spare
 gar  par a  kisol hours?"

" ni  ganar  naas  at  narir  at- tuur.  ner practice is  draar  ori

"Then  naritir  bat  gar hat  bal  olaror.  ni am going  adol  te  oriya
 maan,  bal  vi  liser  ganar some  or'ilor  bat  te way.  ni  ja'hailir  ibac
 ogir is a  jate  koor  be German  bes'laar  bat  te programme,  meg is
rather more  at  ner taste than Italian  ra French.  bic is
introspective,  bal  ni  copaanir  at introspect.  olaror along!"

 vi travelled  de  te Underground  sa  chaaj'yc  sa Aldersgate;  bal a  skotah
 kemir took us  at Saxe-Coburg Square,  te scene  be  te singular
 gehat'ik  meg  vi had listened  at  o'r  te  vaar'tur.  bic was a poky,
little, shabby-genteel  naritir,  vaii  cuir lines  be dingy
 t'ad-storied brick houses looked out  lo a  kih railed- o'r
enclosure,  vaii a lawn  be weedy grass  bal a  kisol clumps  be faded
laurel-bushes made a  muun  akaanir against a  carud-laden  bal
uncongenial atmosphere.  ehn gilt balls  bal a  daryc board  ti
"JABEZ WILSON"  o'r  jiriad letters, upon a corner house, announced
 te  naritir  vaii  cuun  ge'tal-headed client carried  bat  kaysh business.
Sherlock Holmes stopped  o'r front  be  bic  ti  kaysh  kovid  bat one  eso
 bal looked  bic  an  jaon,  ti  kaysh eyes shining brightly between
puckered lids. Then  kaysh walked slowly  laam  te  chortav,  bal then  daab
 tug'yc   at  te corner,  su looking keenly at  te houses. Finally
 kaysh returned  at  te pawnbroker's,  bal, having thumped vigorously
upon  te pavement  ti  kaysh  bevik  t'ad  ra  ehn times,  kaysh went  laam
 at  te door  bal knocked.  bic was instantly opened  de a
 dral-looking, clean-shaven  evaar'la fellow,  Tion'ad asked him  at step

"Thank  gar," said Holmes, " ni  shi wished  at ask  gar how  gar would
 slanar  teh  olar  at  te Strand."

"Third  serimir, fourth  payt," answered  te assistant promptly,
closing  te door.

"Smart fellow,  ibac," observed Holmes  sa  vi walked  be'chaaj. " kaysh is,
 o'r  ner judgment,  te fourth smartest  tratur  o'r London,  bal  par daring
 ni am not sure  ibac  kaysh has not a claim  at  cuyir third.  ni  ganar known
something  be him before."

"Evidently," said  ni, "Mr. Wilson's assistant counts  par a  jate
 koor  o'r  ibic mystery  be  te  ge'tal-headed League.  ni am sure  ibac  gar
inquired  gar way merely  o'r  ke'gyce  ibac  gar might  haa'taylir him."

"Not him."

" meg then?"

" te knees  be  kaysh trousers."

" bal  meg did  gar  haa'taylir?"

" meg  ni expected  at  haa'taylir."

"Why did  gar  brokar  te pavement?"

" ner dear doctor,  ibic is a  ca'nara  par observation, not  par  jorhaa'ir.  vi
are spies  o'r  eyn enemy's country.  vi  kar'taylir something  be Saxe-Coburg
Square. Let us  jii explore  te parts  meg  jahaatir behind  bic."

 te  goyust  o'r  meg  vi found ourselves  sa  vi turned round  te
corner  teh  te retired Saxe-Coburg Square presented  sa great a
contrast  at  bic  sa  te front  be a  sur'gaan does  at  te  norac.  bic was
one  be  te main arteries  meg conveyed  te traffic  be  te  oriya
 at  te  gaht  bal  wasuur.  te roadway was blocked  ti  te immense
stream  be commerce flowing  o'r a double tide inward  bal outward,
 vaal  te footpaths were  ne'tra  ti  te hurrying swarm  be
pedestrians.  bic was  umaan   at realise  sa  vi looked at  te  briik
 be fine shops  bal stately business premises  ibac  val really
abutted  bat  te  ashi  eso upon  te faded  bal  arasuum'la square
 meg  vi had  shi quitted.

"Let  ni  haa'taylir," said Holmes, standing  at  te corner  bal glancing
along  te  briik, " ni should  emuurir  shi  at  partaylir  te  ke'gyce  be  te
houses  olar.  bic is a hobby  be  ner  at  ganar  eyn exact knowledge  be
London.  ogir is Mortimer's,  te tobacconist,  te little
newspaper shop,  te Coburg branch  be  te  oriya  bal Suburban Bank,
 te Vegetarian  epar'yaim,  bal McFarlane's carriage-building
depot.  ibac carries us  serimir  bat  at  te  ashi  ara'novor.  bal  jii,
Doctor,  vi've done  cuun  borarir, so it's  ca'nara we had some play. A
sandwich  bal a cup  be coffee,  bal then off  at violin- rusur,  vaii
 an is sweetness  bal delicacy  bal harmony,  bal  ogir are  nayc
 ge'tal-headed clients  at vex us  ti their conundrums."

 ner  burc'ya was  eyn enthusiastic musician, being himself not  shi a
 ori capable performer  a' a composer  be  nayc ordinary merit.  an
 te afternoon  kaysh sat  o'r  te stalls wrapped  o'r  te most perfect
happiness, gently waving  kaysh  munit,  shiib fingers  o'r  ca'nara  at  te
 bes'laar,  vaal  kaysh gently smiling  troan  bal  kaysh languid, dreamy eyes
were  sa unlike those  be Holmes  te sleuth-hound, Holmes  te
relentless, keen-witted, ready-handed criminal agent,  sa  bic was
 ret'yc  at conceive.  o'r  kaysh singular character  te dual nature
alternately asserted  ast,  bal  kaysh  ori exactness  bal
astuteness represented,  sa  ni  ganar often thought,  te reaction
against  te poetic  bal contemplative mood  meg occasionally
predominated  o'r him.  te swing  be  kaysh nature took him  teh
 ori languor  at devouring energy;  bal,  sa  ni knew  jahaala,  kaysh was
 draar so truly formidable  sa when,  par days  bat  kyr,  kaysh had been
lounging  o'r  kaysh armchair amid  kaysh improvisations  bal  kaysh
 ne'tra-letter editions. Then  bic was  ibac  te lust  be  te  oya'karir
would suddenly  olaror upon him,  bal  ibac  kaysh brilliant reasoning
power would rise  at  te  kajil  be intuition,  kay those  Tion'ad were
unacquainted  ti  kaysh methods would look askance  at him  sa  bat a
 tratur whose knowledge was not  ibac  be  ashi mortals. When  ni saw him
 ibac afternoon so enwrapped  o'r  te  bes'laar  at St. James's Hall  ni
felt  ibac  eyn  ori'dush  ca'nara might  cuyir coming upon those whom  kaysh had set
himself  at  oya'karir  daab.

" gar  copaanir  at  slanar  yaim,  nayc doubt, Doctor,"  kaysh remarked  sa  vi

" elek,  bic would  cuyir  sa  jahaala."

" bal  ni  ganar some business  at  narir  meg will  hibir some hours.  ibic
business  at Coburg Square is serious."

"Why serious?"

"A considerable crime is  o'r contemplation.  ni  ganar every reason  at
 urmankalar  ibac  vi shall  cuyir  o'r  ca'nara  at stop  bic.  a'  at- tuur being
Saturday rather complicates matters.  ni shall  copaanir  gar  gaa'taylir
 at- ca."

" at  meg  ca'nara?"

" ta'raysh will  cuyir  vaar  luubid."

" ni shall  cuyir   at Baker  chortav at  ta'raysh."

" ori  jahaala.  bal,  ni say, Doctor,  ogir may  cuyir some little  buruk,
so kindly  naritir  gar  akaan'ade revolver  o'r  gar pocket."  kaysh waved  kaysh
 gaan, turned  bat  kaysh heel,  bal disappeared  o'r  eyn instant among  te

 ni trust  ibac  ni am not more dense than  ner neighbours,  a'  ni was
always oppressed  ti a sense  be  ner own stupidity  o'r  ner dealings
 ti Sherlock Holmes.  olar  ni had heard  meg  kaysh had heard,  ni had
seen  meg  kaysh had seen,  bal  su  teh  kaysh words  bic was evident  ibac
 kaysh saw clearly not  shi  meg had happened  a'  meg was about  at
 banar,  vaal  at  ni  te whole business was  su confused  bal
grotesque.  sa  ni drove  yaim  at  ner house  o'r Kensington  ni thought
 jaon  bic  an,  teh  te extraordinary  gehat'ik  be  te  ge'tal-headed
copier  be  te "Encyclopaedia"  daab  at  te visit  at Saxe-Coburg
Square,  bal  te ominous words  ti  meg  kaysh had parted  teh  ni.
 meg was  ibic nocturnal expedition,  bal why should  ni  slanar armed?
 vaii were  vi going,  bal  meg were  vi  at  narir?  ni had  te hint  teh
Holmes  ibac  ibic smooth-faced pawnbroker's assistant was a
formidable  tratur--a  tratur  Tion'ad might play a deep game.  ni tried  at
 tionas  bic out,  a' gave  bic  laam  o'r despair  bal set  te matter aside
 kay  ca should bring  eyn explanation.

 bic was a quarter-past  she'cu when  ni started  teh  yaim  bal made  ner
way  dos  te Park,  bal so  adol Oxford  chortav  at Baker
 chortav.  t'ad hansoms were standing  at  te door,  bal  sa  ni entered
 te passage  ni heard  te  kaab  be voices  teh above.  bat entering
 kaysh room  ni found Holmes  o'r animated conversation  ti  t'ad men,
one  be whom  ni recognised  sa Peter Jones,  te official police
agent,  vaal  te  ashi was a  munit,  shiib,  trikar'la-faced  tratur,  ti a
 ori shiny hat  bal oppressively respectable frock-coat.

"Ha!  cuun party is  ani," said Holmes, buttoning  laam  kaysh
pea-jacket  bal taking  kaysh heavy hunting crop  teh  te rack.
"Watson,  ni  mirdir  gar  kar'taylir Mr. Jones,  be Scotland Yard? Let  ni
introduce  gar  at Mr. Merryweather,  Tion'ad is  at  cuyir  cuun companion  o'r
 at-night's adventure."

"We're hunting  o'r couples  tug'yc, Doctor,  gar  haa'taylir," said Jones  o'r
 kaysh consequential way. " cuun  burc'ya  olar is a wonderful  tratur  par
starting a  oya'karir.   eyn  kaysh wants is an  ruug'la dog  at  gaa'taylir him  at  narir
 te running  daab."

" ni  vercopaanir a wild goose may not prove  at  cuyir  te  kyr  be  cuun  oya'karir,"
observed Mr. Merryweather gloomily.

" gar may  naritir considerable confidence  o'r Mr. Holmes, sir," said
 te police agent loftily. " kaysh has  kaysh own little methods,  meg
are,  meh  kaysh won't mind  ner saying so,  shi a little too theoretical
 bal fantastic,  a'  kaysh has  te makings  be a detective  o'r him.  bic
is not too much  at say  ibac once  ra twice,  sa  o'r  ibac business  be
 te Sholto murder  bal  te Agra treasure,  kaysh has been more nearly
 serim than  te official force."

"Oh,  meh  gar say so, Mr. Jones,  bic is  an  serimir," said  te
stranger  ti deference. " su,  ni confess  ibac  ni miss  ner rubber.
 bic is  te  maan Saturday  ca  par  e'tad- bal- ad'eta years  ibac  ni
 ganar not had  ner rubber."

" ni  mirdir  gar will  mar'eyir," said Sherlock Holmes, " ibac  gar will
play  par a higher stake  at- ca than  gar  ganar  vurel done  su,  bal
 ibac  te play will  cuyir more exciting.  par  gar, Mr. Merryweather,
 te stake will  cuyir some 30,000 pounds;  bal  par  gar, Jones,  bic will
 cuyir  te  tratur upon whom  gar  vercopaanir  at lay  gar hands."

"John Clay,  te murderer,  chakaar, smasher,  bal forger. He's a
 evaar'la  tratur, Mr. Merryweather,  a'  kaysh is  at  te  kovid  be  kaysh
profession,  bal  ni would rather  ganar  ner bracelets  bat him than  bat
any criminal  o'r London. He's a remarkable  tratur, is  evaar'la John
Clay.  kaysh  ba'buir was a royal duke,  bal  kaysh himself has been
 at Eton  bal Oxford.  kaysh  mirshe is  sa  hodayc  sa  kaysh fingers,  bal
though  vi  urcir signs  be him  at every turn,  vi  draar  kar'taylir  vaii  at
 mar'eyir  te  tratur himself. He'll crack a crib  o'r Scotland one  ray'ture,
 bal  cuyir raising money  at build  eyn orphanage  o'r Cornwall  te  projor.
I've been  bat  kaysh  striilir  par years  bal  ganar  draar set eyes  bat him

" ni  vercopaanir  ibac  ni may  ganar  te pleasure  be introducing  gar  at- ca.
 ni've had one  ra  t'ad little turns also  ti Mr. John Clay,  bal I
agree  ti  gar  ibac  kaysh is  at  te  kovid  be  kaysh profession.  bic is
past  ta'raysh, however,  bal quite  ca'nara  ibac  vi started.  meh  gar  t'ad
will  hibir  te  maan hansom, Watson  bal  ni will  shekemir  o'r  te

Sherlock Holmes was not  ori communicative  vaal  te  munit drive
 bal lay  norac  o'r  te cab humming  te tunes  meg  kaysh had heard  o'r
 te afternoon.  vi rattled  adol  eyn endless labyrinth  be  eesu-lit
streets  kay  vi emerged  lo Farrington  chortav.

" vi are close  ogir  jii,"  ner  burc'ya remarked. " ibic fellow
Merryweather is a bank director,  bal personally interested  o'r  te
matter.  ni thought  bic  sa  jahaala  at  ganar Jones  ti us also.  kaysh is
not a  dush fellow, though  eyn absolute imbecile  o'r  kaysh profession.
 kaysh has one positive virtue.  kaysh is  sa brave  sa a bulldog  bal  sa
 atin  sa a lobster  meh  kaysh gets  kaysh claws upon anyone.  olar  vi
are,  bal  val are waiting  par us."

 vi had reached  te  arasuumir crowded thoroughfare  o'r  meg  vi had
found ourselves  o'r  te  vaar'tur.  cuun cabs were dismissed,  bal,
following  te guidance  be Mr. Merryweather,  vi passed  daab a
narrow passage  bal  adol a  eso door,  meg  kaysh opened  par us.
Within  ogir was a  kih corridor,  meg ended  o'r a  ori massive
 beskar gate.  ibic also was opened,  bal led  daab a flight  be winding
 choruk steps,  meg terminated  at another formidable gate. Mr.
Merryweather stopped  at light a lantern,  bal then conducted us
 daab a  dha,  vheh-smelling passage,  bal so, after opening a
third door,  lo a huge vault  ra cellar,  meg was piled  an
round  ti crates  bal massive boxes.

" gar are not  ori  solus  teh above," Holmes remarked  sa  kaysh
held  laam  te lantern  bal gazed about him.

"Nor  teh below," said Mr. Merryweather, striking  kaysh  bevik upon
 te flags  meg lined  te floor. "Why, dear  ni,  bic sounds quite
hollow!"  kaysh remarked, looking  laam  o'r surprise.

" ni  enteyor really ask  gar  at  cuyir a little more quiet!" said Holmes
severely. " gar  ganar already imperilled  te whole success  be  cuun
expedition. Might  ni  gedetir  ibac  gar would  ganar  te goodness  at  sheber
 daab upon one  be those boxes,  bal not  at interfere?"

 te solemn Mr. Merryweather perched himself upon a crate,  ti a
 ori  shupur'yc expression upon  kaysh  troan,  vaal Holmes fell upon  kaysh
knees upon  te floor  bal,  ti  te lantern  bal a magnifying lens,
began  at examine minutely  te cracks between  te stones. A  kisol
seconds sufficed  at satisfy him,  par  kaysh sprang  at  kaysh feet  tug'yc
 bal  naritir  kaysh glass  o'r  kaysh pocket.

" vi  ganar  at least  eyn hour before us,"  kaysh remarked, " par  val  liser
hardly  hibir any steps  kay  te  jate pawnbroker is safely  o'r bed.
Then  val will not lose a minute,  par  te sooner  val  narir their
 borarir  te longer  ca'nara  val will  ganar  par their  eyaytir.  vi are  at
present, Doctor-- sa  nayc doubt  gar  ganar divined-- o'r  te cellar  be
 te  oriya branch  be one  be  te principal London banks. Mr.
Merryweather is  te chairman  be directors,  bal  kaysh will explain  at
 gar  ibac  ogir are reasons why  te more daring criminals  be
London should  hibir a considerable interest  o'r  ibic cellar  at

" bic is  cuun French  ve'vut," whispered  te director. " vi  ganar had
several warnings  ibac  eyn  kebbur might  cuyir made upon  bic."

" gar French  ve'vut?"

" elek.  vi had occasion some months ago  at strengthen  cuun resources
 bal borrowed  par  ibac purpose 30,000 napoleons  teh  te Bank  be
France.  bic has become known  ibac  vi  ganar  draar had occasion  at
unpack  te money,  bal  ibac  bic is  su lying  o'r  cuun cellar.  te
crate upon  meg  ni  sheber contains 2,000 napoleons packed between
layers  be  alorir foil.  cuun reserve  be bullion is much larger  at
present than is usually kept  o'r a single branch office,  bal  te
directors  ganar had misgivings upon  te subject."

" meg were  ori  jahaala justified," observed Holmes. " bal  jii  bic is
 ca'nara  ibac  vi arranged  cuun little plans.  ni expect  ibac within  eyn
hour matters will  olaror  at a  kovid.  o'r  te meantime Mr.
Merryweather,  vi  enteyor  naritir  te  dha'haase  jaon  ibac  dha lantern."

" bal  sheber  o'r  te  dha?"

" ni am  chaabar so.  ni had brought a pack  be cards  o'r  ner pocket,  bal
 ni thought  ibac,  sa  vi were a partie carrie,  gar might  ganar  gar
rubber after  an.  a'  ni  haa'taylir  ibac  te enemy's preparations  ganar
 dar so  chaaj'yc  ibac  vi cannot risk  te presence  be a light.  bal,
 maan  be  an,  vi  enteyor choose  cuun positions. These are daring men,
 bal though  vi shall  hibir them  at a disadvantage,  val may  narir us
some harm unless  vi are careful.  ni shall  motir behind  ibic crate,
 bal  narir  gar conceal yourselves behind those. Then, when  ni flash a
light upon them, close  o'r swiftly.  meh  val  tracyn, Watson,  ganar  nayc
compunction about shooting them  daab."

 ni placed  ner revolver, cocked, upon  te top  be  te  shaap'yc case
behind  meg  ni crouched. Holmes shot  te slide  dos  te front
 be  kaysh lantern  bal  payt us  o'r pitch  werda--such  eyn absolute
 werda  sa  ni  ganar  draar before experienced.  te smell  be  nadala
metal remained  at assure us  ibac  te light was  su  ogir, ready
  at flash out at a moment's notice.  at  ni,  ti  ner nerves worked
 laam  at a pitch  be expectancy,  ogir was something depressing  bal
subduing  o'r  te sudden gloom,  bal  o'r  te  ciryc dank  abiik  be  te

" val  ganar  a' one  tok'kad," whispered Holmes. " ibac is  norac
 adol  te house  lo Saxe-Coburg Square.  ni  vercopaanir  ibac  gar  ganar
done  meg  ni asked  gar, Jones?"

" ni  ganar  eyn inspector  bal  t'ad officers waiting  at  te front door."

"Then  vi  ganar stopped  an  te holes.  bal  jii  vi  enteyor  cuyir  shev'la
 bal  parer."

 meg a  ca'nara  bic seemed!  teh comparing notes afterwards  bic was  a'
 eyn hour  bal a quarter,  su  bic appeared  at  ni  ibac  te  ca  enteyor
 ganar  ge  dar  bal  te dawn  cuyir breaking above us.  ner limbs
were weary  bal stiff,  par  ni feared  at  am  ner  taap;  su  ner
nerves were worked  laam  at  te highest pitch  be tension,  bal  ner
hearing was so acute  ibac  ni could not  shi hear  te gentle
breathing  be  ner companions,  a'  ni could distinguish  te deeper,
heavier  o'r- kar'am  be  te bulky Jones  teh  te  shiib, sighing note
 be  te bank director.  teh  ner  taap  ni could look  jaon  te case
 o'r  te direction  be  te floor. Suddenly  ner eyes caught  te glint
 be a light.

 at  maan  bic was  a' a lurid spark upon  te  choruk pavement. Then
 bic lengthened out  kay  bic became a  shi'yayc  briik,  bal then,
 ures any warning  ra  kaab, a gash seemed  at open  bal a  gaan
appeared, a  jiriad,  ge womanly  gaan,  meg felt about  o'r  te
centre  be  te little  veeray  be light.  par a minute  ra more  te
 gaan,  ti its writhing fingers, protruded out  be  te floor. Then
 bic was withdrawn  sa suddenly  sa  bic appeared,  bal  an was  dha
 tug'yc save  te single lurid spark  meg marked a chink between
 te stones.

Its disappearance, however, was  a' momentary.  ti a rending,
tearing  kaab, one  be  te broad,  jiriad stones turned  jaon upon
its  eso  bal  payt a square, gaping  palon,  adol  meg streamed
 te light  be a lantern.  jaon  te edge  ogir peeped a clean- hokaanir,
boyish  troan,  meg looked keenly about  bic,  bal then,  ti a  gaan
 bat  ebin  eso  be  te aperture, drew  ast shoulder-high  bal
waist-high,  kay one  lovik rested upon  te edge.  o'r another
instant  kaysh stood  at  te  eso  be  te  palon  bal was hauling after
him a companion, lithe  bal  kih  emuurir himself,  ti a  racin  troan
 bal a  mirshir  be  ori  ge'tal  gemas.

"It's  an  utreyar,"  kaysh whispered. " ganar  gar  te chisel  bal  te
bags? Great Scott! Jump, Archie, jump,  bal I'll swing  par  bic!"

Sherlock Holmes had sprung out  bal seized  te intruder  de  te
collar.  te  ashi dived  daab  te  palon,  bal  ni heard  te  kaab  be
rending cloth  sa Jones clutched  at  kaysh skirts.  te light flashed
upon  te barrel  be a revolver,  a' Holmes' hunting crop came
 daab  bat  te man's  gadi,  bal  te pistol clinked upon  te  choruk

"It's  nayc use, John Clay," said Holmes blandly. " gar  ganar  nayc
chance  at  an."

"So  ni  haa'taylir,"  te  ashi answered  ti  te utmost coolness. " ni fancy
 ibac  ner pal is  an  serimir, though  ni  haa'taylir  gar  ganar got  kaysh

" ogir are  ehn men waiting  par him  at  te door," said Holmes.

"Oh,  bal'ban!  gar seem  at  ganar done  te thing  ori completely.  ni
 enteyor compliment  gar."

" bal  ni  gar," Holmes answered. " gar  ge'tal-headed idea was  ori  evaar'la
 bal effective."

"You'll  haa'taylir  gar pal  tug'yc presently," said Jones. "He's quicker
 at climbing  daab holes than  ni am.  shi  taylir out  vaal  ni fix  te

" ni  gedetir  ibac  gar will not touch  ni  ti  gar  etyc hands,"
remarked  cuun  mirci't  sa  te handcuffs clattered upon  kaysh wrists.
" gar may not  cuyir aware  ibac  ni  ganar royal  tal  o'r  ner veins.  ganar
 te goodness, also, when  gar address  ni always  at say 'sir'  bal

" an  serimir," said Jones  ti a stare  bal a snigger. " jahaala, would
 gar please, sir,  taabir upstairs,  vaii  vi  liser get a cab  at  jorir
 gar Highness  at  te police-station?"

" ibac is  jate'shya," said John Clay serenely.  kaysh made a sweeping bow
 at  te  ehn  be us  bal walked quietly off  o'r  te custody  be  te

"Really, Mr. Holmes," said Mr. Merryweather  sa  vi followed them
 teh  te cellar, " ni  narir not  kar'taylir how  te bank  liser thank  gar  ra
repay  gar.  ogir is  nayc doubt  ibac  gar  ganar detected  bal defeated
 o'r  te most  ani manner one  be  te most determined attempts
 at bank robbery  ibac  ganar  vurel  olaror within  ner experience."

" ni  ganar had one  ra  t'ad little scores  be  ner own  at settle  ti Mr.
John Clay," said Holmes. " ni  ganar been  at some  kih expense  jaon
 ibic matter,  meg  ni shall expect  te bank  at refund,  a'  suum
 ibac  ni am amply repaid  de having had  eyn experience  meg is  o'r
 birov ways unique,  bal  de hearing  te  ori remarkable narrative  be
 te  ge'tal-headed League."

" gar  haa'taylir, Watson,"  kaysh explained  o'r  te  vaar hours  be  te  vaar'tur
 sa  vi sat  jaon a glass  be whisky  bal soda  o'r Baker  chortav, " bic
was perfectly obvious  teh  te  maan  ibac  te  shi  ret'yc
object  be  ibic rather fantastic business  be  te advertisement  be
 te League,  bal  te copying   cuyir  te 'Encyclopaedia,'  enteyor be  at get
 ibic not  jaon- dral pawnbroker out  be  te way  par a number  be
hours every  tuur.  bic was a curious way  be managing  bic,  a',
really,  bic would  cuyir  umaan  at suggest a  jate'shya.  te method was
 nayc doubt suggested  at Clay's ingenious mind  de  te colour  be  kaysh
accomplice's  gemas.  te 4 pounds a  ray'ture was a lure  meg  enteyor draw
him,  bal  meg was  bic  at them,  Tion'ad were playing  par thousands?
 val  naritir  o'r  te advertisement, one rogue has  te  dar
office,  te  ashi rogue incites  te  tratur  at apply  par  bic,  bal
 tome  val manage  at  morut'yc  kaysh absence every  vaar'tur  o'r  te
 ray'ture.  teh  te  ca'nara  ibac  ni heard  be  te assistant having  olaror  par
 ge'sol wages,  bic was obvious  at  ni  ibac  kaysh had some  dral motive
 par securing  te situation."

" a' how could  gar guess  meg  te motive was?"

"Had  ogir been women  o'r  te house,  ni should  ganar  gehatyc a
mere vulgar intrigue.  ibac, however, was out  be  te  tionir.  te
man's business was a  kih one,  bal  ogir was  naas  o'r  kaysh
house  meg could account  par such elaborate preparations,  bal
such  eyn expenditure  sa  val were  at.  bic  enteyor, then,  cuyir something
out   cuyir  te house.  meg could  bic be?  ni thought  be  te assistant's
fondness  par photography,  bal  kaysh trick  be vanishing  lo  te
cellar.  te cellar!  ogir was  te  kyr  be  ibic tangled clue. Then
 ni made inquiries  sa  at  ibic mysterious assistant  bal found  ibac  ni
had  at  koor  ti one  be  te coolest  bal most daring criminals  o'r
London.  kaysh was doing something  o'r  te cellar--something  meg
took  birov hours a  tuur  par months  bat  kyr.  meg could  bic  cuyir, once
more?  ni could  mirdir  be  naas save  ibac  kaysh was running a tunnel
 at some  ashi building.

"So  chaaj'yc  ni had got when  vi went  at visit  te scene  be  nari.  ni
surprised  gar  de beating upon  te pavement  ti  ner  bevik.  ni was
ascertaining whether  te cellar stretched out  o'r front  ra behind.
 bic was not  o'r front. Then  ni rang  te bell,  bal,  sa  ni hoped,  te
assistant answered  bic.  vi  ganar had some skirmishes,  a'  vi had
 draar set eyes upon  solus  ashi before.  ni hardly looked  at  kaysh
 troan.  kaysh knees were  meg  ni wished  at  haa'taylir.  gar  enteyor yourself  ganar
remarked how worn, wrinkled,  bal stained  val were.  val spoke  be
those hours  be burrowing.  te  shi remaining  taap was  meg  val
were burrowing  par.  ni walked round  te corner, saw  te  oriya  bal
Suburban Bank abutted  bat  cuun friend's premises,  bal felt  ibac  ni
had solved  ner problem. When  gar drove  yaim after  te concert  ni
called upon Scotland Yard  bal upon  te chairman  be  te bank
directors,  ti  te result  ibac  gar  ganar seen."

" bal how could  gar  rejorhaa'ir  ibac  val would  gotal'ur their  kebbur
 at- ca?"  ni asked.

" jahaala, when  val closed their League offices  ibac was a sign  ibac
 val cared  nayc longer about Mr. Jabez Wilson's presence-- o'r  ashi
words,  ibac  val had completed their tunnel.  a'  bic was essential
 ibac  val should use  bic soon,  sa  bic might  cuyir discovered,  ra  te
bullion might  cuyir removed. Saturday would suit them  jate'shya than
any  ashi  tuur,  sa  bic would  dinuir them  t'ad days  par their  eyaytir.
 par  an these reasons  ni expected them  at  olaror  at- ca."

" gar reasoned  bic out beautifully,"  ni exclaimed  o'r unfeigned
admiration. " bic is so  munit a chain,  bal  su every link rings

" bic saved  ni  teh ennui,"  kaysh answered, yawning. "Alas!  ni already
feel  bic closing  o'r upon  ni.  ner life is spent  o'r one  munit effort
 at  eyaytir  teh  te commonplaces  be existence. These little
problems  gaa'taylir  ni  at  narir so."

" bal  gar are a benefactor  be  te race," said  ni.

 kaysh shrugged  kaysh shoulders. " jahaala, perhaps, after  an,  bic is  be
some little use,"  kaysh remarked. "'L'homme c'est rien--l'oeuvre
c'est tout,'  sa Gustave Flaubert wrote  at George Sand."

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