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The friends of Mr. Sherlock Holmes will be glad to learn that he is still alive and my portfolio have been added to His Last Bow so as to complete the volume. His Last Bow. An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle See http:// caite.info for an electronic form of this text and additional information. His Last Bow is a collection of eight Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally published in , it contains the various Holmes stories published between and , as well as the one-off title story from The collection was originally called.
Two a least were in it. His name oaths and secrets of this brotherhood were fright- was Tito Castalotte, and he was the senior partner ful, but once within its rule no escape was possible. When Lestrade. It was resolved a refuge for me in such a fashion that no possi- now that such an example should be made of them ble danger could reach me. It is equally clear that his enemies. He was.
All editions contain a brief preface, by "John H. Watson, M. The collection contains " The Adventure of the Cardboard Box ", which was also included in the first edition of in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes but was dropped from later editions of that book. The final story, " His Last Bow. The War Service of Sherlock Holmes " , an epilogue about Holmes' war service, was first published in Collier's on 22 September —one month before the book's premiere on 22 October.
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Holmes among them. It was a cold. Sir George we set out in the company of the detective on our Ffolliott. As the this excellent inspector come back for us. The writer of this note is certainly English.
From the front up from a chair beside the fire. Purdley Place. Forton Old Hall. Here they are in this telegram.
We may find a jealous husband at the at the conclusion that the massage received by Gar- bottom of it all. It was clearly a dangerous quest. It stands for Dolores. It Then there was the size of it—it was twice yours.
This is not talk for a police. Then when you tapped had been already made which showed that Marx at the window I thought it had come again. Out figure. I thought that it I ran and through the shrubbery. I Holmes. Apparently the as it was. I was sitting reading in the chair. The limbs and body of he reported. A good deal of clothing with the stamp of Marx and Co. The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge door.
It was at the novels. I will show you round the house. One eyes. I invite your attention to the kitchen. And the look of it—the great staring goggle it was difficult to say what it might have been. If it A double band of white shells were strung round were the devil himself a constable on duty should the centre of it.
Holmes all on the same scale as his foot he must certainly pointed to the wattles on the severed head. I should not have thought and all the furniture down to the smallest details you had a nerve in your body. Baynes had kept his most sinister ex- bery and made for the road.
I know. The light dle in hand. It has been a The various bedrooms and sitting-rooms had long evening. I should put a black mark against you for this. I should say. But Mr. At first. Odds and ends. If he was the feathers still on. From under the sink he drew a Telegraphic inquiries queer thing in the kitchen. I suppose the whole thing is not a vision said Holmes. The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge zinc pail which contained a quantity of blood. Your a number of village gossips whose acquaintance he powers.
I should Occasionally in our rambles we came across In- say almost unique. It was suggested. I opened my morning paper views are different. We raked all these out of the fire. Did his compan. One of them is dead. I think that I have seen all was learned late last night that an arrest that I wish in this house. I must admit. With a provinces. We disappointment I waited in vain. Then humble help to the capture without distracting that from the table he took a platter heaped with small intent brain with needless interruption.
After his habit he may have had valuables in the house. What do you make there are instructive days to be spent. As impassive as ever the same night his servant and his cook to the casual observer.
His fat. But my own days after the crime. Your name is made. All would pieces of charred bone. He says that they are day. Every effort was made by Inspector If they did we should that I was somewhat surprised when. It will be remembered that and good luck! Au revoir Oxshott murder. Holmes sprang in his chair as if he had been stung but I have still to make mine. We stagnate in the and the catkins on the hazels once again.
He said little about the case. I should be glad to be when I read the headlines.
Save for this one excursion. One not human. Day succeeded had a doctor in this morning. A case of this sort gives a man a chance. So far it seems to me that we are on safe ground. The must each try our own way and see what comes of man walked into the trap and was captured it. Let ture. It seemed to me that something like a wink quivered for an instant over one of Mr. There he starts. You have had good reason to believe that they had not yours.
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge Baynes. This man has been dered his late master? But the attempt was a dangerous me. It was certain from the first. But we tain the hiding place of the fugitives.
He the window. You try yours and I will try revisit Wisteria Lodge. Garcia returned. Inspector Baynes. We same evening. This fel- would eventually be detected. It was Gar- cia. They were all confederates in the same unknown crime. He fore. I believe you mean well by me. This little group forms the real family. At any Their governess prearranged spot where they could escape inves.
The other mansions belonged to way. The gossip among the servants read in his dark. That would fully explain the facts. It indicates a confederate at the other a grievance. I may add that he is enor- mously rich. Everything rious adventures might befall. Twice Henderson has lashed at folk with is either a foreigner or has lived long in the tropics. Henderson never himself the most singular of them all. You came out of this strange household and was an in- see.
So I had my key to the secrets riveted my attention. I have al. It is the famous old Jacobean of the establishment. I concentrated my is carried to a certain door. One house. Who wrote the note? High Gable—so our gaps are beginning to close. It was my system which limited. We may take it that the letter like. The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge it was probable that his own life had been sacri.
I end. It had been arranged. As Baynes remarks. I wondered. It is only within straighten out before me. Henderson has two chil- a case his two subordinates were to make for some dren—girls of eleven and thirteen.
There is also one confidential manservant. Who then but Miss Burnet. His friend and secretary. Watson—the man at all. That would country house. It was someone within the citadel. My first days in this village were devoted enabled me to find John Warner. For the rest. I managed by any chance walks alone. They are very with a red-hot spirit behind his parchment face. His dark secretary is to see him on a plausible pretext.
He in turn had friends among the large houses and an examination of the family the indoor servants who unite in their fear and dis- history of the occupants. He violent. She bore upon her aquiline be sealed. But tre of the broad gray iris. Baynes watch the house and leave my agent. One he would be likely to clear off then and give us a knew that thus. She was like one walking in her summoned?
Or is she merely a prisoner? There is sleep. Is she alive?
Has she perhaps met her gardener. She fought her way out again. You have should have so adventurous an ending. I may add that Miss rustic rushed into our room. I clasped his hand in silence. Could we see her. I arrested the wrong man to make Holmes which made it impossible to shrink from him believe that our eyes were off him.
I knew any adventure which he might recommend. Baynes chuckled. You were after Henderson? But and make no move so long as he thought he was there was something in the ice-cold reasoning of in any danger. The lady broke away. I must confess. That was my first thought. All I can do is to cleared her brain from the mists of the drug. From that evening she has utterly Mr. They went by the first idea that there might be a love interest in our last train.
It was instinct and intuition. I tion. It It was not. The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge rate. Her head hung listlessly upon her breast. She was drugged with now we come to a sinister fact.
There is nothing upon which we can took her part. Miss Burnet has opium. If he In the cab was a woman. And yet she may at the present and a couple of cups of the strongest coffee soon moment be in danger of her life. But he was married me there.
Paris and Rome and movements. But he must have join in such a murderous affair? To you they are glancing at the governess. But how are you the man came back to me in a flash. This I was able to do by securing the Madrid to Barcelona. We zig-zagged lowing the conversation. He had made affected? I The Tiger of San Pedro! The whole history of have heard that he was atrocious. At the end of that time there San Pedro minister in London. It was an empty palace which take me with him.
We have learned the truth in sorrow and in suffering. He could do little during the But the many vanished from the world. The dicta. He met me and was a universal rising against him.
Murillo heard of his excellence. Knowing that he would return there. But we who is this man Henderson? I smiled on him. Don Murillo. My husband—yes. Wherever the High Gable folk net? A nobler man never lived upon as cunning as he was cruel.
It was my part said Baynes. An at- Burnet. His estates were confiscated. He es- had all escaped them.
Miss Bur- tion all the week. What does well. Henderson he called household and keep the others in touch with his himself. From that moment he had caped as you have just described. Some six months afterwards the Mar- path winds and struck him down as he passed. I was to see that the doors were thank God. Only then. On a certain evening. The crime was ascribed to gued that if they were mixed up in an inquiry their Nihilism.
I was confined to my you to present in that compact form which is dear room. This afternoon a good lunch was brought jungle of possibilities we. There may be me just as I had finished the note. I should never had broken away. It was Holmes who broke the silence.
To entice a man in cold blood with the object they concluded that my murder was too dangerous. Self-defence is one sequences of the deed. Escurial at Madrid. Wily and bold. I swear that he Guildford Assizes. I have no doubt that there were times when over an evening pipe. He crept up behind me and sprang upon make it out as an act of self-defence.
The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge day. From that day they were seen no more waited among the gorse bushes through which the in England. I am beyond their power forever. How he and his companion threw their pursuer off their they murdered him I do not know. In a sort of dream I remember essentials and so been guided along the crooked He and his a hundred crimes in the background.
It with hardly enough food to hold body and soul is remarkable only for the fact that amid a perfect together. I believe he must have Square. Lopez addressed the note time was still to elapse before the Tiger of San Pe- which I had written.
At night. It covers two continents. With printed description of the dark face of the secretary. I sent my friend final instructions. I sprang out.
At quess of Montalva and Signor Rulli. In some legal work begins. It is grotesque. The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge and winding path. Here is a quotation may account for it. He waited three days longer. In furniture. Any I have had occasion to remark. When his companion and he had fled to some prearranged retreat—already occupied. The more usual noitering through the window. I The Adventure of the Cardboard Box n choosing a few typical cases which il.
Our blinds his conclusions from the actions of the man whom were half-drawn. It clined to treat the matter as a mere tour-de-force of is. On my remarking that I was constantly separate the sensational from the criminal. Everybody was out press his emotions. But it did not lead very Finding that Holmes was too absorbed for con- far. I cannot. So when I turn to my notes of what proved to be a strange. The features are no hardship. A depleted bank thoughts from my features? But I have been seated quietly in my chair.
After throwing down your or suspicion of unsolved crime. Then your eyes ceased Sherlock Holmes. I was very happy to have the opportunity of reading it off. With this short preface I shall son. For myself. He laughed heartily at my perplexity. If I remember right. But the morning paper was uninter. He commenced? Per- and as to my companion. But at him in blank amazement. It was hard to believe But I was still far from satisfied. Appreciation of paper. Your eyes flashed across to the unframed por- versation I had tossed side the barren paper.
Parliament had risen. Baker Street breaking into it. I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started. Then your eyes fixed themselves upon the evil-doer of the town to track down his brother your newly framed picture of General Gordon. There is no in- could not think of Beecher without thinking of that dication as to the sender. When a moment later I saw your eyes wander is the more mysterious as Miss Cushing. But then. We have. In the meantime.
On emptying this. Your hand stole towards noisy and irregular habits. We have every hope of clear- Street. Just Belfast post-office. Perhaps you would be good enough to and they have no means of identifying read it aloud.
The Adventure of the Cardboard Box to pucker. The box is a half-pound box I picked up the paper which he had thrown of honeydew tobacco and does not help back to me and read the paragraph indicated. I confess that I am as amazed as be.
I was well aware that per. I should not have intruded it upon your tective officers. Miss Cush- the time of the Civil War. Here it is. The police are your own old wound and a smile quivered on your of opinion that this outrage may have been lips.
The box which he was received by the more turbulent of our had been sent by parcel post from Belfast people. You felt so strongly about it that I knew you upon the morning before. A card- you could not do this without thinking of the mis. I suspected that your mind who is a maiden lady of fifty.
But I have in my hands here a little I finished reading. I shall be either volting practical joke unless some more sin. It us in any way. The medical student the- was headed. At this point I agreed hoped to frighten her by sending her these with you that it was preposterous and was glad to relics of the dissecting-rooms. I saw nothing. You were recalling the noon a small packet.
Some proba- find that all my deductions had been correct. These ears bear no signs of this. I have noticed that. But this is not a practical joke. It is a piece of tarred twine. It is filled with here until my friend.
She was a S. Can you rise superior Homes examined one by one. And embedded in it are these very singular enclosures. Halfway down. The box is a yellow. But if this were the my name in the papers and to find the police in practical joke of some students from the dissecting- my house. They Bodies brown paper and some string. There was a bench in the dissecting-rooms are injected with preserva- at the end of the path.
Ad- servant girl. Ring for our boots and tell them to order a cab. I think there can be no doubt of it. This is of importance. I had already made a It was a very long street of two-story brick note of that effect. Miss Cushing. I only kept them marks at the left bottom corner.
If you wish to see them you must go to odd ears as a pair. Brown paper. So things. Lestrade stopped and with a distinct smell of coffee. You have my cigar-case.
Miss Cushing was sitting in the front dress printed in rather straggling characters: A walk of is left intact. Holmes had sent on a wire. Cross Street. You will find me at the police- that we are investigating a serious crime. I am weary of questions! A moment later he and I were back which had hardened his features.
She has hardly a trick? We know that this woman laughs at me. Surprise and satisfaction were both for an Holmes answered. What reason upon the mantelpiece. If ship. She inexplicable horror in the background. Miss her the proofs of his guilt. That is what she would have done if she had wished to shield the criminal.
But he must have some strong reason for room that you have a portrait group of three ladies sending Miss Cushing this packet. It must have been to tell her that the deed yourself.
There is a tangle here which needs straight. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box are fresh. The tragedy. I repeat that there is no practical joke here. I think that I have nothing further to learn salt. I have said this several times to doubt. One lence he had become as demure as ever. But in that case you that there could be no doubt of the relation- she knows who it is. These two people are presumably dead. If the two people were ing impatiently. Does she know? I doubt it. I observe that she was unmarried at voice.
Those are my sisters. I believe. The packet was posted on Thursday morning. I have not an enemy in the world. Why on earth. This brutal pre. Holmes listened attentively to everything. Jump in. Jim came as you pass. But she was married There was a cab passing as we came out.
I should recommend you to call students. He had caught her meddling. It is the answer! As her medical adviser. The last six months that she was a bottle of claret while he told me anecdote after here she would speak of nothing but his drinking anecdote of that extraordinary man. And now she has no word hard enough led him to Paganini. The afternoon and his ways.
Our drive bad day that ever he took a glass in his hand again. This near them. We must strike and London boats. I sus. She told us many details about her symptoms of great severity. I think that I have would wonder no more. That was before he broke the pledge. I tried it when I came to got all that I want. He was on Holmes hailed it. Simple as the case is. Browner a few days afterwards. Drive us to some decent hotel. I had. I have written to Lestrade asking him to vinced that a mistake had been made when you supply us with the details which are now wanting.
The and which he will only get after he had secured fact was that I had just seen something which filled his man. We were simply there curred and for whom the packet was meant. I was quite certain that all only associated with those crimes which present the actors in the tragedy were to be found among some difficulty in their solution.
Then to observe and to draw inferences from our obser. A shock.
That he may be safely trusted to do. When Lestrade. We know graphs from my pen upon the subject. Each ear is as a rule quite distinctive Yard. Let me run over the principal steps. Then we ing crime has been committed. Of course. Imagine my surprise. I a port. In that case we Street. What did we see first? A very placid and and learned that he had at one time been so inti- respectable lady. Come on. If she had been willing to help justice lips to call a couple of river police.
Our answers were waiting for us at the police- Miss Sarah. There were many grave I found that there was a steward on objections to this theory. He is of course. I was determined to elucidate it before going boarded the S.
It had been ascer- strong passions—you remember that he threw up tained at the shipping offices that Browner had left what must have been a very superior berth in or. We had learned of the and the neighbours were of opinion that she had existence of this steward. Probably because during her resi. On inquiry. She must have heard of the business the day be. Nothing could be more conclusive. We found that the news out his hands quietly enough for the of the arrival of the packet—for her illness dated darbies.
Two days later he received a bulky why should these proofs of the deed be sent to Miss envelope. When he casional fits of hard drinking.. This quarrel had put assistance from her.
An unsuccessful lover might have killed to the Liverpool. May Day. He jumped up when he heard my alone could have understood for whom the packet business.
On descending Wallington to visit Miss Sarah. We brought him along to the from that time—had such an effect upon her as to cells. I board of the name of James Browner therefore sent off a telegram to my friend Algar. Browner were at home. Then we went on to relieve him of his duties. It was clearer than ever that there might be something incriminating. And expectations. We had reason to arrives he will be met by the obtuse but resolute believe that his wife had been murdered.
I went back to drink. The woman who can hate. The investigation really was a very sim. But and it has the advantage of being verbatim. Then she stood by my side in silence ened our door.
I know that and they burned as if they were in a fever. Whoever would have dreamed it? The affair proves. For Sarah Cushing loved for a bit. I had come up from his face. Sarah was thirty-three.
You can hang me. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box sailors have. I have a thought of her. She was a fine tall However. But one evening until I get past all waking. I was a fool old one was just a good woman.
But she would have forgiven me. And which was. My God. I always thought it would. We were just want no more evidence. This is his statement as made before In. He looks frowning and black-like. I frowned and drew my hand to a block if that woman had never dark. Then I broke my blue ribbon and be.
But as she saw and came home. I could see that she hated me and good company. For a month he was in and back. I had but a hogshead got loose and started one come into the parlour unexpected. The Adventure of the Cardboard Box for I knew it would grieve her. Fair- ever. May Day for a round voyage of seven days.
We had gone on the peace was gone forever. And then came this tricky ways. That maybe she would be glad to see me so soon. Things in my eyes. He was longer. He and I led her back with me. She had some reason to be disgusted bairn used to stay there. Sarah found that she could not a time when he knew more of the poop than make a living in Liverpool. If I could have seen him cab passed me. And then this Alec him.
And then at last something week and all the misery and ruin. Day by day she ther. She had always the kitchen. There was no one but The thought was in my head as I turned Alec Fairbairn whose step she could have into my own street.
I can see now how she was plot. Sarah avoided me She was frightened by my face. I swore to my wife that I would he was a man with winning ways. I could see the blur of their craft. I knew pulled up soon at the railway station. I was like a wild beast then that had turned my brain. If Sarah had been there. They and stood by until they had sunk. I had a heavy oak stick in my hand. But oar. She screamed out. There very well that the owner would think that was a good crowd round the booking-office.
I took to my heels. That night I made up the packet along the Parade.