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you fafltnn all the windows?"
"Were thiy all fastened 1 11 a morning?"
"You hav a mnld who has a ?writhart ?
I think that you rrn.irkrd to your umlfl
last nlht Hint she hud Iwen out to see
"Yps, and she was thi (flrl who wnltpd
In th drawing room, and who miy hav
hard uni Ip's remarks Hhnut the copiru't."
"I see You Infer that she may hav
fono out tn tell her sweetheart, and that
the two may have plannM the rohhery-"
"Hut what Is the good of nil these vague
theories," rreld the hanker, Impatiently,
"when I have told you that I saw Arthur
with the: coronet In his hands?"
"Walt a little. Mr. Holder. We must
come back to that. About this girl, Miss
Holder. You saw her return by the kitchen
doof. I presume?"
"Yes; when 1 went to see
if the door
I met her
was fastened for the night
slipping In. I saw the man,
"Io you krow him?"
too, in tho
on, yes; ne is the green
brings our vegetables around.
IS Franrls Prosper."
"He stood." said Holmes, "to the left of
the doorthat Is to say. further up the
path than Is necessary to reach the door?"
"Yes, he did."
"And he Is a man with a wooden leg?"
Something like fenr sprung up In the
young lady's expressive black eyes. "Why,
you are like a magician," said she. "How
do you know that?" She smiled, but there
was no answering smile in Holmes' thin,
"I should be very glad now to go up
stairs." said he. "I shall probably wish
to go over the outside of the house again,
Perhaps I had better take a look at tho
lower windows before I go up."
He walked swiftly round from one to
the other, pausing only at the large one,
which looked from the hall onto the stablo
lane. This he opened, nnd then made a
very careful examlnntlon of the sill with his
powerful magnifying lens. "Now wo shall
go upstairs." he said at last.
i ne nanners dressing room was a plainly
furnished little chamber, with a gray car
pet, a large bureau and a long mirror
Holmes went to the bureau first and looked
hard at the lock;.
"Which key was used to open It?" he
"That which my son himself Indicated
that of the cupboard of the lumber room."
"Have you It here?"
"That Js It cm the dressing table."
Sherlock Holmes took It up and opened
"It Is a noiseless lock." said he. "It Is
no wonder that It did not wake you. This
case, I presume, contains the coronet. We
must have a look at It." He opened tho
case and, taking out the dlndem, laid It
Upon the table. It was a magnificent spec
imen of the Jeweler's art, and the thirty-
six stones were the finest that I have ever
seen. At one side of the coronet was a
cracked edge, where a corner holding three
gems had been torn away.
"Now, Mr. Holder," said Mr. Holmes,
"here is the corner which corresponds to
that which has been so unfortunately lost,
might I beg that you will break It off?"
The banker recoiled In horror. "I should
not dream of trying," he said.
"Then I will,
Holmes suddenly bent his
It, but without result. "I
reel It give a little." said he; "but. though
I am exceptionally strong In the fingers, It
would take me all my time to breuk It.
An ordinary man could not do It. Now,
u.. you minK woum happen If I did
break It. Mr. Holder? There would be a '
noise like a pistol shot. Do you tell me
that all this hapened within a few yards
ofyour bed and that you heard nothing of
I do not know what to think. It Is all
l.n t0 mR-"
But perhaps It may grow lighter as we
go. What do you think. Miss Holder?"
"I confess that I still share my uncle's
"Your son had no shoes or slippers on
when you saw him?"
"He had nothing on save only his trou-"
sers and shirt."
"Thank you. We have certainly been fa-
vored with extraordinary luck during this
Inquiry, and It will be entirely our own
fault If we do not succeed In clearing the
matter up. With your permission. Mr.
Holder, I shall now continue my Investlga-
He. went alone, at his own request, for he
explained that any unnecessary footmarks
might make his task more difficult. For
an hour or more he was at work, returning
at last with his feet heavy with snow and
his features as Inscrutable as ever.
"I think that I have seen now all that
there la to see, Mr. Holder," said he; "I
can serve you best by returning to my
"But the gems, Mr. Holmes. Where are
"I cannot tell."
The banker wrung his hands. "I shall
never see them again!" he cried. "And
my son? You give me hopes?"
"My opinion Is In no way altered."
"Then, for God's sake, what was this
dark business which was acted In my house
"If you can call upon me at, my Baker
Street rooms tomorrow mornliig between
and 10 I shall be happy to do what I can
to make It clearer. I understand that you
give me carta blanche to act for you pro
vided only thut I get back the gem,', and
that you place no limit on the sum I may
"I would give my fortune to hava them
'ery good. I shall look Into the matter
between this and ,h r:.-..,,... '. 7. " '
. - . . . , , , k inn
may nave to come
here again before evening
It was obvious to nt that my compan
ion's mind was now made up about the
case; although what his conclusions
were was more than I could even
dimly imagine, beveral times during our
homeward Journey I endeavored to sound
him upon the point, but he always glided
away to some other topic, until at last I
gave It over In despair. It was not yet
J when, we found ourselves In our room
once more. He hurried to his chamber and
was down again in a few minutes, dressed
as a common loafer. With his collar turned
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end his worn boots, he was a perfect sam
ple of tho class.
"I think that this should do," said lie,
glancing Into the glas above the fireplace.
"I only wish that you could come with
me, Watson, but I fear It won t do. I may
be on the trail In this matter or 1 may
be following a wlll-of-the-wlsp, but I shall
soon know which It Is. I hope that I may
be back in a few hmirs." He cut a slice of
beef from ths Joint on the sldeloard, sand
wiched It 1 tween two round of bread and,
thrusting this rude meal Into his pocket,
he started off upon his expedition.
I had Just finished my tea when he re
turned, evidently In excellent spirits, swing
ing an ofd elastlc-slded boot In his hand.
He chucked It down Into a corner and
helped himself to a cup of tea.
"I only looked In as I passed," said he.
"I am going right on."
"Oh, to the other side of the West End.
It may be some time before I get back.
Don't wait up for me In case I should be
"How are you getting on?"
"Oh, so go. Nothing to complain of. I
have been out to Streatham since I saw you
lart, but I did not cull at the house. It Is
a very sweet little problem, and I would
not have missed It for a good deal. How
ever. I must not sit gossiping here, but
must get these disreputable clothes off nnd
return to my highly respectable self."
I could see by his manner that he hnd
stronger reasons for satisfaction than his
words alone would lrrrply. His eyes
twinkled and there was even a touch of
color upon his sallow cheeks. He hastened
upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard
the si am of the hall door, which told me
that he was once more uff on his congenial
I waited until midnight, but there was no
sign of his return, so I retired to my room,
It was no uncommon thing for him to be
nway for days and nights on end when he
was hot upon a scent, so that his lateness
caused me no surprise. I do not know at
what hour he came In, but when I came
down to brenkfast In tho morning there ho
was with a cup of coffee In one hand and
a paper In the other, as fresh and trim as
"You will excuse my beginning without
you, Watson," said he; "but you remember
that our client has rather an early appoint
ment this morning."
"Why, It Is after nine now," I nnswered.
"I should not be surprised If that were he.
I thought I henrd a ring."
It was. Indeed, our friend the financier.
I was shocked by the change which hnd
come over him, for his face, which was nat
urally of a broad nnd massive mould, was
now pinched and fallen In, while his hair
seemed to me at least a shade whiter. He
entered with a weariness pnd lethargy
which was even more painful than his
violence of the morning before, nnd he
dropped heavily Into the nrmehalr which I
pushed forward for him.
"I do not know what I have done to be
so severely tried," said he. "Only two
days ago I was a happy and prosperous
man. without a care in the world. Now I
am left to a lonely nnd dishonored age.
One sorrow comes close upon the heels of
another. My niece Mary has deserted me."
"Yes. Her bed this morning had not been
slept tn, her room was empty, and a note
for mo lay unon the hall table. T hnd nalri
to her last night, In sorrow and not In
anger, that If sho had married my boy all
might be well with him. Perhaps It was
thoughtless 'of me to say so. It Is to that
remark that she refers In this note:
" -My Dearest Vncle: I feel that I have
brought trouble upon you, and thnt If I
had acted differently this terrible mlsfor-
tune might never have occurred. I cannot,
with this thought In my mind, ever again
be happy under your roof and I feel that
1 must leave you forever. Do not worry
about my future, for that is provided for;
and, above nil. do not search for me. for
It will be fruitless labor and an Ill-service
to me In jfe or ,n death i arn PVPr your
"What could she mean by thnt note, Mr.
Holmes? Do you think It points to sul-
"No- n. nothing of the kind. It la per-
haps the best possible solution. I trust,
Mr- Holder, that you are neartng the end
ot your troubles."
"Ha! You any so! You have heard some-
tnlnK. Mr. Holmes; you have learned some-
thing! Where are the gems?"
"You would not thing 1,0)0 apiece an ex
cessive sum for them?"
"I would nay ten."
"That would be unnecessary. Three thou
sand will cover the matter. And there Is a
little reward, I fancy. Have you your
check book? Here Is a pen. Better make
It out tor 4.000."
With a duxud face the banker made out
the required check. Holmes walked over
to his desk, took out a little triangular
piece of gold with three gems In It and
threw It down upon the table.
With a shriek of Joy our client clutched
"You have It!" he gasped. "I am saved!
I am saved!"
The reaction of Joy was as passionate
as his grief had been, and he hugged his
recovered gems to his bosom.
"There Is one other thing you owe, Mr.
Holder," said Sherlock Holmes, rather
"Owe!" He caught up a pen. "Name the
sum and I will pay It."
"No, the debt Is not to me. You owe a
very humble apology to that noble lad. your
son, who has carried himself In this matter
as I should be proud to see my own son do,
should I ever chance to have one."
"Then It was not Arthur who took them?"
. 1 ,u,u ou yieraay. and I repeat to
nav i n i.
- "You are sure of It. I-t us hurry to him
at once, to let him know that the truth Is
"He knows It already. When I hud
cleared It all up I had an Interview with
him, and. finding that he would not tell me
the story. I told II to him. on which he had
to confess that I was right, and to add the
very few details which were not yet quite
clear to me. Your news of this morning,
however, may open his lips.
"For heaven's sake, tell me. then what
is this extraordinary mystery?"
i win uo so, and I will show vou the
steps by which I reached it. And let me say
Every wo mm covets
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many of them deplore the
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after marriage. The bearing
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to the mother's shapeliness.
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to you. first, that which Is the hardest for
rue to say and for1 you to hear, there has
been an understanding between Sir George
Burnwell and your niece Mary. They have
now fled together."
"My Mai ? Impossible!"
"It is, unfortunately, more than possible;
it Is certuln. Neither you nor your, son
knew the true character of this man when
you admitted him Into your family circle.
He Is one of the most dangerous men In
England a ruined gambler, an absolutely
desperate vllllnn, a man without heart or
conscience. Your niece knew nothing of
such men. When he bvrathed his vows to
her, as he had done to a hundred before
her, she flattered herself that she had
touched his heart. The devil knows best
what he said, but at least she became his
tool, and was In the habit of seeing him
nearly every evening."
"I cannot, I will not believe It," cried the
banker, with an ashen face.
"I will tell you then, what occurred at
your house last night. Your niece, when
you had, as she thought, gone , to your
room, slipped down and talked to her lover
through the window that leads Into the
stable lane. His footmarks had pressed
right through the snow, so long had he
stood there. Blie told him of the coronet.
His wicked lust for gold kindled at the
news, and he bent her to his will. I have
no doubt that she loved you, but there are
women In whom the love of a lover ex
tinguishes all other loves, and I think that
she must have been one. She had hardly
listened to his Instructions when sho saw
you coming downstairs, on which she closed
the window rapidly, and told you about one
of the servant's escapade with her wooden
legged lover, which was all perfectly true.
"Your boy, Arthur, went to bed after his
Interview with you, but he slept badly on
account of his uneasiness about his club
debts. In the middle of the night he heard
a soft trend pass his door, so he rose and.
looking out, was surprised to see his cousin
walking very stealthily along tjie passage,
until she disappeared Into your dressing
room. Petrified with astonishment, the lad
slipped on some clothes and watted there
In the dark to see what would come of this
strnnge affair. Presently she emerged from
the room again, and in the light of the
passage lamp your son saw that she car
ried the precious coronet In her hands. She
passed down the stairs, nnd he, thrilling
with horror, ran along and slipped behind
the curtain near your door, whence he could
see what passed In the hall beneath. He
saw her stealthily open the window, hand
out the coronet to some one In the gloom,
and then closing It once more hurry back
to'her room, passing quite close to where
he stood hid behind the curtain.
"As long as she was on the scene he
could not take any action without a horrible
exposure of the woman whom he loved.
But the Instant that she was gone he
realized how crushing a misfortune this
would bo for you, and how all-Important It
wus to set It right. He rushed down, Just
as he was, In his bare feet, opened the
window, sprang out Into the snow and ran
down the lane, where he could see a dark
figure In the moonlight. Sir George Burn
well tried to get away, but Arthur caught
him, and there was a struggle between
them, your lad tugging at one side of the
coronet and his opponent at the other. In
the scuffle your son struck Sir George and
cut him over the eye. Then something sud
denly snapped, and your son, finding that
ho had the coronet In his hands, rushed
back, closed the window, ascended to your
room, and had Just observed that the
coronet had been twisted In the struggle
and was endeavoring to straighten It, when
you appeared upon the scene."
"Is It possible?" gasped the banker.
"You then rousod his anger by calling
him names at a moment when he felt that
he had deserved your warmest thanks. He
could not explain the true state of affairs
without betraying one who certainly de
served little enough consideration at his
hands. He took the mure chivalrous view,
however, and preserved her secret."
"And that was why she shrieked and
fainted when she saw the coronet," cried
Mr. Holder. "Oh, my God! what a blind
fool I have been! And his asking to be
allowed to go out for five minutes! Tho
dear fellow wanted to see If the missing
piece were at the scene, of the struggle.
How cruelly I have misjudged him!"
"When I arrived) at the house," con
tinued Holmes, "I at once went very care
fully round it to observe If there were
any traces In the snow which might help
me. I knew that none had fallen since the
evening before, and also that there had
been a strong frost to preserve Impres
sions. I passed along tho tradesmen's
path, but I found It ell trampled down
and Indistinguishable. Just beyond It, how
ever, at the far side of the kitchen door,
a woman had stood and talked with a
man whose round Impressions on one side
showed that he had a wooden log. I could
even tell that he had been disturbed, for
the woman had run back swiftly to the
door, as was shown by the deep toe and
light heel marks, while wooden leg had
waited a little, and then had gone away.
I thought at the time that this might be
the maid and her sweetheart, of whom you
had ulready spoken to me, and Inquiry
showed it was so. I passed round the gar
den without seeing anything more than
random tracks, which I took to be the
police; but when I got Into the stable lane
a very long and complex story was written
In the snow In front of me.
"There wis a double line of tracks of
booted man, and a second double line which
I saw with delight belonged to a man with
naked feet. I was at once convinced from
what you told me that the latter was your
son. The first had walked both ways, but
the other had run swiftly, and, as his
tread was marked In places over the depres
sion of the boot. It was obvious that he
had passed after the other. I followed
them up, and found that they led to the
hall window, where boots had worn all
the snow away while waiting. Then
warned 10 me oiner end, which was a
hundred yards or more down the lane.
saw where boots had faced round, where
the snow was cut up as though there had
been a struggle, and, finally, where a few
uii.p vi uiuou uau lanen, to show me
that I was not mistaken. Boots had then
run down the lane, and another ''little
smudge of blood showed that it was he
who had been hurt. When he came to the
high road on the other end, I found that
the pavement had been cleared, so there
an, end to that clue.
"On entering the house, however, I exam
ined, as you remember, the sill and frame
work of the hall window with my lens, and
I could at once see that some one had
passed out. I could distinguish the outline
of an Instep where the wet foot had been
placed In cumlng In. I was then beginning
to be &1j!o to foiui an opiiiiou as lo what
had occurred. A man had waited outside
the window, some one had brought the
gems, the deed had been overseen by your
son. he had pursued tiie thief, had strug
gled with him, they had each tugged at the
coronot, their united strength causing in
juries which neither alone could have
effected. He had returned with the prise,
but had left a fragment in the grasp of i
ins opponent. s far I was clear. The
question now was, who was the man and
who wus It brought him the coronet?
"It Is an old maxim of mine that when
you have excluded the Impossible, what
ever remains, however Improbable, must be
the truth. Now. I knew that It was not
you who had brought It down, so there
only remained your niece and the maids.
tfut tf It were the maids, wby should your
son allow Wniscir to be accused tu tWr
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place? There could be no possible reason.
As he loved his cousin, however, there was
an excellent explanation why he should re
tain her secret the more so as the secret
W'as disgraceful one. When I remembered
that you had se.n her at the window, and
how she had fainted on seeing the coronet
again, my conjecture became a certainty.
"And who could It le w?;o was her con
federate? A lover evidently, for who else
could outweigh the love and gratitude
which she must feel to you? I knew that
you went out little, and that your circle
of friends was a very limited one. But
among them was Sir George Burnwell. I
had heard of him before as being a man
of evil reputntlon among women. It must
have been ho who wore those boots and
retained the missing gems. Kven though
he knew that Arthur had discovered him, he
might still flatter himself that he was safe,
for the lad could not say a word without
compromising his own family.
"Well, your own good sense will suggest
what measures I took next. I went In the
shape of a loafer to Sir George's house,
managed to pick up an acquaintance with
his valet, learned that his master had cut
his head the night before, and. finally, at
the expense of 6 shillings, made all sure
by buying a pair of his cast-off shoes.
With these I Journeyed down to Streetham
and saw that they exactly fitted the
"I saw an Ill-dressed vagabond In the lane
yesterday evening," said Mr. Holder.
"Precisely. It was I. I found that I had
my man, so I came home and changed my
clothes. It was a delicate part which I
had to play then, for I saw that a prosecu
tion must be avoided to avert scandal, and
I knew that so astute a villain would sea
that our hands were tied In the matter. I
went and saw him. At first, of course, he
denied everything. But when I gave him
every particular that had occurred he tried
to bluster, and took down a life-preserver
from the wall. I knew my man, however,
and I clapped a pistol to his head before
he could strike. Then he became a little
more reasonable. I told him thnt we would
give him a price for the. stones he held
1,000 apiece. That brought out the first
signs of grief that he had shown. 'Why,
dash It all!' said he, 'I've let them go at
six hundred for tho three!' I soon managed
to get the address of the receiver who had
them on promising him that there would
be no prosecution. Off I set to him, and
after much chaffering I got our stones at
1,000 apiece. Then I looked In upon your
son, told him that all was right, and even
tually got to my bed about 2 o'clock, after
what I may cnll a really hard day's work."
"A day which has saved England from a
great public scnndal." said the banker, ris
ing. "Sir, I cannot find words to thank
you, but you shall not find me ungrateful
for what you have done. Your skill has
Indeed exceeded all that I have heard of It.
And now I must fly to my dear bov to
apologize to him for the wrong which I
have done him As to what you tell me of
poor Mary, It goes to my very heart. Not
even your skill can Inform me where she
Is now." , 1
"I think that we may safely say," re
turned Holmes, "thnt she Is wherever Sir
George Burnwell Is. It Is equally certain,
too, that whatever her sins are, they will
soon receive a more than sufficient punish
ment." (The End. Copyright by Harper & Bro.)
Prattle of the Youngsters. '
Uncle Ned Tommy, did you throw your
old shoes after the bride?
Tommy (a born diplomat) Naw,
throwed ma's old slippers.
"Mamma," said Harry,"I wish you would
make Mabel quit punching me with her el
bows. I'm afraid she's' got it."
"Got what, dear?" asked his mother.
"The bargain-counter habit," answered
the small observer.
Miss Primlcigh was known as the village
gossip. One day little Nellie, who had
Just got a new dress, exclaimed: "Oh,
dear; I do wish Miss Primleigh could see
"Why do you want her to see It?" queried
"'Cause then everybody In town would
know I had It," answered Nellie.
When Louise was a little girl her mother
died, and for several years she and her
father lived very quietly. But when Louise
was 9 years old her father married again,
and then wonderful changes began. He
moved Into a bigger house, bought horses,
employed a corps of servants and again
took up his social duties.
One day Louise met a former neighbor,
the mother of one of her playmates. "Well,
I,oulse. how are you getting along?" she
"Oh, beautifully," replied Louise. "You
must come over and see us. Everything's
new but papa!"
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