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彩乐园2站代理【址:a g 9 559⒐ v i p】<  "No."   "So many have said so, and yet here I am," said Holmes, smiling."Well, good morning, Mr. Gibson. You have a good deal yet to learn."Our visitor made a noisy exit, but Holmes smoked in imperturbablesilence with dreamy eyes fixed upon the ceiling.

    "Well, I should put the original cost of the pipe at seven andsixpence. Now it has, you see, been twice mended, once in the woodenstem and once in the amber. Each of these mends, done, as you observe,with silver bands, must have cost more than the pipe did originally.The man must value the pipe highly when he prefers to patch it uprather than buy a new one with the same money."

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   "When I approached your room, I examined the window. You amused meby supposing that I was contemplating the possibility of someonehaving in broad daylight, under the eyes of all these oppositerooms, forced himself through it. Such an idea was absurd. I wasmeasuring how tall a man would need to be in order to see, as hepassed, what papers were on the central table. I am six feet high, andI could do it with an effort. No one less than that would have achance. Already you see I had reason to think that, if one of yourthree students was a man of unusual height, he was the most worthwatching of the three.

  I have never known my friend to be in better form, both mental andphysical, than in the year '95. His increasing fame had brought withit an immense practice, and I should be guilty of an indiscretion if Iwere even to hint at the identity of some of the illustrious clientswho crossed our humble threshold in Baker Street. Holmes, however,like all great artists, lived for his art's sake, and, save in thecase of the Duke of Holdernesse, I have seldom known him claim anylarge reward for his inestimable services. So unworldly was he- orso capricious- that he frequently refused his help to the powerful andwealthy where the problem made no appeal to his sympathies, while hewould devote weeks of most intense application to the affairs ofsome humble client whose case presented those strange and dramaticqualities which appealed to his imagination and challenged hisingenuity.

    "I had," said he, "come to an entirely erroneous conclusion whichshows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason frominsufficient data. The presence of the gypsies, and the use of theword 'band,' which was used by the poor girl, no doubt to explainthe appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of by thelight of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an entirely wrongscent. I can only claim the merit that I instantly reconsidered myposition when, however, it became clear to me that whatever dangerthreatened an occupant of the room could not come either from thewindow or the door. My attention was speedily drawn, as I have alreadyremarked to you, to this ventilator, and to the bell-rope which hungdown to the bed. The discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bedwas clamped to the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion thatthe rope was there as a bridge for something passing through thehole and coming to the bed. The idea of a snake instantly occurredto me, and when I coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor wasfurnished with a supply of creatures from India, I felt that I wasprobably on the right track. The idea of using a form of poisonwhich could not possibly be discovered by any chemical test was justsuch a one as would occur to a clever and ruthless man who had hadan Eastern training. The rapidity with which such a poison wouldtake effect would also, from his point of view, be an advantage. Itwould be a sharp-eyed coroner, indeed, who could distinguish the twolittle dark punctures which would show where the poison fangs had donetheir work. Then I thought of the whistle. Of course he must recallthe snake before the morning light revealed it to the victim. He hadtrained it, probably by the use of the milk which we saw, to return tohim when summoned. He would put it through this ventilator at the hourthat he thought best, with the certainty that it would crawl downthe rope and land on the bed. It might or might not bite the occupant,perhaps she might escape every night for a week, but sooner or latershe must fall a victim.

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   "On the back, sir. No trace of a struggle. No marks. No weapon.The short note from Miss Dunbar was clutched in her left hand.""Clutched, you say?"<  "It is a small point, Count Sylvius, but perhaps you would kindlygive me my prefix when you address me. You can understand that, withmy, routine of work, I should find myself on familiar terms withhalf the rogues' gallery, and you will agree that exceptions areinvidious."

    "I insist upon staying with you."

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   "Well, I tried one or two leads, but could get at nothing whichwould help our hypothesis, and several points which would make againstit. I gave it up at last and off I went to Norwood.

    "Oh, but he had only picked it up to look at it. Oh, do, do takemy word for it that he is innocent. Let the matter drop and say nomore. It is so dreadful to think of our dear Arthur in prison!""I shall never let it drop until the gems are found-never, Mary!Your affection for Arthur blinds you as to the awful consequences tome. Far from hushing the thing up, I have brought a gentleman downfrom London to inquire more deeply into it."

<  "Get down, Watson!" cried Holmes, with a heavy hand upon myshoulder. We had hardly sunk from view when the man flew past us onthe road. Amid a rolling cloud of dust, I caught a glimpse of apale, agitated face- a face with horror in every lineament, themouth open, the eyes staring wildly in front. It was like some strangecaricature of the dapper James Wilder whom we had seen the nightbefore.   "I went home to Saxe-Coburg Square, and I took the advice ofmy assistant. But he could not help me in any way. He could onlysay that if I waited I should hear by post. But that was notquite good enough, Mr. Holmes. I did not wish to lose such aplace without a struggle, so, as I had heard that you were goodenough to give advice to poor folk who were in need of it, I cameright away to you."

    "My messenger reached you, then?" asked Holmes.


<  "He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of halfthat is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this greatcity. He is a genius, a philosopher, an abstract thinker. He has abrain of the first order. He sits motionless, like a spider in thecentre of its web, but that web has a thousand radiations, and heknows well every quiver of each of them. He does little himself Heonly plans. But his agents are numerous and splendidly organized. Isthere a crime to be done a paper to be abstracted, we will say, ahouse to be rifled, a man to be removed the word is passed to theprofessor, the matter is organized and carried out. The agent may becaught. In that case money is found for his bail or his defence. Butthe central power which uses the agent is never caught-never so muchas suspected. This was the organization which I deduced, Watson, andwhich I devoted my whole energy to exposing and breaking up."But the professor was fenced round with safeguards so cunninglydevised that, do what I would, it seemed impossible to get evidencewhich would convict in a court of law. You know my powers, my dearWatson, and yet at the end of three months I was forced to confessthat I had at last met an antagonist who was my intellectual equal. Myhorror at his crimes was lost in my admiration at his skill. But atlast he made a trip-only a little, little trip-but it was more than hecould afford, when I was so close upon him. I had my chance, and,starting from that point, I have woven my net round him until now itis all ready to close. In three days-that is to say, on Mondaynext-matters will be ripe, and the professor, with all the principalmembers of his gang, will be in the hands of the police. Then willcome the greatest criminal trial of the century, the clearing up ofover forty mysteries, and the rope for all of them; but if we moveat all prematurely, you understand, they may slip out of our handseven at the last moment.   And yet for all his watchfulness he was never depressed. On thecontrary, I can never recollect having seen him in such exuberantspirits. Again and again he recurred to the fact that if he could beassured that society was freed from Professor Moriarty he wouldcheerfully bring his own career to a conclusion.

    "Leonardo had a clever, scheming brain. It was he who planned it.I do not say that to blame him, for I was ready to go with him everyinch of the way. But I should never have had the wit to think ofsuch a plan. We made a club- Leonardo made it- and in the leadenhead lie fastened five long steel nails, the points outward, with justsuch a spread as the lion's paw. This was to give my husband hisdeath-blow, and yet to leave the evidence that it was the lion whichwe would loose who had done the deed.





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