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Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes Billy I know, He s following someone Yesterday he was out as a workman. looking for a job To day he was an old woman Fairly took me in he. did and I ought to know his ways by now Billy pointed with a grin. to a very baggy parasol which leaned against the sofa That s part of. the old woman s outfit he said,But what is it all about Billy. Billy sank his voice as one who discusses great secrets of State I. don t mind telling you sir but it should go no farther It s this case. of the Crown diamond,What the hundred thousand pound burglary. Yes sir They must get it back sir Why we had the Prime Minister. and the Home Secretary both sitting on that very sofa Mr Holmes was. very nice to them He soon put them at their ease and promised he. would do all he could Then there is Lord Cantlemere. Yes sir you know what that means He s a stiff un sir if I may. say so I can get along with the Prime Minister and I ve nothing. against the Home Secretary who seemed a civil obliging sort of. man but I can t stand his Lordship Neither can Mr Holmes sir You. see he don t believe in Mr Holmes and he was against employing. him He d rather he failed,And Mr Holmes knows it,Mr Holmes always knows whatever there is to know. Well we ll hope he won t fail and that Lord Cantlemere will be. confounded But I say Billy what is that curtain for across the. Mr Holmes had it put up there three days ago We ve got. something funny behind it, Billy advanced and drew away the drapery which screened the.
alcove of the bow window, Dr Watson could not restrain a cry of amazement There was a. facsimile of his old friend dressing gown and all the face turned. Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. three quarters towards the window and downward as though. reading an invisible book while the body was sunk deep in an. armchair Billy detached the head and held it in the air. We put it at different angles so that it may seem more lifelike I. wouldn t dare touch it if the blind were not down But when it s up. you can see this from across the way,We used something of the sort once before. Before my time said Billy He drew the window curtains apart. and looked out into the street There are folk who watch us from. over yonder I can see a fellow now at the window Have a look for. Watson had taken a step forward when the bedroom door. opened and the long thin form of Holmes emerged his face pale. and drawn but his step and bearing as active as ever With a single. spring he was at the window and had drawn the blind once more. That will do Billy said he You were in danger of your life then. my boy and I can t do without you just yet Well Watson it is good. to see you in your old quarters once again You come at a critical. So I gather, You can go Billy That boy is a problem Watson How far am I. justified in allowing him to be in danger,Danger of what Holmes. Of sudden death I m expecting something this evening. Expecting what,To be murdered Watson,No no you are joking Holmes.
Even my limited sense of humour could evolve a better joke than. that But we may be comfortable in the meantime may we not Is. alcohol permitted The gasogene and cigars are in the old place Let. me see you once more in the customary armchair You have not I. hope learned to despise my pipe and my lamentable tobacco It has. to take the place of food these days, Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. But why not eat, Because the faculties become refined when you starve them. Why surely as a doctor my dear Watson you must admit that what. your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to. the brain I am a brain Watson The rest of me is a mere appendix. Therefore it is the brain I must consider,But this danger Holmes. Ah yes in case it should come off it would perhaps be as well. that you should burden your memory with the name and address of. the murderer You can give it to Scotland Yard with my love and a. parting blessing Sylvius is the name Count Negretto Sylvius. Write it down man write it down 136 Moorside Gardens N W Got. Watson s honest face was twitching with anxiety He knew only. too well the immense risks taken by Holmes and was well aware that. what he said was more likely to be under statement than. exaggeration Watson was always the man of action and he rose to. the occasion, Count me in Holmes I have nothing to do for a day or two. Your morals don t improve Watson You have added fibbing to. your other vices You bear every sign of the busy medical man with. calls on him every hour, Not such important ones But can t you have this fellow.
Yes Watson I could That s what worries him so,But why don t you. Because I don t know where the diamond is,Ah Billy told me the missing Crown jewel. Yes the great yellow Mazarin stone I ve cast my net and I have. my fish But I have not got the stone What is the use of taking them. We can make the world a better place by laying them by the heels. But that is not what I am out for It s the stone I want. And is this Count Sylvius one of your fish, Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. Yes and he s a shark He bites The other is Sam Merton the. boxer Not a bad fellow Sam but the Count has used him Sam s not. a shark He is a great big silly bull headed gudgeon But he is. flopping about in my net all the same,Where is this Count Sylvius. I ve been at his very elbow all the morning You ve seen me as an. old lady Watson I was never more convincing He actually picked. up my parasol for me once By your leave madame said he half. ltalian you know and with the Southern graces of manner when in. the mood but a devil incarnate in the other mood Life is full of. whimsical happenings Watson,It might have been tragedy.
Well perhaps it might I followed him to old Straubenzee s. workshop in the Minories Straubenzee made the air gun a very. pretty bit of work as I understand and I rather fancy it is in the. opposite window at the present moment Have you seen the. dummy Of course Billy showed it to you Well it may get a bullet. through its beautiful head at any moment Ah Billy what is it. The boy had reappeared in the room with a card upon a tray. Holmes glanced at it with raised eyebrows and an amused smile. The man himself I had hardly expected this Grasp the nettle. Watson A man of nerve Possibly you have heard of his reputation. as a shooter of big game It would indeed be a triumphant ending to. his excellent sporting record if he added me to his bag This is a proof. that he feels my toe very close behind his heel,Send for the police. I probably shall But not just yet Would you glance carefully out. of the window Watson and see if anyone is hanging about in the. Watson looked warily round the edge of the curtain. Yes there is one rough fellow near the door, That will be Sam Merton the faithful but rather fatuous Sam. Where is this gentleman Billy, Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. In the waiting room sir,Show him up when I ring,If I am not in the room show him in all the same. Watson waited until the door was closed and then he turned. earnestly to his companion, Look here Holmes this is simply impossible This is a desperate.
man who sticks at nothing He may have come to murder you. I should not be surprised,I insist upon staying with you. You would be horribly in the way,In his way,No my dear fellow in my way. Well I can t possibly leave you, Yes you can Watson And you will for you have never failed to. play the game I am sure you will play it to the end This man has. come for his own purpose but he may stay for mine, Holmes took out his notebook and scribbled a few lines Take a. cab to Scotland Yard and give this to Youghal of the C I D Come. back with the police The fellow s arrest will follow. I ll do that with joy, Before you return I may have just time enough to find out where.
the stone is He touched the bell I think we will go out through. the bedroom This second exit is exceedingly useful I rather want to. see my shark without his seeing me and I have as you will. remember my own way of doing it, It was therefore an empty room into which Billy a minute later. ushered Count Sylvius The famous game shot sportsman and. man about town was a big swarthy fellow with a formidable dark. moustache shading a cruel thin lipped mouth and surmounted by. a long curved nose like the beak of an eagle He was well dressed. but his brilliant necktie shining pin and glittering rings were. Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. flamboyant in their effect As the door closed behind him he looked. round him with fierce startled eyes like one who suspects a trap at. every turn Then he gave a violent start as he saw the impassive head. and the collar of the dressing gown which projected above the. armchair in the window At first his expression was one of pure. amazement Then the light of a horrible hope gleamed in his dark. murderous eyes He took one more glance round to see that there. were no witnesses and then on tiptoe his thick stick half raised he. approached the silent figure He was crouching for his final spring. and blow when a cool sardonic voice greeted him from the open. bedroom door,Don t break it Count Don t break it, The assassin staggered back amazement in his convulsed face. For an instant he half raised his loaded cane once more as if he. would turn his violence from the effigy to the original but there was. something in that steady gray eye and mocking smile which caused. his hand to sink to his side, It s a pretty little thing said Holmes advancing towards the. image Tavernier the French modeller made it He is as good at. waxworks as your friend Straubenzee is at air guns. Air guns sir What do you mean, Put your hat and stick on the side table Thank you Pray take a. seat Would you care to put your revolver out also Oh very good if. you prefer to sit upon it Your visit is really most opportune for I. wanted badly to have a few minutes chat with you,The Count scowled with heavy threatening eyebrows.
I too wished to have some words with you Holmes That is why. I am here I won t deny that I intended to assault you just now. Holmes swung his leg on the edge of the table, I rather gathered that you had some idea of the sort in your. head said he But why these personal attentions, Because you have gone out of your way to annoy me Because. you have put your creatures upon my track, Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. My creatures I assure you no, Nonsense I have had them followed Two can play at that game. It is a small point Count Sylvius but perhaps you would kindly. give me my prefix when you address me You can understand that. with my routine of work I should find myself on familiar terms with. half the rogues gallery and you will agree that exceptions are. Well Mr Holmes then, Excellent But I assure you you are mistaken about my alleged.
Count Sylvius laughed contemptuously, Other people can observe as well as you Yesterday there was an. old sporting man To day it was an elderly woman They held me in. view all day, Really sir you compliment me Old Baron Dowson said the. night before he was hanged that in my case what the law had gained. the stage had lost And now you give my little impersonations your. kindly praise,It was you you yourself, Holmes shrugged his shoulders You can see in the corner the. parasol which you so politely handed to me in the Minories before. you began to suspect,If I had known you might never. Have seen this humble home again I was well aware of it We. all have neglected opportunities to deplore As it happens you did. not know so here we are, The Count s knotted brows gathered more heavily over his.
menacing eyes What you say only makes the matter worse It was. not your agents but your play acting busybody self You admit that. you have dogged me Why,Come now Count You used to shoot lions in Algeria. Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle. Why The sport the excitement the danger,And no doubt to free the country from a pest. My reasons in a nutshell, The Count sprang to his feet and his hand involuntarily moved. back to his hip pocket, Sit down sir sit down There was another more practical. reason I want that yellow diamond, Count Sylvius lay back in his chair with an evil smile.
Upon my word said he, You knew that I was after you for that The real reason why you. are here to night is to find out how much I know about the matter. and how far my removal is absolutely essential Well I should say. that from your point of view it is absolutely essential for I know all. about it save only one thing which you are about to tell me. Oh indeed And pray what is this missing fact,Where the Crown diamond now is. The Count looked sharply at his companion Oh you want to. know that do you How the devil should I be able to tell you where. You can and you will, You can t bluff me Count Sylvius Holmes s eyes as he gazed at. him contracted and lightened until they were like two menacing. points of steel You are absolute plate glass I see to the very back. Two From the Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone It was pleasant for Dr Watson to find himself once more in the

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