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About Lake County examiner. (Lakeview, Lake County, Or.) 1880-1915 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 14, 1905)
By A. CONAN DOYLE.
Aurhor of "Th Adventure ot Sherlock Holme."
"The Hound ot the P.kerville." "The Sign
of the Four." "A Study In Scirlet." Itc.
ILLl'ST R ATLD
BY F. D. STEELE
The dveiture of
the Dancing Men
No. 3 of the Series
i Cniitiiiiii'il from
iUs he been moved ':" asked Holmes.
"We have moved nothing except the
lady. We could not leave her lying
wounded upon the floor."
"IIow lone have you tiecu here, doc
"Since 4 o'clock."
"Any one else?"
Tes, the constable here."
"And you have touched nothing?"
"Tou have acted with great discrc
tlon. Who sent for you?"
"The housemaid. Saunders."
'T'w It she who pive the alarm?"
"Khe and Mrs. King, the eok."
,:Wbere are they now?"
In the kitchen, I believe."
"Then 1 think we had better lie;i
their story ot once."
Tlie old hall, oak paneled nnl hiirh
Windowed, had lieen turned Into a court
of Investigation. Holmes . sat hi :
feat, old fashioned chair, h's ine: ei
tile eves cleaminr out of his li ':"'
fa-e. I could read In them a sot pit:
(ww to devote his life to this ipte-;t
until the client whom he had failed to
4aTve should ft last lie avenced. The
trim Inspector Martin, the old. :r"iy
tieaded country doctor, myself an.l u
KtVrfld village policeman made up the
rest of that strange company.
The two women told their story clear
If enough. They had been aroused
from their sleep by the sound of rn
esjjlosion vi.i.h had teen fo'.lowcl a
minute later by a second one. They
Kl-pt in a 'j lining rooms, and Mrs
King had rushed in to Saunders. 'I'm
gether they had ueceiid"d the j-'tuir-.
The do ir of the study was o'leu. !
a candle vas burning upon the t:i',e.
Tlieir master lay upon Ins fa-e in the
cent,,i' of the room. lie v.-:is "'e
dead. Near the vilrl iw l.ls v.:fe ',vi
T jui-liing. li'T Ii"m I ler.n'.tjg : ::u- t
the waii. was h-irrihly v '.: u i--d.
and the si'c of Sier f;K-e v;-.s ri 1 wtU
blood. Sle- breaMi'-d heavily, but v. a-i
incapable of say.ng anything. Tic
pu.-snire as well us the r euii was f -.Ml
of smoke 1 !id the smell of p-i'Ad'T.
Toe windoH w as certainly shit en I
fastened t'p e.i the Inside. I J -- t ! i v.o.
Mien were p-xitivc upon tic p ;.t.
't icy had at unco sent for tie- ' : r
etel for the constable. Then, with the
f.td of the groom mid the stable b y.
they had conveyed their inlurel mis-ti-'?w
to her room, lioth she and her
l.u.jhsud had occupied the bed. She
wnn dad In her dress, lie in bis dress
ing gown, over liis trght cl.ithes. '"otii
ing liad been moved in tie- s : u ly. So
Cir ms they knew, there bad never been
e.nj' Uarrel between husbi'iid :.nd wile.
Tliey had always looked upon them in
h very uuited couple.
These were (he main point- of the1
servant' evidence. In answer to In-bpm-t'jr
Martin they were clear that ev
ery door was fastened npm the jnsiije
end that no one could have en-aped
fr.iin the lioune. In answer to Holmes
lli".v both remembered that they were
Cia.'-cioUH of the smell of powder from
the moment that they run mt of tle lr
rooms upon the ton floor. "I commend
lli.it fact very carefully to your atten
tion." nuij lluhntn to his professional
colleague. "And now I tliink that we
ere In a position to undertake a thor
ough examination of the room."
The study proved to be a small chain- i
tier lined on three sides with books
end with a writing table facing au or
dinary window, which looked out upon
the garden. Oar first attention was
fclveu te the body of the unfortunate'
iipilre, wtiOHe tinge frame lay stretch
ed no-ross tlie euom. His dUomered !
tln-as showed Bia4 lie liud been hastily
aroused from sleep. Tlie bullet had
4eeu fired at Llm from the front and
liad remained la fcia body after pene
trating the heart III death had cer-
tafnly been luKuuitaueous and painless. !
There waa no wdcr marking either
lUiou bla dresalnc gawn or on his ;
liandfl. Accordin to the eountry stir-,
liuoti, the ludj bad 8tuln tipon her
lace, tut none upon ber hand.
"Hie abeonce of the latter mean
mlblug, thougb IU presence m y ,euu i
r!tj'tliln.'' W HolineH. "I niess the
jiovnier from a badly tlttlng carirl!ge
liappeua to npurt backward one ..i.iy I
tiro uiuu bjla without leaving n sign. !
I would u&jeM that Mr. Cub.trs b ly J
nfuy lunr be removed. I sup; .) , m-1
for 7o rt not recovered the btii.ct
Kbit vwmdti U ldy?" I
"A sfrtotis opera trtn W be ueccsaa
ry before tliat can le done. But there
are still four cartridges in the 'revolver.
Two have leen tired and two wound
Inflicted, so that each bullet can be ac
"So it would seem," said Holmes.
"PerhHps you can account also for the
bullet which has so obviously struck
the edge of the window?"
He had turned suddenly, and hla
long, thin finger was pointing to a hole
which had been drilled right through
the lower window sash about an Inch
above the tiottoni.
"By GeorgeT' cried the lnsector.
"How ever did you see that?"
' Because I looked for It."
"Wonderful !" said the country doc
tor. "Tou are certainly right, sir. Then
a third shot has been fired, and there
fore a third person must have been
present. But who could that have beea
and how could he have got away?"
"That is the problem which we are
now abotll to solve," said Sherlock
Holme. ' You retnemler, Inspector
Martin, wheu the servants said that on
leaving their room they were at once
conscious of a smell of powder I re
marked thai the point was au extreme
ly important one?"
"Yes, sir; but I confess I did not
jult- follow you."
"It suggested that ut the time of the
firing the window as well as the door
of the room had been open. Otherwise
the fumes of powder could not ha
been blown so rapidly through fhe
Mouse. A draft in the room was naa
essary for that. Both door and win
dow were only open for a very short
"How do you prove that 7"
Because tlie caudle was not gut
tered." Capita!:" cried the Inspector. "Capital:"
sure that the window had
at the time of the tragedy.
I coir-eived that there might have been
a third person in the affair, who stood
outside this opening and tired through
it. Any shot directed at this person
might hit t.'e sash. I looked, and there,
sure enough, was the bullet mark:"
Hut how came the window to lie
shli: an.! fastened V"
'The woman's first instinct would be
to shut and fasten the window. But,
hello! What is this?"
It was a lady's hand bag which stood
Upon the study table a trim little hand
bag of crocodile skin and silver.
Holmes opened it and turned the con
tents out. There were twenty tifty
pound notes of the Bauk of Kuglaud,
held together by an india rubber band
"This must be preserved, for il will
figure in the trial," said Holmes as he
hauded the bag with Its contents to the
Inspector. "It is now necessary that
we should try to throw some light upon
this third bullet, which has clearly,
from the spliuiering of the wood, been
fired from inside tlie room. I should
like t. see Mrs. King, the cook, again.
You said. Mrs. King, that you were
awakened by a loud explosion. Wheu
you said that did you mean that it
beeined to you to be louder than the
secon 1 oiie?"
Well, sir. it wakened me from my
sleep, and so it U hard to Judge. But
it U. I xeeui very loud."
'V a (lou t think that it might have
;ecn 1 wo sh ts tin d i.lmo-t at the same
in ..ant '!"
'I ai.i sure 1 couldu't say, sir."
'I be.ieve that it was undoubtedly
so. I rather think. Inspector Marti.
;Ui: v. e have now exhausted all liM
ih, i r i iiii can teach us. If you uMll
kiiel'v step round with me, we h-mM
.tee what fresh evidence the garden lie
A t!'i er bed extended up to Uw
sti; ly wiu low, and we ull broke lno
au exelainatlou as we approached It.
Tie- tl'iwors were trampled down, wal
the f,..rt soli was imprinted all oti
with f.ntmarks. Large, masculine low
they ,erc, with peculiarly long, sharf
to s. Ilnimes hunted about among tl
grass and leaves like a retriever ut'
a woniided bird. Then, with a cry of
KUtisfaetioii, lie bent forward and pier
ed ; a little brazen cylinder.
-I thought so," said 1'!'. "The f
vAiver had nil ejector, and here Is tl
third cartridge. I really think. In
spector Martin, that our case is ulinotl
The country Inspector's face u.,d
show a bis intense niiia.einent at ihe
rapid and masterful progress of 1 lol ies
hive, ligation. At Mrs! he bid sic.vvu
some disposition to nwrt his own p
tillt, bill I" V b'" W.l-i O. I'l l- Hue li
udmii'.i-i :i an i read;. ! X '.'. .
:r.ii (.,.' -. in wherever II i'm.-' !
..' I: m d ; oil -I. : '.
t i il go rnto mat later. imae lire
' several points In this problem which 1
I have not been able to explain to Joil
j yet. Now that I have got so far 1
i liad best pro. eeil on my own lines and
I then clear the whole mntter tip once
! and for all."
j Must as you wish, Mr. Holmes, so
I long as we get our man."
J have no desire to make mysteries,
but It Is Impossible at the moment of
action to enter Into long and complex
explanations. 1 have the threads of
this affair nil In my band. Even If
this lady should never recover con
sciousness we can still reconstruct the
events of last night and Insure that
justice tie done. First of all. 1 wish to
know whether then- Is any Inn In this
nelghliorhood known as Elrlge's?"
The servants were cross o,ucstloncd,
but none of them had heard of such a
place. The stable hoy threw a light up
on the matter by rememlierlng that a
farmer of that name lived some miles
off In the direction of East Uuston.
"Is It a lonely farm?"
"Very lonely, sir."
Terhaps they have not heard yet of
all that happened here during the
"Maybe. not, sir."
Holmes thought for a little, and then
a curious smile played over bis face.
"Saddle n horse, my lad." said he. "I
shall wish you to take n note to El
He took from his pocket the various
slips of the dancing men. With these In
front of him he worked for some time
at the study table. Finally be handed
note to the boy. with directions to
put It Into the bands of the person to
whom It was nddressetl, and especially
to answer no questions of any sort
which might be put to h!m. I saw the
outside of the note, addressed In strag
gling. Irregular characters, very unllV
Holmes' usual precise hand. It wn
consigned to Mr. Abe Slaney, Elrlge'a
farm, East Uuston, Norfolk.
"I think, Inspector." Holmes remark
ed, "that you would do well to tele
graph for en escort, as. If my calcula
tions prove to be correct, you may bar"
a particularly dangerous prisoner t
convey to the county jail. The loy
mho taken this note could no doubt for
ward your telegram If there is au uft
ernoon train to town. Watson, I think
we should do well to take it, as I have
a chemical analysis of some interest to
finish, and this Investigation draws rap
ly to a close."
When the youth hud been dispatched
with the n ite, Klierlack Holmes gave
his Instructions to the servants. If any
visitor were t-i call, asl.iig for Mrs.
Hilton Cuhi;t. no iut'oriiiat ion should
be given as l i her Conditi in. but be w tut
to be shown at once im i the drawing
room, lie Impressed these points up hi
them with the iitmor.t earnestness.
Finally lie led the way into the draw
ro.im, with the remark that the
l"!-;l:ieM was I; r.v out ef oar hate s aiel
thai we mil ;t v. hiie away the time as
I esl we I : , ; ! : I until v.eemld see what
w us in st ire f ir us. The d iet ir had de
parted to his p itients. and only the in
spectof and l: y-.e!f remained.
"I think that I can help y.iii to pass
an hour iti au interesting and pnfit
able manner," said Holmes, drawing
his chair up to the table and spreading
out in front of him the various papers
upon which were recorded the antics
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To you, Inspector, the whole Incident
may appeal as a remarkable profes
sional study. I must tell you, first ot
ull, the Interesting circumstances con
nected with the previous consultations
which Mr. Hilton Cubltt has had with
me lu llaker street" He then shortly
recapitulated the facts which have al
ready been recorded. "I have here In
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lit which one tuiKht smile had they not
proved themselves to be the forerun
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