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"I told you yesterday, and I repeat to-day, that it was not.""You are sure of it! Then let us hurry to him at once to let himknow that the truth is known."


I waited until midnight, but there was no sign of his return, so Iretired to my room. It was no uncommon thing for him to be away fordays and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent, so that hislateness caused me no surprise. I do not know at what hour he came in,but when I came down to breakfast in the morning there he was with acup of coffee in one hand and the paper in the other, as fresh andtrim as possible.

"No, no, my dear Watson! With all respect for your natural acumen, Ido not think that you are quite a match for the worthy doctor. I thinkthat possibly I can attain our end by some independent explorations ofmy own. I am afraid that I must leave you to your own devices, asthe appearance of two inquiring strangers upon a sleepy countrysidemight excite more gossip than I care for. No doubt you will findsome sights to amuse you in this venerable city, and I hope to bringback a more favourable report to you before evening."

"I have another appointment," said I.

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"Have I not told you, you infernal busybody, that you are warned offthe premises? Never dare to show your damned face here again. If youenter again without my leave I shall be within my rights if I useviolence. I'll shoot you, sir! By God, I will! As to you, sir,"turning upon me, "I extend the same warning to you. I am familiar withyour ignoble profession, but you must take your reputed talents tosome other field. There is no opening for them here."<"`Why, what on earth does this mean, John?' he stammered."My heart had turned to lead. `It is K. K. K.,' said I."He looked inside the envelope. `So it is,' he cried. `Hereare the very letters. But what is this written above them?'"`Put the papers on the sundial,' I read, peeping over hisshoulder.

"I was not and am not sure which; but I knew that the shipmust have an American origin."

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"I was, as Watson may have told you, in the Foreign Office, andthrough the influence of my uncle, Lord Holdhurst, I rose rapidly to aresponsible position. When my uncle became foreign minister in thisadministration he gave me several missions of trust, and as I alwaysbrought them to a successful conclusion, he came at last to have theutmost confidence in my ability and tact.

"And to what effect?"

<"No, he took it himself."Holmes had lit a cigarette and was shooting little darting glancesall over the room.

"'Ah, smart, smart!' he cried in a kind of ecstasy of delight.'You are the very man for us. You are not to be talked over, and quiteright, too. Now, here's a note for a hundred pounds, and if youthink that we can do business you may just slip it into your pocket asan advance upon your salary.'


"I am a very busy man. I am a doctor in practice."





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