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"Neither did I," said the detec
tive. "But that is nothing. That
was whom he was murdered by.
I found out by a slight clue left
by the murderers who tortured
"I did-not see any such clue,"
"No," said Holmes, shaking his
head sadly, "you never do, Wat
son. Neither does anyone else. I
and I alone am able to see such
"How did you find the clue?"
"I noticed it the day the mur
der was discovered, but I must
have been a little dopey that day.
Perhaps I took too much cocaine.
Where is my needle?"
The needle could not be found.
Holmes sniffed a little of the
white stuff to relieve his lacerated
"Let's see," he continued.
"Where was I? Oh, yes about
the clue. Down in the corner of
the office in which the body was
found the corner where the safe
had been standing before the po
police fools that they are!
moved it and perhaps destroyed
more valuable clues, I saw a little
tracing of the dust.
"It was a very faint thing,
Watson, and a mind less keen
than my own would have seen no
significance in it. They woujd
have said that it had been caused
merely by the moving of the safe.
"But I noticed it, Watson, and
had it not been for my dopiness
I should have solved the mystery
there and then.
"The lines traced on the floor
were in the outline of a field
' "But -the color! Surdy the
lines could notrbe purple, Sher
lock!" "No, Watson, and if your fac
ulty for deduction were more de
veloped you would know that no
lines are ever covered that is,
lines traced in the dust.you know.
But in the very center of the trac
ing of the field moue, Watson,
there was a drop of purple paint."
"Ah !" said Watson, "you amaze
me more every day, Sherlock.
Some day you will be as good as
a reporter on a yellow news
paper." There was a. moment of silence
while Watson regarded his great
"But," he said, at last, looking
up with a worried air, "how will
this help in the capture of the
"I'm blessed if I know, Wat
son," said Holmes, and fqrthwith
went to sleep as the dope took
effect on him. (Ordinarily, co
caine hardly affected Holme? at
all, but he was used to the injec
tion method, and so sniffing it had
played the deuce with his powers
NO CLUE IN LOGUE CASE
Capt. of Detectives .Halp in and
his band of sleuths are still at sea
so far as the apprehension of the
murderers of Joseph H. Logue,
the diamond brdker, is concerned.
Clue after clue has been seized
and at once discarded. -There is
nothing tangible upon which the
police can work.