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LAND - ARGUS.
VOL. L.IV. XO. 232.
THE ARGUS, SATURDAY, JULY 15, 190.3.
PAGES 9 TO 12.
THE RETURN OF SHERLOCEC. HOLMES.
By A. Conarv Doyle Illustrated by F. D. Steele
The Adventure of
ihe Second Stain
- No. 13 of the Series
rCffrighl, 10. hj A. Cmmsm Dyl., CMlin, WmU
1M JMLiar. Fkilllf m
HAD intended 'The Ad
venture o 'the Abbey
Grange"' to be the last
of those exploits of my
friend, Mr. Sherlock
Holmes, which I should
ever communicate to the
public. Thi resolution of mine wan
not due to any lack of material, since
I have notes of many hundreds of cases
to which I have never alluded, nor was
It caused by anj waning interest on
the part of my readers In the singular
lersonality and unique methods of this
remarkable man. The real reason lay
lu the reluctance which Mr. Holmes
Lag shown to the continued publication
of his experiences. So long as he was
In actual professional practice the ree
orus or ius successes were or some
practical value to him, but since he has
definitely retired from Loudon and be
taken himself to study and bee farm
ing on the Sussex downs notoriety has
liecome hateful to him, and he has per
emptorlly requested that his wishes In
this matter should be strictly observed.
It was only upon my representing to
him that I had given a promise that
"The Adventure of the Second Stain"
should be published when the times
were ripe and pointing out to him that
It is only appropriate that this long
neries of episodes should culminate in
the most important international case
which he bus ever been called upon to
handle that I at last succeeded in ob
taining his consent that a carefully
guarded account of the incident should
ut last he laid before the public.
It was, then, in a year, eveu In a dec
ade that shall be nameless, that upon one
Tuesday morning in autumn we found
two visitors of European fame within
the walls of our humble room In Baker
str-et. The one, austere, high nosed,
eagle eyed and dominant, was none oth
er than the Illustrious Lord Bellinger,
twice premier of Britain. The other,
dark, clean cut and elegant, hardly yet
of middle age aud endowed with ev
ery beauty of body and of mind, was
the Bight Hon. Trelawney Hope, sec
retary for European affairs, and the
most rising statesman in the country.
They sat side by side upon our paper
littered settee, and it was easy to see
from their worn and anxious faces that
It was business of the most pressing
Importance which had brought them.
The premier's thin, blue veined hands
were Hasped tightly over the ivorj
head of his umbrella, aud his gaunt,
ascetic face looked gloomily from
Holmes to me. The European secre
tary pulled nervously at his mustache
and fidgeted with the seals of his
'When I discovered my loss, Mr.
Holmes, which was at ft o'clock this
morning, I at once Informed the prime
minister. It was at his suggestion that
we have loth come to you."
"Have you Informed the police?"
"No, sir," naid the prime minister,
with the quick, decisive manner for
which he was famous. "We have not
done no, nor is it jossible that we
should do so. To Inform the police
must, in the long run, mean to Inform
the public. This Ik what we particular
ly eb-sirc to avoid."
"Aud why, sir?"
"Because the document in question
is of such Immense importance that Its
publication might very easily I might
almost say probably -lead to European
complications of the utmost moment.
It Is not too much to say that peace or
war may haug upon the issue. T'nless
Its recovery cati be attended with the
utmost secrecy then It may as well not
le recovered at all. for all that Is aim
ed at by those who have taken It is
that Its contents should be generally
"I understand. Now. Mr. Trelawney
Hope. I should l much obliged if you
would tell me exactly the circum
stances under which this document
"That can le done In a very few
words. Mr. Holmes. The letter for it
was a letter from a foreign potentate
was received six days ago. It was of
such Importance that I have never left
It in my safe, but I tiave taken It
across each evening to my house ia
Whitehall terra-e and kept it in my
bedroom in a locked disiwtch box. It
was there last night. Of that I am
certain. I actually opened the box
while I was dressing for dinner and
saw the document Inside. This merit
ing it was gone. The dispatch box had
stood beside the glass upon my dress
log table all night. I am a light sleep
er, and so Is my wife. We are both
prepared to swear that no one could
have entered the room during the
night, and yet I repeat that the paper
is gone "
"What time did you diner
Half past 7."
How long was it before you went
"My wife had gone to the theater. I
waited up for her. It was half past 11
lefore we went to our room."
"Then for four hours the dispatch
box had lain unguarded?"
"No one is ever permitted to enter
that room save the housemaid lu the
morning and my valet or my wife's
maid during the rest of the day. Tfcey
are both trusty servants and have been
with us for some time. Besides, neither
of them could possibly have known
that there was anything more valua
ble than the ordinary departmental
papers in my dispatch box."
"Who did know of the existence of
"No one in the house."
"Surely your wife knew?"
"No, sir. I had said nothing to my
wife until I missed the paper this
The premier nodded approvingly.
"1 have long known, sir. how high
Is your sense of public duty," said he.
The European secretary bowed.
"You do me no more than justice.
sir. I'util this morning I have never
breathe! one word to my wife upon
Could she have guessed?"
"No, Mr. Holmes, she could not have
guessed, nor could any one have guess
"Have you lost any documents be
"Who is there iu England who did
kuow of the existence of this letter?"
"Each member of the cabinet was in
formed of it yesterday, but the pledge
of secrecy which attends every cabinet
meeting was increased by the solemn
warning which was given by the prime
minister, Oood heavens, to think that
within a few hours I should myself
have lost It! Besides the members of
the cabinet there are two or possibly
three departmental officials who know
of the letter. No one else iu England,
Mr. Holmes, I assure you."
"I believe that no one abroad has
seen it save the mau who wrote it. I
am well couviuced that his ministers
that the usual official channels have
not been employed."
Holmes considered for some little
"Now, sir. I must ask you more par
ticularly what this document is. and
why its disappearance should have
such momentous consequences?"
The two statesmen exchanged a
quick glance, aud the premier's shaggy
eyebrows gathered In a frown.
"Mr. Holmes, the envelope i a long,
thin one of pale blue color. There is a
seal of red wax stamped with a crouch
ing lion. It is addressed in large, bold
"I fear, sir," said Holmes, "that, in
teresting and. indeed, essential as these
details are. my inquiries must go more
to the root of thing. What was the
"That is a state secret of the utmost
lmjKirtaix-e, and I fear that I cannot
tell you. nor do I see that it is neces
sary. If by the aid of the powers
which you are said to possess you can
find such an envelope as I describe,
with its iuclosure, you will have de
served well of your country and earned
any reward which it lies in our power
Sherlock Holmes rose with a smile.
"You are two of the most busy men
in the country." said he, "and iu my
own small way I have also a g'xsl
many calls upow me. I regret exceed
ingly that I cannot help you in this
matter, and auy continuation of this
Interview would be a waste of time."
The premier sprung to his feet with
that quick, fierce gleam of his deep set
eyes Iwfore which a cabinet has cow
ered. "I am not acc ustomed, sir" he
lcgan. but mastered his anger and re
sumed his seat. Then the old states-1
man shrugged his shoulders.
"We must accept your terms. Mr.
Holmes. No doubt you are right, and
it is unreasonable for tis to expect you
to act unless we give you our entire
"I agree with you." said the younger
"Then I will tell you. relying entirely
upon your honor and that of your col
league. Ir. Watson. I may apjieal to
your patriotism also, for 1 could not
imagine a greater misfortune for the
country than that this affair should
"You may safely trust us."
"The letter, then, is from a certain
foreigu toteutate who has leen ruf
fled by some recent colouial develop
ments of this country. It has been
written hurriedly and upon his own
resMnsiliility entirely. Inquiries have
shown that his ministers know nothing
of the matter. At the same time it is
couched in so unfortunate a manner
and certain phrases in it are of so
provocative a character that its pub
lication would undoubtedly lead to a
most daugerous state of feeling in this
country. There would le such a fer
ment, sir. that I do not hesitate to say
that within a week of the publication
of that letter this country would be
Involved In a great war."
Holmes wrote a name upon a slip
of paper and handed it to the premier.
-Exactly. It was he. And it is this
letter this letter which may well mean
the expenditure of a thousand millions
and the lives of a buudred thousand
men whi. h has become lost in this uu
"Have you informed the sender?"
"Yes, ir; a cipher telegram has been
"I'erhars he desires the publication
of the letter."
"No. sir; we have strong reason to
believe that he already understands
that be has acted in an indiscreet and
hot headed manner. It would be a
greater blow to him and to his coun
try than to us if this letter were to
"If this Is s. whose interest Is it
that the letter should come out? Why
should any one desire to steal it or to
"There, Mr. Holmes, you take me
into regions of high international pol
itics. But if you consider the Euro
pean situation you will have no diffi
culty in perceiving the motive. The
whole of Europe is an armed camp.
There is a double league which makes
a fair balance of military power.
Great Britain holds the scales. If
Britain were driven into war with one
confederacy it would assure the su
premacy of the other confederacy,
whether they joined in the war or not.
Do you follow ?"
"Very clearly. It is then the Interest
of the enemies of this potentate to se
cure aud publish this letter, so as to
make a breach between his country
"And to whom would this document
be sent if it fell into the hands of an
"To any of the great chancelleries of
Europe. It is probably speeding on its
way thither at the present Instant as
fast as steam can take it. Now, Mr.
Holmes, you are in full possession of
the facts. What course do you recom
Holmes shook his head mournfully.
"You think, sir. that unless this doc
ument is recovered there will lie war?"
"I think It is very probable."
"Then, sir, prepare for war."
"That ia a hard saying. Mr. Holmes."
"Consider the facts, sir. It is incon
ceivable that it was taken after 11:30
at night, since I understand that Mr.
Hope and his wife were both in the
room from that hour until the loss was
found out. It was taken, then, yester
day evening between T:'M and 11:30,
probably near the earlier hour, since
whoever took it evidently knew that it
was there, and would naturally secure
It as early as Kssible. Now, sir. if a
document of this Importance were tak
en at that hour, where can it be now?
No one has any reason to retain it. It
has been passed rapidly on to those
who need It. What chance have we
now to overtake or even to trace it?
It is beyond our reach."
"What you say is perfectly logical,
Mr. Holmes. I feel that the matter Is
Indeed out of our bands."
"Iet us presume, for argument's
sake, that the document was taken by
the maid or by the valet" i
"They are both old and tried serv
"I understand you to say that your
room Is on the second floor, that there
is no entrance from without and that
from within no one could go up unol-
served. It must, then, be someliody in
the house who has taken it. To whom
would the thief take It? To one of sev
eral international spies and secret
agents whose names are tolerably fa
miliar to me. There are three who may
be said to le the heads of their profes
sion. I will begin my research by go
ing round and finding If each of them
is at his post. If one Is missing espe
cially if he has disappeared since lust
night we will have some Indication as
to where the document has gone."
"Why should he be misaing?'" asked
the European secretary. "He would
take the letter to an embassy in Lon
don, as likely as not."
"I fancy not. These agents work In
dependently, and their relations with
the embassies are often strained."
The prime minister nodded his ac
quiescence. "I believe you are right. Mr. Holmes.
He would take so valuable u prize to
headquarters with his own hands. I
think that your course of action is an
excellent one. Meanwhile. Hope, we
cannot neglect ail our other duties on
account of this one misfortune. Should
there be any fresh developments dur
ing the day we shall communicate with
you, and you will no doubt let us
kuow the results of your own in
quiries." The two statesmen bowed aud walk
ed gravely from the room.
Wheu our illustrious visitors had de
parted Holmes lit his pipe in silence
and sat for some time lost in the deep
est thought. I was reading the morn
ing paper when my friend gave an ex
clamation, sprang to his feet and laid
bis pipe down upon the mautelpiece.
"Yes." said he. "there is no better
way of approaching it. The situation
is desperate, but not hopeless. Even
now, if we could be sure which of them
has taken it, it is just possible that it
has not yet passed out of his hands.
After all, it is a question of money
with these fellows, and I have the
British treasury behind me. It Is con
ceivable that the fellow might hold
It back to see what bids come from
this side before be tries his luck on
the other. There are only those three
capable of playing so bold a game
there are Oberstein, La Rothiere and
Eduardo Lucas. I will see each of
I glanced at my morning paper.
"Is that Eduardo Lucaa of Godol
"You will not him."
"He was murdered in his house last
My friend has so often astonished me
In the cours of our adventures that It
was with a sense of exultation that I
realixed how completely I had aston
ished him. He stared in amazement
and then. matched the paper from my
hands. This was the paragraph which
I had been engaged In reading when he
rose from his chair:
MURDER IN WESTMINSTER.
A crime of mysterious character was
committed last night at 16 Oodolphin
street, one of the old fashioned and se
cluded rows of eighteenth century houses
which He between the river and the ab
bey, almost in the shadow of the gTeat
tower of the houses of parliament. This
small but select mansion has been Inhabit
ed for some years by Mr. KJuardo Lucas,
well known In society circles both on ac
count of his charming personality and be
cause he has the well deserved reputation
of betnff one of the best amateur tenors
in the country- Mr. Ijiicas is an unmar
ried man. thirty-four years of age. and
his establishment consists of Mrs. Prin
Kle. an elderly housekeeper, and of Mitton,
his valet. The former retires early and
sleeps at the top of the house. The vnlet
was out for the evening-, visiting a friend
at Hammersmith. From 10 o'clock onward
Mr. Lucas had the house to himself.
What occurred .luring that time has not
yet transpired, but at a quarter to 13
Police Constable Barrett, passing along
Godolphin street, observed that the door
of No. 15 was ajar. He knocked, but re
ceived no answer. Perceiving a light in
the front room, he advanced into the pas
sage and again knocked, but without re
ply. He then pushed- open the door and
entered. The room was in a state of wild
disorder, the furniture belns nil swept to
one side and one chair lying on its hack
In the center. Jteslde this chair and still
grasping one of Its legs lay the unfor
tunate tenant of the house. He had been
stabbed to the heart and must have died
instantly. The knife with which the crime
had been committed was a curved Indian
dagger, plucked down from a trophy of
oriental arms which adorned one of the
walls. Robbery does not appear to have
been the motive of the crime, for there
had been no attempt to remove the valu
able contents of the room. Mr. Kduardo
Lucas was so well known and popular
that his violent and mysterious fate will
arouse painful Interest and Intense sym
pathy In a widespread circle of friends.
"Well. Watsou. what do you make of
this?" asked Holmes after a long pause.
"It is an amazing coincidence."
"A coincidence! Here is one of the
three men whom we had named as
possible actors in this drama, and he
meets a violent death during the very
hours when we know that that drama
was being enacted. The odds are
enormous against its lieing coincidence.
No figures could express them. No,
my dear Watson, the two events were
connected must be connected. It Is
for us to find the connection."
"But now the official police must
"Not at all. Their know all they see
at Oodolphin street. They know ana
shall know nothing of Whitehall ter
race. Only we know both events and
an trace the relation between them.
There is one obvious point which
would lu any case have turned my
suspicions toward Ijieas. Godolphin
street, Westminster, Is only n few min
utes' walk from Whitehall terrace.
The other secret agents whom I have
named live in the extreme west end.
It was easier, therefore, for Lucas than
for the others to establish a connection
or receive a message from the Euro
pean secretary's household a small
thing, and yet it may prove essential.
Hello! What have we here?"
Mrs. Hudson hud appeared with a
lady's card upon her salver. Holmes
glanced at it, raised his eyebrows and
handed it over to me.
"Ask Lady Hilda Trelawney Hope if
she will be kind enough to step up,"
A moment later our modest apart
ment, already so distinguished that
morning, was further honored by the
entrance of the most lovely woman in
London. I had often heard of the
beauty of the youngest daughter of the
Iuke of Belmiusfer, but no description
of it had prepared me for the sub
tle, delicate charm and the Ix-autl-ful
coloring of that exquisite head. And
yet as we saw It that autumn morning
it was not its beauty which would be
the first thing to impress the observer.
The cheek was lovely, but it was paled
with emotion: the eyes were bright, but
it was the brightness of fever; the sen
sitive mouth was tight and drawn In
an effort after self command. Terror
not leauty was what sprang first to
"Has my husband been here, Mr.
"Yes. madam, he has been here."
"Mr. Holmes. I implore you not to
tell him that I came here." Holmes
bowed ad motioned her to a chair.
"Your ladyship places me in a very
delicate position. 1 beg that you will
sit down and tell me what you desire,
but I fear that I cannot make any un
conditional promise." I
She swept across the room and seated
herself with her "back to the window.
It was a queenly presence--tall, grace-!
fill and intensely womanly.
"Mr Holmes." tihe said, and her
white gloved hands clasped and un
clasiied as she spoke. "I will speak
frankly to you In the hopes that it may j
induce you to speak fraukly iu return.
There is complete confidence between
my husband and me on all matters i
save one. That one is politics. On this
his lips are sealed. He tells me noth
ing. Now. I am aware that there was
a most deplorable occurrence in our
house last night. I know that a paer
has disapjeared. But because the mat-
ter is jHjlitical my husband refuses to
take me into his complete confidence.
Now it is essential essential. I say
that I should thoroughly understand it.
Y'ou are the only other person, save
only these politicians, who knows the
true facts. I beg you. then. Mr. Holmes,
to tell exactly what has happened and
what it will load to. Tell me all. ilr.
Holmes. Iet no regard for your
client's interests keep you silent, for I
assure you that hU interests, if he
would only see it, would be best served
by taUii.g me into his complete con
fidence. What was this paper which
"Madam, what you ask me is really
She groaned and sank her face in her
"Y'ou must see that this is so. mad
am. If your husband thinks tit to
keep you lu the dark over this matter.
Is it for me. who have only learned the
true facts under the pledge of profes-siotu-1
secrecy, to tell what he has
withheld? It is not fair to ask it. It
is him whom you must ask."
"I have asked him. I come to you
as a last resource. But without your
telling me anything definite. Mr.
Holmes, yon may do a great service
if you would enlighten me ou one
"What is it. madam?"
"Is my husband's political career
likely to suffer through this incident?"
"Well, madam, unless it is set right
it may certainly have a very unfortu
"Ah!" She drew in her breath sharp
ly, as one whose doubts are resolved.
"One more question, Mr. Holmes.
From an expression which my hus
band dropped iu the first shook of
this disaster I understood that terrible
public consequences might arise from
the loss of this document."
"If he said so I certainly cannot denv
opt i iK lit by I'ollirr's VWckl.v.
SHE SKATE I HEBSELF WITH
"Of what nature sire they?"
"Xay. madam; there again you ask
me more than I can possibly answer."
"Then 1 will take up no more of your
time. cannot blame you. Mr. Holmes,
for having ret'uel to speak more free
ly, and you on your side xvil! not, I
am sure, think the worse of ine lie
cause 1 desire, even against his will,
to share my husband's anxieties. Once
more I lH'g that you will say nothing
of my visit. "
She looked bai l; lit us from Ihe door,
and 1 had a last impression ,,f lhat
beautiful, haunted face, the startled
eyes and the draxvn mouth. Then she
was g (lie.
"Now, Watsi.ii. the fair sex is your
department." said Holmes, with a
smile, xx hen the dwindling froufrou of
skirts had end-d in the slam of the
front door. "What was the fair lady's
game? What did she really want?"
"Surely her oxx n statement is clear
and her anxiety very natural."
"I I ii in ! Think of her appearance.
Watson her manner, her suppressed
excitement, her restlessness, her tenac
ity In asking questions. Bemeinber that
she coine.stf n caste who do not lightly
show emot ion."
"She was c ertainly much moved."
"IJcmember also the-c iirioiis earnest
ness wi Hi which s!e- assured ns that it
was I .est for her husband that she
should know ail. What did she mean
by that? Abd you must haxe observe.!.
Walsoii. mw -lie maneuvered to have
the light at l.er hack. y.o did n t wish
US to lead V ep:vsii,ii."
"Y-s. she clijse t!.e One chair ill the
"An 1 yr-t the motives of women are
SO inscrutable. You len-eil In r the v.-.c
man at Margate xvIkcii I s-; j.e, ted f.,r
the same reason. .Vi powder on I.,-r
nose that plt ed to be the corn t so
lution. How cm you build on such a
qui. ks.ual? Their most trivial action
may n.e.-iii . olaces, nr their ihoM ex
traordinary c iii.lir 1 may depend upon
a hairpin or a curling tong-. O.od
"You are off?"
' Yes. I will xvhiie ..way the morning
at ;!, ;pl,ia strict with our friends of
the regui i- , c t.il.l shn.cui. With Ed
uardo I.UC.-..S lies the solution of o;.r
pr-.blem. though I mi.t ;:d...d that 1
have i;ot an inkiing ns to what f .rr.i !t
m;.y take. It is a capit .l i.i ii :ke to
tlMoriy.e in advan. e of the f.ois. I o I
yon stay on guard, my go.l W.-.t-on.
and if cixe jiny ficdi visitors. I'll join
yo'i at lunch ir I ;i:u aide."
All tLat day and the next and nest
Ilolmc-i vu in u mood which L
friends v.ov.M call taciturn and others
nn.i- .se. He r:iu oi:t stud rati in. sr.!. li
ed incessantly, p'.iycd natch.es ,n his
violin, sank into reveres, devoured
sandwiches ;:t irregular hours and
hardly answered the casual questions
which I put t l.im. It was evident to
luo tl-at loin.; w .-re net giing well
with !u:i or his quest. lie would s.iy
nothing of tl.e case, and it was from
the papers that I learned the particu
lars of the inquest and the arrest. xvth
the subsequent release, of John M it
ton, the valet of 1 1 1-- deceased. The
coroner's Jury brought in the obvious
"willful murder." but the pr.rtics re
mained ns ui.kii.iwu as ever. No mo
tive was si, tested- The room was
full of articles of value, but nou- h: d
lit en taken. me ;e:ul m.m s paper a
had tut becu tampered with. They
wire carefully examined ami showed
that he was a keen student of iulerua
tiouul polities, an indefatigable gossip,
a remarkable linguist and an untiring
letter writer. lb' had becu on inti
mate terms with the loading politicians
of sex era I countries, but uothi.ig sen
sational xv.es discovered amoug the doc
uments which tilled his drawers. As to
his relations with women, they appear
ed to have been promiscuous, but su
Iterflcial. He had many acquaintances
umoiig them, but few friends, and no
one whom he loved. His habits were
regular, bis conduct inoffensive. His
death was an absolute mxstery and
' l-r"7 "I tf 1 1
-v v; ;i
HEB BAt'K TO THE WINDOW.
likely to remain so.
As to the arrest of John Mitton. the
valet, ii xv as a council of despair as an
nltonuiti e to absolute juactitu. But
no case could be sustained again--! him.
He bad visited friends in Hammer
smith that night. The alibi was com
plete. II is line that he started home
at an hour xvhich should lme brought
him to Westminster before the time
xx hen the crime was discovered, but
his oxx ii expl illation that he had walk
ed part of Hie xx iy seemed probable
enough in view of the fineness of the
ni'.rht. lie had actually ariixed at 12
o'clock and appeared to be overwhelm
ed by the unexpected tragedy. He had
always been on good terms xviih his
master. Several of the dead man's
possessions, notably a small ease of ra
zors, hul been found in the a let's
hoves, but la- explained that they had
been presents from the de eased, and
the hoii a-keepv r xvns able to -.rrobo
rate the sl .. Mitton hail been in Lu
cas' employment for three years. It
was iiol ice-ild" that Lucas did not fake
Mitt. ei on the continent with him.
Sometimes ,e visited L'arls for t! ree
months on end. bid Mitton was left In
charge of the Oodolphin street house..
As to the housekeeper, she heard noth
ing on th" n ght ef the clime. If her
master had u visitor he had himself
So for three mornings the mystery re
mained, so far as I could r.llo.v it in
the papers. If Holmes knew more, he
kept bis own counsel, but as he told
me that Inspector I .extrude had taken
him into his confidence in the rase I
I.kcxv that he was in close touch xvith
every development. I'pon the fourth
day there lippciiied a long telegram
from Paris xvlm h seemed to solve the
"A discovery ha Just been made by
th.- I'aris.i.ii poli. c.'' said the Iai!y
Telegraph, xxhi h ruises the veil which
lu.'.g Jo. .id the tragic fate of Mr.
Eduardo l.u xx ho m! bis death by
violence, last Monday night in Oodol
phin street, Westminster. Our readers
xviil retneiiilxir that the dccw.iKed g.-ll-tl-
:::.oi was found m.il.lei in bis ro-jia
aiid that some s.ispic'.uu attached to his
van t. but that the case broke down
on :;u aiihi. Yesterday a lady, who
has .. en Lhoxvn as Mine. Henri I'our-
i. iyc, uc-upx ing a small villa in the
line A':s;er;.tz. was iepo:!ed t-j tl.e au
thorities by her .servants as being in-(-.ji.e.
An examiuutioii bhowed (die bad
iii-i.-e l ib ve! .,j-tl mania of a daugeroua
ii. ei jH-riuaiic-nt form. Oa Inquiry the
poh'ebuve discoveied that Mine. Henri
1 -jlU lit j C Cmi ly reiiirud from 4 journey
to London on TuesTIay last, anil there
Is evidence to connect her with the
crime at Westminster. A comparUon
of photographs has proved conclusive
ly that M. Henri Fournaye and Eduar
do Lucas were really one and the same
person and that the deceased had for
some reason lived a double life In Lon
don and l'aris. Mme. Fournaye. who
Is of creole origin, is of an extremely
excitable nature and has suffered In the
past from attacks of jealousy which
have amounted to frenxy. It la con
jectured that it was in one of these
that she committed the terrible crime
which has caused such a sensation la
London. Her movements upon the
Monday night have not yet beeu traced,
but it is undoubted that a woman an
swering to her descrlptiou attracted
much attention at Charing Cross sta
tion on Tuesday morning by the wild
nesst of her apjtearauce and the vio
lence of her gestures. It Is probable,
therefore, that the crime was either com
mitted when Insaue or that Its immedi
ate effect was to drive the unhappy
womau out of her miud. At present
she is unable to give auy coherent ac
count of the past, aud the doctors hold
out no hopes of the re-establishment of
her reasou. There is evidence that a
woman, who might have been Mine.
Fournaye, was seen for some hours up
on Monday night watching the house lu
"What do you think of that. Holmes?"
I had read the account aloud to him
while he finished his breakfast.
"My dear Watson." said he as he
rose from the table and paced up and
down the room, "you ate most long
suffering, but if I have told you noth
ing lu the last three- days it is lecause
there is nothing to tell. Even now
this report from l'aris does oot help
"Surely it Is final as regards the
"The man's death Is a mere Incident,
a trivial episode. In comparison with
our real task, which Is to trace this'
document and save a European catas
trophe. Only one important tiling has
happened iu the last three days, and
that Is that nothing has happened. I
get reports almost hourly from the gov
ernment, and it is certain that nowhere
lu Europe Is there any sign of trouble.
f Now. if this letter were loose no, it
can't be loose but if It isn't looso
where can it be? Who has it? Why in
it held back? That's the question that
beata In my brain like a hammer.
Was It. indeed, a coincidence that Lu
cas should mec-t his death on the night
when the letter disappeared? Hid the
letter ever reach him? If so, why Is it
not among hit papers? Did this mad
wife of Ids carry it off with her? If
no. Is It in her house iu Paris? How
could I search for It without the
French police having their suspicion
aroused? It is a case, my dear Wat
sm, where the law is as dangerous to
us as the criminals are. Every man's)
hand is against us, and yet the inter
ests nt stake are colossal. Should I
bring it to a successful conclusion It
will certainly represent the crowning;
glory of my career. Ah, here is my
latest from the front!" He glanced
hurriedly at the note xvhh-h bad becu
haiid.il In. "Hello! Lestrade seem
to have observed something of interest.
1'nt on your hat, Watson, and xve will
I roll down together to Wcstmluster."
It was my first visit to the scene of
the crime -a high, dingy, narrow chest
ed house, prim, formal and solid, like
the century which gave It birth.
Mradc's bulldog features gazed out at
us from the front window, find ho
greeted us warmly when a big consta
ble had opened the door and let us in.
The room into which we were shown
xvas that in which the crime had beeu
committed, but no trace of It now re
mnlued nave an ugly. Irregular stain
upon the carpet. This carpet wtis a
small square drugget in the center of
the room, surrounded by : broad ex
panse of beautiful, old fashioned wood
flooring lu square blocks highly polish
ed. Over the fireplace was a magnifi
cent trophy of weapons, one of which
had been used on that tragic night. Iu
the windoxv was a sumptuous writing
desk, ami ex-ery detail of the apart
ment, the pictures, the rugs and tho
hangings, all ol!ited to a taste xvhich
was luxurious to the verge of effeml-
Seen the Faris new?. cd Iah
Holmes n Killed.
"Our French friends seem to barn
touched the spot this time. No d uht
it's Just as they say. She knocked at
the door- surprise visit. I guess, for ho
kept bis life hi water tight compart
mentshe let her iu. couldn't keep hef
in the street. She told him how nhe
had trae-ed him. reproached him; oue
thing led to another, and then with that
dagger so bandy the end soon came.
It wasn't all done iu an Instant, though,
for these chair were all swept over
yonder, and le- Lad one in his hand a
if he had tried to hold her off with it.
We've got it all clear as if we had scea
Holmes raised his eyertroxvs.
"Aud yet you havw sent for me?" "
"Ah. es, that's another matfe-r; a
mere trifle, but the? sort of thing you
take an Interest la -queer, you know,
and what you might call freakish. It
has nothing to do with the main fuct-
can't have, on the face of it."
"What is It, then?"
"Well, you know, after a crime of
this sort we are very careful ti keep
things in their po-iitioa. Nothing hul
leu moved. Ultlcer lu charge hvre dajj