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tae part of the democratic committee on
resolutions. They omitted to endorse
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"Saddle a Horse, inyIatf." said he.' "I
shall wish you to take a 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 he handed
a note to the boy. with directions to
put It into the hands of the person to
whom it was addressed, and especially
to answer no questions of any sort
which might be put to him. I saw the
outside of the note, addressed in strag
gling. Irregular characters, very unlike
Holmes' usual precise hand. It was
consigned to Mr. Abe Slaney, Elrige's
farm, East Huston, Norfolk.
I think, inspector," Holmes remark
ed, "that you would do well to tele
graph for an escort, as. if my calcula
tions prove to be correct, you may have
a particularly dangerous prisoner to
convey to the county jail. The boy
who takes this note could no doubt for
wurd your telegram. If there is an aft
ernoon train to town. Watson, I think
we should do well to take it. as I have
chemical analysis of some interest to
finish, and this investigation draws rap
ly to a close."
wnen tne youth had been dispatched
with the notls Sherlock Holmes gave
bis instructions to the servants. If any
visitor were to call, asking for Mrs.
Hilton Cubitt, no information should
be given as to her condition, but he was
to be shown at once into the drawing
room. He Impressed these points upon
them with the utmost earnestness.
Finally he led the way into the draw
ing room, with the remark that the
busiuess was now out of our hands and
that we must while away the time as
best we might until we could see what
was in store for us. The doctor had de
parted to his patients, and only the in
spector and myself remained.
"I think that I can help you to pass
an hour in an interesting and profit
able manner," said Holme?, drawing
his chair up to the ttble and spreading
out in front of him the variou ; p-rier
upon which were recordel the :i:iti s
of the daucics men. "As to you, friend
Watson, I'owejrou every atonemeut
far having allowed your natural curi
osity to remain so long unsatisfied.
To you, inspector, the whole incident
may appeal as a remarkable profes
sional study. I must tell you, first of
ail, the Interesting circumstances con
nected wtth the previous consultations
which Mr. Hilton Cnbitt has had with
me In Baker street" He then shortly
recapitulated the facts which have al
ready been recorded. "I have here In
front of me these singular productions,
at which one might smile had they not
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prove" ;:ifmsO:ves "to bc wie "forerun
ners of so terrible a tragedy. I am
fairly familiar with all forms of secret
writings and am myself the author of a
trilling monograph upon the subject, is
which I analyze 100 separate ciphers,
but I confess that this is entirely new
to me. The object of those who in
vented the system has apparently been
to conceal that these characters con
vey a message and to give the idea that
they are the mere random sketches of
"Having once recognized, however,
that the symbols stood for letters, and
having applied the rules which guide
us in all forms of secret writings, the
soliit-.on was easy enough. The first
message submitted to me was so short
that it was impossible for me to do
more than to say with some confidence
that the symbol stood for E. As you
are aware, E is the most common let
ter in the English alphabet, and it pre
dominates to so marked an extent that
even in a short sentence one would ex
pect to find it most often. Out of fif
teen symbols in the first message four
were the same, so it was reasouablo to
set this down as E. It Is true that in
some cases the figure was bearing a
flag and In some cases not, but it was
probable, from the way in which the
flags were distributed, that they were
used to break the sentence up Into
words. I accepted this as a hypothesis
and noted Hint E was represented by .
"Rut now came the real difficulty of
the inquiry. The order of the English
letters after E Is by no means well
marked, and any preponderance which
may be shown in an average of a
printed sheet may be reversed in a sin
gle short sentence. Speaking roughly,
T. A. O. I. X. S. II, K. D And L are the
numerical order in which these letters
occur, but T, A, O and I arc very near
ly abreast of each other, and it would
be an endless task to try each combi
nation until a meaning was arrived at.
I therefore waited for fresli material.
In my second interview with Mr. Hil
ton Cnbitt lie was able to give me two
other short sentences and one message,
which appeared, since there was no
flag, to be a single word. Here are the
symbols. Now, in the single word I
have already got the two E's coming
second and fourth iu a word of five let
ters. It miglitie 'sever' or 'lever or
'never.' There can be no question
that the-latter as a reply to an appeal
is far the most probable, and the cir
cumstances pointed to Its being a reply
written by the lady. Accepting It as
correct, we are-ndw aide to say that
stand.resDectively for N, V. and R
" "Even now I was in considerable
difficulty, but a happy thought put me
In possession of several other letters.
It occurred to me that if these appeals
came, as I expected, from some one
who hnd been intimate with the lady
In her early life a combination which
contained two E's with three letters
between might very well stand for the
name 'ELSIE.' On examination I
found that such a combination formed
the termination of the message, which
was three times repeated. It was cer
tainly some appeal to 'Elsie.' In this
way I had got my L, S and I. But
what appeal could it be? There were
only four letters in the word which
preceded 'Elsie,' and it ended in E.
Surely the word must be 'COME.' 1
tried all other four letters ending in
E, but could find none to lit the case.
So now I was iu possession of C, O
and M, and I was iu a position to at
tack the first message once more, di
viding it Into words and putting dots
for each symbol which was still un
known. So treated it worked out in
M . EKE . . E SL . NE .
"Now, the first letter can only be A,
which is a most useful discovery, since
it occurs no fewer than three times in
this short sentence, and the II is also
apparent in the second word. Now it
AM IIEIiE A.E SLANE.
Or, filling in the obvious vacancies in
AM HERE ABE SLANEY.
I had so many letters now that I could
proceed with considerable confidence
to the second message, which worked
out in this fashion:
A . ELItl . ES.
Here I could only make sense by put
ting T and G for the missing letters
and supposing that the name was that
of some house or inn at which the
writer was staying."
Inspector Martin and I had listened
with the utmost interest to the full
nnd clear account of how my friend
had produced results which had led
to so complete a command over our
"What did you do then, sir?" asked
"I had every reason to suppose that
this Abe SJauey was an American,
since Abe is an American contraction
and since a letter from America had
been the starting p.ikit of all the trou
ble. I had aNo every cause to think
th. t there wn "."una crlniin-il secret
in the matter. The lady's allusions to
her past and her refusal to take her
husband into her confidence both point
ed in that direction. I therefore cabled
to my friend, Wilr.on Hargreave of the
New York police bureau, who has
more than once made use of my knowl
edge of Loudon crime. I asked him
whether the name of Abe Slaney was
known to him. Here is the reply: Tha
most dangerous crook in Chicago.' On
the very evening upon which I had his
answer Hilton Cubitt sent me the last
message from Slaney. Working with
known letters, it took this form:
ELSIE .RE. ABE TO MEET THY GO .
The addition of a 1 and a D completed
a message which snowed me that the
rascal was proceeding from persuasion
to threats, nnd my knowledge of the
crooks of Chicago prepared me to find
that he might very rapidly put his
words into action. I at once came to
' Norfolk with, my friend and colleague.
Dr. Watson, but, unhappily, only In
time to find that the worst had already
"It Is a privilege to be associated
with you in the handling of a case,"
said the Inspector warmly. "Ton will
1 excuse me, however, if I speak frankly
i to you. You are only answerable to
yourself, but I have to answer to my
j superiors. If this Abe Slaney, living
! at Elrige's, Is Indeed the murderer, nnd
If he has made his escape while I am
aeated here I should certainly get Into
"Yon need not be uneasy. He will
not try to escape."
"now do you know?"
"To fly would be a confession of
"Then let us go to arrest him."
"I exiiect him here every Instant"
"But why should he come?"
"Because I nave written and asked
"But this is incredible, Mr. Holmes!
Why should he come because you have
asked him? Would not such a request
rather rouse his suspicions and cause
him to fly?"
"I think I have known how to frame
the letter," said Sherlock Holmes. "In
fact, if I am not very much mistaken,
here is the gentleman himself coming
up the drive."
A man was striding up the path
which led to the door. He was a tall,
handsome, swarthy fellow, clad hi a
suit of gray flannel, with a panama
hat, a bristling black beard and a
great aggressive hooked nose, and
flourishing a cane as be walked. He
swaggered up the path as if the place
belonged to him, and we heard his loud,
confident peal at the bell.
"I think, gentlemen," said Holmes
quietly, "that we had best take up our
position behind the door. Every pre
caution is necessary when dealing with
such a fellow. You will need your
handcuffs, inspector. You can leave the
talking to me."
We waited in silence for a minute
one of those minutes which one can
never forget. Then the door opened
and the man stepped in. In an instant
Holmes Happed a pistol to his head,
and Martin slipped the handcuffs over
his wrists. It was all done so swiftly
and deftly that the fellow was help
less before he knew that be was at
tacked. He glared from one to the
other of us with a pair of blazing bluck
eyes. Then he burst into u bitter laugh.
"Well, gentlemen, you have the drop
on me this time. I seem to have knock
ed up against something hard. But I
came here in answer to a letter from
Mrs. Hilton Cubitt Don't tell me that
she is in this! Don't tell me that she
helped to set a trap for me!"
"Mrs. Hilton Cubitt was seriously in
jured anil Is at death's door."
The man gave a hoarse cry of grief,
which rang through the bouse.
"You're crazy!" he cried fiercely. "It
was he that was hurt, not she. Who
would have hurt little Elsie? I may
have threatened her God forgive me!
but I would not have touched a hair
of her pretty head. Take it back you!
Say that she is not hurt!"
"She was fouud badly wounded by
the side of her dead husband."
He sank with a deep groan on to the
settee and burled bis face in his man
acled hands. For five minutes he was
silent. Then he raised his face once
more and spoke with the cold com
posure of despair.
"I have nothing to hide from you,
gentlemen," said he. "If I shot the
man he had his shot at me, and there's
no murder in that. But If you think I
could have hurt that woman, then you
don't know either me or her. I tell
you, there was never n man' in this
world loved a woman more than I loved
her. I hud a right to her. She was
pledged to me years ago. Who was
this Englishman that be should come
between us? I tell you that I had the
first right to her and that I was only
claiming my own."
"She broke away from your influence
when she found the man that you are,"
said Holmes sternly. "She fled from
America to avoid you. and she married
an honorable gentleman in England.
You dogged her and followed her and
made Jier life a misery to her in order
to induce her to 'abandon the husband
whom she loved .and respected In order
to fly with you, whom she feared and
hated. You have ended by bringing
alout the death of u noble man and
driving his wife to suicide. That is
your record in this business, Mr. Abe
Slaney. and you will answer or It to
"If Elsie dies 1 care nothing what
liecomes of me." said the American.
He opened one of bis hands and look
ed at a note crumpled up in his palm.
"See here, mister," he cried, with a
gleam of suspicion in his eyes, "you're
not tryiug to scare nie over this, are
you? If the lady Is hurt as bad as
you say, who was It that wrote this
note?" He tossed it forward on to the
"I wrote it to bring you here." '
"You wrote It? There was no one
on earth outside the Joint who knew
the secret of the dancing men. How
came you to write It?"
"What one man can invent another'
can discover," said Holmes. There Is
a cab coining to convey you to Nor
.wich, Mr. Slaney. But meanwhile yoa
have time to make some small repara
tion for the injury you have wrought
Are you aware that Mrs. Hilton Cubitt
has herself lain under grave suspicion
of the murder of her husband and that
It was only my presence here and the
knowledge which I happened to pos
ses wnicn nas saved her from the ao
creation? The least that you owe her
is to make it clear to the whole world
that she whs in no way, directly oi
indirectly, tesponslble for his tragic
"I ask nothing better," said the Amer
ican. "I guess the very best case I
can make for myself Is the absolute
"Itjs my duty to warn you that It
will he tised against you," cried the
inspector, with the mngnificent fair
day of the British criminal law.
Sia ney shrugged his shoulders.
(To be continued. )
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