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"Hut. why 'Douglas' and 'Birlstone'?" "Clearly liccausc those are words wl were not contained in the page in qucstio "Then why has he nol indicated the bool "Your native shrewdness, my dear Wats that innate cunning which is the delight your friends, would surely prevent you fr inclosing cipher and message in the same vdopc. Should it, miscarry, you arc undo As it is, both have to go wrong before . harm conic; from it. Our second post is n overdue, and I shall be surprised if it ?loe; i b:in;: us cither a further letter of explanati or, as is mor?' probable, the very volume which these ligures refer." LIOLMKS' calculation was fulfilled witl a ver)' few minutes by the appearance Hilly, the page, with th?' very letter which were ex|xjcting. ?The same writing," remarked Holmes, he opened the envelope, "and actually signe?: he added in an exultant voice as he unfold the epistle. "Conic, we arc getting on, Wl son!" His brow clouded, however, as glanced over the contents. "Dear me, this C very disappointing! bar. Watson, that all our cx|*cctations fa? to nothing. I trusl thai the man Porlock w come to no harm. ?|)i \k Ma. Holmes." In ? , "I will j?o no furtli m thi-> matter. It is ;.langcmu he su p? 1 , ?in -i i- ili.it lie h i" ' 'm', lie eatnc t?i me qui um xpi ? v-llv after I had initially aildre til this c m |..pr with tin' intention of sendin<* you the key to tl cipher, I was able t?i cover it up. If he liad cen ii would have gone hard with me. But I read -uispieii in hi ; ey? s. IM? a le bum the lipher m? >ai*?,1 whi? h n n<aW tie of no use to you. Fbed I'oklock." Holmes sal for some little time twisting th Id ii-r lictwcen his lingers, and frowning, as li stared into the tire. "Alter all," lie said at last, "there may 1 nothing in it. It may be only his guilty cor science. Knowing himself to be a traitor, h may have read the accusation in the other' eyes." "The other 'ociti:'. I presume, Profcsso Moriarty." ? \'o less! When any of that party tall rib 'tit 'He' you know whom the) mean. Then i one predominan! 'He' for all of them." " Hut what can he do? " " Hum! That's a large qu< >tion. When ? m have otic of the lirsi brains of h.ur??pe u| againsl you and all the |lowers of dark' i his back, there arc infinite |>ossibilities. Any how, Priend Porlock iscviilently scared i?ul ol his senses kindly compare the writing in tin note to that upon its envelope; which "a dot e, he tells u>. lx*forc this ill-omened visit. The one is clear and linn; the other hardlv legible " " Why did he write al all? Why did he not limply drop ?t?" "Because he feared I would ; take ???me in? quiry after him in thai ease, and |x>ssibly ring trouble on him." ? No doubt," said I. "< >i course." I had ? ii ?.id up the original cipher message and was bending my brows over it. "It's pretty i I? dening to think that an importai lie here on this slip of pajier, and thai il i 1 e yond human power to jk-ik trate i:." Sherlock Holme had pu hi d away hi un ' a led bn akfasl and li: the which w;,. ihc i ompanion of hi- d? ep? ? ? tations. "I wonder?" said he, leaning bai atul staring at the ceiling. " Perhaps ?here a points which have cscapi d j our Machiavellii intellect. Let us consider the prohlem in tl li^ht, of pure reason. This man's reference to a hook. That i -, our point of departure "A somewhat vague one." " i/'! us sec then ii we can narrow it dow As I focus my mind upon it, it seems rath less impenetrable. What indications have v ?'IS to thi ! hook? " " None." "Well, well, it i urcly not quite <? had ; that. The cipher me age liegins with a Ian "?ill. doi . ii not? \\' ma take it as a workit hypothesis that ?">?'> I i; the particular jiagc i which the cipher refer So our hook has a ready become a large hook, which is surcl something gained. What othet indicatioi have we as to the nature of this large book The next sign IS C2. What rki you make ( that, Wat ion!-'" ?'Chapter the second, no doubt." "Hardly that, Wat .on. Yon will, I ai sure, agree with me that ii the j>age he givci the numher of the chapter is immaterial. Als that, if page ?"??'! 1 find, u only in the secon chapter, the length of the first one must hav leen intolerable." "Column!" I cri? d. "Brilliant, Watson. You are scintillatin this morning. Ii it is not column, then I ai very much deceived. So now, you ><?<?, w hegin to visualize a large hook, printed i double column i, which are each of consider able length, since one o? the Word iS nunihere. in the document a the two hundred and nine ty-third. Have we reached the limit- of wha reason can supply?" " I fear that we have." "Surely you do yourself an injustice. On? more corruscation, my dear Watson yet an other brain-wave! Had the volume been ai unusual one, he would have sent, it to me in tead of that, he had intended, l>cfore hi ] lans were nipped, to ?end me the chic in thi envelope. He -ay. >o in his note. This woul< seem to indicate that the book i one whiel he thought I would have no difficulty in find? ing for myself. He had it and he ?ma tli.tt I would have it, too. It Imrt, Watson, ii h a very common book," " What you a; ? ? rah ' . ,in d [?lau ?ble." "So we have contracted our field of search to a large U)ok, printed in double col m ? and it; c? ?mi ?*i use." "The Bible!" 1 cried triumphantly. " ( i. ?od, Wal on, . ?? ?d! Hut nol. i? ? ma; o, quite good ci u h. Ivvet if I acci i he < ?- itnpliment fi ?r m; elf, I ?, luid hardly ?? any volume whi d 1?' less likt ly lb.?w ..; on? of Moriart ? ' n i - , iates. H. ides, the i dition- of Hol\ Wr 11 nui i-rous that 1 ? that ? vv? i cf)] lies would ha\ e tin am? This is el. any a book which i- standardized. He knows for certain that his page "?.-?-1 will ( xactly agree with i '>?', i." "But very few hooks would corr? with that." " Exactly. Therein lie ? our al < >ur rch is narrowed d? ?wn to hooks which anyone may be supposed to ? u - "Brad haw!" " Th? re are difFu ulti? . Wat on. The vo cabulary of Brail i,.. .?. : nervous and tem but limited. The -?electron of words would hardly lend itself to the lending of general messages. We wilt eliminate Brsdshaw. The dictionary i . I fear, inadmi sible for the --rmt rca ion. What lh< n i I? "An almanai ?'Excellent, Wat on! 1 ? talan if you havi nol 'on?|,ed the pot. An w almanac! Let? consider the clahn ofWhita leer's Almanai. it is in i ommoti u i \\ has the requisite cumber i*f pagi |t , ,,, ,],,.. column. Though reserved in it earlier ??, cabulary, i! ?becomi . it I remember ri quite garrulou toward thi pnd." He picked tin volume from hi d< ' " Here is page *i.j} column two, a ubstantial block of print deal? ing, I perceive, with th< tradi and r?sout of British India, foi down th< - ord , Wat son' Numb? r i'tiir'i ? ? ? 'Mahratta.' Sot I fear, a very au pinou Im . N'umbei one hundred and twei ; I \r*v\ tiiciii '; whi? h at least ma] though ?4.nu what irrelovani u? our elv< : Moriarty, Now lei u try again. What does the Mahratta government do? word i pig" -i?n ?h ? ' W? ?.?ooil VVal "'. ft i : ? i ; ? -! 1_I K had pok- ti iti i' ti : wit? hing o? hi busl eyi l>r >* S oke hi di ?appoint m< : - tation. I kss ami uniiaiip. . ?-till A long ?iilenci w a? bn?k< n tion frmn Holmi . v ho d.'i h cd ?ard, from which he < rged v ith a i low? covered ' olumi in hi hand. ?? W'e pay til. prii . Wal son, f< up-to-date! " he i ried. " We ai time, and suffer the usual p< ? al B< the seventh of Januar . v ? ha' v vet laid in the nev ah ai ft i like* h thai Porl.M k took hi i one. \n doubl hi " r?uld ha- i l??Id us o liad his let 1er ? i ? ?-.: ilanation b< ? Y let us - ? "ti.r ; .i-i 5.14 ha : .Xueibi r thirtei i i ' Then ,' more proi \ui il>er on? ' m dn rl : 'is'?' T!i? r? ? Hoi eyes were gh amii.? v ith i > - thin, nervou.? lingi : ? on Is, ? dang? r.' 11; II Pul thai dov ? . Wai *ot ma\ i 11' : i ? ?.' oui the nam< Doi at Birlston? lloiiM le i ? Th< r? . W \ nu think ' >f ! un n a ?on, and ii li tin green-j. r? ?or had su " n .:-;.. 1 diould ?end lii I ?? taring i I had -i rav le?l. a I i d? ? . ? of ;. h il>< ,-? oi ? . kn? e. ?' Whal a tju? ? r. ? :\r I. "C>n th< c?i .I..mi i marl... ai I Holmes. \\ i an ? ? * ?''?>-<?' ' hound tn leave -? ?::? . orr? p??n?h nt. TI i fectl clear ? 11? I >?.?... . ?tat? d. a - II . . ii full :.?....? lidt-ni'