The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle; W. W. Robson | Go to book overview

Shoscombe Old Place*

SHERLOCK HOLMES had been bending for a long time over a low-power microscope. Now he straightened himself up and looked round at me in triumph.

'It is glue,* Watson,' said he. 'Unquestionably it is glue. Have a look at these scattered objects in the field!'*

I stooped to the eyepiece and focused for my vision.

'Those hairs are threads from a tweed coat. The irregular grey masses are dust. There are epithelial scales* on the left. Those brown blobs in the centre are undoubtedly glue.'

'Well,' I said, laughing, 'I am prepared to take your word for it. Does anything depend upon it?'

'It is a very fine demonstration,' he answered. 'In the St Pancras* case you may remember that a cap was found beside the dead policeman. The accused man denies that it is his. But he is a picture-frame maker who habitually handles glue.'

'Is it one of your cases?'

'No; my friend, Merivale of the Yard, asked me to look into the case. Since I ran down that coiner by the zinc and copper filings* in the seam of his cuff they have begun to realize the importance of the microscope.'* He looked impatiently at his watch. 'I had a new client calling, but he is overdue. By the way, Watson, you know something of racing?'

'I ought to. I pay for it with about half my wound pension.'*

'Then I'll make you my "Handy Guide to the Turf".* What about Sir Robert Norberton? Does the name recall anything?'

'Well, I should say so.* He lives at Shoscombe Old Place, and I know it well, for my summer quarters* were down there once. Norberton nearly came within your province once.'

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • General Editor's Preface to the Series vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Note on the Text xxxii
  • Select Bibliography xxxiii
  • A Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle xxxix
  • Preface 3
  • The Mazarin Stone 5
  • Thor Bridge 23
  • The Creeping Man 50
  • The Sussex Vampire 72
  • The Three Garridebs 89
  • The Illustrious Client 106
  • The Three Gables 133
  • The Blanched Soldier 151
  • The Lion's Mane 172
  • The Retired Colourman 192
  • The Veiled Lodger 208
  • Shoscombe Old Place 220
  • Explanatory Notes 238
  • Appendix - A Source for 'the Veiled Lodger' the Love-Ly Tam-Er, the Cru-El Li-Ons, and the Clev-Er Clown A Tale for the Lit-Tle Ones 290
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