The Einstein Paradox and Other Science Mysteries Solved by Sherlock Holmes

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12
The Case of the
Lost Worlds

I SAW ALMOST NOTHING OF Holmes for the next few days. I knew that his search for the Extra Profit Raffles firm was proving far harder than expected, but he was generally out and away before I rose, and back long after I had retired for the night. On the Thursday, however, I returned from my rounds to find him stretched out by the fire, languidly smoking.

He shook his head in answer to my question. "No, Watson: whoever is behind the organization is most infernally cunning. It is almost as if they had some way of anticipating my every action. Today I finally tracked down the company offices, only to find them closed and the bird fled. By chance the rental agent dropped by while I was scouting around. A most striking woman, of Asian appearance but very tall: we attracted embarrassing attention as I spoke to her. She described a group of well-spoken men whom she was mistakenly disposed to trust. Apparently they decamped owing rent, and she is almost as anxious to locate them as I am."

I picked up the previous day's paper, which I had saved for him. "That is too bad, Holmes, for attempts to solve the paradox of

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