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The Return of Sherlock Holmes
- by Arthur Conan Doyle
You may recall Lestrade of Scotland Yard . . .
"Anything remarkable on hand?" he [Lestrade] asked."Oh, no, Mr. Holmes—nothing very particular.""Then tell me about it."Lestrade laughed. "Well, Mr. Holmes, there is no use denying that there IS something on my mind. And yet it is such an absurd business, that I hesitated to bother you about it. On the other hand, although it is trivial, it is undoubtedly queer, and I know that you have a taste for all that is out of the common. But, in my opinion, it comes more in Dr. Watson's line than ours.""Disease?" said I."Madness, anyhow. And a queer madness, too. You wouldn't think there was anyone living at this time of day who had such a hatred of Napoleon the First that he would break any image of him that he could see."Holmes sank back in his chair. "That's no business of mine," said he.