Sherlock Holmes hound of the Bakersvilles
Author: Sir Connan Doyle
Holmes arrived at the hotel and examined the register .He tricks the clerk who gleansinformation that excludes the two from suspicion. So, Sherlock asumes, the watcher has not settled in Henry's hotel, and that he wants very much to see but not to be seen.
Sir Henry, raged over thetheft of a second boot,. Denouncing the hotel staff ,but Holmes suggests that the thefts may have something to do with the case.
At lunch, Holmes, Watson, Henry, and Mortimer discuss Sir Henry'sdecision to go to Devonshire, and Holmes gives the extreme improbability of unmasking the stalker in the crowd in London. Holmes asks if there is not anyone up at Devonshire with a full black beard, and istold that the butler, Mr. Barrymore, fits that description. Holmes learns that Mortimer himself received 1000 pounds, and Sir Henry got 740,000. The next in line, Mortimer states, is a couple namedDesmond, distant cousins. Holmes declares that Sir Henry needs a more attentive bodyguard at Baskerville Hall than Mortimer. Holmes declines to go himself and surprises everyone by suggesting thatWatson accompany the baronet. Holmes insists that Watson keep him updated. While they are getting ready to leave for their office, they are surprised by a cry from Sir Henry. Diving under a cabinet,Henry discovers the first boot he lost despite the fact that Mortimer searched the lunchroom earlier that afternoon. The waiter, when asked, denies any knowledge of who placed the boot under a cabinet.On the morning when they were leaving, Holmes offers Watson some advice, suggesting that the doctor report facts only, and not conjectures. Holmes also announces that he has eliminated Desmond as asuspect, but that Watson should keep a close watch on all Henry's other intimates.
On the trip, Watson chats with Mortimer and Henry, while the baronet admires the scenery of his birthplace. Soon, the...