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Sherlock Holmes and'the Important Exam Paper
'What did you say?'--*and come to you for help.'
,. 'Perhaps somebody here wili have a problem, Holmes,' I said,
'Vm going tobe busy wich other work, Witson,' Holmes said.
'I want to look at some booksat- che; universícy.'I doñ't' want
other pcople's problerru.' ..'■ -.; ■ ■.•.■.'"■■■■■ . But somebody did wani help.- ■.._.:•■..■•-:■.-■ f ...
= ■ Hücon Soames, a tcacher at the'univenity, carne" tb see us. He was a cali, chin man and was very.excited about something. he askcd.-'Something happcned this afeernoon.1 Whydon't you ask chem?' : ■■ :
'Can you give nie an hóur ór cwo of your time, Mr Hólmes?1
Tm very busy,' Holmes said. 'Perhaps the pólice can help'you. ■■■ .-. .. - - .:.;■■ .-. 'No, no, riot :hé pólice,' Mr Soames said. "We don't want
strangen to :know about thu problem. You're the right penon,
Mr Holmes' Only you can help.'
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. 'All right,'Holmes said.'TeUme. What hap'pened?' . ■ ■ -' 'Tomorrow is the fiíst dáy ofsome important exams,- Mr Soames said. 'The exam papen are, of course. secret. Every 'srúdeht would üke to see them befbre the exam, so wé are very carcful with them. . .'1. teach-Greek, and.ac-three o'dbck, today theGreek exam paper arrived in my.oEBce. I had to.read it caréfuily for the last time, because therc can be no miscakcs. Butat four-thirry I went out co a friend's house for tea. 1 left che exam paper - three pages
- on my desk.but I locked my door.' ...:•■
'How longwere you out?' Holmes isked. ■■"'',
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'For abouc an hour,'Mr Soames answered.'When I carne back. there was a key in ray dooH It wasn't my key. 1 had my key in my
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'Does your servánc have a key?'
^'Yes.' Mr Soarhes said. ;BannÍsier is a good man, Mr Holmes, but
ít was his key He visited my room fivc or ten minutes aftcr I left it'
nowtheresaciKon.it!' , : ■ '
'Why?1 Holmes asked. .
'Thacs interesting,'Holmes said. ■' ■ . ; . . 'Oné. more ching,' Mr Soames said. 'I have a new desk - but
,'H« bnhgs me tea every afternoon. Today he forgot about the
visit co my fricnd.'. 'And he left his key in your door whcn he went out,' Holmes in your. room aftcr the exam paper carne to you?' . . . ,■
you. Mi- Soames. Now, tcll me something. Did anybody visic you
. Holmes thought for a minute or two, then he said, Til help
;Vts. He's usually very carefúl, but-' ...
^Yes, young Daulat Ras, an Indian student.'Mr Soames said.
■'But.not today,'. Holmessaid.
'No, noc today.'Mr Soames said.
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desk b'efore you hid it?.1 . ' '; -
'So you went inco your róom -\
"He wanted to ask me about the. exam. Buc he coüldri't read the paper. I puta book on top ofit.'. . . . : ■-■ . ■ : ■* 'Buc he saw ic,' Holmes said.'He saw the exam paper oh your
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'Yes, and :he exam paper was there, but only onc page .was on..-■.■
che desk.' -.-.
- ,'Where were the other two pages?'
■Did any ocher people know about the exam paper? Did
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on the Qoor.' ■
'One was on the cable near the window. The other page was
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'I left him in my room.'
'Where is Bannister now?'
v .Holmes wassuddenly interested. ■ . .■ . .-¡. 7 'The Hrst page was on the floor,'he said slowly.'.Thc second
'Did you leave your door open?' Holmes asked.
■ page was on the cable near the window. And the third page was on your desk. Am I right?' ■■■■ . ■ ■-. ■■/
'Yes, buc I locked the paper in my desk first.' Mr Soames said.
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