The Adventure of the Cardboard Box By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
iss Susan Cushing, living at Cross Street, Croydon,has been made the victim of what must be regarded as a peculiarly revolting practical joke unless some more sinister meaning should prove to be attached to the incident. At two o'clock yesterday afternoon a small packet, wrapped in
brown paper, was handed in by the postman. A cardboard box was inside, which was filled with coarse salt. On emptying this, Miss Cushing was horrified to find two human ears, apparently quite freshly severed. The box had been sent by parcel post from Belfast upon the morning before. There is no indication as to the sender, and the
matter is the more mysterious as Miss Cushing, who is a maiden lady of fifty, has led a most retired life, and has so few acquaintances or correspondents that it is a rare event for her to receive anything through the post. Some years ago, however, when she resided at Penge, she let apartments in her house to three young medical students, whom she was obliged to get rid of on account of their noisy and irregular habits.
The police are of opinion that
this outrage may have been perpetrated upon Miss Cushing by these youths, who owed her a grudge and who hoped to frighten her by sending her these relics of the dissecting-rooms.
Some probability is lent to the theory by the fact that one of these students came from the north of Ireland, and, to the best of Miss Cushing's belief, from Belfast. In the meantime, the matter is being
actively investigated, Mr. Lestrade, one of the very smartest of our detective officers, being in charge of the case."
"So much for the Daily Chronicle," said Holmes as I finished reading. "Now for our friend Lestrade. I had a note from him this morning, in which he says:
"I think that this case is very much in your line. We have
every hope of clearing the matter up, but we find a little
difficulty in getting anything to work upon. We have, of course, wired to the Belfast post-office, but a large number of parcels were handed in upon that day, and they have no means of identifying this particular one, or of remembering the sender. The box is a half-pound box of honeydew tobacco and does not help us in any way. The medical student theory still appears to me to be the most feasible, but if you should have a few hours to spare I should be very happy to see you out here. I shall be either at the house or in the police-station all day.
And the winning continuation to the story on the first step is:
Miss Cushing decided to take up his advice.
As she got out of her house, a car was moving fast on the road towards her.
The car's door opened, and detective's dead body was thrown at her.
She was paniced.She was so scared that she had a stroke.
The next thing she remembered, was waking up in a hospital, with a policeman by her side.
He told her what had happened. He also said that she was in great danger. She started crying.
Suddenly, the policeman took a pillow, and tried to strangle her. She fought him off and screamed.
As he was running away, he said - "I'll be back!".
Eran Stiller & Eran Tamar, 12th grade 8, Amal-B, Petach-Tikva
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