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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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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 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 happened. He also said that she is 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!".

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Then she went to her home and saw that the door was opened. She wondered who could have opened it. She entered the house and saw blood on the wall, then she panicked. She tried to run out of the house but the door was locked. She ran to the back door but a man was standing there with a knife...

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The detectives investigated the case. They found out that the ears belonged to her father!

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Miss Cushing was very distraught and demanded 24 hour protection. One evening while she was chopping up some meat, the door bell rang. She replied "Who is it?" With her little old body she walked to the door and saw it was the police man who had to protect her. He stated, "May I use your bathroom?" She replied, "You sound different. Do you have a cold?" He stated, "Yes I do." So she let him in. He went to the bathroom and when he came out she was still chopping the meat. He slowly came into the kitchen and to her surprise, he ............ Will be continued.

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