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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is with a heavy heart that I ta up my pen to write these the last wo in which I sha ever record the singular gifts by which my frie Mr. Sherlock Hol was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I dee feel, an entire inadequate fashion, I have endeavored to give some accou of my strange experiences in his co fr the chance which first brought us to at the per of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matter of the "Naval Treaty"—and interference which had the unquesti effect of preve a serio internation complication. It was my int to have stopped there, and to ha said nothi of that event wh has created a vo in my li whi the lapse of two years has done little to fill. My ha has been forced, however, by the recent letters in wh Colonel James Mori defends the me of his brother, and I have no choi but to lay the facts befo the public exactly as th occurred. I al know the absolute truth of the matter, and I am sati that the time has come wh on good purpose is to be serv by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public press: that in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reut disp in the English papers on May 7th, and finally the recent let to which I have alluded. Of these the fi and second were extremely condensed, while the last is, as I shall now show, an absolute per of the facts. It li wi me to tell for the first time what real took place between Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sher Holmes. It may be remembered that after my marriage, and my subs start in private practice, the very intimate rela which had existed between Holmes and myself became to some extent modified. He still came to me from time to ti when he desi a co in his investigation, but th occasions grew mo and mo seldom, until I find that in the ye 1890 there were only three cases of wh I retain any record. During the winter of that year and the ea spring of 1891, I saw in the papers th he had been engaged by the Fr government up a mat of supreme importance, and I receiv two notes from Holmes, dated fr Nar and from Nimes, fr which I gathered that his st in France was likely to be a lo one.