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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is with a he heart that I take up my pen to write th the last words in whi I sh ev record the singular gifts by which my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes was distinguished. In an incoherent and, as I deep feel, an entirely inadequate fashion, I ha endeavored to give some account of my strange experiences in his company from the cha wh fi bro us toget at the peri of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matt of the "Naval Treaty"—and int which had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serious international complication. It was my intention to ha stopped there, and to have sa nothing of that event which has created a void in my life whi the lapse of two yea has done litt to fill. My ha has been forced, however, by the rece letters in whi Col James Moriarty defends the memo of his brother, and I have no choice but to lay the fa before the public exac as th occurred. I alone kn the absolute tru of the matter, and I am satisfied that the time has co wh on go purpose is to be served by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been only three accounts in the public press: th in the Journal de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Re dispatch in the Engl papers on May 7th, and fin the rec letter to which I have alluded. Of these the fi and second were extremely condensed, whi the la is, as I shall now show, an absolute perversion of the facts. It lies with me to tell for the first ti what really took pla between Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It may be remembered that after my marriage, and my su start in private practice, the very intimate rel which had exi between Ho and myself bec to some ex modified. He sti came to me from time to ti when he desired a companion in his investigation, but these occas grew more and more seldom, unt I fi th in the year 1890 there were only three ca of which I retain any record. Du the winter of th year and the early spri of 1891, I saw in the papers that he had been engag by the French governm upon a mat of supreme importance, and I received two notes fr Holmes, dated from Narbonne and from Nimes, from wh I gathered that his st in France was like to be a long one.