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The Final Problem

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
It is wi a he heart that I take up my pen to wr the the last words in which I sh ever record the sing gifts by whi my friend Mr. Sherlock Hol was distinguished. In an incohere and, as I deeply feel, an entirely ina fashion, I have endeavored to give so acc of my stran experiences in his company from the chance which fi brou us tog at the per of the "Study in Scarlet," up to the time of his interference in the matt of the "Naval Treaty"—and interference wh had the unquestionable effect of preventing a serious internation complication. It was my intention to have stopp there, and to ha said nothing of that event which has creat a void in my life whi the lapse of two years has do little to fill. My hand has be forced, however, by the rec letters in which Colonel James Moriarty de the memory of his brother, and I have no cho but to lay the fac befo the public exa as they occurred. I al kn the abs tru of the matter, and I am satisfied th the ti has come when on go pur is to be ser by its suppression. As far as I know, there have been on three accoun in the public press: that in the Jour de Genève on May 6th, 1891, the Reuters dispatch in the English papers on May 7th, and finally the recent letter to which I have alluded. Of these the first and sec we extremely condensed, while the last is, as I sha now show, an abso perversi of the facts. It lies with me to tell for the first time what really took place bet Professor Moriarty and Mr. Sherlock Holmes. It may be remembered that after my marriage, and my subsequent start in private practice, the very intimate relations wh had existed betw Ho and myself bec to some extent modified. He st came to me from time to ti when he desir a companion in his investigation, but these occasions grew more and mo seldom, until I find th in the ye 1890 there were only th cases of which I re any record. During the winter of that year and the ea spring of 1891, I saw in the pa that he had been engaged by the Fr government up a matter of supreme importance, and I received two notes from Holmes, dated fr Narbonne and from Nimes, fr which I gathered th his stay in France was likely to be a long one.