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The adventure of the speckled band

And so our visitor began her tale.

"My name is Helen Steiner, and I am living with my stepfather, who is the last survivor of one of the oldest Saxon families in England, the Roylotts, on the western border of Surrey."

Holmes nodded his head. "The name is familiar to me," he said.

"The family was at one time among the richest in England, and its estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four successive heirs were all of a dissipated and wasteful disposition; and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the days of the Regency. Nothing was left except a few acres of ground and the 200 year-old-house, which is itself crushed under a heavy mortgage.