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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 of one of the oldest families in England, the Roylotts, of Surrey."

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

"The family was once one of the richest in England, and owned property in Berkshire in the north, and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four successive heirs were all corrupt and wasteful.