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The Six Napoleons

'Is Mr. Sherlock Holmes here?'

My friend bowed and smiled. 'Mr. Sandeford, of Reading, I suppose?' said he.

Yes, sir, I fear that I am a little late; but the trains were awkward. You wrote to me about a bust that is in my possession. I have your letter here. You said, `I desire to possess a copy of Devine's Napoleon, and am prepared to pay you ten pounds for the one which is in your possession.' I was very much surprised at your letter, for I could not imagine how you knew that I owned such a thing.