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What happened on the night of the attempted robbery in the story “The Red-Headed League”?
On the night in question, Holmes and Watson meet with Peter Jones, a police officer, and Mr Merryweather, a bank director, at Baker Street. From there, the four men travel to the vault of Mr Merryweather’s bank, the City and Suburban, where a shipment of French gold is being kept.
Poised for an impending robbery, the four men dim the lantern and wait for the robbers. Watson’s revolver is cocked and ready, should a struggle ensue. Just over an hour later, John Clay emerges from a “gaping hole” in the pavement with his accomplice, Archie, close behind. Clay is immediately seized upon by Holmes while Jones chases down Archie who has dived back down the hole in an attempt to evade detection.
Meanwhile, Holmes congratulates Clay on the ingenuity of his scheme to steal the French gold. Clay responds only by asking that he is not touched by “filthy hands,” as he is handcuffed, and claims that he is of royal stock and must be addressed as “sir.” Mockingly, Jones calls him “sir” as he escorts him from the vault and to the police station. Holmes is then congratulated by Mr Merryweather on his detection of the attempted robbery, a crime he calls “one of the most determined attempts at bank robbery that have ever come within my experience.”
Back at Baker Street, Holmes explains how he was able to solve the crime. As usual, Watson is overawed by Holmes’ detective abilities while the latter is left to ponder the value of his work.
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