Some one, then, was in that room where my precious treaty lay upon the table.
I had been so confident of regaining the treaty at once that I had not dared to think of what would be the consequence if I failed to do so.
Still, of course, if you said nothing to any one about the treaty these inquiries are irrelevant.
Did you ever mention to any one that it was your intention to give any one the treaty to be copied?
You feared, as I understand, that very grave results might follow from the details of this treaty becoming known.
If the treaty had reached, let us say, the French or Russian Foreign Office, you would expect to hear of it?
Since nearly ten weeks have elapsed, then, and nothing has been heard, it is not unfair to suppose that for some reason the treaty has not reached them.
Holmes, that the thief took the treaty in order to frame it and hang it up.
The treaty will cease to be secret in a few months.
Presuming that your theory is correct, if he can lay his hands upon the man who threatened you last night he will have gone a long way towards finding who took the naval treaty.
He would always come back to his lost treaty, wondering, guessing, speculating, as to what Holmes was doing, what steps Lord Holdhurst was taking, what news we should have in the morning.