The dead body of grumpy Bill McCarthy is found, brained with a rock, and his son James, with whom he did not get on, is arrested. James' girl-friend approaches Holmes, who discovers that Bill's dying words were nothing to do with "a rat" but concerned with the days of the Australian Gold Rush, decades earlier. Written by
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[Sarcastically to Holmes and Watson as they enter his jail cell
Let Caesar and cohort take seat in the Imperial box.