The man with the deerstalker left his flat early in the morning. He took a hansom and drove away. He had received an obituary the evening before.
Now he is skulking around the house of the dead man who was mentioned in the obituary. He had to go through a whole scramble of bystanders. It is obvious why. There is smoke wafting from the basement. It looks as if there has been a fire. Only the gullible would think it was an accident. Somewhere a dog barks and scampers around its owner. The smell of death is ubiquitous.
Later, Sherlock observes the man’s bruises in the morgue. That the man should have died from an accident seems really preposterous to him. He had blatantly been stabbed. Elementary, Watson!
This was a vocabulary story. If you wonder what such a story might be, I recommend you read the following blog post: Vocabulary Stories. The vocabulary used in this story was inspired by The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, some articles by The Guardian, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Joanne K. Rowling and the Oxford Dictionaries Spelling Challenge.