To Sherlock Holmes, a young man named Hall Picrotha turns for help. Mr. Picrot for many years served in a brokerage firm that went bankrupt. After receiving excellent recommendations, he searched for work for a long time. Having spent all his savings and already despairing, Mr. Picroct suddenly took a place in a big banker’s house with a good salary and familiar work. Then a certain Arthur Pinner appeared to him. After asking a few questions about the current stock price, Pinner said that Mr. Picrocott deserved more than being a simple clerk, and he offered him a place in his firm. He and his brother own a large hardware company, and they need a quick assistant.
Given the recommendations received at the old place of work, Picrot fit them. Pinner offered a salary twice as much
In Birmingham, Picrocft was met by Arthur’s twin brother, Harry. He led the clerk into a pitiful place without a sign and ordered the French hardware to write out all the hardware dealers in Paris, explaining this strange task by saying that the French system is different from English. Picrocly discouraged the appearance of the office, but Harry explained that they had not yet settled down, and they do not need advertising, since things are going well. Thinking about the large sum he had received, Picroct began to work. After completing it, he came to his master and during the conversation he saw from him exactly the same gold seal as his brother’s. Realizing that both brothers are the same person, Picroxt turned to Sherlock Holmes.
The next day, Holmes and Dr. Watson come to Birmingham. Picrot wants to present them to his master as his friends looking for work. They notice Pinner on the street – he buys a fresh newspaper. They go into the office after him and see
The great detective explains the situation. Pinner ordered Pikroft to write a statement, although usually enough oral consent, because the fraudsters needed a sample handwriting. Pinner assured Pikroft that he had settled everything in the banker’s house, and there was no point in sending a letter about the refusal of the job. Having a sample of Picroft’s handwriting, one of the scammers came to work on his behalf, and the second, changing as much as possible appearance, distracted Pikroft. In the newspaper he read an article that a robbery occurred in the banker’s house. The famous burglar Beddington got a job in the guise of Hall Pikroft. Having carried out the robbery, he killed the watchman, but thanks to the ingenuity of the sergeant, the police were seized. The police are looking for a second brother, with whom Beddington works in pairs.
Sherlock Holmes undertakes to rid the justice of unnecessary trouble and sends Pikroft to the police.