She had the surest information that of late he had, when the fit was on him, made use of an opium den in the farthest east of the City.
In a very short time a decrepit figure had emerged from the opium den, and I was walking down the street with Sherlock Holmes.
Convinced that something was amiss with him, she rushed down the steps--for the house was none other than the opium den in which you found me to-night--and running through the front room she attempted to ascend the stairs which led to the first floor.
Now for the sinister cripple who lives upon the second floor of the opium den, and who was certainly the last human being whose eyes rested upon Neville St.
Clair was doing in the opium den, what happened to him when there, where is he now, and what Hugh Boone had to do with his disappearance--are all as far from a solution as ever.
Last Monday I had finished for the day and was dressing in my room above the opium den when I looked out of my window and saw, to my horror and astonishment, that my wife was standing in the street, with her eyes fixed full upon me.
He had evidently lived in varied cities and very motley societies, for some of his cheerfullest stories were about gambling hells and opium dens
, Australian bushrangers or Italian brigands.
For instance, by 1896 twenty-two states and territories, including California, Georgia, New York, and Massachusetts, outlawed the keeping of an opium den
for the purpose of smoking opium (Hamowy 1987, 13).