Why did Mr. Neville St Clair always disguise himself as Hugh Boone? How did it benefit him?'the man with twisted lip" by Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock holmes

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The reason that St. Clair always disguised himself was that he could make a lot of money by doing so.

St. Clair was a good actor who found out that he was able to impersonate a disfigured beggar with a twisted face.  By doing so, he was able to make a lot of money.  This allowed him to marry and to buy a very nice home in the country.  He would not have been able to live so well on the salary of a journalist.

So, by disguising himself as a disfigured man, he was able to make much more money than he could any other way.