THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
Author : Arthur Conan Doyle
Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon
those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the
breakfast table. I stood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our
visitor had left behind him the night before. It was a fine, thick piece of wood,
bulbous-headed, of the sort which is known as a 'Penang lawyer.' Just under the
head was a broad silver band nearly an inch across. 'To James Mortimer, M.R.C.S.,
from his friends of the C.C.H.,' was engraved upon it, with the date '1884.' It
was just such a stick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used to
carry--dignified, solid, and reassuring.
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