The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

By A. Conan Doyle

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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 & mdash;dignified, solid, and reassuring.

A. Conan Doyle