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
was just such a stick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used to carry --
dignified, solid, and reassuring.
Watson, what do you make of it?"
was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation.
"How did you
know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head."
"I have, at least,
a well-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot in front of me," said he. "But,
tell me, Watson, what do you make of our visitor's stick? Since we have been so
unfortunate as to miss him and have no notion of his errand, this accidental souvenir
becomes of importance. Let me hear you reconstruct the man by an examination of