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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 it.’
‘I think,’ said I, following as far as I could the methods
of my companion, ‘that Dr. Mortimer is a successful,
elderly medical man, well-esteemed since those who
know him give him this mark of their appreciation.’
‘Good!’ said Holmes. ‘Excellent!’
‘I think also that the probability is in favour of his being
a country practitioner who does a great deal of his visiting
on foot.’
‘Why so?’
‘Because this stick, though originally a very handsome
one has been so knocked about that I can hardly imagine a
town practitioner carrying it. The thick-iron ferrule is
worn down, so it is evident that he has done a great
amount of walking with it.’
‘Perfectly sound!’ said Holmes.
‘And then again, there is the ‘friends of the C.C.H.’ I
should guess that to be the Something Hunt, the local
hunt to whose members he has possibly given some
surgical assistance, and which has made him a small
presentation in return.’
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