To celebrate the birthday of Arthur Conan Doyle (born 22 May 1859), here is Watson telephoning Nathan in ‘The Three Garridebs’ (1924) before passing the receiver on to Holmes:
‘Just ring him up, Watson.’
I did so, and heard a thin, quavering voice at the other end of the line.
‘Yes, yes, I am Mr. Nathan Garrideb. Is Mr. Holmes there? I should very much like to have a word with Mr. Holmes.’
My friend took the instrument and I heard the usual syncopated dialogue.