Conan Doyle on the line

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.

 

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