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Rail Splinters

Can You Handle the Truth?

July 4, 2021

We occasionally see this caricature cane offered for sale. The comical figure on the handle is sometimes identified as Andrew Jackson or Abraham Lincoln. Unfortunately, no identification is present. A third, and more likely, possibility is Dr. Syntax, a popular character in British literature of the late 18th century and beyond. We picture a print above that shows the doctor (first man on the right) and will let you draw your own conclusions.