Old Dr. Carver still made house calls. One
afternoon he was called to the Tuttle house.
Mrs. Tuttle was in terrible pain. The doctor came
out of the bedroom a minute after he’d gone in
and asked Mr. Tuttle, “Do you have a hammer?”
A puzzled Mr. Tuttle went to the garage, and
returned with a hammer. The doctor thanked
him and went back into the bedroom. A moment
later, he came out and asked, “Do you have a
chisel?” Mr. Tuttle complied with the request.
In the next ten minutes, Dr. Carver asked for
and received a pair of pliers, a screwdriver and
a hacksaw. The last request got to Mr. Tuttle. He
asked, “What are you doing to my wife?”
“Not a thing,” replied old doc Carver. “I can’t get
my instrument bag open.”