Lay Morals, by Robert Louis Stevenson

It is not for nothing, either, that the umbrella has become the very foremost badge of modern civilization–the Urim and Thummim of respectability. Its pregnant symbolism has taken its rise in the most natural manner. Consider, for a moment, when umbrellas were first introduced into this country, what manner of men would use them, and what class would adhere to the useless but ornamental cane.