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The doubt is whether the modifier modifies the IC in front or the IC at the end.

Cue 1. There is a comma plus coordinate conjunction' 'but' before the modifier. We do not join a modifier with a conjunction; We splice a modifier with a comma. Therefore, the phrase starting with 'but' should modify the clause at the end.
Cue 2. However, indicates a contrast and there is nothing to indicate that the modifier is in contrast to the first IC. It should, therefore, be related to the second IC and in fact, it is quite rational to say he was not the originator but a follower. This confirms, that the modifier modifies the IC at the end
The presence of 'but' might confuse sometimes. 'But' is a genuine connector of the second part starting with the modifier phrase 'on hearing …" and followed by the essential main clause of the second part. The 'but' cursor reveals the subsequent part as an independent entity from the previous one.
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