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AN INGENIOUS DOG.
At a convent in France twenty paupers* were served with a dinner at a certain hour every day. A dog belonging to the convent did not fail to be present at this meal to receive the scraps which were now and then thrown to him. The paupers, however, were hungry, and of course not very charitable, so that their pensioner f did little more than scent the feast of which he would fain have partaken.
The portions were served by a person at the ringing of a bell, and delivered out by means of what, in religious houses, is called a tour. I This is a machine like the half of a basin, that, on being turned round, exhibits whatever has been placed in it, without discovering the person at the other side, who moves it.
One day this dog which had received only a few scraps, waited till all the paupers had left; he then took the rope in his mouth and rang the bell. The trick succeeded. He repeated it the next day with the same good fortune. At length the cook finding that twenty-one portions were given out instead of twenty, was determined to discover the thief. He accordingly lay in wait for him; and his suspicion at last fell on the dog. This proved to be a fact on his seeing the animal remain with great patience till the paupers
had all gone, and then pull the bell.
The story was told to the monks; and to reward him for his ingenuity the dog was allowed to ring the bell every day, and a mess of broken victuals was henceforth constantly served out to him.
* Paupers, poor persons who subsist on the charity of the public. † Pensioner, one who subsists on the bounty of another.
# Tour (toor), a turning-machine; an application of it is used as a manger.
A PRICELESS DOG.
A GENTLEMAN was lately returning from a visit to New Orleans, in a steamer, with but a few passengers. Among the ladies, one especially interested him. She was the wife of a wealthy planter, returning with an only child to her father's house; and her devotion to this child was touching.
While passing through the canal of Louisville, the steamer stopped for a few moments at the quay.* The nurse, wishing to see the city, was stepping ashore, when the child suddenly sprang from her arms into the terrible current that swept towards the falls, and disappeared immediately. The confusion which ensued attracted the attention of a gentleman who was sitting in the fore part of the boat, quietly reading. Rising hastily, he asked for some article the child
The nurse handed him a tiny apron she had torn off in her efforts to save the child as it fell. Turning to a splendid Newfoundland dog that was eagerly watching his countenance, the gentleman pointed first to the apron, and then to the spot where the child had sunk.
In an instant, the noble dog lept into the water, and disappeared. By this time the excitement was intense, and some person on shore supposing that the dog was lost, as well as the child, procured a boat and started to search for
Just at this moment the dog was seen far away with something in his mouth. Bravely he struggled with the waves, but it was clear his strength was failing fast, and more than one breast gave a sigh of relief as the boat reached him and it was announced that he was still alive. They were brought on board — the dog and the child.
* Quay (key), platforms for embarking or disembarking passengers.
Giving a single glance to satisfy herself that the child was really living, the young mother rushed forward, and sinking beside the dog, threw her arm around his neck and burst into tears. Not many could bear the sight unmoved, and as she caressed and kissed his shaggy head, she looked up to his owner, and said :
“Oh, sir, I must have this dog, take all I have -everything — but give me my child's preserver."
The gentleman smiled, and patting his dog's head, said, “I am very glad, madam, he has been of service to you, but nothing in the world could induce me to part with him."
The dog looked as though he perfectly understood what they were talking about, and giving his sides a shake, laid himself down at his master's feet, with an expression in his large eyes that said plainer than words, “No! nothing shall part us.”
A SAGACIOUS SHEEP-DOG. ONCE, as I was driving in a gig through Teviotdale, I came to a flock of sheep, which completely blocked up the road. They were attended by a shepherd, with his sheep-dog.
The shepherd appeared suddenly to lose his presence of mind, and began to hoot and hollo at the innocent obstacles to my further progress. They were rapidly becoming bewildered.
The dog, seeing the confusion his master was creating, exchanged glances with me, and immediately seemed to comprehend the case. Instead of rushing headlong at his charges, and thus piling them up inextricably in one spot, he gently passed up the side of the flock, clearing, as he went, a lane sufficiently broad to allow of my passing with
ATTACHMENT OF DOGS TO THEIR MASTERS.
The attachment of the dog to his master, united with an unfailing memory, has led to some remarkable disclosures* of crime.
We are told by Plutarch, a Greek writer, of a certain Roman slave in the civil warst, whose body none dared to remove, for fear of the dog that guarded it, and fought in its defence.
It happened that king Pyrrhus, travelling that way, observed the animal watching over the corpse ; and, hearing that he had been there three days without meat or drink, the king ordered the body to be buried, and the dog preserved and brought to him.
A few days afterwards there was a musterf of the soldiers, so that every man was forced to march in order before the king. The dog lay quietly by the king's side for some time; but when he saw the murderers of his late master pass by, he flew upon them with extraordinary fury, barking, and tearing their clothes. This excited the king's suspicion.
The men were seized : they confessed the crime, and were accordingly punished.
* Disclosures, revelations of secrets: things brought to light; discoveries.
† Civil wars, wars between parties of the same state or nation. # Muster, an assembling of troops for review, &c. ,
THE MURDERER AND HIS DUMB ACCUSER. An old writer mentions a singular instance of attachment and revenge which occurred in France in the reign of Charles V.:
A gentleman named Macaire, an officer in the king's body guard, cherished a bitter hatred against another gentleman, named Aubrey, his comrade in service. These two having met in a forest, near Paris, Macaire took the opportunity of treacherously murdering his brother officer; and he buried him in a ditch.
Aubrey was accompanied at the time by a greyhound, with which he had probably gone out to hunt. It is not known whether the dog was muzzled*, or from what other cause, it permitted the deed to be accomplished without its interference. Be this as it may, the hound lay down on the grave of its master, and there remained till hunger compelled it to rise.
It then went to the kitchen of one of Aubrey's dearest friends, where it was welcomed warmly, and fed. As soon as its hunger was appeased t, the dog disappeared. For several days this coming and going was repeated, till curiosity was excited. It was resolved to follow the animal, and see if anything could be learned in explanation of Aubrey's sudden disappearance.
The dog was accordingly followed, and was seen to come to a pause on some newly turned-up earth, where it made the most mournful wailings and howlings. Digging into the ground at the spot, they found the body of Aubrey. It was raised, and conveyed to Paris, where it was soon afterwards interred in one of the city cemeteries. The dog attached itself thenceforth to the friend of its late
* Muzzled, the mouth bound to prevent biting.