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CAPTAIN AND THE LOOKING-GLASS.










CAT AND DOG;


OR,


MEMOIRS OF PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.



a ktorp founbeb on Fact.



BY THE AUTHOR OF
"THE DOLL AND HER FRIENDS," "LETTERS FROM MADRAS,"
"HISTORICAL ACTING CHARADES," ETC.



Jyiftb bitfon.,
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY HARRISON WEIR.







LONDON:
GRIFFITH AND FARRAN,
LATE GRANT AND GRIFFITH, SUCCESSORS TO NEWBERY AND HARRIS,
CORNER OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.
M DCCC LVIII.












CAT AND DOG;

OR,

PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.



I AM going to relate the history of a pleasant and
prosperous life; for though a few misfortunes may
have befallen me, my pleasures have far exceeded
them, and especially I have been treated with such
constant cordiality and kindness as would not fail
to ensure the happiness of man or beast. But
though I have no reason to complain of my destiny,
it is a remarkable fact, that my principal happiness
has been produced by conforming myself to un-
favourable circumstances, and reconciling myself to
an unnatural fate.
Nature herself did well by me. I am a fine
setter, of a size that a Newfoundland dog could not
despise, and a beauty that a Blenheim spaniel might
envy. With a white and brown curly coat, droop-
ing ears, bushy tail, a delicate pink nose, and good-
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CAT AND DOG;


natured brown eyes, active, strong, honest, gentle,
and obedient, I have always felt a conscious pride
and pleasure in being a thoroughly well-bred dog.
My condition in life was peculiarly comfortable.
I was brought up in an old manor-house inhabited
by a gentleman and his daughter, with several re-
spectable and good-natured servants. My educa-
tion was conducted with care, and from my earliest
youth I had the advantage of an introduction into
good society. I was not, indeed, allowed to come
much into the drawing-room, as my master said I
was too large for a drawing-room dog; but I had
the range of the lower part of the house, and con-
stant admittance to his study, where I was welcome
to share his fireside while he read the newspapers
or received visitors. I took great interest in his
friends; and by means of listening to their conver-
sation, watching them from under my eyelids while
they thought I was asleep, and smelling them care-
fully, I could form a sufficiently just estimate of
their characters to regulate my own conduct to-
wards them. Though a polite dog both by birth
and breeding, I was too honest and independent to
show the same respect and cordiality towards those
whom r I liked and those whom I despised; and
though very grateful for the smallest favours from


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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


persons I esteemed, no flattery, caresses, or bene-
factions could induce me to strike up an intimacy
with one who did not please me. If I had been
able to speak, I should have expressed my opinions
without ceremony; and it often surprised me that
my master, who could say what he pleased, did not
quarrel with people, and tell them all their faults
openly. I thought, if I had been he, I would have
had many a fight with intruders, to whom he was
not only civil himself, but compelled me to be so
too. I have often observed that it appears proper
for human beings to observe a kind of respect even
towards persons they dislike; a line of conduct
which brutes cannot understand.
However, I was not without my own methods
of showing my sentiments. If I felt indifferent or
contemptuous towards a person entering the room,
I merely opened one eye and yawned at him. If
he attempted any compliments, calling me Good
Captain," Fine Dog," and trying to pat me, I
shook off his hand, and rising from my rug, turned
once round, and curling my tail under me, sank
down again to my repose without taking any fur-
ther notice of him. But occasionally my master
admitted visitors whom I considered as such highly
improper acquaintances for him, that I could scarcely






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restrain my indignation. I knew I must not bite
them, though, in my own opinion, it would have
been by far the best thing to do; I did not dare
so much as to bark at them, for my master objected
even to that expression of feeling: but I could not
resist receiving them with low growls; during their
visit I never took my eyes off them for a moment,
and I made a point of following them to the door,
and seeing them safe off the premises. Others, on
the contrary, I regarded with the highest confi-
dence and esteem. Their visits gave almost. as
much pleasure to me as to my master, and I took
pains to show my friendship by every means in my
power; leaving the fireside to meet them, wagging
my tail, shaking a paw with them the moment I
was asked, and sitting with my nose resting on
their lap.
But I took no unwelcome liberties; for I was
gifted with a particular power of discriminating be-
tween those who really liked me, and those who only
tolerated me out of politeness. Upon the latter I
never willingly intruded, though I have been some-
times obliged to submit to a hypocritical pat be-
stowed on me for the sake of my young mistress;
but a real friend of dogs I recognized at a glance,
whether lady or gentleman, so that I could safely


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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


place my paw in the whitest hand, or rest my head
against the gayest dress, without fear of a repulse.
The person I loved best in the world was my
master; or rather, I should say, he was the person
for whom I had the highest respect. My love
was bestowed in at least an equal degree upon my
young mistress, his daughter Lily, in whose every
action I took a deep interest.
She was a graceful, gentle little creature, whom
I could have knocked down and trampled upon in
a minute; but though my strength was so superior
to hers, there was no one whom I was so ready to
obey. A word or look from Lily managed me com-
pletely; and her gentle warning of "Oh, Captain,"
has often recalled me to good manners when I was
on the point of breaking out into fury against some
obnoxious person. Willing subject as I was, I yet
looked upon myself in some manner as her guardian
and protector, and it would have fared ill with man
or beast who had attempted to molest her.
As I mentioned before, I was not allowed to
come much.into the drawing-room; but Lily found
many opportunities of noticing me. I always sat
at the foot of the stairs to watch for her as she came
down to the breakfast-room, when she used to pat
my head and say, "How do you do, good Captain.?






CAT AND DOG;


Nice dog," as she passed. Then I wagged my tail,
and was very happy. I think I should have moped
half the day if I had missed Lily's morning greet-
ing. After breakfast she came into the garden, and
brought me pieces of toast, and gave me lessons in
what she considered clever ways of eating. I should
have preferred snapping at her gifts and bolting
them down my own throat in my own way; but, to
please Lily, I learned to sit patiently watching the
most tempting buttered crust on the ground under
my nose, when she said, Trust, Captain !" never
dreaming of touching it till she gave the word of
command, "Now it is paid for;" when I ate it in a
genteel and deliberate manner. Having achieved
such a conquest over myself, I thought my educa-
tion was complete; but Lily had further refinements
in store. She made me hold the piece of toast on
my very nose while she counted ten, and at the word
ten I was to toss it up in the air, and catch it in my
mouth as it came down. I was a good while learn-
ing this trick, for I did not at all see the use of it.
I could smell the bread distinctly as it lay on my
nose, and why I should not eat it at once I never
could understand. I have often peeped in at the
dining-room window to see if my master and mis-
tress ate their food in the same manner; but though





OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


I have sometimes seen them perform my first feat
of sitting quietly before their plates, I never once
saw them put their meat on their noses and catch
it. However, it was Lily's pleasure, and that was
enough for me.
She also taught me to shut the door at her com-
mand. This was rather a noisy performance, as I
could only succeed by running against the door
with my whole weight; but it gave Lily so much
satisfaction, that she used to open the door a dozen
times a day, on purpose for me to bang it.
Another favourite amusement of hers was making
me look at myself in the glass. I grew used to this
before long; but the first time that she set a mirror
before me on the ground, I confess that I was a good
deal astonished and puzzled. At the first glance, I
took the dog in the glass for an enemy and rival,
intruding upon my dominions, so I naturally pre-
pared for a furious attack upon him. He appeared
equally ready, and I perceived that he was quite my
match. But when, after a great deal of barking and
violence, nobody was hurt, I fancied that the look-
ing-glass was the barrier which prevented our coming
to close quarters, and that my adversary had in-
trenched himself behind it in the most cowardly
manner. Determined that he should not profit by


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his baseness, I cleverly walked round behind the
glass, intending to seize him and give him a thorough
shaking; but there I found nothing! I dashed to
the front once more; there he stood as fierce as ever.
Again behind his battlements-nobody! till after
repeated trials, I began to have a glimmering of
the state of the case; and feeling rather ashamed of
having been so taken in, I declined further contest,
and lay down quietly before the mirror to contem-
plate my own image, and reflect upon my own
reflection.
Lily took great pains with me; but after all,
hers were but minor accomplishments, and I was not
allowed to devote my whole attention to mere tricks
or amusements. I was not born to be a lap-dog,
and it was necessary that I should be educated for
the more important business of life. Under my
master's careful training, my natural talents were
developed, and my defects subdued, till I was pro-
nounced by the best judges to be the cleverest setter
in the country. My master himself was a capital
sportsman, and I was as proud of him as he was of
me. When I had become sufficiently perfect to be
his companion, we used to range together untired
" over hill, over dale, through bush, through brier,"
he doing his part and I mine, and bringing home


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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


between us such quantities of game as no one else
could boast. This was my real business, but it was
no less my pleasure. I entered into it thoroughly.
To point at a bird immovably till my master's never-
failing shot gave the signal for my running to fetch
the foolish thing and lay it at his feet, was to my mind
the greatest enjoyment and the first object in life.
And if anybody should be inclined to despise me on
that account, I would beg them to recollect that it
was the work given me to do, and I did it well. Can
everybody say as much? The causes or the conse-
quences of it, I was not capable of understanding.
As to how the birds liked it, that never entered my
head. I thought birds were meant to be shot, and
I never supposed there was any other use in them.
The only thing that distressed me in our shoot-
ing excursions was, that my master would sometimes
allow very indifferent sportsmen to accompany us. I
whined, grumbled, and remonstrated with him to
the best of my power when I heard him give an in-
vitation to some awkward booby who scarcely knew
how to hold his gun, but it was all in vain; my
master's only fault was his not consulting my judg-
ment sufficiently in the choice of his acquaintances,
and many a bad day's sport we had in consequence.
Once my patience was tired beyond what any
clever dog could be expected to bear. A young


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gentleman had arrived at our house whom my
master and mistress treated much better than I
thought he deserved. At the first glance I pene-
trated into his state of mind, and should have liked
to hear my master growl, and my mistress bark at
him; instead of which they said they were glad to
see him, and hoped he had had a pleasant journey.
He immediately began a long string of com-
plaints, blaming everything he mentioned. He was
cold; there never was such weather for the time of
year; he was tired; the roads were bad, the country
dull, he had been obliged to come the last twenty
miles cramped up inside a coach. Such a shame
that the railroad did not go the whole way! He
was very glad to get to his journey's end, but it
seemed to be more for the sake of his own comfort
than for the pleasure of seeing his friends. His
troubles had not hurt his appetite, as I plainly per-
ceived, for I peeped into the room several times
during dinner to watch him, and listen to his con-
versation. It was all in the same style, some fault
to be found with everything. Even Lily could not
put him in good humour, though she seemed to be
trying to talk about everything likely to please
him. After the failure of various attempts to find a
fortunate topic, she asked if he had had much shoot-
ing this season.


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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


Plenty of it," he answered; only so bad. My
brother's dogs are wretched. There is no doing
any thing with such brutes."
Lily coloured a little, and said that she thought
Rodolph's dogs beautiful, and that it was very unlike
him to have any thing wretched belonging to him.
"Oh," replied the other, he is the greenest fel-
low in the world. He is always satisfied. I assure
you his dogs are good for nothing. I did not bring
down a single bird any time I went out with them."
SWell," said my master, "I hope we shall be able
to make amends for that misfortune. To-morrow
you shall go out with the best dog in the country."
I whined, for I knew he meant me; and I did not
like the idea of a sportsman who began by finding
fault with his dogs. I suspected that the dogs were
not to blame. But nobody listened to me.
Next day, while Lily and I were playing in the
garden, my master appeared at the usual time in
his shooting-jacket.
"Where is Craven ?" he inquired of Lily; I
told him to be ready."
He is dressing again," answered she, laughing;
" his boots had done something wrong, or his waist-
coat was naughty; I forget which."
Pshaw !" exclaimed my master; "he will waste


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half the day with his nonsense. I cannot wait for
him. Tell him I am gone on, and he must follow
with John. Go back, Captain," continued he, for I
was bounding after him in hopes of escaping my
threatened companion; "go back. You must do
your best this morning, for I suspect you will know
more about the matter than your commander."
Most reluctantly I obeyed, and stayed behind,
looking wistfully after him as he strode away. I
consoled myself with Lily's praises, which I almost
preferred to the biscuits she bestowed upon me in
equal profusion. After various compliments, she
took a graver tone. "Now, Captain," she said,
"listen to me."
I sat upright, and looked her full in the face.
"You know you are the best of dogs."
I wagged my tail, for I certainly did know it.
She told me so every day, and I believed every
thing she said.
Here is another biscuit for you: catch !"
I caught, and swallowed it at one gulp.
Good boy. Now that is enough; and I have
something to say to you. You are going out shoot-
ing with Craven. He is not his brother, but that
cannot be helped. I hope he will be good-natured
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


behave well, and set him a good example. Do your
own work as well as you can, and don't growl and
grumble at other people. And if you are angry, you
must not bark, nor bite him, but take it patiently."
What more she might have added I do not know,
for her harangue was interrupted by old John the
groom, who was, like myself, waiting for the gentle-
man in question. John's wife had been Lily's nurse,
and he himself taught her to ride and helped her to
garden, and had a sort of partnership with me in
taking care of her; so that there was a great friend-
ship between us all three. He had been listening to
our conversation, and now observed, while he pointed
towards the house with a knowing jerk of his head,
There are those coming, Miss Lily, who need your
advice as much as the poor animal; and I guess it
wouldn't be of much more use."
The last words he said to himself, in an under-
tone, while Lily went forward to meet Craven, who
now appeared in full costume. He was so hung
about with extra shooting-pouches, belts, powder-
flasks, and other things dangling from him in all
directions, that I wondered he could move at all,
Old John shook his head as he looked at him, and
muttered, Great cry and little wool."
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CAT AND DOG;


Craven did not listen to what she said, he seemed
intent upon making her admire his numerous con-
trivances. Lily said he had plenty of tools, and that
he would be very clever if he did work to match, but
that in her opinion such variety was rather puzzling.
"Of course, girls know nothing of field-sports,"
he answered; "I can't expect you to understand
the merits of these things."
"Oh, no, to be sure," answered Lily, good-hu-
mouredly; "I dare say they are all very clever; only
papa sometimes tells me that one wants but few tools
if one knows one's work; but perhaps he only means
girls' work. Very likely you are right about yours."
Old John now came forward very respectfully,
but with a particular twinkle in his eye which I un-
derstood. Said he, "As you are encumbered with so
many traps, master, maybe I had best take your gun.
You can't carry every thing useful and not useful."
Craven handed him the gun without any objec-
tion, and we set off. From the moment that I saw
him relinquish his gun, his real weapon, for the sake
of all those unnecessary adjuncts, I gave up any
lingering hope of him, and followed in very low
spirits. Once in the fields, the prospect of rejoining
my master a little revived me; but even in this I
was disappointed: he had gone over the open coun-


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try, while Craven preferred remaining in the plan-
tations. Still, old John's company was a comfort
to me, and when the first bird was described, I made
a capital set at it. Craven took back his gun; but
while he,was looking in the wrong pocket for the
right shot, John brought down the partridge.
A fine bird," said Craven. If it had not been
for this awkward button, I should have had him."
"You'll soon have another opportunity," said
John; suppose you get loaded first."
Craven loaded; but something else was wrong
about his contrivances, and before he was ready,
John had bagged the pheasant. At last Craven
got a shot, and missed it. He said it was John's
fault for standing in the way of his seeing me.
Well, I shan't be in the way any longer," said
John; "for I was to go back to my work if I was
not wanted, after having shown you the plantations.
So good morning, master, and good luck next time."
The next time, and the next, and the next, no
better success. Bird after bird rose, and flew away
before our noses, as if in sheer ridicule of such idle
popping, till I felt myself degraded in the eyes of
the very partridges. Half the morning we passed in
this way, wasting time and temper, powder and shot;
and the birds, as I well knew, despising us for miss-
ing them, till my patience was quite exhausted, and
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I longed to go home. Still, I remembered Lily's
parting injunctions, and resolved to be game to the
last myself, even if we were to have no other game
that day. I also reflected that no one was born
with a gun in his hand, and that Craven might not
have had opportunity of acquiring dexterity; that
there was a beginning to everything, and that it
was the business of the more experienced to help
the ignorant. So I continued to be as useful to
him as I possibly could.
Suddenly, after a particularly provoking miss,
Craven exclaimed: It is all your fault, you stupid
dog; you never turn the bird out where one ex-
pects it. If you knew your business, I could have
bagged dozens."
Highly affronted, I now felt that I had borne
enough, and that it was hopeless to attempt being
of use to a creature as unjust and ungrateful as he
was ignorant and conceited. I, therefore, turned
round, and in a quiet but dignified and decided
manner took my way towards home. Craven called,
whistled, shouted, but I took no notice. I was too
much disgusted to have anything more to do with
him; and I never turned my head nor slackened
my pace till I arrived at my own kennel, when I
curled myself round in my straw, and brooded over
my wrongs till I went to sleep.


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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


I kept rather out of sight during the rest of the
day, for more reasons than one. An inferior crea-
ture cannot at once rise superior to an affront, and
clear it off his mind like a man; we are slaves to our
impressions, and till they are forgotten we cannot
help acting upon them; and I am afraid I rather
took pleasure in nursing my wrath. Then I did not
wish to see Craven; and perhaps I might feel a
little ashamed of myself, and not quite sure what my
master and mistress might think of my running
away. But I happened to hear John chuckling
over the affair, and saying that my master had been
very much amused with the story; so I regained
confidence enough next morning to present myself
once more, though in rather a shy way, to Lily at
the foot of the stairs.
Oh, come in to breakfast, you capital dog," ex-
claimed she; so I followed her, delighted to find
that I was in the same favour as ever. But, alas !
how little did I foresee the misfortune that was
coming upon me! I had better have stayed in my
kennel and fancied the whole world affronted with
me for a few days longer.
Craven and I met on the rug, my rug, as I con-
sidered it; for it was one of my principal pleasures
to sit on that rug with my feet on the fender, warm-
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ing my nose. I sometimes toasted myself all over,
till my coat was so hot that Lily squeaked when
she touched me. She would have barked, I suppose,
if she had known how. Now Craven stood in my
place, with one of his hind paws on my fender. He
looked scornfully at me, and I returned his glance
with one of equal contempt, though I longed to snap
at his shining heel, and teach him sense and manners.
But Lily, who never was angry with any body,
did not perceive how much we disliked each other,
and exclaimed in her innocent way, Craven, here
is Captain come to make friends with you, and to
beg pardon for deserting you yesterday. Shake a
paw, Captain."
Shaking a paw with Craven was a thing I would
not do; and my master, a good sportsman himself,
entered into my feelings.
"The dog was thoroughly provoked by your bad
shooting, Craven," said he, "and you will never
make either him or me believe it was his fault. But
try again. There is no necessity for you to be a
sportsman; but if you choose to do a thing at all,
you had better do it properly; and you may learn
as well as any body else, if you will not fancy your-
self perfect. We will all go out together to-day."
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day. I did myself credit, and my master did me
justice, and I was happy in my ignorance of coming
events. Craven shot and missed, and shot and
missed again; but my master's laugh stopped him
whenever he was beginning to lay the blame on dog
or gun.
Bad workmen always find fault with their tools,
Craven," said my master. "Take better aim."
John tried to teach him, but he would listen to
no advice,
It is seldom that a person's fault or folly injures
himself alone, and, alas for me I was the victim of
Craven's conceit and obstinacy. At his next fire I
felt a pang that I never can forget. His ill-directed
shot had entered my shoulder, and I sank down
howling with agony. My companions instantly sur-
rounded me, uttering exclamations of alarm, regret,
and pity, Craven himself being the foremost and
loudest. He never should forgive himself, he said;
it was all his awkwardness and stupidity; he was
never so sorry for any thing in his life.
He ran to a neighboring cottage for a shutter,
while my master and John bound up the wound.
They then placed me carefully on the shutter, and
carried me home, Craven reproaching himself and
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knew him for the same person who had been so
conceited and supercilious half an hour before; and
even my master, who was extremely angry with
him, grew softened by his penitence.
They carried me two at a time, in turn; and
when Craven was walking by my side, he stroked
my head, saying, "Poor Captain, how I wish I
could do any thing to relieve you! if you could but
understand how grieved and ashamed I am, I think
you would forgive me."
Though suffering greatly, I could not but be
touched by his sorrow; and when I heard the kind
tones of his voice, and saw tears standing in his
eyes, my anger quite melted away, and I licked his
hand to show that I bore no malice.
My accident confined me to the kennel for a
considerable time, but every care and attention was
paid me. My master and John doctored my wound,
and Lily brought me my food every day with her
own hands. As long as Craven remained in the
house, he never failed to accompany her, repeating
his regret and good-will towards me; and after he
had left us I heard old John- observe: I always
thought there was some good in Master Craven;
and his brother is as fine a fellow as ever lived, and
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


Between Captain and Miss Lily, I reckon he has
had a lesson he'll not forget."
In due time I recovered, and was as strong and
handsome as ever; but, strange to say, I no longer
felt like the same dog. My own sufferings had
suggested some serious reflections as to whether
being shot might not be as unpleasant to the birds
as to me; and I really began quite to pity them.
So far the change was for the better; but it did not
stop there: not only was my love for field-sports
extinguished, but it had given place to a timidity
which neither threats nor caresses could overcome.
I shuddered at the very sight of a gun, and no
amount either of reward or punishment could in-
duce me again to brave its effects. Under all other
circumstances I was as courageous as before: I
would have attacked a wild beast, or defended the
house against a robber, without the slightest fear;
but I could not stand fire; and the moment I saw
a gun pointed, there was no help for it, I fairly
turned tail and ran off.
The poor beast is spoilt, sir," said John to my
master. It is cruel to force him, and he'll never
be good for any thing again."
"It is of no use taking him out," replied my
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has plenty of spirit still, and we must make a
house-dog of him."
So I was appointed house-dog. At first I cer-
tainly felt the change of life very unpleasant; but
I reflected that it was my own doing, though not
exactly my own fault; and I determined to make
the best of it, and adapt myself to my new employ-
ments. At the beginning of that summer, if any
body had told me that I should be content to stay
in the court and garden, sometimes even tethered
to a tree on the lawn,-that my most adventurous
amusement would be a quiet walk over the grounds,
and my most exciting occupation the looking-out
for suspicious characters,-I should have sneered,
perhaps even growled at the prediction; but so it
was, and before long I grew reconciled to my new
station, and resolved to gain more credit as a guard
than even as a sporting dog.
We were not much troubled with thieves, for
we lived in a quiet country place, where we knew
every body and every body knew us, and no one
was likely to wish us any harm; but it did once
happen that my vigilance was put to the proof.
There was a fair in our neighbourhood, attended
by all the villages near. During the morning I
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smart dresses passing our gate, laughing and talk-
ing merrily. I had many acquaintances among
them, who greeted me with good-natured speeches,
which I answered by polite wags of my tail.
John, and others of our servants, went to the
fair, and seemed to enjoy themselves as much as
any body. They returned home before dark, and
all the respectable persons who had passed our gate
in the morning re-passed it at an early hour in the
evening, looking as if they had spent a pleasant
day, but perfectly quiet and sober; and I was much
pleased at seeing them so well behaved.
But among the crowd of passengers in the morn-
ing, I had noticed several men whose appearance I
highly disapproved. Some of them scowled at me
as they passed, and I felt sure they were bent upon
no good; but one, the worst-looking of all, stopped,
and whistled to me, holding out a piece of meat.
I need scarcely say that I indignantly rejected his
bribe-for such I knew it was-meant to entice me
in some way or other to neglect my duty; so I
growled and snarled, and watched him well as he
passed on. No fear of my not knowing him again
by sight or smell. Several of these ill-looking men
returned intoxicated, to my great disgust; for I
had a peculiar objection to persons in that condition,


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and never trusted a man who could degrade him-
self below my own level. I watched them all,
every moment expecting the one who had tried to
curry favour with me, for I had an instinctive as-
surance that I had not seen the last of him. Night
drew on while I was still on the look-out, and yet
he did not appear. The rest of the family went
calmly to bed, taking no notice of my disquietude;
but nothing could have induced me to curl myself
round and shut my eyes. I was sure danger was
near, and it was my part as a faithful guardian to
be prepared for it. So I alternately paced cau-
tiously round the court, or sat up in my kennel
with my head out listening for every sound. By
degrees the returning parties of revellers dwindled
to now and then a solitary pedestrian ; and the hum
of voices gradually subsided, till all was silent, and
the whole country seemed asleep. Still I watched
on, with unabated vigilance, deep into the night.
At last I thought I heard outside the wall a very
cautious footstep, accompanied by an almost in-
audible whisper. I pricked up my ears; the foot-
step came nearer, and a hand was upon the lock of
the courtyard-gate. I sniffed the air; there was
no mistake; I smelt the very man whom I ex-
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he. Without a moment's delay, I set up an alarum
that might have wakened the whole village; at
any rate, it woke our whole house. Down stairs
came my master in his dressing-gown; down came
old John, lantern in hand, and red nightcap on
head. Lily peeped out of her bedroom window,
with a shawl over her shoulders; and seeing her
papa in the court, ran down to help him,-as if she
could have been any help against robbers, poor little
darling! The servants assembled in such strange
attire, that they looked to me like a herd of animals
who had got into each other's coats by mistake.
But the maids had kept their own voices at any
rate, for they screamed almost as loud as I barked.
It was a proud moment for me; and the greater
everybody's fright, and the more noise and confu-
sion they made, the prouder I was. It was all my
doing. It was I who had called them all in the
middle of the night. Their confidence in me was
such, that at the sound of my voice they had all
left their beds, and assembled in the courtyard in
their night-gowns. How clever and careful they
must think me And how clever and careful I
thought myself! I danced round Lily, and bounded
about in all directions, till I knocked down the
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never was in such glee in my life. But my master
and John were quiet enough, and they examined
the gate, and the footsteps outside, and decided that
there certainly had been an attempt to break into
the house, but that the robbers had been frightened
away by me.
It has been a narrow escape for them, sir,"
said John; "for if they had succeeded in getting
in, the dog would have pinned them."
Captain has done his duty well," said my mas-
ter, "and no one can call him useless any more."
"It is a good thing no one was hurt," added
Lily; but I am glad they were frightened. Per-
haps the fright will cure them."
After this adventure I was treated with great
respect. By night I watched the house, and by day
I was Lily's constant companion. We were allowed
to take long rambles together, as her father knew
she was safe under my care. I learnt to carry her
basket or parasol for her, and to sit faithfully guard-
ing them while she scrambled up banks or through
bushes, looking for flowers. I was also an excellent
swimmer, and could fetch sticks which she had
thrown to the very middle of the stream. I could
not make out why she wanted the sticks, as she
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of one mind about fetching them out of the water.
Often I accompanied her to the village, and lay at
the cottage-doors while she paid visits to the people
inside. Then the little children used to gather
round me, and pat me, and pull my ears; and even
if they pulled a little too hard, I scorned to com-
plain, or hurt them in return; and when Lily came
out, I was rewarded by her praise of me as the
best and gentlest dog in the world.
At other times she used to establish herself to
read or work under a tree on the lawn, while I lay
at' her feet, or sat upright by her side. I was care-
ful not to interrupt her when she was busy, but she
often left off reading to speak to me, and sometimes
let me keep my front paw in hers as we sat together.
These were happy days, and I should have liked
them to last for ever. But this state of tranquillity
was to be disturbed, and I am sorry to say by my
own folly.
I had insensibly imbibed a notion, or rather a
feeling, that I was Lily's only pet and favourite, and
that nothing else had a right to attract her notice.
Of course I allowed her to pay proper attention to
human beings; I knew that I could not come into
competition with them, and therefore I never was
jealous of them; but a word or a look bestowed


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upon an inferior animal appeared to me an affront
which proper self-respect required me to resent.
One day Lily appeared in the garden carrying a
little white kitten in her arms. I should have liked
to have it to worry, and as Lily was very good-
natured, I thought she had brought it for that pur-
pose; so I sat watching ready to snap at it the mo-
ment she should toss it at me. After a time, I began
to think she ought not to tantalise me by keeping
me waiting so long, and I tried to show my im-
patience by various signs that she could understand.
But to my surprise she was not only insensible to
my hints, but took upon herself to reprove me,
saying, "No, Captain, that is not being a good dog;
you must not want to hurt the poor little kitten.
Go farther off."
If ever I was affronted in my life it was then.
I turned round, and shaking my ears, sat down with
my back to Lily and her disgusting kitten, and ab-
solutely refused even to look round when she spoke
to me.
This was the beginning of a period in my life to
which I always recur with shame and regret. I con-
tinued in a state of unmitigated sulks. Even Lily
could not appease me. If she came to see me by
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train, I brightened up for the moment; but if she
appeared with the kitten in her arms, my surliness
was disgraceful. Nobody knows how I detested the
kitten. I thought it a misfortune to the universe
that that kitten should exist.
On thinking it over at this distance of time, I
honestly confess that I had no right to be jealous;
Lily remitted none of her kindness, and gave me
every proof of much higher regard and esteem than
she bestowed on the kitten. She fed me, patted
me, took me out walking, and talked to me just as
usual; and as soon as she perceived my objection
to her new pet, she left off bringing it with her,
and was careful to keep it out of my sight. But I
saw it in spite of all her pains. It was incessantly
intruding itself upon my notice, sometimes on the
roof of the house, sometimes jumping from a window-
ledge; now perched upon a paling, now climbing
the pillars of the verandah; and always looking
clean and white and pretty, with a bit of blue rib-
bon which Lily had tied round its neck, as if on
purpose to provoke me. Even when I did not see
it, I heard it mew; and when I did not hear it, I
thought about it.
I was miserable. To be sure I had no right to
expect Lily to like nobody but me, and I had nothing


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to complain of; every pleasure and comfort in life
was mine. Indeed, I think a real grievance would
have been rather pleasant to me. I should have
liked an injustice. I was determined to sulk, and
should have been glad to have something to sulk
at. But no; people would persevere in being kind
to me. I might be as ill-tempered as I pleased;
nobody punished, or even scolded me; and when-
ever I chose to be in good humour, my friends were
always ready to meet me half-way. Indeed, I
never was quite sure whether they noticed my ill-
temper or not. But I did not try to come round,
though certainly sulking did not conduce to my
comfort. I once heard my master remark, in re-
ference to some disagreeable human being, that ill-
tempered people made themselves more unhappy
than they made others; so I suppose sulking does
not always agree even with men; I know it does
not with dogs. It was a wretched time.
I continued to brood over my imaginary griev-
ances, little thinking how soon they would be ex-
changed for real troubles. I had been discontented
while every enjoyment was at my command, and
now I was to wish in vain for the happiness I had
neglected. And yet, in the point which I con-
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day thought that if I were never again to see Lily
caressing that kitten, I should be quite happy. I
never again saw Lily caressing the kitten, and from
that day my real sorrows began.
There was a bustle in the house. Every thing
seemed in confusion. Every body was doing some-
thing different from usual. Furniture and trunks
were carried up and down stairs. My master's study
was full of great chests; and he and Lily, instead of
reading the books, spent all their time in hiding them
in these chests. Next, my friend John came and
nailed covers on the chests. After the first was nailed
down, I jumped upon it, and sat watching John while
he hammered the others; switching my tail, and
winking my eyes at every stroke of his'hammer,
rather surprised at all that went on, but yet liking
the bustle.
"Ah, poor old boy," said John, "I wonder how
you'll take it."
Take what ?" thought I, and wondered too.
One day, John and another man went out with
the horses, each riding on one and leading another.
Thinking they were going to exercise them, I fol-
lowed as I often did; but when we came to the end of
the village John ordered me home, saying, "Good
bye, Captain. Don't forget us, old fellow." I re-
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much puzzled, as John had never before sent me
home.
On arriving at the house, a waggon was standing
at the door, piled up to a great height with chests
and packages; and on the top of all was perched
an ugly cur, barking as if he considered himself the
master of everything. I was willing to make a civil
acquaintance with him, but the little mongrel had
the audacity to bark at me,-me in my own domi-
nions! I did not think he was worth touching, be-
sides which, I could not get at him; but I growled
fiercely; and his master, who was loading the wag-
gon, desired me to "get out of the way."
Thus rejected on all sides, I betook myself to the
court, and rolled myself round in the straw of my
own kennel, where nobody could affront me. There
I remained till I heard Lily's sweet voice at a dis-
tance calling, "Captain, Captain I bounded forth
once more at the sound, and met my pretty mis-
tress in her walking dress, with the basket in her
hand which I had so often carried. But she did not
invite me to accompany her. Poor Captain," said
she, I am come to bid you good bye. I am afraid
you will miss us sadly; but I hope they will take
good care of you. Good bye, best of dogs."
Come, Lily, make haste," I heard my master
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le was standing by a carriage, with the door open
and the steps let down. The gardener and his wife
were near; he with his hat in his hand, and she
wiping her eyes with the corner of her apron. Lily
jumped into the carriage, her papa followed her; the
gardener wished them a pleasant journey, and a
happy return," added his wife, and they drove off,
Lily keeping her head at the window, and kissing
her hand to us till she was out of sight.
At first I had no idea that they were not coming
back. Though I heard the gardener say that they
were "gone for good," it did not occur to me that
that meant harm to us. They often went out for a
day and returned in the evening; so at the usual
time I expected their ring at the bell, and went to
the gate to meet them. But no bell rang; no car-
riage drove up; no sound of horses' hoofs was to be
heard in the distance, though I listened till the gar-
dener came to lock up for the night, and ordered me
to the court, where it was my business to keep guard.
Next morning there was a strange stillness and
idleness. No master taking his early walk over the
grounds. No Lily gathering her flowers before
breakfast. No John to open the stable door, and
let me in to bark good morning to the horses. No
horses; a boy sweeping the deserted stable, and rack
and manger empty. No carriage; the coach-house
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filled with lumber, and the shutters closed in the
loft. No servants about. I rather congratulated
myself upon the disappearance of Lily's maid, who;
had a habit of making uncivil speeches if I crossed
her path in running to meet Lily. That maid and
I had never been friends since I once had the mis-
fortune to shake myself near her when coming out
of the water. I confess I did wet her, and I did
dirty her; but I did not know that water would
hurt her coat,--it never hurt mine; and she need
not have borne malice for ever; I should have for-
given her long ago if she had dirtied me. But
whenever she saw me she took the opportunity of
saying something mortifying, as, Out of the way;
don't come nigh me with that great mop of yours !"
or, Get along with you! I wonder what Miss Lily
can see to like in such a great lumbering brute." I
kept out of her way as much as I could, and it Vas
now some consolation that she did not come in
mine.
But it was a dull day. In due time the gar-
dener's wife called, and gave me my breakfast, setting
it down outside the kitchen- door. It was a comfort-
able breakfast, for she was a good-natured woman,
not likely to neglect Lily's charge to take care of
me. I wagged my tail, and looked up in her face to
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farther notice of me. She had done her work of giv-
ing me the necessaries of life, and my feelings were
nothing to her. How I remembered my pretty
Lily, and wished for her pleasant welcome.
After breakfast I went on an expedition to the
flower-garden, thinking I might have a chance of
finding some trace of my mistress in that favourite
haunt. The gate was shut, but I heard steps, and
scratched to be let in. I scratched and whined for
some time; Lily would not have kept me half so
long. At last the gardener looked over the top of
the gate:
Oh, it's you," said he; I thought so. But you
had best go and amuse yourself in places proper for
you; you are not coming to walk over my flower-
beds any more."
He did not speak unkindly, and I had often
heard him tell Lily that I was best out of the
flower-garden;" so I could not reasonably grumble;
but his speech showed the change in my position,
and I walked away from the closed gate with my
mind much oppressed, and my tail between my legs.
I intended to go and meditate in the boat, but
here again I was disappointed; the boat-house was
locked; I had no resource but to jump into the water
and swim to a little island in which Lily had a fa-
vourite arbour. There in a summer's day she often
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there I now took refuge, attracted to the spot by
its strong association with herself.
I scarcely know whether I sought the arbour
with the hope of finding her present, or the intention
of mourning her absent; but I went to think about
her. Alas that was all I could do. She was not
there. A book of hers had been left unheeded on
the ground, and I laid down and placed my paws
upon it to guard it, as I had often done before. In
this position I fell asleep, and remained unconscious
of fortunes or misfortunes, till I was awakened by
dreaming of dinner. That dream could be realized.
I jumped up, shook myself, and yawned more com-
fortably than I had done all day.
On moving my paws from Lily's book, it struck
me that it would be right to carry it home to her;
and then once more the hope revived of finding her
at home herself. It was the most likely thing in
the world that she should come home to dinner.
Everybody did, I supposed; I was going home to
dinner myself.
With the book in my mouth, I swam across the
water. Perhaps I did not keep it quite dry, but I
carried it into the house, and laid it down before
the gardener and his wife, who were the only per-
sons I could see on the premises.
"Well, that is sensible, I must confess," said
the gardener. "The dumb animal has found missy's


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book, and brought it back. Miss Lily would like
to hear that."
"Ah, she always thought a deal of the crea-
ture," replied his wife; "and for her sake he shan't
be neglected. Here's your dinner, Captain."
Give him that bone," said the gardener; that's
what he'll like."
So they gave me a charming bone, quite to my
taste; and for a time I forgot all my anxieties in
the pleasure of turning it round, sucking, biting,
pawing, and growling over it. I cared for no other
dinner; indeed I never could understand how people
could trouble themselves to eat anything else as
long as there was a bone to gnaw. But it is fortu-
nate there are various tastes in the world; and the
strange preference of men for other food is conve-
nient for us dogs, as it leaves us in more undisputed
possession of the bones than if our masters liked
gnawing them too.
But the pleasure of a bone does not last for ever,
and among the nobler races of animals Thought can-
not be entirely kept under by eating. I have heard
that greedy human.beings sometimes reduce them-
selves to the condition of pigs, who are entirely
devoted to cramming-; but I should not choose to
degrade myself to that level. So I soon began
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My life now grew every day more and more
dismal. Dinner-time brought its bone, but bones
soon failed to comfort me. The gardener said I was
" off my feed," and his wife feared I should mope to
death. All day I wandered about looking for Lily,
and at night retired to my kennel, under the sad
impression that she was farther off than ever. The
gardener himself once invited me into the flower-
garden in hopes of amusing me, and I explored all
the gravel-walks, carefully avoiding the borders; but
there was no trace of my lost Lily, and I never cared
to visit it again.
One day I thought I would search the house.
It was thrown open to me. There were no forbillden
drawing-rooms now; I prowled about as I pleased.
If the doors were shut, I might scratch as long as I
liked; nobody answered. If open, I walked round
and round the room, brushing the wainscot with my
tail. There were no china ornaments to be thrown
down now, and I might whisk it about as I would.
Formerly I had often wished for free entrance to
those rooms; now I should have welcomed a friendly
hand that shut me out of them. In passing before
a large mirror, I marvelled at my own forlorn and
neglected appearance. Once, I was worth looking
at in a glass; now, what a difference Sorrow had
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dismay at the gaunt spectre which stared at me in
return, and we howled at each other for company.
Lying down before the blank mirror, which had
formerly thrown back so many pleasant images, and
now reflected only my solitary figure in the deserted
room, I silently pondered on the past. In a half-
wakeful, half-dozing state, my eyes alternately open-
ing and shutting, now winking and blinking at the
glass, now for a moment losing sight of every thing,
the events of my life seemed to pass before me in a
dream; the persons with whom I had been connected
rose up again as shadows, and I myself seemed
another shadow gliding about among them, but a
shadow whose behaviour I had acquired a new
faculty of observing.
I saw myself now as others saw me,-an un-
common condition, either for dogs or men,-and I
watched my own deportment in all my states of
mind and stages of life. I saw myself first a mere
puppy, not worth notice. The puppy grew, and I
saw it as a dog; a fine, well-bred, and certainly a
fortunate dog. Then as a clever, knowing, useful
dog; a gentle, patient, obedient dog. Sometimes
perhaps an awkward or foolish dog; but those were
pardonable faults, while I was certainly a brave,
honest, and faithful dog. But at last I saw myself
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strange light in which my conduct appeared. How
silly, unreasonable, and fractious I had been! I
plainly perceived that what I had taken for injured
dignity and wounded affection was nothing but pride
and envy; that I had not a single ground of com-
plaint, but that my own ill-temper might have justly
given offence to my best friends; and while I had
fancied myself setting so high a value upon Lily's
regard, I was recklessly running the risk of losing
it altogether. Happily I had been spared that
punishment, however well deserved. Lily's friend-
ship had never failed me. She had either excused
or not perceived my faults, and we had parted on
the best possible terms.
Now that I could view matters more justly, I
was quite out of patience with myself for fancying
that I should be happy if I no longer saw Lily
nursing that kitten. Happy indeed! There was no
chance of my being troubled with such a sight, and
I was miserable I would have put up with all the
cats and kittens that were met coming from St.
Ives; I would have tried to settle the quarrel be-
tween the Kilkenny cats who ate each other up, all
but the tips of their tails;-any thing to see Lily
once more, even if she chose to nurse all the kittens
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


and the only course that seemed left for me now was
to give up the rest of my days to brooding over my
sorrows and my faults. But before I had quite de-
voted myself to this line of life, I gave a glance at
my shadow in the glass doing the same. There I
saw him moping away all his time; making no
amends for his bad conduct, no attempts at behaving
better; utterly useless, sulky, and disagreeable; in
fact, more foolish than ever.
"No," thought I, as I jumped up and shook my-
self all over, I will not have this distressing ex-
perience for nothing; I will make good use of it; I
cannot recall the past, but I will act differently for
the future;" and down I lay again to make plans for
the future. Coming events cast no shadows before,
either in the glass or in my dreams. I knew nothing
about what I might, could, would, or should do.
The Past I had lost, the Future was not in my
power; and what remained to me? Perhaps I might
never have an opportunity of behaving well again.
I was fast relapsing into despondency, when
suddenly I was aroused from my dreams by a sound
once odious to me. I raised myself upon my front
paws and listened. There was no mistake, I heard
it again; a thin and timid mew, dying away in the
distance, and sounding as if it proceeded from the
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it was, I recognized it; it recalled me to realities,
and the conviction of my right line of conduct
flashed across my mind. The Present-the present
moment was mine. I could only take warning by
the past, and hope for the future, but I must act
now. I have but to take every opportunity when
it offers itself, and there would be no fear of not
having opportunities enough. Here was one ready
at hand. Instead of worrying that kitten, who was
now in my power, I would magnanimously endure
her existence. I would do more; I would let her
know that she had nothing any longer to fear from
me; and in pursuance of this kind intention, I
walked about the room in search of her.
I soon described her, perched upon the top of a
high bookcase, not daring to come down for fear of
me. She was altered by recent events, though not so
much as I. She looked forlorn and uncomfortable,
but not shaggy, haggard, or dirty. The regard to her
toilette which had characterized her in better days
still clung to her, and made her neat and tidy in mis-
fortune. The blue ribbon round her neck was indeed
faded, but in other respects she looked as clean and
white and sleek as Lily herself. She had evidently
licked herself all over every day, instead of moping
in the dirt. She and Lily had always been some-
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imagined that Lily must lick herself all over in
order to look so clean ; but on further consideration
I had reason to believe that she commonly attained
her object by plunging into cold water, more after
my own fashion.
But to return to the kitten. There she stood,
the very picture of fear; her legs stretched, her
tail arched, her back raised, trying to assume the
best posture of defence she could, but evidently be-
lieving it of no use. She mewed louder at every
step I took nearer. Even if I had been inclined to
harm her, she was safe enough on the top of that
high bookcase; but she did not know that. In her
inexperience, she fancied me able to spring about
the world as she did, and expected every moment
that I should perch on the carved oak crown, and
seize her in my mouth, jump down again and crunch
her as she would a mouse.
She began running backwards and forwards on
the top of her bookcase, mewing piteously at every
turn. I understood her language : it meant, Oh,
what shall I do? Mew, mew Pray, my lord, have
pity upon an unfortunate kitten Mew, mew, mew !
If you will let me run away this time, I will keep
out of your lordship's sight all the rest of my life.
Mew, mew, mew! Oh dear, I had not the least in-
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your majesty was in the stable. I wish I was in
the coal-cellar myself. Oh, oh, pray! oh, mew 1"
So she went on for a long time, in too great a
fright to observe the encouragement and condes-
cension which I threw into my countenance and
manner. I sat down in front of the bookcase, and
holding my head on one side, looked up at her with
an expression of gentle benevolence, which I thought
must re-assure the most timid spirit. It had some
effect. She ceased running from side to side, and
stopped opposite me, her yellow eyes fixed on mine.
I returned her gaze, and wagged my tail. She
lowered hers, which had been held up like a pea-
cock's, and reduced to its natural dimensions. After
a sufficient amount of staring, we began to under-
stand one another, and Pussy's mews were in a very
different tone, and one much more satisfactory to me.
Though every animal makes use of a dialect of its
own, so different as to appear to men a distinct lan-
guage for each race,-for instance, the barking of a
dog, the mewing of a cat, the bellowing of a bull, &c.,
-still, a general mode of expression is common to
all, and all can understand and be understood by one
another. The reason of this is, that the universal
language is that of feeling only, which is alike to
every one, and can be made evident by the most
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growls, roars, are sufficient to express our feelings:
our thoughts, when we have any, we must keep to
ourselves; for they cannot be made intelligible by
mere sound without speech, and speech we know
belongs to man alone. In fact, I suppose it is the
power of thinking and speaking which makes him
our master; without it, I am not at all sure that he
would have so much the upper hand of us, for we
are often the strongest. But a man can always know
what he means to do, and why he means to do it;
and he can tell others, and consult them about it;
which, of course, gives him an immense advantage
over us, who only act upon the spur of the moment,
without knowing whether we are right or wrong.
Good-nature was all that Pussy and I wanted to
express just now, and ttat is always easy to show,
with or without words. Mews in various tones from
her were met by small, good-humoured half-barks
and agreeable grunts from me, till at last she fairly
left off mewing, and began to purr. Much pleased
with my success so far, I now lay down, stretching
out my front paws to their full length before, and
my tail behind, brushing the floor in a half-circle
with the latter. Then I yawned in a friendly way,
and finally laid my head down on my paws to watch
my little protegee quietly, in hopes of enticing her
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This last insinuating attitude decided her. She
gently placed first one little white paw, and then
another, on projecting ornaments of the bookcase,
one step on the lion, and the next on the unicorn;
and without hurting either herself or the delicate
carved work which she chose to use as her staircase,
she alighted harmless and unharmed within my
reach. Then she mewed once more; but that was
her last expression of doubt or dread. I soon re-
assured her; and that moment was the first of a
confidence and intimacy seldom seen between our
uncongenial races.
We had now, in our way, a long conversation,
during which we became pretty well acquainted with
each other's dispositions; and in due time we de-
scended the stairs together in perfect amity; I
gravely walked step by step, and looking up be-
nignly at the gambols of little Pussy, who, now in
high spirits, had no idea of coming down in a regular
way, but must scramble up the banisters, hang by her
claws from the hand-rail, recover herself instanta-
neously when within an inch of falling headlong into
the hall, and play a hundred other wild tricks. A
short time before, I should have thought all this a
most despicable waste of time and strength; but
now I could see that it did her good and made her
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I shall never forget the surprise of the gardener's
wife when Puss and I entered the kitchen side by
side. She screamed as if we had been a couple of
wild beasts.
Oh," cried she, "there's that poor little kitten
just under Captain's nose! He'll be the death of
her. What shall I do?"
She seized a broom, and held it between us,
ready to beat me if I ventured to attack the kitten.
But I wagged my tail, and Puss jumped over the
broomstick.
"Well to be sure !" said Mrs. Gardener, letting
fall the broom, and holding up her hands; did any
body ever see the like of that !"
She placed a saucer of milk on the floor, and I
sat quietly and let the kitten drink it. The kitten
herself was a little surprised at this, and hesitated
before beginning, not knowing exactly what it might
be proper for her to do; indeed, I could scarcely
expect her to understand the etiquette of so un-
usual a circumstance; but she had a great deal of
tact, and soon perceived that I wished her to go
on naturally; so she began lapping, though looking
round at me between every two or three mouth-
fuls, to make sure that she was not taking a liberty.
But meeting with nothing but encouragement, she
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both laid ourselves down by the kitchen-fire, as if
we had been friends all our lives.
"Well to be sure !" exclaimed the gardener's
wife again. It was her favourite phrase; she seemed
never to tire of it, and to have little else to say; but
I understood what she meant, and took a comfort-
able nap in consequence.
By and by came dinner, and a pleasant little
meal it was. Instead of flying at the kitten for pre-
suming to eat at all, I quite enjoyed having a com-
panion. My platter stood, as usual, in the yard,
and Pussy's in a corner of the kitchen; but by mu-
tual consent we began dragging our respective bones
along the ground to eat in company; and the gar-
dener's wife seeing the proceeding, carried our plates
for us, and placed them side by side outside the door,
and we finished our meal in the most sociable manner.
Times were now altered: but I need not give a
detailed account of every day. The good understand-
ing between Pussy and me continued to increase,
till it ripened into the warmest friendship. Uncon-
genial companion as she appeared, I grew by de-
grees fonder of her than I had ever been of any of
my own tribe; and although our habits were by
nature totally dissimilar, we learned to understand,
and even to take pleasure in accommodating our-
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I confess this was not done in a moment. At
first I certainly was occasionally annoyed by Pussy's
inconsistencies. She would profess to be so refined,
that a specI of dirt on her white coat made her un-
happy; so delicate, that she could not endure to wet
her feet; so modest, that she could not bear to be
looked at while she was eating; while at the same
time she would scamper into the dirtiest hole after
a mouse, and then devour the nasty vermin with a
satisfaction quite disgusting to a well-bred sporting
dog like myself.
I wished to educate her in the sentiments and
habits of my own nobler race, but I found it a hope-
less task. If I took her out for a walk, and tried to
impress her with the pleasure of a good healthy
swim in the pond, she listened politely; but in spite
of all my arguments, when we arrived at the water's
edge, and I plunged in, she never could be induced
to follow; there she stood, mewing and shivering
on the brink, not daring even to wet her claws. If
I objected to her mice, she argued that they were
her natural food, and agreed with her; and so on
through all my attempts to reform her.
The little creature had generally an answer ready;
and what was peculiarly provoking to a person un-
used to contradiction, like myself, she often disputed
points upon which I had supposed there could be but
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one opinion. When I was trying to shame her into
being more like a dog, she actually told me that she
doubted whether mine really was the nobler race, for
that the lion was her chief, and she challenged me
to show his equal. This was the more irritating be-
cause I could not answer it; and I take some credit
to myself for having kept my temper on the occa-
sion, as I did feel tempted to give her a shake.
Luckily it occurred to me that quarrelling with peo-
ple for being in the right would not put them in the
wrong, and that shaking them might not be the
way to shake their opinions. So I was silent, and
pretended to be indulgent.
After all, the little cat had received an educa-
tion extremely suitable to her character and circum-
stances. Lily had made an in-door companion of her,
as she had made an out-door one of me, and had
taken great pains to cultivate her natural talents.
Her manners were perfect. It was impossible to
be more gentle, graceful, and courteous than Puss.
Always at hand, but never in the way; quick in
observing, but slow in interfering ; active and ready
in her own work, but quiet and retiring when not
required to come forward; affectionate in her temper,
and regular in her habits,-she was a thoroughly
feminine domestic character.
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municated to me when we were sufficiently intimate
for her to speak openly. Perhaps she did not admire
me quite so much as I admired myself; but perhaps
she was right-who knows ? I have heard that even
among men, lookers-on are sometimes the best
judges. She did full justice to my strength and cou-
rage, and applauded my daring way of rushing upon
an enemy, without regard to his size or position,
instead of running into a corner and spitting at him.
She admitted, without hesitation, that mine was the
superior proceeding; but she suggested, that per-
haps it might be as well not to be quite so ready to
attack other dogs before they had given me any
offence: also that it was unnecessary to suppose that
every man who came to the house must have bad
intentions, whether he gave me just cause for sus-
picion or not. In fact, she hinted that it was good
to be brave, but bad to be quarrelsome. Then as to
my personal appearance, she acknowledged that I
was larger and handsomer than she, and that my
rough, shaggy coat was far from unbecoming; but
when I laughed at her finical cleanliness, and called
heP affected for not keeping her own white fur as
rough and muddy as mine, she reminded me that it
was that very neatness, so despised by me, which
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while I, with all my good qualities, was never
allowed to come up stairs.
I had always thought it rather grand to bang
about in a careless manner; and if I knocked any
thing down, I supposed it was the thing's fault. I
once swept down with my tail a whole trayful of
crockery; and when I was scolded for doing mis-
chief, I thought it quite sufficient excuse to say to
myself, I did not do it on purpose; what is the
use of making such a fuss ?" But I now saw clearly
that Pussy's care not to do any mischief at all was
both more agreeable to others and more advan-
tageous to herself.
For instance, the gardener's wife turned me out
in the cold while she was washing the china, whereas
she let Pussy walk about on the very table among
the cups and saucers, stepping so carefully with her
soft little paws that there was no danger of any
breakage. I have seen her walk along the edge of
every shelf on the dresser, without disarranging a
single plate. Then, while I was despising Puss for
catching mice, I heard the gardener's wife giving her
the highest praise for being an excellent mouser;
and to my surprise, I found out that it was the re-
gular work for which she was kept in the house.
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other better and better, and our companionship was
useful in teaching us to be less narrow-minded in
our estimation of each other and things in general.
I discovered that it was not necessary for every body
to be exactly alike; that cats and dogs, and perhaps
also men and women, had a right each to his own
character; and that people must be mutually accom-
modating, every body giving up a little, and no one
expecting to make his own way the rule for every
body. And Pussy learnt herself, and taught me
another lesson, that every body is one's superior in
something, so that any body may improve by taking
pattern by any body else; I mean, by looking for
and imitating their good qualities, instead of pick-
ing out and snarling over their faults.
Time slipped away very happily and impercep-
tibly. There were few changes in our mode of life;
though Pussy, from a kitten, in due time became a
full-grown cat, who left off running after her tail
and climbing up the banisters, and walked up and
-down stairs as steadily as I did myself. In other
respects our relations remained the same; I was the
patron and protector, she the friend and companion,
sharing the same kennel and the same platter, and
both metamorphosed from the bitterest enemies into
the comfort and delight of each other's lives.
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with our eyes half shut,and Pussypurring pleasantly,
I heard the sound or wheels at a distance. Supposing
it to be the baker's cart, I roused myself, and ran to
the gate, according to custom, to see him give in the
bread. But long before the vehicle came in sight, I
smelt the difference between it and the baker's cart.
It came nearer; I felt in a state of uncommon agita-
tion; old recollections and associations returned with
extraordinary vividness, and my eagerness was in-
tense till the carriage stopped at the door. No
wonder I had been so much excited; for who should
be on the box but my old friend John? and who
should get out of the carriage but my master himself.
Was I not in raptures! And did I not jump
and tear about the court in my joy! Pussy sat at
the window watching myvagaries with astonishment.
When she understood the state of the case, she was
very glad to see our master, but expressed her plea-
sure in a more moderate way than I.
My master and John were cordial in their greet-
* ings to every body, but they seemed very busy, and
spent the rest of the day in walking over the place
and giving a number of orders. I followed close at
their heels, very happy to be in their company once
more. The gardener and his wife made many in-
quiries about Lily, as I would have done myself if I
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though I was rather puzzled by some of them. He
said she was quite well and very happy, but that
he missed her sadly.
"I can understand that," thought I, as I looked
up at him in sympathy.
I believe he understood me, for he patted my
head, saying, "Poor Captain, she was very fond of
you.
The gardener and his wife said that they had
been "quite proud to hear the news, for that if
any body deserved her it was Sir Rodolph;" and
my master answered, "True, true; I must not
complain of giving her up to him."
Although I could not make out her history very
accurately; but on discussing it withPuss,and putting
together everything that we heard my master say in
the garden, and John say in the kitchen, we came to
the conclusion that Lily was gone to live at some dis-
tance in a home of her own; that Craven's good elder
brother was her companion there; and that her papa
was much pleased with the arrangement, though he
lost her company. It seemed an odd affair to Pussy
and me, and we purred and pondered over it. Puss
confessed that she could not understand a person's
leaving the house in which she was born. My views
were larger. I could imagine being contented in any
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separation from friends seemed an unnatural pro-
ceeding. However, John had distinctly said that her
papa was very much pleased; so we decided that
human beings were gifted with greater powers than
ourselves of bearing change, and making themselves
happy and useful under a variety of circumstances.
For we had no doubt of Lily's being happy and
useful wherever she might be. I could as soon have
fancied myself encouraging my thieves, or Puss
neglecting her mice, as Lily idle or out of spirits.
In the course of the next day, John brought the
carriage to the door again, and invited me to take a
drive. Much flattered, I scrambled to the box, and
sat by his side as steadily as I could, though the
movement of the carriage was not much to my taste.
Several times I could not resist trying to get down
and run by the side; but John scolded me and held
me fast, only indulging me with an occasional
scamper when we were going up hill.
I had not omitted a good-humoured bark to Pussy
when we started, by way of farewell; for she came to
see us off, though she was too humble to expect an in-
vitation to join the party. I fully supposed that we
should return in an hour or two, and that I should
have the pleasure of telling her my morning's adven-
tures. But we travelled up hill and down hill,through
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still we went on and on, without any symptoms
of turning.
In time we stopped at an inn, where my master
had his dinner; and I went with John to the stables,
and saw him feed the horses, and then followed him
to the kitchen, where he too ate his dinner, and gave
some to me. Then we set off on our journey again.
Now I thought we were surely going home; but
no; still straight on through new roads all day till
the sun went down and the evening grew so dark
that I could not see the country; and yet no talk
of returning. John stopped the carriage, and lighted
the lamps; and then on again, at the same steady
pace, through the unknown land.
Tired of travelling in the wrong direction, as it
appeared to me, and without any object, I curled
myself round at John's feet and took a long nap.
On waking, I found myself in a scene altogether
strange to me. We were passing through the
streets of a city. I sat up and turned my head
from side to side, quite bewildered by the differ-.
ence between such a place and the country villages
in which I had passed my life.
Ah, you may well look about you," said John;
"you are not the only one that hasn't known what
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it was now so late that every body ought to have been
asleep in their kennels, the innumerable lights in the
houses made the night as bright as day. The streets
were swarming with people; men and women, car-
riages and horses, even dogs and cats, met us every
moment. I supposed they must be a kind of savages,
who came out in the night like wild beasts, and I
tried barking at them to frighten them back to their
dens; but it had no effect, and John bade me be
quiet. Indeed, I myself perceived that it would be
a hopeless task to bark at everybody that went by.
Their numbers were like the autumn leaves falling
from the trees in our avenue during a high wind,
and I could only suppose that next day I should find
them all swept up in heaps at the side of the road.
At last we stopped before a house; and very
glad I was to be ordered to jump down and go in,
and not at all sorry for the good supper that was
presently given me. I was too tired even to wonder
where I was, or to do or think of anything that
night except going to sleep; and that I did tho-
roughly, after my long journey.
But next-day I was myself again, and up early
to explore the premises. What I saw at first was
not much to my taste. I did not admire my kennel;
it was decidedly dull, fixed in the corner of a small
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


river, no garden; nothing to be seen but a square
patch of sky above the walls; nothing to be heard
but a continual heavy rumbling outside. I soon
grew tired of watching the clouds, and pacing round
the little court; and as soon as the house was open,
I found my way to the street door. There I could
certainly not complain of being dull. If London
had seemed bustling the night before, what was it
now by broad daylight, with the full sun shining
on the countless passengers! I could scarcely keep
still myself, with the excitement of watching such
incessant movement.
To my great disappointment, before long, John
called me in, fearing that I might stray from the
house and be lost or stolen. Of course, I obeyed
him directly; but he perceived my vexation, and
good-naturedly showed me a locker under the hall-
window, where I might sit and study the humours
of London at my pleasure. I thought I should
never be tired of looking out of that window. The
scene was so new and charming, that it reconciled
me at once to my present situation, and even to
the hours which might necessarily be passed in my
ugly kennel. I really preferred it to the Manor.
There, even while my master and Lily were living
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few foot passengers and carts might come by in the
course of the day, carriages and horses perhaps
once in a week. Visitors, if they came, stayed for
hours, so that I had ample time to make myself
master of their characters, as well as those of their'
horses and dogs. Every body whom I knew at all,
I knew intimately; and notwithstanding Pussy's
hints about rash judgments, I doubt whether I was
ever really in danger of mistaking an honest man
for a thief. But if my old home was more favour-
able to tranquil reflection, certainly this place had
the advantage of amusement and variety. Here
there was no time for studying character, nor doing
anything else leisurely. I scarcely caught a glimpse
of any one, before he was out of sight. A quiet
nap was out of the question; if I so much as winked,
I lost the view of something. The stream of comers
and goers was ever flowing. Nobody stood still,
nobody turned back; nobody walked up and down,
as my master and his visitors used on the terrace,
while I observed their manners; here, as soon as
one had passed, his place was taken by another.
I watched for hours, expecting that some time or
other they would all have gone by, and the street
be left to silence and to me. But nothing of the
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crossing each other in every direction; and for as
many as went by, there seemed always twice as
many yet to come.
In time I grew less confused, and I went out
walking with my master or John until I knew my
way about the streets, so that I could be trusted to
go out by myself and come safe home again.
The care of the house also devolved once more
upon me; and it was a more responsible charge
than at home, on account of the immense variety
of characters which I was obliged to understand.
As to bribery, whether in town or country, I was
always incorruptible; but I found it necessary to
quicken my powers of observation, in order to be
up to my duty in London. I used sometimes to
single out a suspicious individual in the crowd, and
follow him through two or three streets, till I had,
thoroughly smelt out his character; and before
long, I saw all I wanted so quickly and accurately,
that John himself was ready to submit his judg-
ment to mine. I learned to know my man, and to
make him know me too; and it would have re-
quired a daring thief to attempt our house.
I own I soon thoroughly enjoyed London and
its ways, and quite left off wishing to return to the
monotony of the Manor. But though my life was
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that either its novelty or its occupation could banish
from my memory the dear little companion who
had formed my happiness at home. Forget my
Pussy I never did, though for a-time I seemed con-
tented without her. But, for the first few days, I
constantly expected to see her arrive. I took it
for granted that she would be brought to London
just as I had been myself; and every evening, at
the hour of our own arrival, I went to the hall-door,
and sat patiently on the mat for a considerable time,
fully expecting every moment that a carriage would
stop, and that I should be the first to welcome my
friend.
But day after day passed without bringing her.
Plenty of other cats were clambering about the roof
of the house, or showing themselves against the sky
on the top of the wall; but they were all cross and
spiteful, setting up their backs and snarling at me if
I only looked at them. I had no wish to make
their acquaintance, for there was but one cat in the
world that I cared for. My love was for the indi-
vidual, not the race. Dogs were numerous in the
neighbourhood, and among them were several intel-
ligent, cultivated animals with whom I could be on
pleasant barking terms; but friendship is not made
in a day, and these new acquaintances could not
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


As I grew weary of watching for her in vain, I
left off waiting at the hall-door, and passed my
evenings in thinking about her, sometimes by the
kitchen fire, sometimes in the study, on the rug at
mry master's feet. But the more I thought about
her, the more I missed her, till at last I quite lost
all my spirits. I could not eat my food without
her to partake of it; I scarcely cared to growl, and
took no pleasure in barking. In short, I pined for
her as I had once done for Lily; and John and my
master asked each other every day what could be
the matter with me.
At last, finding it impossible to bear such a life
any longer, I began to consider whether there was
no remedy in my power. I knew that if my master
objected to any thing, he did not lie on the rug and
mope, but he worked hard to set it to rights. The
.more I thought about it, the more I perceived that
mere thinking would not do; I must set to work
and help myself. So I took my resolution, and de-
termined to risk every thing rather than go on in
this dawdling way, fretting my heart out.
But how? Why, how did I come here myself?
People had tried to bring me, and succeeded; why
should not I try to bring Pussy ? I might not suc-
ceed, for I did not conceal from myself the difficul-
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was ever accomplished without danger or difficulty?
At any rate, it was worth the trial; and if I did
succeed, Pussy was worth every thing. So, as she
would not come, I would go and fetch her.
This once decided, it was evident that the sooner
I set off the better; because the road not being fa-
miliar to me, it was important that I should travel
it again before all traces of our former journey were
lost. As yet, we had not been so long in London
but that I had reason to think I should recognize
the principal turnings, besides various objects on
the road. I had been asleep during part of the
journey, it is true; but I hoped that my acute sense
of smell would come to my help when eyesight
failed,
And here I reflected with satisfaction upon tie
many advantages I had over my master in travel-
ling. First, what a much better nose mine was!
His seemed of very little use to him up in the air,
out of reach of the ground. If he had not been
able to ask his way, I am sure he could never have
found it out by smelling. Then, how inconvenient
to be obliged to carry so many things with him!
He could not move without a portmanteau or a
-carpet-bag full of strange clothes, instead of being
contented with one good coat on his back. I never
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than one coat. Mine was always new, always com-
fortable, suited to all seasons, and fitting beauti-
fully, having adapted itself to my growth at all
stages of my life, without any attention from me.
I never had any trouble with tailors, snipping and
measuring, trying on and altering. My coat would
dry on me too, whereas my poor master could not
even jump into the river without taking his off;
if it so much as rained, he wanted an umbrella.
Then, he never seemed able to run any distance.
For a few hundred yards it was all very well, but
after that he began to walk; and if he made a
single day's journey, he was obliged to be helped
by a horse. Poor man! I pitied him; and yet I
never for a moment hesitated to acknowledge him
as my master; for, with all his defects, I felt that
he was in possession of some faculty incomprehen-
sible to me, but which overpowered a thousand and
a thousand times the utmost animal superiority.
But to return to my own adventures. I deter-
mined to find my way to my native village as a
dog best might, without delay. So the next morn-
ing I set off, following my nose, which was my best
guide, through the intricacies of the London streets.
More than once I took a wrong turn; but after
going a little way up the street, I always discovered
my mistake, and retraced my steps.
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Once I met two gentlemen whom I knew. One
asked the other if I was not my master's dog; the
other looked round and called, "Captain! Cap-
tain !" I was very near wagging my tail and look.
ing up at the familiar sound, but I fortunately.
recollected myself in time. As he was not my
master, I was not bound to be obedient; so I held
my ears and tail still by a strong determination,
and trotted on, taking no notice.
Another time, as I was sniffing the ground
where several streets branched off, I heard an ill-
toned voice say, There's a dog that has lost his
master."
Fine dog, too," said another; "there will be a
good reward advertised for him."
"Humph, there's more to be made by him than
that," replied the first; and as I looked up at him,
I recognized the very man whom I had formerly
prevented from breaking into my master's country
house. I growled fiercely; and if he had attempted
to approach me, I was prepared for a spring at his
throat.
"He seems to have a spite against you; best
leave him alone," said the other. And the two
turned away, evidently aware that it would not be
safe to meddle with me; and I once more pursued
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Having my own reasons for not wishing to at-
tract attention, I jostled against as few passengers
as possible, and did my utmost to keep clear of in-
quisitive dogs or arrogant horses, so that I met
with few obstacles, and before mid-day arrived
safely at the outskirts of London. Then my way
became much plainer; a country road, with hedges
and fields on each side, was easily tracked; and I
could hold up my head in comfort as I ran along at
a good pace, instead of keeping my nose close to
the ground for fear of losing my way.
I came to a place where four roads met, and
there, though but for a few moments, I was per-
plexed. There was a sign-post, but that was no-
thing to me; it might have been useful to my
poor master, but to me it was only one of his
many encumbrances, which were superseded by
my nose.
So I followed my nose up one of the roads; it
would not do. Up a second and a third; still my
nose refused assent. As there was but one road
more, I had no further choice; so I troubled my
nose no more, but galloped joyfully ahead without
any difficulty on the subject, wondering whether
my master would have found the way by his reason
as surely as I by my instinct.
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only hungry; that is to say, hungry for me, who
had never yet known what it was to want a meal.
Accustomed to regular daily food as often as I re-
quired it, I do not suppose that in my comfortable
life I ever knew what real hunger was, such hunger
as is felt by poor creatures with but scanty food for
one day, and uncertain even of that for the next.
But I felt that I should like my dinner; and, for
the first time in my life, was called upon to find it
for myself.
And, really, when a person has been accustomed
to see set before him every day, at his own hour, on
his own platter; a supply of bread and meat nicely
mixed, with perhaps some pudding to finish it, and
no trouble required on his part but to eat it tidily,
and say "Thank you" after his fashion, it is no
small puzzle suddenly to be obliged to provide his
own dinner from beginning to end-catching, cook-
ing, and serving it up. There are more in the
world than I who would know how to do nothing
but eat it. If I had been a wild dog, used to the
habits of savage life, I might have hunted down
some smaller animal as wild as myself, torn it to
pieces, and devoured it raw; but I was a civilised
creature, so altered by education, that in my hunt-
ing days I always brought the game to my master
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high road, there was not even game to be caught.
I really was quite at a loss what to do.
In course of time I came up with a traveller
sitting under a hedge, eating a lump of bread and
cheese. I would not have accepted bread and
cheese at home if it had been offered me, but now
I stopped in front of the eater and began to beg
for some, licking my lips, and wagging my tail in
my most insinuating manner.
He threw me a scrap of coarse bread, saying,
"There's for you; but I dare say you are too well
fed to eat it."
His supposition would have been true enough
the day before; but hunger cures daintiness, and
now I was glad of such a mouthful. I bolted it in
an instant, and looked for more. He threw me one
other crust, saying that was all he could spare;
and, finishing the rest himself, went on his way,
leaving me as hungry as ever.
By and by, in passing through a village, I came
to a butcher's shop. The butcher was not in sight,
and meat was spread in the most tempting manner
on the board.
How easily," thought I, I could steal that
nice raw chop, and run away with it! Nobody
could see me, and I do not believe any body could
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Steal it-the thought startled me. Brought
up from my earliest puppyhood in the strictest
principles of honesty; able, as I imagined, to see
the best-stocked larder, or the most amply-supplied
table, without even wishing to touch what was not
my own;-was I now, on the very first temptation,
the first time in my life that I had ever been really
hungry, to forget all I had been taught, and to be-
come a thief? Was it only the fear of blows that
had kept me honest? Was my honesty worthy
the name, if I was only honest when I had no
temptation to be otherwise? I was ashamed of
myself, and turning from the shop, passed on with
drooping ears.
Presently I met with a dog so extra fat as to
show plainly that he had never gone without his
dinner, and yet he was growling over a bone as if
he had been starving. On looking more closely at
him, I perceived that he was in possession of two
bones, either of them enough for one dog; but he
was unable to make use of one, for fear of the
other's being taken from him. So there he lay,
with his paws upon both, growling instead of
enjoying himself. He was a larger dog than I, but
not nearly so strong, being grown helpless and
unwieldly through long habits of greediness and
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and take one of his bones by brute force, and at
first I felt inclined to help myself by this means.
I thought I had a good right so to do. I actually
wanted the necessaries of life, while he was revel-
ling in superfluous luxury. Was I not justified,
nay more, was I not bound in common sense and
justice to take from him what he did not want,
and give it to myself who did want it? Even if I
robbed him of one of his bones, I should leave him
as much as I took away.
Robbed-another awkward word! I paused
again. Assault and robbery were perhaps not so
mean as sneaking theft, but were they more allow-
able? The bones were his own, his property; given
to him by some one who had a right to dispose of
them; and though at this moment I might wish
4or a more equal distribution, I had sense enough
to know that it would be a bad state of things if
every dog were to seize upon every neighboring
dog's bones at his own discretion. It might suit
me at this moment, but to-morrow a stronger dog
might think that I had too much, and insist upon
my relinquishing half of my dinner. Who was to
be the judge? Every dog would differ in opinion
as to how much was his own fair share, and how
much might be left to his neighbour. No large
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was hungry; and it would end by the strongest
getting all the bones, while the poor, inferior curs
were worse off than ever. So I determined to
respect the rights of property, for the sake of small
dogs as well as for my own.
After all, starvation was not inevitable. It
might be possible to get a dinner without fighting
for it. I sat down opposite my new acquaintance,
and entered into civil conversation with him. I
found him much more friendly than I expected.
He had certainly been accustomed to more indul-
gence and idleness than was good for him, but his
natural disposition was not entirely spoilt. He
was the peculiar pet of a lady, who thought it
kindness to cram him from morning till 'night with
food that disagreed with him, to provide him with
no occupation, and to-deprive him of healthy exer-
cise, so that no wonder he had grown lazy and
selfish; but his native spirit was not entirely ex-
tinguished, and he assured me that a bare bone to
growl over, and a little comfortable rain and mud
to disport himself in like a dog, were still the
greatest treats that could be offered to him. His
temper had been farther soured by the spite and
envy of dogs around- him, who, less petted them-
selves, and not aware how little his petting contri-
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that he possessed, and lost no opportunity of snap-
ping and snarling at him.
When I reflected on the difference between his
circumstances and my own, I felt more inclined to
pity than to blame him; but though I condoled
with him kindly, and whined in sympathy, I took
care to give him the best advice in my power, and
to suggest such changes in his own conduct as
might tend to better his lot.
He listened with patience and candour, and
showed his gratitude by treating me with the most
cordial hospitality. He gave me an excellent bone,
and offered to share his kennel with me; but after
my dinner and a nap I was so thoroughly refreshed,
that I preferred continuing my journey. He
pressed me to call on him in my way back, pro-
vided I returned alone; but honestly confessed that
if I was accompanied by a cat, he feared that the
force of habit might be too strong to allow of his
being as polite to her as he could wish. Remember.
ing my own early prejudices, I had no right to
blame him; and we parted excellent friends, though
I declined his invitation.
I met with no more adventures or difficulties.
Even my night's lodging gave me no trouble; for
when it was growing dark, and I felt too tired to
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out by the stable-door of a roadside inn, and I soon
scratched and smoothed it into as comfortable a
bed as dog need wish. By break of day I was on
my travels again; and being now near my native
village, in a road of which I knew every step, I
had no further perplexity, and by breakfast-time
arrived at my old home.
It had never occurred to me that any body
would be surprised to see me. Having always met
with a hearty welcome, I expected one as a matter
of course; but. I certainly never anticipated being
received with a shout of astonishment, and to this
day I cannot understand why they were all so
amazed. But so it was. When the gardener
opened the gate and saw me sitting outside, he
started as if I had been a strange dog going to fly
at him; and instead of speaking to me, began
calling as loud as he could to his wife:
"Peggy! why, Peggy, make haste, I say.
Here's the dog How did he ever come here ?"
The old lady came bustling along at double her
usual speed, and I thought she would immediately
explain my appearance; but she seemed even more
surprised than her husband; she fairly screamed.
S"Well to be sure !" exclaimed she as usual, as
soon as she had recovered her breath; "well to be
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


How can he have come? Do you think master is
on the road ?"
I'll run down to the. turnpike and see,"
answered her husband; and off he set, without
bestowing a word upon me; his wife meanwhile,
with her apron thrown over her head, straining
her eyes to look after him. I wagged my tail, and
patted her with my paw, and did my best to
make her understand that I was there on my own
account; but her head was too full of fancies to
attend to the reality, and she persisted in looking
out for my master who was not coming, and
neglecting me who was there under her eyes. So
I left her to find out the state of the case as she
could, and turned my steps towards the house,
where I hoped to meet a friend, who would think
nothing so natural as my being at her side.
I peeped in at the kitchen window, and there
sat my Pussy, in her old place before the fire,
looking just as when I left her-the neatest,
whitest, softest, and gentlest of creatures. Sh/e
was not surprised to see me. She winked and
blinked a little, as if she was dreaming of me at
that moment, and was afraid to open her eyes
more than half-way, lest the dream should vanish;
but at last she opened them altogether, and the
dream turned to reality. Then, had we not a
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There was much to tell on both sides before we
could properly discuss the grand object of my
coming, and our time was a good deal taken up by
a constant succession of visitors; not dogs or cats,
as might have been expected, but boys and girls,
men and women, friends of the servants, all pour-
ing in to see me. From the time that the gar-
dener and his wife had satisfied themselves that
my master was not coming with me, they seemed
to consider my arrival stranger than ever, and to
think it necessary to inform every body of the
circumstances,-though I should certainly have
supposed there would be more wonder in seeing
two persons than one. Pussy did not approve of
so much company, as she always disliked to be
stared at; I, being of a less retiring turn of mind,
was perhaps rather flattered by the notice; but, by
the time evening came, even I was glad to have
the house quiet. Then we lay by the fire, and
explained all our feelings to each other.
I described to my friend how unhappy I had
been without her, and how amidst all the pleasures
of London I had languished for her company, till
I could bear my loneliness no longer; and I en-
treated her, for my sake, to relinquish all her present
habits, and to try a new life and a new home.
She heard me with much sympathy, and owned
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standing the placid exterior which she had thought
it right to keep up, she had missed me quite as
much as I missed her. But she did not at once,
as I hoped, agree eagerly to my proposal of accom-
panying me to London. She hesitated. The
journey seemed an arduous undertaking. What
strange dogs she might meet! what showers of
rain! what obstacles of all kinds, that had never
suggested themselves to me!
I strenuously combated all her objections,
trying to convince her that the journey which
seemed so formidable would turn out a mere
pleasure-excursion. I did not mind getting wet
myself; but as she did, I was glad to assure her
that there was plenty of shelter in case of rain.
Indeed, one might suppose that the whole road
had been laid out for the express convenience of
cat travellers; there were such hedges, trees, stiles,
sheltered nooks, and sunny banks in every direc-
tion. Then as for strange dogs, was I not there
to protect her? was I not a match for any dog?
and did she not know that I would gladly shed the
last drop of my blood in her cause, besides enjoy-
ing a fight on my own account? She sighed, but
her sigh was a nearer approach to a purr than
before, though her objections were far from being
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her own habits and her own duties; she had been
used all her life to that same house, with its cellars
and its pantries under her especial charge, and she
was afraid that in a new place she might be idle
and uncomfortable.
This seemed to me a most unreasonable punctilio,
I allowed that she might fairly prefer the country,
but I could not for a moment admit that a town
life need be idle. Did she suppose there were no
mice in London ? I could answer for the contrary.
The servants were perpetually complaining not
only of mice, but of rats; and only the day before
I started, I had heard them declare that they could
not do without a cat any longer. A most active
life was open to her. The only danger was, that
she might find too much to do, and that her love
of neatness and comfort might be revolted by the
dark crannies and gloomy cellars in which she had
to seek her work. But as for being useless, that
was indeed an idle fear any where for any body
who wished to work.
She listened attentively, and began to purr in a
more decided manner.
C Still," said she, I am afraid they will miss
me here."
No doubt," I replied; but their loss can be re-
medied. A house like this can be kept in order by
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cherished here chiefly because it was Lily's wish.
Peggy can easily find another kitten; and you know
she has often said that white cats were not to her
taste, and she should much prefer a tabby."
"True, true," murmured Puss; and seeing that
she was gradually softening, I continued to place
every inducement before her in the strongest light.
I represented the present unguarded state of the
sugar, candles, preserves, &c., in a manner to touch
the feelings of any domestic cat, and dwelt at some
length on the improvement that must take place in
the house under her vigilant superintendence. And
I finally crowned my persuasions with the tenderest
appeal to her affection for me, drawing a vivid pic-
ture of the difference to me and to my happiness that
would result from her companionship. Pussy had
for some time been wavering, and before I had
finished my harangue she purred a full consent.
I need not describe my delight at thus gaining
the great object of my life. Some feelings should
not be made public property. My happiness was
not of a nature to be boisterous, but it was such as
to satisfy Pussy that she had decided aright.
At break of day we began our grand adventure,
as we were anxious to lose no time; and we had
been so well fed over-night, that we could defy
hunger for the next twenty-four hours. When I
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had set out on my solitary journey, I had felt very
easy about my accommodations and mode of travel-
ling; but now that I had my less hardy companion,
many cares crowded on my mind, and I pondered
so profoundly over every arrangement, that Puss
seemed the most cheerful and courageous of the two.
Indeed, from the moment she agreed to my request,
she generously gave to the winds all her former
objections, and thought of nothing but helping me,
and giving as little trouble as possible herself.
We passed through our native village quietly.
All curious observers had visited us the night before;
and our friendship was so well known, that the sight
of us together attracted no notice beyond a few
kind words; but on emerging into the great world
of the London road, we were obliged to hold a con-
sultation upon our proceedings. Though our object
was the same, our views of the best means of at-.
taining it did not quite agree; Pussy's idea being to
avoid fighting, mine to be prepared for it. Doubt-
less a combination of both principles was our true
policy.
We reconnoitred our route. Fields on each side
were divided from the road by hedges, and there
was a raised path between the hedge and the road.
We decided that I should run along the open path,
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


out of sight as possible, crept along the field on the
other side of the hedge. Though this arrangement
separated us, it was by far the safest; the thick
green hedge hid the cat from observation, and there
were plenty of gaps through which we could take
an opportunity of peeping at each other, unmarked
by any one else. Moreover, the fields had attrac-
tions for Pussy besides mere security; she could
catch birds and field-mice, and thus secure a com-
fortable meal at any moment.
In this manner we proceeded pleasantly for
many miles; I trotting steadily onwards, and Puss
creeping behind the hedge at her usual stealthy pace.
When prudence permitted, we enlivened our journey
by various agreeable diversions. Sometimes on
coming to a paling or a wall, Puss jumped up with
her usual activity, and ran along the top. Occa-
sionally we made a halt, while she climbed a plea-
sant tree, and I reposed on the grass under its shade.
Or she would rest on a sunny bank, while I amused
myself by watching any passing carriages and horses
in the road. Once or twice we left the beaten path
in search of water, but we were careful not to
wander far out of our way.
In going through one village, we observed some
trellis-work on the gable end of a house, affording
facilities of ascent quite irresistible to a cat of spirit.
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Puss was on the perpendicular wall in an instant,
climbing hand over hand, or rather paw over paw,
till she reached the roof. There she revelled in her
favourite exaltation, and enjoyed herself thoroughly
in darting over the slates, and making excursions up
and down the chimney stacks. As there were seve-
ral houses adjoining, she had the opportunity of a
considerable promenade along the gutters, very satis-
factory till she came to the end of the row; but there,
unfortunately, she found no means of coming down
again. There was no trellis; and a blank wall,
without a single projection to afford a footing, was
beyond even her dexterity. There was nothing to
be done but to retrace her steps, I meanwhile run-
ning along the footpath, and looking up with some
anxiety.
But we were not obliged to go back very far. The
middle house was an inn, with a sign-post before it,
from which hung a picture of a red lion rampant,-
an ugly beast, and far from royal. I thought I
would have shaken him to pieces if he had been
alive, but under present circumstances I was very
glad to see him. Puss sprang from the roof to the
cross-beam which supported him, and from thence
easily scrambled down his post to the ground. Very
glad I was to have her at my side again, and to
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All these freaks had rather hindered us, as people
cannot go out of their way for amusement without
wasting more time than they reckon upon; and I
now urged Puss to resist such temptations, and to
keep up a steady walk on her side of the hedge.
Not being able to climb myself, I had no sympathy
with her great love of the art; and, in fact, I
had sometimes considered her power of ascending
heights, and finding footing in places inaccessible
to me, as a fault in her character. But as I did
not wish to be ill-natured and disagreeable, I in-
dulged her taste, though believing it to be useless,
if not dangerous, and often persuading her to keep
to the beaten path in every thing.
But I thought myself wiser than I was, and I
had to learn by experience that every different
nature and endowment may have its peculiar ad-
vantages. Before we were out of sight of that
village, the very talent which I had despised was
the means of saving Pussy's life.
The hedgerow, which had hitherto been our safe-
guard and screen from impertinent observation, had
come to an end; the fields were separated from the
road only by an open ditch, and young trees en-
closed in palings were planted at regular intervals
along the path. We were trotting leisurely, think-
ing of no mischief, when at a turn in the road there






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suddenly darted out upon us a fierce and powerful
mastiff. To leap the ditch and be at Pussy's side
was the work of a moment both for him and for me,
though with very different intentions; he to assail,
I to defend her. The attack was so sudden, that
Puss had not time to use her weapons to any pur-
pose; she just managed to give one spirited claw at
his nose with a loud hiss, and then sprang faster
and higher than I had ever seen her spring before,
and gained the top of the paling just in time to
escape his seizure. If she had not been able to jump,
she would have been a dead cat. Even then she
was not quite out of his reach, and he flew after
her; but I threw myself upon him while she
bounded to the little tree, and climbed its branches
till she gained a place of safety.
Then the mastiff and I had a battle royal. The
very recollection of it at this day does me good.
We were all in the highest state of excitement.
Puss in the tree, her back showing high above her
ears, and her tail swelled to the size of a fox's brush,
puffing and spitting at her enemy like a snake or a
steam-engine; the mastiff running round the paling
on his hind legs, banging up against it on every
side, and barking and howling with rage; I, no less
furious, howling and barking at him in return, and
galloping round the tree as wildly as he did. Deter-






OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


mined to try every thing, he turned to dash round
the other way, and we came full upon each other.
I need not describe the consequences. Greek"
may "meet Greek," and I leave the result to the
learned; but if any body had ever doubted whether
when dog meets dog, then comes the tug of war,"
now was the time to convince themselves. We
certainly did tug at each other most decidedly.
Our strength and courage were so nearly equal,
that for some time the victory was doubtful. Again
and again each hero, bitten, scratched, and bruised,
rolled in the dust, and rose up again shaking ears
and coat, ready to rush upon his adversary with
undiminished spirit. The final issue seemed to de-
pend entirely upon the power of holding out longest.
As I scorn to boast, I candidly confess that I was
many times ready to ask for quarter and own my-
self beaten: indeed, if I had only been fighting on
my own account, I must have yielded; but the good-
ness of my cause supported me, and in defence of
my friend I performed exploits of valour that I did
not know to be in my nature. At last I had the
satisfaction to see my enemy fairly turn round, and
with drooping head, and tail between his legs, sneak
off to his own home in a very different state of mind
and body from that in which he left it. I sent after
him a bark of triumph that made the woods re-






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echo,; but my best reward was in my Pussy's thanks
and praises, and the happy consciousness of being
her successful champion.
I required a little rest after my exertions; but
before long we were on the move again, and met
with no further impediments till we arrived at our
resting-place for the night. This was under the
shelter of an empty barn, rather infested by rats, so
that Puss found both food and lodging. Tastes
differ: I was glad of a comfortable roof and a warm
corner; but though Puss pressed me to partake of
her provision, I preferred going without a meal for
once in my life to sharing a rat.
We were up and dressed time enough for the
rising sun to meet us on our road. I have few
more "incidents of travel" to recount; indeed, be-
yond a little difficulty in crossing a puddle or two
without wetting my comrade's feet, or dirtying her
white stockings, we arrived at the outskirts of
London without hindrance.
But I feared that it would not be so easy to creep
unobserved through the busy streets, and I grew
very uncomfortable when I found myself and my
companion in the midst of the throng. I was anxious
to conceal my fears from Puss, lest I should alarm
her also; but her penetration saw through my forced
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OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


hensions. True to her determination of making the
best of every thing, she was more courageous than
I. With her usual good sense, she pointed out to
me that the greater the surrounding numbers, the
better the chance of any individuals passing un-
noticed; that it was the idle who hindered or mo-
lested others; and that this multitude of people,
intent upon objects of their own, would have neither
time nor inclination to annoy us.
I know by experience, my dear Captain," con-
tinued she, that when I am properly occupied with
my own rats, I have no temptation to interfere with
my neighbour's mice. It is when I have been sitting
too long purring in the sunshine with nothing to
do, that I am in danger of being mischievous or
troublesome."
True," I answered; I can bear witness to that
myself: and I am not afraid of the industrious people,
if they noticed us, it would be kindly. But these
are not all busy,-some may be at leisure to worry
us; and I scarcely know how we are to pass unob-
served; I fear we are very remarkable. At home
you know how much was said about us."
Yes, at home," she replied, with a significant
curl of her whiskers, "but at home we stood alone;
there was no one to compare us with. I fancy that
many are thought great personages in their own






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little village, who would be quite unnoticed else-
where. I hope that may be our case."
"You hope!" exclaimed I, almost with a bark;
for in spite of my fears, I by no means admired
Pussy's modest style of consolation. Mortification
got the better of prudence, and I felt that I would
rather fight every day and all day long than not be
thought worth fighting with.
I hope it for myself," she answered; but I do
not expect you to be of the same opinion. I am
content to shun danger and avoid blame; but it is
your nature to meet peril and to court praise."
"You are rather inconsistent," interrupted I,
somewhat nettled: "one of your objections to
coming with me was, that you thought you could
be of no use in London; and now you are wishing
to be altogether unnoticed."
"I do not see any contradiction," she replied;
"one may be useful without being conspicuous. If
I can fill my own little post quietly, so as to please
you and my master, I am content that no one else
should even know of my existence. My climbing
exploits are only for my own pleasure, as you know.
I have no ambition."
"Such a life would not satisfy me at all," I
answered.
"So much the better," said Puss; "there would






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be few great things done in the world if no one were
more energetic or daring than I. It is a capital
thing that there should be such as you, able and
willing to defend the weak, and to stand up for the
right without fear of consequences. It is your
proper part, and I am truly grateful to you for act-
ing it so nobly as you did yesterday."
This view of the matter soothed my feelings;
and for the present, at any rate, I was glad that
Pussy's retiring disposition should have its way.
The more she crept through by-ways and slunk into
corners, the-better I was pleased, for I was too fond
of her to wish to see her in danger for the sake of
my own honour and glory.
So with care and caution we went on our way,
taking every means to avoid not only dogs and boys,
but even older and wiser beings; and at last, under
lamp-posts and door-posts, through kennels and
gutters, now creeping along the ledge of a wall,
now hiding under the shelter of a friendly porch,
always watching each other at every step we took,
we arrived at our own door.
All necessity for caution being now happily at
an end, I indulged myself in a bark loud enough to
rouse the house, though too joyous to alarm it.
Presently our good friend John appeared in the
area, talking to himself while going about his work.





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We heard him say in a hesitating manner, I could
not help almost fancying that I heard my poor
Captain's bark; but I know it is nothing but my
folly, always thinking of him. He's been and got
himself stolen by some of those London dog-stealers.
I shall never see him again, poor fellow."
I barked again. John looked up, and there I
stood, only too happy to be able to contradict him
Extraordinary, that knowing me as he did, he should
have thought me capable of deserting my best
friends and letting myself be enticed away by a
dog-stealer! I hoped I had more sense than that.
John said not another word, but rushed up stairs
and threw the street-door wide open. In my rapture
at meeting him I forgot all ceremony; and standing
bolt upright on my hind-legs, with my fore-paws on
his shoulders, I licked his face all over. But he
was too glad to see me to take offence at my fami-
liarity, and patted my head and returned my caresses
with cordiality equal to my own.
At first he did not see my little fellow-traveller,
who, in her modest reluctance to be intrusive, held
back during the rough greetings between John and
me. But in proper time she felt it due to herself
to come forward and assert her presence; so, setting
her tail bolt upright like a standard, she began
pacing softly backwards and forwards, purring af-





OR, PUSS AND THE CAPTAIN.


fectionately, and rubbing herself against John's
legs at every turn.
"Well, Pussy," said John, as he stooped to
stroke her head, it would take a good many human
creatures to surprise me as much as you two dumb
animals have done. But come in. Come, Captain,
my boy; come, little Puss."
So saying, he ushered us across the hall to our
master's study, and tapped at the door.
"Come in," called our master.
John opened the door, and stood there without
speaking a word, while Puss and I walked forwards
to our master's chair, she purring and I wagging
my tail as usual, expecting him to say something
civil, but not prepared for astonishment in our wise
master. I thought we had left all that sort of
thing behind with Peggy. But my master looked
up and down, at John and us, us and John again,
several times in silence. At last he said, "It is
the most extraordinary thing I ever saw. How
and when did they come?"
"Not five minutes ago, sir," answered John;
"both together, as you see; and to judge from their
dusty look, they must have walked all the way."
"No doubt," replied my master. "On what
day did we miss the dog?"
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was moping. He must have found his way all
alone to the Manor, and brought the other back
with him. It beats every thing that ever I heard."
"He must, indeed. Wonderful!" said my
master.
To be sure I did," thought I. Where is the
wonder ?"
But as we were very hungry, we left John and
our master to express their surprise to each other,
while we turned our steps towards the kitchen.
Even there, before we got any dinner, we were
doomed to encounter a sharp fire of exclamations
from the servants; and really such incessant ex-
pressions of amazement began to be almost mor-
tifying. Approbation is pleasant enough, but
astonishment gives the idea that people had not
thought one capable of even one's own little good
deeds. However, we bore it all with good humour,
and were soon caressed and fed to our complete
satisfaction.
The rest of our story may be told in a few words.
Puss was soon domesticated on her London hearth,
and pursuing her avocations with her customary
skill and spirit. She was a universal favourite,
though just at first she had to endure a little gossip
about her history and appearance; some pronounc-
ing her to be very pretty, others seeing nothing




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