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TH- DOG DETECTIVE
THEE DIRIGO SER.IES.
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HORACE B. FULLER,
14 BROMFIELD STREET.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870,
BY HORACE B. FULLER,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
Or, Six Months in the Forests of Maine.
WILL'S WONDER BOOK.
Or, Life in the Backwoods.
MjERA, THE STAR DOG, . . 7
SAUER, THE DOG KING, . . 15
HOLD, TEAR, AND QUICK-EAR, ... . 21
VIGE, THE DOG SOLDIER, . 30
TIG, . . .. .87
THE PET EAGLE, . 46
THE DOG DETECTIVE, . 55
THE BLACK SWANS, . 63
THE RIDE FOR LIFE, . ....... 71
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.iL.EPA, THE STAR DOG.
S.fl UI'R RAH!" iR:.iur-t.ld a boy of fourteen. "Hooyah!'
S- I '.'.l G:, :. c. in lir bl.-- im itation. [in.,-d.:n .
'' t (di l. l! ; t; -! lI..l i: .' :l h tai. l. -
L_. [i..,...r. :.._ i.l rhe horn ; squeak, went th- i.-. i
,js ~ clit,_, .:l: .- i i,' -l:..1 and tongs; bt I '.e- i
til- rI .1
It i: .i '-: l rii ri i .,. and it tll-.:i the .-...itcr,-
Si. .. I I was iii- 11...l,. I.: ..r : t! my sister Isabel :i :
h-r i ,. 1- .. I Il;. r ii .:1 the I ill ib-i I was in.
the .i -i n..i-rootn -iri;!h-, ti._ fl.iiic-S as they f:;ilr d on tl.=
Christmas l::- in the open fireplace. Bother Dr.:i:, ].:-.,ivr.
felt diiff:.-li-:l :i l I .: :-..I.irin.. l, How can Belle let those
young Ib-:llnmit.- -. : so? i-. head is ready to burst. Can't
you stop t.lIh-,, n Gr.:t.- "
There was no rii r r..ii', this .i[:.' 1 ; so, I went into the Icill
SHal, Pet, hi I..i-i. pui,: Prince, i;._:,r a moment. Uncle Rich-
ard's head i- Jiu ready to l:ii r1.''
'i.. :'i -' h.l 'most -I.; j, t ready to bust. When do o 1.
' :. i th.: bust '11 r.- ll-, ,:.:.:i u it, ; ? "
SV. if ,oi i,- i,'- .:]u:iet. you ,i>'c c chi ld,: ."
\1 Ii it .Ill r t .:. I 1 v.as it Iuchi-iJ :i with po':vdI r
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How funny he'd look; wouldn't he!" and here my hopeful
pil:d!: tittered; while my neices stood with open eyes and
mouths, awestruck at such a possibility.
Cruel boy, to have no mercy on uncle's head, Come, now, to
the parlor, and I will tell you a story."
Oh, good goody But, darling auntie, let us have one more
little time ;" and, before I could forbid it, the hurrahs were ring-
ing again, and the various instruments before used did their best
todeafen me. Then, the small people marched into the parlor in
single file, their eyes nearly closed, their right forefingers held up,
as if in warning, a soft "hush breathing from each pair of lips;
and with 'altogether such a ludicrous affectation of silence, that
Dick roared with laughter, in spite of his recent complaints. It
took some time to get quiet again. Then, I settled myself in an
easy-chair, Midget took one arm, and Pet the other; while'Hal
stretched himself on the rug, and Puss and Prince arranged them-
selves on crickets.
"Now for it," said Hal, when he had contrived to get his head
on one hassock, and his feet on another; and so, I began :--
In the old, old time, which poets tell us about, but which his-
torians leave pretty much to itself, there lived in Athens a man
named Icarius. A generous man was he; so generous, indeed,
that he appeared to find no pleasure equal to that of giving. His
hospitality was unbounded, and extended to rich and poor alike.
His very possessions caught the spirit of their master, and sec-
onded his wishes with all their might. His pears, and figs, and
olives fairly coaxed the passer-by to eat them. His asparagus,
and carrots, and i ..!- :, whispered to each other, Grow faster,
brothers, for the coming guest;' and every now and then, there
was a breeze of talk among the parsley and coriander leaves, as
they encouraged each other to exceeding spiciness. The same
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motives animated the poultry-yard. The hens never tired of lay-
ing eggs; the geese and pigeons stuffed themselves to unusual
size and fatness ; and the bees filled their hives to overflowing
with the choicest honey to be made from flowers.
The best treasure of Icarius was, however, his little daughter,
Erigone. No matter how numerous his cares were, he had always
time for her. He taught her all that she could understand; frol-
icked with her in a childish fashion ; and never failed to kiss her
good-night and good-morning, without which loving farewell and
happy greeting, he said he could not sleep in the one, or find him-
self fortunate in the other. In the absence of her father, Erigone
played with her dog, Maera, a splendid fellow, who never strayed
far from her side. When she first had him, he was just a bundle
of flesh and hair, with a .,.: .1, ill-shaped head, and eyes shut so
I;1-iil,-, that he couldn't see at all; but he had gradually grown
comely, until his size, -i. L.--1. and beauty, were known through
all the country round. He would, doubtless, have been famous
as a hunter, also, but for his loyalty to his mistress, which ex-
ceeded that of any knight in the gallant days of chivalry. ThI! t
he did not lack a taste for the chase is certain ; for, whenever the
sportsmen were making ready to depart, he looked so intelligent,
and put up his ears in such a knowing way, and shook his tail so
confidently, that nobody could doubt his -being quite as well in-
formed i. -o.i,.. the matter in hand, as any rider of them all.
When the hunters mounted, he leaped and barked, and showed
no end of jollity and expectation. He even dashed out of the
court, and went leaping by their side along the path to the forest;
but when at a short distance from home, he always paused, looked
back regretfully, turned again longingly toward his friends, looked
back once more, then forward for an instant; and finally, with
a deep breath, like a sigh, bounded home to his mistress.
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"This J1pp:. 1bii'e might perhaps have lasted 1iil it came to a
natural and quiet endl, but for an unfortunate event which befel
the uii.iiii-;r, Icarius. One day, Bacchus took it/into his
tiF-,, head to make him a visit."
"Bacchus! Why, auntie, that's the very god LIi:t sits grinning
iup there in the picture over the fireplace. He's a great know-
nothing. I can't bear him," said Hal, making a hideous face at
the unconscious figures.
He did not .:.p[,.'I-r thus to Icarius, but put on the appearance
of an elegant young man; and he sang songs, and told stories,
and was 1. .-'. rli., so pleasant and merry, that his host thought
there was nobody to compare with him in the whole world. The
jolly dinner ended, the two went into the garden, when Bac-
chus, after complimenting its luxuriance and -:"::_.I: remarked,
'There is only one ri;in wanting; and that I will immediately
u.pl:,, Thereupon, he touched the earth with his staff, and in-
stantly there appeared a tiny shoot, which grew and grew, and put
forth leaves and tendrils, and climbed over the -". ..-t-r... and
into the olive-trees, and clung about the tall lindens, a mass of
li-in_, green. Then, grapes appeared in heavy clusters, which
turned to the richest purple, and filled I.:_r rounded sides with
"Icarius beheld the wondrous growth with profound amaze-
ment, and looked with awe at the young man, in whom he had
before seen only a gay guest. Nevertheless, his curiosity was
equal to his wonder, and he tasted the new fruit once and yet
again ; and then, '. iii_ that it might vanish as quickly as it had
come, he plucked whole bunches, and devoured them :,.:-:11,.
"'This is but the '"*-_;..!i;i-, my friend,' said Bacchus, indolently
pulling a fine _; i -,. here and there. 'The glory of the vine lies
beyond. Sit down, and I will tell :u ..IIll about it.'
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"So, the two rested in the cool shade ; and Bacchus told his
entertainer how to gather the grapes ; to press out their ripened
juice; to let it ferment in stillness and darkness ; and to draw off
the wine, which he described as the true joy-giver, the real grief-
soother of man. The generous, but ignorant Icarius, was com-
pletely deceived; and, imagining that he was to become, through
this discovery, the benefactor of his race, he thenceforward de-
voted his whole attention to the vineyard, which he at once began
to prepare. All went on prosperously; and people came in crowds
to watch his progress, and learn the various processes from which
he anticipated such grand results.
"It so happened, that a party of peasants were hanging round
him with curious qC.: ri.-.,;,, -. when, after long waiting and many
cares, the fluid ran clear and sparkling from the lees; and he,
thinking to afford them pleasure, gave them as much as they could.
drink. Of course, they became tipsy, and acted as foolishly as
tipsy people always do. Some grinned like a monkey, some cried,
some fought. Their friends were frightened; and they themselves,
when they recovered their reason, fancied they had been poisoned.
Eager for revenge, they did not wait to learn whether Icarius
were to blame, or not; but seized him at the first convenient op-
portunity, and dragged him into the forest, where they murdered
him, and buried him beneath an oak-tree.
In vain Erigone and Meara waited for him as was their custom,
patiently peering into the gathering darkness, in the hope of seeing
his dear form amidst the deepening gloom. In vain, they looked
for him in the morning, and through the golden noontide. Often
and often, Erigone clasped her dog in a close embrace, and cried,
'0 Maira! where is my father?' And he howled piteously in
answer, and kissed her face and hands, and nestled against her in
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such a sympathizing way, that she was comforted a little, and her
heart did not ache quite so sadly as before. By and by, a new
thought occurred to her. If her father were indeed dead, she
must find his grave ; she must watch and weep there. So, she
stroked back Mara's ears, and said, Dear old fellow, let us seek
my father.' I suppose there was a gleam of hope in her counte-
nance ; for Mera's face brightened all over, he cocked his ears,
set his whole body into a quiver of delight, and banged his tail on
the floor, until it was really a wonder that it was not bruised to a
jelly. At these signs of approval, Erigone took heart also. She
bound her sandals on her feet, put on a wide-brimmed hat, to
shield her from the sun and rain, and set out on her journey, with
Mmra for her protector and guide. They were always together, -
the dog, tall and stately, fleet of foot as he was bold of heart, now
burying his fangs in the cruel throat of a wolf, now scenting wild
fruits for the mid-day lunch; and his young mistress tripping
lightly, or dragging wearily along, with her hand buried in his
shaggy hair, sorrowful but fearless, weak in body, but strong in
her unwearied love and filial resolve.
Day after day passed, and Moera showed no signs of interest
or curiosity, until, returning from their sad journey, they neared
the borders of a wood. Then he became restless and excited.
He snuffed the air; he whined; he gave long, wailing howls; he
darted hither and thither ; and finally, put his nose to the ground,
and ran straight to a broad oak-tree. Upon reaching it, he began
to scratch violently; he grew more and more furious; he was
fairly frantic; and, in a few minutes, a hand appeared, bearing
the signet-ring of his master.
"Poor Erigone looked an instant, and a wild despair seized her.
She had but one desire; and that was, to die also. Loosening
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the long woollen sash from her waist, she made a noose at one
end, which she slipped about her neck; then, climbing into the
tree, she fastened the other end to a bough, and leaped down-
ward. For a single moment, her body swayed to and fro; and
then, all was still. The patient, loving, suffering heart had ceased
to beat; and Mmra had a mistress no longer.
When Bacchus learned the mischief which he had done, he
placed his victims among the stars, making Icarius Bootes, or
Arcturus; Erigone, the Virgin; and Maera, Procyon, or the Little Dog.
Some clear evening, we will look for them, and remember this
story of centuries ago."
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SAUER, THE DOG-KING.
NOW, children," said Hal, the day after Christmas, as he
looked complacently down from the majestic height of his
fourteen summers on his younger brothers and sisters; "now, chil-
dren, give us a rouser. Hip, hip, hurrah! "
In obedience to this call, out came the voices, vainly trying to
equal those of certain older members of the family in a hearty
"What's it for?" asked Prince, after doing his little best to
swell the volume of sound to imposing fulness.
"Don't you know? returned Hal, with a grand air of superior
wisdom. "Why, auntie's going to tell a story every night through
the twelve holidays."
What about ? "
"Dogs, I guess. Famous dogs; none of your common kind.
Forward! March Upon this, Hal began to whistle; and the
small people falling into line, came tramp, tramp, into the parlor,
where I was napping in the red glow of the evening fire.
"Wake up wake up, auntie cried they; and one sweet pair
of lips dropped kisses here and there on my face ; a roguish finger
t;:l.kk my ear; and my slippers came off quite unexpectedly.
Evidently, there was no more sleep for me; so, I roused myself to
the foblloij. g narration from old Norse history:-
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"Norway is a grand country, with nothing tame in it, from one
end to the other. I think girls might possibly like the garden-
like hills and meadows of England best; but Norway is a glorious
place for boys. There are rivers upon rivers, and lakes upon
lakes, full of fish, among which are excellent trout and salmon,
that' snap eagerly at inviting bait; while along the coast, one may
catch no end of cod, mackerel, and herring. Then there are
bears, wolves, and foxes to hunt; and plenty of dogs to help, -
little wiry fellows, which set up their short ears in a knowing way,
shake their curly tails till the curl is ready to fall out, and sniff to
excellent purpose with their long, pointed noses. Great fun it is,
too, to put the small, open carioles to the small, swift, sure-footed
ponies, and go dashing along the very edge of frightful precipices;
to fly round the sharp corners without drawing rein; and to get
on generally, with a degree of speed unrivalled, even by Jehu of
"The people of Norway are strong and brave ; but they are
neither so hardy nor so warlike as their ancestors. The ancient
Norsemen were a stormy race, and almost as tough as the animals
which they hunted. They liked to face the biting north wind, and
do battle with the tempest.. They were hard and cruel, greedy of
gain, and ambitious to rule.
"In those days, Norway was not governed by one sovereign;
but was divided among numerous petty kings, who were seldom
at peace with each other. At one time, Eystein the Bad cast a
longing eye on the pleasant territory of Drontheim, and resolved
to conquer it. To do this, it was necessary to call a Thing, or
assembly; for, in those cases in which the free Norsemen acted
in common, they claimed the right to decide in council upon the
matter in hand. So he quartered an arrow, to show that the men
were to assemble in arms, and sent the pieces in different direc-
tions, through his little kingdom. Each family forwarded the war-
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token in turn; and thus. it passed over meadow and mountain,
and rapid stream, with its welcome summons, which was obeyed
as soon as it was heard. Arrived at the place of meeting, the
warriors listened to the king's proposal; and, in token of appro-
bation, they clashed their shields with a noise as if all the pots
and kettles for twenty miles round had flown at each other, and
shouted for joy till the hills rang again. They could hardly wait
for the necessary preparations, so eager were they to be gone;
and they poured down upon Drontheim so unexpectedly, and in
such numbers, that they conquered the whole of it, and c.:.mi:.:i.-.:1
the inhabitants to receive Onund, Eystein's son, as king. This
done, they marched away; but no sooner were they safely at
home, than the Drontheimites killed their unwelcome sovereign,
and threw off the hated yoke. This brought back Eystein, far
more furious than before; and he mockingly offered them for a
ruler, Thorer, his slave, or Sauer, his dog.
"' Sauer let it be, then,' said the Drontheimites; for they
thought, H-. will not live so long as a man; neither can he be
so cruel.' Thereupon, the dog was solemnly proclaimed king.
Nor was this an idle ceremony; for he had a gold collar and
chain, in token of sovereignty; a palace, with men-at-arms, slaves,
and other work-people; and there were given him also, herds of
cattle,, flocks of sheep, hens, turkeys, geese, ducks, and pigeons.
The mere appointment to office makes little change in people,
as we see every day in our elections. Sauer was a dog still, with
all his doggish tastes and ways; and these, which, were natural
and proper in his own sphere, were in laughable contrast with his
comic elevation. He scratched his ears, and hunted for il. -i;, and
caught flies off his nose, in the presence of his courtiers. He
took the best place by the fire, and snapped at his food greedily,
just as he had snapped at the huge pieces of roasted bear and
l-.l..i_. venison, thrown to him at meals by his old master. Then
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he growled fearfully, and showed his ivories, when things did not
go to his mind; and, in fact, comported himself like a very com-
mon dog indeed. He hadn't the least dignity. He caught up
old shoes in his royal mouth, and mangled and worried them, and
barked over them ; thought it j.-.ii to chase hens and geese, and
to gobble up a chicken on the sly; darted after every cat that
showed herself on the premises ; and brought every ill-clad person
to stand like a sentinel on duty. In the very midst of a grand
council, if he scented his old friends on the land side, or caught
a glimpse of their vessels in the fiord, he broke through the
courtly circle, and tore out to meet them, with his gold chain
i.tli,:.; l; against his royal nose and banging his royal breast at
You can imagine how ._ liii; it was to the Norse warriors, to
have a brute set over them in this derisive way. You may be
sure that they -.:ill.': i of it together, when they were certain there
were no spies about; and you can readily believe that they would
have contrived some way to get rid of him, if tlih had not been
afraid of Eystein. They could have burned him in his palace, as
.i..!.l... ...1 to more than one Norse king; they could have drowned
him in the fiord, or poisoned him with a medicated bone; but that
would have 1..,...,1, the merciless tyrant again upon them.
They had begun to despair, when fortune at length favored
them, by sending some wolves into one of the royal sheepfolds.
Luckily, also, Sauer happened at the moment to occupy the seat
of honor in the open air; so, that his attention was :c i:1 drawn
to the attack upon his property.
Wolves wolves !' exclaimed one of his courtiers, stamping,
and throwing his arms about, as if terrified at the sight.
"'Yes, yes, indeed !' cried another, I::':.r.;. to the poor fright-
ened flock, running in wild disorder from their dreaded foes.
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S-s-s !' hissed a third, through his half-closed teeth, but softly,
in fear that Eystein's spies might hear him.
S-s-s !' breathed a fourth, a little louder.
"Another, and another, followed ; and thus encouraged, Sauer
rushed from his throne, and bounding forward, made a gallant
charge upon the enemy.
"' Dear me !' growled a gray old wolf, the leader of the band,
as his majesty flew at the throat of an esteemed kinsman ; dear
me! here's a pretty row! What a villanous fellow, to interrupt
us just when we're getting our dinner! We'll teach him better
manners than that!' So saying, he stopped chasing the sheep,
and snapped with his great mouth and powerful jaws at the royal
head, at which signal the rest joined in a terrible onset; and in
two minutes, nothing was left of the unfortunate monarch but his
crunched and broken limbs, and his red and dripping ornaments.
This termination of the fight had been foreseen by the Norse-
men; and, although they dared not show any signs of joy, they
were heartily glad that their dog-king's reign was ended."
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HOLD, TEAR, AND QUICK-EAR.
T HERE is one thing that I really could not get at my sister
Belle's, and that was my naft, ,.1 r- doze. I liked so much
to creep into the lap of a great, fat easy-chair, and nestle between
its soft, yielding arms, till the huge chimney became an enchanted
castle to my Iolii-i !.:>.-l eyes, and the brass andirons turned into
burnished ditas_;; and the tall wax candles made themselves
into knights, ready to assault and utterly demolish the stronghold
of sorcery. The fortress was thrown down, to be sure, but by a
very different set of soldiers; for my nephews and nieces, fresh
and bright after a day of coasting and skating, and all sorts of
h- !1-, rl.- .'.': rint in the open air, burst in upon me with a rush-
and-tumble, armed at all points; not with lances and swords of
steel, but with requests and questions, and ingenious answers to
proposed delays, and a I:.... L- t.:, do battle with indolence and
day-dreams, which I could not withstand. Try as I would, the
teasing, mischievous spirits were always victorious. I gave in,
and the stories came out.
The third of these was about three wonderful dogs, named Hold,
Tear, and Quick-ear. Now, these dogs were never clothed in real
flesh and blood; they never positively barked or growled, or
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w.t.-,i--1 their tails; but tl,:, have lived so long in N.--.,,- L',. story,
and thi: i 111 1-; -t ,' doings have il,..1; 1,r': so many little boys -,i,.1
girls, that I i.!-.,,,iht they were fairly :-rir...l to a place in our holi-
day series. I can't remember my very words; but the iub-I.,-nC.
: i." lii.1 was as follows:--
"Once upon a time, three young princesses were .- !ll.n; in
their father's garden, when a black cloud swept down upon it,
and bore them away, in Ir;'-C ..t their tears and cries. The poor
kin; and queen were nearly distracted with grief at the loss of
their d 1.i..' :. TIl- ...i.. i. :.., i'.l.:!-.: have our darlings gone?'
'How can rl.t1. be rescued?' iii,...1 their minds, so that they
could neither eat nor sleep. They were almost ready to die; and,
as .iL:- had no sons, it appeared as if the kingdom would be de-
1:., '',-l of the whole royal family, which would :.: ,i- have been
too sad. .\.Al the wise men and women, therefore, .i...- to
give their opinion upon the case, and decided that the young
ladies had been carried off by the mountain i.r-1*I,; but their
united wisdom and experience did not enable them to hit upon
any plan for their rescue. The king was dreadfully 1i;, I:.i:....;rc..l
at this; but, being resolved to do something, right or '.,,,, he
issued a |-,...:1.Lin I;...i, promising to whoever should 1.1;,; him
his daughters safe and sound, the hand of one of them, with half
the kingdom for her dowry. T1- [-...i.:,,, an amazing number of
cliII;t.i.;)I buckled on their armor, and with many boastful
;I....h.. :. set forth in the search.
"Meantime, far away from the ci.-.rc, in the very heart of a
forest, there dwelt a ,.* i, .tl-1..-.., who was both strong and brave,
i1.-.ut making any Ir ll: a:..:.i He had no better employment
than the care of his mother's three hogs; but, as this was I..1 ',il:,
his duty, he did it in [r!,, best manner, '.: di., the animals where
the acorns were largest, and where the beech-nuts fell most abun-
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dantly. This done, he played on a pipe which he'had cut in the
woods, and from which he contrived to draw the most joyful sounds.
"Once, when he was playing, an old man appeared, accompanied
by an immense dog, who was so strong 'and handsome, and who
looked so intelligent and good-tempered, that he wanted him for
his own, and could not help regarding him with longing looks.
Perceiving what was in the boy's mind, the old man said, 'I have
come to exchange my dog for your hog.'
"'Oh, jolly! I am the luckiest 1f-11. alive !'cried the boy.
"Take your choice of the hogs, father ; it is all one to me.'
The old man did so; and, as he was turning away, said, The
dog's name is Hold; and whatever you desire him to :_..T..1, he will
b.:.i.i. were it even the fiercest troll.'
"When the boy reached home, his mother was so angry at the
loss of her hog, that she gave him a terrible beating; but 1 !1 .. -
which he felt for his dog softened every stripe, and when it was
over, he lay down beside Hold, and slept as -..- I as if :',. il.' had
happened. Indeed, he thought so little of it, that the very next
day, he exchanged another hog for Hold's '.. .-., -i. Tear; and the
day after, he gave the last hog for his other '_., .-i',:. Quick-ear.
These dogs were as obedient as they were handsome, and th.-.
danced to the music of their master's pipe in the most delightful
As there were no hogs to tend, the youth hunted instead,
bringing his mother immense quantities of the choicest game,
some of which she dried and some she salted, until she was so
well supplied, that, from the bottom of the cellar to the top of the
attic, there was no room to store another pound. Seeing her so
well supplied, he felt at liberty to go abroad for a time; and being
directed by the old man who had furnished his dogs, he travelled
to the palace of the bereaved parents. He found them still
mourning for their lost darlings ; but he piped so swettl--, and
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his dogs danced so charmingly, that their grief was for the mo-
ment either drowned in the music, or was tossed away by the
swift movements of the twelve whirling feet. The courtiers who
had kept them company in a show of sorrow, without sharing their
heaviness of heart, felt more relieved than it is possible to describe.
They were so glad to laugh and joke a little. It really seemed like
living again; and they wished that, if the young ladies could not
return, this peasant-lad might stay with them always, and brighten
the gloomy old palace. But he, like the rest of the young men in
the kingdom, could think of nothing but giants and fair ladies;
and although the king, almost with tears, advised him not to throw
away his time and toil, and perhaps his life, as so many others
had done, he took leave of his kind entertainers, and set off at
once with his train. Tear, who was the strongest, carried him
when he was tired; Hold took charge of the provisions; and
Quick-ear, who could hear the grass grow on the ground, and the
wool thicken on the sheeps' backs, listened to every sound, and
reported it to his master.
One day, when the four were at the, bottom of a high moun-
tain, Quick-ear exclaimed, One of the king's daughters is in here,
winding golden thread on a golden spindle She is alone at this
moment; but, indeed, you must hasten, dear master, for the giant.
is only ten miles off, and I already hear the clatter of his horse's
"' Beat down the door of the mountain, then,' replied the lad.
"No sooner said than done; when the lad leaped through the
opening, and greeted the beautiful maiden right cordially. But
she was generous and noble, even in her dreadful captivity; and
forgetting herself in her desire to save another, she cried, hastily,
'Fly, fly, young stranger, or you will surely lose your life !'
Never returned the youth, gallantly. 'I will rescue you, or
die in the attempt '
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"At this moment, the giant appeared, and the lad cried,
'Hold, hold him! Tear and Quick-ear, tear him in pieces!'
"The faithful animals did as they were commanded; and the
princess, overwhelmed with joy, kissed her deliverer, and ex-
claimed, 'Now, Heaven be praised, I am indeed saved.!'
Thereupon, the youth lifted the maiden upon one of the giant's
horses, loaded the others with all the gold and silver he could
find, and hurried away. Very soon, he rescued the second sister;
and not long afterward, he entered the third mountain, where the
last of the lovely maidens also sat and spun.
"But this giant was more cunning than his brothers; .and in-
stead of threatening the bold stranger, he pretended that he was
glad to see him, and bade him welcome in his softest tones, which
were not louder than the noise of a good-sized cataract falling
down a mountain. He even invited his guest to dinner, and bade
his poor captive get something particularly nice to eat. The
princess wept, for she knew what was in the giant's mind; and
even the dogs were uneasy; but the rash youth took no notice
of this, and ate of the dainty dishes at leisure. When he had
finished, the giant said, 'Above us, in the mountain, there is a
spring of the purest wine; but I have no servant to bring it.'
"' One of my dogs can do that,' said the youth, now entirely
ol' I,- guard. Hold, go to the spring, and get some wine.'
Hold whined; but took the pitcher in his mouth and went out,
and that was the last that was seen of him for a long time.
"' I wonder why the dog delays ?' said the giant. 'Perhaps it
would be better to let another of your dogs go and help him; the
pitcher is very heavy.'
"So, the youth compelled Tear to go and.find out why Hold
was so long away.
"The giant was delighted at this ; and when neither of the dogs
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appeared, he said, with the least little bit of a sneer, Your dogs do
not mind you very well. Suppose you send Quick-ear to find them ?'
This the youth was so completely infatuated as to do, even
driving the faithful animal violently away, although he whined and
kissed his master's hand, and entreated to remain, with his great,
loving eyes. Then the giant rose in his wrath. His eyes sparkled
with fury ; his form seemed to grow as large as the cavern itself;
and seizing his sword, he shouted, 'Die, thief and murderer '
The youth was frightened, as he might well be; but he did
not lose his self-possession. Let me,' he said, 'repeat my prayers,
and play a psalm on my pipe; for this no one in my country de-
nies, even to his greatest enemy.'
"'Well, well !' growled the giant, impatiently; 'a few minutes
are of no great account. Only be quick, for I can't wait very
The poor lad was rejoiced at this permission, although so
grudgingly given; and kneeling, he said his prayers devoutly, and
then blew a clear, sharp note on his pipe. The moment it reached
the ears of the dogs, it dissolved the spell which the giant had
laid upon them, and they came rushing into the mountain. Their
master was overjoyed to see them, and instantly cried, 'Hold, hold
him! Tear and Quick-ear, tear him in pieces !' and in a minute,
nothing was left of the robber troll but a great pile of broken
bones, and mangled and dripping flesh.
"You can imagine how gaily the little party set out on their
way to the palace, the ladies driving in a gilded chariot, their
deliverer riding a horse shod with gold, and managing the animals
laden with the treasures of the three giants; while the dogs ran,
and leaped, and barked for joy, at the good fortune of their be-
They had travelled thus several days, when they overtook
two men on foot, ragged, tired, and hungry. The youth, seeing
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th.;ir wretched plight, inim.-rdi...i -. stopped; and finding that [hey
were two princes, who had gone to rescue the princesses, he clad
them ivi, -,;n.:ntil,, and, with the consent of the ladies, gave them
seats in the chariot. Alas! never was aid more i.il.l.:.iI=i;i,!
bestowed; for they, moved by envy, wounded their -en.-i:F.acr,
and leaving him for dead, took possession of e Li..rlhi;,-. and
threatened to kill the princesses, unless thdl;, would solemnly
promise to keep their crime a secret.
"~ The peasant-lad, however, was not forsaken. His dogs re-
mained with him, kissing his pale face, 1;.-:.> -pin him warm with
their shaggy coats, and bringing him food without which he
must have starved. As soon, also, as he could bear the motion,
Tear took him on i-i;: b I. 1..i, and master and dogs pressed forward
on their journey. When the youth arrived, a great festival was
in j'.' .:.. Many guests moved about in iriL giiri.;.-! r attire;
enchanting music filled the palace; a banquet was laid in the
great hall -and .I,.:..<,il.z there was such a commotion, as pro-
claimed a very joyful event. WhI, all this splendor and j.:.lIIl. ?'
he asked of a servant.
"' Where can you have lived,' answered the servant, contemptu-
ously, 'not to know that the king's three daughters have been
rescued from the power of the trolls, and this day the two elder
princesses marry their noble deliverers ?'
"'And how about the younger?' asked the lad, u ith a beating
heart, for it was her with whom he had fallen in love.
"' She weeps continually,' replied the servant, and will marry
At this, the youth's face br;;,i.:_rI.l v.:.1.;li.: ,.ii ; and he said,
'I also can do s.:.ni.:rii,- for the amusement of the guests. I have
some dancing-dogs with me. Can you not get me permission to
show them ?'
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"The king was only too glad to add something new to the en-
tertainment, and the youth was led into the hall with his shaggy
favorites. But he had no chance to exhibit them; for the instant
he st.rp[:.p'd within the door, the princesses exclaimed, 'Oh,. joy,
joy It is he 1 it is himself!' and they sprang from the table, and
embraced him in the presence of the whole company.
"' What is this ?' cried the king; and his face grew as black as
"'What is this ?' said the queen, frowning terribly.
"'What is this ?' whispered the courtiers, titt,-rin1 audibly.
Tli the princesses drew the youth forward, and told the true
story of their rescue; when the would-be murderers were driven
away in disgrace, and the peasant lad married his beloved, and
finally ruled with her over the whole kingdom."
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VIGE, THE DOG-SOLDIER.
I DIDN'T think of hiding. I only slipped behind the curtains to
take a look at the moon, and see how she managed about the
soft shadows which she traced so prettily on the white snow. No,
indeed; I didn't dream of such a thing, feeling how useless it
would be; but the long, heavy drapery was almost as good as a
door, and shut me in so completely, that, when the small people
came with a hop, skip, and jump into the drawing-room, they
couldn't see the least bit of me.
"Where is she ?" asked Pet, in a disappointed tone, looking
under the furniture, as if I were a spool of cotton.
She's been and round away," muttered Prince. "I think it's
II bang she," threatened Midget, doubling up a pair of chubby
-i ;i! a comical manner.
N., no; don't," piped up Puss. "Let's say 'please.' She's
always good when we say 'please.' "
That sounded too funny, and I gave a smothered giggle.
"What is it ?" whispered Midget, dropping behind a table.
Who's afraid ? answered Prince, with a brave air, but white
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"Nobody," said I, leaving my nook.
No, nobody !" echoed Hal, who came in with a bound, and
fairly lifting me off my feet, placed me triumphantly in my favorite
chair. Then he swung Prince to one cricket, whisked Puss to
another, tossed Mi.:l.':r into my lap, seated Pet on a hassock, and
finished up by saying, Quick's the word, auntie."
Is it going to be a truly story ? asked Pet.
Yes," I answered; a true story, about an Irish dog named
Vige, in the time of the Norsemen. Although he afterward be-
came illustrious, he began life as a peasant. He lived in a log-
house ; but, as the sea-kings themselves had no better, he found
no fault, and made himself very contented, all things considered.
It was a little inconvenient about the fire, which burned in the
middle of the great living-room, with two stones for andirons, and
a hole in the roof to let out as much of the smoke as did not
prefer to go eddying round and round, blackening the walls, and
changing the color of the family skin to a tint resembling that
of the flitches of bacon which hung from the great rafters. Over
it, the pot was suspended. It was never taken off, except for an
occasional rinsing.; and such savory stews of bear and hare, beef,
pork, and poultry, came out of it, that nobody could be cross
over them, if their eyes did smart some. Then, in summer, Vige
was seldom within doors. It was hardly worth while to go to bed
in the short nights ; for, beside the general watch-care confided
to him, he rose with the dawn to oversee the labors of the barn-
yard. There was Brindle, the favorite of the house-mother, be-
cause she gave the richest milk; and there was Whitefoot, a black
cow, with four white feet, which looked as if she were in stockings.
Cherry was a noble red cow; and Crumple-poor old Crumple -
was a little, dried-up, wizened thing, with one horn twisted and
the other broken, the marks of early fights, which made her, in
spite of her small size, the queen of the yard. Vige went from
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one to another, looking as wise as an owl, and shaking his tail
in approval as the pails were filled with the foaming milk, from
which he was sure of a basinful when the last was ready for the
house. This he lapped at a furious rate, used his tongue for a
napkin, and gathered his family for a start to the pasture. In
addition to the cows, there were certain heifers, and some calves,
and all were fat and sleek, the pride equally of the good farmer
and the good dog. At first, the latter strutted off in high dignity;
but in a minute or two, old Crumple, who always took the lead,
was sure to strike out viciously with her twisted horn, and White-
foot would stop just a moment to snatch a mouthful of fresh grass;
whereupon, he dropped his airs and graces, and rushed forward in
a business-like way to restore order to the march. Now and then,
a pair of magnificent oxen were added to the cavalcade, which
made him grander than ever. All day, he watched his charge
carefully, and as carefully brought them home at night, their large
eyes looking a soft content.
"The dog, knowing nothing, feared nothing; but his master was
conscious of a secret dread, which spoiled all his pleasure. He
dwelt near the coast; and year after year, the terrible Norsemen
landed, now at one point and now at another, stealing everything
they could lay their hands on ; while they often murdered the old,
and dragged the young into captivity. Of course, accounts of the
sufferings which they occasioned flew all over the country, and
nothing appeared so fearful to the poor people as these pirates.
Whenever the subject was mentioned, the peasant said, with a
sigh, 'It will be our turn next. Who knows what will come to-
morrow?' His wife was more hopeful, and tried to make him as
courageous as herself. They've never happened along here,' she
said; 'and I dare say they never will. At any rate, if they do
come,'we've got Vige. Vige! up, and at them!' and the dog, as
he had been taught, sprang forward with a fearful growl, his eyes
FAMOUS DOGS. 33
f:Ii,,:-, and his shining teeth eager to seize the enemy of whom
his mistress spoke.
The peasant's fears were well founded. By and by, his turn
did come. Olaf Trygvesson, one of the most renowned of the old
Norse sea-kings, came across the water in his famous ship, which
was made to represent a dragon. A great gilded head stretched
out in front; behind, a gilded tail curled over the steersman; a
row of red and white shields hung over the sides, to imitate the
scaly skin of the horrid monster; and sixty oars, thirty on either
hand, rose and fell, like imaginary legs, pushing the vessel through
"The sound of his ivory horn, ringing out his commands to the
accompanying vessels, carried terror to every heart; but, wonder-
ful to relate, he did not land to murder, but only to steal; and,
instead of :.l,,1.; 1_ his course with fire and blood, he contented
himself with driving off all the 1 ....i... and herds within easy reach,
and among them, the animals over which Vige kept watch, al-
though the latter fought for them, like the faithful fellow that he
was. The peasant's children cried ; but his wife said, 'Why don't
Fight he answered, contemptuously. 'What can one man
do against fifty ?'
"' I'd strike one blow,' said the wife, if only to show what I
thought of them ; but, if you won't fight, then beg.'
"' -g!' exclaimed the husband, still more scornfully than
Yes; beg!' replied the wife. 'Ask the man, maybe he'll
leave us a cow or a calf. That would be better than nothing.'
-.:'. the peasant -just to keep peace in the family, but really
expecting nothing- ai-.!:. ..:.:l..l King Olaf, and humbly begged
him to give back his cattle.
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"'Ha! ha!' shouted the Norsemen; 'ha! ha! ha!' and they
laughed loud and long, it appeared to them so funny that the poor
man should think of such a thing. But Olaf happened to be in a
joking humor; and he told the peasant that he might take his
animals, if he would not delay the march.
"' Ha ha!' laughed the rude warriors again ; for the cows and
oxen, and calves and heifers'were mixed with hundreds of others,
and who could separate them from the multitude without much
time and labor?
The peasant laughed too, but for a different reason.. Then he
whistled, and Vige rushed up, ready for :,. ilhi;, he might ask.
' ..r the cattle, Vige!' he said ; and Vige dashed in among the
animals, and -,.,.l- they were .'I moving toward the shore, he
br.:.;,_li out one, and another, and another, till all were collected.
Olaf looked on in amazement. The number was the same as
the peasant had stated, and they bore the same mark, so that
there could be no mistake. 'What a splendid dog What a
magnificent fellow!' he exclaimed. 'Surely, one good turn de-
serves another ; will you sell him to me, my good man ?'
I can't sell him,' replied the peasant. '-I can't think of sell-
ing Vige ; but I will give him to you, if you like.'
I don't blame you,' answered Olaf; 'I -li.-h,.I. feel just so
myself. But you can't refuse to take my ring in exchange,' he
continued, handing a heavy gold ring to the peasant; and with
it, my protection also. If any of my men ever come upon you,
show it to them, and you may be sure it will '.: i; .i--...::.'
Poor Vige was extremely unwilling to go ...;r his new master.
He put his tail between his legs ; dropped his Ih: .1 ; tried to fly;
and when he found that impossible, he howled all the way to the
"It was a hard case; but he soon grew reconciled to his
new home and new friends. He became a mighty hunter; and
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numberless were the stories told at the winter fire of his long runs,
his keen scent, and the wonderful way in which he unearthed
foxes, tracked bears, and pulled down the fiercest wolves. There
was no end to the petting he had the ever-dropping love-pats,
the cheery words, and the dainty bits which were tossed to him
on every hand. Olaf could hardly endure to lose sight of him for
a moment; .and the dog not only ate from his table and slept at
his side, but sailed with him always, and even accompanied him
to battle. He became as well known as his master; and if there
had been any office at all adapted to his ability, he would cer-
tainly have been promoted. But he wasn't fit for a standard-
bearer, because he would have dropped his banner in the middle
of the fight. He couldn't wield a sword, or strike with a battle-
axe, or throw a dart; so that there was really no way but to
leave him in the ranks, the most admired and beloved of common
"For a long time, Vige escaped every danger; but, like most
warriors, he was wounded at last. His master resolved to compel
the heathen chief of Halogaland, Thorer Hiort, to profess Chris-
tianity. Thorer found out this, and met him on the ocean, think-
ing that in a sea-fight, he might possibly overcome his powerful
enemy. But he was mistaken. He lost so many men, that there
were hardly enough left to turn the ships -.:....:1 the shore ; and
when he landed in hot haste, he was entirely alone. He hoped
to escape, notwithstanding; for he could run like a squirrel, and
he knew every foot of the country, which his foes did not. He
would have succeeded in his attempt, but for Vige. The latter had
been watching the battle, his quick eye taking in every movement,
and his whole body quivering with excitement, as blow followed
blow, and friend after friend fell on the slippery decks, or was
pluiiged headlong into the waters. When his master jumped over-
board, his sword between his teeth, and his shield held high above
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his head, he jumped also, and swam with him ashore. Thorer
was before them, tired and sorrowful, but i ;' 1.l;!. and cling-
ing to his gods all the more strongly, because his right to do so
was so hardly disputed. Upward stretched the friendly hills, with
their caverns and leafy trees throwing protecting shadows. A
faint hope rose in his heart. He had never been beaten in a
race; and now, that life and death were in his step, he was sure
not to falter. He looked behind. He was gaining on his pur-
suer. A few more steps, and he would be safe. Olaf saw it.
He could not win alone, but he could depend upon his dog. So,
he called, 'Vige Vige catch Hiort! '
Obedient to the command, Vige rushed furiously at the fugi-
tive, when Hiort struck him with his sword, and wounded hirf
severely. But Vige would not let go his hold; and Olaf, taking
advantage of this pause, threw his spear with so true an aim, that
it pierced Hiort's side, killing him instantly. One after another
of Olaf's men now came up, and forming a rude litter, they carried
Vige tenderly to the ships. He had the best of nursing; but he
was getting old, and though he recovered, he never was so strong
as before. He died full of years and honors; and the old saga-
men wrote his story in the history of his adopted country."
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'M almost tired hearing dog-stories every night, auntie," said
Hal ; I am, truly. I thought they'd be jolly, and so they
are; but I'd like something else mixed with 'em. A bear-story,
now, would be the real thing."
"Yes; a bear stowey! a bear-stowey!" echoed A.1: r; u, but
almost before the words were out of her mouth, she repented, and
curling close to me, she asked, Will I be fitened, auntie ?"
No, indeed," I replied; not in the very least. I will give
you a true history of an amiable, merry fellow, as pleasant an
acquaintance as those nice ones in your story-book, 'The great,
and the little, and middle-sized bear.' "
I didn't know that real live bears could be amiable. Hurry
up, children, and get your seats," said impatient Hal, wheeling
forward the easy-chair, and arranging the crickets and cushions
with great bustle, adding, when he had done so, Now, auntie."
I stopped a few minutes, to freshen my recollections, and then
I went on as follows:-
In the year 1846, a bear lived on Mount Lebanon the Mount
Lebanon of the Bible."
"Was it the only one, auntie ? asked Hal.
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"Oh, no; bears were numerous there ; but the one I speak of
was the mother of my hero, so I mention her particularly. In
the daytime, she wisely staid on the upper part of the mountain;
but at twilight, she went down to the lower slopes, where the
orchards and grain-fields and vineyards were; and when every-
body was asleep, she stole leaves and fruits, and especially chick-
peas, of which she was very fond. Dear me how many she ate;
and how the farmers scolded and threatened, and talked ,i .m:ll.
of a hunt, which was all they did about it.
"Late in October, dainties became scarce, the weather grew
cold, and a little snow fell. Madam's coat had begun to thicken,
in anticipation of winter ; but still, she felt the need of a shelter,
and she went out to seek one, much as men and women go house-
hunting. To be sure, she didn't inquire if the cellar was tight;
or if water, hot and cold, was carried to the upper story ; or, in-
deed, if there were an upper story ; but she was somewhat particu-
lar, notwithstanding. 'She was modest in her wants,' she said.
'One room was enough; but it must be rather deep, with an
opening not too large ; and she would like the entrance to the south,
though that wvas of less consequence.'
"After a long search, she selected a cavern, which was quite
underground, and was reached by a hole opening like a well. It
was dark inside; but she liked it all the better for that, for she
didn't care to read or write, or even to sew or crochet. She didn't
purchase so much as a candle or lamp, in case she should have
company; nor did she even lay in provisions for the long, cold
season before her. All she thought of was a bed, and that she,
resolved to have soft and warm. So, she gathered leaves, twigs,
and pieces of moss, which she heaped up in one corner, and this
done, she. bade good-by to the outer world, and dropped asleep.
At midwinter, a baby-bear came to share her comfortable quarters.
She was glad to see him, particularly as he wore a good coat which
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wouldn't need changing. She hugged him in her great, rough
arms, gave him some milk, and then they napped together.
This was very fine for Mrs. Bear; but the farmers whom
she had robbed di.:l not easily forgive her pranks. Indeed, they
talked of them so much, that a young hunter resolved to kill her
before she should come out in the spring, wild with hunger, and
ready for greater mischief. His friends begged him not to try.
'It would be difficult and dangerous,' they said. If he did not
lodge his bullets fully in the bear's eye, the furious beast would
rush upon and devour him.' But, the more they remonstrated,
the more steadily he persisted ; and the news of his proposed
attempt spreading all about, made him quite a hero among the
At the appointed time, the bold youth, with a few other hunts-
men, assembled at the opening of the den. Then he fastened a
rope round his waist, put a butcher's knife in his belt, and 1:aded
his musket with two-ounce bullets wrapped in greased buckskin."
But, how could he see the bear, if the den were so dark ?"
He had cut two narrow strips of pine-wood, and pierced them
with holes, in which he placed lighted candles. These he nailed
together, and pushed forward with his feet, as he was slowly lowered
into the chasm, holding his gun ready cocked in his hand. In a few
minutes, Mrs. Bear yawned and stretched; then she looked with
stupid wonder at the brilliant flame, and i:l. Ii~iI toward it, she
lifted her paw to strike at it. This was just what the hunter an-
ticipated, and he noiselessly raised his piece and fired at her eye.
The crashing, -..1i... in, report was followed by a wild howl; and
the men above, pulling eagerly at the rope, whirled up the hunter,
just as the fierce animal tore after him to the mouth of the den.
In a few minutes, all was still; when he descended a second time.
Again he fired at the glaring eyeball which burned just before
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him; and this time with so true an aim, that the great beast shud-
dered in all her limbs, and fell dead where she stood. As soon as
the smoke cleared away, some of the huntsmen joined him; and
lighting the cavern with blazing pine-knots, they, with shouts and
jokes and laughter, skinned and quartered their victim, and sent
her in convenient pieces to the upper world. The baby-bear
followed; and then the party went down the mountain in triumph.
"The little fellow, thus orphaned, did not mourn in the least for
his lost mamma. Neither did he resent the rejoicings which her
death occasioned ; but ate and drank and made merry with who-
ever was inclined to treat him. His good nature made him a
favorite; and when he was sold to an Englishman, his acquaint-
ances were all sorry to part with him. His new master carried
him to England; and many were the frolics which the sailors had
with him, for he was as fond of play as a child, and liked attention
as well as a fine lady. Soon after landing, Tiglath Pileser, or
Tig, as he was called for convenience, was fastened into a huge
basket, put on board the Great Western Railway, and at length,
by car and wagon, reached Francis Buckland, Esq., at one of the
famous colleges in Oxford.
This gentleman did not even suspect what might be in the
basket; and he was very much amazed when he lifted the cover,
to see a brownish animal, with long shaggy hair, dart out, and
rush away. Service was going on in the chapel, and Tig, guided
by the pealing organ, made for the open door. Before he had time
to take more than a hasty look inside, the man who had the care
of the building came along, and, frightened at the strange beast,
gave a grand whisk with the silver wand, which was the sign of his
office, darted back, and locked himself safely into a tall pew. Tig
was equally alarmed, and scampered with all his might round and
round the court, putting to flight the dogs which were lying in the
FAMOUS DOGS. 41
warm sunshine. Mr. Buckland and his friends followed, racing
and chasing, until they were out of breath. Presently, the bear
got one of his master's fingers in his mouth, and everybody trem-
bled, believing he would bite it off. But, no, indeed ; he didn't
once think of that. He only sucked it with a mumbling noise,
and walked contentedly on his hind-legs with him all the way to
Tig never ran away after that. He had too good a time. His
master gave him a cap and gown, such as were worn by the col-
legians, and took him to breakfasts and parties, where he was
noticed a great deal, and where he was treated to all kinds of nice
things, especially to muffins and ices, of which he was extremely
fond. He was usually good-natured and happy; but he lost his
temper now and then, and once, in a fit of rage, tore his finery
into strips. Upon such occasions, the only way to quiet him was
by holding his ears, speaking kindly, and giving him a finger
to suck. He was even inconveniently sociable; for, when left
alone, he would cry for hours, especially if it were dark, which
appeared very funny in a bear.
Once, Tig was kept in college until after the gates were shut,
and his master did not know what to do with him. If he should
let him out, the porter would see him, and then there would be a
fine to pay; for the authorities did not allow the keeping of dogs,
much less the petting of bears.
"' Why not tie him in the yard, under your windows ?' asked a
"' Because he will mourn so,' answered Mr. Buckland. You
don't know. what a baby he is.'
Still, as there appeared to be no other way, he secured his
favorite, with many love-pats and sweet words and exhortations
to be good, and make no noise; but no sooner had he turned
away, than Tig set up such piteous lamentations as to disturb
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everybody in the neighborhood. Clearly, that could not be per-
mitted, and Mr. Buckland took the unhappy fellow to his room,
and chained him to the bedpost. This was entirely to his mind,
and he kept as still as a mouse until daylight, when he jumped on
the bed, and began to lick the face which lay invitingly on the
white pillow. Mr. Buckland took no notice, and he licked a little
harder. Still no notice, and Tig, thinking he was asleep, crept
between the blankets, and covered himself up. When it was
chapel-time, his master left him to amuse himself as he might,
never thinking of the kind of fun he would indulge in. Waiting
till he was fairly off, the rogue leaped down, and upset everything
within reach. He was particularly fierce on the mirror, break-
ing the glass in pieces, and biting the wood-work severely. When
he had done all the mischief he could think of, he jumped on the
bed again, and when Mr. Buckland returned, he sat rocking him-
self backward and forward, trying to look innocent, but yet the
least in the world afraid of the punishment he so well merited."
Did he get it, auntie ? asked Hal.
I don't know," I replied ; "but I imagine not, for Mr. Buck-
land was very fond of pets."
"Tig had a little house all to himself. It stood near a tree to
which a monkey was tied, whose name was Jacko. The little fel-
low was a great tease, and one of his favorite amusements was to
make faces at Tig. Often, too, when the latter was asleep in the
sunshine, he cautiously descended from his perch, twisted his
fingers in Tig's long hair, gave it a hard pull, and was back in
a moment, chattering with delight, and clattering his chain, to
add to the noise. Then, how angry Tig was He ran backward
and forward on his hind-legs, sucking his paws, and looking sav-
agely at his tormentor, while he threatened him with all kinds of
dreadful things ; at which Jacko only laughed the harder. Again
he would lie down; and again, just as he was falling into a de-
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licious nap, there would come a sudden pain and smart, and he
would spring up, to find the plague of his life dancing with glee,
just above his reach. By and by, however, Jacko ceased to annoy
his companion, and they became good friends Sometimes, they
sat for half an hour opposite each other, conversing, as it appeared,
though nobody understood what they said.
"When the vacation began, Tig followed the custom of the
university, and went into the country, where he often astonished
the people, who were not accustomed to bears. Every day, he
was taken out for a walk; and once, his attendant was so good as
to treat him to candy in a small shop kept by an old lady. He
did not forget this, and whenever he went past the place, he
showed his readiness to drop in and patronize the dame; but,
as nobody appeared willing to indulge him, he took the matter
into his own hands -or rather into his own paws. He worked
at his chain until he got loose, when he Ilhui l...l off to the shop,
and the door being open, he bounced in. The old lady was sitting.
behind her counter, her high, starched cap standing stiffly upon
her head, and her spectacles on her nose, busily knitting stock-
ings. When she saw the shaggy coat of her customer, and heard
the rattle of his chain, she made one leap to the stairs, and rushed
up at a surprising pace. Tig didn't care if she .I. run. He
could help himself; and as for the bill -of course, that was his
master's business. So, he looked about; and spying a quantity
of brown sugar on the counter, he jumped up, and seated himself
comfortably for a good meal. I dare say, he would have finished
the dame's entire stock, but that his flight happened to be discov-
ered, and he was dragged away with no little trouble.
"Tig was invited to make a visit at a village about six miles
.I r 1!.1, and just for the fun of the thing, it was proposed that he
should go on horseback. As the horse shied every time the bear
approached him, it appeared doubtful if the plan would succeed.
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After trying a long time, however, the horse was held quiet, Mr.
Buckland pulled Tig up by his chain, and they set out. At first,
the bear was in front; but not liking his position, he walked round
his master, and stood with his fore-paws on his shoulders. The
horse kicked and plunged, but Tig held on, sticking his claws
deeper and deeper into the animal's back, as he found himself in
danger of being thrown; and thus the three made the trip, to the
immense delight of the boys and girls on the way, who had never
seen the like before.
Tig's happy days passed all too quickly. The c._,il.: -,: officers
threatened and fined, and threatened and fined again, and at last,
informed his master, that either he or the bear must leave the
place the next morning. Of course, resistance was no longer
possible, and the poor fellow was put into a box and sent to the
zoological garden. He was made comfortable in his new home, as
far as good food and a fine den all to himself went; but he grieved
sadly. He missed the dear delights of the university; the gay
parties and nice u-'.[.-.:. ; the attention of curious scholars, and
the hearty frolics with ._.i,, men ; the freedom; and the master
who had petted him so much. He would not eat; he ran up and
down his den almost constantly, and at length, died of a broken
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THE PET EAGLE.
W HAT do you wish me to talk about, tonight ? I asked, as
Hal and I sat down like an old couple, one on each side
of the fireplace; for the little people had gone out to a second
Christmas, as they called it, and we were alone in the parlor.
Eagles," answered Hal, promptly. "I overheard father say,
that somebody said he was sorry the bald eagle was the repre-
sentative of our country, for he's a real thief. He thinks fish are
jolly, but he's too lazy to catch them ; so he watches the fish-hawk
when she gets her dinner, and as soon as she has caught o.-, h,.
flies at her and takes it away. Then he's a mean coward; for
the little kingbirds drive him anywhere. So he isn't at all a fit
emblem for Americans, who, the man said, have driven all the
kingbirds out of the country ; but is just right for the order of
knights which the French call chevaliers d'industrie. What knights
are those, auntie ; and who said it ; and is it true ? I didn't have
a chance to ask father."
It was Benjamin Franklin who wrote thus of the bald eagle,
and the description is a true one. The strong, handsome fellow
is a coward at times; and he is a chevalier d'industrie, that is, a
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I'm awful sorry," said Hal, looking pensively at the fire ; "I'm
awful sorry. I thought the eagle was a jolly bird, -true blue,
through and through. I've looked up to him, and respected him,
and I hate to change my mind. It feels as if I'd stubbed my toe,
and come down with a bang."
Perhaps I can console you with some stories about him and
Oh, can you, auntie ?"
"Yes; as many as will last from six o'clock until twelve, which
will be just four hours longer than your mamma will allow you to
sit up. But, before I begin, I wish to remind you, that the weak-
nesses of birds and beasts of prey are wisely ordered for the well-
being of man. For instance: it is sometimes fortunate that the
bald eagle is less brave in holding than in seizing his plunder, as
I can easily show you.
One day, a woman in New Jersey took her baby into the
garden for a walk; and seeing that the grass and pigweed were
growing faster than the vegetables and flowers, she said, Tottens,
we must stop a bit. Sit here, my darling, and play in the alley,
while I pull up these naughty weeds.'
Mamma was smiling, so, baby smiled back, and nodded her
head, and shook her chubby fists, and seemed mightily pleased
with the proposal, and as soon as she was fairly down, she made
the pebbles and sand fly till she laughed outright. Mamma, in
the meantime, pulled up a great pigweed, then a handful of purs-
lane, and next a tough root of grass, an old settler, that seemed
determined to hold on, -giving a look now and then at baby, who
crowed and cooed in answer. By and by, however, she grew so
busy over her work, that she forgot 'Tottens,' until a sharp scream
aroused her, when she turned quickly ; and what do you think she
saw ? A bald eagle dragging away baby by her dress, in which he
had stuck his sharp, strong claws."
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"Did he kill her ?" asked Hal, breathlessly.
"No ; for the little creature's dress tore, so that he lost his
hold; and then he was so frightened by the poor mother's screams
that he did not try to catch her again, but flew off as quickly as
"Do birds of prey fly fast, auntie ?"
S" The flight of a hawk is supposed to be about one hundred and
fifty miles an hour; and a falcon, which belonged to the French
king, Henry IV., flew from Fontainbleau to Malta, thirteen hun-
dred and fifty miles, in a single day. But the eagle is a sad glut-
ton, especially when he finds plenty of spoiled meat; and after
he has eaten too hearty a dinner, he cannot rise easily. The
Scotch take advantage of this, and make a trap for him thus:
They raise four walls, like those of a hut, with a hole, like a door,
large enough for the bird to go through. On the outside of this,
they put a strong cord with a running noose; then inside the
walls, which have no roof, they put some meat. The eagle
pounces down on the bait, eats till he is heavy and stupid, and
instead of trying to fly, which is hard work at such times, he walks
through the hole and is caught in the noose. This grows tighter
and tighter round his neck the more he struggles, until he drops
I'm glad they get come up with sometimes," said Hal, with a
comfortable feeling of satisfied justice.
"They do more frequently and in more ways than you imagine.
One harvest season, two little boys, who lived not far from New
York, went into the grain-field to see their father reap. Like
most children, they wanted to help, and did not see why they
could not handle a sickle as well as anybody. Papa thought
otherwise, and said 'No' to their request so decidedly, that they
went off to play Hide-and-Seek.' They were not content, how-
ever, and secretly planned to stay in the field at dinner-time,
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thlil:.i. to do ever so much work, and surprise their parents by
their skill and labor when they should return from their meal.
They did surprise them;, but not in the manner they anticipated.
Hardly had the oldest boy taken the sickle, when a hungry eagle
came sailing round and round in wide circles, his tail spread, and
his wings hardly moving. Higher and higher he soared, until he
became a mere speck, and then passed wholly out of sight for an
instant, when he suddenly turned, and darted downward to seize
the child. He missed his aim ; but not at all discouraged, he
alighted on the ground, and rushed upon him. Instead of trying
to run away, which would have given the bird just the chance he
wanted, the little hero stood his ground right manfully ; and at
the moment of closing with him, struck him so strongly and
steadily, that the sickle entered under the wing, went through
the ribs, and killed him in a moment."
"What a pity it is, that they can't be made useful, they are so
-i...1,; and swift!" said Hal, who was just learning that labor is
the law of life.
They are so, sometimes," I replied, as a Scotch gentleman
once found. A pair of eagles !,. tI near him on a high rock, a
few yards in front of which there was a stone, about six feet
long. and as many broad. This stone was their store-room;
and there they kept ducks, partridges, hares, rabbits, mice,
and occasionally, lambs, fawns, and kids. When the-hen-eagle
was hatching, her mate was particularly polite, and often carved
the game with his beak and claws, before passing it to her. The
storeroom was also the schoolroom ; and here the parents gave
their first lessons to their young. As soon as the eaglets could
hop its length, they often brought to them i. i,,' rabbits and hares,
and taught them to kill them for themselves. The gentleman of
whom I have spoken was not always prepared for visitors ; and
when they arrived unexpectedly, instead of sending his servants
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to the market, which was a long way off, he directed them to bor-
row of his neighbors, the eagles, and they seldom returned empty-
Do people ever tame eagles ? asked Hal.
Sometimes. Mr. Buckland, the gentleman who owned Tig,
had a white-tailed sea-eagle, which I think you would like to hear
about. The poor captive was carried to London in a steamer,
fastened into a little close cage. The change from his wild free-
dom to his miserable coop, the strange movement of the vessel,
the new faces continually peeping at him, and the food so unlike
that with which he had been accustomed to supply his table, had
taken the fire out of his once sharp, bright eyes, and made him
look as utterly wretched as ever a bird did. Luckily for him, Mr.
Buckland saw him ; and he pitied him so much, that he bought
him, put him in a great basket, which was marked 'Passenger's
luggage,' and carried him home to Oxford.
In his new quarters, he quickly recovered from the effects of
his journey, and was as saucy and mischievous as he had ever
been in his home on the cliffs. He had a large pan for a bath-
tub, and ever so many times in a day, he dipped and splashed in
it, after which he returned to his perch and turned his face to the
sun, never minding its broadest glare. He was now fully 'out,'
and had as many visitors as a city belle, or a young bride, or any
other lion in fashionable society. Among them were learned pro-
fessors, and students who were trying to be learned; schoolboys,
noisy and frolicsome ; schoolgirls, quiet, but curious; and little chil-
dren with their nurses ; but they all kept at a respectful distance ;
and nobody ventured to shake his claw for a good-morning, or pat
the long, drooping feathers of his head for a good-by. There were
four-footed guests, however, who were less cautious. A few nights
after the stranger's arrival, a hedgehog resolved to look about his
neighbor's yard, thinking to find a few worms, or insects, or, pos-
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sibly a snail or two. The wall was of no account. Oh, no! He
could climb on the palings on one side, and then drop down on
the other. So, up he mounted, then threw himself down; and
while descending, he put his head on his breast, drew up his legs,
and curled his body round these members, till he was nothing but
a ball of sharp spikes. The tumble agreed with him ; at any rate,
it didn't hurt him, for he unrolled himself, put down one foot and
then another, until all four touched mother earth, stretched out
his sharp little face, opened his bluish-gray eyes, and trotted softly
along. He poked his nose into every crevice, turned over every
leaf, and was making a very satisfactory meal, when suddenly,
below the ranges of bristling spines, which covered his back, and
partly protected his sides, he felt the long, sharp claws of his fear-
ful enemy driven deep into his flesh. He cried aloud cried like
a child in dreadful pain; and the whole family, great and small,
woke in a fright.
"'What could the eagle be doing?' they asked each other. 'He
must have seized an infant. Whose could it be ? and how could
it have come there ?'
"The night was so dark, that nothing could be seen from the
windows; and everybody dreaded to go out, lest a poor, little
bleeding body should appear in the bird's talons: It would not
do to linger, however, for the screams were already growing fainter
and fainter; so one, and another, and another, ventured trem-
blingly forward, and looked carefully round by the light of the
burning lanterns. They found the eagle in the middle of the
grass-plat, from which he croaked angrily at the new-comers,
spreading his wings the while over his victim, which he was deter-
mined not to give up. After looking all kinds of threats with his
fine eyes, he hopped into a corner on one foot, while he held his
prey with the other. As the unfortunate little fellow was almost
dead, no one interfered, and he ate him up, bones, spikes, and all."
"I suppose the bristles answered for pepper and vinegar," said
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Did he do any other mischief? "
Oh, yes ever so much. Among the pets of the house was a
little black-and-tan terrier. He had never seen an eagle before ;
neither had he heard about the unlucky 1-:.1-:1-.--. So he walked
carelessly by the perch, when down swept the eagle as fiercely as
if he had been half-starved. Away went the dog, with his tail be-
tween his legs, like a vessel with its sails furled taut and trim,
before the blast. After him ran his enemy, jumping his best, and
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beating the air with his wings, which, however, had just been
clipped, so that they assisted him but little. The dog would cer-
tainly have been lost, but that there was a hedge at no great dis-
tance, and he bolted through the stems just in season to escape
the claws which were thrust after him.
"The cats about the place suffered worse than the dog. At
first, puss r. i'.:..1 the eagle with some awe, kept her distance, and
was only coldly polite to his lordship ; but the treacherous thief,
whenever she was about, kept his eyes to himself, and pretended
to be thinking of more important subjects than her pretty self. So
she ventured a little nearer. He didn't turn. Still nearer -
nearer yet- right under his perch; and then he pounced upon
her, surrounded her with his wings, put one foot on her back and
the other on her throat, and having killed her in a twinkling, he
ate her, bones and all, leaving only her skin, which he turned
inside out, as cook does when she hangs up a rabbit-skin.
"Then, the poor little guinea-pigs made hardly more than a
mouthful apiece for the thief; and worse still, a jackdaw, who
could laugh and talk and sing and steal, with the best of his name,
found his way down the same ever-open throat. The monkey
came very near disappearing in the same manner; but he scram-
bled into a tree just as his dreaded foe rushed to its foot, his beak
wide open, and his wings outspread as if for flight.
Not satisfied with thieving out-of-doors, the eagle at last
entered the house, and helped himself to breakfast before his
master was served. Flying in through the window, he perched
upon a fine ham. Sticking his claws deep into the fat, he tore
off great pieces and swallowed them, like the greedy fellow he
was; but before he had ::,!I -i -i.. i1, the door opened, and his
mistress appeared. When he saw her, he croaked angrily, and
tried to carry off his prize, upsetting the delicate cups and saucers,
knocking over the handsome silver, and sending the cream and
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sugar in a sweet little river over the elegant damask cloth. He
found it too heavy; so he let it fall on the carpet, caught up a
cold partridge in its place, and sped away as he came.
This was the last naughty trick that I know of; for Master
Eagle was sent away to a place where he couldn't get dogs, cats,
and guinea-pigs, or even hares and partridges, if he tried ever so
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THE DOG DETECTIVE.
THERE was company to tea, and I really thought Hal would let
me off from the evening story; but when we rose from the
table he offered me his arm, and waited upon me to the library.
There he seated me with a grand flourish, and stretching himself at
full length upon the rug, signified his readiness to hear with his
customary Now, auntie."
"What shall it be? I 'asked in a resigned tone, for I had eaten
hot cakes for supper and felt more like sleeping than talking.
Dogs, auntie," was the prompt reply. I've had such fun with
Leo that I'll have a dog evening to finish a dog day."
"Very well," I answered, getting into the spirit of the subject
a little. "I know a capital story."
"Once there was a dog,-no, that isn't the beginning. Once
there was a king,-wrong again. I have it now, though. The
ancient Romans were strong and brave, but they were also ambi-
tious, selfish and cruel. They were always crying More more !'
and no matter how magnificent their possessions were, they
grudged even to the wildest tribes and most untutored nations
their one treasure, liberty. They went on -ligII and winning for
hundreds of years, until at last they were conquered in their turn,
as they richly deserved to be."
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"Good! cried Hal. "I like to see fair play. Jim Simpson's
a big bully, and I'm always glad when he catches it."
"They were fearfully punished at last, but the circumstances of
my story occurred early in their history, before they had made
themselves masters even of Italy. They were trying to do so as
fast as they could, and declared war against Tarentum, which lay
to the south-east. The inhabitants feared to resist without aid,
and yet were unwilling to yield; so, they asked Pyrrhus to help
them. He was king of Epirus, and had had such adventures as
one don't hear of every day."
"Oh, please tell me some of them," said Hal ; then seeing me
about to refuse, he added, coaxingly, "Just one little one, auntie.
It would be so nice."
So I gave in, as I always do when my nephew puts on his be-
seeching air, which made my introduction very long for so short a
"When Pyrrhus was a baby," said I, some of the Epirots
became displeased with his father. At first, they talked this over
among themselves with the doors fastened and the windows closed ;
then, they began to whisper it slyly to others ; and at length they
spoke pf it openly, and even made grand speeches against him in
the .streets and markets. Finally, they armed themselves, and
while some of them drove him out of the kingdom, others hunted
.for the little prince intending to kill him. They would hea,:, i..l
him easily enough, but that Androclides and Angelus r:-: I:.o
quick for them. At the first sign of danger they flew to the royal
nursery, snatched up the infant, and ordered some of the c, V-mntst-
and nurses to follow them without noise. The latter were so
frightened that they never really knew how they got out of the
palace; but get out they did, and in a twinkling they were on horse-
back and riding away toward Megara, the capital of Glaucias, who
ruled over their neighbors, the Illyrians. Hour after hour they
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kept on, rushing up the hi ll;, dashing through the hollows, and
picking their way through forests and over marshes.
"At length Angelus stopped, and lifting his finger to enjoin
silence he listened cai.ft-tul1 a moment. Then he sprang from his
horse and put his ear to the ground. 'The enemy are on our
track!' he said in a low tone. 'You young fellows, Androclon,
Hippias, and Neander, pick out the freshest horses-they are all
tired enough,-take the child and the women and push on with all
your might. The rest of us will try to keep back our pursuers.
Quick there is not a moment to lose.'
Then the fight began again, and the poor nurses could hardly
keep their saddle, they were so tired. Baby was tired too, but after
showing a suitable amount of indignation at the treatment he was
i,,.:: i;rni, hI:. dropped asleep, and woke up in a better temper.
"At nightfall, the -:.:Id,-1- who had staid behind rejoined their
party, and soon came in sight of Megara, when they found a new
danger in their path. A river ran between them and the city, and
this was swollen by heavy.rains so that instead of being 1::..i :il.e,
as they had 5,.ilp,:c.:ld it to be, it rushed furiously along, threaten-
ing to drown everybody who should try to cross it. The increas-
ing darkness added to their trouble, and they were entirely at a
loss what to do, until they saw some of the country people on the
opposite shore, when they called to them for help, holding up baby
and making signs of distress and entreaty. Neither party could
hear the other, however, on account of the uproar, and the fugitives
would have been overtaken but for a bright thl.:,ijht ihlicih occurred
to one of them. H:t.;ii., stripping a piece of bark from an oak
ri.-ar at h Iii.i, lhe wrote upon it with the tongue of a buckle describ-
in their dcan-ecr, and fastening it to a javelin he darted it across
l.i.e str.ami. Then, indeed, the men went to work with a will, cut-
ti do.i:,i tioccs and lashing them :le [hr f' a ride ; and sooner
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than could possibly have been expected, baby and his friends were
safely across, and received into the palace.
It so happened that Glaucias was sitting quietly at home with
his queen, and without waiting for anything Pyrrhus was taken
into his presence. When he heard the story he was much per-
plexed. It would be altogether mean to give up his infant peti-
tioner to certain death, and yet he was not pleased with the
possibility of a war on his account; and he remained in a brown
study, uncertain what to do. Meantime, baby kicked his chubby
legs, and fought with his dimpled hands till his nurses were glad
to put him on the floor, where he rolled about, thumping his nose
and bumping his head, and making little dives here and there as if
he really had some object in view. By and by he crept to the king,
and pulling himself up by the royal robe stood sucking the purple
garment, while he pounded the royal knee, and looked merrily into
the puzzled and careworn face above him. The hearty tug and
fearless gaze pleased Glaucias. He thought the little fellow would
grow into a bold, strong man; and he took him in his arms, gave
him a great squeeze, and declared that he 'wouldn't part with him;
no, not for a nation of traitors.' He kept his word. He had baby
educated with his own children till he was twelve years old, when
he marched with his army into Epirus and seated him upon his
"This was the king, now a famous warrior, to whom the Taren-
tines applied for help. He was delighted with this excellent
opportunity for winning power and renown, and laughed in his
sleeve while he thought how easy it would be to conquer the
Romans with the aid of the Tarentines, and then turn about and
subdue the Tarentines. So he crossed the Adriatic with cavalry
and footmen, archers and slingers, beside elephants, which carried
into battle large towers full of soldiers who cast javelins and shot
arrows down upon the enemy."
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"But, auntie, where is the dog coming in ?" asked Hal.
Just at this point, Hal; you will observe that I could'nt dash at
once into my subject, since but for this war and the part Pyrrhus
took in it, we should not have made the acquaintance of my hero.
Even with this aid nobody has discovered where he was born, or
where he died; but it is certain that he lived, at least for a time,
on the ground occupied by the hostile armies, and that he had a
master whom he loved with his whole doggish heart. With him he
marched and countermarched, ate and went hungry, waked and
slept; sharing the toils, privations and dangers of camp life, with
an intelligence which appeared almost human. He even watched
over the daring soldier, and guarded him to the very best of his
power. Poor fellow! all his care was vain. The dear master was
attacked by murderers and killed before his very face. The guilty
men fled, beating back with their swords the faithful animal, who
with frantic leaps sprang at them, till, finding his efforts useless,
he ran back to their victim, and, with howls and moans, called for
aid. No one heeding his cries, he dragged forward a sentinel who
was making his rounds, and who in his turn aroused some of his
comrades. The man was dead, however, and after waiting some
hours they attempted to bury the body. This the dog would not
permit; and growing savage with rage he drove them away as often
as they repeated their efforts. For three days and nights he kept
watch, neither eating nor sleeping, and only looking, with sorrowful
entreaty in his large, dark eyes, at the numbers whom curiosity or
pity drew continually to the spot.
"It so happened, that Pyrrhus witnessed the devotion of the
poor animal, and resolved to attach him to himself. He gave
positive orders to bury the corpse of the unfortunate man, and to
take the dog to him when all should be over."
Was the dog willing to have a new master? asked Hal.
"He did accept one. I know not why, but probably the noble
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figure of the king, his helmet with its lofty crest and goat's horns
which flashed dazzlingly in the sunlight, his majestic air, and tone
of authority compelled his obedience in spite of himself. At any
rate, his commands were observed, and the dog was removed to the
royal tent, and became the pet of the royal circle.
The murderers were not discovered. Quarrels, ending in death,
occurred so often that they excited little attention. Then, all was
hurry and bustle, and there was no time to seek out and punish the
guilty. The fallen soldier appeared to be forgotten ; but there was
one who remembered and was ready to avenge him.
When Pyrrhus found that the Romans were not the barbarians
he had supposed, he thought it necessary to learn his exact strength
before risking a battle, and he ordered out his entire army for a
It was a magnificent spectacle, as band after band swept by.
Now a troop of cavalry passed, the horses moving proudly, with
arched necks, and heads erect as if conscious of their bright trap-
pings. Next, followed the heavy infantry with lances and swords, and
armed with helmet, cuirass, and buckler, all ablaze. The slingers and
archers came next; then the elephants with their towers ; then more
cavalry and infantry, till the eye was tired with the sight. Pyrrhus
sat on horseback, at a little distance, with a few of his principal
officers around him, and the dog at his feet, who expressed by his
pleased looks his approbation of the busy splendor. He con-
tinued thus until the main body of the army had passed, when sud-
denly his manner changed. His eye flashed fire, his whole body
quivered with passion, and with a furious cry, half howl, half
yell, he flew at the throat of a soldier, and as suddenly releasing
him, buried his fangs deep in that of another, bringing him to the
ground where they rolled together in deadly strife.
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"All was confusion, and a dozen swords would have been
sheathed in the animal's body, but that Pyrrhus, springing from his
horse, thundered forth a command to the men to return to their
ranks. As he spoke he took off the dog, and in spite of his frantic
efforts to escape, held him with a grip like iron till he could be
securely chained and led safely away. Then, turning to his officers,
he said, 'the dog has but performed my neglected duty. Let these
murderers for such I am sure they are be closely guarded, and
make proclamation throughout the camp forbidding any injury to
the beast on account of this day's service.'
"The commands of Pyrrhus were obeyed. The men were
arrested, and although the evidence against them, aside from
that of the loving animal, was extremely slight, they confessed
their guilt and were executed."
"Why, auntie, that dog was like Roswal, in the Talisman! ex-.
claimed Hal. "Don't you believe Sir Walter Scott had read
.about him before he wrote that story? Here is the book, now,"
he continued, without waiting for a reply, and here is the very
place where it describes the Scottish hound."
Thereupon, Hal began to read aloud; and we were so much in-
terested, that we spent the rest of the evening over that most
charming of Eastern tales.
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THE BLACK SWANS.
HE children at Elmhill were impatient for Miss Wide-
awake's second story; so, at the first convenient op-
portunity, she gathered them about her, and gave them
the following description of some of her old pets: -
"Grandpapa's house," said she, was a great, rambling affair,
with lofty rooms, hinting of summer at every step. Not that we
did not need fires sometimes, and rousing ones too ; but our win-
ter in Tasmania was very unlike that season in New England. It
seldom happened that I could not find something pretty for my
vases in the the garden or woods ; the bees continued their labors,
merely lying idle three or four days at a time, in especially bad
weather; and very few plants required a warmer spot than the
wide veranda, which ran across three sides of the house.
"A charming place was that veranda, for it was shaded all sum-
mer by a tangle of passion-flowers, and jessamines, and climbing
roses, and grape-vines, which, in autumn could hardly hold up
their great clusters of purple and golden fruit. It was a vast deal
pleasanter than the drawing-room or library; and there grandpapa
read and wrote, while grandmamma and I busied ourselves with
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"I said grandmamma and I; but the truth is, that I did very
little work of any kind there, for I was usually too much occupied
in other ways. No sooner were we fairly seated, than Bruno, with
ears cocked, and head on one side, begged for a play. He was
followed by Mrs. Silvertail, who stretched herself lazily in the
shade, in preparation for a nap. A great mistake that of Silver-
tail ; for one, two, or three, teasing, untiring kittens, discovering
her retreat, half-coaxed, half-drove her to a frolic. Leaping, tum-
bling, rolling, were tried ; little paws stole around the old neck;
little furry balls placed themselves on the panting side ; mischiev-
ous little teeth snapped at the curling tail, till mamma could not
bear it another minute ; and, with vigorous blows, sent her off-
spring hither and thither, in funny dismay. By that time, the white
cockatoo a beautiful bird, as large as a common fowl -would
find out the family gathering-place, and waddle along, calling
'Pretty Cocky! Pretty Cocky !' 'Bruno, get out! get out !'
'Miaow, miaow!' 'Kate! Kate kiss Cocky !' Pretty Cocky
Yes, Cocky shall have one; and I wind off the cotton, and
give him the coveted toy, when he grasps it with his foot, and
splits it at a single bite. Presently, Cocky ruffles his plumage till
he looks half as large again as before; he throws his crest, with
its double fan of brilliantly yellow feathers, as far forward as pos-
sible, and spreads and closes it rapidly. His eyes sparkle, and
he yells fiercely, and flies forward, as if for a tremendous attack.
Matey the cook, has just stepped on the veranda; and Cocky,
having frightened her once, thinks it fine fun to try it again. She
humors the feathered wag; puts her hands to her face, and makes
belief run ; when he laughs merrily, and cries, Hurrah hurrah!
Pretty Cocky, hurrah! "
The magpie had no mind to be overlooked ; and when I was
kind to Cocky, he drew my attention by singing, in a full, rich
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voice ; and then he hopped up and down, now this way and now
that, as gaily as my old dancing-master used to do. Cocky was
jealous; and I am not sure that I shouldn't have liked the mag-
pie the best, only that he was such a thief. He stole my scissors,
and buried them in the garden, without the slightest regard to my
feelings ; and he carried off my worsteds, and my beads, and my
gold and silver thread. He was a pleasant fellow, but with bad
morals, and a sad companion for Cocky.
"Wakened by the noise, Drowsy the wombat, trudged along,
with a heavy, rolling tread, like that of a fat bear. When full-
grown, he was three feet long, with a large body and short legs.
His color was much like that of the gray cloth which we call 'pep-
per-and-salt;' and his fur was coarse, but long and warm. He
liked to be taken up, and stroked, and petted; and he used to
stand on his hind legs, to beg for the treat. Poor Drowsy He
became too heavy; and beside, he soiled his paws with overmuch
digging. A sleepy fellow was Drowsy, and he rejoiced in a soft,
warm bed. Wherever the quilt hung over the edge of one, he
climbed by it, and crept in ; and thus often gave us a start when
we turned down the sheets at night. He hunted after the milk ;
and one hot evening, when it was set out to cool, he knocked off
the covers, drank what he wanted, and took a bath in the rest.
Oh, how Matey scolded, and how grandmamma laughed! Three
different times Tom took Drowsy to the woods, hoping to get rid
of him ; and each time he found his way back, tired, wet, and hun-
gry, and begged to be taken in. Grandpapa did not send him
away again, but he had to be shut up occasionally, he burrowed
so. I was almost afraid he would undermine the house itself, with
his holes and passages deep below the surface of the earth.
"Up in their cage, slept a pair of jerboa kangaroos, night-loving
little creatures, who cared nothing for sunshine. They were about
as large as hares, grayish-brown above, grayish-white beneath, with
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a tail which was black on the upper surface. They were my cap-
tives; but their nest was so skilfully built, that I should never
have found it without Tom's help. Tom knew better than anybody
at Seaview, what went on in the woods, and he told me how the
mamma jerboa made her nice warm house. First, she sought a
hollow spot in the earth, which she scooped out until the roof
would be on a level with the ground about it. Then, she hunted
up some dried grass suitable for her use, made it into a bundle,
twisted her tail round it, and hopped back with her load. This
formed the beginning of her roof; and after placing it properly,
she went out for more, and still more, until the cavity was com-
pletely covered. Even then, her cares were not ended. She must
keep her house, as well as build it; and so, when her little ones
were lying cosily within, she never left it, or returned to it, without
closing the entrance with a tuft of grass.
When I was tired of the veranda pets, my glance strayed down
the lawn, shaded by groups of noble trees, and reached the sea,
which lay in the distance, its soft blue melting into the softer sky,
and brightened occasionally by a white sail, which glittered a mo-
ment, and was gone. The place took its name of Seaview from
this ocean landscape ; and its ever-changing hues, and grand, per-
petual chant, had for me a strange, sweet fascination. Grand-
mamma, who had lost two sons in one of its terrible storms, used
often to follow the direction of my eye, and whisper softly a favorite
Bible quotation from St. John's description of the New Jerusalem,
' And there was no more sea ;' but I, to whom it brought no sor-
rowful recollections, could not help hoping that I might find the
wide, beautiful reach of waters reproduced in the heavenly home.
The beach was not visible from the veranda ; but I could trace
the line of green which marked the little creek setting inland, and
dividing Seaview from the next estate, which was called Ferndale,
and was the property of our dear friends, the Seymours. Charm-
ing, indeed, was the creek,- always playing at being something
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larger and grander than itself; always widening into pretty lakes,
or sweeping out in lovely curves, or fretting over rocky shallows.
Here, it lay open to the sky; there, it was closely arched with
acacias, which, in their season, roofed themselves with gold, and
honey-bearing peppermint-trees, whose pyramids of snowy bloom
were set like vast bunches of pearls in the thick, dark foliage.
Here, the shores were high and sharp, and carpeted with flowers,
from the first white lily of spring, to the fragrant yellow oxalis of
winter ; there, they were low and moist, and bore many kinds of
broad-leafed water-plants, and rich mosses, and plumy ferns. So,
we had The Fairies' Bath,' The Roaring Water,' 'Mossbay,' and
' Lilybank ;' and we talked as grandly about them, as if they had
been laid down on maps and described in geographies. Better worth
seeing too, they were, than many more important places; for there
the kingfisher, in violet and red, sat on a dead limb, and watched
for his darting prey; and parrots filled the water with bright re-
flections ruby and orange, and blue and green till it seemed
to flow over a pavement of gems. There came the wattle-bird a
lively, restless creature tripping lightly along the branches, care-
less whether his head were upward or downward, always choosing
the freshest blossoms, and thrusting his long bill and slender
tongue into their very hearts for the last drop of the sweet treas-
ure. Still better company were the cockatoos. Not the white
ones, which are sad torments, settling by hundreds on the grain-
fields, and screaming at the very top of their voices, when they do
not happen to be feeding, or resting after a meal ; but the black
ones, which confine themselves to worm-eaten trees, and pick
out the grubs buried under their bark. They are as large as a
parrot, and as dignified in their movements as a countess at the
queen's drawing-room. They move daintily about, bowing and
courtesying, and raising and lowering their golden crests in the
most comical way imaginable. They were good-tempered and so-
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ciable, feeding in parties, sometimes of a dozen or more in number,
and talking cheerfully to each other the while. They are usually
extremely shy ; but no one at Seaview was allowed to frighten
them, so that they were comparatively free and easy there; and I
could watch them an hour at a time, by keeping quietly hidden
Their favorite food was a grub, three or four inches long, white and
smooth, like ivory, which changed to an immen-se moth of the most
beautiful plumage, generally of rich browns and grays, but often
enlivened by large, fresh pink spots on the wings. These grubs
lay deep in the wood ; and the birds tore away the bark, and then
made large chips as they dug, such wonderful woodsmen were
they. I used to translate their conversation, according to their
tones and gestures, somewhat as follows: -
"' Fine day '
"' Yes ; but rather warm!'
Cheerfully, but a little less briskly Hard work, this '
Softly and consolingly -' It pays well, though!'
"A trifle wearily How deep the grubs lie !'
"With sudden animation I've found one !'
"Inquiringly Is it sweet ? '
Enthusiastically -' Excellent! Tastes like an almond *
Affectionately -' Want any help ?'
Vigorously -' No ; I have it '
"Generously Wish you joy !'
"In this creek lived my especial and particular pets, a pair
of black swans, which were a birthday present from Harry Sey-
mour. They were called Duke and Duchess, on account of their
noble bearing; and one of my greatest pleasures was to feed them
with bread and corn, which they took from my hand in a win-
ningly trusting and confidential manner. Their plumage was ele-
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gant, being a glossy black; with a few white feathers in the tail
and wings, which looked as if a little patch of snow had settled on
them. Their bills were a brilliant red, like fine coral; and their
heads and eyes were very pretty and pleasing. Their note was
sweet and sad, somewhat like the tone of a harp ; and when they
called to each other, the sound was enchanting.
"When I first had them, I thought that there was nothing left
to ask for; but, like most people, I at length began to wish my
treasures doubled; and therefore I was delighted, when, one fine
October day,-the Tasmanian spring, you will remember, -I
heard Duchess say to her husband, 'My dear, we must have a
To be sure, this communication was made in the swan lan-
guage; but I understood it, and spent every leisure moment in
watching madam at her task, on a low promontory running into the
creek. She did not show that tender anxiety for the comfort of her
future offspring, which is manifested by many birds. She didn't
pluck the down from her body, like the eider duck : or gather the
velvet of ferns, like the humming-bird; or sew her materials neatly,
like the oriole; or build a roof, like the weaver-bird. No, indeed;
she did nothing of the kind. I am almost ashamed to say that
she merely collected some coarse water-weeds, and put them
loosely together; and in that slovenly construction, she laid five
long eggs, of a pale-green color, tinged with brown, which appeared
to me much too delicate and important to be trusted in such a
Up to that moment, I had felt nothing but pleasure; but then
I began to fidget. I was afraid of sportsmen, for roasted swan is
excellent eating; of robbers, who might wish to sell my beauties
to some distant proprietor; of snakes ; of a freshet; of all sorts
of possible and impossible dangers. I am sure, if madam had
been half as uncomfortable about her expected progeny, she could
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not have brought them out successfully; and I am equally certain
that the whole household felt relieved, when word was brought to
' lIiss,' that five cygnets tenanted the little reed home by the creek.
Snatching my hat, I was out of the house in a twinkling, and
reached the creek all out of breath, to find, not five lovely black
baby-swans, as I anticipated, but five white ones, they being
clad only in the down which all swans wear under their feathers.
Notwithstanding my amazement, I imagine that I felt richer than
the mother-bird at sight of them ; my next happiest moment being
that in which I first saw the stately parents sailing on the crystal
water, with their family in a pretty train behind them.
"For three months, I rejoiced in my darlings. Then I went to
Hobarton for a visit; and when I returned, the creek was left to
the keeping of the cockatoos and wattle-birds, the parrots and
kingfishers. Every one of my pets had been stolen."
M. G. SLEEPER.
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THE RIDE FOR LIFE.
THINK," said Miss Wideawake, "that my third story
must be about my Tasmanian rides, one of which
Nearly cost me my life. It makes me shudder to
think of it, even now ; and, if I am very tired at night,
I am almost certain to take it again in my dreams.
Mamma would not consent to my visiting Tasmania, until
grandpapa promised to superintend my lessons, so that I might
keep up with my classes at home ; and he entered upon the work
with great zeal. Too much attention,' he said, 'could not be
given to the wishes of a mother who had sent her child such a
distance for his pleasure. Of course, he would teach me, and in
the best manner too. It should be just like a school. There
should be no interruptions, nothing to take off my mind; and to
that end, we would have a room to ourselves.'
Grandmamma smiled archly. She thought we should soon
tire of our labors ; but she kindly gave up her own little sitting-
room, which was one of the most cheerful of nooks, and there I
spread out the .books, maps, globes, and drawing materials, which
I had carried from home. For one whole fortnight, I studied
diligently ; and grandpapa, with a fussy precision which was funny
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to see, broke in upon every plan of business or pleasure, at the
very moment which he had set for hearing my lessons. Visitors
were left to amuse themselves as they could ; and servants were
dismissed without orders, while he plunged into the mysteries of
algebra, recalled his old knowledge of Latin and French, or criti-
cised my tumble-down houses, one-sided horses, and awkward
dogs, with patient gravity.
At the end of that time, his resolution gave way. He fancied
I looked pale. He thought the confinement did not agree with
me. He said I should be a great deal better to ride with him when
the sun shone, and study only in bad weather. So we wrote a
joint letter to mamma, stating the case with great force, and re-
solved to take enjoy ourselves in our own way, during the months
which must necessarily elapse before a reply to our epistle should
put an end to my busy idleness.
"I am afraid I enjoyed it, even better than grandpapa, for it
was like being in a new world. The wheat and oat fields were
to be visited, the turnips to be looked after, and the potatoes to
be watched. Sometimes, new land was to be cleared; and then
we had gangs of men to fell the gum-trees, peppermint-trees,
stringy-barks, and tea-trees; to grub up the roots, and cut the
trunks and boughs into fencing length, the great logs, six or
eight feet long, forming the lower tier, and the branches being
laid above, and twisted into a stout barrier, as high as a man's
Another kind of clearing was quite as necessary, but far less
laborious than this, to prevent the mischief which would other-
wise be occasioned by the fires which often raged in the hot, dry
Christmas weather. In anticipation of these, all rubbish near the
fences was picked up, and the grass, for the distance of ten or
twelve feet on either side, was burned, before the heat had made
everything like tinder. Unless this was carefully. done, not only
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?the vast lines of fence, made with so much toil and expense,
would have been swept away, but the crops, growing and gath-
ered, and even the farm buildings, would have been endangered.
For bush-fires were set by land-owners, on some part of their
feeding-ground, every year; partly, because the grass which
sprang up immediately afterward was better relished by ani-
mals than the old growth ; and partly because, that when it was
neglected, the shrubs and coarse plants matted themselves into
thickets, and the dead wood and decaying leaves covered the
earth so closely as to check vegetation. These fires always fright-
ened me; but they were very grand, particularly at night. At
first, the flames went hissing through the grass ; then, they caught
the scrub, or growth of thick low bushes ; and then, sometimes
they leaped into the dry tree-tops, and flew with a thousand dart-
ing tongues, from bough to bough, and trunk to trunk, till they
seemed to be climbing to the sky.
"The words 'a great farm,' had a little different meaning in
Tasmania from that which they bear in New England. They
meant fields of grain, to be sure ; but they usually meant also vast
tracts of country, where hundreds, perhaps thousands, of sheep
and cattle ran at large, under the care of stock-keepers, who lived
in huts, more or less comfortable, according to their wages and
thrift. Every year, the flocks and herds were collected; the sheep
were sheared and marked; the calves were branded; and such
cattle as were wanted for home use were selected; after which,
the remainder were returned to their pastures again. The sheep
gave little trouble; but the cattle became frightened and furious,
and it required skill, coolness, and strength, to manage them.
Of course, the work on such an estate was necessarily super-
intended on horseback; and my pretty pony, Spring, who was as
intelligent as he was spirited, soon learned to leap fences and
ditches, to push through scrub, and to ford rivers. He never
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needed the whip ; he would stand without tying; and when I was
too tired to sit erect, would not only let me lie down on his neck
but would then pick his way with double caution, as if aware that
my position was unusually insecure. I used to thank him from
my heart for this privilege, for grandpapa liked so much to have
me make the rounds with him, that he would not willingly excuse
me from them for any light reason; and I, knowing how much he
enjoyed my company, never asked to remain at home, unless too
ill to keep my saddle. So, laying aside petticoats, and putting on
a coarse, strong habit of moderate length, over pantaloons of the
same material, that my limbs might be as free as possible, shading
my head with a wide-brimmed hat, and defending my feet and
hands with stout boots and heavy gloves, I started, for two, four,
or six hours, as it might happen. Several dogs usually followed,
which occasionally roused a brush-kangaroo, ran down a kangaroo-
rat, caught a bandicoot, and once even started a tiger, which made
an excuse for grandpapa to buy a revolver for me, and give me a
few lessons in its use.
The most exciting part of the farm-work was the collecting of
the herds. It never took less than three weeks ; and grandpapa
was so tired of the labor and discomfort, that he resolved once to
take me with him, for the sake of my company.
You don't mean it, my dear! You can't mean it!' exclaimed
grandmamma, holding up both hands in terrified amazement, when
grandpapa mentioned his intentions.
"' Ah but I do, though,' replied grandpapa. 'I am not to be
cheated out of a great pleasure, because she made the mistake of
being a girl. If she were a boy, now, as she ought to have been -'
But, 'tis so improper I' broke in grandmamma.
"' H'm !' replied grandpapa, forgetting his habitual courtesy in
his vexation; because grandmamma would present what he knew
to be the right side of the argument.
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"' So dangerous !' pleaded grandmamma.
"' H'm !' said grandpapa again; and so, I, all eagerness and
resolution, full of expectation, but a good deal afraid as well, set
out for the runs, at grandpapa's left hand.
"Under ordinary circumstances, grandpapa would have taken
only eight horsemen; but out of exceeding care for me, he added
three to the usual number, thus making me, as I jokingly told him,
of as much account as one hundred and fifty cattle. But even
with this precaution, I came near sacrificing my life to my own
foolish love of adventure, and grandpapa's belief that I was equal
That you may understand how this happened, I will explain
the mode of collecting the herds, of which there are a number,
since they cannot all graze together. When in immediate expec-
tation of finding one, the horsemen ride in single file, and the first
who sees it whistles softly. At this, the party stop, and take
a survey of the ground. They observe whether there are any
thickets or swamps near by, where the cattle can hide from pur-
suit ; and, separating silently, they endeavor to surround without
alarming them, and by slow circles to bring them into as small a
space as they can readily be made to occupy. If they can be
made to stand,' other 'lots are collected, and joined to the first,
when all are slowly and patiently urged toward the stockyard.
If a scrub, with but one path through it, is to be crossed, one
or two stock-riders take their position in the clear space beyond,
to check the cattle when they come out upon it, leaving the con-
duct of the herd to four of their number, one riding at the head,
one on either side, and one behind. Horses trained to this work
are almost as intelligent as their masters, pursuing the runaway
beasts through the forest, and wheeling or jumping aside to keep
clear of their horns, when, as it often happens, they make an attack.
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"The stockyard is fenced with gigantic logs, five or six feet high;
and yet, the animals sometimes leap it in their frantic efforts to
escape. Here, the most dangerous toil occurs, for the stock-
keepers go in among the infuriated creatures, and let out such
as are not wanted, while they keep in such as are. Sometimes
they all make a rush at the men, who must then jump through
the rails, to escape being gored to death. Often, an animal tries
to pass, and must be driven back. If he gets fairly through the
opening, those outside spring on horseback and pursue him, crack-
ing their whips fast and loudly. Perhaps they will turn him and
bring him back three or four times, before he can be forced into
Such cattle as are intended for house and farm service, are
then driven home. Upon their approach, the dogs are shut up,
people retire from sight, and the gates are set wide open ; but
they are so fearful and suspicious, that even with these precau-
tions, it is very difficult to get them into the farmyard. They
come near, then start, and bellow, and rush in every direction;
and, after a long and toilsome pursuit, are often brought back, only
to do the same thing again.
Sometimes, the cows refuse to be milked; and then, recourse
is had to the 'milking-bail.' In this, the head is held fast ; and, if
necessary, a leg is tied, which soon convinces Mrs. Moolley of the
impolicy of farther struggles.
Of course, I did not go near the stockyard. Even grandpapa
would not allow me to see its terrific labor, which required a great
deal more skill and courage than the famous bull-fights of Spain.
I only rode with my relative in search of his property, camping
with him under the still, warm sky, and cheering his evenings by
singing to him his favorite songs, for which he repaid me by stories
of his early hardships and adventures before he became a prosper-
ous man in this new country.
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"One day, I took a position quite out of harm's way, as I
thought, upon the side of a hill. From thence, I was idly gazing
at the stock-riders, as they circled round a herd, forcing them into
a smaller and smaller compass. I had seen the process so often,
that it had lost its novelty, and I took no interest in it, until I
suddenly became aware that the animals were beginning to break
away in my direction, and I knew that I must ride for my life. I
threw one foot over the saddle, pressed the other firmly into the
stirrup, and urged my pony to his highest speed. Hardly had I
done so, when the beasts were raging behind me, their heavy
tread shaking the earth, and their bellowing giving me fierce
warning of my probable fate. The ground was uneven and stony.
If Spring should stumble, we should be trampled down in a twink-
ling. If he should become unmanageable from fright, we should
be forced over the brow of the hill, down the steep, rocky descent,
and death would be equally certain. There was one chance for
escape; and this, after a short prayer for aid, I resolved to at-
tempt. A part of the hill was bare at the top, and for this I knew
the cattle would aim. To the left, the ground took a turn up-
ward, with a thick growth of forest trees, but broken by a ravine,
the entrance to which was nearly concealed by the overhanging
boughs and the long sprays of various climbers. If I could reach
this, I should probably be safe; but to do so, I must cross in front
of the maddened herd. I thought that Spring was at his utmost
speed; but at my urging, it was increased, and I was gratified to
perceive that, although going diagonally, I still kept the same
distance in front of my advancing foes. On on The distance
appeared to lengthen, as we flew. My head grew giddy, my eyes
grew dim; but, with one last, fearful effort, my beautiful pony shot
into the ravine, just as the whole body were sweeping over the
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"One minute more I kept full command over myself. There
would be snakes in the ravine, and possibly other creatures, which
it would be disagreeable to meet. I touched my pony once more,
and came out into the sunshine, and then I slipped from his back
to the ground, and lost all consciousness. When I come to my-
self, grandpapa had me in his arms; and, forgetting everything
but his pet, had sent one rider to the tent for wine, another to a
spring for water, while a third was shielding me from the sun-with
his coat, and a fourth was fanning me with some leafy branches.
In a short time, however, I was able to ride, when grandpapa in-
sisted upon taking me home, declaring that he wouldn't be so
frightened again for all Seaview. He watched me as closely as a
cat watches a mouse, the remainder of the day ; and it was only
when I asked, the following morning, if I might return with him to
the run, that he could be persuaded I had really received no injury.
"Dear grandpapa i One of the men at'l.i.-. -r.l told me, that
when he saw no human aid could reach me, he sprang !i .:. his
horse, knelt upon the ground, and remained in prayer, till he
could venture up the hill without adding to the t!.: n' of the
cattle and, I doubt not, that the answer to his ,petitions was to
be found in my self-possession, and the successful effi:, of my
intelligent, swift, sure-footed pony.