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no interest in him except when he brought them their plates of table scraps
night and morning. Old Julia was a tlxtg thing with humans, but her
naxegg~ -toothed devotion was only for his father, Penny Baxter. e had '
tried to make up to Julia, but she would have none of him. "x
"Yq~,was pups together," his father told him, "tW2nXi year gone, I
when you was year'old and her a baby.
xan you hurte dthe little thing, not meaning hox harm6 She can't 'bring
herself to trust ybu.Hounds is often that-a-way."
He made a circle around the sheds and corn-cribs, and cut south
through the Ve.ttHe wished he had a dog like Grandma Hutto's. It was .,,
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white andrdid -'Aa tricks M 4T-i4h baaWsa. s.weoa. When .J'rlaugbed
i.'J and could not stop, the white dog jumped in her and lickedher face
waggi r 4_i plumed tail as though i laughed with her. He w9uld like any-
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thing that was his own; that followed him as/Julia followed q ". He cut
into the sand road and began to. run east. It was two miles to the creek, -
but km it seemed to Jody that he could run forever. There was no ache in
his A, as when he hoedx the corn. e slowed down to make the road last
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