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tle of a ferry-boat for that of the factory, and Carlo would be sure to know all about it, and scold went to Fanny's side, thus revealing her method us for it too. of keeping time.

One day he saved the Mayor's little daughter Fanny sometimes reclined on a lounge and from drowning, and from that day he became a played with her pet, but when she wished to rest, hero. The citizens presented him with a gold she had only to say in gentle tones, “ Be quiet, collar for his bravery, but Carlo never showed any Gipsey, and lie down; I am tired.” Instantly all especial pride because of this decoration. romping ceased and the dog settled to sleep or Carlo always made a point of attending all the retired to its basket.

fires in the town. He could mount a ladder like a The old adage says "every dog has its day,” fireman, and well do I recollect the last of his adand Gipsey was no exception to the rule. One ventures. autumn she fell ill, lost her sight, and developed It was toward evening on a holiday, and few peovarious canine disorders for which no cure could ple were in the place, as most of the citizens of the be found. With patience far beyond that of many town were absent on an excursion to a neighboring men and women she endured her sufferings, and lake. down to the hour when she died, the only sound I remember feeling sadly disappointed at having she ever made was a low moan, though it was to miss the excursion myself. At about five o'clock often evident that she was in great pain. Through the bells in the churches began to ring very loud all her illness she seemed to appreciate to its and fast, and Carlo, who had been lazily sleeping fullest extent the kindness of her young mis- and watching the place, started up, and with two tress, and swallowed with almost no resistance or three expressive growls that summoned his masthe unsavory drugs which the veterinary surgeon ter, ran with all speed for the fire. prescribed.

There was a general shout that “ Carlo was go“Don't forget to say,” remarks Fanny as she ing!” and of course all the boys in the neighborfinishes reading the foregoing lines, “that Gipsey hood hastened to follow. was the most sensitive dog I ever saw or heard of, The dog was very busy and intelligent all the and more sensitive than most children or grown time, dragging down the stairs, with great speed people. The slightest word of reproof wounded and care, things of every description. her so that she showed her consciousness of it for As the last house was burning, the cry of a child hours, and she could n't be happy till it was ó all was heard in the upper story. made up.' When that was accomplished she Of course it was out of the question for any one would bark and dance about, and perhaps bring to go up and expect to come back; but Carlo some of her playthings for a good romp. If you seemed to take in the situation at a glance. Knowstepped on her foot, or otherwise hurt her by acci- ing in his dog mind that the first stories were dent, you had only to say, “Excuse me, Gipsey; I already in a blaze, he leaped up the ladder and did n't mean it,' and she would pretend she was n't jumped in through the window. The fire and hurt at all.”

smoke soon drove him back, but his master, “I am sure that she knew the difference between who appeared at that moment, shouted to him to our language and another. Sometimes the doctor go in, and the people cheered. Whether he would talk to her in French or German, in the understood or not, he again entered the window, same tones and with the same meaning as in and when all hope of his return had been given up, English; whenever he did so, she would stand still a boyish shout announced his arrival. He was terand look at him with a puzzled expression which ribly burned, and fell before he reached the ground; showed she did not understand, but the moment still holding with wonderful firmness a little babe. he went back to English, she was as demonstrative The child did not prove to be greatly harmed; as ever, and seemed trying to ask him not to talk but poor Carlo's injuries were fatal. The brave any more in that outlandish way.”

dog received every care, but he died the next day.

He was buried in a pretty spot in the cemetery, II.- CARLO,

and over his grave a little white stone was placed

with this inscription : BY EFFIE SQUIER. How well we all remeniber Carlo! He was a

AND SKILL IN THE FIRE OF 1875." dear old dog, and belonged to Mr. Rhodes, the constable of our town. He was a sharp detective,

III.- BOB. and had many a time discovered the hiding-places of thieves. Even we children used to be a little CARLO was not the only “fire" dog, a Lonafraid of him, for if we had done anything wrong don paper tells of Bob, the fireman's dog, at the

" HERE LIES CARLO THE WISE. A DOG WHO SHOWED ALMOST HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

Southwark Fire-brigade station in London. When- IV.—THE HONEST DOG OF FERENTINO. ever the fire-bell rings, Bob is in a great hurry to be off. He runs before the engine to clear the dote: "A few years since I was sitting inside the

A TRAVELER in Italy relates the following anecway and, arrived at the fire, no one is more ready door of a shop, to escape from the rain while waitthan he to obey orders. He will run up ladders, ing for a trap to take me to the railway station in jump through windows and enter blazing rooms

the old Etruscan city of Ferentino. Presently an ill-bred dog of the pointer kind came and sat down in front of me, looking up in my face and wagging his tail to attract my attention.

""What does that dog want?' I asked of a bystander.

Signore,' he answered,' he wants you to give him a soldo, that he may buy you a cigar with it.'

“I gave the dog the coin, and he presently returned, bringing a cigar, which he held crosswise in his mouth until I took it from him. Sent again and again, he brought me three or four more cigars from the tobacco-shop. At length the dog's demeanor changed, and he gave vent to his impatience by two or three low whines.

"6"What does he want now?' I asked.

"He wants you to give him two soldi to go to the baker's, and buy bread for himself.'

“I gave him a two-soldo piece, and in a few minutes the dog returned with a small loaf of bread, which he laid at my feet, at the same time gazing wistfully in my face.

“He 'll not take it until you give him leave,' more quickly than any of the firemen.

One day

said another bystander. a house was on fire in Duke street. The flames

“I gave the permission, and the clever animal were spreading rapidly, and threatened soon to seized the loaf in his mouth and disappeared with bring the building to the ground. Bob darted into it, and did not again make his appearance while I the burning house, and in a few moments was seen

was in the city. coming out with — what do you think ?-a poor cat, in his mouth! He carried pussy very carefully, whenever he sees a stranger in Ferentino.'"

“He always does that,' said the bystanders, and gently dropped her in a place of safety. On another occasion a house in Westminster

V.- MR. IRVING'S COLLIE. Road was on fire, and Bob was there, as usual. The firemen thought that all the inmates were out of A NEWSPAPER paragraph, some time since, stated the house. Bob, however, knew better. He kept that Baroness Burdett-Coutts was usually accompabarking and scratching at a small door. The fire- nied by a beautiful collie dog, which was a gift from men ordered Bob to “hold his noise, and get away.” Mr. Henry Irving, the English tragedian, and which Although usually a very obedient dog, Bob barked had a history. The actor was one day driving over more loudly than ever, and seemed almost to say, the Braemar moors, when he lost his Skye terrier, “Be quick-do open this door!” The firemen which had been trotting along behind his trap. were afraid that if this door was opened, it might He stepped down to look for it, directing the driver make the fire burn more rapidly, but as Bob was so to go on with the trap. On the moor he met a very boisterous, one of the firemen said: “There's shepherd with a collie ; and the man, when told some reason why Bob makes this ado— let's break of the actor's loss, offered to find the terrier. At open the door!” The door was burst open, when a word from him the collie darted off, and after an the astonished firemen found a poor little child, who, absence of ten minutes returned. “Where is he?" but for Bob, might have been burned to death! asked the shepherd, and the dog, lifting one paw,

Bob has been presented with a collar, on which pointed in the direction of the road. “ He has is the inscription :

gone after the trap," the shepherd said, and Mr. “Stop me not,

Irving, marveling, and, in truth, incredulous, reBut onward let me jog.

turned to the road, and, coming up with the trap, For I am Bob, The London Fireman's Dog."

found his little favorite awaiting his arrival. He bought the collie at the moderate price of fifteen even a greater price. A servant was provided to guineas, and on his return to town presented it feed the dog and to attend it when its mistress did to the Baroness.

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not have it in charge.

VI.—WHY MAJOR WENT TO CHURCH. VIII.- DOGS AS NEWSPAPER-CARRIERS. BY LIZZIE HATCH.

A CONNECTICUT journal, in speaking of the I ONCE visited a pleasant country-house, the sagacity of dogs, says that it is a very common thing owner of which had a powerful and sagacious dog on all the Connecticut railroad lines for accommocalled Major. This dog was highly prized by his dating train men to throw newspapers off the train master and by the people of the neighborhood. at or near the houses of subscribers who live on the He had saved many lives. Once when a swing- line of the road but at a distance from the stations. rope became entangled around the neck of a little In many instances, it says, dogs have been trained girl, Major held her up until help came.

to watch for the cars and get these papers, and One day the butcher brought in his bill for Major's country dogs, it is noticed, take quite an active provisions. Major's master thought it altogether interest in the affair. On the Naugatuck road, too large, and shaking the paper angrily at the some one had the curiosity to inquire into this dog, he said:

matter of dog messengers. A certain gentleman, “See here, old fellow, you never ate all that he states, had a dog which would go a mile and a meat,- did you ?”

half every morning to meet the train. The paper The dog looked hard at the bill, shook himself was at first thrown off by the brakeman on the all over, regarded the butcher with contempt, and last car, and there the dog watched for it. After then went back to his rug, where he stretched a while it was thrown from the baggage car. The himself out with a low growl of dissatisfaction. dog appeared angry at the change, barked furiously

The next Sunday, just as service began at the and waited sullenly for some time before going on village church, into my friend's pew vaulted Major; its errand. It was some time before it became reche had never before been to church.

onciled to the new way of delivering the paper. Our hostess started in affright. “Something Below Derby, a dog acted for several years as must have happened to the children,” she said. newsboy for a number of families. The papers were

“No,” said her husband, “the dog would tell thrown out of the car while it was going at full us if that were so."

speed. Whether one or a large bundle of them, The Major kept perfectly quiet until we all arose the dog was able to lug them off, making good time for prayer; then he sprang upon the seat, stood back. on his hind legs, placed his fore-paws upon the Another dog which became a veteran as a newsfront of the pew behind, and stared gravely and dog and could not, from age and rheumatism, go reproachfully into the face of the butcher, who down to the cars, managed in some way to train a looked very much confused, and turned first red younger dog to do its work. and then pale. The whole congregation smiled A gentleman residing below Naugatuck, had a and tittered. Major's master at once took the dog dog which regularly met the early morning train. home. But the butcher was more considerate in the house was a mile away from the railroad, and his charges from that time. Evidently he felt the dog never left on its errand until it heard mortified and conscience-stricken.

the train whistle at Beacon Falls station. Then

it started on a run and waited always at the same VII.--A MONEYED DOG.

spot, with its nose poked between the palings of

a fence, and its keen eyes watching for the flying A FEW summers ago, according to a daily paper, paper, the attention bestowed by a California lady upon A story is told of one dog that was first taught to her pet dog formed a constant topic of conversation bring a certain New Haven paper, but when his at a well-known summer resort. The lady was master changed to another could not be induced often to be seen promenading upon the piazza of to carry the new one. This seems unlikely. Another her hotel in company with a beautiful little black story is that a gentleman of Waterbury had a pet and-tan dog. The small creature was said to have dog that could readily distinguish the locomotive cost four hundred dollars. During the summer whistles of the New England road from those of the lady ordered ear-rings and a gold collar for the the Naugatuck, though the tracks ran parallel, side dog. The ear-rings were declared to be worth by side. For many years the faithful dog always two thousand dollars, and the collar, which was found its train and car, and stood in waiting for the studded with emeralds and pearls, was valued at daily paper, which it carried home to its master.

IX.- MY DOG FIDO.

Throw a stick in the pond, and at once, with a

bound, By L. J. Cist.

He will jump in the water,I TELL you I have a smart dog of my own Little Lilly fell in once, and would have been (His name, sir, is Fido);

drowned The cunningest canine that ever was known

If he had n't caught her !
To “ cut up a dido !”
His hair it is long and as soft as fine silk

He's so wise that when bad boys once managed (It 's a sort of a yellow);

to tie He's so dainty, he likes only sweet cake and

To his tail a tin kettle, milk,

He turned, picked it up in his mouth, and so high The dear, funny fellow !

(Being put to his mettle)

He jumped, o'er the palings and made so much He comes when he 's called, and he does what noise, he 's bid

The sound reached the kitchen; (Not all boys will do so !);

And the servants ran out and soon caught both And he'll stand up and wear a fur cap on his head,

the boys
Like Robinson Crusoe !

And gave them a switchin'.
He barks at all beggars, but persons well-dressed
He treats more politely –

He knows me so well, that whenever he hears In which he resembles, it must be confessed,

The tone of my voice, sir,
Some other folks slightly !

You might think him human, so much he appears

At the sound to rejoice, sir. Throw a ball, and he 'll chase it along anywhere, So I can't treat him ill, and I'm certain that he Nor stop at your calling ;

Loves me well and sincerely ; Toss it up in the air, and he is sure to be there And he 's always so good and so gentle with me, To seize it when falling ;

That I love him most dearly !

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GEORGE WASHINGTON.

[A Historical Biography. ]

BY HORACE E. SCUDDER.

CHAPTER VII.

yet, there were no white settlements in this region;

but both French and English traders made their THE OHIO COMPANY.

way into it and carried on a brisk business with

the Indians. The two nations now set to work in WHETHER in the woods or at his friends' houses, characteristic fashion to get control of the Ohio George Washington was sure, at this time, to hear Valley. The French began to build forts in commuch talk of the country which lay to the west- manding positions; the English formed a great ward. The English had their colonies along the land company, the object of which was to send out Atlantic coast, and guarded the front door to emigrants from England and the Atlantic colonies the American continent. The French had their to settle in the Ohio Valley, plant farms, and so military posts along the St. Lawrence and the gain a real possession. great lakes, and in the Mississippi and Ohio Val- The company thus formed was called the Ohio leys. They had entered the continent by other Company. It was planned in 1748, by Thomas doors, and the two nations were like two families Lee, a Virginian gentleman, who associated with living in the same house, each wishing the whole himself thirteen other gentlemen,-one, a London premises and making ready to oust the other. merchant who was to act as the Company's agent

The French held their possessions in America in England ; the others, persons living in Virginia chiefly by means of forts and trading-posts; the and Maryland. They obtained a charter from the English by means of farms and towns. So, while King, and the grant of five hundred thousand acres the French were busy making one fort after of land lying chiefly south of the Ohio River and another in the interior, meaning to have a line west of the Alleghany Mountains, between the from New Orleans to Quebec, the English were Monongahela and Kanawha Rivers. These gentleconstantly clearing away woods and planting farms men reasoned that the natural passage to the Ohio farther to the westward and nearer to the French country lay by the Potomac River and through the forts. The great Appalachian Mountain Range breaks in the mountain ranges caused by those kept the two people apart for a time, but English branches of the Ohio River which took their rise settlers were every year crossing the mountains, in Virginia. So they intended that the stream of and making their way into the fertile valleys trade which flowed into the Ohio Valley, should beyond.

take its rise in Maryland and Virginia, and benefit The Indians who roamed over the country found the people of those colonies ; and in order to carry themselves between two fires. They saw very out their plans, they proposed to build a road for plainly that if these two foreign nations kept wagons from the Potomac to the Monongahela. increasing their foothold, there would be little George Washington's elder brothers Lawrence room left for themselves. They saw, too, that the and Augustine were both among the original memFrench and the English would not settle down in bers of the Ohio Company, and when, shortly after peace together, nor divide the land between them. its formation, Mr. Lee died, Lawrence WashingNor were the Indians wholly at peace among ton became the principal manager. He took a themselves. One tribe fought another, and each very strong interest in the enterprise, and was parwas very ready to call in the aid of the white man. ticularly desirous of settling a colony of Germans on

So the tribes divided. The French were very the company's land. The plans of the Ohio Comwilling to have certain Indians on their side, when pany were freely discussed at Mount Vernon, and they should come to blows with the English; the George Washington, who had made himself well English sought to make friends with other Indians acquainted with much of the country which lay who were the enemies of those that had formed on the way to the Ohio, was an interested listener alliance with the French ; and a tribe would some- and talker. times change its position, siding now with the There was other talk, however, besides that of French, now with the English.

trade and settlement. The French were everyThe region of country which was the prize most where making preparations to assert their owner. eagerly contended for by both nations was that ship of the Western country, and the colonies took watered by the Ohio River and its tributaries. As the alarm and began also to make ready for possi

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