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ben watching him. There ain't
much going on that he doesn't see
and understand. And I've sort of
gpt a notion that if Mike was Xo
see one of the others die, he'd un
derstand what was coming to
him. And I couldn't 'low that,
Mike, a fox terrior, came trot
ting, sharp ears up, eyes alight,
sjjumpy tail a-wagging. His wiry
hody .writhed in an excess of de
light. His red tongue kissed the
hand that fastened the collar
ground his neck. He thought it
Was' a caress. But why was. Gregg
fastening another collar around
his, body. Funny place for a col
lar ! And what did Mike know
about electricity, volts' and cir
cuits? In his. eyes shone a per
fect faith in all mankind.
i"I never do get used to this part
of the business," said Gregg, and
gulfed the lever.
,Snap! and Mike was dead.
Dead before his quivering body
touched the floor. Then the brin
die bulldog was executed. He saw
Mike s end. um ne understand.
Ifso, he was game.
The angry mother of many lit
ters followed, whimpering. Then
the scum. A heap of dead, dogs on
3aTd like to have spared Mike,"
said Gregg when his workjvas
done. "He had to die, though, and
it was best to do it quick. He was
aj. family pet, and. well hred you
can see that by .the marking.
"He was playing m the street
with his master's children, and
$ey tossed a .stick into the road
and ordered him to fetch it--an.d.
an automobile hit him.
"It was a queer case. No bones
were broken. But the shock up
set his nerves these terriers are
high-strung. He had spells of
shivering, short and far apart at
first, then longer and more fre
quent. He suffered while the fits
were on, though he was chipper
"The owner brought him here.
He wasn't caught in the regular
way. It was mercy tb kill him." v
Gregg helped his three assist
ants load the carcasses into the
wagon to be -burned, and when it
had gone h lit his pipe and sigh
ed. A b,ft of a philosopher, -is
"It's the law," he said. "I don't
mean written law statutes and
ordinances, 'for such cases made
and provided, it s the law 01 hie;
the law of the survival of the fit
test. I know a man who worked
hard all' his life for a railroad, at
a mean wage, arid by and by he
got old and' he couldn't do the
work. He had to go.
I know. another man who-work
ed at his trade in, a factory. He
got his hand mashed in the ma
chinery! and wasn't any good at
that trade any longer, and his
brains were in his hands, so he
had to go, too.
"Of course, we don't kill men.
when their Usefulness is gone,
the way I killed Mike and the rest
just now, but we"haven't any use
for them. I sometimes think my
way is the kinder. It's the Indian
way; the way of all primitive people-"
. Dog-catching and-killing have.