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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1912, Image 20

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DON, THE DOG," REALLY SPEAKS .HUMAN WORDS
I jKtEmK Don's Best Picture.
Don's Pose When He Is Speak
ing Like a Human.
By Norman Rose.
New York, July 22. Don does
.talk.
That is, this dog speaks human
words. And nobody who -hears
him speak, who notes the tre
mendous canine earnestness
which he throws into his efforts
at vocalization, can doubt for an
instant that Don is trying to talk
not merely to make a noise, but
to say something.
The "talking dog," brought
pver from Berlin by William
Hammerstein, and appearing at
the Victoria roof, has amazed his
audiences. Most folks who have
gone to see him have undoubted
ly had the idea that Don might
have some peculiar way of bark
ing which would faintly resemble
human speech, but that he would
be able to enunciate at all seemed
quite incredible!
But the dog does enunciate.
It's quite uncanny to hear him.
It always takes him three or four
or more attempts to speak the
word he has been told to. He
starts off, generally, with a plain
bark, or yelp. The next attempt
bears some faint resemblance to
the word. Finally it is quite
clear what he is trying to say.
You might not know what the
word was, if you had not been
told in advance, but when you
are watching for it, you recognize
it.
And you know, just as well as
does Madame Haberland, Don's
owner, -when Don slips up, and
speaks a wrong word. The dif
ference in his enunciation is suf-
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