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STORY ABOUT A DOG '
Th,ey must die Sentence has been pronounced upon the whole
five of them and the executioner is preparing his means with which
to kill. They are friendless and homeless. Society has turned its
back on them. The law has them.
Perhaps it is well, in order to avoid some slight confusion, to
state here that the five condemned are not men. They're dogs im
pounded by the great city of Portland, Ore., and the law has set
10 a. m. for their killing. But,, Chief of Police Shaw to the rescue!
Why not auction off instead of kill off? he asks, and so before 10
a. m. he mounts the auction block.
A black shepherd sells first call. A shepherd's specialty is
driving sheep. A little Spitz brings a fair price. Lap-dogging is a
Spitz's specialty, and there are some women who jprefer lap dogs
to" children. Two fox terriers sell like hot cakes. Fox terriers'
specialties are rat-catching and giving the neighbors nervous pros
tration. ' -
And now Auctioneer "Shaw puts up for bids 'the last, an or
dinary street cur, mongrel through five generations and altogether
miscellaneous. What do you bid for just a dog? What's offered
for this fine model of just hair, flesh and bones? Bring on the
chloroform, Mr. Poundkeeper! But a little girl comes. through the
crowd. "She wants that dog. Why? The cur has no specialty.
Worthlessness is written all over him. He is friendless. But he
wags his tail. His eyes appeal. The child wants him to love him,
that's all. She asks them to hold back the chloroform until she can
go home and get her pennies from her little savings bank.
Only a cur dog, thought the chief of police, but what a price
he brought the 4bve xjf a child. You see, the chief had for years
been rubbing up against human'nature. He hadseen it in the slums
and in the environs of the aristocracy. He had known strong, able
workmen to be auctioned off in the wage-market. Always he had
seen folks bidding iq at lowest possible pricfe the, things of the high
est value,, for profit's saks. Always he had seen the poor, the frierid
lesi, the unspecialize'd chloroformed in somenvay or other put out'
of the way in behalf of the profitable. Ifere was pure love, blacked
by the pennies of a childs,bank, offered just for love's sake, and as
the chief put the mongrel pup into the child's arms, he must have
said under his breath, "You lucky cur J" for the greatest of all spec
ialties is the ability to return love for love, at which there" are
few creatures more accomplished than a cur dog.
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