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seem as though old MiTler was grow
ing more human.
For instance, there was the day
when the baseball, hurled by the boy
across the street, went through jus
parlor window. Old Miller, dozing in
his chair, was awakened by the
crash of glass, and the ball, bouncfng
across the floor, landed in his lap.
The mongrel leaped up and barked.
The- furious old man saw what had
happened at once. He snatched up a
stick and-rushed to his door. Upon
the opposite side of the street the
children, too terrified to run, were
staring in fascination into Miller's
"I'll teach you a lesson " yelled
Milletf. "Sic 'enr, Outcast!"
The dog leaped at the nearest boy,
pulled at his coat and stood wagging
his tail and uttering short, sharp
barks as he looped pleadingly from
the boy to his master. Outcast knew
what had been in Miller's mind, but
he wasn't going to harm his friends.
IJe had played with them too often
Old Miller, who had Advanced'
acros.8 the street, waving his stick,
suddenly stopped dead. Tho dog con
tinued to wag his tail and look up at
"You .ought tovbe more careful
muttered Miller. "However, boys
will be boys. I've done-the same,
thing myself in my day when J, had
friends to play with."
The miracle was duly reported
about the town. From that day f or
ward Miller was never annoyed by
the children, again, It began to be
said that the dog, which he had
adopted out of the bitterness, of hia
heart, was making a jhan out p him.
Old acquaintances who had dropped
Mfller years befqre., fcegan to nod to
him in the -street Somehow life be
gan, ft? seem easier to the old man.
However, he still collected his
money as harshly as ever, he still
snarled as went about his ways," It
is hard to change one's disposition at
70.'' But the dog was always at his i
side, with the friendliest disposition
imaginable, always with tail wagging,
and Miller's devoted, frjead.
Thqn came the day which was des-..
tined to have a permanent effect on
the old man. He was going home
with Outcast after an interview with
one of his debtors. He had fully livei
up to his reputation and he was,,
thinking bitterly that he would show
the fellow no more mercy than he
would have expected. Suddenly' -a
runaway horse came tearing down l
the street, attached to a buggy, for
tunately empty, which was. swaying
dizzily from side to side.
Eight in the path of the animal
was a young woman, poorly dressed,
wheeling a baby carriage. She ws
the horse and seemed paralyzed with,
fear. She did not know where
turn. The animal was almost on top
.Suddenly Outcast leaped from tb
old man's side' and sprang directly n
the horse's path, barking furiously,.
The horse swerved, Outcast caught
at the reins, the horse dashed to on '
side and fell, dragging down the- dog
with, it ?and overturning the buggy
within a' foot of the baby carriage ,
An instant later the spectators had
leaped to the fallen animal's side and
were pulling it to its feejt. Qthfrs
seized the mother and the carriage
and conducted them across the street
under the shade of Miller's trees. The
woman was sobbing hysterically 433
clutching the child, which still slept,
in her arms. Miller stood at the side
of the horse. 4
Outcast was in a sorry plight. Tfcfc
horpe had kicked him as it fell ad
inflicted serious injuries. The dsg
could not rise; it got on its front feet
and, dragged its hind quarters pig
fully. It licked its master's hand.
Old Miller, forgetful of all but &e
dog, kneeled beside it, stroking -the
paralyzed back. It was clear that Out
cast had not long to live. He 'picked
him up in his arms., "
There were tears in old Miller's
eyes, and his hide-bound- nature ,