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By Marie' Lyle Bennett
Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
. With a start a young man "Seated
on the shady step of a vacant house
aroused from mid-afternoon somno
lence. He had selected the spot to
get rest and cool. He had uncon
sciously passed the bonds of wake
fulness and had dozed.
, A nearing turmoil, a deafening up
roar assailed his senses. He was evi
dently an alert, wide-awake fellow,
for he was on his feet in a t'wirik
ting. He was almost carried off his
balance as a large-size collie dog
rounded the corner, a tin can tied to
its tail. The yells of a pursuing crowd
of urchins echoed directly in the trail
of the frightened and exhausted
" Something in the face of the young
man must have suggested to the dog
te had found a friend and protec
tor, for the poor, hunted animal dove
between his legs1 and crouched there.
At once Norman Hudson penetrated
the situation. He stooped and re
moved the tin can and patted the
trembling refugee on the head.
,? ''That will do, my lads," he an
nounced quietly, but firmly, as a mob
of a dozen boys came into view.
y They scattered and faded away
without defiance. The young man
resumed his seat on the doorstep.
The dog adhered closely to him.
. "You poor fellow! In need of a
friend, eh?" soothed Norman Hud
son, patting the shaggy head of his
pew acquaintance, who looked with
deep' gratitude up into his eyes.
- There was human pity expressed?
jn the tone of the speaker, there was
pathos in his gentle caress. Hudson
smiled, but sadly. It was a hard
jworld, and both he and the dog real
ized it Within the great, brave soul
of the man, however, was courage
and hope indomitable. For all that
affairs were at their lowest ebb and
Jie was both penniless and hungry ,
The dog lay down at his feet, as
though worn out and content to re
pose under such supreme guardian
ship. It was when Norman arose to
continue his way that the animal
acted strangely and disturbed. He
followed Hudson; he whined. He
would come to .halt, look up plead
inly and Kalf turn, as if eager to
guide Hudson in a direction contrary
to that' in which he was headed.
'Go home, old fellow!" ordered
Hudson, accompanying the words
ater Food Heat!" He Uttered
with a peremptory wave of the hand.
He would fain have kept this affec
tionate acquaintance with him, but
he recognized grewsomely that just
at present he was not able to keep
himself. To his surprise, the dog re
fused to budge, and as Hudson
turned his back and moved on, trot
ted to his side, uttering a growl and,
seizing Hudson by the coat, regarded
"Now, how shall I interpret this?,"