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As he spoke he cleared a huge log with a graceful leap, and led the way into a thicket of young poplar trees. Now, I am quite sure that in going into the wood, Buddie THE JOTONAI JTTOIOB, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA^ SATTTEBAY, MAY I9f 1908. Serf. Le&ton 7hyIor. C3.L.1:') CHAPTER II.THE YELLOW DOG. .: I F a dog were to speak to you, in "really talk," I dare say you would jump a foot. Buddie was so startled she almost rolled off the logwhich is supposed to be an easy thing to do even when you are not frightened. "Why, Colonel!" she cried. "I didn't know you could talk.'^ "Indeed?" said Colonel. "Well, I assure you I am an ex cellent talker, if you start me* off on subjects in which I am interested. Like all persons that really have something to say, I need to be drawn out." Certainly he did not talk llKe a common dog, and he did - not look like one. He held his head proudly, and his tail had an upward and aristocratic* sweep. Could this be the same yellow dog that her father kicked around and accused of stealing eggs? Buddie rubbed her eyes hard and looked again. tYes, it was the same dog. Around "his neck was the rope fcollar with which she dragged him about. :'"' . , \ In addition to being an easy talker, Colonel seemed to be something of a mind reader. "It is a common belief," -he went on, "that all yellow dogs are good for * is to kick around, or to put the blame on when eggs are missing. Now, I do not like eggs, and I do not know of a single yellow . dog that does. It only goes to prove the old saying that if you give a yellow dog a bad name it will stick to him like a burr to his tail. But show me a yellow dog that is not the equal, in intelligence, good manners, cour age and fidelity, of any black or. brown dog." j Altho Buddie lived a long way from any village, she had seen a great many dogs. These were mostly Indian curs, wolfish-look ing creatures, and the greatest thieves in the world. Neglected by their owners, they foraged everywhere, traveling miles in searcli of food, and eating almost anything they could ohew. They were of all colors except yellow. Colonel was the only yellow dog Bud die had ever seen, and she was bound to agree that he was a much nicer dog than the ravenous creatures that came slinking around the log house every now and then, in the hope of picking up a meal of potato parings or eggshells. i "I say, give the yellow dog a show," de clared Colonel, sitting up on his haunches and making a grand flourish with his right fore paw. "Other, dogs have shows, but you never hear of a yellow dog show. Let justice be done tho the sky falls." With his left forepaw he made another grand flourish, and paused for a reply. But all Buddie could think of was, "I'm sure it wouldn't be nice to have the sky fall." "Oh, that is just a. figure of speech, like 'Let justice be done,' " said Colonel. "No- body expects the sky to fall, tho I dare say .it would fall if justice were done." Buddie did not quite understand what a figure of? speech was^but like a great many older people, she was impressed by large .words and an easy style of tossing them off and it seemed to her that Colonel was a very superior personif you could call a dog a person. "If there are no more sticks to fetch," said Colonel, dropping again upon all fours. "I think I will make a few calls on my friends in the wood." "Won't you get lost?" asked Buddie, peer ing doubtfully into the dark grove of spruce ~ " and balsam fir. "I have never been lost yet," replied Colonel, tossing his head. "I very often go miles into the "wood,-for I can always nose my way back again. How would you like to pay a visit to my friend, the Laziest Beaver? We'll be sure to find him at home." "Beavers aren't lazy," said Buddie. There was a beaver In her book of animal stories, and under it the rhyme: "B is for Beaver, who's never a shirk For when he's not sleeping he's always at work" And she had often heard her father say, when he came home' tired at twilight, that he had "worked like a beaver." "I have known a great many beavers in my time," Colo nel replied, "and I never knew one to do a stroke of work if he could get out of it. Indeed, 'lazy as a beaver' is- a common expression in these parts. My friend the Laziest Beaver never worked in his life." "Well, let's go to see him!" cried Buddie, happily. "Only don't go fast, as I can't jump over things the way you can." "Never fear," replied Colonel. Til show you the easiest paths. Besides, there is no hurry, as we have all day before us." THE SOUVENIR BUTTONS. A Junior button is given to every contributor for his first paper printed, provided it is neither a prize winner nor an 'honorable mention." 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"This friend of mine, the Laziest Beaver," said Colo nel, when Buddie stopped for a little rest, "is always going to do something, but never gets around to it. He's been going to rebuild a dam for I don't know how long, and he's always talking about repairing his house, which fell down about his ears last summer. But he'd rather sit in the sun and tell stories, and exchange news. He's the greatest gossip in the woodsthe crows are nothing to himand every one that wants to find out anything goes straight to him." * - "Where does he live?" asked Buddie. V: "Just a little way from here, at Beavertown. It used to be quite a village, but last year the beavers moved to a bet ter village up the river. : The Laziest Beaver was too lazy \o follow them so he lives all alone in his tumbledown house by the side of his tumbledown dam, and lies out in the sun all day, and has just the laziest time in the world. Shall we move along again?" They resumed their journey, and presently came to what With a Few Easy Leaps Colonel Passed the Obstruction. seemed to Buddie a path. But Colonel explained that it was only a deer trail, running down to the river, the roar of which now reached their ears, and that it led the other, way to no where in particular. i "Goodness! Must we climb over that?" cried Buddie, stop ping before a windfall, a tangled mass of trees which some great wind had blown down. "Lie flat on my back and hang on tight," said Colonel. Buddie did as directed, and with a few easy leaps Colonel passed the obstruction and landed safely on the other side. Their way now led down hill to the river, which rushed by them all covered with the foam of miles and miles of rapids and it looked so wild and dangerous that Buddie hesitated when Colonel again directed her to get on his back. _ "Oh, it's nothing at all," he assured her. 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