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DAILY SHORT STORY
Love My Dog.
Old man Absalom Denhard
donned the long black spiketail
of 1853 pattern, brushed his faded
greenish felt hat, placed, a tortur
ous biled white collar around
his lean red neck, and set forth to
give away hia heart. As he
passed from the tumbling cabin
his faithful legion of dogsseem
ing to suspect, grouped about him
howling a dolorous pariah chorus.
"You sassy beggars!" soothed
the old man, in fond, quavering
treble. "I'm goin' to fetch some
body that can cook a bone some
thin' nigh right for a dawg."
Old man Ab opened the creak
ing gate and set off across the
hills for the home of the Widow
Barnes. Pomp, the lean russet
hound, bounded after and the
other nineteen came on at easy
"Go back, you whelps!" cried
the old man in unmeaning com
mand. "You dawgs ain't goin'
to sit around in a circle and
watch me kiss the widder."
They yelped in enthusiastic
staccato and bounced around him
the rest of the way. They found
the widow busily engaged pour
ing up the milk for the morning's
churn. The dog army remained
outside for a slim prospect of
derelict bone-treasure, while old
man Denhard chatted with the
clean, comely widow anent the
weather, the crops and the Dog
Hill camp meeting. Finally; he
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