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"MY BOY!" "
By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
I (Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Scat!" ordered Mrs. Jared Smith,
j and bang! a rolling i?in-.went hurtling
., through the open doorway after a
- flying canine. It struck the animal,
. who uttered a cry of pain and disap
: peared, limping.
'''Easy, mother; easy does it, you
know," spoke an even, soothing
' voice, and Jared Smith came into
- view. "Just a minute more and I
5 The Animal Acted Strangely.
' might have got it. Here's our roll
ing pin, ma. I'll look after the dog."
"You'll do no such thing, Jared
f Smith!" stormed his angry helpmeet.
1 "The animal got his lesson and de
i serves it, I told you when you
i brought the half-starved creature
here yesterday he'd make us trou
"And what has he been doing?"
inquired Jared placidly.
"Better ask that when you get
' your "supper," observed Mrs. Smith
tartly, "seeing as the dog stole the
small loaf I'd baked special for you,
and put it out to cool."
"Well, maybe the poor creature
needed it worse than I did," said
"One thing don't you dare to
bring that animal back here! Now,
you mind me!" proclaimed Mrs.
Jared went out in search of the
animal in disfavor. He had picked
up the poor creature coming home
the day previous.
Jajjed was tender-hearted, even
with the brute creation. His kindly
face wrinkled with sympathy as he
came across the dog slinking behind
the barn and holding up a broken
"Why, you poor thing!" he pitied,
caressing the frightened and trem
bling animal. "And don't you hold it
against Samantha," he proceeded.
"She's good as gold, but she's had her
crosses, and she hasn't been used to
pets since h'm " there was a
strange catch in Jared's throat
"since a long time ago," he conclud
ed in a sad, dreamy way. '
Jared went into the barn and got
some horse liniment and some rags.
He soon had the injured limb mend
ed up. Then he filled a pan with
water and led the animal to an empty
cattle pen way back of the house.
"Now you stay here till the storms
blow over," he advised his dumb
charge. "Samantha will come around
right "when "she knows she's hurt you,
and I'll see you get some supper,"
and the dog wagged his tail and
looked up wistfully into his eyes as
though fully understanding all that
"Where are you going with that tin
plate of stuff?" demanded Mrs.
Smith, suspiciously, as just after sup
per she detected her husband sneak
ing out of the kitchen with some
heaped up scraps.
"It's for that dog,-Samantha," ex
plained Jared. "You hurt him a good
deal, and I've put him in a comfort-
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