“I made haste to the best part
of the town, when I left you and the court, and, late
in the day, found my-self in a fine place. Near
the best house was a group of three small boys; they
were at play with some small, round, smooth stones;
and when one stone hit the next, a boy could cry out:
‘That is mine!’
“Well, for my sins, I came to
a halt just in front of these boys.
“‘Oh! oh! look at that
nice dog!’ cried one whose name I found was
Bob. ‘I guess he is lost. I mean to
have him for my dog.’
“‘No, you shall not,’
said Ned, the next in size. ‘He shall be
“‘No, he shall be mine,’
said Sam. ‘I want him! I will
have him!’ and on that they all tore up the
steps of the house, and burst in-to a room where their
mam-ma was, with:
“‘Ma, I want the dog!’
“‘Ma, give me the dog!’
“‘No, no, no, ma! — me! me! me!’
“‘O dear! what a noise!’
said their mam-ma. ’Do be still. If
you want the dog, take him; but don’t whine,
or go on as if you all had the tooth-ache.’
“All this time I was such a
gump, I sat quite still; but when I saw the boys come
out and rush at me with rude words, I said to my-self,
‘Come on, Frisk; I do not think it will do to
get a new place here.’ So I made up my
mind to take to my heels; when, O my dog-star! down
came a great bat on my head, and the three boys fell
on me all at once; grab’d me by the ears, tail,
and one leg, at the same time, and would have torn
me to bits, I am sure, if their mam-ma had not come
and made Bob and Ned let go.
“I was put in the front room
then, in a whole skin, and here, in spite of all he
could do, I broke from Sam and hid my-self at the back
of a couch that stood by the fire-place.
“‘Now what’s to be done?’
“‘Let’s hunt him out with sticks,’
“‘Good! come on!’
cried Bob and Sam; and with-out more words, Bob armed
him-self with the broom, and Ned and Sam got canes,
as if they were in chase of some wild beast, and all
flew, with a loud whoop! to bang poor me out of my
“I don’t know what would
have been my fate, if I had not hit on what to do
just in time. The sides and front of the couch,
by good luck, came down past the seat, and bands of
broad tape were put from side to side, to keep the
white slip in its place. I gave a jump, made out
to land on the tapes, and sat on them in great fear
lest they might give way.
“It was well I did so; for the
boys made their sticks fly from side to side at such
a rate, that the first blow would have been the death
of me. This game went on for some time, till they
were quite at a loss to know why I did not come out
or make a cry.
“‘Why where can
he be?’ cried Sam. ‘Look and see,
“Ned went down on his knees — ’Why
he’s gone!’ he said with a gasp.
“‘O the b-a-a-d thing!’
cried Sam. ’Ma! ma! our dog’s lost!
Boo! hoo! hoo!’ and to my great joy, all three
left the room to treat their dear ‘ma’
to a howl. Oh! how I did long to snap at
“By this time so much fluff
and dust had got up my nose in my close nook, that
I was fit to choke; and as the boys were gone, I dared
to come out. There was a large arm-chair close
by, with a deep, soft seat that was just to my taste.
I hopt in, laid down, and was soon in a fine nap.
“Think, then, what was my state
of mind to wake up with a yell and a land-slide on
top of me! Up flew a fat old dame from the arm-chair,
where she had just sat down, as if she was shot!
Bang! came a great gilt book, that she let fall in
her start, right on the end of my poor tail, as I
leapt to the floor! ‘E-e-e!’ went
she; ‘yi! yi! yi!’ went I; and ‘Hur-ra!
here’s the dog!’ cried Ned, as he came
bang in at the door, caught me by one ear, and ran
up to the top floor with me in wild joy; which put
the last touch to my woes!
“Once in their play-room, the
bad boys made me drag a toy-cart full of dirt, ran
straws in-to my ears, beat me with sharp sticks, and
shot peas at me out of a pop-gun. They kept up
these nice plays till tea-time; when they were so
kind as to let me go, and treat me to a few old scraps
of cold meat for my share of the meal.
“When tea was done, their mam-ma
bid them go right to work and learn their tasks; and,
with pouts and whines from all three, they sat down.
As soon as their mam-ma left the room, Ned took out
of his desk a mouse-trap, with a poor wee mouse in
it, all in a shake of fear, and cried: ‘Here,
Sam, just see what I’ve got! An’t
“‘What? what? let me look!’
cried Bob, who had sat till now with his legs spread
out, and a book be-fore him up-side down.
“’No, you shan’t. Go ‘way!’
said Ned, in a whine.
“‘I will! I will!’
Bob did bawl; and as he spoke he did jump up and give
Ned’s hair a great pull! Then Sam gave Bob
a punch, and the three boys did fight and kick each
other at a fine rate; in the midst of which pow-wow
I left the room, and ran off down the back stair.
“Here the maids were more kind
to me than the boys; for cook made me a nice soft
bed in a box, and gave me some bones to pick; while
Jane, the maid, took me in her lap, and let me sleep
there, snug and warm, till she went to bed.
“But you could no more guess
what the next day had in store for me, than you could
say how deep the sea is; so I will tell you.
“Just as Jane came in with the
tea-tray, and cook had got a tin pan to pour me out
some milk, down came those vile boys full tilt, to
grab hold of me once more. The kind cook asked
them to let me be, till I had had my milk; but she
might as well have asked the wind not to blow; and
with Bob to hold me, and Ned and Sam to mount guard
on each side, they made haste once more to the play-room.
“When they had me safe, and
the door shut, Bob cried in great glee: ’Now,
boys, I tell you what we’ll do: let’s
play our dog was a slave, that we had caught just
as he was on the point to run off. We will tie
him by the fore paws and flog him well.’
“Oh! oh! how I felt when I heard
these words! My hair stood on end with fear.
I threw my-self on the floor, and cried for help.
Ah me! no help came. One would think they might
have felt for a poor dog that could not help it-self.
But no; they were with-out heart.
“Bob found a cord, and tied
my feet to a large nail in the wall. Ned and
Sam did each fetch the strap that they had round their
task-books, and then these bad boys beat me till I
felt as if I must die.
“At last they heard their mam-ma
call from her room, ’Boys, boys, come right
to your tasks — it is past nine o’clock;’
for she did teach them her-self I found out.
At the sound of her voice, they left off, and ran
to the door to beg for a short time more.
“Now was my time at last.
I freed my paws by a great jerk, shot past Sam’s
legs, flew down the stair, and out of the house; for
by great good luck, Jane had just gone to the door
to let in the post-man. I am glad to say I sent
Sam too down the stair like a shot, with a boot-jack
and a pair of tongs, which Ned and Bob threw, and which
were meant for me, at his heels. This made up,
in part, for the pain he had put me to. But,
oh! how sore and lame I was! I sank on the earth
when I was clear out of sight, and felt as if my death
was near. If it had not been for what next took
place, my end would have come that day; but as I lay
there all in a shake, I heard a child’s voice
say: ’O dear Fred! here is such a poor
dog! Just see! he looks half dead! Let us
stop and pat him!’
“‘Dear me! Poor toad!’
cried Fred. ’Where could he have come from?
Pat him well; don’t fear.’
“Her soft hand on my head made
me raise my eyes, and I saw a boy and girl of nine
and ten years old. They did not seem to be rich,
but they were just as neat and nice as two pins, and
their kind looks and words made me feel sure they
“‘Poor dog! I fear
he wants food,’ went on Nell. ’I mean
to give him a bit to eat, Fred.’
“‘Let me feed him too!’
cried the boy. ’Here, take my knife and
cut some bread for him.’
“Nell took a loaf from the bag
on her arm, and with Fred’s knife cut off a
good thick slice. She gave half to him, and they
broke it in bits and fed me by turns.
“‘You dear pet,’
said Nell, with a sigh, ’how I wish I could take
you with me! But we are too poor; it can not
“‘Oh! don’t you
think mam-ma would let us have him?’ cried Fred.
“‘No, dear,’ said
Nell; ’we must not think of it. Come, bid
the dog good-by, and let us make haste home.’
“I could but lick her hand to
thank her for the food, and as I could rise now, I
felt that it was best to run on.
“’Good-by, you dear doggy!”
cried both; and they did stand and watch me till I
was out of their sight. Oh! how I did wish I could
go home with them!
“Just as I did turn round the
end of the street, I heard an odd sound — ”
Here Frisk rose in haste and said:
“But I dare not stay, dear Dash; I ought now
to be at home. Some day when I can get out, I
will come and tell you the rest of my sad tale, for
the worst part is yet to come.”
“But where must you go, Frisk?” said Dash.
“Why, to the show, where I play,” said
“You play! Can you act?” cried Dash.
“Yes! come out-side. Now,
just see here!” and while Dash did stare at
him, with his mouth and eyes so wide open that you
would not think he could close them at all, Frisk
stood on his hind legs, and went thro’ a jig,
with a look on his face as if he had lost his last
hope; then fell down on the grass, stiff and stark,
as if he had been shot; got up, made a low bow, and
then went lame on three legs.
“Dear me!” cried Dash,
“how smart you are! Where did you
learn all that?”
“It would take a long time to
tell,” said Frisk. “If I can, I will
come and see you next week, and you shall then hear
all. Now, good-by.”
“Here, take this nice sweet
bone with you,” cried Dash. “Good-by,
old chap. I hope I shall see you soon;”
and the good dog went back to his house, full of Frisk’s
tale. He tried so hard to think of a way to do
him some good, that he got quite a bald spot on the
top of his head, and at last laid down with his nose
in his paws, to sleep on it, and dream of bones with-out
end; for, you know, he gave up his own to feed one
worse off than him-self. Good Dash! I hope
each dear girl and boy who reads this will try to
be like him, for that is the way to be loved by all.