A Commercial Treaty Between A Dog And A Hen

[July 7, 1888.]

Your dog-loving readers may be interested in the following instance of

animal sagacity. Bob is a fine two-year-old mastiff, with head and face

of massive strength, heightened by great mildness of expression. One day

he was seen carrying a hen, very gently, in his mouth, to the kennel.

Placing her in one corner, he stood sentry while she laid an egg, which

he at once devoured. From that day the two have been fast friends, the

hen refusing to lay anywhere but in "Bob's" kennel, and getting her

reward in the dainty morsels from his platter. There must have been a

bit of canine reasoning here. "Bob" must have found eggs to his liking,

that they were laid by hens, and that he could best secure a supply by

having a hen to himself.