A Dog Obeying A Summons

[Jan. 18, 1890.]

The enclosed may interest you. I received it this morning. I have no

doubt Dr. Barford, of Wokingham, would verify it, but I have not the

pleasure of his acquaintance. The following is the story:--

"Dr. Barford's dog at Wokingham was put into a muzzle; he objected to

it, took it off, and hid it somewhere, no one knows where. Policeman saw

him; summoned Dr. B.; case was to come off one Saturday. The children

told dog how wicked he'd been: Dr. B. would have to appear at the

Court, and he too, as it was his doing; he'd lost the muzzle. Case was

postponed (I think policeman witness had influenza). Dr. B. was told of

postponement by letter; forgot to tell children or dog. At Saturday's

Bench, Magistrates much astonished by the dog appearing in Court and

sitting solemnly opposite them."