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   Bath Independent (Newspaper) - January 3, 1880, Bath, Maine                                A. Local, Business, Agricultural antcl Family Newspaper. I. BATH, MAINE, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1880. NO. 4. A Dumb Detective. THE WH-JS'S STOBY. ."I'llbeback shortly,"said-.mybus-; band as bo bVttbned his ooak .and prepared to loayej the house. " It seems to me," I replied, that un-less it is very important, you had-better~ : not go but in snob a storm as this. Why, ----tho:nightiBfenrfaH"--T        .....7-......... " I have engaged to meet Charlie DitiBraoie, to talk over a matter of bnsi-neeB....Itis;a rp.ugh.night.; butI shan't ........."Begone> mqre than an hour." While this c&nvorsation was taking plaoe, Herb, our St. Bernard dog, rose from the rng in front of the fire, and _______prepared to accompany his master* "Why, Hero," I laughed, "you are eurely not obliged to see a man on busi-_jnej8,., Stay with. your_mistress, likea good dog, and don't go out such a night  as this." He came - and put his nose on my Shoulder, and laid Lis face against mine -a. singular caress for a brute-and then, with a parting lick of my hair, vent to the door and waited for his master,   - --------- "Not to-night, Hero,", said my husband. "Go book, air 1 I tell you no, Herol" as the dog persisted in follow , tog. Then the door closed, and Hero and I were alone. The poor fellow whined a little, went to the window, tried to look out, and then returned to his rug,-and, in a few moments, was'fast asleep again. Tbe storm seemed to increase, and in half an hour the wind had risen to a ' tempest. Blinds rattled, doors creaked on their hinges, and rain and hail were blown threateningly against the windows. ','-. I shivered as I thought of Harry- well proteetedtbdugfr I knew ;bim to be-exposed to such a night; bnt no hint of anything save the phyeioal discomfort of the storm, and a wifely fear ,Oiat'fhe might tak^CQld.reaohedlue. ; J replenished the Are, drew his dressing-gown and elippers a little nearer the warmth, and wits about to take up my ' book again, when Hero rose with a start and a growl ho deep, audi horrible that_ :for a moment" 1 was afraTdS. Hra. "8uoh a deadly, murderous noise I had never beard before from man or, beast. 1 tried.to soothe him, but ho did not appear to see or hear me. I called him all the pet names he was fond of, but to no .^pncDPse, '7 { Gr\>wl succeeded growl. His eyes seemed fixed upon something that was going ou in the room, and, finally, tremblirg with rage and excitement, ho .backed- into 'the o3rnor, and with an-'other long, doep, terrible, growl, sprang into the air. I noticed, even-then, in my great terror, that he had jumped about'as far as the throat of a tall man. I glanced at the olook, and found it was half past nine. Hero alill whined by the door, and I . at last opened it, passed into the' hall and opened the outside, door, and allowed him to rush into the street. It was the first time in my married life of five yeftrs that my husband had failed to-keep his promise, but even this most unusual ciroumstance did not arouse the slightest suspicion of anything wrong. Hero' must have found his master, or he certainly would have returned bo-fore this; and that thought was my only liope. I tried to force myself to keep away from the window end concentrate my attention on a book, remembering in this hour of anxiety what I had onoe read about the, way people should learn to control themselves at, suoh times as these. The night passed, and with the first gray dawn of day Hero returned-alone. Instead of tbe fclad bark that usually proceeded his entranoe, he gave a low, sorrowful whine, and passed slowly through the door ' I opened for him, walked straight to his mat and lay down. " Oh, Hero 1" I cried, toking one of his huge paws iu my hand, " tell me where you bavo been ? Have yon seen him, old fellow ? Oh, Hero, Hero I where is your master ?" He suffered his paw to remain where I had placed it, but closed his eyes and turned his head quite away. For the first time I began to think there might be some relation between Hero's strange behavior tho evening before and my husband's absence. Oh, if the brute could spoak! Why had he remained away all night, and would he have done so if he had not -been witb his master, and if this was the case, why had he returned without him? | I buried my head in the dog's shaggy neck, and wept the first bitter tears of my life. The dear old fellow raised his head, and, without "opening his eyes, Jioked the .tears away, and at last joinnd me in a cry that almost broke my heart. Something terrible must have happened to produce such on effeotupon this dumb creature, and circumstances showed that it must relate to my husband. I then sent messengers iu all directions, and waited with what patience and fortitude. I could oommand. Hero would not rise from tho rug, nor tonoh the breakfast I brought bim. With iv Jock'that was almost human, he turned his eyes from the meat,; which at another time be ooflld hot bovjieiiten wi�V s' jQMent speed, untomyiaoe, and thw , with, a prolonged moan, closed his eye* and was still again. .',��' At eight o'olook, Charlie Dinsmore, -my husband'f miet intimate friend, and the. gentleman be had gone to meet) IV-"� ' " �>j arrived iai hot * "1 hurrlp touohes b'is hams tho life is all gone out of him.-[Backluud Courior. -I'll wiuter night, fair Isabel; I'll spring upon my kuees aud toll No girl is baud summer than she, And that she autumn marry me. -[Oil City Derrick! - -Although fraud may be written on the face" oi the kisuranoo companies, ., and though corruption may be their headlight, we cannot bnt feel kindly towards thorn .when we reaoh out after a blotting-pad.-[Fulton Times. -In the Boston nowspaper offioes, when times uro dull, the editors amuse thetnsolyas by stringing oookroaohes on a clothesline. This is less oruel thBn impaling reputations with cold steel pans.- [Buffalo Impress. -Talk about pursuing the even tenor of his way, thoro is no suoh thing as even tenor. Tenors are the most uneven men in existence. We havo known tenor dozen oi them end know what wo aro Baying.- [Cincinnati Saturday Night.  �    , -" What is good for a drunken head-/.< ache?" asked the mau with the cardinal)' nose.   "Well," mid the temperanae lecturer, "you are, if yoU don't let up ou theso h\ uld put in a.few stow.irds iiud land ngsats-they serins f  thrive boat ou tho land nowadays.- [Punch. -"Mama,"' said tho little one, "do you kaoiv..-wkat rou are going to give mo for Christmas'?'' " Why, yes," said tho mother, " oi oourso I know." "Woll, for mercy's sake, J don't tell me," r^niiondod puss, with great vehemeijoa.-[Boston Transcript. -Observing little brother's romirk beforj 11 room full of company: "I know what made that red mark on Mary's 1103a ; it was the rim of John Pariior's hat." Aud there are girls who believe that little brothers never go to heaven.-Andrews' Bnzir. -Writing to your oousiu that you would be i;lad to bob hor aud her five children at your house on Christmas is something like sending for a lottery , ticket. In the one oaso you hops Bhe won't come, nnd in the other yon don't expeot'to draw a prize-[Detroit; Free  Pr
                            

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