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Edited By Andrew Lang And With Numerous Illustrations By H. J. Ford

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24
SAI THE PANTHER
not quite ready for him, he was left for a few weeks with a man who understood animals, and seemed con­tented and happy, and was allowed to walk about as he liked. Here the Duchess of York used constantly to visit him and play with him, even going to see him the very day before he — and she — were to move into the country. He was in excellent spirits, and appeared perfectly well, but he must somehow have taken a chill, for when, on the following day, the Duchess's coachman came to fetch him, he found poor Sa'i had died after a few hours' illness from inflammation of the lungs.
After all he is not so much to be pitied. He had had a very happy life, with plenty of fun and plenty of kind­ness, and he had a very rapid and painless death.
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