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

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142 MONSIEUR DUMAS AND HIS BEASTS
'1 know that, Michel, but what I don't know is how Pritchard proposes to get out of the poultry-yard.'
' Just wait and see what the scoundrel will do.'
Pritchard having finished his breakfast, or being a little alarmed at some noise in the house, stood up on his hind leg, and slipping one of his fore-paws through the bars of the gate, he lifted the latch and went out.
' And when one thinks,' said Michel, ' that if anybody asked him why the yard door was left open, he would say it was because Pierre had forgotten to shut it last night!'
PRITCHARD AND THE HENS
' You think he would have the wickedness to say that, Michel?'
' Perhaps not to-day, nor yet to-morrow, because he is not come to his full growth, but some day, mind you, I should not be surprised to hear him speak.'
vin
Before going out to shoot that day, I thought it only right to give M. Charpillon an account of Pritchard's proceedings. He regarded him, therefore with mingled
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