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

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feelings, in which admiration was more prominent than sympathy, and it was agreed that on our return the dog should be shut up in the stable, and that the stable-door should be bolted and padlocked. Pritchard, unsuspicious of our designs, ran on in front with a proud step and with his tail in the air.
'You know,' said Charpillon, 'that neither men nor dogs are allowed to go into the vineyards. I ought as a magistrate to set an example, and Gaignez still more, as he is the mayor. So mind you keep in Pritchard.'
' All right,' said I, ' I will keep him in.'
But Michel, approaching, suggested that I should send Pritchard home with him. ' It would be safer,' he said. ' We are quite near the house, and I have a notion that he might get us into some scrape by hunting in the vine­yards.'
' Don't be afraid, Michel; I have thought of a plan to prevent him.'
Michel touched his hat. ' I know you are clever, sir — very clever; but I don't think you are as clever as that!'
' Wait till you see.'
' Indeed, sir, you will have to be quick, for there is Pritchard hunting already.'
We were just in time to see Pritchard disappear into a vineyard, and a moment afterwards he raised a covey of partridges.
' Call in your dog,' cried Gaignez.
I called Pritchard, who, however, turned a deaf ear.
' Catch him,' said I to Michel.
Michel went, and returned in a few minutes with Pritchard in a leash. In the meantime I had found a long stake, which I hung crosswise round his neck, and let him go loose with this ornament. Pritchard under­stood that he could no longer go through the vineyards, but the stake did not prevent his hunting, and he only went a good deal further off on the open ground.
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