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

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THE STRANGE HISTORY OF CAGNOTTE 217
was lying stretched out on his master's lap, and Theophile was softly stroking his skin, when suddenly his hand caught in what seemed to be string, or strong thread. In great surprise, Josephine was at once called, to explain the strange matter. She stooped down, and peered closely at the dog's skin, then took her scissors and cut the thread. Cagnotte stretched himself, gave a shake, and jumped down from Theophile's lap, leaving a sort of black sheep­skin behind him.
CAGNOTTE COMES OUT OF HIS SKIN
vSome wicked men had sewn him up in this coat, so that they might get more money for him; and without it he was not a poodle at all, but just an ugly little street dog, without beauty of any kind.
After helping to eat Theophile's bread and butter and soup for some weeks, Cagnotte began to grow fatter, and his outside skin became too tight for him, and he was
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