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

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'HAME, HAME, HAME, WHERE I FAIN
WAD BE'
Nothing in nature is more curious or more difficult of explanation than the stories recorded of animals conveyed to one place, finding their way back to their old home, often many hundreds of miles away. Not very long ago. a lady at St. Andrews promised to make a present to a friend who lived somewhere north of Perth, of a fine cat which she wished to part with. When the day arrived, the cat was tied safely up in a hamper, put in charge of the guard, and sent on its wav. It was met at the station by its new mistress, who drove it home, and gave it an excellent supper and a comfortable bed. This was on Friday. All Saturday it poked about, examining every­thing as cats will, but apparently quite happy and content with its quarters. About seven on Sunday morning, as the lady drew up her blind to let in the sunshine, she saw the new puss trotting down the avenue. She did not pay much attention to the fact till the dav went on, and the cat, who generally had a good appetite, did not come in to its meals. When Monday came, but the puss did not, the ladv wrote to her friend at St. Andrews saving she feared that the cat had wandered away, but she would make inquiries at all the houses round, and still hoped to find it. On Tuesday evening loud mews were heard out­side the kitchen door of the St. Andrews house, and when it was opened, in walked the cat. rather dirty and very hungry, but otherwise not at all the worse for wear. Now as anybody can see if he looks at the map, it is a long way
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