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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 134 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878. Excerpt: ... No. XXIV. Mad Dogs And Mad Men. (Continued.) The dog days in Dundee are now supposed to be about over, for which the canine race will no doubt be very thankful, although in their sagacious minds, if they have any, they will doubtless wonder why they should have been tortured so long with the cruel muzzle, and that at the very period when the freedom of breathing and drinking was most necessary--and be it remembered that dogs perspire through their tongues, while their masters perspire through their skins. Last week a gentleman was brought up before the Police Court of Dundee on the charge that his dog, although muzzled, had bitten a boy, and evidently the cause of the dog so biting was the very muzzle which was put over its nose by the Magisterial orders of Dundee. It is singularly noticeable that while a dog in Dundee is punished with a muzzle, the dogs in Broughty Ferry, which, is now part and pertinent of Dundee--composed of Dundee people--governed by a Police Commission and Magistrates--are allowed to go at large without muzzles; and I have not heard of a single case of the calves, or any other parts of the natives of that large watering-place, having been attacked by the open mouth of our domestic favourite. Stranger still, we have Newport, which is part of "The Kingdom of Fife," within two miles of Dundee, and largely populated with Dundee people, including the respected Provost of Dundee, where there is no such cruel ride of muzzling the dogs; and I have learned that the dogs of Newport have been quite as inoffensive as the dogs of the neighbouring village of Broughty Ferry. This is very much to be wondered at, for why should the dogs in Dundee be daft and the dogs in Newport quite sane, and this all the more so as "the Kingdom of Fife" is notoriou...

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