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The Dog Crusoe and His Master

The Dog Crusoe and His Master by Robert Michael Ballantyne
By: (1825-1894)

This is a story of an adventure involving a young man, his dog, and two friends. Together they wander through the Western prairies on a mission to make peace between the “pale-faces” and the “Red men”. They face many perils and become heroes many times over. This wonderful story takes the characters (and the reader) on an action-packed journey through the Western prairies during the times when relations between the white man and the Natives were not always peaceful.

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THE DOG CRUSOE AND HIS MASTER, BY R.M. BALLANTYNE.

CHAPTER ONE.

THE BACKWOODS SETTLEMENT CRUSOE'S PARENTAGE AND EARLY HISTORY THE AGONISING PAINS AND SORROWS OF HIS PUPPYHOOD, AND OTHER INTERESTING MATTERS.

The dog Crusoe was once a pup. Now do not, courteous reader, toss your head contemptuously, and exclaim, "Of course he was; I could have told you that." You know very well that you have often seen a man above six feet high, broad and powerful as a lion, with a bronzed shaggy visage and the stern glance of an eagle, of whom you have said, or thought, or heard others say, "It is scarcely possible to believe that such a man was once a squalling baby." If you had seen our hero in all the strength and majesty of full grown doghood, you would have experienced a vague sort of surprise had we told you as we now repeat that the dog Crusoe was once a pup a soft, round, sprawling, squeaking pup, as fat as a tallow candle, and as blind as a bat.

But we draw particular attention to the fact of Crusoe's having once been a pup, because in connection with the days of his puppyhood there hangs a tale... Continue reading book >>


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