They were half-wild, starving beasts, and though utter cowards, yet where nine or ten of them get together they will mob and kill and eat an English dog. I kept a whip with a long lash for them.
Then I saw that my soldier friend was right, and that that dog knew and was worth more than a man.
The same with dogs. Since all black men's dogs were cowards, all the breeding of all black men's dogs would produce cowards.
And, unlike the mere bush dogs, who stole shelter from the rain under overhanging eaves, Jerry was given a dry place under the roof where the heads of bushmen and of forgotten sandalwood traders hung down from above in the midst of a dusty confusion of dried viscera of sharks, crocodile skulls, and skeletons of Solomons rats that measured two-thirds of a yard in length from bone-tip of nose to bone-tip of tail.
The dog was already outside the door, and before the Soldier could look round, in he came with the Princess.
The Soldier had an overpowering longing to see the Princess again, and so the dog came in the middle of the night and fetched her, running as fast as he could.
"Henry," said the other, munching with deliberation the beans he was eating, "did you happen to notice the way them dogs kicked up when I was a-feedin' 'em?"
"As I was sayin', Henry, we've got six dogs. I took six fish out of the bag.
"It is the dog
sickness." Kotuko the dog
lifted his nose and howled and howled again.
And the man took advantage of his nearness to study him some more, lighting his pipe and running over the dog
's excellent lines.
The other dog
made no advances, nor received any; also, he did not attempt to steal from the newcomers.
A piece of dry birch bark started the fire, and Daylight went ahead with the cooking while the Indian unloaded the sled and fed the dogs
their ration of dried fish.