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A Clever Skit.

We reproduce the following from the "Catholic Times " as a shocking example of the tendency of some papers to forget the respect that is due to those who have undertaken the thankless task of making their lives miserable for the sake of the honor and glory of office : —Lost, stolen, or strayed : A long, lean, yellow pup, answers to the name of "General Prosperity." Last seen by rightful owners some considerable time ago, but it is rumored to have been quite recently in possession of a man named Harry Atkinson, who is reported to have exhibited it (probably stuffed) at the General Assembly Public House, Thorndon, Wellington. The pup, whether alive or dead, was then in an exceedingly emaciated and mangy condition, but was wearing a large brass collar, on which was engraved the word " Protection." It is further alleged that the missing animal was subsequently exhibited at Oamaru by a suspiciouslooking female named Herslop, and in other parts of Otago by a boisterous, hairy character of Scottish extraction answering to the name of Faggotts. The dog has been taught by those illegally in possession of it a variety of tricks—to dance, beg for loans, stand on its hind legs and bark at the word "retrenchment" etc., etc. It is feared that the aforesaid Atkinson and his accomplices have starved or poisoned the pup to death. A liberal reward will be paid for the recovery of the animal, if alive, and, if dead, for such information as will lead to the conviction and deportation of the persons who stole and barbarously smothered or otherwise killed it. If the aforesaid suspected persons are keeping the animal tied up for unlawful purposes of their own, they are hereby warned to let the pup off the chain, and it will come home of its own accord.

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A Clever Skit., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890

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A Clever Skit. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2437, 29 May 1890