A brave dog
At this moment there was a wild cry of
ahead of them. Rushing forward they
an Indian woman flying
down the river's bank towards the waterfall, a hundred
above which an object was seen
in the water.
"'Tis her child," cried Joe, as the mother's
ear. "It'll be over the fall in a minute! Run, Dick, you're quickest."
They had all started forward at speed, but Dick and Crusoe were far
of the spot in a few seconds.
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," cried Dick, pointing to the child, which had been
caught in an
, and was for a few moments
on the edge of
the stream that rushed
towards the fall.
The dog at once
and in a few seconds reached the child and caught it
Then he turned to swim back, but the
had got hold of him.
and lifted the child out of the water
but his powerful
Each moment he was carried still further down until
he was on the
of the fall,
which though not high, was the most dangerous on the river.
He raised himself high out of the
and then fell over into the
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By this time the poor mother,
as if she had
the result, was already in a
as close to the fall as it was possible for her to go with safety.
The little bark danced like a
shell on the
as the mother stood with uplifted
and staring eyeballs awaiting the reappearance of the child.
The dog came up instantly but alone,
over the fall had
the child from his
He looked around
for a moment and then caught sight of a
little hand raised above the boiling flood.
In one moment he had hold of the child again,
and, just as the
of the mother's
canoe touched the
, he brought the child to land.
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to the spot,
the child from him and
on its deathlike face.
Then she laid her cheek on its cold breast and stood motionless.
After a few moments she was
of some slight movement
in the little body and a gentle motion of the hand.
The child still lived! Opening up her blanket she drew
the covering close around the child, and sitting down on the bank,
aloud for joy.