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The Dutch Officer's Story

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Author: Catherine Crowe
Published: 1858
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,657 / 10 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 951
Added to site: 2010.06.27 28297

ppened to Fritz?'

" 'You know,' said he, 'yesterday I was field officer of the day; and when I was going my rounds last night, I happened to ask my orderly, who was assisting to put on my sash, what men we had told off for the guard. Amongst others, he named Jokel Falck, and remembering the conversation the other day at the mess-table, I took one of my pistols out of the holster, and, after loading it, put it in my pocket. I did not expect to see the dog, for I had never seen him; but as I had no doubt the story of the spectre was some dodge of the men, I determined, if ever I did, to have a shot at him. As I was going through the Place de Meyer, I fell in with the General, who joined me, and we rode on together, talking of the siege. 1 had forgotten all about the dog, but when we came to the rampart, above the Bastion du Matte, I suddenly saw exactly such an animal as the one described trotting beneath us. I knew there must be a sentry immediately below where we rode, though I could not see him, and I

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1898) Ghost (Animal specter) / Short story

From \\\'Ghosts and Family Legends\\\'.

R: * * * *

Plot bullets

  • A large black dog with one white colored slash, was once the mascot of the regiment.

  • The dog is dead, but is said to be seen making it\\\'s rounds at night.

  • It has the habit of waking guards who have or are falling asleep on duty.

  • One officer does not believe and sets out to prove the dog mortal.

  • He shoots at the dog.

  • He made a big mistake.



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