The man, however, did not recognize the animal, but drawing his blanket more closely around his body, huddled down in a terrified manner.
"Back, back!" he moaned. "Don't come near! For God's sake, spare me! Don't touch me! Help! Father! Connie!"
The tears streamed down the poor creature's cheeks, as he crouched there on the floor, pleading with an imaginary foe. The scene was pitiable to behold, and Keith hastened to his side.
"What's wrong?" he asked. "The dog won't hurt you."
The man started and looked up in a dazed manner. Then he reached forward with his long, bony fingers.
"Save me!" he moaned. "Drive them away! They will kill me!"
"Why, there's nothing to harm you," Keith replied. "It's your own dog come back to you, and he's licking your hands and face in his delight."
A gleam of intelligence stole into the man's eyes, as he looked slowly around, some