Boston: American Humane Education Society, 19 Milk Street; presumed 1st printing; Angell's 1892 Autobiog mentioned, Beautiful Joe 1893 not mentioned; Gold Mine Series No. 1 Sequel to. Juvenile hardback.
Reginald follows the example of his doctor father iin his compassion for all animals, especially horses. A story of his life with Duke, a St. Bernard/Newfoundland mix who also helps other dogs, rescues two children and Reginald from drowning, saves little ones from being crushed by trains, etc. the title page portrait resembles a 19th c Newf and so does Duke's character "You must stay here and take charge of things. Do you understand?" Duke looked up at him earnestly, with solemn, intel- ligent eyes. Did he understand! Poor Duke! The gift of speech had been denied him! He could not say that he did, or that he did not; he could not plead to go with the party, but when they drove out of the yard, he looked after them wistfully, yet made no attempt to follow. "I suppose you think Duke understands every word you say, Reggie," said Sophronia. "He understands the meaning of it perfectly," replied Reginald. "He will not leave the yard to-day. We shall find him at his post when we return." "Duke knows so much," said Rose; "it almost seems as though he might be taught to talk.” A Prize Story of Massachusetts in an American Humane Education Society contest.
CONDITION: Very Good Plus; no names, gilt bright, bottom corners bumped, spine a bit darkened, pages lightly tones, flat and clean. Item #22745