28 MARCH 1896, Page 16



SIR,—When the guest of the Rev. Edward H. Ingle, in Roanoke, Virginia, I was asked by Mr. Ingle to make the experiment whether I could bring into my conversation with him the word " holes " without its being curiously noticed by his dog. I tried it more than once, not emphasising the word or making it louder than any other words. The first time the word " holes " reached his ear the dog looked towards me with an expression of apprehension. The second time he rose, curled his tail between his legs and stood watchful, as if to know whether he was to be further disturbed. The third time he left the room, with unmistakable demonstrations of alarm and shame. Mr. Ingle told me, as the only explanation he could give, that the dog bad dug holes in the grass on the lawn and had been sharply reproved and scolded for it, never punished otherwise.—! an), Sir, &c.,

Baltimore, Maryland. C. L. C. MINOR.

[We have a dog which will do the same thing, for precisely the same reason, on bearing the word "ducks." The little wretch killed a tame duck, and was verbally flagellated.— En. Spectator]