T HE ox-wagon man got off to town so early one morning that his wife forgot to give him a sample of some calico that she wanted him to get at the store. She did not remember it till at least two hours after he and Buck and Bright were on their way.
"I'd rather have forgotten anything else," she told Johnny. "Now I can't finish your new waist for there's no telling how long."
"Let's send Daddy the piece of calico by Towser," said Johnny. "He'll catch up with him, I know."
The ox-wagon man's wife was not sure of this, but she thought it would do no harm to try Towser.
So when she had written on a bit of paper how much of the calico she wanted she wrapped the note and the sample in a little bundle and fastened it on the dog's collar.
"Go and find Daddy! Go and find Daddy!" said Johnny.
Towser knew what that meant.
Many people had passed along the Big Road since the
He would not turn aside for anything. When a chipmunk ran right across the road in front of him he only barked, as if to say:
"Bow-wow! Bow-wow! Go where you please. I shall not chase you. I'm going to find my master."
By and by he came to the creek. The
Towser stopped, too, and barked at the shining water.
Which way had his master gone? Had he driven through the creek, or had he turned aside into a little road that led to the deep woods?
The yellow dog ran along the creek bank sniffing at the
The ox-wagon man had let his oxen rest under the
"Bow-wow! Bow-wow!" Where was the
But—"Bow-wow!"—there he was driving into Bobby's yard!
Towser dashed in behind the wagon, barking with all his might, and the ox-wagon man looked around with a start.
He spied the little bundle at Towser's neck the very first thing, and showed it to Bobby.
Bobby said it was no wonder that Johnny thought Towser was the smartest dog in the world.