How My Dog Defends Himself

No bookmark today, just this amusing inscription I found at the end of a book:

Indians have not been treated fairly

You don't know how what would have been the result if Syria has told where the ??? was

What do you care none of your business where he was see

How my dog defends himself

An adventure with the Indians

Where to hide a Xmas present


Roast Beef
Quail on toast
Pork + beans
oyster cocktail
See (?)
Boiled clams

Found in "Prose Literature for Secondary School" edited by Margaret Ashmun. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1910.

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  1. I think it should probably be "What would have been the result if Sylvia had told where the ??? was"

    Looks like ??? begins with "He----"

    Anyway, just wanted to let you know it has been really interesting reading your blog! :)

  2. also interesting is that i think the first page was probably a short conversation/note-passing between two people. hand-writing for the two different types of pencils used is also different. definitely an interesting entry (hence the two comment. haha)

  3. I wish I knew how old that guy was!

  4. I agree with the other commenter; above the doodled head it says "What do you care none of your business where He was See"

    I wonder whether "See" is actually a signature or initials as it appears on both pages.

  5. Heron...if Sylvia had told where the Heron was.