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The Dog! (A romance of real life.) The gallant major. "I beg a thousand pardons for the apparent liberty I take as an entire stranger, but may I make so bold as to ask you, is not this one of that wonderful breed of black or Chinese pugs?" The pretty lady (most condescendingly). "Yes, you are perfectly right, and, if I am not mistaken, you are Major McBride, of the ninety-ninth Hussars." [From that moment they became fast friends, and within the next three months there appeared in the "Morning Post," "A marriage has been arranged between Major McBride, of the ninety-ninth Husars, and Mrs Bellairs," &c., &c.