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  • He Kicked the Dog

    From the New York Tribune, March 7, 1914. By Arthur C. Sharp.

    Sued in the Municipal Court for $100 because he caused the death of a bulldog belonging to Antonio Angarano, Arthur C. Sharp has filed his answer in poetry. The verses read:

    Now comes defendant and submits
    His answer to the court. Admits
    That at the time and at the place
    He kicked said bullpup in the face.

    Admits he lives in Syracuse—
    Denying that is little use.
    All other things in said complaint
    Are here denied because they “Ain’t.”

    Defendant, answering plaintiff’s claim,
    For further defense to the same,
    Alleges that said dog was bad,
    Ugly, vicious, cross and mad.

    And often in a rage would fly
    At dogs or people passing by,
    And for a long time he had stood
    A nuisance in the neighborhood.

    Defendant says that on this day
    As he was passing on his way,
    He saw before his horses’ feet
    This bulldog fighting in the street.

    Defendant, trying to do right
    Endeavored then to stop the fight;
    Alleges that said dog was wild
    With hunger, and his temper riled.

    And at aforesaid time he tried
    To breakfast off defendant’s hide.
    Defendant, showing common sense,
    Then kicked the pup in self-defense.

    Wherefore, defendant now insists
    Plaintiff’s complaint should be dismissed,
    And if the action he has lost
    Demands that plaintiff pay the cost.