National Geographic : 1919 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE ©F.O.Koch A PHILIPPINE LIVE-STOCK MARKET The Igorrotes are among the few tribes of the earth that habitually eat dog flesh. A DOG THAT TOOK PRECEDENCE OVER NINE KINGS Everybody, of course, knows the story of the little wire-haired terrier that was the favorite of King Edward VII of Great Britain. On his collar was the in scription "I am Caesar, and I belong to the King." When that sovereign died, his favorite charger and his best loved dog marched in the procession just be hind the King's coffin. Each was led by a Highlander, and Caesar took precedence over nine kings and nearly all the princes of the earth (see page 278). Pompey, a spaniel, "adopted a prince." He attached himself to the suite of Wil liam the Silent, in spite of all the efforts of the prince's retainers. Later he gave warning of a surprise attack on his royal master's camp in time to thwart it, and was credited by his sovereign with hav ing saved his life. On the monument of William the Silent, at the Church of St. Ursula, in Delft, Pompey is carved lying at his master's feet. In all dogdom there are no more in teresting animals than those of the Polar regions. The man who observed that dogs make the Northern world go round told a big story in little compass. So im portant are their services that the Com mander of the Department of the Colum bia recommended some time ago that a system of pensions for those in the em ploy of the Government be established. Discussing the subject, he said that during a tour of inspection he was dis tressed by the present practice of turning the old and disabled dogs adrift. "They afford the only line of communication be tween many of the army posts," said he, "there being three hundred of them con stantly in the service." The man who has been served faith fully by one of these animals cannot have the heart to kill him, and yet it is an expensive business keeping dogs that can not make their way in such regions. Is a Pole to be discovered, man stands powerless before the ice and the snow 269'