A Strange Performance.
The troupe of eight collies at the Royal Aquarium, London, enacts quite a little stage play. After performing some clever feats, without the instigation of a whip or stick, the dogs of their own accord, on a stage property house appearing to be on fire, rush off on their hind legs and fetch from the wrings of the stage a fire escape, trundling it up to and placing it against the burning house.
Bruce, the head fireman, rushes up the ladder, and, entering through the window of the top floor room, returns, carrying a child in its mouth, with which it descends, depositing its burden safely on the ground. Bruce, who is supposed to be injured during the rescue, simulates death ; one of the collies rushes off for a policeman, returning with a dog costumed as a policeman wheeling an ambulance, into which poor Bruce is placed, its widow, a collie in petticoats, apparently greatly tressed. This is only a part of their general perfori