getting to be an old fellow, and the snow was deep, and
it was hard for him to get about; but he was sorry he had n't come before,
for he thought they did look like good boys. Then he asked Methuselah
about his lameness and the pain in his side, and said he ought to be sent
to a certain hospital in New York, where he might be cured. And then he
asked if he had no relatives or friends.
He did n't understand what was to happen,only that Santa Claus was to take him somewhere with
Gobaly; and one thing that 'Thusely was sure of was that he wanted to go
wherever Gobaly went. And he kept saying:
Methuselah went to the hospital and
was cured, and Gobaly--well, if I should tell you his name, you might say
that you had heard of him as a famous surgeon doctor. I think it is
probable that he could now make a lame rooster or a kitten with a sprained
ankle just as good as new, and I am sure he would n't be above trying; for
he has a heart big enough to sympathize with any creature that suffers.
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