The Child and the Dragon

Several years since, there appeared in an English periodical, a very striking print of a picture then on exhibition in Europe.

It represented a dragon; not the conventional type so well known in schools of art, with the head of a man, but a dragon that was all animal. Its monstrous head with protruding eyes was only excelled in ugliness by the thick body, upon which the skin lay in hide-like rolls.

The figure of the dragon formed almost a complete circle, with only a narrow space between the head and the tip of the tail, and in the center of this ring thus formed stood a little child of rare beauty, clad in white garments, with uplifted face, utterly unconscious of danger. The space in the incomplete circle was just wide enough for the little feet to pass out.

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February 20, 1904

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