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(1929) [MARC] Author: Axel Munthe - Tema: Medicine
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on the platform to superintend the transporting
of the coffin on board the Swedish steamer for
Stockholm. After a cordial “Aufwiedersehen”
to the Leichenbegleiter I drove to the Swedish
Consulate. As soon as the Consul saw the puppy
he informed me that the importation of dogs
was forbidden, there having of late been several
cases of hydrophobia in Northern Germany. I
might try with the captain but he felt sure that
Waldmann would not be admitted on board.
I found the captain in a very bad temper, all
sailors are when they have a coffin among their
cargo. All my pleading was in vain.
Encouraged by my success with the stationmaster
in Heidelberg I decided to try him with the
puppy. Waldmann licked him in vain all over
the face. I then decided to try him with my
brother. Yes, of course he knew Commandor
Munthe quite well, they had sailed together on
the ‘Vanadis’ as midshipmen, they were great
friends.

Could he be so cruel as to leave my brother’s
beloved puppy stranded in Lübeck among total
strangers?

No, he could not be so cruel. Five minutes
later Waldmann was locked up in my cabin to be
smuggled in on my own responsibility on our
arrival in Stockholm. I love the sea, the ship
was comfortable, I dined at the captain’s table,
everybody on board was most polite to me. The
stewardess looked somewhat sulky when she
came to make up my cabin in the morning, but
she became our ally as soon as the offender began
to lick her all over the face, she had never seen

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