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The dog steals Professor Leonidas's dinner! (from Stealing a Dinner)

"Billy" Bitzer films Stealing a Dinner
One of the dogs steals Professor Leonidas's dinner from the table when he leaves. In order to cover up his crime, the dog places a cat on the table. The professor finds the cat and in a rage shoots her (not for real, of course), but is promptly arrested by a large dog dressed in policeman's clothes.
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VIDEO CREDIT: "Happy Hooligan." American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, 1903. The American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920, Library of Congress.