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This is an illustrated collection of old ballads, that were originally told by minstrels and passed down the generations. The minstrels disappeared, but the stories they had sung were remembered by old country folk who remembered them from childhood.
Kashtanka the dog sets off for a walk with her master, Luka Aleksandrich. A jolly band of soldiers came marching down the street; the music terrifies the dog, who runs away in panic and gets lost in an unknown part of town. A stranger finds Kashtanka and takes her in.