To Alexander he presented many impressive gifts, among
them one hundred and fifty dogs remarkable for their size and courage and other good
People said that they had a strain of tiger blood.
Alexander to test their mettle in action, and he brought into a ring a full grown lion and two
of the poorest of the dogs. He set these on the lion, and when they were having a hard time of
it he released two others to assist them.
The four were
getting the upper hand over the lion when Sopeithes sent in a man with a scimitar who hacked at
the right leg of one of the dogs. At this Alexander shouted out indignantly and the guards
rushed up and seized the arm of the Indian, but Sopeithes said that he would give him three
other dogs for that one, and the handler, taking a firm grip on the leg, severed it slowly. The
dog, in the meanwhile, uttered neither yelp nor whimper, but continued with his teeth clamped
shut until, fainting with loss of blood, he died on top of the lion.