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A TALK IN THE ORCHARD.                          49
themselves have kept farther from the edge, and no acci­dent would have happened. When our master's carriage was overturned, hefore you came here, it was said that if the lamp on the left side had not gone out John would have seen the great hole that the road-makers had left; and so he might; but if old Colin had not had blinkers on he would have seen it, lamp or no lamp, for he was far too knowing an old horse to run into danger. As it was, he was very much hurt, the carriage was broken, and how John es­caped nobody knew."
" I should say," said Ginger, curling her nostril, " that these men, who are so wise, had better give orders that in future all foals should be born with their eyes set just in the middle of their foreheads, instead of on the side; they always think they can improve upon nature and mend what God has made."
Things were getting rather sore again, when Merrylegs held up his knowing little face and said, " I'll tell you a secret: I believe John does not approve of blinkers; I heard him talking with master about it one day. The master said that ' if horses had been used to them, it might be dangerous in some cases to leave them off;' and John said he thought it would be a good thing if all colts were broken in without blinkers, as was the case in some foreign coun­tries. So, let us cheer up, and have a run to the other end of the orchard; I believe the wind has blown down some apples, and we might just as well eat them as the slugs."
Merrylegs could not be resisted, so we broke off our long conversation, and got up our spirits by munching some very sweet apples which lay scattered on the grass.
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