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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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54                                   BLACK BEAUTY,
" Yes, sir," said John, " it would be rather awkward if one of these branches came down upon us."
The words were scarcely out of his mouth when there was a groan, and a crack, and a splitting sound, and tear­ing, crashing down amongst the other trees came an oak, torn up by the roots, and it fell right across the road just
"A Very Near Touch."
before us. I will never say I was not frightened, for I was. I stopped still, and I believe I trembled. Of course I did not turn round or run away ; I was not brought up to that. John jumped out, and was in a moment at my head.
11 That was a very near touch," said my master. " What's to be done now?"
" Well, sir, we can't drive over that tree, nor yet get around it; there will be nothing for it but to go back to
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