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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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PART II
CHAPTER XXII.
EARLSHALL.
The next morning after breakfast, Joe put Merrylegs into the mistress's low chaise to take him to the vicarage; he came first and said good-bye to us, and Merrylegs neighed to us from the yard. Then John put the saddle on Ginger and the leading-rein on me, and rode us across the country about fifteen miles to Earlshall Park, where
the Earl of W-----lived. There was a very fine house and
a great deal of stabling. We went into the yard through a stone gateway, and John asked for Mr. York. It was some tii ne before he came. He was a fine-looking, middle-aged man, and his voice said at once that he expected to be obeyed. He was very friendly and polite to John, and after giving us a slight look he called a groom to take us to our boxes, and invited John to take some refreshment.
We were taken to a light, airy stable, and placed in boxes adjoining each other, where we were rubbed down and fed. In about half an hour John and Mr. York, who was to be our new coachman, came in to see us.
"Now, Mr. Manly," he said, after carefully looking at us both, "I can see no fault in these horses, but wre all know that horses have their peculiarities as well as men, and that sometimes they need different treatment. I should like to know if there is anything particular in either of these that you would like to mention."
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