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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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horse." I found by their conversation that my young mistress was now out of danger, and would soon be able to ride again. This was good news to me, and I looked forward to a happy life.
CHAPTER XXV.
REUBEN SMITH.
I must now say a little about Reuben Smith, who was left in charge of the stables when York went to London. No one more thoroughly understood his business that he did, and when he was all right there could not be a more faithful or valuable man. He was gentle and very clever in his management of horses, and could doctor them al­most as well as a farrier, for he had lived two years with a veterinary surgeon. He was a first-rate driver; he could take a four-in-hand or a tandem as easily as a pair. He was a handsome man, a good scholar, and had very pleas­ant manners. I believe everybody liked him; certainly the horses did. The only wonder was that he should be in an under situation, and not in the place of a head coach­man like York; but he had one great fault, and that was the love of drink. He was not like some men, always at it; he used to keep steady for wfeeks or months together, and then he would break out and have a " bout" of it, as York called it, and be a disgrace to himself, a terror to his wife, and a nuisance to all that had to do with him. He was, however, so useful that two or three times York had hushed the matter up, and kept it from the earl's knowl­edge; but one night, when Reuben had to drive a party home from a ball, he was so drunk that he could not hold the reins, and a gentleman of the party had to mount tho
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