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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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A THIEF.                                        121
can trust my men, present or absent; but there are mean scoundrels, wicked enough to rob a dumb beast of his food; you must look into it." And turning to his man who had come to take me, said, " Give this horse a right good feed of bruised oats, and don't stint him."
"The Dishonest Groom and the Boy."
" Dumb beasts 1" Yes, we are; but if I could have spoken I could have told my master where his oats went to. My groom used to come every morning about six o'clock, and with him a little boy, who always had a covered basket with him. He used to go with his father into the harness-room, where the corn was kept, and I could see them, when the door stood ajar, fill a little bag with oats out of the bin, and then he used to be off.
Five or six mornings after this, just as the boy had left
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