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eure it is good for me; I am stronger and healthier altogether, now that I have a day of rest; the horses are fresh, too, and do not wear out nearly so fast. The six-day drivers all tell me the same, and I have laid by more money in the Savings' Bank than ever I did before ; and as for the wife and children, sir, why, heart alive! they would not go back to the seven days for all they could see.'
" Oh, very well," said the gentleman. " Don't trouble yourself, Mr. Barker, any further. I will inquire somewhere else ;" and he walked away.
" Well," says Jerry to me, " we can't help it, Jack, old boy ; we must have our Sundays."
" Polly 1" he shouted, " Polly I come here."
She was there in a minute.
" What is it all about, Jerry ?"
" Why, my dear, Mr. Briggs wants me to take Mrs. Briggs to church every Sunday morning. I say, I have only a six-days' license. He says,' Get a seven-days' license, and I'll make it worth your while;' and you know, Polly, they are very good customers to us. Mrs. Briggs often goes out shopping for hours, or making calls, and then she pays down fair and honorable like a lady; there's no beating down, or making three hours into two hours and a half, as some folks do; and it is easy work for the horses; not like tearing along to catch trains for people that are always a quarter of an hour too late; and if I don't oblige her in this matter it is very likely we shall lose them altogether. What do you say, little woman ?"
" I say, Jerry," says she, speaking very slowly, " I say, if Mrs. Briggs would give you a sovereign every Sunday morning I would not have you a seven-days' cabman again. We have known what it was to have no Sundays, and now we know what it is to call them our own. Thank God, you earn enough to keep us, though it is sometimes close work to pay for all the oats and hay, the license, and the rent besides; but Harry will soon be earning