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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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THE BUTCHER.
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have company coming unexpectedly, and must have some chops sent up directly ; and the lady at No. 4, in the Cres­cent, never orders her dinner till the meat comes in for iunch; and it's nothing but hurry, hurry, all the time. If the gentry would think of what they want, and order their meat the day before, there need not be this blow up !"
" I wish to goodness they would," said the butcher; " 'twould save me a wonderful deal of harass, and I could
suit my customers much better if I knew beforehand-----
But, there ! what's the use of talking—who ever thinks of a butcher's convenience, or a butcher's horse? Now, then, take him in and look to him well; mind he does not go out again to-day, and if anything else is wanted you must carry it yourself in the basket." With that he went in, and the horse was led away.
But all boys are not cruel. I have seen some as fond of their pony or donkey as if it had been a favorite dog, and tbe little creatures have worked away as cheerfully and willingly for their young drivers as I work for Jerry. It may be hard work sometimes, but a friend's hand and voice make it easy.
There was a young coster-boy who came up our street with greens and potatoes; he had an old pony not very handsome, but the cheerfullest and pluckiest little thing I ever saw, and to see how fond those two were of each other was a treat. The pony followed his master like a dog, and when he got into his cart would trot off without a whip or a word, and rattle down the street as merrily as if he had come out of the Queen's stables. Jerry liked the boy, and called him " Prince Charlie,'" for he said he would make a king of drivers some day.
There was an old man, too, who used to come up our street with a little coal cart; he wore a coalheaver's hat, and looked rough and black. He and his old horse used to plod together along the street like two good partners who understood each other; the horse would stop of his
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