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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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found she had been Polly's mistress, and after many in­quiries about her, she said,—
" How do you find the cab work suit you in winter ? I know Mary was rather anxious about you last year."
" Yes, ma'am, she was; I had a bad cough that followed me up quite into the warm weather, and when I am kept out late she does worry herself a good deal. You see, ma'am, it is all hours and all weathers, and that does try a man's constitution: but I am getting on pretty well, and I should feel quite lost if I had not horses to look after. I was brought up to it, and I am afraid I should not do so well at anything else."
" Well, Barker," she said, " it would be a great pity that you should seriously risk your health in this work, not only for your own but for Mary's and the children's sake; there are many places where good drivers or good grooms are wanted; and if ever you think you ought to give up this cab work let me know."
Then sending some kind messages to Mary, she put something into his hand, saying, " There is five shillings each for the two children; Mary will know how to spend it."
Jerry thanked her and seemed much pleased, and turn­ing out of the station we at last reached home, and I, at least, was tired.
CHAPTER XLIV.
OLD CAPTAIN AND HIS SUCCESSOR.
Captain and I were great friends. He was a noble old fellow and was very good company. I never thought he would have to leave his home and go down the hill, but his turn came; and this was how it happened. I was not there, but I heard all about it,
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