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OLD CAPTAIN AND HIS SUCCESSOR.                 175
He and Jerry had taken a party to the great railway station over London Bridge, and were coming back, some­where between the Bridge and the Monument, when Jerry saw a brewer's empty dray coming along, drawn by two powerful horses. The drayman was lashing his horses with his heavy whip; the dray was light, and they started off at a furious rate; the man had no control over them, and the street was full of traffic; one young girl was knocked down and run over, and the next moment they dashed up against our cab; both the wheels were torn off and the cab was thrown over. Captain was dragged down, the shafts splintered and one of them ran into his side. Jerry, too, was thrown, but was only bruised; nobody could tell how he escaped; he always said it was a miracle. When poor Captain was got up, he was found to be very much cut and knocked about. Jerry led him home gently, and a sad sight it was to see the blood soaking into his white coat, and dropping from his side and shoulder. The drayman was proved to be very drunk, and was fined, and the brewer had to pay damages to our master; but there was no one to pay damages to poor Captain.
The farrier and Jerry did the best they could to ease his pain and make him comfortable. The fly had to be mended, and for several days I did not go out, and Jerry earned nothing. The first time we went to the stand after the accident the Governor came up to hear how Captain was.
" He'll never get over it," said Jerry,il at least not for my work; so the farrier said this morning. He says he may do for carting and that sort of work. It has put me out very much. Carting, indeed! I've seen what horses come to at that work round London. I only wish that all the drunkards could be put in a lunatic asylum, instead of allowed to run foul of sober people. If they would break their own bones, and smash their own carts, and
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