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The Autobiography Of A Horse, With Fifty Illustrations.

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BLACK BEAUTY.
made the horse mad, being tender in the mouth and so full of spirit"
" Likely enough ; I'll come and see him," said Jerry.
The next day, Hotspur, that was his name, came home; he was a fine brown horse, without a white hair in him, as tall as Captain, with a very handsome head, and only five years old. I gave him a friendly greeting by way of good fellowship, but did not ask him any questions. The first night he was very restless. Instead of lying down, he kept jerking his halter rope up and down through the ring, and knocking the block about against the manger till I could not sleep. However, the next day, after five or six hours in the cab, he came in quiet and sensible. Jerry patted and talked to him a good deal, and very soon they understood each other, and Jerry said that with an easy bit and plenty of work he would be as gentle as a lamb; and that it was an ill wind that blew nobody good, for if his lordship had lost a hundred-guinea favorite, the cabman had gained a good horse with all his strength in him.
Hotspur thought it a great come-down to be a cab horse and was disgusted at standing in the rank, but he con­fessed to me at the end of the week that an easy mouth and a free head made up for a great deal, and, after all, the work was not so degrading as having one's head and tail fastened to each other at the saddle. In fact, he settled in well, and Jerry liked him very much.
CHAPTER XLV.
jerry's new year.
Christmas and the New Year are very merry times for gome people; but for cabmen and cabmen's horses it is no
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