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AN OBLIGING HORSE
A doctor and a clergyman were exercising ther
horses one morning in a country lane, when an ar
gument arose between them as to which of the ani
mals possessed the sweetest disposition.
"I'll wager that if their respective tempers
' could be tried," said the doctor, "mine would lie far,
away the better."
"That's all honsense," retorted the clergyman.
"My mare has the best temper of any horse in
"Well, here's a stiff hedge, let us try their leap
ing capabilities," suggested the doctor.
"Right you are," agreed his friend.
The doctor's hunter quietly refused the jump,
although put at It again and again. The clergy
man's little mare also refused, but at the same time
threw back her ears and exhibited considerable ill
temper. When repeatedly urged to jump she finally
accomplished a clever buck-jumping feat, which
threw her master straight over the hedge. Strange
to-relate, the reverend gentleman was quite unhurt,
and, scrambling to his feet, commenced to scrape
the mud from his broadcloth, whilst the doctor
"Perhaps you are convinced now that my ani
mal has a better disposition than yours?"
"Not at all!" replied the clergyman. "My maro
is such an unselfish little brute that, although unable
to take the fence herself, she had-no desire to keep
me from going over. In fact, she facilitated the
mode of my transit, whilst your horse displayed a
dog-in-the-manger temperament by not going him
self, and not allowing you to go either."
"I was afraid, Mrs. Wotherby," said Mrs. Snap
perley, -"that you wouldn't be able to get over to
my house this afternoon, for it isn't so easy to
get away when you have to do your own house
work." ''Oh, I wouldn't have missed coming for any
thing," said Mrs. Wotherby, as she glanced around
beamingly at the assembled guests. "I wanted to
see how all my silver and glass looked on your
"Will you object to my weighing myself?"
said a meek-looking man to his wife as they stood
near a weighing machine on the platform of a rail
"What do you want to weigh yourself for?"
she asked, sharply.
"Only to see, dear, if you would allow me to
have my own 'Weigh' for-once l"