It is well for those who are not inclined to give the matter close attention, or, in other words, to take the necessary trouble connected therewith, to patronize the livery stable.
The selection of a carriage which "fills the bill" should be the first consideration, and to that can be added a suitable horse, harness, etc. Of course there are many enthusiasts who buy a "clinker" whenever and wherever they run across him, without regard to size, type, etc. Such persons must necessarily buy their carriages to suit their horses. It is almost superfluous to call attention to the fact that the pursuance of this method requires both large means and an elaborately run stable.
And, by the way, these are not the only requirements, for such purchasers should have the knowledge and experience to enable them to carry out the establishment, else they are almost certain to make serious blunders. It is therefore a good plan for any one who has had little or no experience, whether his means are ample or only moderate, to begin very slowly and work up to, rather than launch out in, a large establishment.
Let us suppose that a gentleman, whose means are somewhat limited, is about to "set up" a single brougham. He has a nice little stable, and wishes to do everything properly and as economically as