dred to twelve hundred pounds, suitable for his brougham. In the absence of his friend he applies to some dealer of good repute, and outlining his wants, places himself in the dealer's hands. Confidence of this sort is very seldom misplaced, for there is honour even among the constantly maligned horse dealers.
The man who, knowing very little about horses, poses as an expert, is almost invariably "played for all he is worth." Very, very few amateurs are coinpetent to cope with experienced horse dealers, but many undertake the task, and the dealers very naturally consider these persons fair game," and treat them on the " dog-eat-dog " principle. Who can wonder that the result is generally more favourable to the seller than to the buyer?
Many an amateur who is most willing to advise a friend in the purchase of horseflesh would, were he going down into his own pocket, call in his coachman, veterinarian, and all available talent, and even then would buy with considerable hesitation.
Our friend ultimately secures a good horse for something like three hundred dollars, and either leaves him with the dealer or sends him to a livery stable until his own stable is in readiness. He then buys a first-class harness from a reliable maker or importer for about one hundred and fifty dollars, for