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A STRANGE COMPANION.

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A STRANGE COMPANION. A story is told of Mr Edward Mayhew, the well-known veterinary surgeon, which well illus- trates the argument that much can be effected by kindness which would otherwise be impossible of accomplishment. Mayhew was of middle-age when he entered as a student at the Royal Veterinary College. His mind became confused by the new sort of com- panions he encountered, by the novel objects which surrounded him, and by the strange kind of knowledge he was expected to master. This confusion was the greater because previous habit had not rendered him familiar with horseflesh. An animal, therefore, was needed, so that refer- ence might be made to its body for an explanation of the books which the pupil was expected to comprehend. At length, in the corner of a back yard, was discovered a lonely loose-box inside there was & quadruped,|and to this place the volume wasdaily taken with various morsels of bread or vegetable. Thus between reading, feeding, examining, and caressing, many an afternoon was most pleasantly whiled away. More than a fortnight's leisure had been thus pleasantly occupied when, as Mr Mayhew was one afternoon stealing to the being which lightened the tedium of his studies, and was in the act of opening the door, a number of fellow-students detected him so engaged. Mayhew, Mayhew the group shouted as with one voice, "where are you going? Don't open thatdoor Van Amburg is thereâhe's a kicker and a biter You'll be killed lDon't open the door Van Amburg was a notorious racehorse, which had been sent to the college for operation," be- cause of his supposed ferocity. Yet he, a novice, had passed many an hour in his society and could not have desired a more gentle companion. We have often," says Mr Mayhew, laid long together side by side or, as I reclined upon the straw reading, Van's head would rest upon my shoulder, while a full stream of fragrant warmth would salute my cheek. Still, such a creature, so open to advances, so grateful for little kind- nesses, was a reputed savage

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