HE SPOILT THE DEAL.
It don’t do for anyone, especially on© who is selling goods, to tell all he “feels and knows. Something should be kept in reservation. I have a grandson who illustrates the point. A man drove up to the store the other day and hailed me with “I hear your son has a horse to sell.”
“ Yes,” said I. “He has a fine little bay mare he would part with.” “ Fetch her out,” said he. We went back to the barn, followed by five-year-old Jim, my grandson. The mare was brought out, and the visitor was quite taken with her. He asked her age, looked her over, found out the selling price, and then asked: “Any.bad habits?” “ No,” said I, promptly. Young Jim-stood with his hands in his pockets, his legs apart, . and his hat on one side. As I answered he looked up, and in a shrill voice exclaimed : “ She baulks.” “She does, sonny?” said the man. “That’s a good boy, always tell the truth.” ■ ' “The kid doesn’t know what he’s .talking about,” said I. “Sometimes she shies, and that’s what he means.” Young America turned an indignant eye on me. “ Now, grandpa, you know she does. Didn’t dad build a fire, under her to make her go?” The stranger patted him on the head and gave him a nickel. “ You don’t want her ?” I said. No, I don’t think I do.” ■ I said nothing to .the boy. Ha will know more when he is older.— ‘ Hardware.’
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HE SPOILT THE DEAL., Evening Star, Issue 10452, 23 October 1897, Supplement