The Exeter Road; The Story of the West of England Highway

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 142 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...paint, of 'Hot Dinners, ' 'Refreshments, ' and the like. The stranger might be excused if he thought this some bankrupt settlement whose vanished inhabitants, like the people of that mythical place who 'eked out a precarious existence by taking in one another's washing, ' had lived on selling refreshments to each other until they had finally all died of indigestion. He would be very much mistaken, however, in his surmise, for this is Weyhill Fair-ground in undress. If you wish to see it in full swing, you must visit the spot between 10th and 13th October, when it is lively enough. The first day is the Sheep Fair. As many as 150,000 sheep have been sold here on this day. The Horse Fair is held every day; and an astonishing number and variety of horses there are too. Irish horses, brought all the way from Cork, Scotch horses, Welsh horses; every kind of horse, from the Suffolk Punch to the New Forest Pony. Great lumbering young cart-horses stand behind their pens with manes and tails plaited to wonderment with straw, for all the world like beauties dressed for the County Ball, and just as proud and self-conscious. Do you want to buy a horse of any kind at the Fair? Then don't!--unless, indeed, you know all that is to be known about horses, and a bit over; otherwise the dealer will ' have' you, for a dead certainty. To see them showing off a horse's good qualities and hiding his bad ones is a liberal education, but see that you accpiire your knowledge at some one else's expense. With this determination you can afford to be well amused with the waving of coloured flags on long sticks, by which the horses are made to pirouette before the eyes of likely purchasers, and can safely smile at the wily dealer's exclamations of 'There's blood!' 'Get up, my beauty!' and 'H...

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