A Horse with Horse Sense.
Chick is a wise horse, that is, in a “horse sense” way. He belongs to Fire Engine Company 27, Charlestown, of the Boston fire department. Not only is he a great favorite with the men, but he is a pet of the children in the neighborhood. In the latter particular the favoritism is mutual.
Chick likes good little children, because they rub his nose and speak kindly to him and give him cookies and apples. It was Chick of whom we talked about a few weeks ago, telling how he spoiled a cat and dog fight by shaking the dog almost out of existence.
A few days ago, after the customary daily exercise around the block with a spare horse on the other side of the pole, he very sedately walked out of the house while attention was being given his companion, and went direct to a blacksmith shop on another street, where, as best he could he invited examination. A loose shoe was found on one foot. While he was being reshod the driver came in. A reprimand that was satisfactory to Chick followed, the horse evidently realizing that he had done a very proper thing, even though he broke the rule regarding leave of absence without permission. The captain declares Chick can count the box numbers, and knows whether they are the ones to which he is to respond.