Les Femmes Cocher / 87 (Cab Horses / 7)
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Paris Nouveau no. 2341 – Nos Jolies Cochères

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Les Femmes Cocher / 87

Cab Horses / 7

Picture (left): Melle. Victoria Étienne, of the "Valentin's Company".

All sorts of benevolent people bought multiple copies of Black Beauty and handed them out to cab drivers and other horse workers. But how many of the buyers took to heart the words Anna Sewell put into the mouth of one desperate driver?

If a man has to pay eighteen shillings for the use of a cab and two horses.... I say 'tis more than hard work, nine shillings a day to get out of each horse, before you begin to get your own living.... and if the horses don't work, we must starve, and I and my children have known what that is before now.... I say 'tis a mockery to tell a man that he must not overwork his horse, for when a beast is downright tired there's nothing but the whip that will keep his legs agoing – you can't help yourself – you must put your wife and children ahead of the horse.

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