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Conquering A Bull

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In the "History of Damraerston," Vermont, is related an incident whioh shows what a powerful agent fearlessness is in conquering a fierce animal. A young man by the name of Wilder was fond of a good horse, and was an expert rider. At one timo he called at an inn to stay over night, and requested that his horse, a young and spirited animal, might be turned out to pasture, instead of being fed in the barn. When morning camn and he was ready to resume his journey, he nEormed the landlord that he would go and catch his horse himself, as it was difliculfc for a stranger to approacb him. The landlord objected, berause he had a savage buil in the pasture. Nothing, however, could deter the 5'oung man from catchig his own horse. He laushed at the landlord's Eears and said, "If the buil comed near me, I'll give him a lesson 't he won't forget." Before venturing into the pasture, he fastened on his feet a pair of large, heavy spurs, which he sometimes wore when ruling horseback. The landlord watched his proeeedings with considerable anxiety. The horse and the buil were feeding uear together, and Mr. Wilder could not catch his horse without attracting the attention of the buil. The latter animal fed quietly till he noticed a stranger approachine, when he suddenly "turned, and lowering his head and bellowing, he made a dash at the young man. Mr. Wilder, equal to the emergency, dodged his enemy, and caivtht him in suoh a manner as to spring astride his back. The young man now had the advatage, and plunging the spurs deep into the sides of the buil, compelled the frightened creature to run and gal'.op madly about. The buil bellowed loudly, and soon stopped, conquered and trembling. Mr. Wilder then dismounted, gently patted the animal's side, and said, "Good fellow! good fellow! You've given me a good hard ride." The landlord, who had nervously watched the scène, was so inuch pleased with the young man'H brave Bxploit that he would take no pay for his night's lodging, and ever after gave him the freedom cf his house when he chanced that way.


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