An the harness, and helped to wash the carriage. As he was quite too
short to do anything in the way of grooming Ginger and me, James taught
him upon Merrylegs, for he was to have full charge of him, under John.
He was a nice little bright fellow, and always came whistling to his
work. Merrylegs was a good deal put out at being "mauled about," as he
said, "by a boy who knew nothing;" but toward the end of the second week
he told me confidentially that he thought the boy would turn out well.
At last the day came when James had to leave us; cheerful as he always
was, he looked quite down-hearted that morning. "You see," he said to
John, "I am leaving a great deal behind; my mother and Betsy, and you,
and a good master and mistress, and then the horses, and my old
Merrylegs. At the new place there will not be a soul that I shall know.
If it were not that I shall get a higher place, and be able to help my
mother better, I don't think I should have made up my mind to it; it is
a real pinch, John." "Ay, James, lad, so it is; but I should not think
much of you if you could leave your home for the first time and not feel
it. Cheer up, you'll make friends there; and if you get on well, as I am
sure you will, it will be a fine thing for your mother, and she will be
proud enough that you have got into such a good place as that." So John
cheered him up, but every one was sorry