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goes. About mid-day he alighted again at an ins to refresh himself and his horse, and there he chanced to be in company with his other landlord where he was the night before, and charged him with the double reckoning: so he addressed himself to himself to him in the following manner.-Sir, says he, I do believe I was in your house yesternight; O yes, Sir, says he, I mind of you pretty well. And where was you last night? Last night, says George, I was in one of the finest inns, and the civilest landlord I ever had in my life: they brought all things that I stood in need of unto me, with- out calling for them; and when I came off this morning, they charged mo nothing, and I paid nothing but six- pence to the boy for dressing my horse.--Blood and wounds? said the old fellow, then go there this night. Ay, says George, do; and mind this, when they ask you what you will have for yourself and your horse, answer nothing but what you will, Sir. George smiling within himself, to think how he had got the one extor- tioner to take amends of the other. So this innkeeper sot off on his journey, and rode so late that night that he might reach the cheap inn, that most of the people were gone to bed before he arrived. As soon as he dismounted from his horse, the boy enquired at him, What shall I give to your horse, master? To which he answered, What you will, boy. The boy hearing this, runs away, (leaving him and his horse to stand at the door,) upstairs to his master's room, crying, master, master. What-you-will is come again :-- the rogue, cries he, where is he?-I'll cane him---I'll what you will him by and by. Then to him he runs with his cane, licks, and kicks him until he was scarce able to mount his horse, and would give him no entertainment there, which caused him to ride the whole of & cold winter night, after he had got his bones all beat and