Stevens 1878-06-24

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Thomas Padbury’s horse died last week. His wife called this morning and asked me to write out a petition for her to raise money to get another. I told her I did not think I could do so but would think about it and she might call on me again tomorrow morning. She said they had eight or nine horses die since they had been married. Herbert told me they would kill as many as they could get with overwork and that the carrying around petitions was quite a “trade” with some people who go from village to village and make a dead horse or cow or pig bring in much more money than a live one.