A HORSEMAN crossing a moor, asked a countryman, if it was safe riding.

Ay, answered the countryman, it is hard enough at the bottom, I'll

warrant you; but in half-a-dozen steps the horse sunk up to the girths.

You story-telling rascal, you said it was hard at the bottom!--Ay,

replied the other, but you are not half-way to the bottom yet.