In 1883, there was a circus pony called Dicky in Chicago. Dicky won the affection of the audience. He was skilful in jumping over a stack of books. The circus goers marvelled at his flexibility. Children laughed and clapped.

Dicky performed the same trick in the same circus for many years. The audience began to tire of this old trick. They soon realised that the pony could only perform one trick. The poor beast was eventually put to death.

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