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The purchase of Horses. --From the Lafayette (Ind) Journal, of Jan. 18, we copy the following: How Army Horses are Bought in France.--Horses are purchased at from four to six years of age, and must be of French origin. The animal is brought to the commandant of the allotted depot and submitted to his inspection, without any price being named. If the commandant finds him unsuitable, he is at once rejected; if the contrary is the case, he is brought before all the officers of the depot for a thorough examination. Each officer then writes his estimate of the value of the animal on a slip of paper, the papers are then placed in a hat and shaken up, so that the estimate of each officer may not be known; the mean of these estimates is then taken, and the commandant offers that price for the animal. If the owner accepts the offer, the price is paid at once; if he refuses, the horse is at once sent away, for no bargaining is allowed. How Army Horses are Bought in the Unite