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darriage horse, stnd finally I lost
sight bf him
"But I never ceased looking for
Silver King, and at last I found him,
"three months ago, sir, I discovered
him breaking his brave heart be
tween, the shafts of a hansom cab. I
J bought him for ten guineas cash. I
had just a hundred pounds in the
world. I rented a little cottage and
barn in a wHO" pflft Of EBS6X, and
there I trained hifnT TwWe" years
old he is tfiday, and at first it was a
heart-breaking task. But I knew that
? Silver! King had been the fleetest
horse in England, and though his
heart had been Broken by his indig
nities his old master could mend it
"Day by day I raced him until his
limbs had grown supple again. He
knew me from the first; we loved
each other ad only a horse and a man
can love. And he knew that I was
trying to recoup my forfHries as well
as to regain his reputation. Often I
thought the task was impossible, but
" I persevered. And at last the day
came when" I knety that I Bad again
one df the swiftest Steeds in this
"He fiui't much to look at, is he,
sir, because his cartilage has mostly
turned to bone. But there's speed in
the slope ol those shoulders, and I
know him why shouldn't I know
He glared defiantly at Dahbury,
his face ail aquivef with eagerness.
"I hired a jockey and entered him
for the Victoria etakei I had fifty
poundB left, aThd t borrowed twd hun
, dred hiore". I didn't spend anything
on food; A loaf of bread is all I've
had the last five days. Because, you
see, sir, two hundred and fifty pounds
placed on a forty-to-one shot means
ten thousahd if he wins. A fortune
for me and a peaceful old age for
Silver King. And he can't lose. But
if you hadn't saved me when I was
lying Upon that road that rascally
bookie might have welched.. Let's go
oer and keep an eye oh hfm."
He started toward a tall man in a l
white, i.' i who, standing on a stool,
was shouting the odds. The horses
were at the starting gate.
"Do you want to come in?" asked
the old fellow, stopping short. "A
hundred pounds will net you four
thousand. A thousand will net you
forty thousand. And nobody knows
but us. It's the chance of a lifetime
there' I'm a fool to give it 'away."
Danburv had five 'hundred the
balance of all he had put aside for
his European tour. Visions of wealth
flashed through his brain." Twenty
thousand one hundred thousand
dollars! What would that mean to
"You're dead sure?" he queried.
"I'll I'll wager tour hundred."
"And you'll never regret it, son,"
answered the old man, and dragged
him up to the bookmaker.
"Last chance!" the latter yelled.
"Five to one Blackberry; Bix to one
Aesop; ten t& one Lauderdale, High
Hock, Whltefodt "
"Whatls the odds on Silver King?"
queried the elder man.
"Fifty to one' answered the book
maker briskly. "Want to make a
bet? It's a sporting chance there's
worse horses has won. FoUr hun
dred?" He took the money and scrib
bled a memorandum in his book,
handing Danbury the stub. "Too
late, gents!" They're off!" he yelled
to the surrounding crowd.
Danbury turned, tense with excite
ment, to see the horses racing down
the field. Blackberry, the favorite,
was leading, but the rest were press
ing him hard. Silver King was trail
ing in the rear, but his shoulders
seemed to heave with energy. He
was biding his time, anyone could see
"He's winning," yelled the old man
at Danbury's side. "Hell lag behind
until they come up the home stretch,
and then look look!"
Blackberry had fallen back and Sil
ver King had passed three of his
competitors. Danbury had forgotten
the old man now. It is-the most fas-