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A Knight's Leap at Altenahr.
BY REV. HENRY KINGS LEY.
"The firman hath firfd the gate, men of mine,
And the water Is spont and done,
Ko bring ine a cup of the rd Aarwlne
I nha.ll never drink but this one .
"I've stood my time, I've fought mj fight,
'I've drunk my share of wine;
Knmi Trl-r to Kolln was never; a knight
LI v id a mtrrrler life than mine.
"Thow Joys have fled, to return no more.
Yet, If I muMt die on a tree.
The old saddle-tree that bore me of yore
Is the properest timber for me.'
"And now to fcbow burgher, and bishop, and
How the Altenahr hawk can die,
If they smoke the old faloon out of hi neat
He muHt take to hin wings and fly.
o saddle me up my old war-horse,
And lead hlrn round to the door;
He. muHt take to-night nucb a leap perforce
Ah never man took before."
Tney Raddled him up In a warll"e Hhlne;
The knight suWxJ in the door,
Ami lie took men a mil at the red Aarwlne
An nevr man took before.
He led the horse up the steps high and wide,
Aud spurred him over the wall
Out into the storm, out into the night, '
Three hundred feet of fall !
They found hlrn next morning in the-glen.
And not a bone in him whole;
And may (tod have mercy far more than men
On such a brave rider's soul.
A Night's Journey.
BY THE AUTHOR OF "THE SWEET
WILD ROJSH," ' COUNTRY
There was a large jarty of men in the
Eagle saloon In Denver, all interested
and talking loudly concerning the
coming pigeon shooting of the next
The prize to be awarded to the vic
tor in the match was to be no less
than $1,000 u sumeient payment for
a day's rk in the opinion of every
Much did I wish that I was a skillful
shot. One dollar would have been a
"7(i f-r o
ras, in the current
iry, strapped, flat
roke." I was even
not where to turn,
k my ear :
my rille here,
an't do much
jU say . ' l ex-
. tin ... ! .
g it. vv nere is
44 You can't do it. I shall want it
early to-morrow morning.".
44 Where is it?"
44 Down in the camp at Silver Gulch,
thirty miles from here.''
44 Thirty miles! (Jive me a full
meal and a good horse, and you shall
have your gun at the time you wish."
A hearty laugh greeted my propo
sal. The miner good-naturedly sur
veyed me from head to foot. KutiP
Ishedas I w as, I looked young, healthy
44 Well, you s lall have a square meal
at anv rate."
I insisted thai I could accomplish
the feat, although the sun was then j
setting, and sam after was given j
full directions and a horse which I se- j
liftfil mvself-a wiry and flery mus- i
Bixty miles to be traveled before 8
o'clock on the following morning. I
had set myself a paiuful task ; but the
ten dollars I was to receive would en
able me to look about me'for ten days,
ami something might then, or before,
I had idiiio to Denver in the hope of
...t.iiftiif nt which niv education as
u civil engineer might grant me.
,oi foil ml five surveyors ready
6fler their services where one was
. . 1 I.. II.. .x.i rf
wnntcHl. I nal erauuauy iu i
run out of
I had chosen my mustang we.i, as.
regarding his endurance. I trusted to j
my horsemanship to conquer his wild
ness. His wickeil eye proved not to belie
his spirit. As soon as I mounted, dis
regarding any attempt of mine to guide
him, he galloped furiously on as
though possessed by a demon. He
was proceeding in a direction but little
divergent from that which I desired.
I was half content, and soon, upon
reaching an of en plain, I forced him
to acknowledge his master
We were now alone in an oc
r.,irio .rniKM. the moon shone out
bright and full, and I guided myself by
Although I was in a rather lawless
district, I entertained no fears of bodi
ly harm from any passer-by I might
encounter. Indians and other ma-
1878. .HILLSBOROUGH, X. C. SATIRDW. DECEMBER 25,
rauding bands .
Iliad well-nigh" diap-
peared from the neighborhood
There had bfcen talk of a gang of
Mexican banditti a mouth before, but
nothing had bet:
h heard of them since.
I felt even ecstJ
atic as we jogged on-
ward nr tbo bnu . ;
v uwi niiw wiiuu my j
jKny had fallen after hi first burst of ;
sfx-ed. The "atmosphere was delight
ful; a gentle breeze fanned my cheek.
I experienced a Benxeof freedom, of in
dependence, of lord linesrt, as I looked
about me over the vast plain..
My pony showed no sign of weari
ness when we must have advanced
full twenty miles, maintaining an easy
It was not until lights gleamed in
the distance that he dropped into a
walk, and as we drew near them he
.. u. . uroKeimo a ganop. ;
We reached our destination about i
1 v t . I
eicven o ciock, Having traveled thirty
five rather than thirty miles, in live
I soon found my employer's partner,
although he had to be vigorously shak
en before he could be awakened I
fancy whiskey had something to do
with his profound slumbers ; stated
my business, and presented a written
I obtained the rille, a breech-loader
of magnificent construction, valued at
$i00. I secured, as well, some refresh
ments for myself and horse, ami after
an hour's delay started on my return
My mustang appeared to think he
had done his duty for the night, and I
found it difficult to urge him from the
.At the expiration of my two miles
indeed, when my hand relaxed its pii 11
on the rein his head would slowly
turn to the camp, and but for watch
fulness on my part I would have found
myself there again.
I was now in quite a drowsy condi
tion, and would easily have fallen fast
asleep on my pony's back.
liy-and-by, as I became convinced
that the animal would proceed as I
wished I yielded to a feeling of ex
treme lassitude and slept.
How long I slept I could not tell. I
awoke with a start, and at once placed
KiXan.S1Uaft! illfto assure myself j
to my saddle.
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I felt nothing. I looked ; it was
The thrill of horror that at once ran
through me again g ive me energy.
I pulled the pony stock still and
Thoughts of lynch law flashed
throuirh niv. mind. Had I indeed lost
the gun ? It would be said that I had
stolen it sold it. I would be certain
ly arrested if I returned without it,
and held until news would be received
from the camp. It would be known
that the gun had been given me.
Apart Irom its pecuniary value it. was
highly prized by the owner. To wliat
might his extreme rage incite his
companions against me, a stranger and
As well be hung for a sheep as a
lamb was a thought that for a moment
flitted through my brain. Should I
not seize the txiuy and flee to another I
I was, and come what
would, I must retrace my steps aud
try and find the gun.
The prairie grass trampled by , my
pony's feet indicated the course I had
taken. I turned him back upon that
Again and ag:in I was obliged to
dismount and drag my sore and weary
limits over the ground, which I care
fully scrutinized, to be sure I could
make no mistake.
All the while I was tormented by
the thought that my agonized pains-
I i taking might be entirely useless; that
to ! the gun might have been -stolen from
behiud me by some wanderer as j
s ' . , , , r . .1 x ...
i llow count l kuow . i
! lit n Ltrnil' Ilk:
drowning mail snaicou. ai
j stuml,led onward
I 'searched. What
time w:w passing? Even tf I found
the rifle, could I reach the owner with
it at the promised hour ? Only by giv-it,o-
if t dim at the hour of entry for
the matcfl, could it prove as desirtd by
him, or I receive the ten dollars I so
With feverish brain and straining,
bl.xHlsliot eves, I coutihued thesearch,
impatient and patient at once. ..
Clouds were gathering in the sky,
into one of them the moon now passed,
of ! and the light so necefcary to me was
I remained motionless. W'ould I .iro
mad ? M v power for collected thought
o..r-nu x-.i it 5 ;liin
Itxriii ....... ...--p-
cain the moon came out clear auu
Aaui iwc uiw
briirht, and there,
close to IllV teet,
made shine something metallic.
It was the rifle! I had found it". '
I must place it before me as I rode
this time. With fragments of the
broken twine dangling from the sad
dle, I fastened the breech to my left
wrist, and, remounting, my 'horse, al-
loweu me gun to ret on my legs as I
advanced. The iouuee. i.nmc.. of
wrajKni added to m y discomfort; but,
at least, it was secure, and I w. htA
awake. Hut now w in w l T
recognized no landmark. The aspect j
generally w as strange to me : eemed
to have neareil the limit of the prairie; !
a line of hills lay against the horizon I
and beyond the day was breaking. !
W ith victory ready to my grasp, was ,
1 lost? .Suddenly I
descned in the
distance what seemed a 1 ll!Tli:ili t: ,l,i
tation. T truvplcd tMum-H ..,(.t
c.v n, .ii.i t
joiced to have k , u faiu
reachel it and IiuIUkhI.
When I was within a few paces of
the house a wTndow in the second
. 1 l i i ,
.yjij niuciiij opeueu, auu a rule iar- ;
rel was protruded aimed dire-tly at
lne- . 4I , , .
x uiuiiucisirucK at mis proceei-
Had I come to the lair of a des- j
, -..um., x
1 1 . . a. , a .. .
.... i.auu- mat pre- ;
sented, with my gun across my knees,
as if I were ready for actian.
"I have gone astray," I shouted.
" Where is Denver'."' r
There was a ' silejice still the.;' rifle
was pointed at me and then I heard
a low laugh. It was echoed by thesil-
very tones of a pleasanter, laugh al
woman's laugh. I felt safe. .
14 1)v nver is two miles further east,"
was answered me, in a rather juvenile
8o I was not lost. I would triumph
in my mission. I was within
reach of my destination.
tyVith the thought of my overtasked
energies asserted their weakness. I
longed for a moment's rest, at least.
Could I not obtain it here? I lingered,
despite the gun which menaced me.
If they wanted to shoot they would
have shot, I reasoned. Ity the light,
that was now strengthening, they must
see I was not a -ruffian.
I was right ; the gun was soon with
drawn, -and then reanneared at tlie
door of the house in tlu, JiMiuJL.gr- lo.j I
inroac,ied me and said l&ZiiS ml
stranger, but you are rather an early
visitor. I see you re a gentleman.
Father's away, and the women folks
are easy scared. I thought it beM to
be on the safe side." "
" I'd like a little refreshment," I was
all I said in response. -
I was really in a fainting condition,
as pale as death. The lad instantly J
took pity on my plight, helped me to j
alight, and led me to a seat in the per- j
tico of the house, to a pillar of which j
he tied the horse. j
TTu ontfrwl ;md returned with a
iMnfu-iP which iravelife at once. ,
and I told him of the loss of my rifle. !
I was in the midst of the narration,
when a beautiful face appeared, timid- I
lv t the door, and a hand outstretched
to the lad a sandwich, which he gave
to me. I ate it, and told my story as
the reader has it, gaining another lis
tener in the person of a charming girl
It was now " o . ciock. 1 had .wo
hours in which to travel two miles,
but I thought I had best set about it.
The mustang was as tired as mysei:".
He proceeded at a walk.
"However, as we reached the con
fines of the town he increased his
speed, and it was at a lively trot he
entered the stable to which be be
I exhibitel little of the same .-pint
wleii I presented the covered rifle to
its owner and received ten dollars.
I 'was yet sufliciwutly recovered from
fatigue, at the close ot the nay to it
I1C. th( wjl0 were congratulating
tjie wjnner t)f the prize my employer,
j H? ftm.eil Uj)OI1 me another ten-dollar
, . ... -H WOuld admit of no refusal.
1 Those two ften-iiollar bills proven tne
foundation of quite a little fortune.
,.r,,t married and livimr
in the ranche I have mentioned, ibut
expect stMn to leave for the Kast. My
wife, being still very young, is curious
to see the " higher civilization, Boston
and other cities.
j bachelor saw a hand-
. , , " a i
! somely dressed young lady on a W
!: ton Mreet and was told that she was
j the daughter of a, wealthy merchant
He became acquainted, ami the girl
; knowing the woman who watched the
j intend, of an elegant nou.e w
owners were at me seifiioie ii
ruitied'bv her to receive him there.
he also gave him dinners there, hir-
waiters. he tola mm max iu-r
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1 : ....nt. u-ur.i lit I- lir Vii H . !!" I .
wicu- v , - t
i was ttceeJiru, uuu ivuim m. m-
the had won was a ior girl.
Briefs of Wit.
A fashion paper says that in wedding
cardsf "if there is a crest in the bride's
family, it i engraved in white at the
top t the note sheet and also on the
en velppe." If there is not a creat in the
bndes family they should send out to
the nearest drug store and get one. No
family should be without on. None
penume without the nmnrirfm.'-
blowl into each bottle,
IJohon theatre managers now pro?
t! abolish the system of hanging
tVjraphs oi actresses in saloon win.
-i,Jw because the ssloonista want too
4 w. . 1
uttr newels as equivalent. If
'"'lout this will debar manv a man
!'"'i j su-ppsng over the way to ae th
pictures jo the window."
A i -cdle is a tolerably hnrn thinir
lit a b
unko steerer is a sharner.
J oli.-y" is not the. Lest Jione,ty.
A New York rural town had a "tx
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r:iiiirlii-i...,v..i:.-t.tt i v. . .
. "",ullm. .uia tne moon-
raVs t!,e I,ole
Mr- Htumebean- is down orl this re-
vision of the P.ihlp sin,.. i.Q v, v.
in vaiu in t i;;.. r.-.
, v.uiiivu um mvor-
ne text, - The pen is mightier than tha
SW0K1. ' Jie HUVS he Icnnu-. U ...
be in the old one.
A figjure of interest 10 per cent
Boston's elevated railroad scheme has
been elevated out of sight.
.Several highly-cultured papers are
discussing the prober wav to dr,
blac'K ba.s;?. Never mind thp drir,,.
ejl the fish around undressed
The latest fashionable nornn rBM.
ing night gowns is to have them made
with hoods. Why not, also, put on Delta
and big pockets and call 'em night
I uisters ;
Ducking is a capital sport, providing
j you don't get ducked yourself.
It is said a London tailor has in
vented what is called "the united suit,"
whL-h is a man's complete attire in one
garment. That's nothing new in this
country;. They call 'em bathing suits
A smart American girl calls a young
fellow of her acquaintance 44 Honey
suckle,' because he is always hanging
over thej front fence in the eveninjrs.
mto i fie iwrotig end of the scales.
A Tough man or Story.
An accident happened to a man named
Jack Welsh on Friday night, and the par
ticulars are so marvellous that, were it
not for the reputation for veracity which
has always distinguished Mr. Welch,
sceptical people would be disinclined to
express a hearty belief in the story. Dur
ing the wind storm, when the wind was
playfullyj slamming doors, breaking win
dows, rolling barrels (through the streets
and chuckling at the vexation it caused,
Mr. Welch was driving across the Baring
Cr.s Bridge in a wagon. The roadway
across the top of the bridge is open and
exposed to the weather. A railing about
feet high runs on each side of the
length of the bridge. W elch wai
driving toward the south side of the
biidge. and had accomplished two-thirds
the distance, which brought him on the
ilriw. .lust as ne reaciieu im jwmv hjo
wind came with tremendous
from tiie west, whistling, like
liope. Sweeping down the narrow pas
sagewayi on which the wagon stood, it
knocked the horses down, upset the wagon
and bW Welch off , the bridge into the
nver. I ne top oi tne pnugc i bix
I r,om tj1(i watCr, and, whirling, sprawling
tumbling over and over, elch finally
reached! the river feet first; The water
dosed oyer his head and he went clear to
theJMjttom. After a prolonged submer
sion he Ke close to the pier upon which
the centre of the draw rests He held to
the smooth iron 6iir face of the pier as
well as be could, but realizing that this
support was somewhat insecure, inas
; much as he could not hold on at all, be
' struck out for shore. Half drowned and
1 a -most dead from his fearful falL Welch
finally reached the shore, and crawling
, out on the bank lay there until he had re
covered fa small amount of the breath
which the freakish air had caused him to
lose. His horses were stopped at the
gate of the bridge. Welch made his way
I home, and yesterday seemed none the
worse fibm his accident. Ex.
The Venus of the Forest.
I have sometimes--heard the oak
t-.tH thp Hercules of the forest, and
the ah the Venus. The comparison
is not ami., for the oak joins the idea
of strength and beauty while the ash
rather join the idea of beauty and
Lnnce. I Virgil marks the char -er
the a.-h a.s particularly Dea,fiiuj:
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-;fa Ti.oJi wcnoralv rurries Its Dill "Dal
r raxinus in syiMs puRucji-
e j ail
I fetem mguer mau uic -
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an easy, flowing line. But Its chief J
beauty consist in the lightness of its !
whole appearance. Its branches at j
first keep close to the trunk, and form I
acute angles with it ; but as they begin I
toiengtnen they generally take an easy
sweep, and, the looseness of the leaves
corresponding with the lightness of the
spray the whole forms an elegant de
pending foliage. Nothing can have a
better effect than an old ash hanging
from the corner of a wood, and bringing
off the heaviness of the other foliage
.with Its loose pendent branches. And
yet in some soils I have seen the ash
lose much of iU beauty in the decline
of age. It foliage becomes rare and
meager, and iU branches, instead of
hangi. g loosely, often start away in
disagreeable forms. In short, the ash
often loses that grandeur and beauty
in old age which the generality of
trees, and particularly the oak, preserve
till a late period of their existence.
The Medicine of Life Mirth.
Hard ware the friction on a school
A 11 rl ' n y 4VkA.k.AAt- t a
mc lwkik oi nature seems
full of fly leaves.
Politic is a game. Barrel, barrel;
who's got the barrel ?"
"To draw or Dot to draw, that la th ques
tion. Whether 'tis safer In the player to take
The awtul risk of skinning Tor a straight,
Or, standing pat, to rais 'em all thedimit,
And thus, by bluffln get It. To draw-to
No more and bj that skin to get a nnP
Oi two pairs, or the tattest bouncing kitlgs
That laek Is heir to 'tis a consummation)
Devoutlr to be wished. To draw to skin
Toskin! perchance to burst-aye, there'sThe
For in that draw of three what cards may
When we have shfflued off the uncertain
Must give us pause. There's the respect
Which mokes calamity of a bob-tail flush.
For whs would bear the overwhelming
The reckless straddle, the wait on the ed,
The lnsolenee of pat hands, and the litis
The patient merit of the bluffer takes
When he himself might be mnch better oil
J??. lUSPlfc JWVAuiA wllHeirung alter call.
The undiscovered ace full, to whose strength
Such hands must bow, puzrles the will
And makes us rather keepthe chips we have
Than be curious about the hands we know
Thus bluffing doth make cowards of us all,
and thus the native hue of a four-heart flush
Is sloklied with some dark and cussed club.
And speculators in a Jack-pot's wealth
Witfc this regard their Interest turn away
And lose the right to open."
' Old maids are described as " embers
from which the sparks have fled."
Even if a boy is always whistling
44 1 want to be an angel," it is just as
well to keep the preserved pears on the
" Bring in the roasted chestnuts be
fore the lamps are lighted " advisesa
domestic exchange. That's right.
We've always noticed that it was safer
to eat chestnuts in the dark.
At a Police Court: 44 Prisoner, what
is your name?" 44 My name? Why,
I've been here more'n a hundred
times." 44 Your name, I tell you !"
44 Eusebe-Anacharsis lirabancon. "
44 What is your profession?" "What
am I ? The despair of my family."
In preparing the ground for the ice
crop it should be put under water at
least three feet in order that the ice won't
freeze to it and be filled with sticks
and mud. Use none but the-very best
of ice seed. That from Maine is ex
pensive, but it Is sure to sprout and
grow in a pellucid nianner.
A Galveston school teacher, who
lost all patience with a very stupid
boy, finally told the boy's father.
44 Your son is getting worse and worse
every day." 44 1 don't think he can
be quite that bad," remonstrated the
partial parent. ."Well, then, he is at
least getting worse and worse every
other day, or say three timesa week.
Ixrk Brougham In the Houe o Lords
Wa questioned by a darne,
- Who ! the ablet orator
And answer gave the same.
" We've many an able orator.
In thought and action manly.
You $Q me tor the first one? Hem ; . .
The s5ond is Lord Stanley
A poet chide his girl for her dilator
inees in keeping an engagement. He
savs: 44 See the ruoen is out, love
come along with me ; hear the breezes
soft, love, whispering to thee. Birds
have sung themselves tosleep calling
you your tryst to keep; flowers will
1 soon begin to weep, waiting, ioe, ior
thee." We don't suppose .flowers
would weep if she would never come,
and for the bird ringing theiaaelvea
ef to sleep calling ner to kccj. mrr
it is all bosh. Birds have more sense.
The trouble is her mother got wind of
the clandestine business and locked
her up in her room.
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Mrs. Langtry Ahead.
HOW THE PROFESSIONAL BKAUTY
OVERSIZED A RIVAL'S PILE.
Every one knows there is a great rivalry
between Mrs. Langtry ami Mrs. Wheeler
greater between thera than any other of
the reigning "beauties '-and that what
ever one can do, so as to score " off the
other, is done by each. Mrs. Langtry is
knowH. to possess very beaut iAd 'anm,
while Mrs. Wheeler'sare thin and scraggy.
On the other hand, the reverse extremi
ties of Mrs. Wheeler are regarded bv
those who have ncen them as models of
sliaie and form, while Mrs. Langtry,
though possessing fairly small feet whJu
Lien cmiuste can only boast of upward
continuation of Verp pipe stern order.
Vell, the season before last Mrs. Lang
try set the fashion of the sleeveless ball
dresses, and of course Mrs. Wheeler,
much to her detriment, had to adopt the
.style. But she set to work to think how
she would retaliate, aud this is how she
did it : At the first ball she appeared at
last season she wore a dress with a very
short skirt. The Prince admired it, and
as a matter of course, it became the fash
ion. Hut what was Mrs. Langtry. to do?
She tried it .-once, hut the effect, as may
ho imagined, was disastrous. Then she
set to work to cudgel her brains, and
happy thought! at the next ball, instead
of adding an inch or two to her drajH'ries,
as she had first thought of doing, she had
actually taken a reef in her already short
skirt. But underneath apiared a pair of
a certain article of ladies' lingerie, which
on the present occasion shall be otherwise
unmentionable, of KnickerbiH ker'cut, and
reaching to her ankles, where they were
decreased in fulness by a narrow hand,
and thence fell over her instep in a short
flounce of point lace. The effect was im
mense. , The Prince was more than de
lighted with it; nd not only did Mrs.
Wheeler find herself completely check
mated at her own game, but at the wear
ing of the additional garment a fa Lang
try at once becomes the thing she is of
course obliged to adopt it, and thus con
ceal what it had been her motive to so
subtlv disJM -
The prov'nee of Buenos Ay res and
Montevideo are as yet far from being
bverciowded ; but an immigrant will
hot fare worse for going. further for el
bow room, provided lie be as careful to
insure free and easy communication
as a good general would be anxious to
keep within reach of his base of opera
tions. There are rivers in this region
nayigable by steam for thousands of
miles, and the railways, which seem
to have been providentially invented
to serve the purposes of American col
onization, are already reaching the bor
ders of the Grand Chaco, the Grand
Pampa, Patagonia, and other great
deserts, where land is to be had for
mere asking, and where the red - Indi
an has ceased to be the bugbear lie was,
and can not be made to face a breech
loading rifle, j
Tholand is, in the main, an im
mense flat, no doubt ;i very large tracts
of alluvial soil, without a tree or a peb
ble; part of it mere swamps or salt
wilderness.' But even these thousand
miles of unbroken level are not with
out a '-peculiar beauty-of their own;
their boundless horizon and awful sol
itude ; the freshness and purity of the.
atmosphere, and the keen enjoyment
of unlimitable freedom. Nor, apart
from intercourse with Ids fellow men,
is a man here crushed by a senw? of
r.it.- for nothimr is morastrik-
4 -ing than the teeming life of the animal
II (1 JWA 11 II V' - - ' c j
kingdom in the pampas -the abun
dance of game, storks and herons, the
owls and the hawks, the flights of the
wild turkeys and flocks of ostriches, to
say nothing of the ubiquitous pterop
tero and chattering little cardinal;
a multitude and variety of fowls and
brutes nameless to me as well a num-:
rleasthe gayety of whose plumage
. f i .1,,. raiwnitti nn! wild-
aUU iur auu IllV
ness of whose screeches and howls a
settler will always and everywhere
have with him, and which will only
gradually make room for the flock
and herds, the barring and bellowing,
the crowing and cackling of hb domes
Life in the prairies is life in the sad
dle ; for the very beggar here is moun
ted ; and away from rail or tramwaj,
neither for sex" nor age is there any oth
er practicable, or, at least, endurable
means of locomotion than tm horse
back ; and the horea areAfleet and
sure-footed, brave as lions, gentle and
docile as cows, and their purchase and
keeping cost little, and their stabling
aud shoeing nothing.
Checkmate is eating blue grasaat
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