Stage-coach and Mail in Days of Yore: A Picturesque History of the Coaching Age ...

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Chapman & Hall, limited, 1903 - Coaching
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Page 260 - Soon shall thy arm, unconquered steam, afar Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car ; Or on wide waving wings expanded bear The flying chariot through the fields of air...
Page 334 - The Highlands are but little known even to the inhabitants of the low country of Scotland, for they have ever dreaded the difficulties and dangers of travelling among the mountains; and, when some extraordinary occasion has obliged any one of them to...
Page 134 - ... you, because he is going elsewhere ; and when he gets there, he is too late for his business, or he must hurry away to another before he can finish it. It was a wise maxim of the Duke of Newcastle —
Page 134 - METHOD, as Mrs. More says, is the very hinge of business : and there is no method without PUNCTUALITY. Punctuality is important, because it subserves the peace and good temper of a family : the want of it not only infringes on necessary duty, but sometimes excludes this duty.
Page 262 - Instead of journeys, people now May go upon a Gurney, With steam to do the horses' work, By powers of attorney; Tho' with a load it may explode, And you may all be un-done!
Page 135 - The calmness of mind which it produces, is another advantage of punctuality : a disorderly man is always in a hurry ; he has no time to speak to you, because he is going elsewhere; and when he gets there, he is too late for his business, or he must hurry away to another, before he can finish it. Punctuality gives weight to character. ' Such a man has made an appointment. — Then I know he will keep it.
Page 333 - ... was signalised by the overturn of a carriage or its temporary swamping in the mire. Even the royal chariot would have fared no better than the rest had it not been for the relays of peasants who poised and kept it erect by strength of arm, and shouldered it forward the last nine miles, in which tedious operation six good hours were consumed.
Page 319 - Parker, farewell! thy journey now is ended, Death has the whip-hand, and with dust is blended ; Thy way-bill is examined, and I trust Thy last account may prove exact and just. When he who drives the chariot of the day, Where life is light, whose Word's the living way, Where travellers, like yourself, of every age, And every clime, have taken their last stage, The God of mercy, and the God of love, Show you the road...
Page 182 - A great sheep or cattle fair is a beautiful sight ; but in a stage-coach you see more of what man is capable of performing. The vehicle itself; the harness, all so complete and so neatly arranged, so strong and clean and good ; the beautiful horses, impatient to be off; the inside full and the outside covered, in every part, with men, women, and children, boxes, bags, bundles ; the coachman, taking his reins in one hand and...
Page 135 - And this generates punctuality in you; for like other virtues it propagates itself. Servants and children must be punctual where their leader is so. Appointments, indeed, become debts. I owe you punctuality, if I have made an appointment with you ; and I have no right to throw away your time if I do my THE BOOK TRADE.

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