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Page 206 - Gillespie, who being present on the race-course of Calcutta during one of the great Hindu festivals, when several hundred thousand people may be assembled to witness all kinds of shows, was suddenly alarmed by the shrieks of the crowd, and informed...
Page 180 - I gathered it must be the fierce and uncontrollable gallop of thousands of panic-stricken horses. As this living torrent drew nigh, I sprang...
Page 255 - A hundred yards have glided by, And they settle to the race, More keen becomes each straining eye, More terrible the pace. Unbroken yet o'er the gravel road Like maddening waves the troop has flowed, But the speed begins to tell ; And Yorkshire sees, with eye of fear, The Southron stealing from the rear. Ay...
Page 135 - In a document bearing date 1000, we have an interesting account of the relative value of the horse. If a horse was destroyed, or negligently lost, the compensation to be demanded was thirty shillings; a mare or colt, twenty shillings; a mule or young ass, twelve shillings ; an ox, thirty pence ; a cow, twenty-four pence ; a pig, eight pence ; and it strangely follows, a man, one pound.
Page 203 - POWER OF MEMORY. Horses have exceedingly good memories. In the darkest nights they will find their way homeward, if they have but once passed over the road ; they will recognise their old masters after a lapse of many years ; and those that have been in the army, though now degraded to carters...
Page 207 - Another horse of his, a favorite black charger, bred at the Cape of Good Hope, and carried by him to India, was, at the sale of his effects, competed for by several officers of his division, and finally knocked down to the privates of the 8th dragoons, who contributed their prize-money, to the amount of £500 sterling, to retain this commemoration of their late commander.
Page 143 - He likewise ordained, that in every deerpark a certain number of mares, in proportion to its size, and each at least thirteen hands high should be keot •. and tb»< all his prelates and nobles, and " all those whose wives wore velvet bonnets," should keep stallions for the saddle at least fifteen hands high.
Page 253 - He was to procure a person to ride one hundred miles a day, on any one horse each day, for twenty-nine days together, and to have any number of horses not exceeding twentynine. He accomplished it on fourteen horses ; and on one day he rode one hundred and sixty miles, on account of the tiring of his first horse.
Page 256 - ... which side by side, Dismasted on the raging tide, Are struggling onward, wild and wide, Thus, through the reeling field he flew, And near, and yet more near he drew; Each leap seems longer than the last, Now — now — the second horse is past, And the keen rider of the mare, With haggard looks of feverish care, Hangs forward on the speechless air, By steady stillness nursing in The remnant of her speed to win. One other bound — one more — 'tis done; Right up to her the horse has run, And...