Excerpt from Bob Covington: A NovelIt is a day of battle in New Orleans - not the battle of men, but the battle of horses - this Saturday, this first day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-four, upon which the GreatMoreExcerpt from Bob Covington: A NovelIt is a day of battle in New Orleans - not the battle of men, but the battle of horses - this Saturday, this first day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty-four, upon which the Great Interstate Post Stake is to be fought out upon the Metairie Course, each commonwealth backing its own horse with State pride and local prejudice, and, above all, the good round dollars of Uncle Sam, twenty thousand o which make the purse, and several millions more, not only in coin, but in corn, cotton, and sugar crops, present and to come, have been wagered on the result.Kentucky is playing its bay colt Lexington with every dollar it can raise on corn, corn-juice, and fast horses- Alabama is piling its bales of cotton on its flyer, Highlander- Mississippi is going cotton and sugar as well on Lecomte, and Louisiana betting on its pet and pride, the chestnut Arrow, corn, cotton, sugar, rice, and tobacco- every one of the States throwing in lots of niggers besides.And all this in a country where a mans horse was his friend, companion, and sometimes, on his long journeys over the lone prairies and through the pathless wilderness, his safety and salvation - a country in which the greatest criminal was the horse-thief - aye, over road agents, bandits, or even assassins.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books.
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