Chapter 15: The Old Hostler
"Who is your master, young man? if it be a proper question.
I should judge he is a good one, from what I see."
"He is Squire Gordon, of Birtwick Park, the other side the Beacon Hills,"
"Ah! so, so, I have heard tell of him; fine judge of horses, ain't he?
the best rider in the county."
"I believe he is," said James, "but he rides very little now,
since the poor young master was killed."
"Ah! poor gentleman; I read all about it in the paper at the time.
A fine horse killed, too, wasn't there?"
"Yes," said James; "he was a splendid creature, brother to this one,
and just like him."
"Pity! pity!" said the old man; "'twas a bad place to leap, if I remember;
a thin fence at top, a steep bank down to the stream, wasn't it?
No chance for a horse to see where he is going. Now, I am for bold riding
as much as any man, but still there are some leaps that only
a very knowing old huntsman has any right to take. A man's life
and a horse's life are worth more than a fox's tail; at least,
I should say they ought to be."
During this time the other man had finished Ginger and had brought our corn,
and James and the old man left the stable together.