A Yankee Among the Nullifiers: An Auto-biography

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Page 18 - Why, Mister," said he, " this is a free country, and a man has a right to talk, or let it alone, jest as he can afford. Now I've taken a good deal of pains to git here this morning in order to run Sleepy David against some of your Southern hosses. 1 aim a joking, sir; I'm in airnest. I understand there is a purse of two thousand dollars, and 1 should like amazingly to pick it up.
Page 16 - It was this day three years ago, and on this very spot, that I entered my horse Southron for a purse of two thousand dollars. He had won a like sum the year before with all ease. In short he was the best horse at that time in all Carolina.— There were to be sure two other horses, and very fine ones too, entered against him; but they were no touch to Southron, and I was as sure of winning as I am of sitting here at this moment—when who should come along but add Yankee with a tin-cart!
Page 21 - The horse, as if he understood what his master was saying, opened his eyes, pricked up his ears, and actually showed some signs of life. " The signal was now given to start.— Away sprang...
Page 24 - The horse went pawing along with his tail clinging close to his haunches, and his nose stuck out straight before him ; and you never beheld so queer a figure cut by any man and horse as this singular pair made.
Page 18 - You talk of picking up a purse of two thousand dollars with that bit of carrion of yours! Away with you, and don't trouble us any further." " Well, if I can't run, then I spose I cant; but it's darned hard any how for a man to take so much pains as I have to corne to the races, and then can't be allowed to run arter all.
Page 19 - ... get in yet." I said this by way of getting rid of the fellow, having no idea he could command a fourth part of the sum required. " How much might the entrance money be?
Page 25 - ... and planked the thousand dollars. It was covered of course. But I confess I now began to be staggered; and to suspect the Yankee was, after all, more knave than fool. I had no fears, however, for the purse. Southron was not a horse to be distanced in one day, and especially by such a miserable looking devil as Sleepy David.
Page 17 - He's like a singed cat, a darned sight better than he looks. I should like tarnation well to try him against some of your South Carolina hosses. To be sure I did'nt come all the way from home on purpose; but as I was coming out this way with a load of tin and other notions, I thought I might time it so as to kill two birds with one stone; for, thinks...

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