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1894 Excerpt: ...him jump cool, and then he'll land clear. No fear
of Dead Shot falling, Mr. Dale; he's the best jumper I ever saw."
"How about the weight?" said Wild Rose. "He's only got 9st. 71b.,"
replied Tim, "and that will be all right for you. You will not have
to carry much dead weight. If you live well you'll be just about
right on the day." Tim scanned her with a critical eye, as though
sizing up her weight, and she laughed heartily at him. Harry Dale
had, however, serious misgivings that this piece of foolhardiness,
as he called it, might end in a disaster. He was angry with Tim
Slack for putting such an idea into her head. He thought he would
have another chat with Tim alone, and persuade him to change his
mind. He did so at an early opportunity, but Tim was adamant. He
declared there was no danger for Wild Eose. "It's not as though she
was a novice at the game, Mr. Dale," he said. "She's a good
horsewoman, and you know it. She has a nerve better than most men,
and her courage is undeniable. She has everything in her favour,
and she'll win the race on Dead Shot. That will be the height of
her ambition, you see if it is not. Why, Mr. Dale, I believe Wild
Rose would sooner lose half her fortune than miss the chance of
riding Dead Shot to victory in the Grand National Steeplechase." "I
quite agree with you, Tim; I believe she would," said Harry. "But
why on earth did you put such a mad idea into her head? You will be
to blame if any thing.happens to her." "And I'll take the blame,"
said Tim. "Wild Rose has been my best friend. Do you think I would
willingly run her into danger, Mr. Dale?" "No, I do not," frankly
admitted Harry; "but you must see it will be d...
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