142 BLACK BEAUTY.
between them, and it put Captain and me in much better spirits than if we had heard scolding and hard words. They were always up early in the morning, for Jerry would say;
" If you in the morning
Throw minutes away, You can't pick them up
In the course of the day ; You may hurry and scurry, And flurry and worry, You've lost them forever,
Forever and aye."
He could not bear any careless loitering and waste of time; and nothing was so near making him angry as to find people, who were always late, wanting a cab horse to be driven hard, to make up for their idleness.
One day two wild-looking young men came out of a tavern close by the stand and called Jerry.
" Here, cabby! look sharp, we are rather late; put on the steam, will you, and take us to the Victoria in time for the one o'clock train ? You shall have a shilling extra."
" I will take you at the regular pace, gentlemen ; shillings don''t pay for putting on steam like that."
Larry's cab was standing next to ours; he flung open the door and said, " I'm your man, gentlemen! take my cab; my horse will get you there all right;" and as he shut them in with a wink toward Jerry, said, " It's against his conscience to go beyond a jog-trot." Then slashing his jaded horse, he set off as hard as he could. Jerry patted me on the neck: " No, Jack, a shilling would not pay for that sort of thingówould it, old boy?"
Although Jerry was determinately set against hard driving to please careless people, he always went a good, fair pace, and was not against putting on the steam, as he said, if only he knew why.
I well remember one morning, as we were on the stand