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by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...he race by half a length -- 
Quite half a length, it seemed to me -- 
But Dandaloo, with all its strength, 
Roared out "Dead heat!" most fervently; 
And, sfter hesitation meet, 
The judge's verdict was "Dead heat!" 

And many men there were could tell 
What gave the verdict extra force. 
The stewards -- and the judge as well -- 
They all had backed the second horse. 
For things like this they sometimes do 
In larger towns than Dandaloo. 

They ran it off, the stra...Read More

by Paterson, Andrew Barton
...their system 
Is never to suffer defeat; 
It's "win, tie, or wrangle" -- to best 'em 
You must lose 'em, or else it's "dead heat". 

We strolled down the township and found 'em 
At drinking and gaming and play; 
If sorrows they had, why they drowned 'em, 
And betting was soon under way. 
Their horses were good uns and fit uns, 
There was plenty of cash in the town; 
They backed their own horses like Britons, 
And, Lord! how we rattled it down! 

With gladness we thou...Read More

by Lawson, Henry rose the cloud of dust behind him, 
While in more divided splinters flew the shattered rails before. 
"Terror!" "Dead heat!" they were shouting – "Terror!" but the Screamer hung out 
Nose to nose with Holy Terror as across the creek they swung, 
An' M'Durmer shouted loudly, "Put yer toungue out! put yer tongue out!" 
An ' the Screamer put his tongue out, and he won by half-a-tongue....Read More

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