the steps and vaulting into the saddle, while William, the hostler, coachman, and factotum in general, held her up to the steps.
The other horses, Hunter
, Gypsy, and Mayflower, remained quiet, which enabled the riders to mount gracefully and in the proper manner, provided William did not give one too strenuous a hand and toss her far over the off side.
Gypsy, was a small, black horse, and a favorite with all, but Hunter
was always Hobson
's choice, high, angular, and lame in one hind leg. If he galloped he rode comparatively easy, but to stop him one had to rise in the stirrup, brace against the pommel, and saw his mouth with the check, and then, when he settled into a trot, one wished she had never tried to stop him. Mayflower, a fine large mare, was only allowed to be used by a few of the older pupils, as she was usually reserved for the principal.
I find that in 1857 there were sixty pupils.
I think the school opened with three.
They came from many states, about fifty per cent. from Massachusetts
All the New England
States were represented, and also the Middle
, with the exception of Delaware
(which brings to mind a remark I once heard from a man who had travelled extensively in the United States
, that he had never met a person from Delaware
, Ohio, District of Columbia
were represented, and there was one from Cuba
and another from Canada
Those from Cleveland, Ohio
, were looked upon almost as coming from the antipodes.
Everyone was expected to attend morning prayer in the schoolroom, but expectations were not always realized, the pupils residing at Mystic Mansion not liking the distance on a cold morning.
We attended whatever church our parents desired, and were conveyed to and from the edifice in a brightly painted omnibus, with the name, Mystic Hall Seminary, lettered on the sides near the top. I hope some one here remembers that omnibus; it would make me feel a little less like the ancient mariner.
It was drawn by a heavy horse, called Buckskin.