"Well," Smiley says, easy and careless, "he's good enough for one thing, I should judge he can out-jump ary frog in Calaveras county." The feller took the box again, and took another long, particular look, and give it back to Smiley, and says, very deliberate, "Well, I don't see no p'ints about that frog that's any better'n any other frog." "May be you don't," Smiley says.

So he sought his comrades among the wild things in the woods, to get away from the quarrels at home. He was a muscular, rosy-cheeked lad, and in the sports at school he could out-run and out-jump the other boys and was always good-natured with them; but even the children at the little country school did not like him very well, because the very things they enjoyed the most did not amuse him.

They bend their knees five-and-forty degrees for every stride; and when you drill them out of that, they 're stiff as ramrods. I gymnasticized them in my regiment. I'd have challenged any French regiment to out-walk or out-jump us, or any crack Tyrolese Jagers to out-climb, though we were cavalry. 'Yes, my lord, and exercised crack corps are wanted with us, Weyburn replied.

That finished, the dead ostrich would get up and place himself among the hunters, while the boy who had captured him with his bolas would then play ostrich, and the chase would begin anew. When this game was played I was always chosen as first ostrich, as at that time I could easily outrun and out-jump any of my gauche playmates, even those who were three or four years older than myself.

One of them, the notorious Mike Fink, known as "the Snag" on the Mississippi and as the "Snapping Turtle" on the Ohio, has left the record, not that he could load a keel boat in a certain length of time, or lift a barrel of whiskey with one arm, or that no tumultuous current had ever compelled him to back water, but that he could "out-run, out-hop, out-jump, throw down, drag out, and lick any man in the country," and that he was "a Salt River roarer."

His real name was James B. Hickok; he afterwards became famous as "Wild Bill, the Scout of the Plains" though why he was so called I never could ascertain and from this time forward I shall refer to him by his popular nickname. He was ten years my senior a tall, handsome, magnificently built and powerful young fellow, who could out-run, out-jump and out-fight any man in the train.

"May be you understand frogs, and may be you don't understand 'em; may be you've had experience, and may be you ain't, only a amature, as it were. Any ways, I've got my opinion, and I'll risk forty dollars that he can out-jump any frog in Calaveras county."

They bend their knees five-and-forty degrees for every stride; and when you drill them out of that, they 're stiff as ramrods. I gymnasticized them in my regiment. I'd have challenged any French regiment to out-walk or out-jump us, or any crack Tyrolese Jagers to out-climb, though we were cavalry. 'Yes, my lord, and exercised crack corps are wanted with us, Weyburn replied.