Stepping back to the ropes, Collins extended his hand across them, saying: "Come here, Barney, and show all these people who you love best."
And Barney twinkled forward on his small hoofs, nozzled the open hand, and came closer, nozzling up the arm, nudging Collins's shoulders with his nose, half-rearing as if to get across the ropes and embrace him.
Sixty dollars to the boy, man, woman, or girl who sticks on Barney's back for one minute.
Half a dozen attempts, quickly repeated, were scarcely better, the last one permitting him to remain on Barney's back nearly ten seconds, and culminating in a ludicrous fall over Barney's head.
While the white boys threatened to mount Barney from either side and kept his attention engaged, Sam, from outside, in a sudden fit of rage and desperation, made a flying dive across the ropes and from in front locked arms and legs about Barney's neck, tucking his own head close against Barney's head.
"It's a corker," Collins announced, as Barney, on his hind legs, striking vainly with his fore, struggled about the ring.
The turn over, Barney gladly accepted the halter and was led out of the square ring and up to the Frenchman.
I do not,' sez Peg, 'but dhrunk or sober I'll tear the hide off your back wid a shovel whin I've stopped singin'.' "'Say you so, Peg Barney?' sez I.
I was some wan in the ould days, an' the bhoys was glad to see me - all excipt Peg Barney wid a eye like a tomata five days in the bazar, an' a nose to match.
Come an' have a dhrink, me son,' sez Peg Barney, staggerin' where he stud.
"'You're a sulky swine, you are,' sez Peg Barney, an' at that the men in the tent began to laugh.
He cut Peg Barney as near as might be on the oi that I'd squshed whin we first met.
"The non-coms tuk Peg Barney - a howlin' handful he was - an' in three minut's he was pegged out - chin down, tight-dhrawn - on his stummick, a tent-peg to each arm an' leg, swearin' fit to turn a naygur white.
"You thought that, and yet you came like a shot to do battle for my body with Barney Maguire!
I will only say that we had agreed that it would be wisest for me to lie like a log among the rest for half an hour, before staggering to my feet and rousing house and police; and that in that half-hour Barney Maguire crashed to the floor, without waking either himself or his companions, though not without bringing my beating heart into the very roof of my mouth.