The Cart Horses and the Saddle Horse
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Two cart-horses, a gelding and a mare, were brought to Samoa,
and put in the same field with a saddle-horse to run free on the
island. They were rather afraid to go near him, for they
saw he was a saddle-horse, and supposed he would not speak to
them. Now the saddle-horse had never seen creatures so
big. “These must be great chiefs,” thought he,
and he approached them civilly. “Lady and
gentleman,” said he, “I understand you are from the
colonies. I offer you my affectionate compliments, and make
you heartily welcome to the islands.”
The colonials looked at him askance, and consulted with each
“Who can he be?” said the gelding.
“He seems suspiciously civil,” said the mare.
“I do not think he can be much account,” said the
“Depend upon it he is only a Kanaka,” said the
Then they turned to him.
“Go to the devil!” said the gelding.
“I wonder at your impudence, speaking to persons of our
quality!” cried the mare.
The saddle-horse went away by himself. “I was
right,” said he, “they are great chiefs.”