from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A horse wearing a bell; especially, a horse adorned with bells, ribbons, etc., used in celebrating May-day, which, in consequence, is called bell-horse day.
- n. A workman who finds it to his advantage to exert himself more than his fellow employees, in order to give grounds for the discharge of those who cannot keep up with the pace set by him.
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When we were across the lava beds, or "Devil's Garden," as the place was commonly called, I told the man who was leading the bell-horse to stop and wait until the other animals had come up in order to see whether we had lost any.
The man in charge of the train started a young man ahead with me to lead the bell-horse, placing another young man about the center of the train.
We generally tethered three horses, and kept one bridled; and, with these arrangements, we slept as securely and soundly as ever; for I felt sure that we had nothing to fear, as long as our tinkling bell-horse, and perhaps a second horse, was moving near us.