from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To harness; yoke.
- n. The small saddle put upon the back of a draft-horse when harnessed.
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At length, when all seemed to be adjusted, the old man again retired to the harness-room, where he remained so long that Drive was contemplating another raid upon the hens, when he reappeared, bringing with him an old piece of bagging, with which he proceeded with careful adjustment to protect the old mule's back from the friction of the cart-saddle.
They had a kind of saddle, something like a cart-saddle, though larger, that carried two ten-gallon kegs on each side, which was a load for a donkey.
An old hat stuffed into one pane of glass, and an old flannel petticoat, as yaller as jaundice, in another, finish off the front; an old pair of breeches, and the pad of a bran 'new cart-saddle worn out, titivate the eend, while the backside is all closed up on account of the wind.