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MAJOR FEATHERS and SILVER by Martin Gleeson
When Major Feathers was a young man he loved horse-riding.
Whenever there was a hunt he always took part.
He thought that chasing a fox across the countryside was the most exciting thing in the world.
Major Feathers had a beautiful white horse called Silver.
He often spoke to Silver even though he knew the horse could not understand him.
Major Feathers' neighbours, the Caseys, had a daughter called Elly.
He would have liked to ask Elly to marry him, but he was very shy with women.
He was afraid that Elly would refuse.
One day Major Feathers went out to the farmers who lived on his land to collect the rent.
He trotted around on his favourite horse Silver.
He kept the rent money in a little bag.
While cantering home, Major Feathers knew that Silver was tired so he stopped and got off to give him a rest.
He then led Silver to a stream so that the horse could have a drink.
Suddenly two horrible-looking men jumped out from behind a bush.
They carried big swords.
"Give us your money or we will cut your head off," they shouted.
Major Feathers was forced to hand over the bag of rent money to the two robbers.
"We'll take your horse, too" they said.
As soon as they said that Silver suddenly bolted and ran away like the wind.
"We'll get your horse another day,' said the robbers.
They punched Major Feathers in the face and then tied his hands together.
Then they ran away, laughing.
Major Feathers lay on the ground with blood on his face.
His hands were tied very tightly and he did not know what to do.
Then he looked up to see Silver standing there beside him.
"I'm glad the robbers did not get you, Silver," he said.
Then Silver moved close to Major Feathers and stated to nuzzle at his hands.
Silver used his strong teeth to gnaw at the rope.
It took the horse only a few minutes to free Major Feathers.
Major Feathers washed his face in the stream, then got up on Silver and they trotted in the direction from which the robbers had come.
Their footprints were easy to see.
After a while Major Feathers and Silver came to a high wall.
Major Feathers got Silver to stand still beside the wall while he stood up on the saddle.
He saw a house and the robbers inside counting money.
Then he knew that he had found the right place.
The wall had a big wooden gate which was locked.
Major Feathers tried and tried again to push it open but he could not do so.
'I'll never get to these robbers,' he thought.
Then Silver moved so that his hind legs were close to the gate and he kicked out with great force, smashing it to pieces.
Holding on to Silver's reins, Major Feathers went through the gate into the robber's garden.
The robbers had heard the gate being smashed, and they ran out of the house.
One had a pistol in his hand and the other had a big knife.
The robber with the pistol pointed it at Major Feathers.
Silver savagely bit the shoulder of this robber, causing him to drop his pistol and fall down roaring loudly.
The other robber ran at Major Feathers with the knife.
Silver immediately turned around and kicked back with his hind legs, knocking him down.
While both robbers were lying on the ground, Major Feathers went into the house and found a long piece of rope.
He tied up each of the robbers' hands and then tied them, with the long piece, to Silver's saddle.
Major Feathers went back into the robbers' house.
He saw his little bag of rent money on a table, and put it in his pocket.
He also found lots of gold coins which he put into a bag.
Major Feathers took the bag of gold coins and got on Silver's back.
With the two robbers tied behind, Major Feathers rode towards the town.
The two robbers shouted rude things at him, but he did not listen to them!
As they passed people on the road, they shouted
"Those are the Beasty Twins!, they have been robbing houses for a long time.
Thank you, Major Feathers."
Silver, with Major Feathers on his back followed by the two Beasty Twins came to a stop outside the Sheriff's Office.
Major Feathers told the Sheriff, "These two robbers tried to take my rent money.
I found this bag of gold in their house.
You can give it back to the people they stole it from."
"I shall be happy to do that," said the Sheriff.
"And I will lock up these bad fellows for a long time!"
Major Feathers then rode Silver back to his own house at a fast canter.
He was glad that the robbers were now locked up.
The next day Major Feathers had a visitor.
It was Mister Casey, Elly's father.
"Everyone is talking about you, Major Feathers," he said.
"They say you are a hero.
You caught the horrible Beasty Twins and handed them over to the Sheriff.
My daughter Elly thinks you are a great man and she has been telling people all morning how brave you are."
Later that day Major Feathers called on Elly and immediately asked her to marry him.
She said 'yes', and they made plans for the wedding.
On the day of the wedding Major Feathers galloped on Silver from his house to the church.
Elly arrived afterwards with Mister Casey.
She looked beautiful, dressed like a queen.
They got married and it was the happiest day of their lives.
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Martin is now a retired College Lecturer who enjoys writing and foreign travel with his wife, he occasionally writes for magazines.
While Martin's five children were growing up, he and his wife Carmel loved to tell the children stories.
Two of these special stories were Smut Fada (means long snout) and The Three Pats.
When Martin's grandchild Katie wanted to hear some stories, Martin sat down to write the spin-off stories.
Credit is due to Martin's eldest son Rory who provides story illustrations (Smut Fada).
Martin's youngest son Barry, was the original inspiration for boy called Barry in The Three Pats story, Barry now gives Martin technical help with his computer.
Here's a list of just some of Martin's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Major Feathers And Silver
Smut Fada Book 1 Tales From Ireland
Smut Fada finds a home
Madam Elly learns a lesson
Major Feathers and Silver
Norah and Snowy
Owen Catches a Thief
The Three Pats
Barry and the Pirates
Barry and the Wicked Dogs
Barry helps a Farmer
Barry helps a sick girl
Barry saves the village girls
Thanks for your interest and happy reading.