the road coachman. If the would-be coachman says
Oh, that is all farce ! " he has no conception of the part whatever. Such a man will be wise to confine himself entirely to private driving, which he can do as eccentrically as he chooses.
It is important that all the branches connected with the running of a coach be well systematized, or confusion will arise. Each groom should have his own stable tools, etc., numbered, and the same number should be placed opposite his name on the pay roll. When a groom is discharged, his successor takes his number, and so on. It is well to have the horse clothing, head collars, etc., marked with the number of the stage to which each belongs, so if a rug is accidentally misplaced it can be located at once. All such trifling details will be found to contribute largely toward a smooth working of the machinery. The person who goes over the route after the coach should keep a daily memorandum, showing by number the location of each horse on the road. If the horses are named, the index should show the number which belongs to each name, and vice versa. With this system, any shifting that is desired can easily be directed and accurately accomplished. It is wisest not to trust to verbal orders in such cases, but to make a signed memorandum describing what horses are to be shifted and where they are to go, for the extraordinary complications which can