MANNERS & MORALS: Ancient Sport

The rig looked like a gibbet, nailed to the white railing fence of the newly opened Branchdale Racing Park near Holly Hill. A noose dangled from it, well out over the dirt track. Few of the well-dressed South Carolinians in the cars lining the rail were old enough to recognize it. It was a truss for goose pulling.

Four horse races had been run off smoothly when the announcement came: there would be a special added attraction. As the 1,100 spectators watched, a goose was hung by the feet from the gibbet. It hung limp, its wings free, its long,...

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