NEW YORK FOLKLORE QUARTERLY
Vol. XX, No. 4, December, 1964
Helen Ireland Hays
TWO little girls quivered with delight as the final curtain
marked the end of a matinee back in 1910. Sweet Kitty
Bellairs was, I believe, the title of the play. Kitty had won
the hearts of her hero, her audience and especially those two little
girls. My sister and I held a slightly different attitude from our
elders. We intended to come back the next day for Kitty’s wedding.
We were unable to do so, but we cherished her in our minds and
hearts all through our tender years.
When father bought a new mare, of course, we named her
Kitty Bellairs. Kitty was a bright bay with dark mane and tail.
She had spirit but gentleness as well. I remember that when I
drove, Kitty walked. No persuasive cluckings or firm “Giddap!”
from me hastened her step. The instant father took the reins,
however, Kitty broke into a quick trot. Her trot was so fast we
always heard that she allowed no horse to pass her unless father
suggested, “Now, now, Kitty, they may be going for the doctor.”
Then, and only then, Kitty gave way.
The communication between man and beast that caused Kitty
to heed father’s guidance may have been greater than we understood....
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