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Your chief is either a niggard, or you are a fool, to come empty-handed into the mountains.
We meet with this admission in the writings of almost every experienced naturalist; or, as Milne Edwards has well expressed it, nature is prodigal in variety, but niggard in innovation.
Niggards and knockers might argue that, Bolger apart, O'Brien's principal competitors have had poor seasons, but that is not something Aidan can do anything about - his job is to take the best that money can buy or breed and shape it into the next generation from which everyone wants to buy or breed.