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With Bells On

Posted by George B. on September 03, 2001

I learned in a museum of history about the Connestoga Wagons that traveled during the 1800's that this phrase was used when someone arrived at their destination and had all of their bells on their horses that the trip went well. If they had a break down along the way it was customary to give the party that helped you dig out of a ditch or fix your wheels to give them some of your bells. If you arrived with bells on then it meant your trip was problem free.