National Geographic : 1923 Nov
Photograph from Taber Prang Art Company CHECA'S CONCEPTION OF "BEN HUR'S CHARIOT RACE" One of the most famous horse races of fiction is that described in General Lew Wallace's best-known novel: "Ben Hur was seen tolean forward over his Arabs and give them the reins. . . . Out flew the many-folded lash in his hand, and over the backs ofthestartled steeds itwrithed and hissed. . . . They responded with a leap that landed them alongside the Roman's car. .. .A crash was heard loud enough tosend athrill through the circus. . . Down on its right side toppled the bed of the chariot of Messala."