A wire rope led from the foretopmast
to the file of mules on the tow-path a hundred yards ahead, and by dint of much banging and swearing and urging, the detachment of drivers managed to get a speed of two or three miles an hour out of the mules against the stiff current.
All that whoile the wind blew like ould glory, an' the Manila - 'twas summer, and they'd give her a foretopmast
- struck her gait and kept ut.
Captain Doane climbed even higher, seating himself on the stump of the foremast with legs a-straddle of the butt of the foretopmast