The girl pulled the hood of a cloak she wore, over her head and over her face, and, looking backward so that the front folds of this hood were turned down the river, kept the boat in that direction going before the tide.
It was not until now that the upper half of the man came back into the boat.
now sought the first convenient place for encamping.
We were now dead before the wind, the boat
far away and abreast of us.
I bet they did not give that boat
another chance for a week.
The wall of ice was five feet above the ground on which the boat
Instead, each boat
lay quietly by its net, while the fishermen favored us with not the slightest attention.
They were just going into the boat
when Friday and the mate hallooed; and they presently heard them, and answering, ran along the shore westward, towards the voice they heard, when they were stopped by the creek, where the water being up, they could not get over, and called for the boat
to come up and set them over; as, indeed, I expected.
As our charge was wrapped in his cloak, I purposely passed within a boat
or two's length of the floating Custom House, and so out to catch the stream, alongside of two emigrant ships, and under the bows of a large transport with troops on the forecastle looking down at us.
We should observe that this year, the Rocky Mountain Company were pushing their way up the rivers, and establishing rival posts near those of the American Company; and that, at the very time of which we are speaking, Captain Sublette was ascending the Yellowstone with a keel boat
, laden with supplies; so that there was every prospect of this eager rivalship being carried to extremes.
After this, sitting by my side with his loosely-clasped hands hanging between his knees, he uttered no word, made no movement till the shadow of our ship's sails fell on the boat
, when, at the loud cheer greeting the return of the victors with their prize, he lifted up his troubled face with a faint smile of pathetic indulgence.
The sand lay in billows, and was in places very uneven, so that the boat
rocked dangerously from side to side; but it never quite tipped over, and the speed was so great that the shaggy man himself became frightened and began to wonder how he could make the ship go slower.