from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In carpentry, a king-post.
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No heaven exists for him, no earth, nothing but the broach-post and the ladder which he ties together with his rope.
There the two beams would have to be pushed out to bear the ladder on which he should climb up to the broach-post to fasten to it the rope of the contrivance in which he would make his airy circuit of the roof.
Nothing holds it together but iron hooks, nothing holds it firm but two pairs of hands on the scaffold and, at the top, the broach-post against which it leans.
Once it is tied fast to the broach-post and at the bottom, the slater no longer sees any danger in mounting it, however anxious the dizzy man may feel down on the firm earth when he looks up and thinks the ladder made of match-wood glued together, like a child's Christmas toy.
He had built a scaffold, fastened his ladder to the broach-post, put a hempen ring on it, attached his tackle to the ring and hung his swinging-seat on the pulley.
Apollonius was to lay around the tower roof was now the cause of his once more fastening his ladder to the broach-post.