from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name by which the flat-boats on the Mississippi and other American rivers were formerly known.
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Hold on tight: But what could the Concord sage have known of the news off the boat when that boat was a keelboat or a broadhorn docking at the noisome slum of Natchez-under-the-Hill or New Orleans where some eighty years later a precocious Jelly Roll Morton was learning the street songs that would ultimately scorch the stately décor of the Library of Congress's Coolidge Chamber Music Auditorium when he recorded them for Alan Lomax?
Minerva kept watching the pigeons as Jackson and his crew maneuvered the broadhorn in toward the dock.
Where the broadhorn [A] drifted slow at the will of the current,
At last they reach the head of the rapid, and the boat floats out on the placid pool above, while the "alligator-horse" who had the mishap remarks to the scenery at large that he'd be "fly-blowed before sun-down to a certingty" if that were not the very pole with which he "pushed the broadhorn up Salt River where the snags were so thick that a fish couldn't swim without rubbing his scales off."
"No broadhorn there," said Pinky Smith, after he got well, and assumed the envied position of oracle on matters at the Halfway House.
It had been learned yet again that the buffalo grass and the sweet waters of the far North would fatten a range broadhorn to a stature far beyond any it could attain on the southern range.
I never could get at him but twice; though I give him then a mighty smart hammering; and if he hadn't got under the broadhorn and got drowned; -- but this fellow? "