from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In lumbering, a small wire rope, traveling between the donkey-engine and a pulley set near the logs which are to be dragged, used to return the cable. Also called trip-line, pull-back, and back-line.
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When Benton and his helper followed the haul-back line away to the domain of the falling gang the last time, Stella had so far unbent as to strike up conversation with the donkey engineer.
You see them big iron pulley blocks the haul-back cable works in?
Twenty minutes before he had gone trotting after the haul-back, sound and hearty, laughing at some sally of her brother's.
And without fully realizing the direction she took, she walked down past the camp, crossed the skid-road, stepping lightly over main line and haul-back at the donkey engineer's warning, and went along the lake shore.
(the short noosed loop of cable that slips over the log's end), and the haul-back cable hurried the main line back to another log.