"I can't help that," was Jacob's meek reply. "See! they are nearing the turn of the canal."
"NOW we can see!" cried Ludwig in great excitement.
"Peter will make it first, I know."
"He can't--for Ben is ahead!" insisted Carl. "Gunst! That iceboat will run over him. No! He is clear! They're a couple of geese, anyhow. Hurrah! they're at the turn. Who's ahead?"
"Peter!" cried Ludwig joyfully.
"Good for the captain!" shouted Lambert and Jacob.
And Carl condescended to mutter, "It IS Peter after all. I thought, all the time, that head fellow was Ben."
This turn in the canal had evidently been their goal, for the two racers came to a sudden halt after passing it.