The American Boys Handy Book (Google eBook)

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1890 - Amusements - 441 pages
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Gives illustrated instructions for a variety of projects and activities for each season of the year including making kites, rearing wild birds, camping out without a tent, sailing small boats, fishing in winter, raising dogs, making theatrical costumes, and many other things.

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Very interesting historically. However, the project directions are a bit hard to follow. Read full review

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Very interesting historically. However, the project directions are a bit hard to follow. Read full review

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Page 276 - Figs. 179 and 1 80 show all the parts in detail as they would look before being joined together. The seat may be made of a piece of carpet, canvas, or any strong material, the hinges of leather. Fig. 181 shows the chair after it has been put together. The runners consist of skates, which may be strapped on or taken off at pleasure, without injuring the skates in the least. If the chair is to be carried it can be folded up. When the chair frame is...
Page 265 - Our company took their places inside the fortifications. We could see the enemy gathered around their captain at their camp some two hundred yards distant, their ammunition sleds loaded with well-made snowballs. The lieutenant bore their battle-flag. Our teachers showed their interest by standing shivering with wet feet in the deep snow to watch the battle. At a blast from a tin horn on rushed the foe ! They separated and came in two divisions, approaching us from the left and right. " Now, boys,"...
Page 312 - ... be any present, by a drawing or painting on the subject; a member who sings may select, adapt, or originate a song that will express his idea of the subject. Instrumental music may be made to tell the story ; short sketches, in prose of poetry, original essays, or selections carefully made from good authors ; in fact, there is scarcely any one who cannot illustrate the subject in some way that will add to the entertainment of the evening. I annex the Constitution of the original club, which I...
Page 148 - There stands the little cot, flooded with the light of the setting sun ; those who built it and use it for a habitation are off exploring, hunting, fishing, and foraging for their evening meal, and the small, shy creatures of the wood take the opportunity to satisfy the curiosity with which they have, from a safe distance, viewed the erection of so large and singular a nest. The boys will soon return, each with his contribution to the larder — a fish, a squirrel, a bird, or a rabbit, which will...
Page 337 - Scene I. SCENE: KING'S Palace. KING discovered standing behind a throne. PRINCESS and attendants standing around. A loud "meow ! " heard without. KING and COURT start. Enter Puss, with RABBIT in his paws. PUSS: Meow ! My great Liege, may Your Majesty please To smile on a slave who thus, here on his knees, A humble offering From Carabas doth bring. And Sire, my master further bade me say, If it please his gracious King, he will gladly send each day The choicest game that in his coverts he can find...
Page 49 - Animals absorb oxygen and throw off carbonic acid gas ; this gas the plants inhale, separating it into carbon and oxygen, absorbing the carbon, which is converted into their vegetable tissue, and throwing off the free oxygen for the animals to breathe. By having plants as well as animals in your tank, both classes are supplied with breathing material. When you start your aquarium, first cover the bottom with sand and gravel. Then build your rockery ; it is better to cement it together and into place....
Page 128 - ... sail with pencil. Stout tape stitched along the bias edges will make a sure thing of it, and the material can be cut. making due allowance for the hem. Better take feminine advice on this process. The hems should be half an inch deep all around, selvedge and all, and it will do no harm to re-enforce them with cord if you wish to make a thoroughly good piece of work.
Page 97 - ... we rowed off, leaving the miller waving his hat. Our catamaran was not so light as a row-boat, but it floated, and we could propel it with the oars, and, best of all, it was our own invention and made with our own hands. We called it a...
Page 152 - ... two rooms with an open hall-way between. Before going to housekeeping, some furniture will be necessary ; and for this we propose to do our shopping right in the neighborhood of our cottage. Here is our cabinet and upholstery shop, in the wholesome fragrance of the pines. After the labor of building, your thoughts will naturally turn to a place for sleeping. Cut four forked sticks, sharpen the ends, and drive them firmly into the ground at the spot where you wish the bed to stand in your room....
Page 96 - We had at first intended to build a raft ; but gradually we evolved a sort of catamaran. The two pieces of log we sharpened at the ends for the bow ; then we rolled the logs down upon the beach, and, while I went into the thicket to chop down some saplings, my companion borrowed an auger from the miller. We next placed the logs about three feet apart, and marking the points where we intended to put the cross-pieces, we cut notches there; then we placed the saplings across, fitting them into these...

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