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by Ernest Thompson Seton

Do 2 of the following for coup; 4 for grand coup:

(a) Make 4 bayberry candles, each not less than 6 inches long and 1/2 inch thick, from material gathered and prepared by self.

(b) Make one pound of hard and one pound of soft soap from material prepared by self. For hard soap, lye may be bought.

(c) Construct a lye gum or leach tub with properly constructed, filter of wildwood material, and with this lye gum, make enough lye from wood ashes to make one gallon of soft soap.

(d) Make one pint each of 6 different dyes from wildwood material.

(e) Dye 6 squares of white woolen material, each not less than 4 x 4 inches, or 6 bunches of porcupine quills (20 quills each) each a different color with stuff found in the woods, for coup; 12 for grand coup.

Do 2 of the following for coup; 3 for grand coup:

(a) Make 3 pounds of any 3 of the following: butter, cheese, sausage, head cheese, lard, tallow, neatsfoot oil.

(b) Dry 3 pounds (weight when dried) of some fruit or vegetable, to include at least 3 varieties.

(c) Grow, gather, dry and use half a pound of lavender flowers or of lemon verbena (tripolium).

Make an applique or patchwork cover for a quilt, at least 60 x 84 inches, and quilt the same in designs or in rectangles not less than 2 inches square. Make a sampler with 2 sets of letters (capitals and small), also the numerals, the maker's name and date and a text or proverb. Either for coup; both for grand coup.

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