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By Daniel "Dan" Carter Beard

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SPRING

CHAPTER I.

KITE TIME

Man Kite; The Woman Kite; A Boy Kite; Frog Kite; The Butterfly Kite; The King Crab Kite; Fish Kite; The Turtle Kite; The Shield Kite; A Star Kite; The Chinese Dragon Kite; The Japanese Square Kite; The Moving Star. 

CHAPTER II. 

WAR KITES

Unarmed War Kite; Armed Kites; Armed Kite Fighting; How to Make the Knives; How to Make Cutters; Kite Clubs

CHAPTER III. 

NOVEL MODES OF FISHING

The Bell Pole; Jugging for Cats; The Dancing Fisherman; Toy Boats for Fishing; The Wooden Otter; Fishing for Fresh Water Clams.

CHAPTER IV.

 HOME-MADE FISHING TACKLE

The Rod; Tin and Spool Reel; The Forked Stick Reel; Home-Made Nets; A Home-Made Minnow Bucket; Inhabitants of the Water.

CHAPTER V.

HOW TO STOCK; MAKE; AND KEEP A FRESH-WATER AQUARIUM

Stocking; The Frog; Gold-Fish versus Bass; Aquarium Cement; 

CHAPTER VI. 

HOW TO KEEP AQUATIC PLANTS IN THE HOUSE OR FLOWER-GARDEN

Water-Lily; Cat-Tails. 

CHAPTER VII.

HOW TO STOCK AND KEEP A MARINE AQUARIUM 

Cement for Marine Aquaria.

CHAPTER VIII.

HOW TO COLLECT FOR MARINE AQUARIUM 

SUMMER

CHAPTER IX. 

KNOTS; BENDS; AND HITCHES

How to Make a-Horse-Hair Watch-Guard; Miscellaneous; Whip--Lashes; Splices; Timber-Hitches; etc. 

CHAPTER X. 

THE WATER-TELESCOPE

How to Make a Wooden Water-Telescope; A Tin Water-Telescope. 

CHAPTER XI. 

DREDGE, TANGLE, AND TRAWL FISHING 

A New Sport; The Tangle; The Trawl; How to Make a Bake-Pan Dredge; A Tin-Pail Dredge; How to Make a Broomstick Tangle; The Old Chain Tangle; Hints and Suggestions to Amateurs; The Use of the Tangle. 

CHAPTER XII. 

HOME-MADE BOATS 

Birth of the "Man-Friday" Catamaran; The Crusoe Raft; The Scow; A Floating Camp, or the Boy's Own Flat-Boat; The Yankee Pine. 

CHAPTER XIII.

HOW TO RIG AND SAIL SMALL BOATS

Simplest Rig Possible; Leg-of-Mutton Rig; The Latteen Rig; The Cat Rig; How to Make a Sail; Hints to Beginners. 

CHAPTER XIV. 

NOVELTIES IN SOAP-BUBBLES 

Every Boy his own Bubble-Pipe. 

CHAPTER XV. 

FOURTH OF JULY BALLOONS; WITH NEW AND NOVEL ATTACHMENTS 

CHAPTER XVI. 

HOW TO CAMP OUT WITHOUT A TENT 

Hints to Amateur Campers; Provisions; Shelter; Choosing Companions. 

CHAPTER XVII. 

BIRD SINGERS, ETC

The Block Bird Singer; The Corn-Stalk Fiddle; The Pumpkin-vine Flute; A Pumpkin-vine Flute; Cane Fife; The Voice Disguiser; The Locust Singer; The Hummer; 

CHAPTER XVIII.

BIRD NESTING

How to Collect and Preserve Eggs; Birds' Nests; Preserving Nests. 

CHAPTER XIX. 

HOW TO REAR WILD BIRDS

Robins, Thrushes, Wrens, and other Small Birds; Squabs; The Cow Blackbird; Wrens, Sparrows, and Finches; The Bobolink; The Catbird; Robins; The Brown Thrush, or Thrasher; The Wood Thrush; Bluebirds; The Summer Yellowbird; The Blue Jay; Humming-Bird.

CHAPTER XX.

 HOW TO REAR WILD BIRDS--Continued.

The Crow, Hawk, and other Large Birds; The Hawk; The Hawk as a Scare-Crow; The Hawk as a Decoy; Owls; Sea Birds; Strange Domestic Fowls. 

CHAPTER XXI. 

HOME-MADE HUNTING APPARATUS; ETC.

Spearing Fish; How to Make a Fish Spear; How to Make the Torches and Jack-Lights; How to Make the Boomerang; To Throw a Boomerang; The Miniature Boomerang; The Whip-Bow; Throw Sticks; The Bird Bolas; The Elastic Cross-Bow. 

CHAPTER XXII.

HOW TO MAKE BLOW-GUNS, ELDER GUNS, ETC. 

To Make a Blow-Gun; Squirt-Guns; Elder Guns and Pistols; The Spring Shot-Gun.

AUTUMN

CHAPTER XXIII.

TRAPS AND TRAPPINGS. 

Rats; The Paper Pitfall; Jug Trap; The Mole and How to Trap Him; The Figure Four; Mole Trap; The Tollgate Trap; The Partridge Snare; Set-Line Snares; The Spring Snare; Hen-Coop Trap.

CHAPTER XXlV.

DOGS

How to Choose a Dog; How to Train Dogs; To Teach a Dog to Retrieve; Pointers and Setters; Pet Dogs.

CHAPTER XXV. 

PRACTICAL TAXIDERMY FOR BOYS

Skinning; Stuffing; A New Manner of Preserving Fish; Design for Sketching Aquarium; Preserving Insects; Morse Insect Box; The Lawrence Breeding Box; Spiders; How to Make Beautiful or Comical Groups and Designs of Insects; Marine Animals. 

CHAPTER XXVI. 

EVERY BOY A DECORATIVE ARTIST

Shadow Pictures; Photographic Paper; How to Enlarge or Reduce a Picture, etc.; How to Enlarge or Reduce by Squares; How to Make a Camera for Drawing; 

WINTER 

CHAPTER XXVII.

SNOWBALL WARFARE

How to Build Snow Forts; How to Make Shields and Ammunition Sleds; How to Build the Fort; How to Make an Ammunition Sled; How to Make the Shield; Rules of the Game; A Snow Battle; How to Bind a Prisoner without a Cord; Company Rest. 

CHAPTER XXVII.

SNOW-HOUSES AND STATUARY

Snow Statuary. 

CHAPTER XXIX.

SLEDS, CHAIR-SLEIGHS, AND SNOW-SHOES

A Chair-Sleigh; Folding Chair-Sleigh; The Toboggan;  Snow-Shoes or Skates. 

CHAPTER XXX. 

HOW TO MAKE THE TOM THUMB ICE-BOAT AND LARGER CRAFT 

CHAPTER XXXI.

THE WINGED SKATERS; AND HOW TO MAKE THE WINGS 

Bat Wings; The Norton Rig; The Norwegian Rig; The Danish Rig; The English Rig; The Cape Vincent Rig; A Country Rig. 

CHAPTER XXXII. 

WINTER FISHING, SPEARING, AND SNARING; FISHERMAN'S MOVABLE SHANTIES, ETC.

Smelt Fishing and the Smelt Fisher's House; The Spears-man's Shanty; Snaring Fish; Spearing Fish; How to Build a Fishing House. 

CHAPTER XXXIII. 

INDOOR AMUSEMENTS 

Bric-a-Brac, or the Tourist's Curiosities, Mind-Reading; Literary Sketch Club. 

CHAPTER XXXIV. 

THE BOY'S OWN PHUNNYGRAPH

CHAPTER XXXV. 

HOW TO MAKE PUPPETS AND A PUPPET-SHOW

How to Make the Stage; The Scenery; The Old Mill; Puss; Corsando and the Donkey; The Royal Coach; Carabas; How to Work the Puppets; Stage Effects; How to Make a Magical Dance; How to Make a Sea Scene. 

CHAPTER XXXVI. 

PUSS-IN-BOOTS, DRAMATIZED AND ADAPTED FOR A PUPPET -SHOW

Act I, Scene I: Landscape with Tree, Bridge, and Mill at one side; Scene II: Woods; Act II, Scene I: King's Palace; Scene II: High-road; Act III, Scene I: Interior of Ogre's Castle. 

CHAPTER XXXVII.

HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN: A KALEIDOSCOPE; A FORTUNE-TELLER'S BOW, ETC.

A Home-Made Kaleidoscope; The Fortune-Teller's Box; The Magic Cask; How the Barrel is Made. 

CHAPTER XXXVIII. 

HOW TO MAKE THE DANCING FAIRIES, THE BATHER, AND THE ORATOR.

How to Make a Handkerchief Doll; The Bather; The Orator. 

CHAPTER XXXIX.

HOW TO MAKE VARIOUS AND DIVERSE WHIRLIGIGS 

Potato Mill; A Saw-Mill; The Rainbow Whirligig; A Paradoxical Whirligig; The Phantasmoscope, or Magic Wheel. 

CHAPTER XL. 

THE UNIVERSE IN A CARD-BOX

CHAPTER XLI.

LIFE INSTILLED INTO PAPER PUPPETS, AND MATCHES MADE OF HUMAN FINGERS

To Light the Gas with your Finger. 

CHAPTER XLII. 

HOME-MADE MASQUERADE AND THEATRICAL COSTUMES

The White Man of the Desert; The Fourteenth Century Young Man; The Medieval Hat; The Wig; Eyebrows, Moustache, and Beard; The Doublet; Trunks; Tights; To Dress; The Baby; How to Make a Handkerchief Hood.

See Also:

The American Boy's Handy Book:
 What to Do and How to Do It

 

 

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