American Boys Handy Book
By Daniel "Dan" Carter Beard
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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.
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.
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.
HOW TO STOCK; MAKE; AND KEEP A FRESH-WATER AQUARIUM
Stocking; The Frog; Gold-Fish versus Bass; Aquarium Cement;
HOW TO KEEP AQUATIC PLANTS IN THE HOUSE OR FLOWER-GARDEN
HOW TO STOCK AND KEEP A MARINE AQUARIUM
Cement for Marine Aquaria.
HOW TO COLLECT FOR MARINE AQUARIUM
How to Make a-Horse-Hair Watch-Guard; Miscellaneous; Whip--Lashes; Splices; Timber-Hitches; etc.
How to Make a Wooden Water-Telescope; A Tin Water-Telescope.
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.
Birth of the "Man-Friday" Catamaran; The Crusoe Raft; The Scow; A Floating Camp, or the Boy's Own Flat-Boat; The Yankee Pine.
Simplest Rig Possible; Leg-of-Mutton Rig; The Latteen Rig; The Cat Rig; How to Make a Sail; Hints to Beginners.
NOVELTIES IN SOAP-BUBBLES
Every Boy his own Bubble-Pipe.
FOURTH OF JULY BALLOONS; WITH NEW AND NOVEL ATTACHMENTS
HOW TO CAMP OUT WITHOUT A TENT
Hints to Amateur Campers; Provisions; Shelter; Choosing Companions.
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;
How to Collect and Preserve Eggs; Birds' Nests; Preserving Nests.
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.
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.
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.
To Make a Blow-Gun; Squirt-Guns; Elder Guns and Pistols; The Spring Shot-Gun.
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.
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.
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;
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.
SNOW-HOUSES AND STATUARY
A Chair-Sleigh; Folding Chair-Sleigh; The Toboggan; Snow-Shoes or Skates.
HOW TO MAKE THE TOM THUMB ICE-BOAT AND LARGER CRAFT
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.
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.
Bric-a-Brac, or the Tourist's Curiosities, Mind-Reading; Literary Sketch Club.
THE BOY'S OWN PHUNNYGRAPH
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.
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.
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.
HOW TO MAKE THE DANCING FAIRIES, THE BATHER, AND THE ORATOR.
How to Make a Handkerchief Doll; The Bather; The Orator.
HOW TO MAKE VARIOUS AND DIVERSE WHIRLIGIGS
Potato Mill; A Saw-Mill; The Rainbow Whirligig; A Paradoxical Whirligig; The Phantasmoscope, or Magic Wheel.
THE UNIVERSE IN A CARD-BOX
LIFE INSTILLED INTO PAPER PUPPETS, AND MATCHES MADE OF HUMAN FINGERS
To Light the Gas with your Finger.
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.
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