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Boy Pioneers
Outdoor Handy Book
Scouting
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By Daniel "Dan" Carter Beard

Title Page

Copyright

Prefatory Note to the New Edition

Preface to the First Edition

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SPRING

CHAPTER I. 

MARBLES 

Marble Time; History of the Game; Sakya-Muni and Humphrey Potter; Marble Names; Marble Terms; and Expressions; Games from Bull Ring to Long Ring. 

CHAPTER II. 

FAT AND OTHER FAMOUS GAMES OF MARBLES

The Uncertainties of "Fat," Sometimes Called "Yank " or "Yankey;" Stand-Up Marbles; Follerings; Knucks; the Long Ring; and Patterson; The Scientific Bull Ring; Duck in a Hole

CHAPTER III. 

TOP TIME

Home-made TopsPlug in the Ring; Chip Stone; Shovels and Whips; How to Spin

CHAPTER IV.

LATEST THINGS IN KITES 

For Practical Uses; Steering Kites; Life Savers; Men Lifters and Other Novel Forms; Kites as Motive Power; The Malay Variety. 

 

CHAPTER V. 

MALAY AND OTHER TAILLESS KITES

Some Famous Experiments; How the Malays and Other Oriental Kites are Made; Kites in Tandem; Cannibal and Chinese Butterfly Kites. 

CHAPTER VI.

AERIAL FISH AND DRAGONS

Paper Dragons or Fish for Kite Strings; A Live Man Kite. 

CHAPTER VII.

HOOPS AND WHEELS

The Old and the New Fangled Hoops; How to Trundle a Wheel; Sport with Tin-Can Covers. 

CHAPTER VIII. 

HOW TO MAKE THE SUCKER

Leather Suckers and Live Suckers; Turtle-Fishing with Suckers. 

CHAPTER IX. 

UP IN THE AIR ON STILTS 

How to Make all Kinds; Stilt-Walking Shepherds; Hand or Arm-Stilts are Best for Beginners; Queer Stilts Used in Various Countries. 

CHAPTER X. 

BAIT, LIVE AND DEAD

Salt-Water Worms that Live on Land; Angle-Worms, Hellgramites, Minnows, Crawfish, Grasshoppers, Crickets, Frogs, and "Lampers:" How to Catch and How to Keep Them. 

CHAPTER XI. 

COMMON-SENSE PRECAUTIONS IN FISHING

Why and How Fish are Easily Frightened; The Lessons of Nature and of Experience.

SUMMER

CHAPTER XII. 

AQUATIC SPORTS 

Rowing Clothes; How to Make a Bathing-Suit; How to Avoid Sunburn; Points about Canoeing. 

CHAPTER XIII. 

THE LAND-LUBBER'S CHAPTER 

Common Nautical Terms and Expression's Defined; How to Sail a Boat; Boat Rigs. 

CHAPTER XIV. 

RIGS OF ALL KINDS FOR SMALL BOATS

How to Distinguish Between a Ship, Bark, Brig, and Schooner; Merits and Defects of Cat-Boats; Advantages of the Sloop; Rigs for Canoes; Buckeyes and Sharpies. 

CHAPTER XV. 

A "ROUGH AND READY" BOAT

Just What an Ingenious Boy Must Do to Build It; Detailed Instructions as to How to Make the Boat and How to Rig It. 

CHAPTER XVI. 

A RAFT THAT WILL SAIL

And a Home-Made Catamaran; The Raft is Just the Thing for Camp Life; Pleasurable Occupation for a Camping Party Where Wood is Plentiful; You Will Need Axes and Hatchets and a Few Other Civilized Implements.

CHAPTER XVII.

SINGLE SHELLS AND UMBRELLA

How Old Shells can be Turned into Boy's Boats; The Cause of Upsets; Landing from and Embarking in a Shell; What an Umbrella Canoe is and How It is Made. 

CHAPTER XVIII.

HINTS FOR COLLECTORS

How to Capture and Preserve Moths and Butterflies; A New Cabinet.

CHAPTER XIX.

HONEY-BEE MESSENGERS

How to Send a Cipher Message by the Bee Line;  The Key; Bee Stings and How to Avoid Them. 

CHAPTER XX. 

A "ZOO"

For the Housetop or the Backyard; How to Build a Coop for Animals on the Roof or in the Yard; The Way to Provide Homes for Various Kinds of Pets. 

 CHAPTER XXI.

CHOOSING UP AND "IT."

"Which Hand is It in?;" "Pick'er Up, Wipe'er Off; and Stone Holder;" "Last One Over;" Short Straw; Handy, Dandy; Riderly Ro; "Whole Fist or Four Fingers;" "Odd or Even?" " Wet or Dry?"

CHAPTER XXII.

COUNTING-OUT RHYMES 

How the Game is Played; Various Rhymes; An American Version of an Ancient Rhyme; Causes of Variations; Rhymes of Different Nationalities. 

CHAPTER XXIII.

IN THE WATER

How to Swim; A Wooden "Swimming Master;" Suspension Bridge; Chump's Raft; and Tub Races. 

CHAPTER XXIV.

GAMES OF TAG

Origin of this Sport; King's X; Last Tag; Iron Tag; Cross Tag; Old Bloody Tom; Black Man; Prisoner's Base; and Other Variations. 

CHAPTER XXV.

I SPY

With Instructions also How to Play Hunkety and Kick the Wicket. 

CHAPTER XXVI.

LEAP-FROG

Teaching the Game to the Esquimaux; Foot-an'-Half; With First Back and a Leader; A Game Requiring Skill; Spanish Fly; The Danger of Quarrelling; Dick's Hat-Band. 

CHAPTER XXVII.

VARIOUS SPORTS FOR HOT DAYS

"Jack's Alive!;Spirit Tortoise and Dead Turtles; Jack and the Candles; Bowlder On, or Duck on a RockNine and Ten Pins; Skittles, Ancient and Modem

CHAPTER XXVIII.

TIP-CAT

How the Cat is Made; English-Cat; Country-Cat; American-Cat; A Game Requiring Skill and Quickness. 

CHAPTER XXIX.

GAMES OF BALL

How Town-Ball is Played; One or Two Old-Cat; House-Ball; Hand Up; Ballie Callie; Crackabout; Over the Barn; Stool-Ball; Corner-Ball; [Rolly Poly]; Hat-Ball. 

CHAPTER XXX. 

MUMBLY PEG, HOP-SCOTCH, AND JACK STONES

The Motions of Stick-Knife; Universality of the Game of Hop-Scotch; As Played in Different Countries; Different Games with Jack Stones

CHAPTER XXXI.

PRACTICAL HINTS FOR BICYCLISTS

Regarding Baggage and how to Carry It; A Photographer's outfit on a Wheel; A Collector's Box; How to Deal with Punctures; An Extemporized Handle Bar; A Rope Tire; A Cleaning Rack, and a Bicycle Stand. 

AUTUMN.

CHAPTER XXXII. 

POINTS ON CAMPING OUT

How to Make a Fire in the Woods on a Rainy Day; To Get a Light Without Matches; The Diamond Hitch, and a Home-made Cinch

CHAPTER XXXIII. 

THE BOYS' BABY BALLISTA

How to Build this Warlike Engine, and the Fun that can be had With It; Blow-Guns and Their Use; Blow-gun Parachutes; The Lariat, How to Make and Throw It. 

CHAPTER XXXIV.

 "TALLY-HO" AND OTHER CRIES

The Origin of "Hello" and "Tally-ho;" Indian War-whoops and College Yells; Boys' Cries. 

CHAPTER XXXV. 

INDIAN GAMES ADAPTED FOR BOYS

Squaw; Saddle-bags, or Sky Shinny: The Way the Game is Played; An Exhilarating Sport, Mandan Ring, A Fine Game for Autumn or Winter. 

CHAPTER XXXVI. 

ON THE FOOT-BALL FIELD

The Antiquity of the Game; The General Principles of the Game as It is Played by the College Teams at Present. 

CHAPTER XXXVII.

GOLF, HOCKEY, AND SHINNY

How to Lay Out Golf Links and Play the Game; Explanation of the Terms Used in the Game; How Hockey and Shinny are Played. 

WINTER. 

CHAPTER XXXVIII.

TURTLE HUNTING

Methods of Capturing "Snappers" and Terrapin Described; The Implements Necessary and Where to Search. 

CHAPTER XXXIX. 

ON THE ICE

Plain and Fancy Skating; Begin to Learn Young; Cutting a Circle; The Spread Eagle; The Bull Frog; The Grapevine Garland; The Danger of "Follow the Leader." 

CHAPTER XL.

STUNNING MUSK-RATS AND FISH

Sport for Boys on Skates When the Ice is Thin and Clear; How Catfish and " Suckers " are Stunned and Captured. 

CHAPTER XLI

SNOW-BALL BATTLE AND SNOW TAG

The Rules of Snow-Ball Battle; How Rome and Carthage is Played in Cuba; The Ingenious Game of Snow Tag

CHAPTER XLII.

THE "GET-THERE" AND DOUBLE-RUNNERS

Instructions as to How to Build these Famous Sleds; A Safety Double-Runner.

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