The Scientific American Boy - Or, The Camp at Willow Clump Island
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The Scientific American Boy - Or, The Camp at Willow Clump Island


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The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Scientific American Boy, by A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Scientific American Boy or, The Camp at Willow Clump Island Author: A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond Release Date: May 15, 2005 [eBook #15831] Most recently updated: March 16, 2010 Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN BOY*** E-text prepared by Don Kostuch and revised by Roger Frank, Juliet Sutherland, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team ( HTML version prepared by Roger Frank, Juliet Sutherland, and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team Fun in Swimming. The SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN BOY OR The Camp at Willow Clump Island By A. RUSSELL BOND NEW YORK MUNN & CO., Publishers 1906 COPYRIGHT, 1905, BY MUNN & CO., NEW YORK PRESS OF THE KALKHOFF COMPANY NEW YORK PREFACE ll boys are nature lovers. Nothing appeals to them more than a summer vacation in the woods where they can escape from the restraints of civilization and live a life of freedom. Now, it may appear to be a bit of presumption to attempt to advise the boy camper how to spend his time. Surely the novelty of outdoor life, the fascinating charm of his surroundings, will provide him plenty of entertainment. But, after all, a camp generally affords but two major amusements, hunting and fishing. These have been fully covered by a vast number of books. However, there is another side of camp life, particularly in a boys’ camp, which has been very little dealt with, namely, the exercise of one’s ingenuity in creating out of the limited resources at hand such devices and articles as will add to one’s personal comfort and welfare. It is, therefore, the aim of this book to suggest certain diversions of this character for the boy camper which, aside from affording him plenty of physical exercise, will also develop his mental faculties, and above all stimulate that natural genius which is characteristic of every typical American boy. To this end the story contains 1 descriptions of a large collection of articles which can be made by any boy of average intelligence, not only in the camp but at home as well. The use of a narrative to connect the various incidents marks a departure in this class of book, and it is believed that the matter will thus be made more realistic and interesting. In all cases full directions are given for making the various articles. While it is not presumed that the directions will be slavishly followed, for this would defeat the general aim of the work, yet all the principal dimensions are given so that they can be used, if desired. I beg to acknowledge the courtesy of Mr. Daniel C. Beard and Mr. Henry D. Cochrane in supplying a number of photographs. The directions for making the lee boards (page 119) were obtained from data furnished by the latter. Many of the details recorded in the chapter on Tramping Outfits are to be accredited to Mr. Edward Thorpe. In the preparation of this book I have received valuable assistance from my colleague, Mr. A. A. Hopkins. A. RUSSELL BOND. NEW YORK, October, 1905. 2 CONTENTS CHAPTER I. PAGE “BILL” The Old Trunk. Christmas Vacation. “Bill’s” Skate Sail. Willow Clump Island. Organizing the Society. 17 CHAPTER II. SKATE SAILS The Double Swedish Sail. The Single Swedish Sail. The Lanteen Sail. The Danish Sail. Bat’s Wings. 26 CHAPTER III. SNOW SHOES, SKIS AND SWAMP SHOES Chair Seat Snow Shoe. Barrel Stave Snow Shoe. Barrel Hoop Snow Shoe. The Sioux Snow Shoe. The Iroquois Snow Shoe. The Ainu Snow Shoe. The Norwegian Ski. The Swamp Shoe or Swiss Snow Shoe. 35 CHAPTER IV. TENT MAKING Farewell Meeting. Word from Uncle Ed. The Canvas Tent. Adjustable Ridge Pole. Tie Blocks. The Annex. 44 CHAPTER V. PREPARING FOR THE EXPEDITION Tent Fly. Provisions and Supplies. Umbrella Rib Crossbow. Megaphone. The Scow. 53 CHAPTER VI. OFF TO THE ISLAND A Unique Alarm Clock. The Trip to the Island. Preliminary Exploration. A Rustic Table. The Small Filter. The Barrel Filter. The Klepalo. 63 CHAPTER VII. SURVEYING The Surveying Instrument. Spirit Levels. The Tripod. Surveyor’s Chain. Surveyor’s Rod. A Simple Method of Surveying. Mapping the Island. 73 CHAPTER VIII. SWIMMING Swimming on a Plank. Shooting the Rapids. Restoring the Drowned. How to Work over a Patient Alone. 84 CHAPTER IX. BRIDGE BUILDING The Spar Bridge. The Rope Railway. The Suspension Bridge. The Pontoon Bridge. The King Rod Truss. Stiffening the Bridge. The King Post Bridge. 95 CHAPTER X. CANVAS CANOES 109 Uncle Ed’s Departure. A Visit from Mr. Schreiner. The Sailing Canoe. Stretching on the Canvas. The Rudder. The Deep Uncle Ed’s Departure. A Visit from Mr. Schreiner. The Sailing Canoe. Stretching on the Canvas. The Rudder. The Deep Keel. Canoe Sails. Lee Boards. Indian Paddling Canoe. CHAPTER XI. HOUSE BUILDING 124 The Grass Hut. The Goblins’ Dancing Platform. Dutchy Takes a Dare. A Path Up the Fissure. Rope Ladders. The Derrick. The Tree House. Sliding Doors. CHAPTER XII. TROUBLE WITH THE TRAMPS The Scow is Stolen. A Council of War. Vengeance. A Double Surprise. Tramp-proof Boat Mooring. 138 CHAPTER XIII. WIGWAGGING AND HELIOGRAPHING 144 Wigwag Signals. The Wigwag Alphabet. Abbreviations. Wigwagging at Night. The Heliograph. The Single Mirror Instrument. The Sight Rod. The Screen. Focusing the Instrument. Heliograph Signaling. The International Telegraph Code. The Double Mirror Instrument. CHAPTER XIV. ICE BOATS, SLEDGES AND TOBOGGANS Breaking Camp. The Ice Boat. The Sledge. The Toboggan. The Rennwolf. Ice Creepers. 158 CHAPTER XV. THE SUBTERRANEAN CLUB 171 A Cave-in. Excavating for the Cave. Covering the Cave. The Big Bug Club. Midnight Banquets. The Club Pin. The Combination Lock. CHAPTER XVI. SCOOTERS 183 A Sail in the Scow. Our Craft Strikes the Ice. The Scooter Scow. A Sprit Sail. Scooter Sailing. A Meeting of the Society. An Interview with Mr. Van Syckel. The Scooter Canoe. CHAPTER XVII. AN ARCTIC EXPEDITION 193 Willow Clump Island in Winter. Kindling a Camp Fire. The Outdoor Fireplace. A Stone-paved Fireplace. A Cold Night in the Hut. Mountain Climbing. A Poor Shelter. A Costly Camp Fire. A Friend in Time of Trouble. CHAPTER XVIII. TRAMPING OUTFITS 203 Sleeping Bags. Bill’s “Mummy Case.” The “A” Tent. A Camp Chair. A Camp Bed. The Camp Bed in a Shower. A Nightmare. Pack Harness. Riveting. CHAPTER XIX. THE LAND YACHT 215 The Frame of the Yacht. A Simple Turnbuckle. Stepping the Mast. Mounting the Frame on Bicycle Wheels. The Tiller. A “Leg-of-Mutton” Sail. A Sail Through the Country. CHAPTER XX. EASTER VACATION 224 Bill’s Cave. The Barrel Stave Hammock. The Barrel Armchair. The Summer Toboggan. Tailless Kites. A Five-foot Malay Kite. An Eight-foot Malay Kite. The Elastic Belly Band. Putting the Kites to Work. The Diamond