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On the Trail[1]

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On the Trail
Project Gutenberg's On the Trail, by Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard 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 www.gutenberg.org
Title: On the Trail An Outdoor Book for Girls
Author: Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
Release Date: June 7, 2006 [EBook #18525]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1
*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ON THE TRAIL ***
Produced by Audrey Longhurst, Emmy and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net
On the Trail
An Outdoor Book for Girls
By LINA BEARD
AND

On the Trail
1

ADELIA BELLE BEARD
With Illustrations by the Authors
NEW YORK
Charles Scribner's Sons
1915
COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
Published June, 1915
TO ALL GIRLS WHO LOVE THE LIFE OF THE OPEN WE DEDICATE THIS BOOK
[Illustration: Over-night camp.
Fire notice is posted on tree.]

PRESENTATION

The joyous, exhilarating call of the wilderness and the forest camp is surely and steadily penetrating through
the barriers of brick, stone, and concrete; through the more or less artificial life of town and city; and the
American girl is listening eagerly. It is awakening in her longings for free, wholesome, and adventurous
outdoor life, for the innocent delights of nature-loving Thoreau and bird-loving Burroughs. Sturdy,
independent, self-reliant, she is now demanding outdoor books that are genuine and filled with practical
information; books that tell how to do worth-while things, that teach real woodcraft and are not adapted to the
girl supposed to be afraid of a caterpillar or to shudder at sight of a harmless snake.

In answer to the demand, "On the Trail" has been written. The authors' deep desire is to help girls respond to
this new, insistent call by pointing out to them the open trail. It is their hope and wish that their girl readers
may seek the charm of the wild and may find the same happiness in the life of the open that the American boy
has enjoyed since the first settler built his little cabin on the shores of the New World. To forward this object,
the why and how, the where and when of things of camp and trail have been embodied in this book.

Thanks are due to Edward Cave, president and editor ofRecreation, for kindly allowing the use of some of his
wild-life photographs.
LINA BEARD, ADELIA BELLE BEARD. FLUSHING, N. Y., March 16, 1915.
CONTENTS
CHAPTER PAGE

I. TRAILING 3 II. WOODCRAFT 21 III. CAMPING 44 IV. WHAT TO WEAR ON THE TRAIL 84 V.
OUTDOOR HANDICRAFT 106 VI. MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE OUTDOOR FOLK 119 VII. WILD
FOOD ON THE TRAIL 138 VIII. LITTLE FOES OF THE TRAILER 165 IX. ON THE TRAIL WITH
YOUR CAMERA 187 X. ON AND IN THE WATER 205 XI. USEFUL KNOTS AND HOW TO TIE THEM
233 XII. ACCIDENTS 244 XIII. CAMP FUN AND FROLICS 255 XIV. HAPPY AND SANE SUNDAY IN

CHAPTER PAGE
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CAMP 269

ILLUSTRATIONS
Over-night campFrontispiece
PAGE One can generally pass around obstructions like this on the trail 5
Difficulties of the Adirondack trail 9
Blazing the trail by bending down and breaking branches 11
Returning to camp by the blazed trail 13
Footprints of animals 17
Footprints of animals 19
Ink impressions of leaves 23
Ink impressions of leaves 24
Ink impressions of leaves 25
Pitch-pine and cone 26
Sycamore leaf and fruit of sycamore 26
How to use the axe 29
The compass and the North Star 37
A permanent camp 49
Outdoor shelters 51
Dining-tent, handy racks, and log bedstead 53
A forest camp by the water 55
In camp 57
The bough-bed, the cook-fire, and the wall-tent 59
Soft wood 63
Hard wood 65
Bringing wood for the fire 69
Camp fires and camp sanitation 81

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