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HERE'S SKATE-KITE; ANY GIRL OR BOY CAN SAIL
OVER ICE FASTER THAN 'FASTEST TRAIN
'Any girl or boy may experi
ence the delightful feeling of flying-over
ice with a skate-kite. All
that is needed is a sail shaped so
much like a kite that it might well'
be called a skate-kite.
The size of the skate-kite
should depend upon your height.
You get two sticks, or spars; the
smaller one should "be about twice
as long as the distance from your
neck to your knees, the longer
one about double the length of
the shorter one.
The shorter stick should be a
trifle over one inch in diameter
atthe center, tapering down to
less than an inch at the ends ; the
longer stick should be about an
eighth of an inch thicker at the
center than the smaller one, but
about the same at the ends.'
Cross them in kite fashion, the
shorter stick across the longer
one near the' top of the latter;
then cdver with thin cotton duck,
of which all seams should be
strongly sewed, and.whfch should
be fastened securely to the ends
of the sticks.
A removable sail may be made
by putting an end of each stick
into a cloth pocket 'sewed onto
the sail cloth, with small ropes
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fastened at the other ends to hold
in position the sail.
The entire skate-kite shouldn't
cost over a few cents, and any boy,
who- ever made, a kite can do a
good, workmanlike job of it. Hav
ing the skate-kite, you ate now
ready to try it. Going tover to the '
pond or stream, you raise the
skate-kite aboVe your head like
With the skate-kite over you
that way the wind cannot touch
it enough to effect your progress.
Then skate out onto the ice,
facing the wind. Bring the skate
kite upright against your right
side, grasp the shorter stick just
above the shorter one, with your
right hand; with your left reach
around you for the longer stick,
drawing the skate-kite to your
back, just a trifle to your right
,side, and swing around from the
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