The Boy's Own Book of Indoor Games and Recreations A Popular Encyclopædia for Boys
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The Boy's Own Book of Indoor Games and Recreations A Popular Encyclopædia for Boys

By C. Stansfield Hicks, others, Gordon Staples, J. N. Maskelyne
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  • THE BOY’S OWN BOOK OF INDOOR GAMES AND RECREATIONS
  • PREFATORY NOTE.
  • CONTENTS
  • SECTION I. GYMNASTICS, INDIAN CLUBS, DUMBBELLS, AND JUGGLING WITH BALLS.
    • CHAPTER I.—GYMNASTICS. By a Member of the London Athletic Club.
      • I.—Preliminary Hints as to Dress, Diet, and Exercises without Apparatus.
      • II.—Exercises without Apparatus.
      • III.—Exercises with Apparatus.
      • IV.—How to make Gymnastic Apparatus. By Charles Spencer, Author of The Modern Gymnast, &c.
    • I.—Preliminary Hints as to Dress, Diet, and Exercises without Apparatus.
    • II.—Exercises without Apparatus.
    • III.—Exercises with Apparatus.
    • IV.—How to make Gymnastic Apparatus. By Charles Spencer, Author of The Modern Gymnast, &c.
    • CHAPTER II.—INDIAN CLUBS, AND HOW TO USE THEM. By a Member of the London Athletic Club.
      • Weight of the Clubs.
    • Weight of the Clubs.
    • CHAPTER III.—DUMBBELLS, AND HOW TO USE THEM. By W. J. Gordon.
    • CHAPTER IV.—JUGGLING WITH BALLS. By a Practical Gymnast.
      • The Vertical Fall (Fig. 1),
      • The Inside and Outside Falls (Fig. 2).
      • The Parallel Fall (Fig. 3).
      • The Outside and Inside Fall from Right Hand to Left.
      • The Horizontal Pass.
      • The Double Vertical Fall
      • The Double Inside Fall.
      • The Triple Pass,
      • The Triple Over and Under Pass.
      • The Single Over and Double Under Pass.
      • The Shower.
      • The Triple Shower,
      • The Quadruple Shower,
      • The Fountain.
      • The Double Fountain,
      • The Double Fountain Change.
    • The Vertical Fall (Fig. 1),
    • The Inside and Outside Falls (Fig. 2).
    • The Parallel Fall (Fig. 3).
    • The Outside and Inside Fall from Right Hand to Left.
    • The Horizontal Pass.
    • The Double Vertical Fall
    • The Double Inside Fall.
    • The Triple Pass,
    • The Triple Over and Under Pass.
    • The Single Over and Double Under Pass.
    • The Shower.
    • The Triple Shower,
    • The Quadruple Shower,
    • The Fountain.
    • The Double Fountain,
    • The Double Fountain Change.
  • SECTION II. MODEL-MAKING—MOVING AND OTHERWISE.
    • CHAPTER V.—SOME SIMPLE MODELS FOR BEGINNERS.
      • I. How to make a Boat with a Screw Propeller. By F. Chasemore.
      • II. How to make a small Marine Engine for a Boat four or five ft. long. By Frank Chasemore.
    • I. How to make a Boat with a Screw Propeller. By F. Chasemore.
    • II. How to make a small Marine Engine for a Boat four or five ft. long. By Frank Chasemore.
    • CHAPTER VI.—THE AMERICAN DANCING ‘NIGGER.’ By C. Stansfeld-Hicks.
    • CHAPTER VII.—MOVING MODELS, AND HOW TO MAKE THEM; OR, ‘DROP A PENNY IN THE BOX AND THE MODEL WILL WORK.’ By Frank Chasemore.
      • A Model Windmill.
      • A Model Cutter Yacht.
      • Dancing ‘Niggers.’
      • A Real Water-wheel.
      • How to make a Cheap Clock.
    • A Model Windmill.
    • A Model Cutter Yacht.
    • Dancing ‘Niggers.’
    • A Real Water-wheel.
    • How to make a Cheap Clock.
    • CHAPTER VIII.—HOW WE MADE A CHRISTMAS SHIP. By C. Stansfeld-Hicks, Author of Yacht and Canoe Building, &c., &c.
    • CHAPTER IX.—MODEL STEAM-ENGINES, AND HOW TO MAKE THEM. By Paul N. Hasluck, Author of Lathe-work, &c.
      • I.—Principles of the Steam-Engine.
      • II.—A Simple Toy Engine.
      • III.—Small Model Engines.
      • IV.—The Horizontal Engine.
      • V.—The Oscillating Engine.
      • VI.—Model Boilers and their Construction.
    • I.—Principles of the Steam-Engine.
    • II.—A Simple Toy Engine.
    • III.—Small Model Engines.
    • IV.—The Horizontal Engine.
    • V.—The Oscillating Engine.
    • VI.—Model Boilers and their Construction.
    • CHAPTER X.—THE ‘BOY’S OWN’ MODEL LAUNCH ENGINE. By H. F. Hobden.
    • CHAPTER XI.—THE BOY’S OWN MODEL LOCOMOTIVE, AND HOW TO BUILD IT. By H. F. Hobden.
      • A more Finished Model.
    • A more Finished Model.
  • SECTION III. GAMES OF SKILL, ETC.
    • CHAPTER XII.—CHESS—SINGLE AND DOUBLE, ETC.
      • I.—Chess for Beginners.—By Herr Meyer.
      • II.—A New Chess Game. ‘The Jubilee.’—By Herr Meyer.
      • III.—Another Jubilee Game. Played on Jubilee Day.
      • IV.—The Game of Double Chess. By the late Captain Crawley and Herbert Mooney.
    • I.—Chess for Beginners.—By Herr Meyer.
    • II.—A New Chess Game. ‘The Jubilee.’—By Herr Meyer.
    • III.—Another Jubilee Game. Played on Jubilee Day.
    • IV.—The Game of Double Chess. By the late Captain Crawley and Herbert Mooney.
    • CHAPTER XIII.—DRAUGHTS. By the late Captain Crawley.
      • I. All About the Game.
      • II. The Losing Game.
      • III. Polish Draughts.
      • THE OPENINGS.
    • I. All About the Game.
    • II. The Losing Game.
    • III. Polish Draughts.
    • THE OPENINGS.
    • CHAPTER XIV.—SOLITAIRE. By the late Captain Crawley.
      • GAME II.
      • GAME III.
      • GAME IV.
      • GAME V.
      • GAME VI.
    • GAME II.
    • GAME III.
    • GAME IV.
    • GAME V.
    • GAME VI.
    • CHAPTER XV.—FOX AND GEESE. By the late Captain Crawley.
    • CHAPTER XVI.—GO-BAN. By Herr Meyer.
      • Game No. 2.
      • Game No. 3.
    • Game No. 2.
    • Game No. 3.
    • CHAPTER XVII.—THE MALAGASY GAME OF FANÒRONA. By W. Montgomery.
    • CHAPTER XVIII.—THE AMERICAN PUZZLES.
    • CHAPTER XIX.—SOME MINOR GAMES.
      • I.—A NEW INDOOR GAME.
      • II.—KNUCKLE BONES. By Captain A. S. Harrison.
    • I.—A NEW INDOOR GAME.
    • II.—KNUCKLE BONES. By Captain A. S. Harrison.
  • SECTION IV. THE MAGIC-LANTERN, AND ALL ABOUT IT.
    • CHAPTER XX.—THE MAGIC-LANTERN, AND ALL ABOUT IT.
      • I.—Pleasant Hours with the Magic-Lantern.—By A. A. Wood, F.C.S.
      • II. How to Make a Cheap Magic-Lantern. By Frank Chasemore.
      • III. How to Make the Slides for a Magic Lantern.
      • IV. Revolving Slides for the Magic-Lantern, without Rack-work. By F. Chasemore.
      • V. Screen Frame for the Magic-Lantern. By Frank Chasemore.
      • VI. Magic-Lantern for Opaque Slides. By W. J. Gordon.
    • I.—Pleasant Hours with the Magic-Lantern.—By A. A. Wood, F.C.S.
    • II. How to Make a Cheap Magic-Lantern. By Frank Chasemore.
    • III. How to Make the Slides for a Magic Lantern.
    • IV. Revolving Slides for the Magic-Lantern, without Rack-work. By F. Chasemore.
    • V. Screen Frame for the Magic-Lantern. By Frank Chasemore.
    • VI. Magic-Lantern for Opaque Slides. By W. J. Gordon.
    • CHAPTER XXI.—HOW TO MAKE AN APHENGESCOPE, OR APPARATUS FOR EXHIBITING PHOTOGRAPHS, OPAQUE PICTURES, AND LIVING INSECTS IN THE MAGIC-LANTERN. By Frank Chasemore.
    • CHAPTER XXII.—INGENIOUS ADAPTATIONS FOR THE LANTERN. By W. J. Gordon.
      • I.—Chromatropes and Paper Fireworks.
      • II.—The Lantern and The Kaleidoscope.
      • III.—The Lantern Praxinoscope.
    • I.—Chromatropes and Paper Fireworks.
    • II.—The Lantern and The Kaleidoscope.
    • III.—The Lantern Praxinoscope.
  • SECTION V. HOW TO BUILD BOATS, PUNTS, CANOES, ETC.
    • CHAPTER XXIII.—THE BUILDING OF THE SWALLOW; OR, HOW TO MAKE A BOAT. By E. Henry Davies, C.E.
    • CHAPTER XXIV.—HOW TO MAKE A CANVAS CANOE. By E. T. Littlewood, M.A.
    • CHAPTER XXV.—CANADIAN, INDIAN, BIRCH-BARK AND OTHER LIGHT CANOES. By C. Stansfeld-Hicks.
      • I.—Canadian and Birch-Bark Canoes.
      • II.—Paper and other Typical Canoes.
    • I.—Canadian and Birch-Bark Canoes.
    • II.—Paper and other Typical Canoes.
    • CHAPTER XXVI.—HOW TO BUILD A PUNT. By the Rev. Harry Jones, M.A.
    • CHAPTER XXVII.—RAFTS AND CATAMARANS, AND HOW TO MAKE THEM. By W. J. Gordon and W. L. Alden.
  • SECTION VI. PLEASANT AND PROFITABLE OCCUPATIONS FOR SPARE HOURS.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII.—PRACTICAL HINTS ON TAXIDERMY. By Lieut.-Colonel Cuthell, late 13th Hussars.
      • I.—CATCHING AND SETTING BUTTERFLIES.
      • II.—HOW TO CURE AND SET UP A BIRD’S SKIN.
      • III.—ON PRESERVING THE SKINS AND HEADS OF ANIMALS.
    • I.—CATCHING AND SETTING BUTTERFLIES.
    • II.—HOW TO CURE AND SET UP A BIRD’S SKIN.
    • III.—ON PRESERVING THE SKINS AND HEADS OF ANIMALS.
    • CHAPTER XXIX.—HINTS ON POLISHING HORN, BONE, SHELLS, STONES, ETC. By Gordon Stables, C.M., M.D., R.N.
    • CHAPTER XXX.—BRITISH PEBBLES. By the Rev. A. N. Malan, M.A., F.G.S.
      • I.—THE PEBBLES AND HOW TO FIND THEM.
      • II.—THE LAPIDARY’S BENCH.
      • III.—HOW TO POLISH A PEBBLE.
      • IV.—HOW TO CUT A PEBBLE.
      • A POSTSCRIPT.
    • I.—THE PEBBLES AND HOW TO FIND THEM.
    • II.—THE LAPIDARY’S BENCH.
    • III.—HOW TO POLISH A PEBBLE.
    • IV.—HOW TO CUT A PEBBLE.
    • A POSTSCRIPT.
    • CHAPTER XXXI.—GRAPHS AND GRAPH-MAKING. By Theodore Wood.
    • CHAPTER XXXII.—CRYPTOGRAPH, OR CIPHER. By a Naval Surgeon.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII.—HAMMOCK-MAKING AND NETTING.
      • I.—HAMMOCKS AND HAMMOCK-MAKING.
      • II.—NETTING, AND HOW TO NET.
    • I.—HAMMOCKS AND HAMMOCK-MAKING.
    • II.—NETTING, AND HOW TO NET.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV.—A PERPETUAL CALENDAR. By Herr H. F. L. Meyer.
      • EXPLANATIONS.
      • EXAMPLES.
      • HISTORICAL NOTES.
      • THE KEY NUMBERS.
    • EXPLANATIONS.
    • EXAMPLES.
    • HISTORICAL NOTES.
    • THE KEY NUMBERS.
    • CHAPTER XXXV.—HOW TO MAKE A SUNDIAL. By F. Chasemore.
      • I.—THE HORIZONTAL DIAL.
      • II.—THE EQUATORIAL DIAL.
      • TABLE OF MINUTES. To be Added to or Subtracted from the Sundial for each Day in the Year.
    • I.—THE HORIZONTAL DIAL.
    • II.—THE EQUATORIAL DIAL.
    • TABLE OF MINUTES. To be Added to or Subtracted from the Sundial for each Day in the Year.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI.—THE CAMERA OBSCURA: HOW TO MAKE AND USE IT. By Gordon Stables, C.M., M.D., R.N.
  • SECTION VII. THE BOY’S OWN WORKSHOP.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII.—CARDBOARD-MODELLING AND WOOD MODELLING.
      • I.—HOW THE REEDHAM BOYS MAKE THEIR CARDBOARD MODELS. By the Head Master.
      • II.—A Home-Made Humming-Top.
    • I.—HOW THE REEDHAM BOYS MAKE THEIR CARDBOARD MODELS. By the Head Master.
    • II.—A Home-Made Humming-Top.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII.—ARTIFICIAL WOOD: HOW TO MAKE IT AND WHAT TO MAKE OF IT. By the late Dr. Scoffern.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX.—How to Make an Astronomical Telescope. BY FRANK CHASEMORE.
    • CHAPTER XL.—The Kaleidoscope, and How to Make it. By W. J. Gordon.
    • CHAPTER XLI.—HOW TO MAKE A PORTABLE STAGE AND FIGURES FOR THE LIVING MARIONETTES. By F. Chasemore.
    • CHAPTER XLII.—HOW TO MAKE A PANTAGRAPH.
    • CHAPTER XLIII.—MY FLAGSTAFF, AND HOW I RIGGED IT.
    • CHAPTER XLIV.—HOW TO MAKE A POCKET COMPASS AND TIMEPIECE. By F. Chasemore.
    • CHAPTER XLV.—WOOD-WORKING AND CARVING; OR, WALKING-STICKS AND HOW TO TREAT THEM.
    • CHAPTER XLVI.—CAGES AND HUTCHES: AND HOW TO MAKE THEM. By Gordon Stables, C.M., M.D., R.N.
      • I.—THE TOOLS AND MATERIALS—USEFUL HINTS.
      • II.—CANARY BREEDING-CAGES, GERMAN AND ENGLISH.
      • III.—NESTS AND NEST-BOXES—THE GERMAN METHOD OF BREEDING—HUTCHES FOR RABBITS, GUINEA-PIGS, RATS, AND SQUIRRELS.
    • I.—THE TOOLS AND MATERIALS—USEFUL HINTS.
    • II.—CANARY BREEDING-CAGES, GERMAN AND ENGLISH.
    • III.—NESTS AND NEST-BOXES—THE GERMAN METHOD OF BREEDING—HUTCHES FOR RABBITS, GUINEA-PIGS, RATS, AND SQUIRRELS.
    • CHAPTER XLVII.—HOW TO MAKE A CAGE FOR WHITE MICE. By W. G. Campbell.
  • SECTION VIII. MUSIC AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND TOYS.—HOW TO MAKE THEM AND HOW TO PLAY THEM.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII.—MUSICAL GLASSES AND THE WOOD HARMONICON.
      • I.—THE GLASS HARMONICON.
      • II.—MUSICAL TUMBLERS.
      • III.—A WOOD HARMONICON.
    • I.—THE GLASS HARMONICON.
    • II.—MUSICAL TUMBLERS.
    • III.—A WOOD HARMONICON.
    • CHAPTER XLIX.—ÆOLIAN HARPS, AND HOW TO MAKE THEM.
    • CHAPTER L.—THE PENNY WHISTLE, AND HOW TO PLAY IT. By W. J. Gordon.
  • SECTION IX. ELECTRICITY, AND HOW TO USE IT IN PLAY AND EARNEST.
    • CHAPTER LI.—CURIOSITIES OF ELECTRICITY. By Dr. Arthur Stradling.
    • CHAPTER LII.—THE LEYDEN JAR, AND HOW TO MAKE IT.
    • CHAPTER LIII.—THE ELECTRICAL MACHINE, AND HOW TO MAKE IT.
    • CHAPTER LIV.—A STORM IN A TEACUP.
  • SECTION X. CONJURERS AND CONJURING—VENTRILOQUISM AND SPIRITUALISM, ETC.
    • CHAPTER LV.—MYSTERY AND MUMMERY; OR, HOUDIN AND THE ARABS. By John Nevil Maskelyne, of the Egyptian Hall.
    • CHAPTER LVI.—VENTRILOQUISM, AND HOW TO ACQUIRE THE ART. By William Crompton.
    • CHAPTER LVII.—SECOND SIGHT.
      • Two other Systems.
      • ‘Unconscious Counting.’
    • Two other Systems.
    • ‘Unconscious Counting.’
    • CHAPTER LVIII.—SPIRITUALISM AT HOME. By Dr. Stradling.
  • SECTION XI. DIVERSIFIED DIVERSIONS.
    • CHAPTER LIX.—FIRE-BALLOONS AND GAS-BALLOONS: HOW TO MAKE AND USE THEM. By the late Dr. Scoffern.
      • I.—THE PRINCIPLE OF BALLOONING.
      • II.—FIRE-BALLOONS AND THEIR CONSTRUCTION.
      • III.—ON GASES AND GAS-BALLOONS.
      • IV.—HOW TO PREPARE HYDROGEN GAS.
      • V.—THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BALLOON.
    • I.—THE PRINCIPLE OF BALLOONING.
    • II.—FIRE-BALLOONS AND THEIR CONSTRUCTION.
    • III.—ON GASES AND GAS-BALLOONS.
    • IV.—HOW TO PREPARE HYDROGEN GAS.
    • V.—THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BALLOON.
    • CHAPTER LX.—MODEL BALLOONS AND ALL ABOUT THEM. By a Professional Aëronaut and Balloon-maker.
      • How to make a Model Balloon,
      • THE NETTING.
      • THE GAS
      • COST.
    • How to make a Model Balloon,
    • THE NETTING.
    • THE GAS
    • COST.
    • CHAPTER LXI.—SMUDGEOGRAPHY; OR, HOW TO TELL THE CHARACTER BY HANDWRITING.
    • CHAPTER LXII.—THE LUDION. By the late Dr. Scoffern.
    • CHAPTER LXIII.—MECHANICAL AND OTHER PUZZLES.
      • I.—Some Mechanical Puzzles.—By F. Chasemore.
      • II.—Thought-guessing.
      • III.—An Improved Ring Puzzle.—By Herr Meyer.
      • IV.—Aërial Rings.
      • V.—Bubble Blowing.
      • VI.—Marionettes,
      • VII.—Model Wrestlers.
    • I.—Some Mechanical Puzzles.—By F. Chasemore.
    • II.—Thought-guessing.
    • III.—An Improved Ring Puzzle.—By Herr Meyer.
    • IV.—Aërial Rings.
    • V.—Bubble Blowing.
    • VI.—Marionettes,
    • VII.—Model Wrestlers.
    • CHAPTER LXIV.—KEEPING THE BALANCE. By the Rev. T. S. Millington, M.A.
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