Fig. 3 of Plate I is a beginning of a modification of this class. The construction of Figure kites is one of the most interesting developments on the amusement side of the whole problem, but it is also the most difficult, unless tails are used; so whether tails are shown in the illustrations or not, they probably will be needed. Specific directions or comment cannot be given to each, as it would be as unlimited as nature itself; so a glance at a skeleton here and there will be as much as we can accomplish. Much of the detail must be brought out with dark paper cut to shape, or by the use of a brush. A framework that comes nearest to the center line may be best in some cases, while in others the object will be, to approach the outline. Sometimes a Figure is pieced out with a piece of stiff paper to carry some small detail of the outline, but much more is done by a skillful running of string from one part of the framework to another.

The suggestions for the boy kite on Plate V was found in D. C. Beard's book. There are two books by this author that are very worthy of recommendation - "American Boy's Handy Book," and "The Outdoor Handy Book." Many interesting Figures are worked out in kite forms. The two books named should be in every home where there are restless boys.

The boy kite can be modified to suit the occasion, but he is not any more obedient in the flying, at times, than some other boys are with their duties at home. The bridle should be attached to the wrists, ankles and top of the head. Each arm stick should be securely lashed to both leg sticks also to the arm sticks where they cross each other. Reed is used to form the outline of the head, hands and feet.

Some very pretty butterfly kites have been made. Here is a chance for some good observation in nature study. A little different method of pasting is necessary here, as it is impossible to get the irregular outline by turning over the edges, so a strip is pasted over the string to the back side of the cover, see Fig. I, thus securing the string to the cover, at the same time leaving the irregular edge free. This hint will 'be useful many times, so stow it away. The body of the butterfly can be made of a stiff piece of paper. The antennae of light wire or small reed. A light yellow butterfly with dark markings makes a showy kite. The reverse is also true.

The owl may be made of tan paper with dark brown markings. The two horizontal pieces should be bowed, and if carefully made, the kite should fly without a tail. The bridle should be attached to both ends of the spine and both ends of the upper bow.

The bat will surely need a tail, for he is too broad for the height to balance without one. Apply the bridle at a b c d.

The beetle is so near like the owl that it will not require separate attention

Plate V.

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Plate VI.

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The ship kites with white sails and dark hulls, Plate VI, are very beautiful. The one to the right is about the construction given in the "Outdoor Handy Book," by Beard. I believe it will be possible to construct these carefully enough to fly them without tails. The tails should be in the shape of anchors when used.

The brownies make interesting kites, but like Foxy Grandpas, are hard to fly.

The construction of the banner kite is the same as Fig. 4, Plate I.

The construction of the balloon kite is given on Plate III. The basket and cords take the place of a tail. The balloon should be dark color. This has never been tried to my knowledge, so he who succeeds with it may send word to the writer, 512 S. Boyle St., Los Angeles, Cal.