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From the Author's PREFACE.
THE years that intervene between the primary and the high school, for all of which nature study is now prescribed, cover a very wide period of mental development. For the earlier years of that period there is now no lack of books, offering object lessons, guides to random observations, stories of common things interweaving facts with interesting fancies to the edifying of imaginative childhood. This little book is intended to supply for the later years of that period a few lessons of greater continuity, calling for more persistence of observation, and introducing a few of the simpler of our modern conceptions of nature at large. These lessons presuppose some years of experience of life and some previous training in observation. They are not given as stories, nor for the sake of language lessons primarily, but for the sake of the interest and educative value of the facts and phenomena of nature which they set forth.
In writing them I have had in mind the boys and girls more than the teachers. I have written of things I would have the pupils see and do and think about, and I trust no teacher will undertake to do all the seeing and doing and thinking for them. I hope the suggestions for field study will be found so simple and explicit that pupils may follow them individually and at home whenever desirable. Not the least of my objects has been to pave the way for more intelligent and profitable text-book work in the high school, and I am well assured that that work will be better done for the insight gained from studies such as these.
Wherever a plant or animal is discussed in the following pages a number is inserted in the text, referring to a corresponding number in a list of scientific names, which has been relegated to the end of the book lest the big names frighten any one. These names will at least help teachers to use the indexes of whatever scientific literature may be available for reference.
To Mr. A. D. MacGillivray I am indebted for determining the names of a number of insects. Mrs. J. H. Comstock and Miss Anna A. Schryver have helped me with valuable suggestions as to the subject matter. I have, as ever, to acknowledge the assistance of my wife, Anna Taylor Needham, in the preparation of the drawings. A number of insects are figured for the first time and all the cuts are new.
This little book, simple and elementary as it is, represents an amount of labor that is only justified by my faith in the future of nature studies and in the educating and refining influence they are yet to exert both in school and out.
The Outdoor Chums On A Houseboat
"Own up, Will, you've got hold of some great news, and you're just keeping it back to tease us! How about that, Bluff?" "You're right, Frank, for I can see it in his face. His eyes are just dancing with a big secret. But wait up; here comes Jerry across the campus. Now he'll just have to open the box, and show us." The college boy, called Will by his comrades, and whose last name was Milton, laughed good-naturedly, and then nodded his head. "Why, fellows," he said, "I saw Jerry coming, and meant to wait for him. When all four members of the Rod, Gun and Camera Club, who call themselves the Outdoor Chums, are present, I've got something to say that is going to set you all just wild." At that the young chap who went by the name of Bluff made frantic gestures for a fourth lad, just then heading in their direction, to hurry along. Evidently this freshman must have suspected that something unusual was brewing, for he started on a run, and came up almost panting for breath. "What's in the wind, fellows?" he demanded, glancing from one eager face to the others. "Don't tell me you've made up your minds where the club is going to put in the vacation just ahead of us, because that would be too good news. Who's going to take pity on me, and relieve my suspense?" "Why, Will here has got something to tell us, and wanted to wait till you joined the crowd," said Frank Langdon, who was just a little taller, and more manly-looking than any other in the group; though they were all bright, able lads, who had seen considerable of life.
The Outdoor Girls In A Winter Camp
"How cold it is!" exclaimed Grace Ford, wrapping closer about her a fur neck-piece, and plunging her gloved hands deeper into the pockets of her maroon sweater. "I had no idea it was so chilling!" "Nonsense!" cried Betty Nelson, her cheeks aglow. "Skate about, and you'll soon be warm enough. Isn't it glorious, Mollie?" "Surely, and the ice is perfect. Come on Grace, and we'll see who'll be first to the bend!" and Mollie, her dark eyes dancing under the spell of the day, circled about the almost shivering Grace, doing a gliding waltz on skates. "I don't want to race!" protested the tall, slim girl who had complained about the weather. "Oh, but you must!" insisted Betty. "Come, we'll have a short, sharp one, and then you'll feel so warm you'll wonder you ever said it was chilly." "I wish I had brought along that vacuum bottle of hot chocolate, as I intended," murmured Grace, reflectively.
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