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��are served continuously, reefing round and round the end bar, and tucking the final end under the last loop as shown. This permits of tightening the end ten- sion when necessary. The canvas stretcher must be stout enough to stand


���Fig. 1. Diagram showing how the heavy canvas seat is constructed

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��Fig. 2. View of the back, showing the manner of attaching the curtain

��on an enclosed porch, like that described in the June issue, it is delightful at night, and forms a splendid lounging place during the daylight hours. With properlj- placed porch awnings, which can be lowered into position, sleeping on the porch, even on a rainy night, is quite possible and entirely comfortable.

Hammocks similar to this in many respects, provided with steel springs and mattress, can be purchased in the market. They are rather expensive, due to their liability to deteriorate from exposure in a damp atmosphere. In an emergenc}', or a very severe storm, it is only necessary to carry the mattress of this hammock to a sheltered place. The rest of the outfit will not suffer from a drenching, and will dry- out quickly as soon as the weather clears. Having once tasted the delight of open air sleep, it will be a matter of regret when the advent of winter compels a change to indoors.

The entire hammock equipment can be taken apart and carried b}" campers. Its weight is not prohibitive providing the campers have a wagon. In a coun- try where trails take the place of roads and packing horses the place of wagons the hammock could not be utilized, llnder such conditions it would indeed be a luxur\'.

��for all the purchase a strong man can put on these end lashings. This stretcher takes the place of the ordinary bed spring used indoors.

A mattress about 3 ins. thick is used on this hammock. It can be purchased to fit, or can be made from such materials as common packing excelsior with about I in. thickness of common cotton bats on top. It should be well filled and tufted by sewing through and through with heavy twine and an upholsterer's needle, about 8 ins. apart, 3 ins. from the edges, and 8 ins. apart both ways at other points until fully secured. Spanish moss, curled hair or cotton felt can be used if desired. The mattress should be full 30 ins. wide and 5 ft. 6 ins. long.

In hanging this haii'mork on an open porch, the back curtain should be hung outward to prevent accidental inspection of the sleeper from the open. If used








�� ��Fig. 3. Cnc end of the swing. Note the strong under-brace and end bar

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