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Over this framework broad sheets of felt are thrown : their own weight makes them lie steadily, for they are quite an inch in thickness ; however,

in very stormy weather, if I recollect aright, they are weighted with stones, or they are

stitched together. There   j is no metal in the strut- -_ ture : the laths of wil

low-wood that form the

sides are united, where they cross, by pieces of sinew knotted at either end ; these act as pivots when the sides are shut up. I am indebted to the late Mr. Atkinson for my information on these interesting structures. Further particulars about them, the native way of making

the felt, by Continually rolling sheepskins with the wool between them, and numerous pictures, in which jourts form a striking feature, will be found in his beautifully illustrated work on Siberia.

Small Tents.-For tents of the smallest size and least pretensions, nothing can be better than the one represented in

Fig. 9.

Fig. 10.

Fig. 1.

fig. 1: the ends are slit down their middles, and are laced or buttoned together, so that, by unfastening these, the tent