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162   Art of Travel.

behind give additional roominess and stability to the affair. The rug and pillow show the position in which the occupants sleep. Blankets, not sheeting, pinned together with wooden pegs, are thrown over the whole, as in fig. 3.

Tente d'abri.-The French r' tente d'abri " has not, so far as I know, been adopted by travellers : it seems hardly suitable, except for soldiers. Each man carries a square of canvas (fig. 1), with buttons and button-holes all round it, by which it can be doubly attached to other similar squares of canvas, and thus, from several separate pieces, one large cloth can be made. The square

Fig• l,   carried by the French soldier measures

5 feet 4,21 inches in the side, reckoning along the buttons ; of

these there are nine along each edge, including the corner

ones. Each soldier has also to carry a tent-staff, or else a

proportion of the pegs and cord. When six men club together

they proceed as follows:-Three tent-sticks are fixed into the

ground, whose tops are notched ; a light cord is then passed

round their tops, and fastened into the ground with a peg at

Fig. 2.

each end (fig. 2). Two sheets, A and B, are buttoned together and thrown over the cord, and then two other sheets, c and n ; and c is buttoned to A, and D to B (fig. 3). Lastly another sheet is thrown over each of the slanting cords, the one buttoned to A and B, and the other to c and n ; and thus a sort of dog-kennel is formed, in which six men-the bearers of the six pieces of canvas-sleep. The sides of the tent are of course pegged to the ground. There are many modifications


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