in the way of pitching these tents. Should the sticks be wanting, faggots or muskets can be used in their place.
Tent of Mosquito-netting.-I have been informed of a sportsman in Ceylon, who took with him into the woods a cot with mosquito-curtains, as a protection not only against insects, but against malaria. He also had a blanket rolled at his feet at 3 in the morning, when the chill arose in the woods, he pulled his blanket over him.
Pitching a Tent.-It is quite an art, so to pitch a tent as to let in or exclude the air, to take advantage of sun and shade, &c. &c. Every available cloth or sheet may be pressed into service, to make awnings and screens, as we see among the gipsies. There is a great deal of character shown in each different person's encampment. A tent should never be pitched in a slovenly way : it is so far more roomy, secure and pretty, when tightly stretched out, that no pains should be spared in drilling the men to do it well. I like to use apiece of string, marked with knots, by which I can measure the exact places in which the tent-pegs should be struck, for the eye is a deceitful guide in estimating squareness. (See " Squaring.") It is wonderful how men will bungle with a tent, when they are not properly drilled to pitch it.
To secure Tent-ropes.-When the soil is loose, scrape away the surface sand, before driving the tent-pegs. Loose mould is made more tenacious by pouring water upon it. When one peg is insufficient, it may be backed by another. (See fig.) The outermost peg must be altogether buried in the earth. Heavy saddle-bags are often of use to secure the