Read “Healthful Sports for Boys” and answer the questions that follow.
1. Spring winds favor
kite flying. This is another world-wide sport. During the time when Egyptians were making pyramids, it was popular
with old and young in China, which is known as the land of the kite.
THE HEXAGONAL KITE
3. The hexagonal, or six-sided, kite works better than the old sort. It is quite as cheap
and as easily made. And kites like these have been used for more than just flying. They have been used to get a line from a stranded
boat to the shore
. Engineers have also used them. They did it when the first suspension
bridge was built at Niagara Falls in New York. Kites have also been used to pull light vehicles over smooth
ground, and they make good sport when made to pull sleds over the ice.
THE STAR KITE
4. The Star Kite is easily made, and it is worth the time to learn how to do it. Get three sticks and make sure they are equal
. These are joined in the center
so that they will form a six-pointed star. The covering should be thin
, cotton cloth, or, better still, a light, strong paper. It must be glued so it will not be blown off. The tail band is made with a simple
loop joined to the sticks at the bottom so that it will hang below the kite. The tail will balance
the kite when it flies.
THE BARREL KITE
5. The barrel
kite, which is specifically
American, cannot be ignored. This kite was tried some years ago by the U. S. Weather Bureau officers in California. The kite looks like a long can. It is about four feet long and two feet in diameter
. The frame is made up of four light hoops. These circles are stuck together by four or more thin
strips of wood. The twelve-inch space between the pair
of hoops at either end is covered with paper. Then the string, which attaches the kite to a stick, is passed diagonally through
the inside of the cylinder
from one end to the other. When this kite catches the wind, it lifts quickly and gracefully.
6. Children often find fun in sending “messengers” up the strings to the kites. To do this, after the kite is high in the sky, cut round pieces of colored paper. Make a hole in the center
of each circle and slip them on the string. They travel with the speed
of the wind till
they reach the kite, where they stop. If too heavy, or too many, the messengers may get the kite out of balance
. A messenger
has been sent up 6,000 feet, or over one mile. That is the height
to which American scientists have sent kites with thermometers and barometers attached, so as to record
and the temperature