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The village we have sketched it out will that does not need to be done at the present occupy a space about fifty feet square. The time. What we need at the very start is some streets are laid out in curves, to add to the place in which we can keep our tools and supbeauty of the village, and also in order that all plies. And the best building for this purpose or nearly all the buildings will face toward is a barn. Our plan shows a barn at the rear the gate. Hence visitors to the village will of the village, and this will make a good loget a view of the best side of each structure. cation for a temporary building and construcRight in the foreground, we have placed the tion office. It will be well to start with a village green, with Park Avenue cutting barn rather than a more difficult structure, through it, and leading to the Town Hall. because we shall gain experience in building The streets should be about four feet wide and will be able to turn out a better building for a village of this scale. Right in front of when it comes to constructing a cottage. the Town Hall, where Main Street and St. Nicholas Boulevard come together, there is .a triangle in which will be located the town pump and horse trough and the flagstaff of In all this work it will be impossible to give the village. The little circles shown at the cxact dimensions, because boxes do not come street corners represent lamp-posts; they will in any standard sizes and probably no two also carry mail boxes and fire alarm boxes. clubs will have boxes of exactly the same
At first we need only to stake out the village size. But if a boy has any ingenuity at all he streets and the location of the principal build can make his own plans and adapt the instrucing. Later, we shall cut the turf away in tions here given to fit the particular boxes he the streets and pave them with gravel, but has to work with. We shall assume, just for
CONSTRUCTION OF THE BARN.
illustration, that we have succeeded in getting about 34" thick, one of them being 2" wide hold of a box that is 4'-6" long, 3'-0" deep, for the roller track, and the other 1/2" wide and 4'-0" high. The mark ( stands for feet
for the spacer.
The strips should be 4'-6" and the mark (") for inches. When a dimen- long, so that they will reach clear across the sion is an even number of feet, say four feet, face of the barn, and they should be nailed it is customary to put it down as 4'-0". If it together so that the roller track projects half were marked 4' it might easily be mistaken for
an inch above the spacer. 4", or four inches.
Our barn door is to cover a little more The box is placed in the proper location in than half of the width of the box. It should the lay-out of our village and the first work therefore be about 2'-6" wide and 4'-0" high. is to remove the top of the box, carefully sav Remove the boards from the front side of the ing the boards and the nails. We are going box to make a doorway 2-3" wide, and use
FIG. 2, THE BARN; FIG. 3, REAR OF BARN DOOR; FIG. 4, SECTION OF BARN DOOR SHOWING HOW THE DOOR
IS HUNG; FIG. 5, BARN DOOR HANDLE
to have a sliding door on our barn, which these boards to make the barn door, piecing means that we must have a track for the roll it out with boards from some other source. ers of the door to run on. This track will To hold the boards together two cleats or have to be spaced away from the barn wall, strips of wood about 3" wide should be nailed and so a spacer-bar will have to be used, as fast to them, as shown in Fig. 3. For the shown in Figure 4. Take two strips of wood rollers that slide on the track rail two stout
Width of Box
FOR BOYS WHO DO THINGS
(Oct., spools may be used, and in order to hold them rafters come together they are temporarily firmly in place they should be mounted on fastened with a single nail, not driven in all round-headed screws,
firmly threaded into the way because it is to be removed later. The the barn door above the upper cleat. Nails distance from the peak to the horizontal strip will do if screws are not to be had, but in will depend upon the width of the box. There either case there should be a washer under the head of the screw or nail and another washer between the spool and the barn door so that the spool will turn freely. There should be fully two inches of space
between the spools and the cleat, so that the roller track
Fig. 10. will fit between them nicely. The roller track and spacer are nailed to the
Soy 3-09 front of the barn wall just under the caves and of Fig.
7. course they extend clear across the doorway. The barn door is fitted upon the roller track by sliding it on from one end. The upper cleat of the door comes up against the bottom of the roller track and prevents the barn door from being lifted off the track. At the bottom, the barn door is kept in place by means of two guide rails. These strips of wood about 4" wide, which are bedded into the ground, and if necessary nailed to stakes
FIG. 6, HOW THE BARN ROOF IS MADE; FIGS. 9 AND 10, CONSTRUCTION OF THE driven in the ground.
WEATHERVANE; FIG. 11, HOW THE WINDOWS ARE CUT OUT They are spaced just far enough apart to receive the lower end of the is no set rule for the slope of the roof, but in barn door between them.
general we should recommend that the height As a handle for the door all we need is of the gable should be a little more than half a piece of wood an inch square, and five or the width. If our box is, say, 3 feet wide, the six inches long, with a couple of blocks of height of the gable should be about i foot 9 wood under each end to space it away from inches. Care should be taken to have the two the door. This is shown in Figure 5.
legs of the table of exactly the same length. This can be determined by measuring from the peak down each rafter to the horizontal
piece. We can go ahead now and fill in the After having finished our door we can pro gable wall by nailing on horizontal pieces ceed with the roof of the barn.
of wood, as shown in Figure 7. After two must make a couple of gables. Take three strips have been nailed fast to the lower part strips of wood, which may be anywhere from of the gable, so that the rafters will be held 27/2 to 4 inches wide, and nail them together firmly in position, the nail at the peak of the in a triangle, as shown in Figure 6. The two frame is pulled out and then a saw-cut is inclined pieces are rafters and they should made through the two overlapping pieces, so overhang the horizontal piece, as shown, so that they can be brought together in the same as to form eaves. At the peak where the two plane, as shown in Figure 7. This done, the
BUILDING THE ROOF.
rest of the gable wall may be nailed fast. Any grain cuts with the saw and then split out the pieces of wood can be used for this purpose, wood between them. and if they project beyond the rafters the projecting parts can be sawed off later on. After one gable frame has been completed another one may be made of exactly the same size
We need only one more detail to complete and shape by laying the pieces on the first
our barn, and that is a weather-vane. The gable frame. If we have plenty of boards
construction of the weather-vane is shown in long enough to reach across the box with a
Figures 9 and 10. Take a strip of wood an little to spare for eaves, we can get along inch square and 12 inches long, cut two saw with two gable frames, but if long boards are slots in it, a short one at one end for the head, not to be had we shall have to use a frame at
and a long one at the other for the tail of the middle of the roof as well. As shown in
The head and tail may be cut out Figure 8, this frame does not need to be com
of cardboard. They should be slipped into the pletely boarded up. A board across the bot slots in the wooden body of th
vane, and tom and one at the top will keep it in shape.
held in place by means of brads or small nails. As the roof boards are going to mect on the Then the vane should be treated to a coat of middle frame, it will be well to make the raft
shellac, applied with particular care to the ers of the middle frame of thick strips of cardboard, so as to make it stiff and weatherwood. After the three frames have becn
proof. This done the weather-vane should be completed, they are set up on edge as shown
balanced carefully on the finger so as to find in Fig. 8, and the roof boards are nailed to
its center of weight. Through this center a them,
hole is bored to receive the nail on which the The boards ought to overhang at least 6 weather-vane is to turn. A broom handle or inches at each end to form eaves.
a shade roller may be used as the staff on When the entire roof is completed it may which the weather-vane is mounted. be lifted up bodily and placed on top of the Before the staff is set up we must place the barn. The rafters will space the roof a few
holes inches from the top of the barn wall. This
through the staff at right angles to each other space might be filled in, but it is better to leave
and one above the other. Through these it open, as it will furnish ventilation.
holes light sticks of wood are inserted. The sticks could be nailed to the side of the staff, if desired, instead of passing through it. The
ends of the sticks have saw slots cut into them At each end of the barn we shall' want a to receive the letters E. S. IV. and N, which window, and the simplest way of making this may be cut out of cardboard. After they have is to take two pieces of wood, about 2 inches been nailed fast they are also treated with a wide, and nail them to the side of the barn, coat of shellac. The weather-vane may now just above and below the place where we wish be set up on the barn, with the staff nailed to to cut the window opening. (See Fig. 11) the inside of one of the gable walls. This The window ought to be about a foot square, means that a notch must be cut in the peak which means that the strips of wood above of the roof, as shown in Figure 10, so as to and below should be 14 inches long, so as to let the staff through. Care must be taken to extend at least an inch beyond the opening at have the compass arms point in the right dieach side.
rection before the staff is made fast. This In order to be sure of having the open can be done roughly by noting the direction ing square with the wall of the barn, it of a shadow at noon time and taking this for will be best to draw it out in pencil before the direction North. Of course this will not nailing on the strips. In each corner of the be perfectly accurate, but it will be near penciled square bore a hole about an inch in enough for our purposes.
If tliere is a memdiameter, as shown in Figure it, then with ber of your club who can draw a rooster, or a key-hole saw, cut from one hole to the some farm animal, you can get him to cut it other, and the window will be completed. If out of a piece of cardboard and nail it fast no key-hole saw is to be had the boards will to the top of the vane, coating it well with have to be ripped off and sawed along the shellac to preserve it from rain. This will penciled lines. Make the horizontal or cross give the barn a very lifelike touch,
CUTTING OUT WINDOWS.
(To be continued)
“VIVE LA FRANCE !”
A Narrative founded on the Diary of Jeannette de Martigny By EMILIE BENSON KNIPE and ALDEN ARTHUR KNIPE
Authors of “The Lucky Sixpence," "Beatrice of Denewood,” “Peg o' the Ring," etc.
THE SANDAL OF ST. JEANNE
For a time my brain was rather in a whirl as I sat alone in the little room. My experience with this officer, whose name and rank I did not know, puzzled me exceedingly. Until the matter of the sandal had been touched upon, he had seemed quite calm and indifferent. Then, suddenly, he had changed into an eager, impatient man with an almost passionate interest in the relic. The only reasonable explanation that I could discover was that he must be as keenly desirous of saving Monsieur Guyot as I, and saw in the recovery of the little slipper the proof needed to verify our story.
But it was not at all clear to me, and as the minutes slipped by I became increasingly anxcous. Suppose that, in spite of Léon's certainty, the bag of the German prince should have disappeared from its hiding-place. It was only too easy to imagine ways in which this might have happened, and by the time the half-hour had passed I was in a fever of doubt and suspense. For the next ten minutes I paced the room, too much upset to think connectedly. And then I heard an automobile stop outside the house,
I held myself rigid, scarcely breathing, filled with dread of the outcome.
A moment later the door was burst open, and the officer entered in a great state of excitement.
"It is a treasure, Mademoiselle, a veritable treasure !" he cried, hurrying to his desk and placing upon it my box of scented wood that had always held the sandal. With trembling fingers he fumbled till lie had it open. My dear relic was within and in nowise hurt.
Forgetting my instructions not to speak, I turned to Monsieur Guyot and held out my hand to him.
“Oh, thank you, for bringing it back to me!" I said, with all the gratitude I could put into the words.
"It is nothing, Mademoiselle,” he answered. "It is going to send me to Paris instead of to face a firing-squad. It is I who owe you thanks."
The officer, bending over the relic, seemed quite oblivious of us, and the soldier at the door stood with his rifle like a statue-a rather bored statue, I should say, from the expression of his face.
"But you risked your life to bring it back to me, Monsieur !" I insisted. “What made you do that?”
"Ah, Mademoiselle,” he returned, with a gesture of indifference, “this risking my life has become as my daily bread to me. It was risked every moment I was with the German army. Let us not exaggerate the matter of the sandal. It is more than a pleasure to me that I have been of service to you."
The officer had heard something of what Léon was saying, and with a quick glance at lis, gave his head a shake of impatience.
““You cannot exaggerate the matter of the sandal!" he exclaimed. "It is precious beyond price. Whether or not it was worn by Jeanne d'Arc, I cannot say; but it is fifteenthcentury work and might have been worn by the Maid. That is beyond dispute. Have you any documents relating to its history, Mademoiselle?”
"Yes, Monsieur, there are proofs that liave been in the family for many generations." I answered.
“Good !” he cried, bending over his desk again.
“Then Monsieur Guyot will be permitted to go to Paris to prove that he is a loyal Frenchman?” I asked.
Instantly there came a change in the officer's manner and, pushing the box away with a hint of reluctance, he turned an impassive face to ine.
"I have decided to leave the matter to the Paris Bureau for adjustment,” he said. “You may remove the prisoner," he ordered the poilu.
"But, Monsieur—" I began, only to stop as he raised his hand for silence.
“I shall be back soon, Mademoiselle. Do not worry," Léon assured me as the guard led him away. Once more I was alone with the strange officer.
"Now that the matter upon which you came is ended, Mademoiselle," he suggested politely,