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Primitive weaving

Harris Montmorency," flirted shockingly with
pretty Ma-na, who was waiting upon the

It was at this time also that the famous
tennis tournament between the "Darting Drag-
ons" and the "Crawling Crabs" took place. If
tennis has not been mentioned before it has
been chiefly for lack of space, for nearly every
morning after service, when Hiiteni said that
there were no more notices, Ho-sa had bobbed
up mildly to remark, "I'd like to say that So-
and-so will play So-and-so in tennis this


morning," and later would come to tear them
cruelly away from the bungalow where Mna-
ka had them busily weaving rugs.

A mock war had grown up over the naming
of the new crew of the war-canoe. The "Dart-
ing Dragons" and the "Crawling Crabs" were
about evenly divided; songs and badges were
adopted, and each side vigorously defended
its own selection.

So it was agreed to have a tennis tourna-
ment between the two divisions, and, as Ti-
manous had arrived in camp again, the affair
started off gaily, with Timanous and Ce-ki-
ca-ti against To-mo-ke and Ki-lo-des-ka, and
went on for perhaps a week in the intervals of
other things.

But there was little sign of a division in
camp when they all met Thursday evening in
the bungalow for a Japanese tea. The supper
committee for that evening had decorated the
bungalow charmingly with ferns, flowers,
trailing evergreens, and Japanese lanterns.
They had inveigled To-mo-ke and his sis-
ter Dis-ya-da, both of whom had grown
up in Japan, into giving a demonstration of
a real Japanese tea ceremony. After that the
refreshments were served on plates decorated


with ferns, passed by the supper committee
clad in Japanese kimonos. Besides the usual
sandwiches, milk and cake, there was rice to
be eaten with chopsticks, and the efforts to
master this art contributed not a little to the
fun of the evening. A gay time followed in
the bungalow, with games and a general frolic,
ending with music from Helpful' s violin.

On Friday came the traditional trip to Jor-
dan Bay, and the girls set merrily out with
ponchos over their shoulders, singing the good
old Jordan Bay Song which still fits as well
as when it was written. The first stanza goes :

"On a sunny day, sunny day,
Yes, a very warm day,
We stowed our stuff all away,
Set out at a clip,
With our grub for the trip,
And our ponchos
Slipping along, slipping along,
All tied up wrong,
But we hiked with a song
For Jordan Bay."

The girls were divided into two parties, the
older ones to follow the trail blazed by Ho-sa
and Ge-me-wun-ac, the younger to follow Ki-


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lo-des-ka and Alaska. There was an old lum-
ber road that they might have followed, but
the blazed trail was much more romantic, and
it brought them out of the woods by the side
of the lake about a quarter of a mile from
where they meant to be, which, taking all
things into consideration, was not at all bad.
They all sat down by the lake and looked at
each other with faces flushed, but happy. It is
easy enough to follow the beaten road, but
there is a special zest in traveling for those
who are brave enough to blaze their own paths.
They came marching back into camp the next
day in a long line that wound over the paths
by the tennis court, down to the bungalow,
and back again, singing gaily as they went
an Indian refrain,

"Mu j - j e-mu-ke-sin-aw-yaw-yon,"
which means, appropriately enough, "Worn
out shoes I am a' wearing," and is first-class
to march by.


There was a long rest Saturday afternoon,
for it was the night of "The Heavenlies' "
ball, and Loh-ah and To-ka, who had the fes-
tivities in charge, had saved everyone the em-


barrassment of choosing partners by pairing
off the whole camp for this occasion. They
had also firmly proclaimed at dinner that good
clothes positively were not allowed.

This was a challenge to the ingenuity that
could not be lightly ignored. The loft was
tormented with visitors searching the proper-
ties' box and trunks for clothes that could not
be classed as "good." What they found was
merely raw material for the skill of the cos-
tume artists who suddenly developed among
them, and most of the work of genius was per-
formed in the hours "between the dark and
the daylight." The Japanese lanterns over
the tennis court were glowing in the gathering
darkness when the couples began to arrive.

Ta-ku, all black and shiny, and wrapped
in a brilliant shawl, sailed stoutly in on the
arm of a dusky gallant, who proved to be one
of the sportive twins. Woh-do-ke-ca came in
flowing robes, with a magnificent turban, her
exuberant fancy making her for the time a
real Haroun-al-Raschid and transforming
the maiden in flowing veil who walked beside
her into a very lovely Sheherezade. No one
was surprised, for it was well known that
artistic Woh-do-ke-ca kept a variety of rich-


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hued scarfs and draperies at hand for occa-
sions like this, but Ta-ku really did attract
some attention by appearing as a cover de-
sign from Vogue in a waist made of middy
ties, and a skirt of a yard or two of cheap but
brilliant material she had bought in the vil-
lage that afternoon.

A tam-o'-shanter and a plaid hair ribbon
turned Wa-ya-ka into a witching Scotch lad-
die, while He-wan-ka and Alaska, with pow-
dered hair, both looked as if they had just
stepped from some colonial portrait. Last
came Helpful the Great, much greater than
usual by reason of a number of pillows stuffed
into the immense cotton wrapper which he
wore belted with a rope. He had a large,
flowery hat, and introduced himself as
"Lucy," in a weak, falsetto voice that might
have upset the dignity of the judges of the
Supreme Court. When he danced he bounced
like a great ship on a stormy sea, whirling his
helpless partner around in a jubilant career,
regardless of any unlucky mortal who failed
to elude them.

There was a grand march, and then danc-
ing, to the music of the victrola, which had
been brought from the bungalow. Everyone


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danced, whether skilful or not, except the
chaperons, who had powdered their hair, and
sat demurely by the fire. All talked and
flirted and were happy.

After a while the master of ceremonies
announced that there would be a prize for the
best dancing, and began calling off the poor-
est couples, until at last there was no one left
on the floor but "Lucy" and her slender, faith-
ful partner, dancing alone in all their glory.
This couple was awarded a loving cup, which
was doubtless afterward returned to the
kitchen shelf. Refreshments of grape- juice
and cake were served in generous quantities,
and at ten o'clock the ball of the season came
to a happy close.



'Birds and breezes make music at meal-time'



A MYSTERY was in the air. Helpful the
-** Great had held a private conversation
with every tent with regard to its own share in
the events of the day, but just what each tent


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was going to do, or when it was going to hap-
pen no one felt sure, and when the time really
came all were quite taken by surprise.

On Thursday, at swimming hour, Wa-han-
ka somehow lost control of herself in the
water, though she was an excellent swimmer.
The girls were making so much noise that the\
did not hear her cries until someone sitting on
the bank noticed and called out to them. Ki-
lo-des-ka brought the unconscious girl to the
dock, and, by artificial respiration and rub-
bing, restored her to consciousness. The girls
stood around rather helplessly, vowing never
again to be so noisy in their sport that they
could not hear if anyone was in danger.

Dinner-time came, and everyone was ab-
sorbed in removing the first keen edge from
the usual camp appetite, when a cry of "Oh,
she's fainted!" drew attention to poor I-ka-
ya-dan, who was leaning heavily on the shoul-
der of her nearest neighbor. Embers rushed
around the table with surprising promptness,
and in a twinkling they had I-ka-ya-dan on
her back on the bench, with her feet higher
than her head and her clothing loosened. A
glass of water dashed in her face brought her
rather abruptly to consciousness, vowing ven-


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geance on Embers for being too much in earn-
est. The girls at this table now tried to pre-
tend that they had known all the time it was
not a real faint, and made fun of He-wan-ka
for giving the alarm.

Embers was still more unfortunate, for
she choked severely on a fishbone — there was
no fish for dinner, but that is a small detail —
and Ti-ya-ta, with the assistance of several
stalwart maidens, took great delight in stand-
ing her on her head. No sooner had she re-
covered from this than she swallowed some
poison which made her deathly ill. Warm
water and mustard were fortunately at hand,
as well as a raw egg. Embers pretended to
swallow both, and leaned over the railing ex-
pressively. Then I-ka-ya-da splashed the
mustard water down her back in revenge for
the fainting incident, and both appeared to
have recovered fully.


It was a bit difficult to rest after this ex-
citement, but the girls went quietly to their
tents at the usual hour. A little group of the
older girls had gathered by special permission
on the craft-house porch for "Otherwise Phyl-


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lis," which one of the councilors was reading
aloud, and just as the bugle sounded for the
end of rest-hour, she dropped her book with
a start at a cry of "Fire, fire!" All rushed to
the bungalow to find flames and smoke pour-
ing out of the fireplace. "Get your pails!"
came the order from Helpful, and very soon
all the girls were forming a line from the dock
up to the bungalow. Pail after pail of water
was passed up, till the fire was declared under
control. Some sheets of tar paper lay half
consumed on the hearth, with little wreaths of
smoke still curling about them.

He-ta-ya, eager as usual to be in the midst
of things, had somehow got her hand into the
fire, and was moaning with pain when the fire
brigade came into the bungalow. Ta-o rushed
to her rescue, made her hold her hand in a pail
of water to exclude the air until she could at-
tend to her, and finding the burn a bad one,
covered it with oil and wrapped it in a soft
bandage. He-ta-ya bore the pain bravely and
was soon sitting up on a bench, a trifle pale
but otherwise quite herself.

Surely no chain of accidents was ever more
swift or terrible than this. One after another,
things happened so rapidly that there was not


a moment's rest! Mna-ka rushed in with a
long cut on her arm and red drops splashed
sickeningly about it. Helpful, who in a year
was to receive his medical degree, and spoke
with the latest authority, said the wound had
bled enough to cleanse it better than antisep-
tics could do, and Mna-ka sat on the floor,
while Woh-do-ke-ca and Embers, under Help-
ful's guidance, laid a neat strip of surgeon's
plaster on each side of the cut and sewed the
two strips together. Helpful explained that
this was a less painful method than sewing the
cut itself, and that he would have used it
when I-wa-da-ka cut her knee on the saw if
there had not been several cuts side by side,
so that there was no place for the plaster.

"Oh, oh!" wailed Wan-ye-ca's voice sud-
denly on the tense air. "I've got a sliver in
my hand!" Kee-wee, her councilor, pulled it
promptly out and held it up to view. No
wonder she had cried — the sliver was at least
ten inches long! This was followed by Ni-
ma-ha finding a bean up her nose, and they
gave her pepper to make her sneeze it out.
With young children like "The Chipmunks"
such acidents as these are to be expected at
any moment!



Several of the girls were sitting on benches
beside the ladder into the loft, and Ge-me-
wun-ac was climbing down to give her assist-
ance to Ni-ma-ha, when, by mistake, she
stepped from the second round to the floor
and sat there all in a heap, nursing a sprained
ankle. She did not scream, for she was not
the kind to scream — nor, for that matter, to
fall down ladders, but this was a day of sur-
prises. The girls wasted no time wondering,
but held the ankle first in cold water, then in
hot, to keep the circulation active and so pre-
vent swelling, and then bound it up firmly
with adhesive plaster, to hold the ligaments
in place until they could heal. They prom-
ised to take the bandage off every day and rub
the ankle to keep it from becoming stiff.


Loh-ah, being a tentmate of Ge-me-wun-
ac's, had fallen in an attempt to get near
enough to help her. Ga-oh and Ho-sa picked
her up and examined her injuries, which were
many and varied. Her hand was badly cut,
her head hurt, and her shoulder broken.

They found a triangular bandage, and
used it first as a tourniquet to stop the blood


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from flowing into the hand, as they knew
from the rich red blood which was spurting
from it, that an artery had been cut. A pencil,
slipped through the knot of the bandage, and
twisted round and round, answered the pur-
pose, and checked the dangerous loss of blood
at once.

Then they bandaged the hand neatly, and
removed the triangular bandage, which was
needed for the head. They laid it with the
base over her forehead, wrapped it around her
head, brought the two corners around to the
forehead and tied them in a square knot, then
tucked the corners in at the back.

The same bandage was used to make a
sling for the broken shoulder, but when it was
discovered that her knee had been hurt also,
Helpful said a different treatment was needed.
He brought out a roll of straight bandage,
properly sterilized, and the girls bandaged
the knee in figure-eight style, winding it first
above the joint, then below, with a twist each
time to make it smooth, and finally passing it
over the joint itself, thus leaving the knee
free to move. Poor Loh-ah was soon able to
walk a little, though it was some time before
the signs of her other injuries disappeared.


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A little drama of very tender nature was
now enacted before the fireplace. A young
man was walking arm in arm with his sweet-
heart, when a cruel bee stung the maiden,
leaving its barbed stinger in her arm, and she
cried out with pain. Instantly he pulled the
stinger out, then placed mud over the wound
to counteract the acid by its alkali, and ap-
parently the maiden recovered and lived
happy ever after. Helpful remarked that if
it had been either a wasp or a hornet, which
have pointed stingers, the stinger would not
have been left in, but that with a honey bee
sting the first thing to do is to take the stinger
out and then apply the alkali treatment.


It was growing warm in the bungalow,
with so many crowding around the scene of
action, but no one would have supposed it
would cause a sunstroke. Kani-da-ka fell
down, however, very white and exhausted,
and they braced her against a bench in a sit-
ting posture while they bathed her face and
neck with cold water. When she recovered
they told her that she would have to be careful
in the future about exposing herself to the


direct rays of the sun, especially in hot

The heat had affected Ma-na in a different
way. She grew faint, and two of the bystand-
ers tried to carry her out. First they made a
hand-chair, but as she became entirely uncon-
scious, and lost her hold on their shoulders,
they were obliged to try some other method.
One took her shoulders, one her feet, one sup-
ported her back, and they started, but just
then Helpful met them with a stretcher, hast-
ily improvised from two oars and a blanket,
and this proved the most comfortable way
to carry the helpless burden.

Outside of the bungalow Ma-na was
dropped abruptly, for Te-pa had broken her
leg, and everyone was needed to help her.
The best they could do was to bandage her leg
with a stick to keep it stiff until they could
reach a doctor, and, as Ma-na was quite herself
again, they rolled her out of the stretcher and
put Te-pa in her place.

Ta-o, who was trying to help carry the
stretcher, fell and broke her arm, and they
put that in a sling and helped her to go to
the doctor along with Te-pa, who professed
herself glad of company. Helpful explained


that no one but a physician should attempt
to set a broken bone, but that if there is no
physician near it should be kept in an ice pack
to prevent swelling, which is very dangerous.
A snake bite followed close after this —
though there was no snake to be seen — and
the tourniquet came into use again to keep
the blood away from the poisoned spot. The
poison was then sucked and squeezed out,
which Helpful said was the only real cure for
a poisonous snake bite. The whisky cure he
declared a myth.


Scarcely was this crisis past when I-ma-
ga-ga rushed in, quivering pathetically with
terror, crying out that a dog had bitten her!
They never found the dog! Two of the girls
washed out the wound and applied the tourni-
quet again, and there was some discussion of
sending her to a Pasteur Institute for treat-
ment until they decided that the dog had
shown no signs whatever of rabies.

A black eye was the next accident, but it
disappeared speedily under the treatment of
alternate hot and cold water. A rusty nail


in Te-pa's foot called for prompt treatment,
and they washed out the rust, then bandaged
it carefully. The ointment Helpful recom-
mended for such cases, as being soothing and
also mildly antiseptic, was to be made of one
spoonful of boracic acid to two of vaseline.

Ek-o-le-la came in suffering with a fearful
toothache, which they treated with an ice bag
and some of the contents of a milk can that
was labeled "Oil of Cloves," in large letters.
Helpful said that a hot water bag for tooth-
ache is a mistake, as it only increases the
fever, while ice reduces it. Then, as if the
toothache had not been bad enough, Da-su,
one of the Twins, and another girl fell into
a disgraceful altercation, and each knocked
out one of the other's teeth. They hastily
picked them up and put them back to keep
the spaces open, hoping that the dentist could
bridge them into place!

Screams from without again! At the foot
of the hill lay Ta-ku, rolled in a blanket which
To-he-ha had thrown around her to put out
the flames that had threatened her very life.
With great thoughtfulness To-he-ha had
wrapped the blanket from the top down and
had so avoided driving the flames up into


Ta-ku's face. It developed presently that
Ta-ku had caught fire in trying to help an-
other girl who was dyeing over the fire, and
had scalded herself with boiling water from
the big kettle. But Ta-ku s injuries proved

Wa-han-ka, dripping and limp

the worse of the two and they were obliged
to cut away the clothing carefully before
applying oil.

"The Blue Birds," who had been bobbing
about all this time in white-towel aprons with
red-cross bandages on their arms, kept their
heads splendidly when He-wan-ka, their coun-


cilor, became a tortured victim of ivy poison.
They ran for a basin of soap and water, but
it was Ivory soap they brought, and even in
her pain He-wan-ka pushed it away, scream-
ing, "No, no!" Then they brought plain yel-

"The rescuer pressed forward, slowly counting three"

low soap, and washed her arm thoroughly,
which soothed it. Helpful remarked that
alkali is needed to dissolve the oil in the poison,
and that the Ivory does not contain as much
alkali as plain yellow soap.

The climax of the afternoon came now,
with a touch of reality that had not been


arranged on the program. A scream from the
lake called everyone out to the rock before
the bungalow. Far out on the water appeared
an overturned canoe, with a girl struggling
desperately near it. Without hesitation
Ki-lo-des-ka plunged from the steep rock and
swam to the rescue. She reached the now un-
conscious girl and started to swim to shore,
holding her by the clothes at the back of her
neck, when a rowboat suddenly appeared on
the scene, hastening to the rescue in dead earn-
est from a neighboring boys' camp. The
shouts of laughter from the shore soon opened
the eyes of the brave councilor in the boat, and
he rowed back as fast as he could. Hiiteni
thanked him for his effort afterward, and
promised to send her neighbors word before
another "accident day" took place.

Meanwhile Wa-han-ka, for Wa-han-ka it
again proved to be, was brought to land drip-
ping and limp, and carried up to the bun-
galow on the little freight truck and placed on
a blanket on the floor. They laid her face
downward, turned her head to the left side,
and set up artificial respiration by pressure.

One of the girls sat across her hips and
placed both hands on the small of the unfortu-


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nate girl's back with thumbs nearly touching
and the fingers spread out over her lowest
ribs. The rescuer pressed forward, slowly
counting three, then quickly swung herself
backward, releasing the pressure, but keeping
her hands on the body in the original position
with the arms straight. In three more counts
she repeated this movement. Some one hastily
brought hot water bags for artificial heat,
while others rubbed Wa-han-ka's limbs vigor-
ously till at last she breathed, and they knew
that her life was saved!

She sprang up, looking amazingly cheer-
ful and happy, and went off to find some dry
clothes. The other sufferers also recovered,
and all adjourned to Hiiteni's fireplace, where
supper was waiting to build up their weak-
ened vitality. The talk about the fire was
enlivened by discussions of how well Wa-
han-ka had acted her part, how difficult it had
been to tow her to land, how funny Ca-du-za
had been with her black eye, and why this or
that treatment was given for each accident.

After this day each Wohelo maiden felt
competent to handle any case of accident or
sudden injury that might come in her path.

After supper Alaska read by the firelight

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from a paper that had come in the morning
mail about the progress of a great war that
was beginning in far-off Europe. In this little
world of peace and happiness it was difficult
to realize that anything so fearful and bar-
barous could be happening, but the fact that
the parents of some of the girls were travel-
ling in Europe, and that many had friends
there, helped to bring the reality home to
them. The ''Dutchies," as the twins from
Holland had come to be affectionately called,
were a living bond of connection with the
troubled Old World countries.

There is a Camp Fire Girls organization
in Holland, and the girls of Sebago-Wohelo
Camp were interested to learn that the Camp
Fire Girls in that little country were turning
their club rooms into hospitals, and helping in
every way they could to heal the sufferings of
war. It seemed suddenly a very wonderful
thing to be able to help, even a little, on the
side of healing and peace, and the girls were
glad for the lessons that helped to fit them for
emergencies, even though they hoped that they
would never have the same need for these
lessons as had their sisters across the sea.

"The Dutchies," who were always willing

to contribute to the happiness of camp, sang
several songs in their soft, sweet voices, ac-
companying them on the guitar and mandolin,
closing with a restful lullaby which the girls
had learned to love, even though the words
were in a foreign tongue. They seemed to
have a new meaning tonight, a promise of
the peace which must surely come to the un-
happy peoples across the seas. The peace of
camp grew deeper and deeper for very con-
trast to the excitement of the day, and the
stormy tales of war, till the fire flickered low
in the hush of it, and everyone went quietly
to bed.




The cross-bill



rpHE day had come for the last trip of the
A summer, which was to be straight across
the lake to the sunset mountains outlined so
invitingly against the sky.


Very early in the morning one of the coun-
cilors, who had risen before the bugle to make
some preparation for the trip, happened to
pass Hiitenis tent and found her, as she often
was at this hour, awake and busy, looking over
her mail and making plans for the day. The

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