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Oil Paint For Walls
Oil paint is a very satisfactory wall finish, as it can be made any desired color. It can be applied to plaster, wood, fabric, metal, and other surfaces that are not waxed.
Using Wall Paper To Cover Walls
Wall paper has some important advantages. It can supply pattern and texture, both of which are necessary at times. Wall paper is very useful in covering imperfect surfaces.
Using Textiles On Walls
Canvas is often used on walls because of its texture and also because it makes a firm surface on a damaged wall.
Floors In Your Home
Most floors in homes are made of hard or soft wood, but many new kinds of composition flooring are appearing on the market. Oak is the usual choice for wooden floors.
Metal Antiques - Indispensable Metals
The brazier, the blacksmith, the tinsmith, and the pewterer performed inestimable services not only during Colonial days but until well along in the nineteenth century. The metal craftsman, settled or footloose, ranked only behind the farmer and the merchant in his importance to everyday living.
Personal Belongings And Antiques
From the first venturesome colonists to the last great waves of migrants in the late nineteenth century, a bundle of personal possessions was all that many persons were able to bring with them to America.
What Walls Are Made of
Plaster is the commonest wall finish. It may be left in natural color, it may have color mixed throughout, or it may be painted or calcimined. Mixing the color with the plaster is desirable because then it can not accidentally be rubbed off.
Scale In House Furnishings
Scale imposes general requirements of four different sorts upon house furnishings. Each article must be in scale with the room containing it.
The Intelligence Of Cats
Indeed the cat seems to be a much more intelligent animal than is often supposed. That it has very distinct feelings of pleasure or pain, and keen special senses, will probably be disputed by no one.
The Language Of Cats
The cat has a language far in excess of any other domestic animal, in variation of tone. This is particularly noticeable when she has kittens.
The Game
Polo is a most difficult game to learn. There are three cardinal things, each of which must be so learned as to be nearly habitual before the player can hope for excellence.
The Polo Club
The polo club has to conform to local conditions, and it is impossible to lay down any rule as to general characteristics, as in some places the club is a country club in which polo is an incident, interesting only to a comparatively small portion of its members.
Field, Ponies And Equipment
English Saddle is the best for polo. I do not believe in either the Whitman or the Mexican saddle, or in fact in any saddle where the feet are kept under me.
Rules For Polo - Part 1
The rules that govern polo are simple and, except for some very few but important aspects, not difficult to understand and master. All players should master the rules when they first learn to play and should read them carefully once a year in order to keep them fresh in the memory.
Rules For Polo - Part 2
If a single player on the right of way meets two or more players coming down the right of way in the opposite direction trying to ride one another off, the single player must give way, even though one or more of the others is forced across the line so that the ball is on his left side.
Polo Horsemanship - Part 1
The management of the horse is a most important element in polo. A good horseman does not necessarily make a good player, but a man who is not a good horseman is very seriously handicapped in his effort to become a good polo player.
Polo Horsemanship - Part 2
The best players get in the line of the play, which is the line the ball is traveling, and, always watching where the corresponding opponent is, hold themselves ready to pick up the play with a rush when the time comes.
The Origin Of The Dog
Although the exact origin of the dog is shrouded in that old and familiar refuge of the scientists, the mists of antiquity, their family history is easily traced back through the bronze age and the stone age.
The Mastiff Dog
The Mastiff is one of the oldest and most typical of British dogs. It is probable that he owes his origin to the dogs of similar type that were used by Assyrian kings for lion hunting.
The St Bernard Dog
This noble breed of dogs has a strong hold on popular sentiment, as they are associated with the saving of life in Alpine snows.
The Rough Coated St. Bernard
The long-haired is perfectly similar, with the exception of the coat, which is not "stock haaring" (broken haired), but moderately long, flat or slightly wavy, but which ought never to be either rolled or curly, neither ought it to be shaggy. On the back, especially from the region of the haunches to the rump, the hair is generally more wavy. This is, however, also slightly noticeable in the shorthaired dogs, even in those from the hospice.
The Newfoundland Dog
This magnificent breed of dogs shares with the St. Bernard the honor of being a life-saving breed. The fact that the postage stamp of the Island of Newfoundland bears their portrait indicates the regard in which they are held in their native land.
The Great Dane Dog
The Great Dane, or Boarhound, as it was formerly called, is of ancient type, and there are coins which were made before the Christian era that bear an impression of a large, long-headed, powerful dog of the general proportions and appearance of the present Great Dane.
The Scottish Deerhound
This magnificent breed of dogs has occupied a prominent place in the romantic history of Scotland, and looks well the part they have played as companion to Highland Chieftains.
The Irish Wolfhound
This dog was known to the Romans, who carried them back after their invasion of the island, and there are records of them being presented to Norwegian kings.
The Russian Wolfhound
In Russia, the land of their birth, these handsome, stately, high-bred dogs are known as Borzoi or Psovoi, and are used for coursing and wolf hunting.
The Greyhound Dog
The Greyhound is probably the oldest member of his race. From time immemorial they have been popular as companions at home and in the hunting field.
The Whippet Dog
This graceful breed is nothing more or less than a miniature Greyhound, and was originally known as a snap dog by the colliers and working men in the north of England, who originated the breed, and used them for rabbit coursing.
The Bloodhound Dog
This is one of the oldest as well as one of the least understood of all breeds of dogs. The most extravagant tales are related and stories written about them.
The Otterhound Dog
The Otterhound is one of the oldest of sporting breeds, and no attempt will be made to indicate their ancestry. In general form they are not unlike a Bloodhound, with something in the shape of the skull and jaw, curve of throat, and texture of the coat that suggests the Dandle Dinmont.
The Foxhound Dog
It has been claimed that the Foxhound is the most perfect member of his race, and that no dog equals him in beauty of conformation, nose, and courage.
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