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_No. 29 to 33 Park Place_,


It is scarcely needful to say anything in praise of Archery. It holds
its place as the first of English sports, and is rapidly becoming
popular in America. It trains the eye, imparts a good and graceful
carriage, expands the chest, and gives plenty of walking exercise
without fatigue; moreover, it is equally adapted for both sexes.


The first thing we have to consider is what constitutes the necessary
outfit for an archer--how it should be chosen, and how taken care of.
Before choosing his outfit, the archer should find a good maker, and
obtain from him a list of prices; having done so, he will be able to
determine what expense he is willing to go to, and then to apply the
following hints in choosing his apparatus. Let us, however, entreat
him not to sacrifice all his hopes of future success to a desire to
get cheap things; let him rely upon it that things obtained at a fair
cost from a good maker are twice as cheap as those whose only
recommendation is their low price.

The following list will show _about_ what is a fair price, and may be
a guide to our readers in future selections.


    Fine Backed Bows, 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 ft.,    $4.50 to 6.00 each.

    Lemon Wood Bows, 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 ft.,     $4.00 to $5.00 each.

    Lance Wood Bows, 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 ft.
    (to weight),                             $2.75 to $4.00 each.

    Lance Wood Bows 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 ft.
    (ordinary),                              75c. to $2.25 each.

    Practising Arrows, 25 inch,              $1.50 to $3.50 per doz.

    Finest French Arrows, 25 inch, (we can
    highly recommend this kind),             $3.50 to $5.00 per doz.

    Old Deal Arrows, 25 inch,                $5.50 to $7.00 per doz.

    Best Footed Arrows, 25 inch,             $8.50 to $11.00 per doz.

    Best Flemish Bow-Strings,                25c. to 50c. each.

    Quivers,                                 $1.50 to $2.75 each.

    Arm Guards,                              $1.25 to $2.00 each.

    Shooting Glove,                          63c. to $1.50 each.

    Tips for Bows,                           50c. per pair.

    Tassel                                   50c. to 75c. each.

    Targets,                                 $1.00 to $7.00 each.

    Target Stands,                           $2.50 to $5.00 each.

    Bow Covers (green baize),                75c. each.

    Scoring Cards and Tablets, Ivory and
    Ebony Prickers, &c.,                     25c. to $2.00 each.


    Fine Backed Bows, 6 ft.,                 $9.00 to 12.00 each.

    Lemon Wood Bows, 6 ft.,                  $5.00 to $6.00 each.

    Lance Wood Bows, 6 ft. (to weight),      $4.00 to $5.00 each.

    Lance Wood Bows, 6 ft. (ordinary),       $1.50 to $2.50 each.

    Practising Arrows, 28 inch,              $2.00 to $4.00 per doz.

    Finest French Arrows, 28 inch, (we can
    highly recommend this kind),             $5.00 to $6.00 per doz.

    Old Deal Arrows, 28 inch,                $6.00 to $7.50 per doz.

    Best Footed Arrows, 28 inch,             $9.00 to $12.00 per doz.

    Best Flemish Bow-Strings,                25c. to 50c. each.

    Quivers,                                 $2.50 to $3.50 each.

    Arm Guards,                              $1.00 to $2.00 each.

    Shooting Glove,                          75c. to $2.00 each.

    Tips for Bows,                           75c. per pair.

    Tassel,                                  50c. to 75c. each.

    Targets,                                 $1.00 to $7.00 each.

    Target Stands,                           $2.50 to $5.00 each.

    Bow Covers (green baize),                75c. each.

    Scoring Cards and Tablets, Ivory and
    Ebony Prickers, &c., from                25c. to $2.00 each.

NOTE.--Backed Bows are far superior to the Self ones as regards
elasticity and durability.


Bows are of two kinds. The _self_ bow consists either of one piece of
wood or of two dovetailed together at the handle, in which latter case
it is called a _grafted_ bow; by far the best material for a self bow
is yew, although a variety of other woods, such as lemonwood, lancewood,
&c., are used. As it is but very rarely that we are able to obtain a
piece of yew long enough for a bow of equal quality throughout, the
grafted bow was invented, in order that the two limbs, being formed by
splitting one piece of wood into two strips, may be of exactly the
same nature.

[Illustration: Fig. 1.]

The _backed_ bow consists of two or more strips of wood glued together
longitudinally and compressed so as to ensure perfect union. The
strips may be of the same or of different woods--for instance, of yew
backed with yew, yew with hickory, lancewood, &c.; but of all backed
bows snakewood backed with hickory is far the best. It has been a
great subject of controversy whether the self or the backed bow be the
best for shooting purposes; we most unhesitatingly decide in favor of
the backed.


In purchasing a bow, it is always better to go to a good maker; the
inferior makers, although they may sell their goods a trifle cheaper,
are still not to be depended upon, and as a good deal concerning a
bow has to be taken upon trust--_e.g._, whether the wood is properly
seasoned, horns firmly fastened, &c.--a maker who has a reputation to
lose always proves the cheapest in the end. Having selected a maker
and determined on the price you are willing to give, you will proceed
to see that the bow tapers gradually from the handle to horns; that
the wood is of straight, even grain, running longitudinally and free
from knots and pins, or that, if there are any pins, they are rendered
innocuous by having the wood left raised around them. The bow should
be quite straight, or even follow the string (bend in the direction it
will take when strung) a little. Beware of a bow which bends away from
the string; it will jar your arms out of their sockets, and should the
string break, there will be an end of it. See that both limbs are of
equal strength, in which case they will describe equal curves. The
handle should not be quite in the middle of the bow, but the upper
edge of it should be about an inch above the centre. See that there
are no sharp edges to the nocks on the horns of the bow, for if they
are not properly rounded off they will be continually cutting your
string. Lastly, make sure that your bow is not beyond your
strength--in other words, that you are not overbowed. It is a very
common thing for persons to choose very strong bows under the idea
that it gives them the appearance of being perfect Samsons; but their
ungainly struggles to bend their weapon, and the utterly futile
results of their endeavors, are, we think, anything but dignified.
The weight of the bow should be such that it can be bent without
straining, and held steadily during the time of taking aim. The
strength of bows is calculated by their _weight_, which is stamped in
pounds upon them, and which denotes the power which it takes to bend
the bow until the centre of the string is a certain distance
(twenty-eight inches for a gentleman's, twenty-five inches for a
lady's bow) from the handle. It is ascertained by suspending the bow
by the handle from a steelyard whilst the string is drawn the required
distance. Gentlemen's bows generally range from 48 lbs. to 56 lbs.,
and ladies' from 20 lbs. to 32 lbs.


Many things will spoil a bow which a little care and attention would
prevent. Amongst the most fatal enemies to the bow are chrysals (see
Glossary), which, unless noticed in time, will surely end in a
fracture. A chrysal should at once be tightly lapped with fine string
saturated with glue; this, if neatly done and then varnished, will
interfere but little with the appearance of the bow. Care should be
taken not to scratch or bruise the bow. When shooting in damp weather,
the bow, especially if a backed one, should be kept well wiped, and
perfectly dried with a waxed cloth before putting away. A backed bow
is always the better for a little lapping round each end just by the
horn, which prevents the bow from breaking if by any chance the glue
is softened by damp. A bow should always be kept as dry as possible;
when going to shoot at a distance, a waterproof cover is advisable. Do
not unstring the bow too often while shooting; once in every six
double ends is quite enough, unless there are many shooters.

[Illustration: Fig. 2.]


Arrows are distinguished by weight in the same manner as bows, only in
the former it is calculated as weighed against silver money, and
arrows are known as of so many shillings weight, &c. The lengths and
weights recommended by the best authorities are as follows:

                                       _Length._     _Weight._

    For ladies.                          25 in.    2s. 3d.  3s. 3d.

                  { Bows of 50 lbs.    }
                  { and upwards, and   } 28 in.    4   6 to 5   6
                  { 6 feet long.       }
    For gentlemen.{                    }
                  { Bows under 50 lbs. }
                  { and not exceeding  } 28 in.    3   6 to 4   6
                  { 5 ft. 10 in. long. }

There are two kinds of arrows--_self_, made of one piece of wood, and
_footed_, having a piece of hard wood at the pile end. The latter are
the best for several reasons, one being that they are not so likely to
break if they strike anything hard. The best material for arrows is
red deal footed with lancewood.


The first thing to ascertain is whether it is quite straight, which is
done by bringing the tips of the thumb and two first fingers of the
left hand together and laying the arrow thereon, while it is turned
round by the right hand. If it goes smoothly, it is straight; but if
it jerks at all it is crooked. Then make sure that it is stiff enough
to stand the force of the bow without bending, as, if too weak, it
will never fly straight. The pile or point should be what is called
the square-shouldered pile; some prefer the sharp pile, but the other
answers best for all purposes. The nock should be full and the notch
pretty deep; a piece of horn should be let in at the notch to prevent
the string splitting the arrow. The feathers should be full-sized,
evenly and well cut, and inserted at equal distances from each other,
as shown in the plate. It has been much disputed whether the
Bobtailed, the Chested, the Barrelled, or the Straight arrow is the
best to shoot with (see Glossary). Horace Ford, the champion shot,
decides in favor of the straight arrow, and our readers cannot do
better than take his advice. The arrow should be carefully wiped each
time it is picked up, and this not only to preserve it, but also
because the least particle of dirt clinging to the pile will
effectually spoil the flight of the arrow. Every care should be taken
to keep the feathers smooth and stiff; if attention be not paid to
this point everything else will be in vain. Should they by chance
become ruffled, a little warming in front of a fire (not too close)
will generally restore them.


The best bow-strings are of foreign manufacture, and are generally
sold complete; but in case any of our readers wish to fit their own,
we will say a few words about them. The string should be not too thin,
or it will not last long; in the selection of it, it is best to be
guided by the size of the notch of your arrows. At one end of it a
strong loop should be worked to go over the upper horn, the other end
should be left free in order to be fixed on to the lower horn. When
the lower end is fastened, the distance between it and the loop at the
other end should be such, that when the loop is in its place (_i.e._,
the bow strung) the string is, in a gentleman's bow, six inches, in a
lady's, five inches, from the centre of the bow. Never trust a worn
string; take it off and put on a new one--should it break, it will
most probably snap your bow.


This is used for carrying the supply of arrows required in a match
(three for use and one spare one), as also for hanging the tassel,
&c., to. We would, however, recommend our gentlemen friends to do
without it--it is always in the way, and the arrow can be carried far
better in a pocket made diagonally in the right rear of the coat, so
as to come conveniently to the hand, and yet be far enough back to
escape the risk of the feathers being spoilt by the elbow rubbing
against them. In our cut we have depicted a lady's belt.


This is a little box, generally made of ivory, of such a shape as to
hang from the belt. It is used for the purpose of holding the grease,
which some archers use to anoint the string and their shooting-glove
with, so as to get a better loose. The advantage of it is a matter of
opinion, and so it may remain; if used too freely, however, it causes
the bow-string to unravel.


This is merely a large tassel of green worsted, and is used for wiping
the arrows when they have stuck in the ground. If a belt is not used,
it should be hung from a button-hole of the coat; it is an absolutely
necessary part of the archer's outfit,


[Illustration: Fig. 5.]

This is a guard for the left arm, to prevent its being abraded by the
string when loosed; it also has another object, viz., to confine the
sleeve and keep it out of the way. It consists of an oblong piece of
smooth leather, and is fastened to the arm by straps. In fitting it
on, care should be taken that the ends of the straps are not left
loose, and that the buckles come well round to the back of the arm, so
as not to be in the way of the string; for if there be the least
projection on which it can catch, your best aim will be of no effect.


Is used to protect the fingers of the right hand from abrasion by the
string when loosing, and consists of three finger-guards, attached by
strips of leather, passing down the back of the hand to a strap
fastening round the wrist. This form of glove has, however, rather
gone out of use of late years, most archers preferring independent
guards, called tips, for each finger, generally fastening by means of
an India-rubber ring round the finger, about the best of this kind
being those invented by Mr. Buchanan, of Piccadilly. In the matter of
the shooting-glove, however, it is best to leave the archer to choose
for himself, merely cautioning him to make sure that, whether gloves
or tips, they fit him well, or he will never be able to make a good
loose. The cut represents a glove.


These are made of various shapes and sizes, to accommodate a single
archer or to serve for a match. About the best for private use
consists of a circular piece of cardboard colored like a target,
divided into three segments for three distances, and having the other
side printed to receive the score when reckoned. These are carried in
little ivory frames for the purpose, the whole being about the size of
a watch. A small ivory pricker for marking is carried with it.
Perhaps, however, for ordinary practice, nothing is better than a
common metallic memorandum-book, ruled for the day of the month, and
vertically for the rings.


[Illustration: Fig. 4.]

The quiver is a tin case somewhat in the shape of the quiver usually
represented as forming part of the equipment of Robin Hood and his
band; it is not now, however, used as part of the personal equipment
of the archer, but is employed simply for the purpose of protecting
the spare arrows. It is made of all sizes, to hold from six to three
dozen arrows, and is provided with a cover and lock to make all
secure. The best receptacle for arrows, however, is the box which is
now almost universally used; in it each arrow has a place to itself,
and by this means overcrowding is prevented and the feathers preserved


[Illustration: Fig. 6.]

A target is made of straw, bound with string into an even rope, which
is twisted upon itself until it forms a flat disc, and then covered on
one side with canvas painted in five concentric rings, viz. gold or
centre red, blue or inner white, black, and white. These rings should
be all of exactly the same width, the target itself being one to four
feet in diameter. In scoring, the following value is given to the

    Gold          9
    Red           7
    Blue          5
    Black         3
    White         1

When an arrow strikes on the edge of two rings, the higher is counted,
unless it is otherwise agreed upon. It is necessary to have two
targets, one at each extremity of the distance fixed upon--as it is
not usual to shoot more than _three_ arrows at each "end," as it is
called--walking over between each three to reclaim your arrows, and
then shooting them at the back target you have just left. By this
means a different set of muscles are called into play, those used in
shooting are relaxed, and, in addition, a great deal is added to the
exercise which renders archery so healthy a pastime; for example, in
shooting the national round, the archer walks 3,920 yards, or nearly
two miles and a quarter, between the ends. The stands for the targets
are usually made of iron and wood, and somewhat resemble in shape an
artist's easel. The legs should be padded or wrapped round with straw,
otherwise arrows striking them will be apt to break. There has been,
however, invented an iron stand for targets, so constructed that the
legs present a very thin edge to the shooter, thus reducing the chance
of their being struck by an arrow to the minimum. In some places butts
are erected, instead of stands, for the targets: they are built of
sods piled together, the Target being hung to a peg in the front of
them. The target used differs from the ordinary one, and consists of a
circular piece of white pasteboard, the size differing according to
the length of range: _e.g._, at thirty yards it is four inches: sixty
yards, eight inches; ninety yards, twelve inches in diameter, and so
on, according to distance. Butts certainly abolish the trouble of
stooping, as they catch all the arrows (except the very wide or high
ones) which miss the target. The chief disadvantage of them is that
after shooting at a butt it takes some time to get used to the target
on a stand, so that it spoils an archer for matches, etc. Another
advantage of butts is this, that as the targets are merely made of
cardboard, they can be easily manufactured at home. In all cases,
whether butts or stands are employed, the centre of the gold should be
four feet from the ground.


Having procured his outfit, the archer will doubtless be anxious to
make a trial of it in the field, and we will now endeavor to give him
the clearest instructions for the management of his weapon, by
attention to which, and constant practice, we hope he will succeed to
his utmost satisfaction. It will be useless for him to overburden
himself with accessories more than are absolutely necessary--they will
only be in the way; an archer who wishes to shoot well will find that
the less he has about him the better. Besides his bow, he will take
four arrows (three for use and one spare one in case of accident),
which he will put into his pouch or pocket, arm-guard, glove or tips,
tassel, and scoring-card. A spare string also it will be prudent to
have in the pocket. Anything more than these is unnecessary in the

STRINGING THE BOW.--In stringing the bow it is held by the handle in
the right hand (flat part towards the body) with the lower horn
resting on the ground against the hollow of the right foot. The left
hand is then placed upon the upper part of the bow in such a manner
that the base of the thumb rests upon the flat side of it, the thumb
pointing upwards. The bow is then bent by the combined action of the
two hands, the right pulling, the left pressing it; at the same time
the loop of the string is slipped into its place by the left thumb
and forefinger. However, actual experiment under the guidance of a
proficient will teach them sooner and better than we can possibly hope
to do by mere precept. When the bow is braced, the string should be
exactly six inches from the centre of the bow in a gentleman's, and
five inches and a half in a lady's bow. Care must be taken that the
string lies evenly along the exact centre of the bow, that it is not
turned on one side at either horn. If this be the case, it will, by
pulling the bow unevenly, in all probability break it.

POSITION.--It is difficult to determine exactly what is the _best_
position for the archer. Every one naturally subsides into that which
is most easy to him; still there are certain fundamental rules, which
are given in almost every book on archery, by attention to which in
the first place the shooter ultimately falls into the best position
for himself. The left foot should point rather to the right of the
mark, the right foot being nearly at right angles to it, the heels six
or eight inches apart, in a straight line from target to target, both
feet flat on the ground, knees straight, body erect but not too stiff,
face turned towards the mark. The body must be carried as easily as
possible on the hips, not too stiffly upright nor yet bending forward.
Nothing looks worse than a stiff, constrained attitude, except a
loose, slouching one. Our cut on back of last cover represents an
archer taking aim.

NOCKING.--Having mastered the position, the next thing to be looked to
is the _nocking_. "The bow being held by the handle in the left hand,
let the arrow be placed with the right (_over_ the string, not _under_)
on that part of the bow upon which it is to lie; the thumb of the left
hand being then gently placed over it, will serve to hold it perfectly
under command, and the forefinger and thumb of the right hand can then
take hold of the nock end of the arrow and manipulate it with the most
perfect ease in any manner that may be required." When the arrow is
nocked it should be at right angles with the string. Some archers are
accustomed to try to alter the range of the arrow by heightening or
lowering the nocking point, but this is a great mistake.

DRAWING.--Having nocked the arrow according to the foregoing
direction, the next thing to proceed with is the drawing, which is
managed as follows: Extend the left arm downwards until it is
perfectly straight, the hand grasping the handle of the bow, the arrow
being held by the nocking end by the two first fingers of the right
hand passed over the string and on each side of the arrow, as in the
cut, care being taken not to pass the fingers too far over the string,
or the sharpness of the loose will be interfered with. This done,
the left arm should be smoothly raised, _still extended_, until at
right angles, or nearly so, with the body, the string being drawn at
the same time with the right hand until the arrow is drawn about
three-fourths of its length, when the right wrist and elbow should be
at about the level of the shoulder. Having got it thus far a slight
pause maybe made before drawing the arrow to its full length (although
we think it better to make it all one motion), which done, the archer
must take his aim before loosing. By the old fashion of drawing the
bow to the ear, aiming was rendered impossible; in fact, there seemed
to be a sort of idea that no aim whatever was required for archery.
This, however, is far from being the case; it is most essential to
take an aim, aye, and a good one too, if you wish to meet with
success. By drawing the arrow below the level of the eye, the archer
is enabled to look along it as he would along the barrel of a rifle.
As regards the direction, the archer will find that it is but seldom
he will be able to aim directly at the gold. He will almost always
have to aim to one side or the other, to make, allowance for wind, &c.
This cannot be taught. The archer will soon learn by experience
whereabouts on the target his proper point of sight lies, and will aim
accordingly. He will also learn the degree of elevation required by
his bow at the various distances, which elevation he will always give
by raising or lowering his _left_ hand, and in no other way, if he
values success.

_Remember!_ the arrow must always be drawn to exactly the same spot.
If possible, let the spot where the pile and steel join just reach the

LOOSING.--Having drawn the arrow to its full extent, the next
thing is to loose it properly, and this, although apparently a very
simple thing, is by no means so easy as it looks. The great object to
be attained in loosing is to remove the obstruction of the fingers
from the string suddenly, and yet in such a manner that no jerk is
given to the string (which would be fatal to the aim), and that the
fingers do not at all _follow_ the string, which would weaken the
force of the shot. The string should lie across the fingers at an
equal distance from the tip of each--not too near the joint nor too
near the tip; about midway between the tip and joint of the first
finger, and on the others in proportion, will be found about the most
convenient position for a good loose. The fingers must all be
withdrawn at once, for should one be an instant behind the others, it
would be fatal to the aim.

It must be understood that, although we have described separately the
actions of drawing, aiming, and loosing, no perceptible pause should
be made between them: they should all appear to form part of the same
movement; for, as Ascham says, "Holding must not be long, for it puts
a bow in danger of breaking, and also spoils the shot; it must occupy
so little time that it may be better perceived in the mind when it is
done than seen with the eye when doing."

We have now concluded this portion of our subject, and hope that we
have succeeded in making ourselves sufficiently intelligible to be of
service to our readers. Let them always recollect that "practice makes
perfect," and that we cannot make them good archers without great
exertion on their part, although we hope we have succeeded in making
plain to them those first principles, without which all efforts would
he but labor in vain.


This kind of sport is so called from the mark being a clout, or small
white pasteboard target, about twelve inches in diameter. This is
placed into a cleft stick, and then fixed in the ground in such a
manner that the lower edge of the target touches the ground. The
distances in this kind of shooting are generally 180 and 200 yards,
and those shots alone count which hit the clout; or in default of any
in the clout, the nearest arrow to it will count; so that, supposing
you got thirty-six arrows within a foot of the clout and your
adversary managed to get one in, even though his others may not have
been anywhere near, he will nevertheless be the victor.


In this kind of shooting there is no fixed mark, anything being aimed
at, such as trees, gate-posts, etc. The winner at one mark chooses the
next, and so on. The distances are usually from 100 to 200 yards, and
no shots count which are not within five bows' lengths of the mark.

This kind of shooting is only useful as a lesson in judging distance,
and was very necessary when the bow was used in warfare, but has never
been much in repute since archery has been merely practiced as a
pastime. It is rather an expensive amusement, as the arrows are so
liable to be broken or lost.


This is merely practised as a trial of distance, the winner being he
who shoots farthest. Mr. Ford states that the farthest he has shot is
308 yards with a 68 lb. bow. Mr. Froward is reported in 1801 to have
easily reached 340 yards with a self yew bow of 63 lb.


The dress of the archer varies in different clubs, but the quieter it
is the better. For gentlemen nothing is better than a green cloth
coat, with gilt buttons having the club device upon them, and a
_cap_ of the same colored cloth, with a covered peak. For ladies,
a green jacket over a white skirt, with hat (with narrow brim) and
green and white feather; or the following is a very pretty style for a
lady's archery costume: a white clear muslin skirt with a deep hem,
worn over either a white silk or cambric muslin slip; Russian bodice
of white alpaca, trimmed with black lace insertion or braided with
black; sleeves tight to the wrist, as that prevents any awkward
catching by the string; a pointed black velvet band and sash, trimmed
with black lace. Over the left shoulder, and fastened with a knot
under the right arm at the level of the waist, a broad green sash,
made of silk hemmed at the ends. This sash is gathered into folds and
fastened on the left shoulder by a brooch of gold or silver, according
to the taste of the wearer, bearing the badge of the club. Hat of
white straw, bound with black velvet and trimmed with green and white
feathers. This is a very pretty costume, and is worn, with
modifications, by a great many societies.

We hope that the foregoing hints may prove of service to our readers.
If, in any part, we have not succeeded in making ourselves as
intelligible as we wish, we must plead in extenuation the difficulty
of explaining by mere precept that which is not easily learned even by

Glossary of Terms Employed in Archery.

    _Ascham_                  A cupboard especially constructed to
                              hold bow and arrow.

    _Back_                    The flat side of the bow.

    _Backed Bow_              One made of two or more strips of
                              wood glued together longitudinally.

    _Barrelled Arrow_         One made largest in the centre.

    _Belly_                   The round side of the bow.

    _Bobtailed Arrow_         One made larger at the point than
                              at the feather.

    _Bracing_                 The act of stringing the bow.

    _Chested Arrow_           One made larger at the feather than
                              at the point.

    _Chrysal_                 A small crack, which, gradually
                              enlarging, ultimately breaks the bow.

    _End_                     Each discharge of three arrows is
                              termed an "end," as three is the
                              number to be shot from each end of
                              the range in turn.

    _Grafted Bow_             One made of two pieces of wood
                              joined at the handle.

    _Handle_                  The wrapping of plush by which
                              the bow is held.

    _Horn_                    The tip of each end of the bow.

    _Limbs_                   The parts of the bow above and below
                              the handle.

    _Nock_                    The groove in the horn of the bow
                              into which the string fits; also,
                              the notch in the arrow for the
                              reception of the string.

    _Nocking Point_           The point in the bow-string which,
                              when the bow is strung, is opposite
                              the top of the handle.

    _Pile_                    The point of the arrow.

    _Self Bow_                One made of a single piece of wood,
                              or grafted.

    _Stele_                   The shaft of the arrow.

    _Straight Arrow_          One of even thickness throughout.

_I keep constantly on hand and for sale Implements for all In and
Outdoor Games._

    Aunt Sally.
    Boxing Gloves.
    Bell and Hammer.
    Cup and Ball.
    Dogstick and Splent.
    Go Bang.
    Glass blowing.
    Indian Clubs.
    Juggling tricks.
    Jacks alive.
    Lawn Tennis.
    Lawn Billiards.
    Magic Lanterns.
    Postage Stamps.
    Playing Cards.
    Puff and Darts.
    Ring on a nail.
    Steeple chase.
    Sun dials.
    Scottish Games.
    Ten pins.
    Trap, Bat and Ball.
    Wood Rings.
    Wax flowers.
    &c., &c. all other games.


Transcriber's Note: Minor typographical errors have been corrected
without note. Irregularities and inconsistencies in the text have
been retained as printed.

Words printed in italics are marked with underlines: _italics_.

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